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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Weekend Wander #104

Welcome, friends!  I hope your November has been wonderful!  As we continue on in this holiday season, I hope you are all doing well.  I can't wait to see what you've been up to!  So... let's get to it.  Show me whatcha got!

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
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Advent Calendar

Last year, I attempted an activity advent calendar with Little Monkey, but being eight months pregnant, helping with wedding preparation, and chasing my two year old didn't leave a whole lot of time for putting it all together and carrying on with it.  THIS YEAR, this year it's up and ready to go!  Christmas fun, watch out!  Here we come!

Woohoo!  Now I just have to keep my kiddos at bay until the 1st!

Here's the How
1.  Envelopes (4 1/8x9 1/2 inches is the size I used)
2.  Paper Cutter
3.  Advent Activities (Print mine out HERE - free printable)
4.  Number Labels (If you're interested email me.  I haven't decide if I want to give them out as a freebie yet or not... they took A LOT of work and time)
5.  Stapler and Staples (mine were green and silver - fun!)
6.  Twine, jute or string of some kind.
7.  Wall anchors or hooks
8.  Clothes pins

1. Print out your advent activities.  Follow the link above for a free download of our activities.  Some of them will need to be changed (my son's pre-school teacher's name, for example) or adjusted.  There are more than 24 activities so you can pick and choose what you want to do.  You can find the Snowman Bowling printables on this post - scroll to the bottom of the post to find the link.
2.  Cut the envelopes in half vertically and seal them.
3.  Cut out the activities and cut out the number labels.
4.  Slide each activity into one of the envelopes.
5.  Use the stapler to attach the number labels to the envelopes.  Make sure you don't staple the activities inside the envelop.  I used them to place my staples so the advent activities will stay upright better inside the envelop.
6.  Cut your jute or other sting.  Hang the wall anchors on the wall.  Tie the sting to the anchors.
7.  Use the clothes pins to hang the envelopes.

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
If you'd like to get more While He Was Napping, you can find me here: Photobucket Photobucket

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide {for the kids}

Holy Cow!  Everything I had planned for this past month totally didn't happen!  And I mean everything!  Psshhaw on real life, right?!  But, it's Christmastime, "the most wonderful time of the year", as they say.  And, even if you don't celebrate Christmas, you can 't help but be caught up in the holiday season!  I love it.

Well, I hope everyone (here in the US) had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend and the rest of you, I hope you had an awesome normal weekend.  With the passing of Thanksgiving we are now OFFICIALLY in holiday shopping mode.  Confession: I've been shopping since August... and I still don't seem to have enough hours in the day to complete everything I want to.

For me, the hardest people in my life to shop/gift for are the guys and the tween/teens.  I'm not made of money, unfortunately, and they seem to want pricey gifts.  What to do?  What to do?  I usually resort to handmade, partially because of cost and partially because then maybe they will feel too guilty to realized it's not something from the top of their wish lists... diabolical?  Maybe.  But, I love handmade gifts and, to me, they are usually more meaningful than something off the shelves.

Our kiddos are 3 and 10 months this Christmas.  This is what is topping my list of gifts for the kids this year:  
1.   Gizmos and Gears.  My Little Monkey (3) would love this.  Not only does he get to build it, it moves when he's finished!  And he can play with it again and again, each time building something new.

2. Playskool Busy Basics Form Fitter.  Little Gator (10 months) would probably chew on this more than anything at this point, but he's starting to show an interest in puzzles and what's better than a waterproof puzzle for the guy who has to taste everything?

3.  One of our faves is Monsters, Inc. and Little Monkey would love this Mike Wazowski shirt.  Get the tutorial at A Little Tipsy on creating this awesome shirt for cheap.

4.  My kiddos need some hats this winter.  This is one I made for my cousin's little cutie in a Minnie Mouse version.  I'm thinking my boys might need one too... Mickey version of course.

5.  Little Monkey will be getting a DVD coloring case.  I love that this is small, easily transported and all contained.  Get the tutorial on this at Handmade by Stacy Vaughn.

6.  This one is for my Gator.  I have seen similar ideas with fabric books and love the idea... however, I have a feeling it would take me clear til Christmas to get all that sewing done.  My kids are just too curious about the sewing machine to use it when they are awake and they rarely sleep at the same time, so that time is too precious to spend it on one project.  But this photo version... this I can do!  Get the details at Everyday Chaos.

7.  How cool is this DIY Geoboard?!  Get the details on making your own at Mama Jenn Blogs.  I used to love geoboard days in school.  I can't wait to show Little Monkey how to make different shapes!  

8.  Some days I need a little help coming up with things to do with my kids to keep them busy and entertained.  It seems to work better for me to have a list of activities somewhere other than on Pinterest because I always get sucked in to that darn site.  It's all the pretty pictures, I tell ya!  To keep the temptation away and my kids out from in front of the screen I often reward my three-year-old with activity cards like these Kid's Stocking Stuffer Activity Coupons.

