Hey Everyone, I’m Kimberly, with Get Away Today, and I am so excited to be here on the Crafting Chicks! I regularly contribute to Packed with Fun, the official blog for Get Away Today where we share our best travel tips and all sorts of fun ways to extend vacation magic at home with vacation countdowns, games, crafts and more. There is so much to love about Disneyland, and it seems like there is always something new and exciting happening. This year is no different, so for my first article, I thought it would be fun to do a quick year-at-a-glance for everything you need to know about going to Disneyland in 2016.

Everything You Need to Know About Going to Disneyland in 2016

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Early Winter/Spring

The Diamond Celebration is still going strong with sparkly decor, upgraded attractions, limited time merchandise and food items, and three incredible nighttime spectaculars; World of Color – Celebrate, the Disneyland Forever fireworks, and Paint the Night Parade.


For the first time ever, Disneyland is offering a dining package that includes premier viewing for the Paint the Night Parade. You can get a grab-and-go picnic from Aladdin’s Oasis for reserved viewing by “it’s a small world,” or enjoy a three-course meal at the Blue Bayou with reserved viewing on Main Street U.S.A. Reservations can be made online or over the phone 60 days in advance.

Star Wars is all the rage and Season of the Force is a limited time Star Wars overlay that has temporarily taken over Tomorrowland. If you have a Star Wars Fan at your house, go you must. Space Mountain has become Hyperspace Mountain complete with Rebel Wing Fighters and the Tomorrowland Theater is showing Path of the Jedi, a 10 minute 4-D compilation of the entire film series. Kids ages 4-12 can register to be a part of the new Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple show. There are normally six showings each day and the spots are filled on a first come, first served basis, so you’ll want to get there early. The Star Wars Launch Bay has actual props and costumes from the films, and you can meet Chewbacca and Darth Vader. Special merchandise and food options are available. It’s unclear how long Season of the Force will be available, but we have been told at least through Spring 2016.


Along these lines, Disneyland is beginning construction on the new Star Wars Land that was recently announced. To make way for this 14-acre expansion, some attractions, like the Disneyland Railroad, Fantasmic, and Tom Sawyer’s Island will close indefinitely. Also closing, but this one is permanent, is Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular at the Hyperion Theater. Its final performance will be on January 10, 2016 to make way for an all-new musical coming this summer.


Summer is always a fun time at Disneyland! With extended hours, there is so much more time to see and do everything. In addition to being the last few months of the Diamond Celebration, a new Frozen Musical is coming to Disney California Adventure Park in the Hyperion Theatre. This will replace Aladdin, and we’ve been told that it will also replace the current Frozen Celebration Sing-a-Long that is held in the Royal Theater, formerly the Muppet-Vision Theater. There’s no word on what will replace the Royal Theater, but we’re sure it will be fantastic. And I just have to say, summer nights are even better at Disneyland. Try to make sure that you are in Cars Land when dusk hits at least one of the nights of your vacation. There is an informal neon lighting ceremony each night set to music. You may want to consider dining packages for World of Color – Celebrate! and the Paint the Night Parade. Make sure you make time to experience the Tim Burton inspired Diamond Mad T Party and the Disneyland Forever fireworks as well.



Halloween Time is one of the most festive and popular times of year to visit Disneyland. Halloween Time officially begins mid-September and continues through Halloween. If you want to beat the crowds, September is a great time to go to still get the Halloween experience. Or, if you don’t want the kids to miss school, make your plans over their fall break. Halloween Time includes the annual Main Street U.S.A. Pumpkin Festival, Haunted Mansion Holiday, extra spooky overlays to the Tower of Terror, costumed characters and so much more. Mickey’s Halloween Party takes place on select nights during Halloween Time. This is a private event that requires a separate ticket. On party nights, Disneyland closes a little early to regular guests and is only open for party guests who get access to most attractions, trick-or-treating, a special Halloween parade, fireworks, and other fun treats.



The holiday season kicks off in mid-November and continues through early January. The holidays bring festive overlays to classic attractions like “it’s a small world” holiday, the Jingle Cruise, and other fun surprises. A Christmas Fantasy Parade and the Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Plus, the entire Disneyland Resort is completely decked out for the season.


Also, although it’s not Disneyland related, it is definitely worth mentioning that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016. The new land will include incredible rides, shops, entertainment, and of course, Butterbeer. If you are a Harry Potter fan, you’ll definitely want to make it part of your Disneyland vacation.


Here are some dates to keep in mind when planning your 2016 Disneyland vacation including school breaks:

  • February 15, Presidents Day
  • March 27, Easter
  • April 7, Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • May 4, Unofficial Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Season of the Force – limited time experiences
  • May 30, Memorial Day
  • September 5, Labor Day and Final Day of the Diamond Celebration

If you would like help planning your Disneyland vacation, our agents at Get Away Today would LOVE to help! They’ve toured all of the area hotels and visit the parks at least once a year so that they can pass on their expert advice. Give them a call at 855-GET-AWAY or check out our Disneyland packages at Be sure to mention promo code: CraftingChicks when booking online or over the phone and you’ll save an extra $10 off your package.

