$100 Albion Fit Giveaway!

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You guys loved our last Albion Fit giveaway, so we are really excited and happy to have another one for you! Right in time for the holidays!   Albion Fit has a mission that I appreciate–to “provide women with the most luxurious, flattering, and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market.” Their products are super high quality, soft and cozy, and make you feel like a rockstar even when you’re sweaty. Plus, they are a local company which we love to support. They have their fall line out and I’m loving the colors of navy blue, orange, and gray. I love their attention to details, like the flattering ruching of this new navy zip hoodie. . . or the ruffles on these “Petal Pants” capri leggings that are adorable! I have this “Sweet Stripe Hoodie” in Seafoam & Gray and I adore the thin stripes and the ruffles down the front–plus it’s sooooo comfortable and soft! So basically you HAVE [Read More…]

St. Nicholas Day from Skip to my Lou {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We are so honored to having Cindy here with us today! ********************************************** Hello everyone! My name is Cindy and I blog at Skip to my Lou. I love making home made gifts and celebrating holidays! When we were living in Germany we celebrated St. Nicholas Day. We have brought this tradition home to the states and our children big and small still love it! The night before December 6th, children (however we do our whole family) leave their shoes by their door for St. Nicholas to bring them gifts and treats. Traditionally the shoes are filled with coins, sweets, fruit and or small gifts. Saint Nicholas was a real Saint who was known for being kind, helping those in need and his love for children. A wonderful model for us all this time of year! What I loved most was that this simple gift giving from St. Nicholas happened early in the month and then the focus shifted to the [Read More…]

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Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Cream from Simply Kierste {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We’re excited to have Kierste here today. She makes the simple things beautiful! Take a look at these simple, but oh so cute, jam labels she created. ******************************************************** Hello, friends! It’s so fun to be here with you and the darling Crafting Chicks today! I’m Kierste, from Simply Kierste, and I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite Christmas traditions. I ADORE Christmas, and all of our traditions are what make this season so special! Hello, friends! It’s so fun to be here with you and the darling Crafting Chicks today! I’m Kierste, from Simply Kierste, and I’m excited to share with you one of our favorite Christmas traditions. Every year we look forward to the day after Thanksgiving…it’s the day we go cut down our Christmas tree! I grew up having a real Christmas tree, and I knew that I wanted to continue that tradition with my own family. We bundle up–some years there has been snow [Read More…]

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30 Best Christmas Ideas

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Hey friends!  We love to put together these fun lists here at thecraftingchicks.com so you can see a bunch of fun ideas in one place.  Here are some of our favorite Christmas ideas that include free printables, Christmas card ideas, Christmas decorating ideas, letters to Santa and other fun crap!  Tell us what your favorite ideas is! Also check out our Bloggers Best Christmas Traditions posts going on all through November, they are TO. DIE. FOR.  ENJOY! CHRISTMAS BINGO: Jamie’s Christmas Tree Sunburst Ornaments Christmas Frames Ornaments CHRISTMAS CARD IDEAS Hammered Nickel Tile Wreath Iphone & Ipad Christmas Wallpapers 11 Free Christmas Printables  Homemade Gift Tags POLAR EXPRESS PRINTABLES Free Printable Chalkboard Mini Art Reindeer Handprint Ornaments Christmas Morning Breakfast + Felt Reindeer Napkin Rings Reindeer Noses Letters to Santa & Cookies Tags for Santa Homemade Photo Ornaments Fancy Bangle Homemade Ornaments What is your favorite??     Pin It

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Advent Activities by KoJo Designs {Christmas Tradition Series}

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We met Kirstin a couple years ago at SNAP! and she is much fun, plus she has some mad sewing skills! ********************************** Hey Crafting Chicks friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns and Shiny Happy Sprinkles, and I am thrilled to be here today as part of this Christmas Traditions series! We have a lo-ong list of Christmas traditions in our house- from an annual ornament exchange to making and enjoying special holiday recipes (my mom’s fudge, my dad’s green chile, my mother-in-law’s seven layer bars, my sister’s green chile cheese ball!) to always getting new jammies on Christmas Eve, to a whole list of special holiday movies that we watch each year, to baking a birthday cake for Jesus. Our Christmas tradition that wraps all of these into one, however, is our Advent Calendar. We fill each day’s pouch with a treat and an activity- and we make sure to hit all of [Read More…]

