Friday, November 27, 2009

Make Your Own Christmas Advent Calendar

It is almost that time! That time to start counting down the days to my absolute favorite day of the year! I am so excited to make a Christmas advent calendar, but there are so many adorable options! How will I ever choose which fantastic advent calendar I want to hang on my wall? Well, today for Feature Friday, I will be featuring some of my favorite options. Check out all of these DIY advent calendars from these wonderful ladies and see my dilemma.

Christmas Advent Wall Boxes from Adventures in Crafting

Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar from Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Framed Box Advent from the Painter Family (similar to the box one above, but easily movable)

Cookie Sheet Advent
found through Tip Junkie

Santa's Beard Advent Calendar from Make and Takes (just add cotton balls)

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Online Advent Calendar from Optimal Print-technically meant to count down the days to order your Christmas cards, but it has loads of cute printable games and activities, like memory, word searches and song jumbles.

However do I choose? It would be obnoxious to do multiple. Ugh. Decisions, Decisions.

(I pulled out the Christmas music today. I couldn't help myself. After visiting Disneyland all dressed for Christmas it has been hard to come back to the real non-Christmasy world that is my fall decorated house. Thank goodness it is almost time to break open the bins and release Christmas out of it's plastic prison.)

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Flu Shot Shenanigans

The band-aids started on his legs. He had other plans.
Maybe the H1N1 immunization caused him to react hilariously!

Linking up with Wordless Wednesday on 5 Minutes for Mom.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

YW Birthday/Christmas Gift Ideas

Grandma (one of our readers, sorry I don't know your real name.) wanted to know some ideas for birthday gifts for the Young Women for next year. Here are a few of the gifts we have done while I have been in the Presidency.

Last year for Christmas we gave them a little standing flip book with a thought for each week of the year.

Beaded bookmarks with "Be an Example" theme charm to encourage them to read their scriptures 5 minutes a day. You could do them with next year's theme.

We recently had Elaine S. Dalton, General Young Women President, come speak at a fireside and we had encouraged all the girls to have the new Virtue value in their Personal Progress done. To celebrate those who did, and encourage those others to keep working we gave them a gold virtue charm to add to their bookmarks.

For Christmas this year, we are giving them the word "Courage" in vinyl lettering to put on their mirrors and remind them of this years theme.

For birthdays next year, we are giving fun colorful socks with a thought about walking in the footsteps of Christ. (edit: see the saying and actual socks we used here)

I hope these ideas help! Also, please feel free to share ideas you have in the comments!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009


My mom asked me to make this handout for a family gospel study session. The main theme revolved around this concept of
+Obedience with exactness

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I just thought I would share if anyone wants it. I have a big thing for argyle. I think it is a good reminder that with faith we can have miracles in our day.

Free digital scrapbook supplies from Shabby Princess (Shabby Fall).
Font from Kevin and Amanda.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Crafts and Treats for Kids

I am excited to share a compilation of fun ideas to keep the kids involved in Thanksgiving. Whether to keep them busy while the food cooks or letting them help with place cards, these activities are sure to bring smiles!

Corny Cookies by Family Fun

Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats by Family Fun
Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats

Turkey of a Cake by Family Fun
Natural Things Thankful Banner by Make and Takes
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Indian Corn Place Cards by Holiday Crafts & Creations
thanksgiving crafts to make

Kid Friendly Thanksgiving Place Cards by My Insanity

Terra Cotta Pot Pilgrim Hat Place Cards by

Turkey Tan via Make and Takes
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Feature Friday-Melissa & Doug Toys (giveaway)

This giveaway is now closed. :)

Are you making your list and checking it twice? Today's Feature Friday is a great line of toys just in time for the holidays. Melissa & Doug makes such wonderful things, I could not help but share! For the feature I will be reviewing one particular toy set, the cutting fruit crate. But, there are so many options, they have something for everyone!

I was asked by All Children's Furniture to do a review and I knew right away that my little guy would just love this Melissa & Doug cutting fruit play set. He is very analytical and loves toys that he can manipulate, besides the fact that it means he gets to play with a knife.

Here it is straight out of the box. It was a success right away, but I wondered if the initial excitement would last. Sorry the video is so poor, I was lazy and took it with my camera.



It lasted all right! He played with it for an hour straight, which is unheard of for my active 2 year old! Usually, he doesn't play with anything for more than five minutes. Here he is an hour later.


He would have played with it longer, but I made him put it away for dinner time.

I have now had this set for a little over a month and it is holding up like a champ with a boy that is not gentle on anything. He knows all the fruits and can put the pieces back together by himself. It is solid wood, so he cannot break it. He has chipped the paint slightly on a few corners when he throws it across the hardwood in the kitchen, but the velcro is still in great shape and he still loves playing with it. I am looking forward to collecting more Melissa & Doug products! We may just have to tell Santa about them!!

And guess what?! Santa has come early for you! I am giving away a Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Crate to one lucky reader! I do what I can to help those Recession Christmas budgets. ;)

Melissa and Doug Play Food Cutting Fruit Crate - 4021
To enter:

Visit All for fun brands like Melissa & Doug, KidKraft, Little Tikes and more. Come back and leave a comment on this post including what item, besides the fruit crate, your little one would like under the tree. Also, please leave an email if you do not have one on your profile.