Once you have your Disneyland vacation plans, make the countdown even better with our free Star Wars vacation countdown printables featuring your favorite Star Wars characters. Everyone in your family can have their own and choose from Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca and R2-D2, Yoda, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.  Download your favorite one here, and May the Force Be With You!


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Don't Eat the Snowman Free Printable “Don’t Eat Pete” is a favorite game at our house!  We love playing it for family night.  I made a “Snowman Don’t Eat Pete” version to play this week!…Don’t Eat the Snowman!

Sharing a free printable for you!  Print (8×11.5).


Place one small candy (m & m’s, & skittles are good ideas for candy) in each square of the “Don’t Eat the Snowman” Sheet. Send a child away from the room and have the remaining children choose which Snowman will be “Pete”.  Have the first child come back and begin eating the candy on each snowman, one at a time. As soon as the child tries to pick up the candy that is on the “Pete” Snowman, everyone yells, “Don’t eat the Snowman!!!!” Let each child have a turn and refill the game board with treats.  Repeat this again and again!
This is also a great game for class parties, family parties, or Family night!  WE love it!

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I love giving little Christmas gifts, and neighbor gifts are about as small as they come. Although, inexpensive gifts don’t have to be dumb.  When it comes to neighbor gifts 3 things make it a success, in my opinion.

1. No Calories

2. Useable

3. Nothing to store

And if it has a cute and clever tag to go with it, all the better!

These “dishes” tags make giving a practical gift easy. It says “Lets our family help your family do the dishes this busy holiday season.” There are quite a few variations you can give with the tag.

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You can tie it on to a bottle of dish soap.

Plates Gift Tag

Tape it onto a package of paper plates. I would sure love an excuse to not have to do dishes and a stack of paper plates would help for quite a few meals!

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Or clip it on a package of dishwasher detergent. I won’t load the dishes, but these detergent tabs will make sure they are clean!

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The White Stocking This is one of our favorite Christmas Eve traditions and I’m so happy to be sharing it today with you!  We’ve been doing this as an extended family on my side for years.  It all began with a white stocking and the Poem “the White Stocking” below by the talented Regina Slaugh.   sm the white stocking Each Christmas Eve, we get together after dinner, games and activities, and we read our last year goals/gifts to Jesus.  We pull each one out of the white stocking.  It’s fun to look back and see what each of us wrote the previous year.

You can download a copy of the poem below.
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sm white sock 2 Then our family each writes down a gift they would like to give Jesus for the next year.  We add these to the White Stocking for Jesus.  This tradition helps our family focus on the true meaning of Christ.   sm white sock 1 You can download my mini paper socks below.  Each family member can write their goal/gift on a stocking.  We also add the year and name. sm gift for Jesus stocking Download Black

Hello Everyone…it’s Heidi From Home by Heidi  It’s CHRISTMAS, my favorite time of year! Winter is the season to be warm and cozy while sipping a warm cup of cocoa. My kids are always begging for Hot Chocolate, and Peppermint is their favorite flavor. I was shopping at Michael’s the other day and ran into these darling peppermint spoons. I just knew I had to grab them and bring them home to the family. Then I got an idea… Peppermint Chocolate Spoons would be EVEN better! I got my kids involved and in a snap it had turned into a really fun activity! After the spoons were done, I put in a little bundle of all things Chocolate! I threw in a mug and I few items I found at the Target Dollar Spot and it turned into the perfect Christmas Gift idea.  Peppermint Chocolate Spoons

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I hope you all have A WARM and COZY Christmas Season! Have an extra Cup of Hot Chocolate for me:)

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Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies

Christmas season isn’t complete without a batch of sugar Christmas cookies! My very favorite cookie recipe is the William-Sonoma Valentine Sugar Cookie. I enjoy baking the cookies, and my sister prefers to do the decorating, so we make a great team!


To create the reindeer, stocking, tree, and snowflake cookies we’ll need white, red, black and green frosting.. After cookies have cooled, use the Wilton Royal Icing Mix and Wilton Color Right drops to create the colors.

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To make the reindeer cookies we turned the little gingerbread man upside down. Give him a red nose, white ears, and black antlers.


Pipe edges and then flood cookies with the same color. Use Wilton sprinkles to decorate, or pipe more icing to get the look you want.

Use a toothpick to pop air bubbles in the icing and to help create decorations.

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Hey guys! It’s Kari from Life PreKARIous. These easy DIY Cardboard Santa hats are so fun and easy to make! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?! These hats are seriously so simple and will only take you a few minutes to put togeher! I’ve seen a ton of different Christmas trees made out of these cardboard cones. These hats are a fun little addition.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

You willl need a couple card board cones from the craft store, some felt, pom poms, faux fur, and hot glue.

