Christmas Crackers Tradition {Christmas Tradition Series}

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  Today’s guest are super! Not just because they are Aimée and Bettijo from Paging Supermom, but mostly because they are amazingly fun, clever and can rock Illustrator like its no ones business.  We got to meet this dynamic duo a couple years ago at SNAP, and I am in awe of all they do.  They really can make you feel like a Supermom! ************************************************************* Hi there! It’s Aimée and Bettijo from Paging Supermom, and today we’re here to share with you a favorite Christmas tradition from Aimee’s family (with a FREE PRINTABLE). Whether your family has a fancy or casual Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, this tradition is sure to bring smiles and memories to the dinner table. Every year Aimée’s family has a traditional English Christmas Eve dinner complete with prime rib, yorkshire pudding and English Christmas Crackers — also known as Holiday Poppers. The kids love the Christmas Crackers tradition, both the excitement of popping them open and [Read More…]

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Magical Christmas Eve {Christmas Tradition Series}

I’m excited to welcome Mariel from ‘Or so she says…‘.  You may not know this, but Mariel and I met way back in high school.  We had some super fun times and it was so fun to reconnect with her in blogland.  Love her and love her site which is full of great ideas and the best gift guide you can find online.  Check it out after you read her post! ************************************************************** Traditions!! Love them. Love The Crafting Chicks too. SOOO, I’m super excited to be here today sharing some of my family’s Christmas traditions with you. Oh by the way, I’m Mariel from ‘Or so she says…‘. Nice to meet you! On my blog, you’ll find ideas of every sort, every single day, centered around motherhood, family, and being your best self. When I was newly-married, my husband and I spent every Christmas Eve and Christmas traveling back and forth from one parent’s house to the other. It’s so great [Read More…]

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Cinnabon Copy Cat Cinnamon Rolls from Somewhat Simple {Christmas Tradition Series}

Hi guys! I am Stephanie from Somewhat Simple and I am excited to be here today. When I was a kid, we lived right around the corner from my grandma, so every Christmas morning we would open our presents at home, then head to grandma’s house! We’d spend the day playing with our cousins and eating delicious homemade cinnamon rolls! My grandma always made enough to feed an army, so I have fond memories of eating her cinnamon rolls pretty much all day long. We’d eat one, play for a bit, eat some more and then play again! (Oh to be young again!) We’ve carried on this tradition of Christmas morning cinnamon rolls with my own family- it is definitely one of our favorite traditions. I love baking them on Christmas Eve with my kids… and indulging on 1 or 2 before bed is always a bonus! I found a recipe for Cinnabon Copycat Cinnamon Rolls that I’ve now made [Read More…]

Baked French Toast Casserole {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Super happy that our cute blogging friend Jonie from Just Between Friends could join us and share one of her family Christmas Traditions.  She is so cute and has some great ideas on her site.  Make sure you check it out after you drool over this recipe. **************************************************************************** Hi! I am Jonie and I blog over at Just Between Friends and I am just THRILLED to be here to share our family traditions with you! Traditions have been such an integral part of my life that is was hard to choose which one I wanted to share with you! I decided to help you make your Christmas morning a little more pleasant by sharing the perfect breakfast. My mom makes a breakfast casserole for us every year and the last few years she has made this Baked French Toast Casserole. It is delicious and dreamy. All the prep happens the night before and takes only a minute to whip together. [Read More…]

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Chicks Picks: A Couple Fun Girl Toys

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Hey friends!  Here are a couple of Chicks Picks, Girl Toys for your day.  ENOY!  What are your favorites???? NIK:  Little People Princess Palace Love it! BECKY:  Friendship Bracelet Maker:  My oldest has started making these for her friends. She loves it and it keeps her busy. She gets excited when she sees her friends wearing them. KIRSTEN:  Skywalker Medium Trampoline:  OK. This is my other favorite toy for boys and girls. It’s small enough to fit in a basement and big enough for a whole bunch of fun. This has saved us during cold winter day when we would send our kids downstairs to get their energy out. What are some of YOUR favorites???  

