Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week Four – Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree

Why yes, we are a bit late posting this review of the final craft in our December Kids Kraft Kit from When Is Nap Time!  We were planning to do this on the Sunday after Christmas…after all of our family from out of town left and everything settled down around here.  However, Little Man decided to make his appearance the day before, one month early, and so we are just getting around to it now!  But it’s OK, because it is still Christmas around our house!  Because if you think I’ve gotten around to putting our Christmas decorations away yet, you’re crazy!  So Little Miss and I enjoyed doing this craft today, more than 2 weeks after Christmas!

Week four’s craft was a popsicle stick Christmas tree.  Our kit came with a brown popsicle stick and several green ones in different sizes, a glittery yellow puff, and jewel stickers!
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After getting out all of the supplies and checking the easy to follow instructions here, I had her set out the green sticks in order from biggest to smallest.  This is a skill we are still working on, so it was great practice for her!
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Then I had her line the green sticks up on the brown popsicle stick to make a Christmas Tree!  (Don’t forget to leave room at the top for the star!)
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Then decorate your tree by adding the glittery puff ball to the top for the star, and the jewel stickers on the “branches” for the ornaments!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Kids Kraft Kit Review - Week Four - Popsicle Stick Christmas TreeAnd there you have it!  A beautiful Christmas tree!  Amber at When Is Nap Time even suggested adding a string to the back and making these in to ornaments, so we might just do that!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Kids Kraft Kit Review - Week Four - Popsicle Stick Christmas TreeOverall, Little Miss and I REALLY loved this Kraft Kit and we were so honored to get the chance to give them a test run!  You can purchase a kit each month for just $9.95 plus shipping.  Each kit includes 4 crafts geared towards kiddos ages 2-5 years old and Amber posts the instructions for the craft of the week on her website each Friday!  You can get more information about how to order a craft kit here!  When things settle down around here with the new baby, we will definitely be joining in the fun!

Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week One – Candy Cane Ornaments
Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week Two – Jingle Bell Bracelet
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A New Way To Party!

A New Way to Party – Personalized Plates from Birthday Express!
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Birthday Express has done it again with their newest arrival, personalized plates! You can now upload any photo you would like and design a customized party plate for any occasion, from birthdays to graduations, anniversaries to everyday gatherings. These plates will take your party from good to great, by adding a personal touch never before seen!

At just $9.99 per set of 8 plates, this is a fun and affordable way to bring life to your party, quite literally! Check out the personalized plates I created of Little Miss with Rapunzel for her upcoming princess birthday party!  I have several pictures of her with princesses from our trip to Disney World and can make a variety of plates with these pictures on them for the party!  I’m so excited!

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Don’t forget to check out other personalized party supplies like party banners, centerpieces, and invitations atBirthdayExpress.com!

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Advent Books and Traditions – Week Four

The fourth candle is lit and it’s the last week of Advent.  I cannot believe how this month has flown by!  (In case anyone is wondering what the white candle in the center is for, we light it on Christmas Day and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus in addition to singing our Christmas songs!  My daughter LOVES it!)
Rhinos to Rugrats - Advent Books and Traditions - Week FourHere are the books we read each night for our last week:

Day 22 – Why A Donkey Was Chosen – By:  Christopher Gregorowsky
A story about all the animals and why they were chosen to carry each person they carried.
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Day 23 – Christmas Lullaby – By:  Nancy Jewell
A sweet and simple poem about all the animals that help the Baby Jesus when he is born.
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Day 24 – Finding Christmas – By:  Helen Ward
A little girl finds her way to a toy store where she is in search of the perfect gift for her baby brother’s first Christmas (we learn at the end), and is helped by a very special person at the store (Santa!)
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Day 25 – The Night Before Christmas – By:  Clement C. Moore
The traditional story in Little Golden Book format!  What else would we read on Christmas Eve?
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Day 26 – Asleep in the Stable – By:  Will Hillenbrand
All is quiet in the stable except for Baby Owl who has just woken up and is wondering all about the baby sleeping down below in the manger!
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Merry Christmas to all and “Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus!”

