Christmas Candy Gift

You know my LOVE for these cute bottles (Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles)…so you must have know I would have to come up with another Christmas gift using them.  I wanted to make something that would be fun to give to the kids friends that were cute and pretty inexpensive.


I came up with a Santa’s Sweets and a Reindeer Nuggets version based loosely off of these Easter Bunny Gift Jars and the Monster Munchies that I shared earlier this year.  I kind of enjoy the challenge of creating something new for each holiday.

I added a mixture of red Sixlets and red Gumballs in the Santa’s Sweets jar to represent Santa’s red nose.  (I figure after riding in the sleigh on a wintry Christmas night his nose has got to be red).  Then I included a little gift tag that reads:

“He “NOSE” if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

You can also substitute the red noses to go in Rudolf’s jar to go along with Rudolph’s red nose.  Whatever one you prefer will work with this I think, don’t you?


For the Reindeer Nuggets, I took some gold foil Rolo’s and added these festive Rolo Christmas stickers I made, based on my Valentine Kiss Stickers and Father’s Day Kiss Stickers that were also shared earlier this year.


To make them, you simply print the free download on white paper or white cardstock.  Then take a 3/4 inch punch (found in scrapbook section of craft stores) and punch out the individual circles.  Then simply glue them onto the bottom of the Rolos (or the candy kisses) with a glue stick.  My kids always LOVE to help me with this job and I am happy to let them help!


Now that you have finished with the candy part…you can make Santa and Rudolph’s heads!  I have provided you with a free downloadable pattern that you can use to make your own out of colored scrapbook paper.

Christmas-candyJust look at these pictures to see how I put the faces together and what color of scrapbook paper to use for each pattern piece.  You can choose to make Santa a different ethnicity too…just pick a different color of scrapbook paper.  You will also need to cut a strip of paper that measures about an inch or so in width and is long enough to wrap around the bottle and be glued together.  This is what you will glue the heads onto.


If you would like to download Christmas Candy Gift Printables you can click on the link below.

{Christmas Candy Bottle Gifts}

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Christmas    As always, please use these for your own personal use.  They are not to be sold in your shops or to be reposted on your sites.  Please send your friends and family back here to get the printables and tutorial!  This enables me to keep them FREE!  Thank you so much!


Candy Cane Pancakes | Family Blog Hop

Today, I am joining a few friends for a gratitude blog hop because we thought it might be fun to share a little bit more about our families who are always behind the scenes at our house but not always seen here on our sites.


Today I will be sharing some yummy Candy Cane Pancakes, perfect for a festive Christmas Eve or Christmas Morning breakfast. We love to make something fun and memorable to enjoy eating together as a family.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of our favorite family holidays.  And if there is one thing we are grateful for and enjoy as a family…it is eating together.


After I share our recipe, I would love for you to see what the others have created and shared. There are recipes, printables and family traditions included in this blog hop.

Candy Cane Pancakes Recipe:

Candy Cane Pancakes

Candy Cane Pancakes


  • 2 cups all purpos flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • __________
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies or 2-3 drops of peppermint oil
  • 2-3 drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)


  1. Mix together sugar, baking powder, eggs, salt, milk and butter.
  2. Split batter in half and place into two separate bowls.
  3. Add the chocolate chips to one bowl of batter.
  4. Add the peppermint (crushed or oil or both) and the red food coloring if desired.
  5. Make up each bowl of pancake batter separately so you have peppermint pancakes and the white chocolate chip pancakes.
  6. Cook on greased griddle at about 350 degrees.
  7. Flip over when bubbles show up on the surface of the pancake.
  8. Cook on the other side for another couple of minutes.
  9. Serve with your favorite syrup and a dollop of whipped cream and crushed peppermint.



Hop on over to these fun projects based around the Gratitude theme:

A big, huge thank you to our families for their support and love. They are our guinea pigs, models, help us when we have last minute deadlines, love us even when we wear yoga pants for two days in a row and stick with us through the good, the bad and the ugly.

