DIY LOVE Mailboxes for Kids

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Yall, can I be honest for two seconds. I really haven’t felt like blogging lately. I’m not sure why, maybe I just needed some inspiration. Okay…two seconds over because well, I got some inspiration.

Chickadee loves going to the mailbox. She is so cute carrying in the mail and opening up all the pieces (and stacks of Amazon packages). No one gets excited about the water bill like a 2 year old that just got to tear some paper. So she is my inspiration for this project, along with Valentines day that is just around the corner.

We love a good craft project. Chickadee is such a little creative, so these Valentines mailboxes were right up their ally.

Chickadee’s mailbox is made from a yogurt container and wrapping paper tube left over from Christmas.

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Sprout’s mailbox is a red solo cup and paper towel tube.

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For both mailboxes I used a razor blade to slice a 1.5 inch slit in the middle. Then I slid in the tube and taped it on the inside. We used cardstock, washi tape, stickers, and crayons to decorate both of the mailboxes.

I attached them to the wall using painter’s tape at first, but they fell immediately. So next I tried masking tape and so far it’s held everything in place.

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My hope is to leave them a love note each night in February with a little message sharing something we love about Sprout & Chickadee at this age. And if things get crazy, maybe a little fun treat every now and then!

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So what do you think? I already shared a few love notes with Chickadee and she got so excited about opening up her own mailbox and finding a little LOVE inside. I think February is going to be a lot of fun!!

Merry Christmas!

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From our family to yours, wishing you a Merry Christmas!!

~ Laura Beth, III, Chickadee, and Sprout

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you goods news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the King.”

Luke 2:10-11

White Chocolate Peppermint OREO Bites

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Do yall make neighbor gifts at Christmas time? Honestly, I am hit or miss from year to year. It really depends how on top of it I am each Christmas season. I’m hoping to whip up a little something for our neighbors before we head out for Christmas, and I am thinking these delicious white chocolate peppermint OREO bites might be just the right treat! I’m a sucker for anything peppermint this time of year. Peppermint bark, peppermint hot chocolate, peppermint fudge, you name it, I’m game!

So I figured why not take a delicious treat like an OREO and “peppermint-ize” it! They were super easy and only required 3 ingredients. I made them for the ornament exchange I was telling you about the other day and they were a huge hit. Just like the Christmas cranberry punch these delicious bites are festive and will get anyone in the holiday spirit!

Next time you are at the store grab a carton of OREOS (I prefer double stuffed), 1 bag of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips, and a bag of peppermints. It also helps to have some parchment paper on hand.

Lay out your OREOS onto the parchment paper. I found that 1 bag of white chocolate chips was enough to cover about 16 OREOS. Open the peppermints and put them into a zipock bag. I used a hammer and one simple tap on each peppermint crushed it perfectly. Now, pour all of the white chocolate chips in a glass bowl and heated for 1 minutes. It was the perfect amount of time to melt the white chocolate. All it needed was a little stir and it was ready for dipping.

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Now I am sure there is a more professional way to do this, but I just dipped the OREOS with my fingers. Make sure it’s nice and coated and then shake it a bit and let the excess fall back into the bowl.

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 Then lay out on the parchment paper. I dipped about 5 OREOS at a time and then sprinkled with peppermint before the white chocolate hardened.

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Easy as one. two. three! I’m definitely adding another batch of these to my to do list. Neighbors watch out! We are coming for you!

EASY Christmas Cranberry Punch

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I’m dropping in for only a few seconds today. The kids are napping and I have a feeling I only have a few minutes left before they are rejuvenated to finish out this beautiful day! Sunday night I had the pleasure to host some of my favorite girls from church for an Ornament Exchange. This tradition has been going on for a while in our Sunday school class and it really gets me into the Christmas spirit. I have several recipes from the party I hope to share soon.

Since I only have a moment I thought I would share this quick Christmas Cranberry Punch. It only takes a moment to make so it’s perfect :) I first tasted this deliciousness at my friend Emily’s a few weeks ago when she had me over for a Jesse Tree ornament swap…what a fabulous idea, and I want to share, but it needs it’s own post too!

Anyways, I fell in love with this punch and knew it would be perfect for hosting gigs of my own. I did alter it a little because I couldn’t find the exact ingredients, luckily it’s still fabulous!

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Cranberry Punch
Easy to make and perfect for your next party!
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of cranberry concentrate (in the frozen section)
  2. 3 liter bottle of Cranberry 7Up
  3. 3 liter bottle of Ginger Ale
  4. 1 bag of cranberries
Instructions
  1. Freeze cranberries
  2. Mix together concentrate, 7Up, and Ginger Ale until combined.
  3. Once cranberries are frozen, add to punch (they will chill it like ice!)
  4. Enjoy!
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Seriously easy, right? And it looks SOOOOO festive!

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Okay, kids are calling. Please make this punch. Everyone at your next party will thank you! (And thanks again Emily for sharing this goodness.)

Christmas Home Tour

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How much fun it was to decorate a NEW house! I absolutely LOVE decorating for Christmas and honestly am thinking of starting a new trend where the house is decorated from November to February. Who is with me? This year I got to decorate the NEW house (I promise a home tour is coming soon, but for now consider this a sneak peak). And besides more space to decorate, what makes me most happy is our fabulous neutral wall color. The old house had the warm buttery walls that were great through spring and summer but just didn’t go with my fall and Christmas décor…so I was pumped to be decorating with a more neutral back drop! Now onto the tour…I’ll let the picture do most of the talking, and just share a few sources along the way!

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When you walk through the front door, you first see our dining room. I have a tutorial for this $35 DIY farmhouse table coming soon. The table is set with a vintage Coca-Cola crate topped with ornaments in a mercury glass bowl,  poinsettias, a burlap table runner and snowflake place settings.

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On the buffet sits my absolute favorite Christmas collection, the Willow Tree nativity set.

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 On top of the china cabinet is the DIY Christmas plate, along with another nativity from the Philippines, and a small rosemary tree that we plan to plant after the season.

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In the foyer there is also this small vignette using this homemade JOY banner and those cute embroidery hoop ornaments my sister made.

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We have a Christmas Tree in the playroom (which I almost didn’t show you because well, the playroom looks like this).

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The living room is my favorite space because there sits our live Christmas tree filled with all of my favorite ornaments, each with a special meaning.

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We ordered new burlap stockings this year and I added these two wooden polka dot stocking hangers (from Target!). The pallet came with our new kitchen backsplash and I love how it holds the Rudolph wreath my mother in law made. These nutcrackers belonged to III as a child, and Chickadee left her own mark on the BELIEVE letters.

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I made a few pillows from dish towels I found at TJMaxx to adorn our new living room chairs, and they really turned out great (and were super easy!). The throw is Max Studio, also found at TJMaxx.

Last on our tour is a view from outside at night. We invested in this fake Christmas tree on black Friday to sit on the landing upstairs and be viewed from the street as well as a life size Frosty the snow man. I made these tomato cage Christmas trees (only $12 each!) to sit on either side of the front door and hope to get a tutorial up soon.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow with a yummy recipe.