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{Our} Home for the Holidays: Katie’s Candies

Well hello there One Artsy Mama readers!  I’m Katie and I write a little blog called My Darling Days.
First off, I want to thank the wonderful Amy for having me; this is my first guest post!  I am a relatively new blogger and have a lot to learn, but I love the ‘blogging community’ thus far.  You gals are great!
Over in my neck of the woods, you will find me sharing about everyday adventures, craft and recipe tutorialsfashion, and auntiehood.  I started my blog as a scrapbook of my darling days, and I love to share what I know – hopefully helping a reader or two along the way!
When Amy asked me to participate in her fun series, I knew immediately that I wanted to share my family’s tradition of Christmas candy making {and eating!}  Cuz let’s be real… besides the gifts, the FOOD is the next best part!
Every year, my mom, sister, and I get together to make a whole crap load of goodies.  And then I eat way too many and suffer from perpetual stomach aches the rest of December, but it’s so worth it!
On the docket this year:
Rolo Pretzels.  The perfect amount of sweet + salty.
Peanut Butter Balls.  Much like a Reese Peanut Butter Cup!
Oreo Balls.  These are my absolute favorite!!
Corn Flake Balls.  Soo yummy and easy!
Peanut Clusters.  Such an easy way to use up left over chocolate. 
Peanut Butter Cookies. {with some pazazz}
Chocolate Chip Cookies.  These are a classic.
Santa Surprises.  {I don’t know what these are really called, but they are just peanut butter cookie dough and mini Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups made in a mini muffin pan.}
I look forward to this day every year, and can’t wait to share this tradition with my little peanut of a niece, Elena.
Well I hope that I inspired you to get off your butt and bake!  If you have any questions regarding any of the recipes we used, please feel free to email me: mydarlingdays(at)gmail(dot)com. 
I’d love for you to come my digs by and say hi!  Thanks again Amy!!
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{Our} Home for the Holidays: Krista’s Christmas Binder

Hi Everyone!  I’m Krista and you can find me over at While He Was Napping.  In a nutshell, I’m a young, twenty-something Army wife and momma to a little boy.  My Mr Right is the love of my life and best friend.  I’m a lucky girl like that.  We have a super cute Little Monkey that keeps me incredibly busy and on my toes.  He has more energy than I could even dream of.  He is the inspiration behind the title of my blog, as I only seem to get things done when he’s asleep.  I have been blogging for just over a year and my blog is a collection of just about everything:  craftsrecipesfreebies to printcleaning and organizing ideas, fashion and beauty tips, blogging tutorials, giveaways, things for kids and ideas for date night.  Come over and hang out sometime, I’d love to have you.

I’m thrilled to be here at One Artsy Mama for the {Our} Home for the Holidays Series.  It’s so fun to read about everyone’s traditions and holiday happenings!  Thanks to Amy for inviting me to participate!  I’m going to share our Family Christmas Advent Binder. After my husband and I got married, we decided that traditions were important to our family.  Not just traditions we each brought from our own childhoods, but establishing traditions for our new and growing family as well.  One of our new traditions is the Christmas Advent Binder. We have a page protector pocket in our binder for each day in December, up until Christmas Day.  Each page has a short little story and an activity to do as a family.  There is also a CD with 24 Christmas songs (one for each day) but some evenings it gets listened to in it’s entirety.  We complete one page protector a day, usually in the evenings.  Sometimes on the weekends we’ll do it earlier in the day or in pieces (read the story at breakfast and do the activity a little later in the day when the kiddo is getting restless and bored).  Dec 1Jesus is BornPaper Chain Not all days are spiritual and religious-based.  Some days are a more relaxed and fun.  The stories have topics from serving others and having gratitude for what we have to helping out at home and, of course, the story of the birth of the Christ-child.  Dec 18Unique StockingStocking Lace Card Instructions Stocking template I got most of the stories from The Friend magazine (published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and the activities were ones I’d gathered from a lot of sources and ideas.  I went through all our Christmas music and chose songs that correlated (as closely as I could find anyway) to the stories.  I tried to do the same with the activities, but some of them are completely random and have nothing to do with the stories.  It’s all good memory building, though. It’s a fun tradition and a small way to help our family remember that, although the presents and parties are fun, Christmas is about more than what we get under the tree. Happy Holidays!  And thanks again, Amy!

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