DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2014

Super Woman vs Abiding Woman

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It was such a blessing when the Super Mom vs Abiding Mom post went viral! And today I have a new version to share with you. With permission, Christin Ditchfield, reworded it a bit to bless not only moms, but all women. And she shared it in a post titled “5 things you can do to have a happier less stressed holiday”. This time of year it’s so easy to get caught up in trying to find the perfect gift for everyone, making sure your home looks just “so”, sending out the best Christmas card, and trying to meet others expectations for hosting the perfect holiday. After a few years of family Christmas’s I’ve learned that there’s really no way to please everyone. People might not love your gifts, or maybe the food doesn’t turn out as you expected. Or if you’re like us, at least half of your Christmas lights will be out by the time December 25th rolls around! But you know what? The year you burnt the marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes, and nearly caught your kitchen on fire, … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2014

DIY: Peppermint Swirl Soap Tutorial

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying all of the Christmas gift ideas, tutorials and videos this month! Today I’m sharing a really easy and fun DIY Peppermint Swirl Soap recipe with you. These not only  make great gifts, but they are super easy and smell absolutely wonderful!   You will need: 1 lb. Shea Butter Soap Base (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) Peppermint Essential Oil Red Soap Colorant Soap Mold Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout Toothpick or wooden stirring tool to swirl the coloring. Note: My recipe made about 5 small bars of soap.   Watch the video below to see how to make this simple but festive Peppermint Swirl Soap! Tip: Pour the melted soap in the mold, then add a few drops of red food coloring. Next finish filling the mold completely with the soap and swirl the mixture with a popsicle stick or tooth pick to spread out the color within the bar of soap. Here’s what they look like … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2014

DIY: Santa Hat Snacks

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Good morning everyone! I have a  super fun December planned for you all and I’m so excited! I have a ton of great DIY snacks, crafts, and even a few video glimpses into our daily lives here at the Confessions household. So if you’re ready to embark on an exciting and festive holiday season with me, stick around! Today I have a very easy, and I mean easy, but absolutely adorable Santa Hat Snack for you. This recipe is great for kids, and it makes a wonderful treat for all of those holiday parties coming up. I found this idea on pinterest. I couldn't resist trying it out, and I'm so glad that we did, because it was delicious! So let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the Santa Hat Snack video here!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Strawberries, washed & stems removed White frosting (You can make royal frosting, buttercream frosting, or if you’re in a rush…use the kind in the can like … [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!   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) … [Read more...]

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
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
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
10
2014

Happy Veterans Day!

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Good morning readers! If you live in the United States, today is Veterans Day! It is a day of remembrance, and a day to honor the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. And it’s a great day to teach your kiddos all about them as well.   Each year, on November 11th, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held  at Arlington National Cemetery. It is to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. where a color guard honors America’s war dead by a wreath laying ceremony held at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremonies then continue inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations as well as special speakers. There are also observances throughout the country from parades to special military exhibits and tributes to veterans.   Here are some ideas to help teach your kiddos about Veterans Day: Sing the US National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2014

2015 Calendar Page Templates

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I don’t know about you all, but I like to get my Christmas gifts going early so I’m not feeling rushed in December. Enter my calendar page templates! Each year each year I make printable calendars for our family as Christmas gifts. And of course, I share them with you all in the event you’re looking for something easy, fun, and cute for your family as well!     What’s included? 8×8 – 12 Monthly Quick Pages in .png format and .jpg formats (January – December) (Can be re-sized to 12×12) All files are 300dpi .png & .jpg images. NOTE: You will need a software program that can open .png or .jpg files to edit these templates. Or you can just print the .jpg files and then add your photos to them using archival safe glue strips. Click below to download: (Sorry the files are large, so I split them into smaller downloads) 2015 Calendar Kit PNG 1 2015 Calendar Kit PNG 2 2015 Calendar kit JPG Options: 1. Using your favorite editing software, all … [Read more...]