{Craft} Holiday TIC TAC TOE

8 December 2014

This little set of TIC TAC TOE would make a cute little Stocking gift and is perfect for holiday travelling ! The bears are just the right size for younger children and they are big enough pieces not to get lost in the car or on the airplane...

The Bear Finger Puppets are from Oriental Trading and one pack comes with four different hat colors so I gave each of my children their own set to play with. I used the Winter Retreat Bags to pack them.
The bags are nice and small so they would easily fit in a kids backpack.

The felt board was super easy to make, I just quickly sewed 4 ribbons to divide the felt square (from any craft store) in 9.

It is such a nice version of TIC TAC TOE, my kids love the little bears! There are so many other finger puppet characters on Oriental Trading to choose from that you can make any set you like.

Disclosure: All words and opinions are my completely my own. Items for review were provided by Oriental Trading at no cost. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

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{Product Review} Pear Tree Holiday Cards

6 December 2014

I am so happy to be reviewing the Christmas cards I recently ordered from Pear Tree because they are so beautiful !

I love the photo collage, the thick matt card, the good quality of the photos printed, and mainly the originality of the design, I got so many good comments about my cards already !

The whole experience was really easy, from ordering and personalizing the cards on the website, to receiving that cute little parcel in the mail ! It's nice to receive beautiful cards, isn't it nicer to get them in a carefully wrapped package ?

In addition to the cards, I ordered some Christmas address labels which give my enveloppes the perfect finishing touch.
I also got a photo notepad. I chose two pictures already on the Christmas card so they would match. The notepad is the perfect size because a sheet fits in the enveloppes and allows me to add a personal note to my cards.

You can see all the beautiful products offered by Pear Tree on their website. Thank you for supporting my sponsors.

Disclosure: All words and opinions are my completely my own. Items for review were provided by Pear Tree Greetings at no cost. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

{Pin of the Week} DIY Satin Ribbon Bow from iCreativeIdeas

30 November 2014

Now here is a useful trick to manage to make small Satin Ribbon Bows for cards or embellishments !
View the full post and the rest of the instructions here.

{Giveaway} WIN $50 with Pear Tree !!!

24 November 2014

Are you still wondering what to do for Holiday Cards this year ? Well look no further because I have found the perfect company for you !!!

Pear Tree offers some fantastic Holiday Cards designs and because you can personalize most of them with photos and your choice of fonts/colors, your cards will be truly unique !

It took me forever to pick a card design from their impressive choice of Holiday Photo cards.
I chose the folded design below with a photo collage at the back and some foil accents. I also ordered some Christmas Address Labels that will look so cute on our enveloppes.
I can't wait to receive my cards and tell you what I think of them !

In the meantime I have a fantastic giveaway for you today !
Enter bellow to win a $50 Gift Card with Pear Tree so you too can order unique Holiday Cards this year !!!

Giveaway IS NOW CLOSED. Winner was announced on our Facebook page.

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{Christmas} Snowflake Marshmallows by Martha Stewart

23 November 2014

One of our Advent Calendar action/activity will be to enjoy a Hot Chocolate WITH marshmallows :)
I have never made marshmallows but I think these would be fun to make as a family before we enjoy the Hot Chocolate together...

Head over to Martha Stewart's for the recipe and instructions.

{Craft} Paper Stocking Advent Calendar Tutorial

21 November 2014

This year we are starting a new tradition: an action Advent Calendar.
Instead of receiving chocolates or small gifts, we will do something special together everyday.
Some of our actions will include simple things like Drinking Hot Chocolate or Reading a Christmas Book together, and bigger things like going to see the Christmas lights or going to a show.

I am pretty excited by this new tradition, just knowing that every day we will celebrate our time  being together as a family.

I created this pretty cute Paper Stocking Advent Calendar after seeing a similar decoration in a Christmas Magazine. It turned out gorgeous and it looks so festive.
The pockets are just the right size to hold a small piece of paper describing the action of the day.

Here is an easy tutorial to help you create your own Paper Stocking Advent Calendar:

What you need:
Assorted Papers. I used the Christmas/Winter Pack from Oriental Trading.

Stocking Template (I used the template for last year's Stocking Utensil Holders
Printed Numbers and a 1 1/2 inch puncher
Glue Stick, scissors, pencil
Mini clothespins and some ribbon to hang

How to :
Print the stocking template and use it to draw a double stocking shape on the pattern paper.

Cut out the stocking and fold in two.

 Glue along the free edge, leaving the top open.

Embellish with trims, ribbons, bells, paper....
Punch the Numbers and stick on the stockings.
Hang on a cute ricrac ribbon with mini Clothespins

Here is a list of actions we used to get you started. Just make you own list with what works for you family and makes you happy :)

Listen to Christmas Music
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Watch a Christmas Movie
Go for a drive to see the Christmas Lights
Decorate a Gingerbread House
Make some Christmas Ornaments
Decorate cookies
Drink Hot Chocolate
Write Christmas Cards
Read a Christmas Story
Offer some help to a neighbor
Collect food in the neighborhood for a local food drive
Go to a Christmas Show

Disclosure: All words and opinions are my completely my own. Items for review were provided byOriental Trading at no cost. No other type of compensation was received for this review.

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{Pin of the week} White Chocolate Bundt with Pears form Fraulein Klein

16 November 2014

Since I bought a Bundt pan a few weeks ago I have become obsessed with Bundt cakes !!!
This recipe from Fraulein Klein looks scrumptious !!! And her pictures are beautiful and inspiring, as always on her blog.

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