I whipped out my sharpie collection, a plain white plate my mom just happend to have lying around while we were up last weekend, and got to sketching…
It’s super simple to do and you probably already have most of what you need at your house. I decided to start by sketching my idea on the plate first with pencil because you can simply erase it with a wet paper towel if you mess up. If you plan to use a black permanent marker on your plate, this is a great starting point. If you’re not, like us – the marker may not cover up the pencil, so tracing isn’t really an option. I found this out pretty quickly and free-handed the final design.
Once you’re happy with what you’ve come up with, bake your plate at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. This should (key word: should) make the permanent marker “set” so you’re able to hand-wash your piece after use without any of your design wiping off. In our case, that didn’t happen – the marker seems to wipe off pretty easily. I was a bit bummed about it, but then I thought hey! now we can come up with a new, fun design every year so Santa has something to look forward to underneath all those delicious treats 😉 Amy, xo.
We’ve had a rough 24 hours full of sore throats and stuffy noses, so this morning we decided to take advantage of our “cure-all”: spending time in the kitchen, baking! Seemed to do the trick for a bit – this pip-squeak was so smiley. She also couldn’t keep her little fingers out of the sprinkles – go figure! Actually, she was probably munching on some as I snapped this shot.
Our advent for the day: Write a note to Santa and send it to the North Pole.
You can find that “Dear Santa” printable on Small Fry Blog. Super cute, right?! Christmas cookies! Just a little (literally, this is probably only half… and I’ve eaten about a dozen a day since Saturday, oops!) of our cookie swap stash + a couple dozen that Della and I whipped up this morning.
I love this last week before Christmas. So many fun and festive activities to do, a very excited little girl who’s constantly asking when Santa’s coming and if he’ll be bringing her candy (the girl’s deprived of sweets, obviously. not.), and daydreams of Christmas morning.
Today our little advent calendar had a sweet activity on the agenda – make homemade fudge! I found this recipe from Family Fun Magazine and decided to give it a try for our upcoming cookie swap this Saturday. And yes, I know, fudge isn’t a cookie – ya gotta switch it up a bit now and then, ya know? Give ’em the unexpected 😉
Della gladly helped with unwrapping the millions of peppermints (and even snuck a few for herself – the little trickster!) and then of course sprinkled on the crushed peppermint before we popped the fudge in the fridge to cool. Anytime a recipe calls for “sprinkling,” Della’s your girl! It turned out great and was so easy to make. Only three main ingredients, too! I highly recommend giving it a try.
Call me crazy, but I’m seriously considering ditching Della’s afternoon naps. Also note: This is my desperate cry for help. ::HELP!::
Della’s been giving us a pretty hard time at bed time lately. But first, before I dive into that, let me give you a little back story on her sleep in general: She’s always been an incredible sleeper – I’m talkin’ since 6 weeks old. Sleeping through the night at 12 hour (or more!) stretches. We’ve had the occasional “sleep regressions” – one that was specifically rough at about 18 months old when we were transitioning from two to one nap, but other than that, she’s such a great sleeper. She goes down for her naps without question and sleeps for 3 hours (THREE!) …still, at over 2 1/2 years old. We switched her over into a Big Girl bed when we moved to our new house back in February – she had a little trouble adjusting to that, which we totally expected, but it didn’t last long and she’s been fine ever since, but lately – oh, lately! She’s been taking FOR.EV.ER to go down at night. Her bedtime’s at 8PM, which she never seems “tired” for, but at that point in the evening, we’re all wearing thin and it’s just… time. It started off a couple weeks ago where she would take hours (like 2-3) for her to finally fall asleep. No crying. No whining. Just tossing and turning. Talking. Calling for me, but after I’d give her a kiss and tuck her back in, she’d roll around some more, quietly. She’s been waking up in the middle of night, saying she’s scarred. Dan or I would talk to her about it and she’d usually (usually!) fall back to sleep in her own bed. But now? Now… it’s pure tears and terror. She says she’s scarred. She wants me to sleep in her bed with her or she wants to “snuggle in momma and daddy’s bed” and if that doesn’t happen, just forget it. More tears and absolutely no intention of falling asleep. We tried a night-light. Didn’t work. Honestly, if anything, it kept her up longer because she could see all her books and toys in her bedroom. Now she will only calm down if we give in to her request and sleep with her (which, I have to say – I’ve been doing because I need my sleep too!)
So, here comes my theory on ditching the nap. She doesn’t ever seem tired or sleepy enough in the afternoon for a nap, I just put her down for one out of pure routine. She doesn’t complain and will still take about a 2 1/2 to 3 hour nap. I’m thinking if we get rid of it all together, she’ll be so exhausted at night that she’ll inevitably have to fall asleep, right? Right??
When did your toddlers stop taking naps? I always imagined she’d take one – even if it was only a half hour or simply relaxing in her room for “quiet time” with some books – until she went to kindergarten. Is that crazy talk? Is that totally unrealistic? Is my theory on no naps absurd? I just feel so defeated and out of our norm because we’re so used to her being such a great sleeper, I don’t know what our next plan of action should be…
So again, HELP!
I saw this idea in my most recent Family Fun magazine and knew I needed to whip up a little “Santa’s Magic Key” card for Della. How fun for the few of us who don’t have chimney’s for good ol’ Saint Nick to slide down?
What you’ll need:
Image to print at Staples/Costco
An old key
Key ring, chain, or cute baker’s twine to attach your key to the card
and… of course, a litte one who still believes in Santa 😉
You can use my image here (just right click and ‘save image as’) or design your own! I had it printed at Staples – they cut it, laminated it, and punched the hole in it for me. And all for 2 bucks! …one day I’ll have my very own craft room and I’ll be able to do all these handy things at home! One day…
Then just hang this little card and key on your door knob on Christmas Eve (you need to make sure Santa has access to it after all! 😉 ) and ta-da! How fun, right?!