Blessed Gaudete Sunday to all - and it is a time to rejoice, for the birth of our Savior is near. Lina at For Where E'er We Go wrote a very thought provoking post, Gaudete, on how Liturgical life and real life do not always match up. I have definitely been praying for the family she wrote about.
Tuck this away for next year if you still need an Advent calendar; this one at Mom Endeavors is a Muffin Tin Advent Calendar.
Or you could make this Magnetic Nativity Advent using stickers at A Little Tipsy - and she even provided the scripture references here.
Since Goose is all about all things candy cane, I think she's love this Easy Christmas Craft at a girl and a glue gun.
Not just because I'm hungry right now, this S'mores In A Jar Gift at MoneySavingMom.com looks really good, easy, and quick.
Save your berry baskets next summer, and next Christmas you could make Glittery Snowflakes as seen at AlphaMom.
This Family Memories Game is going to be my contribution to the cousin gift swap this year (so sisters-in-law, don't click through!). You can see how one family put theirs together here, and there is a pdf cheat sheet here courtesy of Family Fun magazine (an excellent publication, by the way!).
This Grocery List Tear Off Pad is a cool idea for yourself, and a great gift idea, too! (@ Infarrantly Creative)
Very fun gift idea for little people - these On The Go Felt Storyboards at The Felt Mouse.
Tee hee, I've never tried making Homemade Cat Treats from Homemade Mamas.
I think my sister-in-law has already made these Ginger Spice Softies from MADE, hopefully she'll let us know how they turned out.
Hopefully I'll make a milk run this week and can make hubs some of this Eggnog with the cream, as found at Naturally Knocked Up.
Here is a recipe that I bet is very well received - Homemade Irish Cream from Kitchen Stewardship. Especially helpful is the recipe for homemade sweetened condensed milk, also included in the post.
I don't care that it's already the third week of Advent, tonight we will sing the song found in the Advent Activities post found at Little Flower Bugs when we light our Advent candles.
We have already tried something similar to this Winter Window Display from Frugal Family Fun Blog and have been enjoying it. There was an unfortunate incident between the cat and one snowflake that resulted in some tears but it was remedied with tape and all is well again. This Pine Forest Playscape from FFFB is super cute, too.
Ooh! I *just* found and fell in love with these Nativity Printables at Activity Village, along with coloring pages and more.
PRAY & PONDER
A beautiful, beautiful Advent poem by Lynn Wehner is over at Faith & Family Live - Help Me Say "Yes".
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