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    2014 December Holidays & Fun Days

    Yay it’s here! December is here! I love twinkle lights. I love baking cookies. I love decorating. I love gift wrapping and gift giving. I love Christmas crafts. I love those festive red cups my coffee now comes in. I love snow shoveling. Wait a minute. I do NOT love snow shoveling. But that’s a … [Read More...]

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    Happy Thanksgiving 2014

      Good morning readers. I’m posting this a day early because were taking a couple of days off over here at Confessions. We will be spending time with our loved ones and counting all of the things we are thankful for this year. I’m always thankful for my mom’s home cooked meals! So Lord … [Read More...]

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    December 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Yay! Guess what time it is? Can you guess? That’s right, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s officially holiday season with twinkle lights, snowy nights, and yummy dinners to warm the whole family! I have another monthly meal plan for you today fully of yummy fall goodness. And as … [Read More...]

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    2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving. … [Read More...]

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    Chocolate Caramel Cake

    Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since … [Read More...]

NOV
27
2014

2014 December Holidays & Fun Days

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Yay it’s here! December is here!

I love twinkle lights. I love baking cookies. I love decorating. I love gift wrapping and gift giving. I love Christmas crafts. I love those festive red cups my coffee now comes in. I love snow shoveling. Wait a minute. I do NOT love snow shoveling. But that’s a dilemma I’ll have to work out another time.

Anyway, you get the idea. I can’t wait for this time of year, and am so excited for all of the goodies I have planned for you all this month! Make sure to stay tuned because we’ve got special treats for you all month long. There will be video vlogs of our daily lives, some great holiday DIY projects, recipes, crafts, and more!

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But the reason we’re here today is because it’s time for my December holidays & fun days post!

So let’s get on with it shall we?

Holidays:

  • December 7: Pearl Harbor Day
  • December 12: Poinsettia Day
  • December 16: Chanukah lasts 8 days
  • December 21: Winter Solstice (The shortest day of the year)
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 26: Boxing Day
  • December 26: Kwanzaa
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve

 

Fun Days:

December 4  Santa’s List Day

  • Make a list of ways that your children have blessed those around them and give it to them in a special note today to encourage them!

December 5 Bathtub Party Day

  • Busy mama: Grab some bubble bath, maybe a candle, and a book, and treat yourself to a bath today!
  • For kiddos: Get some fun bubble bath, and maybe even bath tub crayons and let your little ones have an afternoon treat!

December 6 St. Nicholas Day

December 6 Mitten Tree Day

  • Read The Mitten by Alvin Tesselt
  • Draw a tree on green construction paper and cut out. Paste your tree to a blue construction paper. Dot on snowflakes using a Q-tip and white paint. Then have students make unique mittens using construction paper. Glue them on to decorate their tree.
  • Classrooms: Have all of your students bring in a pair of mittens and take them to the local donation center to bless those in need.
  • Homeschoolers: Collect mittens from friends and family to donate to your local center.

December 7 National Cotton Candy Day

  • Head out for a treat of Cotton Candy today. Make sure to brush and floss afterwards!

December 7 Pearl Harbor Day

December 8 National Brownie Day

  • Make some homemade Nutella brownies today and share them with friends and neighbors! YUM! (This post is for valentines day, but you can add any holiday themed decorations or just deliver them plain!)

December 9 Christmas Card Day

  • It’s time all you procrastinators out there! Get your Christmas cards out today. Here are some of my favorite places to get cards from. Hallmark (They’ll even stamp and mail your cards!), Costco, Shutterfly
  • For the kiddos, have them hand make cards for family and friends this year. Supplies: Construction paper, stamps, markers, scissors, glue, glitter, sequins, and any other fun embellishments you have on hand!

December 12 Poinsettia Day

  • Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett who was the first Ambassador to Mexico. It now serves as a recognized symbol of Christmas. Fill your kids in on who Joel Roberts Poinsett was, and make a fun poinsettia craft!