For the Santa hat, using hot glue, cover the cone with red felt first.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

It’s ok if the felt doesn’t go all the way to the edge. Next, you’ll add the faux fur around the bottom and at the top.

Use the same process to make the fun elf hat, too. I used red and green felt and pom poms instead of faux fur.

DIY Cardboard Santa Hats

These would be so perfect for a holiday mantel or entry table! I might even add a fun reindeer one using brown felt, a red pom pom for the nose and pipe cleaners for the antlers!

Merry Christmas!

Add a little extra special touch to your gift wrapping this Christmas by making your own Stamped Tissue Paper.  So cute and easy to make!

Stamped Tissue Paper - great for Christmas gift wrapping

Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Last year I shared some adorable Stamped Christmas Gift Bags and I thought this year I would make my own Stamped Tissue Paper.  Since I already have a ton of  rubber Christmas stamps in my craft supplies, I figured I would try and use them to come up with a super easy craft.  How cute is that stamped tissue paper?!  It adds so much fun and whimsy to gift wrapping.

Easy Stamped Tissue Paper for gift wrapping

If you haven’t noticed already, the hot tread this holiday season is plaid.  Let’s just say I am definitely jumping into the trend head first because I am mad about plaid.  I bought these super cute plaid gift bags and boxes at Target.  Since plaid is a bold and busy pattern, I decided to keep my stamped tissue paper very simple by using only black ink.  You can use any color ink and even add glitter if you like.



Rubber or Acrylic holiday stamps

Tissue Paper

Scissors, if you need to cut the tissue paper

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The great thing about making your own stamped tissue paper is that you can create all different kinds of designs and patterns.  I love mixing two stamps to create one easy pattern.

I have two tips when it comes to using an ink pad and stamps:

  1. Do NOT press the stamp into the ink pad.  Instead hold the stamp in your hand and gently press the ink pad onto the stamp.  This will prevent any smudges.
  2. Use a baby wipe or wet wipe to remove the ink from your stamps when you are done.  Clean up is easy.

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

I just love how my stamped tissue paper turned out!  I can’t wait to give these presents to my family and friends this Christmas.

Cute Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Thank you for letting me share my super easy and cute craft with you today.  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!

All things peppermint! Ice cream, mints, cheesecake, bark, egg nog, milkshake, popcorn, cake, brownie, oreo, hot chocolate, extract, sugar scrub, bath salts, bath bomb and so much more! Yum!

We love all things peppermint!  Brownies, ice cream, cheesecake, hot chocolate, cookies… even sugar scrubs, bath salts, bath bombs and candy bowls!  We are so excited to share some of our most favorite peppermint recipes with you!  Enjoy!

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Candy Cane Brownies from The Crafting Chicks

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Peppermint Bark Cheesecake

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Stitchn_Kitchen_Christmas_Blog_Tour-01 We are so excited to be a part of the Riley Blake Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour.

Today I’m going to be sharing a fun Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow.

Hand-Stitiched Berry Kissmas Pillow

I have loved hand-stitiching for many years now. These are so easy to whip up in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to “cook up” your own “Berry Kissmas” pillow.


Hand-Stitched Berry Kissmas Pillow
“Making” Time: 1 afternoon
Ingredients For the Hand-Stitching:
Stitchable Pattern–Download below
Emboirdery Floss to match your fabric
Background fabric, I used Riley Blake Basics in Skin color.
Ingredients For the Pillow:
4 different fabrics, I used Lost & Found Christmas

For the embroidery:

Download the pattern.

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  1. Transfer your pattern onto your fabric. I always do this by printing and then tapping the pattern to a window. Tape your fabric on top of the pattern and trace with a pencil.
  2. Use a basic backstitch to make the wording and the mistletoe steams in green.
  3. Use a french knot for each of the red berries.
  4. Once your done with your hand-stich, cut it to a finished size of 9 1/4 x 5. Set aside for now.


For the pillow:

  1. Cut out 2 strips of fabric 11 5/8 x 2 5/8, for the top and bottom.
  2. Then cut out 2 strips of fabric 7 1/4 x 2 5/8 for the sides.
  3. Attach the top and the bottom first, rights sides together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery, leaving the longer ends on opposite sides. Press.
  4. Attach the sides, placing the right sides of the fabric together, using a 1/4″ seam to your embroidery. Press Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-front
  5. Cut a backing out 14 x 9 3/8. Merry-Kissmass-Pillow-fabric
  6. Place right sides of fabric together and sew pillow together, leaving a space to stuff the pillow and then hand stitch closed.


That’s it!


Now you have a really cute pillow to keep or give away!



Now since this is a Stitch ‘n Kitchen Blog Tour, I need to leave you with a yummy recipe.

I can hardly talk about “kissmas” without thinking of Herseys Kisses. We love them at our house and I’m happy to share a yummy recipe with you.

These are our Cherry Cordial Chocolate Crinkle Cookie.


So yummy and soft inside, with just the right amount of cherry.


Hop on over to get the recipe.

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