Advent Books and Traditions – Week One
Advent Books and Traditions – Week Two
Advent Books and Traditions – Week Three

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Saying Goodbye to Oatmeal the Elf

This is our last week with Oatmeal and we only had a couple of days of fun with her before she headed back to the North Pole until next year.  Here’s what she was up to this week:

Day 23 – Oatmeal was camping out in Bethlehem!
What you need:  Paper and toothpicks or sticks (to make an elf tent), Christmas socks to use as a sleeping bag and pillow.
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Day 24 – Oatmeal brought us a special book about Santa coming to Oregon and a letter lifting her magic so Little Miss could give her a goodbye kiss and hug!
What you need:  Any kind of going away gift is optional and any variation of a letter explaining how the magic will be lifted for a short time so your child can say goodbye!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Saying Goodbye to Oatmeal the ElfShe remembered getting to kiss and hug Oatmeal goodbye last year and had asked me a few times this month if I thought she might get to do that again, so I knew she was really looking forward to this part.  Last year, when she did it, she was so sweet and delicate, so I was really excited for this part myself.  She was a little nervous at first, because she understood the “no touching” rule a bit better this year, but we finally convinced her it was OK and she gave Oatmeal a gentle hug and kiss goodbye and then set her back on her shelf!  It was very sweet!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Saying Goodbye to Oatmeal the ElfMerry Christmas Eve everyone!  And farewell Oatmeal…until next year!

Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week Three + Link-Up #5
Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week Two + Link-Up #4
Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week One + Link-Up #3
The Return of Oatmeal the Elf + Link-Up #2
Elf on the Shelf – Link-Up #1
Elf on the Shelf – Easy Ideas for Two-Year-Olds

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Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week Three + Link-Up #5

Here is what Oatmeal the Elf was up to during week three!  Don’t forget to link-up your Elf on the Shelf posts below!

December 15 – Oatmeal realized there were only ten days left until Christmas when she heads back to the North Pole, so she brought Little Miss some elf jammies and an elf friend to remember her by!
What you need:  Elf on the Shelf pajamas, Elf on the Shelf plush toy, and letter.  (I got inspiration for my letter from this post from Cwazy Town’s blog!
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December 16 – Oatmeal tried to brush her teeth and made a mess!
What you need:  Kiddo’s toothbrush, toothpaste

Rhinos to Rugrats - Oatmeal the Elf 2014 - Week Three + Link-Up #5December 17 – Oatmeal borrowed Mommy’s camera to take a picture of all the girls in front of the Christmas tree!
What you need:  Camera and stuffed animals or dolls that belong to your child.
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December 18 – Oatmeal visited the princesses at their castle!
What you need:  Little People Disney Princess Castle (or similar toy set).
Rhinos to Rugrats - Oatmeal the Elf 2014 - Week Three + Link-Up #5December 19 – Oatmeal decided she wanted her own stocking!  She brought a letter from Santa too!
What you need:  Mini stocking (I got this one at the Dollar Tree and I used glitter puffy paint to write the elf’s name) and personalized letter from Santa.  (I got this one from the Free Letters From Santa site.)
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December 20 – Oatmeal found some special friends and thought they’d like to go for a walk!
What you need:  Stuffed or plastic dog toys and ribbon, rope, or string.  You will also need tape…I had to tape the elf to the wall to get her to stand up…it wasn’t pretty!  Ha ha!
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December 21 – Oatmeal is cooking something up for us in the play kitchen!
What you need:  Elf apron, play food
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December 22 – Oatmeal wanted to feed the dog, but she made a bit of a mess!
What you need:  dog, dog food
Rhinos to Rugrats - Oatmeal the Elf 2014 - Week Three + Link-Up #5It’s the last week and there are only a few days left!  Can you believe how fast time has flown by?  It’s almost time for the elves to return to the North Pole, but before they go, check our link-up for a few last minute ideas and if you have Elf on the Shelf links to share, add them to the link-up!

Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week Two + Link Up #4
Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week One + Link Up #3
The Return of Oatmeal the Elf + Link Up #2
Elf on the Shelf Link Up #1
Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Two-Year-Olds

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Advent Books and Traditions – Week Three

Three candles are lit this week.  The weather is getting chillier and we are holding out for a little bit of snow for Christmas, but right now there is just rain in the forecast.  Our out-of-town-family members have arrived and it is all so close already!  I can’t get over how fast this season flies by!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Advent Books and Traditions - Week ThreeHere are the books we read for Advent each night this week:

Day 15 – Cricket at the Manger – By:  Edith Fine
There’s a brilliant star lighting up the whole sky and everywhere in town there are people and animals and noise and the cricket just wants to sleep.  But later, when the cricket see the baby Jesus in the manger, his thoughts of sleep are forgotten.
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Day 16 – Silent Night – By:  Juliet Groom
One of our favorite Christmas songs comes to life as the animals in the forest gather together to celebrate a special baby!
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Day 17 – Christmas in the Barn – By:  Margaret Wise Brown
A great interpretation of the Christmas story with some repetition and focused on the animals, until the end of course!  (If you love Goodnight Moon, you’ll love this one!)
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Day 18 – Who Was Born This Special Day? – By:  Eve Bunting and Leonid Gore
Each animal in the barn is asked if they were born on this special day until they find the special child who was!
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Day 19 – The Feathered Crown – By:  Marsha Hayles
Many mama birds gather from near and far to make a comfy, cozy nest and a feathered crown for a very special baby.
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Day 20 – One Snowy Night – By:  M. Christina Butler
The story of a little hedgehog who gets caught in a snowstorm and is rescued by some special friends.
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Day 21 – Henry the Christmas Cat – By:  Mary Calhoun
Henry the cat follows his family wherever they go and this time it’s to the Christmas Pageant, but “there are no cats in the nativity.”  Some adventures follow and Henry saves the day!
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Another Advent tradition that we started this year was an ornament a day.  Little Miss is three now, and so obedient about not touching things she isn’t supposed to, that we decided it would be safe to put her own little tree in her room.  She has absolutely loved having it.  Like most little girls her age these days, she is obsessed with princesses, and I happened upon a set of Christmas princess ornaments that have numbers on the other side (one for each day of the month.)  She also happens to be obsessed with numbers and counting right now, so these couldn’t be more perfect for her.  I put the ornaments in a basket on her dresser next to the tree in her room.
Rhinos to Rugrats - Advent Books and Traditions - Week ThreeEach morning, she wakes up, comes in our room to ask us what number it is today, and then runs back in her room to find the corresponding ornament in her basket and hangs it on her tree!  It is so fun to see her excitement about counting down to Christmas!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Advent Books and Traditions - Week ThreeI am having a REALLY hard time believing that Christmas is less than a week away!  It really does feel like it has flown by much faster than it does every other year!  There will be one more Advent post to finish off the year and I’m hoping to share some Christmas traditions with you in that post!  Enjoy your holidays!

Advent Books and Traditions – Week One
Advent Books and Traditions – Week Two
Advent Books and Traditions – Week Four

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Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week Three – Gingerbread Man Puppet

This week’s craft from the kit we got over at When Is Nap Time? was a Gingerbread Man puppet!  It was so simple to make and so cute and my daughter loved it!  The kit included a foam gingerbread cut out, a popsicle stick, a bow tie, two google eyes, and 3 glittery buttons.  If you need the easy instructions, they are always available on her blog in the Kid’s Kraft Kit section.  If you have these supplies lying around your house, you can find the directions here!
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It’s pretty self-explanatory what needs to be done here and even this focused three-year-old was able to figure it out without any particular instructions!Rhinos to Rugrats - Kids Kraft Kit Review - Week Three - Gingerbread Man PuppetIt turned out so cute!
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I can’t believe how fast this month has gone by!  There’s only one more craft from our kit this month so come back next week to check it out!

Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week One – Candy Cane Ornaments
Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week Two – Jingle Bell Bracelet
Kids Kraft Kit Review – Week Four – Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree

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Begin Again Toys Giveaway – Ends 12/24

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Love Makes Good Impressions

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When I first read today’s dare, I just kept thinking, “Yes!” and “Totally!”  But then I started thinking about the dare and realized I’m not so great at this!  I am BARELY awake when Hubby leaves for work in the morning, so there’s no greeting there.  I’m almost always distracted by our daughter or something around the house that I’m trying to get done when he gets home from work, so I don’t really greet him when he walks in the door.  We go to bed at different times, so a quick goodnight kiss is about all he gets from me before heading up to bed.  But why?  This is something SO EASY to do and it’s a really simple way to show your love to your spouse.  So why is it the easiest thing to slack off in in your relationship?

