festive gingerbread men

Christmastime is my all-time favorite. I’ve always loved the season – decorating, listening to Christmas Carols, drinking egg nog out of Christmas glasses, hot chocolate with peppermint sticks, looking at Christmas lights, extra family time…I mean, all of it, I love it! And this year, I wanted to make some gingerbread men ornaments. I found thee perfect recipe from McCormick’s. It’s easy and your home will smell fantastic! You need to try it, get your kiddos involved and have at it!

Ingredients:

3/4 c. applesauce

2 of the 2.37 oz bottles of ground cinnamon

Cookie Cutters (we used gingerbread, but I plan on doing some more with hearts and stars and trees #obsessed)

Drinking Straw (I used festive ones of course! 😉 )

Ribbon

Directions:

Mix your applesauce and cinnamon together until a dough ball forms (I used my hands, it’s easier). Once it’s mixed, separate the dough into four separate dough balls. Place one of the dough balls on a sheet of plastic wrap and then cover it with another sheet of plastic wrap (this trick is wonderful!). Use a rolling pin to roll out each dough ball to 1/4 – 1/3 inches (per the recipe…I just eyeballed it, though) and cut out shapes with your cookie cutters. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough. Once you have a full sheet of ornaments, use a straw to poke a hole at the top (or two in the center if you want to make garland like I did). Bake at 200 degrees for 2 1/2 hours (your home will smell SO good!). Once baked and cooled a bit, string ribbon through the holes and you’re all set! You could even decorate them if you wish. I wanted mine plain for the garland.

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We had one extra, so we strung some baker’s twine through it and made an ornament for our tree!dsc_2825

my little deer

For Halloween this year, the girls were matching fawn. I came up with the idea last winter and looked to Pinterest for how-to’s.  I thought it would be fun to make their costumes this year (with the help of a couple Etsy shops for the leotard and tutu!). Plus, not sure that Madelyn will want to match her baby sister next year! 😉 Of course, Kora wouldn’t wear her antlers, but she enjoyed her tutu and matching her sister! She even let me paint her nose, but that was as far as I could get with her! I snapped a few photos before we headed out for trick-or-treating! I meant to share this last week, but better late than never, right? 😉dsc_2390dsc_2396dsc_2401dsc_2413dsc_2426dsc_2431dsc_2433dsc_2435dsc_2437dsc_2442dsc_2451

And Caleb had his own little costume he wore… I wore him in my sling when we walked around our neighborhood, he slept the whole time and missed out on trick-or-treating! 😉

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Nursery Update

The other day, I got the urge to rearrange/reorganize the nursery. Since Caleb is still in our room, but will move into the nursery at some point, I have made an effort to create a neutral space that will easily transition from Kora’s room to Caleb’s room, or perhaps a even shared room, depending on what we do once Caleb moves out of our room. I haven’t quite figured out if Kora will move into Madelyn’s room or if she and Caleb will share. Kora sleeps in the nursery, but since Caleb is in our room and gets diaper changes in the wee hours of the morning, we moved the changing table into our bedroom for the time being so that I wouldn’t wake Kora up every time I had to change Caleb in the middle of the night. Having done that created an empty space in the nursery that was driving me crazy. So, over the past week or so, I’ve changed things around and created a space I really, really love. I thought I’d share the update here! I also listed some of the places I got some of our things at the bottom of this post in case you’re interested. 🙂

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Picture frames, wood crate, cloth fringe bin, and blue cabinet: Target

Blue eucalyptus wreath: I made this from some dried eucalyptus I had 🙂

“ABC” wooden stool: Home Goods

Children’s wooden fold-up chair: thrifted

Wooden car and stacking blocks: Bannor Toys

Wooden caterpillar: Little Sapling Toys

Fur rug: TJ Maxx

Hanging Elephant Bell: World Market

Roald Dahl Print: Oh My Deer Handmade (Etsy)

White baby blanket: Yoli & Otis

Baby sling: Wild Bird

Blue striped baby hat: Willaby Clothier

Dream Catcher: Etsy Shop – unfortunately they don’t make this anymore 🙁