We are so grateful for you. Look at all these pretty faces! So much love (and kids) in this collage: Gratitude Blog Hop with several bloggers

Kari from U Create // Jodie from Eighteen25 // Cindy from Skip to My Lou // Amy from Positively Splendid Kelli from Lolly Jane // Mique from Thirty Handmade Days // Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom // Steph from Somewhat Simple Melissa from Polka Dot Chair // Kristen from Capturing Joy // Becky from Organizing Made Fun // Amy from the Idea Room Kristyn from Lil Luna // Desiree from the 36th Avenue
We thought you might have fun getting to know a little bit more about our families too. So we asked them some questions.
Here’s what they had to say.
For the kids:

What are your favorite holiday traditions as a family?

Building Gingerbread Houses with cousins, Sunday night walks and games, one-on-one date nights with Mom & Dad,

What is your favorite recipe or project that your mom has made?

J (15): My room.

C (13): Slime

L (11): My Bed

H (9): The Treats!

T (6): Play dough

Do you have any family favorite- games, movies, activities, hobbies?

We like boating, camping, water-skiing, and snow skiing together. Going of family trips and playing soccer in the back yard. We like to play Wackee Six and Rummikub together and watch movies. We also like to go hiking.

Are you tired of taking pictures for Mom’s blog?

YES!! We (the boys) will not let her take any pictures of us. We always have to wait to eat something and ask mom if she took a picture of it yet. She makes yummy treats, but we can’t eat them until she doesn’t need them or she gives them away. The youngest is the only one who wants to get her picture taken now. She ALWAYS has to go and get her camera before we do ANYTHING!!!


Mr. Idea Room:

What do you do for a living?

I work an exciting day filled with counting…lots and lots of counting. I work in finance and accounting…enough said.

How did you two meet?

Well, which version do you want…mine or hers? She would insist hers was the correct version. We do agree on the fact that we DID meet in college where we were both living. Our apartments were directly across from one another. The rest of the storyline gets a bit sketchy as far as details go. Something about me being shirtless on an apartment balcony…I have no recollection of this. I do know that she someone that I was interested in getting to know better.

And what do you love most about your wife?

Amy is very devoted to her family, our little family and her extended family. Amy has a really funny sense of humor. She can surprise you with her funny one liners when you least expect it. I really value her opinion and feel like she is a great friend. I love how motivated she is to get things done…well…most of the time!

How much time do you think your wife spends on her blog per week?

Probably more than I realize or that she let’s me know. 25-30 hours a week?

What is your favorite project/recipe she’s made?

There are a lot that I have really enjoyed. The treats are always a nice bonus. But I think my absolute favorite project that Amy has made is the Tufted Headboard she made for our daughter.

What’s her favorite thing about blogging?

Interacting with other women and mothers who have similar interests. The challenge of creating projects for our family and home. And the real-life friendships she has made with other bloggers.

And least favorite thing about blogging?

Getting mean comments or emails from people.


I am so grateful for each and everyone in my family. I am grateful to be married to my best friend. We have been through some really good times and have had our fair share of struggles. Life can be hard at times, but I am grateful I get to share my life with my him.

He works so hard for our family and yet comes home and manages to be able to know right where the slack needs to be picked up. Whether it involves helping out with dinner or with a child who needs some extra attention. I also love that he is {usually} pretty excited about another project I have been scheming up in my head ;), and so willing to join in and working on it together.

I hope we will all take a little bit of time to reflect on the many blessings that we have to be thankful for.


Michael’s Christmas Tree–Dream Tree Challenge


*This is a sponsored post for Michael’s.

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Michael’s and asked if I was interested in participating in the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge…ummm…yes please!  Of course I said yes!  Christmas is one of my favorite Holidays and our current Christmas tree was in sad shape.  We had already re-strung the lights twice over it’s 10 year lifetime.


We were sent this lovely 7 foot tree and given the challenge to decorate it using items from Michael’s.  I decided to go with a gold, silver and white tree…which really isn’t that big of a surprise to you probably.  Have you noticed my inability to boldly decorate with a lot of color?  I realize this is a problem…but I am not sure how to fix this about myself!


I also decided to forego the traditional tree skirt and used a tin bucket instead…and you know what?  I kind of LOVE it!  I was going to build a crate for the tree to stand in but decided to take the crate in different direction which I will share with you a bit later.


