It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas + Little Kitchen Tour

It has been crazy around here. We have been sick plus sick some more but very blessed as well. We had a great Thanksgiving and we enjoyed our time off with family and good friends. After a GLORIOUS meal my BFF Emiley and I went shopping a little (we do it more for fun than we do it for shopping itself, just some girl night out time!) My husband and I usually go in the morning as our older boys sleep over at grandma’s with the cousins.
We have been getting ready for Christmas and the kids could not wait one more second to decorate the house. However, we found a GREAT deal on the floors we wanted for our kitchen while we were at Home Depot…49 cents a square foot! Whaaaaat? so half the price. We went ahead and started working on tearing off carpet and old laminate and replacing the kitchen and  living room with new floors. To the kids disappointment, we all had to wait to put the Christmas tree until our floor was done. I will show you pictures of the before and after of that in another post. To top it off, our fridge started leaking like crazy as my husband was putting the new floor and we had to end up getting a new fridge (I know, darn it, right?). But it was pretty old and was not worth it to invest in fixing it.
I love decorating for Christmas since it is my favorite Holiday. I like simple things, and I did not want to spend money in the decorations. Homemade decorations, free printables, some stuff we already had and getting something new for this year was my goal.
Prepare for TONS of pictures…

The smaller pillows are placemats from Target that I opened up and stuffed up with batting… 3.99 each!

I found this garland in the dollar section at Target and I use it to display cards:
My beautiful friend Patricia

This deer was on sale for $8 I think…

I printed “Silent Night” and “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” from HERE and used frames that I already had.

Homemade ornaments, and some ornaments the kids have made during the years are so precious…

Dollar Tree ornament…

 Our first Christmas together…2003! Look how young we were!

We love to do our advent every night and read from the story of Luke in the Bible about the birth of our Savior. We enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows by the tree since we do not have a fireplace.

My daughter loves her felt Christmas tree I made two years ago using my Silhouette Portrait machine for the ornaments plus some cheap snowflakes from the dollar store.

 We have a hot cocoa buffet with marshmallows and candy canes.

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We have a collection of our favorite Christmas books. I will share them with you soon.

The kitchen
I have had a lot of you ask me when I was going to post pictures of our kitchen. I guess now is the time. We are actually pretty much done with the kitchen. We started back in February when our faucet broke. We got this one from Amazon and it has been great!. We then proceeded to change the sink that was all scratched and painted the countertops using Giani Granite Paint.
Then the hardest part of the whole makeover: painting the cabinets. You can click on the link for the tutorial. The hardware is from HERE and HERE.
Here are some more pictures of the kitchen decorated for Christmas…
These canisters are from Walmart, the chalkboard labels are from Hobby Lobby

This little Christmas tree is from the Goodwill, 2.99!

 My antique scale is from Etsy, the cheese thingy is from the Goodwill. The “rosemary” box is from TJMaxx.

Sorry about the crock pot, but dinner was in the making…chicken tacos!

More details…the “peace, love and joy” plates are from the Goodwill, the kitchen towel is from H&M Home. Have you checked their home stuff ? it is AWESOME!
It is all about family. 
Sneak Peaks from the boy’s room:
Little Princess:
And some Christmas decor in our bedroom:
             
Hope you got enough pictures. We are having a great time this Christmastime remembering the birth of our Savior and creating memories. Have a Merry Christmas!
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25 Days of Christmas

Today I’ll like to share what we will be doing with our Advent Calendar this year. I created a list of activities to do with the kids for each day starting December 1st until the 25th. It includes activities that are both fun and spiritual and involve learning about the Holiday season. We believe Christmas is about the birth of the Savior. Here is the list. I will be showing you my completed advent calendar very soon.

Dec 1st Put up the Christmas tree and decorations. What are the symbolism of some of the decorations?

Dec 2nd Put up the Advent Calendar and read a Christmas book each day until Christmas Eve. Get the Christmas pillow to lay under the tree
Dec 3rd Drink hot cocoa and have a testimony sharing about Christ
Dec. 4th Watch some of the life of Christ videos
Dec 5th Make tree ornaments. Work on a family motto
Dec 6th Write to Santa. Write thank you notes for a person that has helped you in your life.

Dec 7th Read the story of the birth of Christ when Mary received the news she was going to be the mother of the Savior. Why is the birth of Christ important?
Dec 8th Bake cookies. Read the birth of the Savior until the Wise Men came.
Dec 9th Talk about the Wise men and the star. Make a glow in the dark star to put in the kids bedrooms and talk about what things guides them to follow Christ.
Dec 10th Make a paper snowflake and learn why they are special. Talk about why we are special like the snowflake.
Dec 11th Read “The Tale of Three Trees” Why are trees important on Christmas?
Dec 12th Make homemade marshmallows for hot chocolate, and make some for gifts.
Dec 13th Make blankets for the Women Shelter. Talk about the gifts the Wise men brought and their importance and decide what gift they are giving the Savior this year.
Dec 14th Breakfast with Santa @ Nicholas. Who was Saint Nicholas and why does his legacy still live? Why should Christmas be about Christ and not about Saint Nicholas? Watch Joy to the World
Dec 15th Learn about music and caroling at Christmastime. How does music influence the Spirit? Sing a Christmas Hymn.
Dec 16th Go ice skating. Decide to do “ARKs” Acts of  random kindness.
Dec 17th Drive around to look for the Christmas lights in the neighborhood or park.
Dec 18th Learn about the role of the shepherds on Christmas, eat candy canes.
Dec 19th Make gingerbread houses. Where was the Savior born?
Dec 20th Learn about the angels in the Nativity story. Make paper angels for the Christmas tree
Dec 21st Make a video about what you are grateful for this Christmas season. Why do the scriptures tell us to “live in thanksgiving daily’?
Dec 22nd Mom’s birthday. Decorate cupcakes. Watch a Christmas movie.
Dec 23rd Family Christmas sing along and perform!
Dec 24th. Christmas EVE. Decorate cookies for Santa. Read the whole Luke 2 chapter. Perform the Nativity. Read “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”
Dec 25th Merry Christmas! Say a special family prayer thanking Heavenly Father for the wonderful gift He gave us, His Begotten Son Jesus Christ!