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Santa Sack Printables

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Today I am sharing our new Christmas tradition– The Santa Sack. I don’t know about you, but it seems like each year we accumulate more and more toys.  I thought this would be the perfect solution to our problem and hopefully it will help your family out too. Each year when our elf Peter comes, he will bring this sack with him and the cute little printable attached.  I will probably work out some kind of Family Home Evening lesson to go with it so that the girls know that we have plenty and need to worry about helping others by giving what we have excess of to those who don’t have much or any.  If I do anything formal I’ll make sure I share it here. All printables and downloads designed by The Crafting Chicks are for PERSONAL USE ONLY. Please do not alter or claim as your own. These files are copyrighted files and the wording should not [Read More…]

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3 Gifts from Entirely Eventful Day {Christmas Tradition Series}

Aly is completely adorable and we are thrilled she’s joining us this afternoon! ************************************************************************************* Hi friends, it’s Aly from Entirely Eventful Day. I am so excited to be guest posting for The Crafting Chicks! I just love this blog, and these girls! So I’m pretty much in heaven right now. I love Christmas and I really love Christmas traditions. I think one of the best things about being a grown-up at Christmas time is that WE get to create our own family traditions. We have a few fun traditions at our house, but my very favorite is our tradition of gift giving. We have three little ones, the oldest is 9 and the youngest is 3. They adore Christmas almost as much as I do. But what’s so great is that they know what Christmas is truly about. At our house we enjoy the gingerbread houses and Santa songs but we love to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus was [Read More…]

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Sugared Nuts from Design Dazzle {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Not only is Toni from Design Dazzle sharing one of my favorite holiday treats, but her site is chuck full of fun ideas. Like this “Milkaholic” baby shower. She is awesome and we’re happy she’s sharing with us today! ******************************************************************************* Hello! My name is Toni and I blog at Design Dazzle which all about celebrating childhood (come visit us). A big thank you to The Crafting Chicks (love all their ideas) for inviting me to be a part of their Christmas Tradition series. I have so many Christmas traditions it is hard to choose which one to share. So, come on over to see more traditions, crafts, and decor in our Christmas Wonderful series which features ideas and traditions to make YOUR Christmas wonderful! One of our Christmas traditions is to make gifts for our family, neighbors, church leaders, teachers etc. ALL of our family gets involved in this. Everyone helps to make, create, cut ribbon, cut paper, apply embellishments, [Read More…]

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Self Esteem Gift Books from Over the Big Moon {Christmas Tradition Series}

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Lisa from Over the Big Moon is sharing the best gift idea today!  I love these books that she makes for her children.  Thank you Lisa! ************************************************************************************************ Hello Crafting Chicks readers! I’m Lisa from Over the Big Moon and I am so excited to be part of this series! Christmas is a huge deal in our house! My Mom loved Christmas more than anyone I know and even though she has passed away the traditions she established continue to bind us together. The tradition I am sharing today started 3 years ago. I was in the midst of buying presents for my 3 boys and started feeling strongly that I was just buying “stuff.” I longed to give my kids something more meaningful that would last beyond the current stage they were in.  I wanted to give them self esteem and self confidence. I decided to make them each a book all about them and how special they are and [Read More…]

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Sunburst Mirror Ornaments

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I made these little gems as part of my Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge.  I have to say…I love how they turned out.  I love sunburst mirrors and how these mini mirrors reflect the light on my tree.  So pretty! Today I will share my tutorial with you on how to make these Sunburst mirror ornaments.  All of the supplies are easy to find at any Michaels Craft store. Supplies you need: Mirrors (Mine were 3 inch round) Wood backing circle (3 inch round, found in the wood/wood shape aisle in Michaels) Decorative beading (you choose!)  Found near the ribbon and trimmings 1/8 inch craft sticks (the extra long ones, I think they come in yard strips) They color code the sticks, the 1/8 inch are green (I would get a couple of sticks per mirror:) Saw to cut the sticks ( I used a miter saw) Hot glue gun and glue sticks Step 1:  Cut your stick strips into 3 [Read More…]

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