Guys, the holidays are officially almost upon us. And for whatever reason (just a guess – mom guilt?) at Christmas time, I get super Type-A obsessive about making sure my holiday cards are finished early and mailed out before the serious crazy sets in. Life is insane during the holidays, and I really prefer to do tiny little things all year long in anticipation of December being the worst month of my life, in the history of ever.
ALL OF THE THINGS happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, and for some reason having my holiday cards done ahead of the choir, orchestra, and drama performances, not to mention the swim meets and candy-cane-read-a-thons and all of the homework the world has ever known, well, it makes me feel like a better human. It just does. That way I can sit back and
smugly relax and enjoy the holiday panic about everything else that needs to be done immediately, if not sooner.
This year I really do have reason to feel all extra celebratory, because it’s not even Halloween yet and my holiday cards are D-O-N-E.
Let’s talk about that for a second.
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Gifts for dad: DIY crafts for dad this Father’s Day.
DIY Father’s Day Mugs
It’s Father’s Day this weekend, in case you hadn’t noticed all the BBQ’s and lawnmowers for sale all over town. I already bought a vacuum at Costco for my husband because I’m fancy and super thoughtful, and I love him, especially when he vacuums. Although if the dad in my life were to get a vacuum for me, or laundry basket, or I don’t know, a sleeping bag for any holiday I would
probably completely lose my crap.
I’m going to pay for this somehow.
Do you have Father’s Day for the dad(s) in your life outside the US? I know there’s a Kid’s Day in Poland, which is also National Water-Fight Day, for serious, but I don’t know much about other countries celebrating random odd holidays like we do in the U.S.
Father’s Day printables
Anyway I found some ridiculous cute stuff on Pinterest, like you do, some super cute crafts for dad. I know you have it in you to whip any and all of these up, because you’re the craftiest sort of readers out there.
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Father’s Day, an entire day devoted to loving, remembering, hanging with, and showering the fathers in our lives with happiness and sparkling unicorns and ponies.
For the dads who like those kinds of things, anyway.
Father’s Day at our house is a pretty chill affair, much like Mother’s Day; we sometimes have a BBQ and maybe some fancy Jell-O with whipped cream, but not much. Because really, at our house, every day is Father’s Day.
My husband works random hours which means he’s home for a huge portion of our life together. Dad (or daddy, depending on the kid) is home as much as I am, sometimes more. He’s the one who takes the kids to the pediatrician, the dentist, and almost every field trip. Our dad makes dinner most nights, is in charge of the laundry, and does the dishes more than me. But in turn, he enjoys most of the privileges historically reserved for women and mothers: at home time with the kids, helping with homework, going on hikes and climbing trips and camping and kayaking, both kids in tow.
The fun stuff, the memory makers of family life.
Washi tape! Have you hopped on board the washi tape bandwagon? I’ll admit I’m a late comer to this fantastic trend, but now I can’t get enough! Who would have thought there would be so many uses and adorable things you can make with these little sticky strips of colored printed paper?
Because I’m so enamored with this cute little tape craft supply, and since Spring is right around the corner, this week’s project is a quick and easy to way to make some cute decorated “eggs” to add to your Easter and springtime decor! Keep reading to see how to make these Washi Tape Egg Decorations: >> Read More
Make a Valentine’s Day centerpiece. Making one is surely at the top of your to-do list right this very second. I know it’s late, you’ve procrastinated a little, you’re not really feeling it this year (I’m projecting, I do that on Valentine’s Day) but I still want you to make a Valentine craft, spruce up the old homestead for the holiday. No? Play with me here, it will end better for all of us.
Learning how to make a Valentines Day centerpiece will: cure cancer, make your mother-in-law love you, end childhood poverty, and make your mama proud. No, that’s not true, none of those things will happen if you use a bunch of conversation hearts to make a pretty something-something for Valentine’s Day. But it might make your holiday a little lovelier, and if you put it on your nightstand your kitty will be thrilled with an extra toy to knock over in the night and interrupt your slumber.
Supplies for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece:
- a few bags of conversation hearts
- smaller vase
This whole Valentine’s centerpiece thing is pretty simple, you just need a few sundries and about 5 minutes, max. The … >> find out more…
Some last, LAST last, last minute kid gifts for the holidays.
I know you’re out there: the procrastinators, the mamas, the aunties and uncles, the dads and godmothers, godparents among you. I’ve got a seriously very last-minute gift guide for kids for the holidays, with a little something for everyone and every age. Pajamas for the kids, night goggles to spy Santa, craft kits, craft books, a Ryan Gosling book for the budding feminists among you (by my amaaaaazingly gifted and super wicked smaht friend and scholar Danielle Henderson), makeup (for the way older teen girl), and the newest Just Dance 4 video game for everyone. Wait till grandpa gets in on that action, it will be a Merry Christmukkah Festivus miracle for all.
1, Pajama Bottoms 2, Nerf Night Vision Camcorder 3, Kiwi Crate 4, Feminist Ryan Gosling by Danielle Henderson 5, TIGI Hairspray 6, iPod touch 7, Klutz Twirled Paper Book 8, Skullcandy Headphones 9, Make-Up Collection 10, Sparkle Skirt 11, Ubisoft Just Dance 4 12, Kid’s Pajamas 13, Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
(How-to make DIY note cards is yet another great post from Stuff Steph Does, just in time to head home for the holidays and hand out your very own Christmas cards. See below for the how-to. -Allison)
// Hello again! Steph from Stuff Steph Does here, and this week I’m doing a how-to of some simple DIY holiday cards you can make and share with your loved ones. Make a set of these to give as a gift or send notes of holiday cheer yourself. Either way, learning the how-to of these handmade note cards is sure to help make someone’s season a bit brighter. //
Supplies for how-to make DIY note cards:
- blank note cards – you can buy a set of these at a craft store, or just fold over card stock and make your own!
- graph paper for sketching out your pattern
- glue stick
Here’s how-to start: sketch out the tree on the graph paper. Once you’re happy with it, make that your pattern and cut the shape out of the felt.
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For some reason I feel like these festive little treats are rather retro. Maybe because my mother made them for our family and friends every December for years and years, from the time I was very small. And we loved her for it. A little crunchy, a little gooey, sweet, and of course bright green. As were our tongues after chowing down on a couple of these little cuties. At one time, I probably thought that was hilarious. For years I’ve tried tracking down a recipe that was as good as hers (there are several that are very similar) and with a few modifications this one below came closest. And guess what? They’re gluten-free all on their own.
Christmas Wreath Treats (aka Holly Crackles)
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 30-36 large marshmallows (a 10-ounce bag contains 38 to 40)
- 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons green food color (be generous for best color)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 cups cornflakes cereal (I suggest a scant 4 cups for a well-coated finished product. Today I used 4 cups exactly and the gooey-ness didn’t go as far as I’d like)
- Red-hot cinnamon candies, for decorating
And now for my other favorite Thanksgiving category: dessert. Dessert, dear dear wonderful desserts. No less wonderful because they are gluten-free. I’m pretty darn thankful the gluten-free wiz kids of the internet have shared some amazing recipes with the world. These look like all around show-stoppers. Maybe you should just serve all three. Save yourself the problem of having to choose, what with all the coconut and apple and almond…
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