The Life of Jennifer Dawn: December 2015

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

8 Things to Make This Winter and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #163

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I'm so glad you're here! This week I'm featuring recipes, crafts, and DIY projects that are sure to cure even the worst case of winter blues. Here are eight things to make or bake during the cold winter months. From sugar scrubs and lip balms to delicious recipes, you're sure to find more than a few fabulous ideas to try this season!
Kristen from Ella Claire / Chocolate Cranberry Blissful Bars
Rebekah of Faithful with the Little / Honey Mint Lip Balm
Kelli from Eat Pray Read Love / Rosemary Cheese Bites
Sherri of To Simply Inspire / Homemade Soy Candles
Susan from Oh My! Creative / Metal Winter Sign
Virginia of Fynes Designs / Needle Felted Wool Socks
Kendra from Simply {Darr}ling / Whipped Coconut Sugar Scrub
Jessica from Hello Nature / Winter Wonderland Air Plant Terrarium

Amazing posts, ladies! Now...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

12 Delicious Holiday Treats and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #162

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It is wonderful to have you here! Christmas is just days away. If your family's celebrations are like mine, there is no shortage of delicious treats to sample. That's the theme for this week's features!

Enjoy this collection of delicious holiday treats from some talented bloggers! I hope you find a new recipe or two to share with family and friends this year. More than that...
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
Annie from Annie's Noms / Eggnog Fudge
Tanya from Lemons for Lulu / Double Chocolate Peppermint Pots de Creme
Jenny of Honey & Birch / Raspberry Chocolate Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
Sarah from The Gold Lining Girl / Cranberry Cheesecake Crumb Coffee Cake
Don't Sweat the Recipe / Extra Dark Chocolate Fudge
Joanna from Everyday Made Fresh / No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Crystal from Crystal & Co. / Pinwheel Cookies
Michelle of A Dish of Daily Life / Candied Pecans
Kimberly of Lou Lou Girls / Sweet Cranberry Cupcakes
Amy from As the Bunny Hops / Peppermint Bark Sugar Cookies
Ashley from Spoonful of Flavor / Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
Shari Lynne from Faith Filled Food for Moms / Toffee Crunch

Amazing recipes, ladies! Now...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DIY Photo Booth Props

A brand new year is just around the corner! Capture those last moments of the current year in a fun way with these DIY Photo Booth Props.

This is a great craft for you and the kids to do together. They'll love tracing and cutting out the pieces. You'll love how quick and easy these photo booth props are to put together!

It's a simple craft that can provide hours of entertainment during your New Year's festivities! Even the adults will love posing with them for a few photos. They are just too cute to resist! What's even cuter are the pictures you'll get when the kids start trying them out and the camera starts clicking!

I used glittery paper to make them more glitzy and festive for New Year's Eve. Any paper you have in your craft stash will do. Ready to grab that paper and make your own? Here's how...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ideas for a Rustic, Cozy Christmas and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #161

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It is wonderful to have you here! The holiday season seems to be flying by! Christmas is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, today's features will have you longing for a cozy Christmas Eve sipping a warm beverage by a fire with family and friends. It's a collection of Rustic Christmas Ideas from several talented ladies. Relax, get cozy, and enjoy. You aren't going to want to miss these!

Jamie from Anderson and Grant / Burlap Table Runner, Home Decor, and Thrift Store Rocking Horse
Bev of Flamingo Toes / Plaid & Polkadot Deer Dish Towel
Jenn from Clean and Scentsible / Christmas Hanging Baskets
Virginia from Fynes Designs / FREE Christmas Cut Files and Rustic Glam Tree
Tara of SuburbleChristmas Cornucopias
Brenda from Muchmore Creative Christmas Chalkboard and Deer Ornament
Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life / Gift Wrapping Ideas
Angie of The Country Chic CottageRustic Wood Sign
Sherri of To Simply InspireHomemade Potpourri
Amy from Atta Girl Says / Rustic Mantel Decorations
Camille of Growing Up GabelSalted Caramel Pecan Log
Colleen from Lemon ThistleFREE Tech Wallpapers
Bambini Travel / Kid Made Carpenter Tree Ornament
Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body / Reindeer Sign
Debbie from One Little Project at a Time / Bear Paw Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer

Amazing ideas, ladies! Now...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Caramel Candy Recipe

Rich, sugary sweet caramel has long been a favorite of mine. I love it drizzled on ice cream, incorporated into desserts, and even by itself. If you love caramel as much as I do, you're going to adore these soft caramel candies.

You are also going to love how easy they are to prepare. Forget the candy thermometer and oven. There's no need for them with this recipe. All you need are a few ingredients, supplies, and mere minutes.

Wrapped and packaged, these caramel candies make a scrumptious gift--if they last that long. Ours didn't last more than a day with my family savoring every sugary, sweet bite. That's alright! It's gives me an excuse to make more here at the holidays.

Ready to try this homemade caramel candy recipe for yourself? Keep reading...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

DIY Kitchen Gift Ideas and A Little Bird Told Me Link Party #160

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It is wonderful to have you here! I know that I've been inconsistent on getting the party up lately, and I apologize for that. There were some things going on that required me to step back a bit from blogging. I'll save all of that for a more personal post though. You're visiting today for a party!

Let's just jump right in and get this party started! Still trying to take care of that holiday gift list? Have you thought about making a few of those gifts? Handmade gifts are heartfelt and unique. Here are four fantastic kitchen gift ideas that you can make yourself for that baker, cook, or hostess on your list this year!
Angie from The Country Chic Cottage / Cross Stitch Monogram Mug
Kati of A Houseful of Handmade / DIY Wood and Steel Serving Tray
Angie from The Country Chic Cottage again! / Stenciled Trivets
Corey from TinySidekick for C.R.A.F.T. / Painted Wooden Spoons

Amazing ideas, ladies! Now...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tis' the season for Fabkids

Just when I thought Lydia Grace couldn't get any cuter in her FabKids outfits, she got this one in the mail! Excuse me while I gush with excitement over it! She loves picking out a new outfit each month from clothes suggested just for her. FabKids has a style quiz, and monthly outfits are recommended that fit your child's style and personality based on that quiz. It's fabulous! Don't take it from me though. I'll let her tell you...
"I feel pretty and happy in my clothes! They're so comfy, and the shoes are my favorite!" --L.G. (6 years old) 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Yarn Pom Pom Snowman and Snow Woman

Do you want to build a snowman...or snow lady? (Sorry. I just couldn't help myself.) How about one out of yarn pom poms? These cute little yarn snow people are so fun and easy to make.

My kids wanted to keep theirs out to play with, but they could easily be transformed into ornaments with a loop of ribbon attached to the top. What would you do with yours? Keep reading for full instructions on making your own.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DIY Wood Slice Ornament

Making ornaments with the kids has become one of our favorite holiday traditions. Each year the main Christmas tree gets put out in the living room and two smaller trees are placed in the kids' rooms for them to hang their own special ornaments. It's the perfect way for them to save and display their handcrafted creations year after year.
We've already added to our collection of kid-made ornaments this year with these birch wood slice ornaments. The inspiration came from one of our favorite winter stories--Old Bear and His Cub. It's the endearing tale of the love between an old bear and his little cub. The rustic wood slices and the lumbering bear stamp seemed like the perfect makings of a fun craft to accompany the story. This ornament idea is so simple and easy to make! You're going to love it! Ready to give it a try? Be sure to grab plenty of supplies. You may want to have the kids make a few extras to gift to others this holiday season!