Friday, December 15, 2017

10 Christ-Centered Christmas Ornaments Your Family Will Love

I know that many of you trying to keep your family focused more on Christ this year. I hope that you had a chance to visit our free Advent Daily Readings that you can do with your family that we provided for you last week.

There are SO many fun ways to keep the focus on Christ as I mentioned earlier this month with candles, nativities you can play with, and a Jesse Tree. 

And today I wanted to share another easy way. We actually own a special set of ornaments that were given to us a few years ago that had pictures of different stories on it of the Bible that lead up to the birth of Christ.

My kids loved running around the tree and looking at them and trying to guess which story matched to each ornament. Not to mentioned they were learning at the same time!

Another year I remember we also made homemade Bible verse ornaments from our printer and hung them on the tree along with our other ornaments. That was a great way to make memories and also keep the focus on the real meaning.

I know that not everyone has the time to do that so I wanted to include some Christ-centered Christmas ornaments that I found that might be helpful.

Here they are:

1. This is The Christ Ornament Set

I love that these have the names of God on them, what a great reminder to the whole family!

You can find them HERE.

2. Adorenaments

The crowns remind us who is really King and seem to pop out at you. 

You can find them HERE.

3. Jesus is My King Ornament - Revelation 19-16

You can find it HERE.

This one is interactive and fun for kids!

You can find it HERE.

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10. The Twelve Names of Christmas Ornaments

These are great for families with little children!

Have meaningful, family-time interaction learning about twelve names of Jesus with The Twelve Names of Christmas ornament set.  Read through each story with your family and have your children hang the corresponding ornament on the tree. Whether you choose to hang all twelve ornament names at once or spread the activity over the twelve days leading up to Christmas morning, you and your children will be reminded of how glorious and majestic is the name of our Lord!
The Twelve Names of Christmas
Faith-building ornaments for discovering Jesus
Includes a 12-day devotional & bonus mine-to-make printables
You can find it HERE and HERE.

I hope these are a blessing to you!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How To Make a Christmas Eve Box

If you are looking for a fun new tradition to do with your family you might want to try the Christmas Eve Box. This is a special box that you give to your child on Christmas Eve as they eagerly await Christmas morning to open their Christmas gifts.

I know that for some of you it might be the first time you have heard of this so I will share some ideas of what you could include.

First off you will need a box, you could get a personalized one (like the ones pictured above and below) or just use a box or bin from your home if you'd like. If you use a regular box you could wrap the outside of it with Christmas paper.

Here are a few you could buy to use every year:

You can find them all HERE.

And here are some ideas that you could include inside the box:

1. Christmas Pajamas

2. A Christmas Movie

See my post on 11 Christmas Movies That Will Bless Your Family

3. A Christmas Book

See my post on Christ-Centered Christmas Books for Young Children

4. Cocoa (packets or in a jar)


Christmas Candy


Stuffed Animal

Coloring Book

Christmas Socks or  Slippers

Christmas Small Toy

Candy canes

Cookie Decorating Kit or Nativity Cookie Kit (or cake mix to make a birthday cake for Jesus)

Christmas Ornament

If you do Santa in your home you can also include;

Reindeer food (oatmeal in ziplock bags to sprinkle out on the lawn)

Santa Key (if you don't have a chimney)

Cookies and milk to lay out for Santa

You can find some of that in this premade Christmas Eve Gift Bag Set here:

I hope that if you try the Christmas Eve Box tradition idea that is a blessing to you!

Do you do a Christmas Eve Box with your family?

What do you include?

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Monday, December 11, 2017

26 Wholesome Gift ideas for Active Children

It's winter time.

Many of you are in the house with the kiddos for hours on end (or at least it feels like it).

And you just want them to burn off a little of that energy so that you can relax a little (and not get cabin fever so quickly).

