Had a great time this weekend at my first crafts fair showing off my holiday decorations. It was the first but wont be the last! I love seeing all of the creative work people in the community are doing. It is also fun to connect with people I usually wouldn’t meet. Today is the last day to get my holiday decorations and everything is majorly reduced in price, I mean I am basically giving it away and no shipping fees! Today only! If you didn’t get a chance to check out my holiday decorations no worries. Very shortly my Valentine’s Day decor and party packs will be up in my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ValEventGal. I will be spreading the love with original ideas and great deals. Okay shameless self promotion over! Love you all and have an amazing Christmas and Hanukkah!
‘Tis the season for holiday parties! I usually like to bring a bottle of wine to holiday parties if I am not bringing food. It’s always a safe bet, since most people like wine. Well at least most people I know. If you want to spice up your bottle of wine I have these free printable holiday drink tags just for you! All you need is a little ribbon and a hole puncher. These drink tags can work for beer too or even hot chocolate! I have Christmas and Hanukkah ones depending on the occasion you are celebrating. You could use both if you celebrate Christmukkah, like we do in my house. The drink tags are perfect for gifts or to display on all of your wine or beer bottles at your holiday party!
In the last few years I have moved about 5 times. WIth all of the moving I tend to get rid of the nonessential items like holiday decorations. Although they really are essential with my daughter who is obsessed with Christmas! I realized we had no Christmas decorations nada, but I still don’t want to buy large decorations since we have limited space. Right now we are in an apartment and I don’t want it to be too cluttered. Well at least not more cluttered than it already is with all my craft supplies and Keira’s toys. With a 3 year old they always need running around space. I decided to make some small decorations. I didn’t want to go with traditional Christmas colors this year, I thought some pastel colors would go nicely with our home decor! Our decorations are sort of a winter wonderland with some pink thrown in. Since it’s just us girls there is always some pink thrown in!
I am new to the whole advent calendar thing. I know I am a bit behind the times. This year is the first time I really wanted to make one. My daughter is now 3, she can really understand and get excited about a count down to Christmas. Last year she was really into the decorations and wanted to go see Christmas lights every night. I love the lights but she was completely obsessed. This year she is more into the Christmas projects not just looking at the decorations. I saw some cute advent calendars that all seemed to be filled with candy. I love candy but I know we will be baking a lot this month so I didn’t want to do too much sweets. I guess there is such a thing as too much candy(maybe).
Thanksgiving is almost here. It is a great time to get together with family and do what’s really important, eat. Also give thanks for the amazing people and blessings in our lives! I always am so so full after eating the giant meal that I don’t know how I can eat a single bite more! Then I see the desserts and somehow manage to eat even more. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it. I think there is a separate part of the stomach just for dessert. That’s my logic and I’m sticking to it! Pies are traditionally what people serve for Thanksgiving. I like pies but they are very time consuming to make. Not everyone likes pie and it is good to have a few options for your Thanksgiving guests. Here are some easy cute cupcake ideas great for fall and Thanksgiving! First is the turkey cupcake gobble, gobble :).
This week I have eaten a TON of candy(literally a ton). I didn’t want to throw any out and waste it, but I also don’t want to eat it all. I hid it from Keira so she wouldn’t eat too much. That plan backfired and I ended up eating way way too much! If like me you are hanging on to extra Halloween candy you can host a movie night and use the candy for a concession stand.
This is a concession stand I made for “A Star is Born” baby shower. I made this one with foam blocks but I realized after the fact cereal boxes would work just as well. Live and learn! It’s really easy to make, works great for movie nights, baby showers or sports themed parties. Cute and no baking involved, score!
I love love doing arts and crafts with Keira. However, I am not a fan of cleaning up after. It seems impossible for us to do arts and crafts without making a ginormous mess. Even with a huge tarp down we end up with paint and glitter on the carpet. As much as I love glitter it is banned from inside the house because glitter seems to multiple and stick to everything. We use the glitter pens and glitter glue so we still get our fill of glitter without the mess. I wanted to make some Halloween crafts/decorations that wouldn’t leave a huge mess. These would be great last minute crafts for Halloween day. I had all the materials but you could put it together with Target items and the Dollar Tree.
I try to extend all holidays for the entire month. We do crafts and make decorations to get into the spirit! We made a bunch of spider Halloween crafts. This year Keira wanted to be a ghost for Halloween. I was excited about her costume choice since she dresses up as a princess almost every day, that’s just a Tuesday for us. Luckily Etsy has some cute ghost costumes so I didn’t have to figure out how to make one. I cannot sew to save my life, although I can glue like nobody’s business. Today I got Keira’s costume in the mail and wanted to try it on her. Once it was on she didn’t want to take it off and was ready to go trick or treating. She was waiting for the sun to go down for trick or treating. It’s hard to convince a three year old it is not trick or treating time when they get the idea set in their mind. Now her costume is in hiding until Halloween. Instead of trick or treating she had to settle for making fun Halloween decorations with me :).
Halloween is probably my all-time favorite holiday. You get to dress up in fun costumes and people give you candy, how bad can that be? I think it is the little kid in me (or sugar addict) that loves this holiday so much. One of the best things about being a mom is being able to relive your childhood and act like a kid again. Sadly people would think it was weird if a 30 year old woman dressed up and went trick or treating without a kid. To get ready for Halloween I made some easy Halloween desserts with my daughter. These are all easy enough for kids to help out with, especially the cupcakes.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! We have been having an amazing ice cream month. Celebrating all month long with as much ice cream as possible. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! My daughter and I usually celebrate sundae Sundays. We wear our party hats and go out for ice cream. People always assume it’s her birthday but we don’t need a birthday to wear party hats. I am enjoying this time now because I know soon enough my daughter will be extremely embarrassed by wearing party hats in public with me. Not to say I won’t still wear party hats and embarrass her.
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