The Life of Jennifer Dawn: December 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Blog Posts of 2014

Wow! It is hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close. As we end each year, I like to take a little trip back through to blog to reminisce. It's fun to not only look through the pictures and recall some fantastic memories but to also see which posts were your favorites. So here they are! The ten most popular posts, as well as, several of my personal favorites from 2014...

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ornament Christmas Cards

Disclaimer: I received free product for this post in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! I'm so excited about our Christmas cards this year. They are ornament cards from Tiny Prints featuring one of our family photos taken by Brianna Leigh Photography. The neatest thing about these cards is that they pull double-duty as festive pieces of holiday mail and keepsake ornaments.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Creative Christmas Ideas & Weekly Link Party

Welcome to...
The Life of Jennifer Dawn

It is wonderful to have you here! Let's get this party started with four fabulous posts that were linked up last week...
Annie of Annie's Noms linked up a recipe for scrumptious Candy Cane Truffle Bark!
Katie from A Little Pinch of Perfect shared a Christmas Tree Button Craft perfect for kids!
Bonnie of Our Secondhand House linked her festive Painted Reindeer!
Cassie from Little Red Window shared a a fantastic tutorial for this Snowflake Marquee Sign!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sew Your Own Gift Card Holder

Gift cards get a makeover when tucked inside a cute gift card pocket! This sewing project is so quick and easy, you'll be able to sew several at once. And they can even double as business card holders. Ready to start sewing? Here's how to make these handy gift card pockets...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Pie Crust Cookies

I love to get creative in the kitchen. I'm a throw in a little of this and a smidgen of that type of cook. When I do have a recipe to go by, I usually veer off course and give it my own spin. I sew like I cook and bake and usually just make it up as I go along. Sometimes it turns out great and sometimes it...umm...becomes a learning experience. {wink, wink}

The newest kitchen creation that the kids and me whipped up turned out delicious! Homemade raspberry jam sandwiched between moist pie crust cutouts. If you love fruit-filled pies then you'll love these not too sweet cookies that are reminiscent of raspberry tarts.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Craft for Kids: Embossed Nutcracker Ornament

Making ornaments with the kids has become a tradition in our home. And I've saved them all. Each year, the kids add their handmade ornaments from past and present years to a tree in each of their rooms.

As part of a collaboration with with dozens of other bloggers, one of this year's handmade ornaments was inspired by a book. Lydia Grace has been fascinated with The Nutcracker since seeing the Isabelle movie from American Girl. My little dancer picked out her own nutcracker at the store one day and begged to watch a recorded presentation of the ballet. Her enthusiasm for this classic was the inspiration behind selecting a copy of The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers and designing an ornament with this iconic, holiday figurine.

Below you'll find directions for making our Embossed Nutcracker Ornaments, as well as, links to 70+ other kid-made ornaments. Grab your craft supplies, call your kiddo, and dive into some holiday crafting with us!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peppermint Salt Dough: Sensory Dough Series

It's time for December's installment of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough series!  Each month 11 of my fellow bloggers and I are sharing our playtime adventures involving a different kind of dough. Last month we mixed up some Salt Dough and used it to make decorative fall leaves. This month's theme is Scented Salt Dough and we mixed up a batch of this...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Style with Fabkids

I don't think there could be a more perfect holiday dress for my sweet girl than this one from FabKids. Her favorite color has always been blue. Check! My little dancer loves tulle and sparkles! Check! She told me that wearing this dress makes her feel like Elsa from Frozen. And a great big check!