Rudolph Candy Canes {Christmas Traditions Series}

Welcome Crystal from A Pumpkin & A Princess.  Crystal has some amazing projects on her site and her pictures are beautiful.  Make sure you stop by her site. ********************************************************************** Hi everyone! I’m Crystal from A Pumpkin & A Princess and I’m so excited to be here today! I adore these ladies and their fabulous ideas so I was thrilled when they asked me to share one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Growing up my mother, sisters, and I always made food crafts for Christmas. Thinking back I’m not sure why that was but everything I can think of has some sort of food ingredient in it. Like salt dough ornaments and popcorn or fruit loop cereal garlands..oh those were my favorite! It would take us forever to finish a garland because we kept sneaking fruit loops from it. Another favorite were these Rudolph candy canes. My kids now love making these every year. We often hand them out at school with [Read More…]

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Handmade Christmas Cards {Christmas Tradition Series}

We sure love Jen from Craft-O-Maniac.  She’s super fun and ultra creative. **************************************************************************** Hello The Crafting Chick fans, Jen here from  Craft-O-Maniac EEEP! I am thrilled to be here and to talk about a family tradition I have done growing up and still do to this day. I’m talking about “Handmade Christmas Cards.” There is nothing like receiving a handmade with “love” Christmas card. Growing up we would turn on some Christmas music, make hot cocoa, and then gather around our big family table and start making Christmas cards. I love making homemade Christmas cards and love that I am passing it onto my own children. Making handmade Christmas cards is special because you can personalize each and everyone. Plus you can do just about anything you want with them too. I love to give the cards textures and layers as well, it gives them personality.      Its easy to make Christmas cards, just gather up your favorite craft paper, embellishments, [Read More…]

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LightHeaded Beds Giveaway!!

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by LightHeaded Beds. We’ve been doing some amazing giveaways lately (right in time for the holidays)–and today is no exception! I’m going to tell you more about LightHeaded Beds and then you’ll learn how one lucky reader can WIN one of these super cool beds. Sound good? I love the concept of these beds! Lightheaded Beds are unique because they have a back-lit headboard where you can slide in fun interchangeable “HeadLightz” images. It’s like a night-light, reading light, or during the day it’s part of the bedroom’s decor. Here’s How It Works You can order these beds online at LightHeadedBeds.com or you can find them at Sam’s Club locations across the US now! There are several colors and styles to choose from with finishes from Chestnut, to White, Black or even Cherry. They have full and twin sized beds, and headboard/footboard only options as well. You can also order trundles or storage options to fit underneath [Read More…]

Christmas Cinnamon Rolls {Christmas Traditions Series}

Hi there!  I am so happy to be here with you and the sweet ladies of The Crafting Chicks today!     I’m Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m excited to share with you two of my families favorite Christmas traditions! First, no Christmas would ever be complete without watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This movie cracks me up every time I watch, year after year. One of my favorite quotes from that movie is: Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights. The second Christmas must have is my sweet, warm Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls.   These delicious rolls are a perfect breakfast to enjoy while opening presents.  Honestly, they couldn’t be easier to make— the bread machine does all the work! So today, I’m going to share with you the recipe. Christmas Morning Cinnamon Rolls For Dough: 1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F) 2 eggs, room temperature 1/3 cup butter, melted 4 [Read More…]

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Deer Silhouette {Christmas Tradition Series}

Jessica’s tagline is “creating a happy home on a real life budget”, which is something we’re all working towards I believe! We’re happy she is joining us today! ****************************************** Hey, hey Crafty peeps! I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, and I am so excited to be hanging here with some of the coolest chicks around! I am totally obsessed with silver and white this year, and have created my version of a Winter Wonderland in my breakfast nook. Today I want to share a simple and inexpensive Deer Silhouette Christmas Decor project… I started with a wooden deer silhouette of a deer head that I picked up for $1 at Michaels, a roll of Merry Christmas wrapping paper, some glitter, glue, ribbon and jingle bells. I started by painting a very thin coat of decoupage on the front of the deer silhouette, then placing it face down on the back side of the wrapping paper. Once the decoupage was dry, [Read More…]

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