DIY Advent Calendar

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Advent Calendar

Growing up in a Jewish home I was always fascinated with the commercialized side of Christmas. I slowly started to buy decorations but could never quite bring myself to buy a tree. Till I met my husband, who happens to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Well in all honesty mostly just Christmas as his mother is Catholic and his father is Jewish. So, now I had real reason to buy a tree and my son will now celebrate both holidays! Which is very exciting for his Jewish mother who loooooooves Christmas! I made him his first Advent Calendar and enjoyed every minute of it. It was relatively easy and not that time consuming.

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Holiday Decorations

Materials:

Canvas Board (16×20)

Hot Glue

Sharpie

Brown Paper Bags (small size)

Construction Paper and Patterned Paper (with gingham print)

Glue Stick

Twine

25 Clothespins

Christmas Decorations

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Advent Calendar Supplies

 

Directions

Decorate your little bags, I used the gingham paper for the numbers and cut out green hearts. Then glue one strip of twine to your canvas board (use the glue on the back of the board so you can’t see it). Hang the first row of bags, this will help determine where the next row goes. Do one row at a time and this helps to make sure all the rows are in the right places. When you’re finished hanging your bags you can hang other little Christmas decorations off the twine. I used small ornaments, candy canes and mini Santas. I also glued little tiny Christmas trees and gingerbread men to each clothespins, along with some foam hearts (leftover from Valentines Day).

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Advent Calendar

 

DIY Under the Sea Birthday

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Under The Sea Cake

This past weekend we hosted a wonderful birthday for a little girl who turned 8 years old. She requested “under the sea” as her theme and we had so much fun with it! The guests made “Under the Sea” treasure boxes and decorated cupcakes with fondant dolphins and sea shells. For the decorations we made lots of beautiful fish and used tissue paper for seaweed. The hanging Jelly Fish were made from a paper bowl and a cut up table cloth.

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Under the Sea Theme Birthday

 

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In the Kitchen!

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Under the Sea Treasure Box

 

 

 

Pumpkin Recipes

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Pumpkin Recipes

We had a ton of leftover pumpkins from our Haunted House and we just couldn’t bear to throw them all out, so we cooked them up and made as many pumpkin things we could think of, seeds, bread, muffins, soup and of course pie! Click on the titles to see the recipes we found.

Pumpkin Muffins

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Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Pie

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Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Bread

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Pumpkin Bread