9.  I want to get my Gator one of these.  Stacks and it's a teether?!  Scoooore!  This kid puts everything, and I mean every stinking thing, in his mouth.  It would be nice to have some toys with that purpose in mind.

10.  Last, but not least, are books.  I am a BIG believer in books.  I loved to read as a kid (still do, but two kids of my own don't leave much time for reading) and I want my children to know that it's okay (heck, it's awesome) if they would rather read than sit in front of a TV, computer, tablet or phone screen.  I don't think you can ever have too many books.  Because books can be spendy, I like to buy off of  I don't need a brand new copy so this works perfectly for me.  If I'm buying myself a book, I'll probably only read it once and don't feel the need to have a crisp, new book.  And my kids are only going to trash the books further, so if it has a little more loved feeling to it than one at Barnes & Nobel, I'm okay with that.  The $10+ savings helps me see right passed that "loved" quality.  As long as pages aren't torn, scribbled on or missing and the binding is in decent shape, it's good enough for me.  Get some ideas of the best kid's books at Children's Books Guide.

What are you getting your kiddos this Holiday season?

P.S.  Today is the last day for the Black Friday sale in my Etsy shop.  Save 35% off your order with BLACK12 in the coupon code box, plus take advantage of the digital BOGO.  Ends at midnight tonight PST.

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
If you'd like to get more While He Was Napping, you can find me here: Photobucket Photobucket

Saturday, November 10, 2012

{Deal of the Day} 8x10 Thanksgiving Subway Art

Print-at-home or have it delivered

Add some flair to your Holiday Season with this subway art format printable. This includes one .jpg file or a single 8x10" print. The image has multi-colored text with a white background.  I can resize the files for an additional charge.  If interested, please contact me.  Additional shipping and printing time required for larger files.

Files or print will ship within 24 hours.  If you choose printed delivery the image will be printed on Archival Photo Paper and shipped first class mail between cardboard for protection.  Shipping takes 2-5 days.  If you choose digital delivery, the file will be emailed to you after I receive payment. You can then save it and print on any paper you would like or upload it and have it printed professionally. Of course, your file will come without a watermark. 

This is a great way to decorate. Print out your piece, frame and hang. Want a little change of scenery? It's as simple as changing what's in the frame. Five minutes to a whole new look!

Please double check that you enter a valid email address at checkout. I don't resend things due to incorrect addresses, unless the fault is my own. 

The option to get this piece in vinyl is also available, for an additional charge, plus postage. Please convo me for more details.  The vinyl is a single color (brown).  Not multi-colored as the image is.

FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE. Do not forward or share this piece.  I retain all rights to this image.

Purchase this through Etsy HERE or through PayPal below.

Shipping Option

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
If you'd like to get more While He Was Napping, you can find me here: Photobucket Photobucket

Friday, November 09, 2012

{Deal of the Day} Infant or Child's Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse Hat

Looking for Weekend Wander?
Find this week's link party HERE.


These hats are cute and will keep your little one's head warm and toasty.  Fun for the chilly winter months or as photo props.  Ears and bow can be removed to provide a simple knit cap to keep your wee one warm.

Available in two sizes: Newborn and infant.  You can also chose whether you want a bow with your hat or not.  Pom pom ears are tied into the hat and can easily be removed.  Bow is attached with an alligator clip, which can also be easily removed, and can double as a hair bow or headband bow.

Handmade with soft black yarn for ultimate warmth and comfort.

Retail Price: $20.00
Discounted Price: $10.00
You Save 50%!

This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Weekend Wander #103

Hey, all!  Sorry I missed the party last week... uhm, I totally spaced it.  Little Monkey started running a fever Tuesday night.  We had a Halloween party Tuesday as well.  Monkey's fever only climbed higher over the next 48 hours and he spent Halloween day on the couch with Dinosaur Train on Netflix.  The poor boy was too sick to even go trick-or-treating!  I was sorely disappointed that I missed out on his candy stash... Haha.  He started feeling better on Thursday, thank goodness.  Sick kiddos are the worst!  We had some friends over Friday night and a family photo session on Saturday.  My brother and his wife organized the photos and we were instructed to find clothing to coordinate... easier said than done.  Gahh, busy, busy.  Anyway, I spaced it.  But not this week!

I'm only gonna do one feature this week.

YUM!  Mini Apple Crisps from Sarah at Alderberry Hill.

Thank you to everyone who linked up two weeks ago!  Without you, this party would be pretty lame... so, SUPER DUPER THANKS!

In case you missed it, I've gotta put in a real quick plug here for the {Deal of the Day} series that is happening this month.  If you are looking for some great deals on some Christmas gifts, come along for the ride.  Every day this month, I will have a new deal for you to grab, but the deal only lasts one day.  If you miss it, it's gone.  This is today's deal:

Ok, plug over.

Let's party!  Annnnnnnd... GO!  P.S. trying a new linky format... let me know if you like it or not.

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This post was written by Krista and originally appeared on While He Was Napping.
If you'd like to get more While He Was Napping, you can find me here: Photobucket Photobucket
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