Thursday, November 24, 2011

Filling your advent Calendar

What do you put in your Advent Calendars?  We are doing a filled advent calendar this year for the first time.  In years past we just had a countdown calendar that we moved the snowflake from number to number.  This year I am making an advent calendar with an activity or gift in each day. 

I love this Free printable from
The Petit Cadeau!  Its full of ideas and premade cards ready to add to your calendar!  There are extras so you can pick and choose what you prefer.  I'm going to avoid filling it with tons of candy and gifts, and lean more on the activty side. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Advent Calendars

I've had an Advent Calendar that we used for several years, however, it saw its last Christmas last year.  It was a simple, store bought countdown calendar.  You simply moved the snowflake to the correct date until Christmas day.  I loved having it for J, simply to avoid the 25 days of "how many more days?" question.  He knew he could go count it himself! 

This is year I am planning to DiY one.  I love the idea of adding little trinkets and gifts for each day.  We can deter not only the "how many days" question but also the "can we open a gift" one too! Lil Bug won't quite understand the concept yet, but I think its a great tradition to start with her....I love family traditions!

Here are some of the DIY countdown calendars I am pondering...

Advent Pocket Calendar
Simple pouches, made from Scrapbook paper from Kimberly Petersen
Bucket list Calendar made from Dollar Store items! Via Infarrantly Creative

Our Advent Calendar 2011

I went with pockets made from scrapbook paper.  Inside each pocket is an activity from the free printable advent activities I posted about here. 


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving .... It's here already!

I cannot believe it is Thanksgiving 2011 already!  In the blink of an eye, we will be ringing in 2012!  I've already seen New Years ideas sprouting up around blogosphere.  Right now, I am focused on Thanksgiving.  Here is a roundup of some of my favorites!

Free printable Thanksgiving Lunch Box Jokes via SuperMom Moments.
  I love putting a note in J's lunch every now and then!

Thanksgiving Love Notes for your other half via Happy Home Fairy
The Thankful Tree
I am in love with this Thankful Tree from Simply Vintage Girl

Free printable Thanksgiving Wall Art by Kiki Creates

If your entertaining or being entertained for Thanksgiving, enjoy the upcoming week.  Take it a day at a time, and enjoy each day.  It will be Black Friday before we know it!

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