3 EASY Festive (Non) Baking Ideas + Our Christmas Decor

It’s that time of year where all I want to do is eat all of the sweet treats and go to all the potlucks.  One day I would love the idea of being one of those mom’s that adores baking and cooking up a storm…buuuttt I already know that I am DEFINITELY one of those women who eats EVERYTHING on the dessert table so I really have to keep my sweet treat making in check!  Aaaannnd I am always nervous I’ll mess up the recipe so I love the idea of #Bakinghacks :)

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Stockings | Evergreen Garland | Floral Clip Ornaments

I do have some lunch and dinners planned with friends and family before Christmas, so I figured it would be a great option for me to flex my creative (non) baking muscle without worrying that I’ll eat everything on my own.  I found some awesome options for faux-baking/pre-made cookie decorating LOL.

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Fairy Lights | Garland | Frame

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Pom Pom Garland

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Elf on the Shelf

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Floating Shelf | Mini Wicker Baskets (Similar) | Frames | Mason Jar

Ok so on to the no-bake-treats and cookie decorating ideas.  I saw these and thought I would love to add a Christmas touch to our beloved peanut butter cookies.  We literally make these cookies all year round.  They are more or less guilt free and have no white sugar or flour. Just dip them in some melted dark chocolate and sprinkle some red, white and green sprinkles and they are a perfect holiday treat.

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The Hubz loves turtles so these would be for him (I am not a fan of caramel) these are super easy and take literally 10 minutes.  I can’t believe I’ve never made them before.  I am just not sure if I should used salted or unsalted pretzels?

Lastly I have to at least attempt to make these DIY thin mints.  I love girl guide cookies and being able to make these at Christmas (or even all year round would be brilliant).

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Check out our christmas decorations from last year!

Stocking Stuffers for the Girls

This will be the first year we actually stuff some stockings.  The last few years we have just hung the stockings but didn’t fill them mainly because Miss S was completely unaware of them in our house.  My parents have always made a big deal of them when we head over to their house on Christmas day – but I don’t think she really understood what was going on.

So to give myself (and anyone else who may stumble upon this post) some ideas I’d thought I’d share what I found.   TLY_StockingStufferIdeas

Christmas Pencils | Stickers | Swaddle | Hair Clips | Mini Pencil Crayons | Little People | Bath Dropz

Christmas Day 2016

Merry Christmas!

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This was by far the best Christmas to date – mainly because Miss S is so much more AWARE of everything that was happening.  We explained to her that Eddie would be leaving us on Christmas Eve and that the cookies we were putting out by the fireplace were for Santa.  She was a little sad to find that Eddie had left but was in shock when she noticed that the cookies were gone, and she even checked the mug to see if there was any milk left!

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We got her a dollhouse (including furniture and a few house guests), a duplo lego set, a book and a purse.  She was pretty content and plays with her dollhouse in the morning and night.  She’s already gone out with her purse and insists on holding it even when she’s eating in her high chair.

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Later in the day we went to my parents house for more gifting, lots of finger food (mini quiche, 3 cheese baked dip, meatballs, veggies and cookies) followed by Christmas dinner (including all the fixings).  We played a few games of spoons and also watched The Accountant. #FamilyTime

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Of course Miss S got completely spoiled by her grandparents, Masi and Massar (aunt and uncle) – but could you expect anything less.

Merry Christmas 2016!

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Yesterday we spent the day baking, singing christmas carols, cooking and preparing for the big day.

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The day before Christmas is OUR day :)  The three of us celebrate at home with our version of Christmas Evening Dinner.  This year, we had garlic butter herb tilapia, creamy mash and balsamic green beans with toasted almonds.

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We are off to my parents house for more gifting, eating and fun.  Hope everyone enjoys their day!

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Merry Christmas Eve #GivingBack

The cookies are baked and decorated. All the presents are wrapped and either out of reach from little hands or under the tree. All the lights are up. Hubby is cooking our Christmas Eve dinner (which for the last few christmas has consisted of a protein other than the typical chicken or turkey).  And I’ve prepped some food items to take to my parents house for Christmas.  Anndd Miss S and I are starting a new tradition: watching Home Alone #yaaassss

But before any of this happened I was thinking about a way to #GiveBack.  I have been on the look out for this type of charity for a few years but thankfully I found it this year and Miss S was just the right age to understand what we were doing and why.

tly_christmassamaritanbox2We collected several essential toiletries, clothes and toys to send in our Samaritan Box.

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The items we packed were:

  • Long sleeve tshirt
  • Hat
  • 2 drinking cups
  • Bar Soap
  • Notepad
  • Crayons
  • Blocks
  • Hair ties
  • …and some other things which I can’t remember

We then dropped it off at a local drop off centre.

If you want to participate in something like this please check out Samaritan Purse Canada

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Paper Snowflakes #WinterActivity

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We have been thoroughly enjoying some festive activities for the last week.  Every morning Miss S is on a hunt for Eddie (our elf on the shelf).  She she understands what he’s he for / what his job is and has actually shown more sass since he started visiting #ParentingFail.  None the less it’s super fun to watch her play Where’s Eddie.  Even more hilarious when we forget to hide him in a new spot the night before and are running downstairs mere seconds before she bolts down!  I think next year we willl get more pinterest-creative with how we display him :)

On a side note I’ve been making lots of paper snowflakes.   It’s an awesome activity that I am surprised I didn’t start earlier. That said – it is so much fun and completely addictive.  Best part is Miss S wants in on the fun (see her triangle shaped paper snowflake using zig-zag scissors!)

Next up: build a few gingerbread houses and bake / decorate some sugar cookies :)

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