December 13 Ice Cream Day

December 15 Bill of Rights Day

  • Take a moment today to discuss the Bill of Rights with your kiddos!
  • Have students pick their favorite Amendment, then create a poster with an illustration and description of that Amendment.

December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

  • Need I say more?

December 18 Bake Cookies Day

December 19 Look for an Evergreen Day

  • Even if you don’t like cutting down trees, you can still take a nature walk and see if you can spot the most perfect evergreen! If you don’t live in a region where these beautiful trees exist, pick a tree native to your location and head out to find the best one!

December 20 Go Caroling Day

  • Make some hot cocoa, throw on a coat, scarf, hat, and gloves. And head out to go caroling around your neighborhood!

December 20 Mini-Van Express Ticket Day!

  • Okay, I just made this one up to see if you were paying attention. But today would be a great day to hand out some Mini-van Express Tickets to your kiddos and go check out all of the festive holiday lights in your area! Don’t know what that is? Click here!

December 21 Forefather’s Day

December 21 National Flashlight Day

  • Take this opportunity to locate your flashlights and make sure they have good batteries so you don’t get caught in the dark! Literally!
  • Maybe even throw in a little study on Thomas Edison who invented the first light bulb, and Joshua Lionel Cowen who invented the flashlight.

December 24 National Chocolate Day

  • Okay, so I’m going to suggest eating a little chocolate today. Can’t hurt right? Unless you’re allergic. Then don’t eat any.

December 24 National Eggnog Day

  • Make some homemade eggnog, or grab a carton from the local grocery store. Enjoy it as an after dinner treat tonight!

December 25 Christmas Day

  • Celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, with friends and family!
  • Have a birthday cake and sing happy birthday to Jesus today!

December 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26 Boxing Day

  • What is Boxing Day? Learn all about it here!

December 27 Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

December 27 National Fruitcake Day (Seriously, there’s a day dedicated to fruitcake?)

December 28 Card Playing Day

  • With all of the Christmas hubbub coming to a close, today would be a great day for a family game night! Break out the card games, and even board games, and have a family night in!

Looking for more fun Christmas ideas? Check out my posts from previous years here:

 

I hope you enjoy these posts, and stay tuned for some awesome December activities coming your way!

NOV
25
2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

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  Good morning readers. I’m posting this a day early because were taking a couple of days off over here at Confessions. We will be spending time with our loved ones and counting all of the things we are thankful for this year. I’m always thankful for my mom’s home cooked meals! So Lord willing, we’ll be enjoying spaghetti, meatballs, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, salad, and pie! As always I am thankful for our health, our families, my husband and awesome children, all of the wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and I'm also thankful for YOU my awesome readers! You've encouraged and inspired me and I'm so thankful for all of you! I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos? Thanksgiving Preschool Pack Thankful Turkey Craft Mosaic Cornucopia Craft Turkey Buttoning   Leave a comment! I would love to hear what each of you are thankful for this year, … [Read more...]

NOV
24
2014

December 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Yay! Guess what time it is? Can you guess? That’s right, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s officially holiday season with twinkle lights, snowy nights, and yummy dinners to warm the whole family! I have another monthly meal plan for you today fully of yummy fall goodness. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! And this meal plan is my favorite because it also includes a bunch of delicious Christmas baking recipes for snack time! Make sure to include your kiddos in these, most of the recipes are kid friendly, lots of fun, and great for creating memories! Download the 2014 December Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 December Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 December Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving. This year I have a ton of great stocking stuffer ideas, as well as gifts for older and younger kiddos, as well as girls and boys alike.   Stocking Stuffer Ideas:   Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow Sticks Stickers Fun erasers Santa’s Word … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2014

Chocolate Caramel Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since it’s so simple.   Ingredients: 1 chocolate cake mix 1 jar of Carmel ice cream topping 1 can Sweet & Condensed Milk 1 container of cool whip 3 Heath bars (Break into small pieces using a food processor or with end of a rolling pin.) Directions: Bake cake according to directions. When done, remove from oven and immediately poke holes in cake with round handle of a wooden spoon. Pour on Carmel topping and sweet and condensed milk. Let cake cool completely. Break up Heath bars into small pieces using a food processor or wooden rolling pin. Ice cake with cool whip. Sprinkle Heath bar bits on top and serve. Hope you enjoy! … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2014