Let me say, that I can relate--my little Bella is the most energetic out of all 9 children. She is always on the go and running all through the house! I love her to pieces so that is why I got smart when shopping for gifts for her and started getting toys that will help burn some of that energy out of her system.

That is why today I am sharing a list of several toys that we own that have been a blessing to us and kept our littles ones busy. They are tried and true toys that I have found to be worth my investment- not toys that they play only few times never to be played with again or cheap toys that break easily. They also promote being active instead of sitting down at a TV or tablet.

Some of the items on this list I bought her last Christmas and she used them practically EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. since last year. Not a penny wasted! And I actually got time in to do other things that I really needed to do without having to leave the house and take her out somewhere to do it.  That is a win-win in you ask me.

So let's begin, shall we?

1. Mini- Trampoline

This is the one we own--I especially love it because of the handle! We have another without the handle for the older kids but my little ones has a tendency to get off center so this one helps with that a lot! She will eat dinner and play on this for a full half hour afterwards! We also have a big one outdoors too but when it snows they can't go on it, so this little one does the trick (and right now it is half off!)

You can find it HERE.

2. Step 2 Big Folding Slide

This has got be one of my second favorite investments. My daughter uses this all the time and since it is foldable we can transfer it room to room. We event take it outside and have used in the summer as a wet side in her Little Tikes pool! When we are done with it it gets folded up and put away since we don't have an official playroom. It is VERY durable, won't flip, and is high quality (mine still looks brand new).

You can find it HERE.  

3. Ball Pit

I couldn't find an exact picture of ours, but it is more like this one to save on space  But I think if I had the room I would have gotten the one above to keep the balls in better and added basket ball hoop. 

You can find it HERE.

4. Little Tykes Cozy Coupe Ride On

This is a solid fun toy and comes in different colors and varieties.

You can find it HERE.

5. Sit and Spin

You can find it HERE.

6. Little Tykes Rocking Horse 


This comes in blue too! Or if you prefer a plush rocking horse. 

You can find the magenta rocking horse HERE.

7. Hopper Balls

You can find it HERE.

8. Stick Horses with Sound

My daughter loves this because it makes the sounds like a horse when you squeeze the ears!

You can find it HERE.

9. Wagons

You can find wagons HERE.

10. Tricycles

They come in all sizes and colors. I even bought a little basket to add to the front like I had when I was little. She loves to collect pinecones and all sorts of things in it. 

You can find them HERE. 

11. Step 2 Up & Down Rollercoaster

You can find it HERE.

12. Little Tykes Basketball Set

This basketball set adjusts to three different heights to grow with your child.

You can find it HERE.

13. Step 2 Teeter Totter

You can find it HERE.

14. Melissa and Doug Let's Play House Set- Dust! Sweep! Mop!

You can find it HERE. 

15. Plasma Car

You can find it HERE.

16. Little Tikes Shopping Cart

You can find it HERE.

(Don't forget the food!)

17. Jump and Slide Bouncer

You can find them HERE.

18. Little Tykes Lawn Mower with Bubbles

You can find it HERE.

19. Melissa and Doug Building Blocks

You can find it HERE.

20. Scooter

You can find them HERE.

21. Step 2 Playful Treehouse

You can find it HERE.

22. Play Tent & Tunnel toy

You can find it HERE.

23. Cottage Playhouse

We have the pink one!

You can find them HERE.

24. Playground set

You can find them HERE.

We also love this tree swing!

You can find it HERE.

25. Sleds


You can find them HERE.

26. Kitchen Set

You can find them HERE.

Now I don't know about you, but my little Isabella loves taking a little "Stuffie" friend along with her while she plays on her toys. She usually picks from an assortment of stuffies (stuffed animals) from her bin. I recently shared on our Facebook page a favorite Christmas pick and everyone loved them so I am sharing it here too. It is the Bunny Doll:

You can find her HERE  (for free shipping with Prime) and HERE.  

I hope this list was a blessing to you!

What would you add to this list?

Share them in the comments below!

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