Even though I can't believe it, Christmas is on it's way!!! And it's time to start thinking about doing some Christmas shopping. Where I live, we don't have much shopping and the nearest city that does have good shopping is 4 hours away. That means that I had to do my shopping here or online. A lot of times I go online, so what better place to go, then somewhere that has everything, like CSN Stores.
With their 200+ stores, I'm sure that you can find something for everyone on your Christmas list. Plus they have really low shipping, so that's a huge plus too.
Here are a few things that I would love to buy for people on my Christmas list! :)
I love all of the bar stools and if I were on my list, I would get some :)
One of my favorite things about scrapbooking is being able to describe my child through pictures and journaling. I know that in a couple of years I'm going to forget what he is like right now and I don't want to. My youngest boy is obsessed with buttons, all kinds of them. Mostly on remotes, computers and tv but he would push any button if he could. So I wanted to make a page that reminded me of that, so of course I used buttons!
I distressed each side on the squares and then added buttons, super easy!
When I saw this idea, I immediately knew that I wanted to do it!! So simple and easy but so cute!! I had one problem though, our hardware store in town didn't have the pavers that I needed. Luckily, I found some at a garage sale, I was so excited!! I immediately painted one that day!
I just used orange and brown spray paint and tied some raffia
(I have a lot of this stuff and really need to get rid of it!)
Now that it is getting a little bit cooler, it's time to start cooking up nice warm meals. October seems like the month of chili and chili cook offs, so I thought that I share a recipe for taco soup. It's so easy, if you can brown hamburger and open a can, then you can make this meal!!
What you will need:
1 pound hamburger
1/3 onion chopped
1 can Rotel
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn (drained)
1 can kidney beans (drained)
1 package taco seasoning
1) Brown the hamburger and onions and then drain
2) Add the rest of the ingredients and then simmer for 20 minutes
Sometimes when I scrapbook, I like to describe what my child is like that particular age. It just happened that I did this with my first son at 18 months. I like it so much that I decided to do it with all of my kids. I do the exact same layout with different colors. The title of this page is "Keyne is...." and then using adjectives I describe what kind of boy his is. Of course some are very generic, like adorable, fun, happy but then some are very specific to him, like excitable, daring and cautious. Here are the little pockets. I actually got out my embossing gun (first time in 1 year!) and embossed the pocket.
This past weekend I decided that it was time to change my wreath and make a Halloween one. All I did was wrap orange yarn around a Styrofoam ring and then added spiders. I love the spider hanging in the center :)
I was so excited when I saw this idea a couple weeks back. I was excited because it is super cute and we had just replaced out dryer duct, so I had some left over and didn't have to go out a buy one!! So this past weekend I decided that it would be a fun craft to do with my kids.
This is how you make it:
1) Cut a piece of dryer duct. When I cut it I made my into a circle and then added a couple of inches (just to make sure).
2) Using a hot glue fun, I glued the duct into a circle
3) Paint your duct. I let my boys paint it with brushes, just for fun. But I would not paint it like this, it would take forever!
So after they painted for 15 minutes, I took out the spray paint
4) Add a stick and raffia. My one son didn't want raffia on his...
All of us with kids know how important puzzles are in learning and playing. So when you are going to buy one, you want it to be a good one! One that will hold up to lots of playing. I'm sure that all of our kids have at one point played with a Melissa and Doug wooden puzzle. They are amazing!!
They are tough. We have had one for about four years and it is still in great condition, much better than my cheap one that I bought that the plastic is coming off. They are chunky so at any age they can play with them! They are so fun, my boys have played with them for hours! And best of all, they are a toy that is educational and you know when your child plays with it, they are learning!!
So when I got the opportunity to review a product from CSN Stores, I decided that I wanted to get something for my 1 year old for Christmas. I was blown away by how many Melissa and Doug puzzles they had. They have 100s! I had a hard time choosing because they all looked so awesome! So I decided to get some that the pieces don't come out (so he doesn't lose them).
I'm so excited to see my little boy open these and play with them!!! I know that he is going to love them and that they are going to last a long time!!
My experience with CSN Stores was great! The website is so easy to find what you are looking for. I just put in the search box "Melissa and Doug Puzzle" and I was able to look through all of them. It was so fun looking through all of the fun toys that they had to offer. Of course there were a ton that I would love to get my boys for Christmas!
I'm so amazed by how quick I got the puzzles too. I ordered them on a Friday afternoon and they were shipped that night! I was impressed!!
I'm really trying to get caught up on scrapbooking before this baby comes, it's not coming very well though. I would much rather do any other craft than just sit down and scrapbook for some reason. I was able to do a couple of pages done though.
Here is a layout that I did for my son's first day of school.
I have an awesome spiral punch, so used that. I inked the edges and then distressed it with my thumb. I used markers to stamp the apples
I made this little "chalkboard" by using a white stamp pad on black paper.
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