Handprint Christmas Tree

handprint Christmas craft-Thriving HomeHand print crafts are my favorite.

I love little hands. Our little ones grow so fast and capturing a hand print as a keepsake is priceless.

When my friend, Rachel J., shared an idea of making a hand print Christmas tree, I was all over it.

Christmas hand print craft. Great gift idea for grandparents.

I’ll be honest- I have no idea how moms can get their kids to make perfect little hand prints with no smudges or imperfections. I have yet to master this motherhood skill. I probably never will. I can never get those little hands to stay still when making a hand print. It just doesn’t happen in this house.

At first, I thought I might need to redo the Christmas trees. However, as they dried I was looking at them and just laughed. They are a perfect picture of life right now. Messy, smudged, and imperfect. Yet, with the right perspective, I can see beauty in the mess. I can see something wonderful being formed in the imperfection.Christmas hand print craft. Great gift idea for grandparents.

I might have even laminated them. (Nerd alert, I have a laminator). Our imperfect Christmas trees are being proudly displayed and will be for years to come.Christmas hand print craft

I had my kids make four of them total. We are keeping two and two are going to grandparents. I think these will make a great gift for family members!

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Real Food Menu Plan: December 14-20

Real Food Menu Plan

Well the craziness of the holiday season has certainly thrown me off with meal planning the past few weeks. But, I’m back on the wagon, baby!


Sunday: Tomato Bisque, grilled cheese sandwiches, apple slices

Monday: Turkey Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli

Tuesday: leftovers/clean out fridge or freezer

Wednesday: BFD*: scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit salad

Thursday: Fried Rice with Sweet Soy Sauce, clementines

Friday: Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders, raw veggies with hummus, grapes

Saturday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Wheat Dinner Rolls, green salad, pear slices

*Breakfast for dinner

Breakfast Ideas:

Breakfast Casserole Muffins

5 Minute Chocolate Oatmeal

yogurt parfaits


trail mix

apple slices with peanut butter

Free Printable Menu Planner

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The Christmas Countdown Chain


Ever since Thanksgiving, we’ve had a similar conversation every morning with my three year old:

3 y.o. : “Is family coming to our house now? Can we open presents?”

Me: “No, we don’t open presents until Christmas. That is __ days away.”

3 y.o. : “So when I wake up tomorrow can we open presents?”

The poor thing can’t quite understand abstract concepts yet. The concept of time-especially when it’s a long amount of time, is hard to grasp.

I was trying to brainstorm up ways to help her understand the concept of days and how far away Christmas was when I came up with this idea: A Countdown Christmas Chain!


We explained that every day when she wakes up she can tear a ring off the chain. When all the rings are gone, then it will be Christmas!


She’s counted them very carefully and knows the exact amount of rings left. I think this gives her a visual concept of how much time is left which in return will (hopefully) eliminate the daily, crushing news that today nor tomorrow is Christmas.

Why didn’t I think of this sooner!?!

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