Here are some close-ups of little details on the tree and some of the different items I used.  Don’t you just love the sparkly gold and silver next to each other?


I picked up some twigs and flowers in the floral section and added them to the tree as well.  I am loving the extra dimension and texture it gives to the overall tree.



I also wrapped this lovely and classy burlap ribbon (found in the wedding aisle) around the tree from top to bottom.  I love that it gives it a bit of a natural element along with the shimmery glitter.


And since I put the tree up before Halloween, I thought…why take this and run with it…might as well deck out the entire room for Christmas!!  My kids were slightly confused when they came home from school last week!


I love the ambiance of Christmas lights and candles…don’t you?

If you are interested in the Vintage Crate and the gift bags you can find the tutorials for them here:

DIY Vintage Crate

Creative Gift Bags


I love how it turned out…but perhaps my favorite part is that most of my Christmas decorating is finished now.  Did I get a few strange looks from Trick-Or-Treaters who spied it in the other room when they came to our door? You bet!


My kids then insisted that we turn the lights off…at least for Halloween night!  Stay tuned for a project that I have made for the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge!  I am really excited to share it with you!



  • Michaels has a large selection of pre-lit high-tip count artificial trees ranging in size from 4 ft. to 7.5 ft. and all the way up to 9 ft. They even come in different shapes, from skinny to full and in-between with some smaller trees coming in different color options
  • Each tree purchased at Michaels comes with a 5 year tree warranty and a 2 year warranty on the lights
  • Stop by your local Michaels November 3 through November 9 for a special tree event

*This is a sponsored post for Michael’s.  I did receive a tree and a gift card to cover my expenses.  However all opinions and statements are mine.


Christmas & New years 2011

We had a really fun and relaxing Christmas vacation for the most part this year.  I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of what we did over the Christmas and New Years break.Christmas collage 2011

On Christmas Morning, we got up early to get ready for 9:00 am church.  We told the kids they had to wait to open presents and see what Santa brought them after church.  So we hung up a big blanket over the entry way into the room with the Christmas tree and presents.

I actually really like having Christmas on Sunday.  Our meeting was really nice and it was a great way to focus on the real meaning of Christmas.  But the kids were itching to get to the fun part of Christmas.  So as soon as we got home the kids changed out of their church clothes and got back into their pajamas…haha!  (the picture of the kids hugging by the Christmas tree was actually the day after Christmas since I forgot to get pictures on Christmas Day…so that would explain the bed heads…)

Christmas iceskating collage 2011

During our Christmas break we were able to go Ice Skating with some cousins and Grandma! I learned that I am not as good at Ice Skating as I used to be…which was never that great to begin with.  I was happy to “help” the little kids as holding their hand helped me feel a bit steadier on the ice.

new years eve collage 2012

We also spent a lot of lazy days lounging around the house eating goodies and playing games.  But some of the time we spent working on some projects like painting my new office…can’t wait to share that soon…and a few other painting projects.

Then for New Years…we went and stayed up in Park City, Utah for the weekend.  It has become a family tradition and we always look forward to it.  We were able to stay with some cousins and Grandma again.  We played games and then I went shopping with the ladies while the men took the kids to see a movie.

NYE 2011 gwm

Then, even though it was only 20 degrees outside…we sat in the hot tub with all the kids! Good thing the water was hot!  Later that night we bundled up and rode the Cabriolet at the Canyons Ski Resort up to the Lodge to see some fireworks.  They were supposed to start at 8:00 pm…but at 7:45 as we were about to get on the Cabriolet…the fireworks started!  We got to watch them the whole way up.  We had the best seats in the house!!!  It was a lot of fun!

Then we came back to the condo and warmed up playing games and watching movies till 2012.

I can’t believe another year has come and gone.  Time is flying by!

I have a few New Year’s Goals this year that I will be sharing at a later time with you.  Hope you all had a happy and safe holiday!  Can’t wait for another full year of fun and projects. Heavens knows I have already a lot of them on the to do list!

What was the most favorite thing you did to celebrate?

I think mine was the weekend in Park City this year!

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