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

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Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial:     Ingredients: 1 lb. Shea butter soap block (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 4 drops yellow soap colorant 2 drops red soap colorant soap mold Instructions: Cut up about a 1/2 of a pound of Shea butter soap and place it in a microwave safe container.   Heat on high for 30 second increments until smooth stirring in between. Once the mixture is smooth, add the pumpkin pie spice, red coloring, and yellow coloring and stir well. Pour mixture into soap molds and let set for about 40 minutes. Once soap is firm, flip over mold and press gently to … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2014

Teeny Tot Tuesday: Kindergarten!

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I know, I know, she’s not exactly a Teeny Tot anymore! And she’s been begging me to change her blog name for awhile now, but she’s come up with some seriously crazy names and I just don’t want to commit to those yet, so for now… It’s time for another Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Except that she’s not so teeny. And she’s not really a tot. And she’s in kindergarten now, which I’m in denial over. Sigh. Moving on…You can see her full curriculum in our curriculum post for this year, but she’s also doing some of my k4 work that she didn’t finish from last year as well. Number Writing: She completed the 1-20 handwriting worksheets last year, so I moved her on to the K4 Number Writing Worksheets this year. These are great because not only does she have practice writing the numeral, but she is also learning how to write the number word, as well as recognize the number by finding it in a grid of numbers at the bottom of the page.   Letter Hunt Worksheets: Here she’s working on my … [Read more...]

NOV
16
2014

2015 Blog Planner–FREE!

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Good morning fellow bloggers!  If you’re looking for a colorful, and complete blog planner, look no further. It’s that time of year again… and the new 2015 Blog Planner has arrived! YAY! And it’s FREE! Double YAY! And also, what the heck? Where did 2014 go? Has anyone seen it? I must’ve been busy homeschooling, because I think I missed it. Thankfully I filled out my 2014 Blog Planner, so I can look back and see that I actually did do some serious blogging this year, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So if you’re ready to get going for the new year, keep reading!   As you can see I went with the calendar layout for this planner and added some extra info on the opposing page. It includes Monthly Statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes.   Print & Assemble: After downloading, I print the planner double-sided by printing the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the pages … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2014

The Perfect Advent Calendar Giveaway

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Good morning everyone! It's time to start thinking about the holidays, and today I have a great giveaway for you from The Perfect Advent Calendar! I love doing advent calendar activities, and frankly this year I was excited to receive one that was basically already done for me! All you have to do is put it together and go.   What’s in the box? In each box you’ll receive festive number pockets with holes already punched and ready to go! You’ll also receive some red ribbon, along with 30 activity cards. If you’re paying attention that means you get 5 extras so you can personalize your advent activities. Each card contains a family activity, a bible verse, and a short prayer.   The kit also comes with a supply list to help make sure you have any necessary items on hand. The cards are a nice mix of crafts and activities that don’t require a whole lot of time or money, which is a great help out this busy homeschooling mama!   Once you place … [Read more...]

NOV
11
2014

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas

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Good morning readers! Today I’m so excited to help promote Kirk Cameron’s new movie, Saving Christmas. I’m a HUGE fan of the entire Cameron family, and have been since way back during the Full House and Growing Pains days!   Through the blogosphere I’ve gotten to know Melissa (Cameron) Fleming, and had the pleasure of writing for Candace Cameron Bure’s website, and now I have the pleasure of helping promote this amazing film by Kirk Cameron. Saving Christmas is an entertaining and informative movie, that lets your family see Christmas in the true light of Scripture as it was played out in actual history. It also helps explain all of the theological significance of things like the Christmas trees and lights, along with who St. Nicholas really was. Not only does this film bring the focus of Christmas back to Jesus, but it’s also absolutely hilarious! It’s the perfect movie this Christmas season! Check out the trailer…   SAVING CHRISTMAS is in theaters for a … [Read more...]