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I love the holiday season! 🎄 One of my favorite parts is the holiday appetizers! I'm highlighting some of my favorite on this week's blog. Check out these amazing apps here:
This recipe from Joanna Gaines Pretzels and Cheese Dip is just amazing! I love that you have the option to make them savory or sweet (by adding some cinnamon sugar)! Picture from KendellKreations.
The Cookie Rookie makes an incredible 7 Layer Greek Dip and everyone loves a good 7 Layer Dip! I love that you can make this recipe beforehand and that it doesn't have to go into the oven, since there is always limited space in the oven. Picture from The Cookie Rookie.
The Chunky Chef makes Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies. Everyone loves them - even the kids! They are sweet and smokey, and my mouth is watering just thinking about making them! Picture from The Chunky Chef.
Women's Day complied a list of 65 Christmas Appetizers that are all great ideas for serving your family and friends during the holiday season! I love the wide range of ideas that they give! Picture from Women's Day.
The holiday season is the happiest time of the year! 🎄 I'm excited to spend the holidays with friends and family, making delicious appetizers for everyone to enjoy! I'd love to hear what you are making this holiday season - let me know! 
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My Christmas Bucket List Blog included a movie marathon!
Here are the top movies that I want to watch this Christmas season! The boys helped me make the list with a few of their favorites and then I included a few of mine - like Holidate! Such a cute romantic movie for the holidays!
I’d love to hear what your top movies are to watch during the holiday season! Head over to my Instagram to let me know!
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It's the holiday season and here is our family's Christmas Bucket List! 🎄

Visit Santa 
Make Homemade Ornaments 
Sip on Rich Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows 
Take a Drive to Look at Christmas Lights 
Wear a Holiday Sweater 
Open One Gift on Christmas Eve
Make Christmas Cookies 
Give Back 
Christmas Movie Marathon 
We hope this will give you ideas to get in the holiday spirit for your family! I'd love to hear what's on your holiday bucket list! 
Please share with me! 
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Christmas Break is well under way! It’s been such a busy month, but with school finally out, it’s time for me and the boys to do fun Christmas crafts!

Here are some of the fun Christmas crafts that I found on Pinterest that I’m hoping we’ll do over the holidays:

Image from: One Little Project 

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees found here

These are so easy to make, but will be fun for the boys!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these ornaments:

  • 3 popsicle sticks (one with about 1″ cut from the end of it)
  • 1″ x 1″ square of brown card stock
  • A star cut from glittery card stock
  • A piece of twine, approximately 6″ long
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors and a craft/utility knife

And to decorate them, you can use whatever you have on hand!

  • Tiny pom poms
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rhinestones
  • Buttons
  • Glitter

Image from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Another fun craft is No-Cook Cinnamon Ornaments that will be the perfect addition to the Christmas tree or a great gift for the grandparents.

Other Items You’ll Need:

What To Do:

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Then, add 3/4 cup of very warm water and mix well.

You can find the entire recipe and craft idea here.

Image from The Resourceful Mama

Another favorite that I’m excited to try with the boys is this Burlap Reindeer Ormanent from the Resourceful Mama found here.

What You’ll Need:

  • Burlap cut into triangles
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Small Red Pom Poms
  • Glue
  • Craft Jute Twine or String


1. If you have the premade triangles like we did, you can skip this step. If not you will need to cut your burlap into small triangles. 

2. Glue two googly eyes onto the burlap and a red pom pom for the nose.

3. Add two small clothespin for the antlers.

4. Form a small loop with the twine (or string) and glue to the back of the reindeer ornament to hand the ornament.

I can’t wait to be creative and craft with the boys this holiday season using fun craft ideas like these from Pinterest! If you don’t follow me on Pinterest, give me a follow here! Tell me, what other crafts are you doing this holiday season?

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