Seed Hearts

Not too long ago we were thinking of the winter birds and seeds. Now, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, seeds blended into heart shapes for friends and family will be a Science Saturday project for the kiddos. We will see if ours turn out as pretty as the inspirational hearts from Hill City Bride. She used them for wedding favors and has a beautiful tutorial.

Seed Bombs

Jamie from Dabbles and Babbles makes these Valentine Seed Bombs that we will attempt making one of these days. Our friends in southern states will be able to plant them weeks before the snow melts here in Minnesota. We will be forced to wait until May for our plantings. But until then, they will provide decoration in a glass vase reminding of future springtime days filled sunshine and summer flowers. Hop on over to Dabbles and Babbles and learn how to create your own Heart Shaped Seed Bombs.

Hope that you give these a try!

London Bus        Little Ben

While in England on a trends tour we found these icons, Big Ben wall decor and the Double Decker Bus Bunk  Beds. We are constantly searching for unique beds and accessories for kids. Here are just a few of our British discoveries. Currently the beds are not available for sale in the United States, but we are working on changing that.

Caravan

Caravan Bed

Beefeater

Beefeater wall decor ready to guard your bedroom.

Camper Van

Set up for sleep and dreams of the surf.

Scallywags

Scallywags Loft Bed

BMW

Black BMW Bed – We enjoyed driving a-“round” in a sporty Vauxhall while remembering to drive on the left and learning to embrace roundabouts.

Map of London

Beginning  with a good map rather than driving around in circles (roundabouts) would have been wise. This one however is made to hang on your wall

Candy Cane Hearts

Our Christmas decorations are now all neatly packed away for another year. Once again there was a little over zealous purchasing in the candy cane department. What to do with slightly over a dozen of those peppermint-y seasonal sweet sticks?

Sprinkle Some Sunshine has a “sweet” pictorial on how to upcycle candy canes if you too have some left overs. All you need are of course the candy canes, 6″ lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating, like CandiQuik and sprinkles. Another Recipe for Fun.

Birdseed House

This time of year we always like to think of our fine feathered friends living out in the cold.

Mary, at Home Is Where the Boat Is, inspired our plans for National Bird Day next week on January 5th. Our bird neighbors will be getting this Gingerbread House built especially for them to celebrate the new year in style. Pop on over to her blog for the blueprints.

Bird Food

A few years back we surprised the birds with these easy to create treats. Join us Celebrate Celebrate with Your Fine Feathered Friends

Learn more about National Bird Day and what you can do to help!

 

 

 

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For some this day is bitter sweet. Ross, our customer care manager, tuned in his car radio to disappointment this morning. No Christmas music, it is over and so are the tunes. Personally, spending the long holiday season deep in retail, today is one that brings a sigh of relief, “it is over!”

For our friends to the north of us in Canada and those across the pond it’s Boxing Day.

Boxing Day is a holiday in the United Kingdom and many countries (including Canada) that were once part of the British Empire. The origin of this holiday’s name is not clear. In feudal times in the United Kingdom, the lord of the manor would ‘pay’ people who worked on his land in the past year with boxes of practical goods, such as agricultural tools, food and cloth. These were often distributed on the day after Christmas Day. More recently, employers traditionally gave their servants a gift of money or food in a small box on the day after Christmas Day. Some people in Canada still give gifts to people who provide them with services.

Other stories relate to servants being allowed to take a portion of the food left over from the Christmas celebrations in a box to their families and the distribution of alms from the church collection boxes to poor parishioners. These traditions evolved into the Christmas baskets that some employers distribute to their employees during the holiday season at the end of the year.

So, if you did not get enough Christmas, or experienced too much of it, hopefully you will be wrapping up Christmas on a happy note.

Winter SolsticeHappy Winter Solstice!

Today, December 21, at 6:12 AM in the Eastern United States is the solstice, marking the sun’s southern most position in the sky, making this the shortest day of the year.

It’s well known that many rituals and symbols now used in the celebration of Christmas were adopted from pagan celebrations of the solstice.

This is a day I always look forward to. The winter solstice marks when the following days begin to get longer and the nights not necesarily warmer (for a few months), but at least bit shorter. We are heading toward summer!
So, what fun things will you be doing on the longest night of the year? We plan on having a jolly old time making Reindeer Root Beer for friends and neighbors.

All it takes is googly eyes, red pom pom attached with a hot glue gun and dark brown pipe cleaners to twist on top of the bottle. Then we enclose a message: with a message: We’re “rootn” that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”

We could not resist dressing the winter ale bottles for a cousins party Monday night.

 

 

Reindeer Pause……

Chocolate lovers at your house will not pause long before going for these Reindeer created by Betty Crocker Wannabe. She has very clear cut how to instructions for you.

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Reindeer need food and you can make this magic surprise.

It was a busy day for us making Magic Reindeer Food. We have it ready for all the good little girls and boys visiting Totally Kids before Christmas.

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam.
This will guide them to your home.

Eco-friendly Reindeer Food requires no cooking and only 2 ingredients.

Ingredients per bag:

1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal

2 T red or green sugar crystals (cookie decorating sprinkles)

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Parents love stairway bunk beds so much you’d think the stairs went straight past the top bunk and all the  way to heaven. Not only do they save space like standard bunks, but the stairs provide additional safety and for top bunk sleepers plus…additional storage is tucked under the stairs.

Tucked into this stairway bed, listen closely for the Reindeer, then in the morning, go out side and see how the Reindeer enjoyed the Magic Reindeer Food.

Have you tried this? Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, I tested this last year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver received from Santa.

Don’t forget cookies for Santa.  Help him get cookies at every stop;  share a jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

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Today we had a record breaking weather high of 51 degrees! Rain forecast for tomorrow. Not looking much like a white Christmas for Santa and his reindeer, but that can quickly change.

 

Once upon a time there was a little old woman and a little old man. The little old woman thought she’d make a gingerbread man. She rolled out the dough, and cut out the shape, and she put raisins for his eyes, and peppermints for his teeth, and put icing on his head for the hair. Then she put him in the oven, and when it smelled good, she opened up the door to take a peek and out jumped the gingerbread man.

Today’s Recipe for Fun is Gingerbread Crayons.

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Start by removing all the paper from the crayons and chop them into small bits. Fill your mould with the crayon pieces and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes until wax is melted. You can add more bits of crayon through the melting process so the moulds are completely full. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Then push out the crayons and they are ready to use.  Caution, don’t let them get away until you are ready to surprise some special kids.

“Run, run, as fast as you can,

You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”

This Recipe for Fun is from Torie Jayne.

How to disguise Gingerbread Men. Turn them upside down and look at the cute Reindeer cookies.

For a change of pace, how about baking up some Nijabread Men?

These Nijabread Men cookie cutters have been a hot item this season. Can you see them also as a Recipe for

enjoy

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