Saturday, 6 December 2014

A Lolly Christmas Tree

I love Christmas. I love the songs, the hustle bustle at the shops, the giving of presents and the general Christmas cheer. And traditions... I love traditions.

Growing up my Mum would make a small lolly Christmas tree using a small sterofoam cone, lollies and pins. When we had visitors over or people came to the door we were allowed to offer them a lolly. I can remember how exciting it was waiting for the doorbell to ring!

I made my first lolly tree two years ago but the kids weren't quite old enough. This year Miss 5 & Miss 3 are enjoying the race to the door ready to offer people a lolly!

What a lovely Christmas tradition focusing on giving and not recieving. 

Saturday, 22 November 2014

DIY Ice-cream party in a box gifts!

I am always trying to find new and creative Christmas present ideas. 

Last year I made Christmas Cookies in a Jar.
This year I am giving some friends a 10min photo shoot in a park by a local photographer. 

I am also making 'Ice-cream party in a box' kits. Yum, doesn't that sound fun?!
What you need for the box:
1. A box
2. Ice magic or ice-cream sauce (seriously, is there anything better than ice magic?!)
3. Clear bags and sticky tape
4. A variety of toppings (maltesers, m&m's, marshmallows, silver balls, 100's & 1000's, gummi bears, crushed oreos etc).
5. Ribbon & Christmas coloured wrapping accessories
6. DVD
7. Disposable bowls & spoons
8. Ice-cream cones
9. Tissue paper
10. Optional ice-cream scooper

A view on the inside...

 All they need to add is ice-cream!!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Kindness jars

This week our family has been talking about kindness. 

Kind words.

Kind hearts.

And kind actions.

Today after talking about kindness, the girls helped me buy, fill and sort out 'Energy in a jar' gifts. During this time we discussed why we give and how we don't expect anything in return. We also talked about how we feel when we recieve something and how it feels to be kind to other people.

I love using jars for gifts. I find them from cheap shops or Woolies for $2 and often stock up when they are on special.

I found some gorgeous jar labels here. I bought a selection of mini chocolates, lollipops, mentos, hot chocolate sachets, sesame seed biscuits, coffee bags, tea bags and a wagon wheel biscuit (yum!).  Most things I bought were on special.

I added a little name tag label on top and some simple ribbon around the top of each jar. Buying bulk (I made 9 jars) it worked out to be roughly $6 per jar... which isn't a lot to show people that they are loved and appreciated.



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