Things have been REALLY busy around here (hence the two week break from posting). I have been up to my neck in Happy Goats Soap Co orders and loving every minute of it. Oh yeah also feeding, clothing and playing with my three kids, plus hiding Lorky the Christmas Elf which is like a career all its own. In the midst of all of that, I realized I couldn't do everything I wanted to and that something had to give. SO... my kids have been introduced to Ellio's pizza, their new obsession. Its a decision I may come to regret as I discover that they reject all other foods in favor of the boxed frozen pizza slices. Insider tip- if you're going to feed your kids frozen food be sure to thaw a bag of those microwave steamed vegetables. In my opinion, they have redeemed many-a-meal around here. If its green its good, right?
Even though we're busy, we've still been decking the halls. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen #deckthehalls2014 posts. Here's how some of those ideas happened!
Paper Mache Stars
1. Cut out star shapes from cardboard. (I used diaper boxes...naturally.)
2. Mix one part glue to two parts water in a large bowl.
3. Rip strips from news paper, and dip the strips into the glue.
4. Place newspaper dipped in glue all over the starts and let them dry for at least a few hours.
5. I poked holes in the stars to string and hang them.
Salt Dough Ornaments
I already posted my recipe for these here. So easy and fun!
I painted over them with glitter glue after baking to add some shine.
Dried Fruit Ornaments
Do you have a food dehydrator? I do, (awesome yard sale find!) but if not, you can still make these very pretty dried fruit ornaments! Just slice and put them in the oven on a greased baking sheet at 200 degrees for about 8 hours or until they are thoroughly dried. I used apples, pears, lemons, oranges, and grapefruit. I also sprinkled them with cinnamon but it does make them a bit darker. They smelled amazing.
Here's what we do- bundle up and go out into the back yard. Look for any evergreens you can get your hands on. We have VERY slim pickings on my property even though we live back in the woods. I'd have to trek back pretty far to find anything which didn't happen this year. There are some holly trees and bushes, but that's about it! So we use what we have and trim and hang greenery.
We also string fresh cranberries. You will probably need two bags from the grocery store to make a garland long enough for your whole tree.
Hang ornaments made of cinnamon sticks, cinnamon dough ornaments, and the salt dough ornaments on your tree. My kids love the traditions we are beginning, and the familiar smells every holiday. It's one thing I set the time aside for and make sure it happens, no matter how busy.