December 19, 2014

Paper Strip Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Wanting to complete at least one Christmas tree craft with my 3-year-old, I thought of this classic tree craft. It's simple and easy to prepare and fun and rewarding for a child to complete. This is a Christmas craft that easily accommodates different ages, including the preschool age.

If you like the idea of this Christmas craft but don't have time now to complete it, consider taking the time with your child the week after Christmas. 
paper strip Christmas tree craft
 This doesn't need a lot of explanation, but I want to share a few things.

December 17, 2014

15+ Bathroom Cleaning Tips from Hometalk

After I had shared our Dawn and vinegar bathtub cleaner on Hometalk, they asked if I would be interested in creating a bathroom cleaning board. I enjoyed creating it and learned a lot. Though I created it for Hometalk, I'm sharing it here because I think you'll find something useful, too. I look forward to trying a few new bathroom cleaning tips.

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Gardeners, crafters, and DIY'ers do you use Hometalk yet? If not you should. Hometalk is a great way to get your questions answered and share what you've been doing around your home. You don't even need a blog to participate.  It's a bit like Pinterest, but completely focused on home.

After you sign up with Hometalk be sure to follow me, too.

This is not a sponsored post, just some great cleaning tips. See more of our cleaning and organizing tips.

~ Annette
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December 16, 2014

Teach Children to Give

Children have difficulty getting past receiving gifts on Christmas to consider others, especially those they don't know well. Christmas is an ideal time to love others with our actions to share the love and faithfulness of God.

We all have something to give, even when our own funds are limited and days filled with meeting the needs of others. This post is part of the #RedKettleReason campaign I was happy to participate because we need to stop and consider others, especially at Christmas. 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Teach children to give with a generous spirit.

Charity Begins at Home

When it comes to children and giving, they need to experience it first-hand. For some families, this means volunteering at a shelter. For others, it means emptying piggy banks or giving their favorite stuffed lion. It may be as simple as baking a batch of cookies to take to the local firefighters. Let the children observe the ways you give and share of yourself. They will learn to do the same.

December 15, 2014

Gifts of Food

I really enjoy giving gifts I have personally made and that includes gifts of food. I've collected a few bloggers' favorite recipes to share with you. Which recipe is one you want to try for yourself or to give as a gift?
And a little secret...this year I made chocolate chip cookie pies for TEN teachers at school. (Specials, classroom, and assistants.) By using slightly smaller pie tins, I was able to make 3 pies from one double pie crust recipe and two fillings. It was still a lot of work, but there are ways to make it happen!

December 11, 2014

Gift Ideas for 5-8 year olds

Sometimes it's hard to know what to give as a gift, even to your own child. Sometimes I blank when asked what a child of my own might like to have. This list includes gifts for 5-8-year-olds, and most of these gifts are under $20.
I've been wanting to make this list for some time. I'm sure I'll return to it when I need a birthday gift idea or next year for Christmas.

December 9, 2014

How to Roast a Good Turkey

I've roasted a few turkeys since Derek and I married in 2003. This year was my best one. When it came out of the oven, perfectly roasted, my husband asked me why I wasn't taking a picture of it. He was giving me a hard time. I think it drives him crazy how often I take photos of food. (I would have, but there were 19 people in my home. I didn't think I could do it easily with the lighting I had available.)

(Yes, Big Sister requested the drumstick. She ate 80% of it on her own, along with the rest of her dinner. Her dad helped her to finish it.)
How to roast a good turkey, with advice from a former turkey farmer.


December 6, 2014

DIY Leaf Plate

I've had a "thing" for leaves and trees for many years. The earliest evidence of this is a ring I had designed for me with a leaf on each side of an iolite stone. I chose it for my college graduation gift.

I once saw a leaf bowl designed from clay. I wanted one for myself, and I wanted to make it myself. I made this autumn leaf plate in early November. (It may be December, but I still wanted to share it.)
DIY leaf plate from air-dry clay. A colorful autumn craft for adults or children. Great to hold candles or jewelry.