Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  Hope you've had a great week.  We did lots of Christmas activities, watched Christmas movies and it was freezing in Indiana so it's really starting to feel like Christmas.  The highs definitely outweighed the lows this week.  We had a nice week so I'll focus on that in my Friday Favorites instead of the fact that I had to get a root canal this week.  Boo!  Dentist visits are not my favorite.

I hosted a fun giveaway for one painted hoop all week long and the winner is....

Congratulations and thanks to all who entered!!

My favorite parts of the week were:

I bought all the supplies to paint this doll house for Olive for Christmas.  It was mine when I was younger so I'm excited to give it a makeover for her.  I need to get busy!

We made some jingle bell wreaths earlier this week.  They were so easy and only needed two things to make them - jingle bells and pipe cleaners!  My kids have loved finding new spots for them and jingling them all day long.  They're not that loud so it's pretty cute.

We made our own mason jar snow globes last week and my whole family loves them!  The kids play with them all day long and I even caught my husband playing with them.  They were so easy to make!

I swapped out our normal hand soap for holiday hand soap and it has totally made Olive's life!  She's so excited to have scented hand soap and alternates which bathroom to use based on the soap she wants.  It's the little things in life...

We went to a Gingerbread Man science class and had a great time.  There were gingerbread cookies, playdoh and we made ornaments.  They rubbed cinnamon sticks on the sand paper gingerbread man and it smelled so good!  Anyone have a good gingerbread cookie recipe??  My daughter loved the cookies and I've never made them before.

I took the kids to a local Christmas Mouse House and we had a nice time.  The wait time was kind of crazy, but my kids were so good.  I think I'll have to plan a little better next year so we don't have to wait in line for an hour.  They were thrilled to get a hand stamp and we all had a nice time doing crafts, making reindeer food, meeting Mrs Mouse and going through the stations.  Both kids were excited to meet Mrs Mouse and help raise money for scholarship funds for kids in our community.

Our Country Club hosted their annual Gingerbread house decorating party.  It was so much fun!  Kevin built our structure and we decorated it.  The kids ate a lot of candy and we had a great time.  The chef surprised everyone with a life sized gingerbread house this year.  We were all kind of mesmerized by watching her build it.  It was so neat and we can't wait to see it again when it's all complete.  I've never seen anything like it.

 I baked cookies for National Cookie Day and we shared them with our neighbors.

In case you missed it on Polka-Dotty Place:

Monday: Christmas House Tour & Giveaway
Tuesday: Pretty Pie Bites
Wednesday: Edit Your Traditions
Thursday: Handmade for the Holidays

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  We are looking forward to Kevin's Christmas party, brunch with Santa and his reindeer and hanging out at home.


  1. I'm with Olive, I love the scented holiday soaps! We had some gifted to us from last year, so I brought them out, and they smell good! The gingerbread sandpaper craft is so cute, and easy to do! Not real fond of gingerbread cookies though. Your gingerbread house turned out great. I am itching to make some cookies soon. I found a sugar cookie recipe that looks easy to make. Have a great weekend!

  2. That life size gingerbread house is awesome, wow! I love all the activities you have been up to this week. So many sweet memories shared! xoxo ERIN

  3. What a fun and Christmas-y week! I genius idea to rub a cinnamon stick on to sandpaper. I will remember that one. Your kiddos did a fantastic job on the gingerbread house…it's lovely! It's a new tradition to be able to go to it gingerbread house decorating party. Thanks for sharing your week with us!

  4. You have been having so much fun! I love holiday soaps!! I had a doll house when I was young and I loved it!

  5. You 4 have been busy this holiday -- making memories is the best, right?
    Thank you for hosting, I am so excited I was the lucky winner!

  6. It looks like you're having a lot of Christmas fun! I've been doing a lot of Christmas activities with my niece and nephew lately and it's been so much fun!

  7. So glad I stumbled across your post. I have a ton of jingle bells and have been trying to figure out what to do with them. I can't wait to make some jingle bells wreaths! Thanks for sharing. Sounds and looks like you guys have been having lots of holiday fun. Happy Holidays!

  8. Yay Stephanie!!!

    It looks like you guys have been busy, busy, busy having holiday fun AND you got flurries too. I was SO jealous of the flurries people were getting. It was 15 degrees here that morning and we haven't had a good snow in nearly 3 years. I hope this is the year!


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