Leave only one comment including all entries.

Extra entries:
  • 2 extra: Tweet about the giveaway including @LittleTipsyblog so I can see you did.
  • 2 extra: Blog or facebook about it and include the link in your comment
Giveaway closes on Wednesday the 25th so you will know if you won by Black Friday.

Oh, and All is offering 10% off all orders until Sunday. Bonus!

All Children's Furniture provided the product for review and is providing the product for the giveaway. I was not paid for my comments, I only rave about things I am truly impressed with.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

YW Leadership Idea-Don't be a Turkey

We had our Young Women presidency meeting at my house this month which means I was in charge of the leadership moment for the Young Women class presidencies. I wanted to focus on confidence and not being scared to share ideas and beliefs. I came up with this turkey handout since it is the month of Thanksgiving. It also goes along really well with nest year's theme: "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest" Joshua 1:9.

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I talked about how they should not be scared or ashamed to speak out whether it be conducting at church or defending their beliefs at school. I read them the story of chicken little and how he was brave (one of my little guy's faves) even when he felt alone.

Don't Be a Chicken! (Disney's Chicken Little)

Then, I gave them the turkey handouts and with my family's traditional turkey cookies.

They loved the turkey cookies!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Family Obligations

This is my apology for slacking in my writing a little bit this last week.
I had family obligations. ;)

If you have not been to Disneyland when it is all dressed up for Christmas, do yourself a favor and go! It is amazing! It even snows during the fireworks.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Feature Friday-Sisters Stuff Blog Swap

Today's Feature Friday on this lovely Friday the 13th are two cute sisters Whitney and Alish who combine forces to create Sisters Stuff.

Sisters Stuff

I found their adorable blog, like they say below, when Alish and I became swap partners. Just look at all the cute stuff I got in the mail. If you get one of those cute cards, just pretend you didn't see this and act like I made it. ;) Thanks again Alish!

They are obviously very talented, so I'll hand it over and let them show you around!


We discovered A Little Tipsy when Alish got her as her Tip Junkie Trade Secrets partner.
We are so excited that we found her blog and are swapping with her today.

Here are a few questions Michelle wanted us to answer:

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon? Hot Glue Gun

What is your favorite organization tip? De-junking

What is the last movie you saw in the theater? The Proposal

Here is a little more about us.

We are 2 sisters that love crafts, recipes, saving money, organizing, home decor, trends, and love being moms. {Sisters Stuff} was created to share all the stuff we love.

Here are some of our favorite posts.

Recipe for Death by Chocolate

Cleaning Box for organizing chores.

We love this jewelry holder.

Thanks again for letting us swap with you today! Come check out {Sisters Stuff} for more great ideas!

Great ideas Whitney and Alish! You are now entered in to the Hall of Fame as Tipsters of the week!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

TV Time Trouble

I have a new post on Rocky Mountain Moms Blog.

Here's a little teaser...

Nov09 002 I am a hypocrite. It's true. A few months ago I wrote this post about Toddler TV time and it's relation to ADD. Did you know that their chances of having ADD and trouble in school increases nearly 10 percent for every hour of television they watch before age three?! I had all the good intentions and was really trying to keep my son's Television time to 30 minutes per day. My little one is already super active and kinda crazy to keep entertained and quiet when needed. I had these horror stories running through my mind about how letting him watch TV would cause him to act out in the future and how he would struggle in school.

I was doing great limiting his TV time and was so proud of myself, for like a more

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Turkey Cookies

This has been a family Thanksgiving tradition of mine for a long time. These turkey cookies are really fun to make and the little ones love to help! They only take a few minutes to make, but have a BIG wow factor! Let's get going with the Thanksgiving Turkey Cookie Tutorial!

Ingredients needed for Turkey Cookies:
Ginger snaps
Chocolate Frosting
Candy Corns (get them soon, they are hard to find closer to Thanksgiving!)
Hershey Kisses (I used the almond ones just because I like them better)
Chocolate Chips
Red Hots

Cutting board
Knives (one to trim cookies, one to spread frosting)

I like to put all the ingredients in bowls for easy access.

1. First, trim a ginger snap with a knife to make the tail. Make sure the cut is not angled or your tail will fall over.

2. Spread frosting on cookie piece and add five candy corns for feathers.

3. Add some frosting to the flat edge of the cookie and stand it up on the edge of another ginger snap. (Tail)

4. Frost the bottom of a kiss and put it on the cookie in front of the tail. (Body) This will help hold up the tail while the frosting sets.

5. Dip the edge of a chocolate chip in frosting and place it near the top of the Hershey's Kiss. (Head) Then, dip a red hot in frosting and place it below the chocolate chip on the kiss. (Gobble)

There you have it! One fantastic little turkey cookie!
Now, gobble til you wobble!

We love to use these as a Thanksgiving activity for the kids
while all the food is cooking.

Turkey cookies are a fun little treat for neighbors or would be really cute set at
each place on the Thanksgiving table!

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