Rhinos to Rugrats - Love Makes Good ImpressionsDon’t get me wrong, Hubby and I definitely do other things with and for each other throughout the day to show our love and support for one another, but unfortunately a loving kiss or a warm greeting is not really on that list for me and although he doesn’t really complain about or mention it, I KNOW that these types of greetings ARE important and special to him, so I should really re-focus and put this back in to my relationship.  As I said, it’s too easy an action not to do it!

Rhinos to Rugrats - Love Makes Good ImpressionsThis action is different from the other ways we show our love for each other because it adds a quick bit of passion in to our relationship.  It has the ability to increase the excitement and ensure that we are keeping that spark alive!

Rhinos to Rugrats - Love Makes Good ImpressionsSomething so simple as a hug or a kiss can convey so much more.  It can be a way to tell your spouse that you missed them, that you are happy to see them, that you depend on them and need them to be in your life, how much you desire them, and so much more!

Rhinos to Rugrats - Love Makes Good ImpressionsOf course this is difficult on some days but you just have to do the best you can.  I’m working to keep it in the front of my mind like I did when I was working on being more patient or kind or thoughtful.  The more it is in my head, the more I will do it!  However, it has taken me a few days to be consistent with this and I’m still not doing it perfectly so I’m going to continue to work on it.  It is at the front of my mind now so that’s helping me to make sure it happens almost all of the time.

Rhinos to Rugrats - Love Makes Good ImpressionsHow do you greet your friends, coworkers, and neighbors?  How about acquaintances and those you meet in public?  Do you greet your spouse with equal kindness?  Do you use your greeting well?  Does it make your spouse feel valued, appreciated, and loved?

*The quotes and challenges in this post are not my original content and are excerpts taken from The Love Dare.  The opinions and experiences in the post are my own and not directly taken from the book.

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Oatmeal the Elf 2014 – Week Two + Link Up #4

Here’s what Oatmeal was up to during week two! Don’t forget to link-up your Elf on the Shelf posts below!

December 8 – Oatmeal gathered up all of our nail polishes and chapsticks and brought Little Miss a case to store them in so they wouldn’t be lost all of the time!  How thoughtful of you, Oatmeal!
What you need:  Carrying case (I got this Frozen tin from the $3 bin at Target!) and anything that needs organizing!
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December 9 – Oatmeal found a video message from Santa on my computer and is hoping Little Miss will watch it with her!
What you need:  computer or ipad and a video previously created, loaded and ready to go from the Portable North Pole.
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December 10 – Oatmeal left us all some Santa hats and was hanging out near our stockings!
What you need:  Christmas/Santa hats for each family member.  (I got these at the Dollar Tree!)
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December 11 – Oatmeal built a Christmas tower with blocks!
What you need:  Toy blocks!
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December 12 – Oatmeal built a snowman out of toilet paper rolls!
What you need:  3 rolls of toilet paper, construction paper, markers, pipe cleaner or sticks, (sign is optional)
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December 13 – Oatmeal brought us our Santa Lucia ornament, a Lucia crown for Little Miss and a mini-Lucia crown for herself with some Pepparkokar cookies to celebrate this special day in our family!
What you need:  If you celebrate this Swedish holiday, you can add any of these elements to your Lucia reminders from your elf!  I got this green garland at the Dollar Tree and made little crowns, used small Christmas tree candles and clips for the larger crown, and birthday candles (yes, all I had were zebra candles) for the elf crown, and found these cookies at World Market.  You can find them at just about any grocery store as Anna’s Ginger Snaps or at IKEA.  (The ornament was purchased at a Swedish festival years ago!)  And for the record, this is about as detailed and crazy as I get with the elf!
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December 14 – Oatmeal decided to help with the laundry…..
What you need:  A full load of laundry!
Rhinos to Rugrats - Oatmeal the Elf - Week 2 + Link Up #4(During nap time, Oatmeal finally finished the laundry!)
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If you’re running out of steam on your elf and you want to find some other ideas, check out our link-up below!  And add your posts to the link-up too please!  We love seeing what all of those elves are up to!

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