Crafty Kid Time

Sunday’s card making went so well, I stopped at Michael’s again and picked up some more supplies. I’m in the process of making some teacher gifts (another blog post to follow) and I needed some cards to go with the gifts. My 4yr old LOVES to craft and she is in LOVE with Baby Jesus (she thinks she will get to meet the “real” Baby Jesus on Christmas) so I thought this would be a perfect craft for her. I waited until the other girls went down for their nap and I let her do this one alone. She let me help every once in a while, but for the most part she did it all.

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Now these were slighter more expensive to make…$0.32 per card compared to $0.30 per card for the Christmas tree one. Hahaha! Again, it would cost more to mail these cards than it is to make them. LOVE IT!!

Here’s the breakdown…

  • cards with envelopes…$2.49
  • nativity scene foam stickers…$1.99

For a grand total of $4.48. The stickers only had a complete set of 7, so we decided to do two different cards to be able to get 14 cards. It took a bit to convince her that it would be ok if the wise men are on their own card. I told her they will follow the bright star of Bethlehem and find Baby Jesus. She gave that some serious thought and then gave me the nod of approval. Have I mentioned that I just love this age?

I now have a total of 39 Christmas cards and I only spent about $12. The kids had a blast creating cards to give out to friends and family and hopefully I’ve created some good family memories for them.

Love & Prayers,

Katie

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Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy

The girls and I had a blast teaching at our church’s Kids Mass Ministry on Sunday and I wanted to take them out afterward for a surprise. We love to do crafts of all kinds and when I turned into the Michael’s parking lot, they went NUTS!

I didn’t have a craft in mind and I didn’t have a list, which is so not like me. We just went to “look”. Haha! (Yeah, right…liar, liar, pants on fire!)

Everything was on sale!! We were like kids in a candy store! I needed something easy, something that both of the big kids could do and have fun with and considering I didn’t get to send out Christmas cards yet, why not have them make some. I told them my plan and we were on the hunt for the perfect supplies to make our cards.

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These foam stickers are the bomb diggity. Both of the girls (ages 2 & 4) have no trouble whatsoever peeling the paper and sticking them on the cards. I ended up buying Christmas tree embellishments and not stickers but it worked out fine. Any reason to bring out the Elmer’s glue is another cause for celebration in the Roemer house! I glued the trees, Charlotte placed the stars on top and Madeline ever so perfectly placed the presents under the tree. It took us about 45 minutes to complete those cards. There was not one fight, one disagreement or any whining or crying. Heaven!

Here’s the breakdown in cost per card…

  • 24cards w envelopes….$2.49
  • tree stickers…$1.99
  • star stickers…$1.99
  • present stickers…$1.19

For a grand total of $7.66 which comes out to $0.30 per card! It’s going to be more expensive to mail these cards than it was to make them.

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!!

So head on out to your local arts & crafts store, pick up some supplies and have a craft filled afternoon with the kiddos!

Love & Prayers,

Katie

The “Perfect” Cake

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Before motherhood, I was a perfectionist and I had that quality perfected. Now that I’m four and a half years into this motherhood gig, I’ve finally determined it’s not worth all the time, effort, stress and craziness that it brings along.

I’m embarrassed to say that this lightbulb just went off this weekend. I mean really went off. I’ve heard it pretty much all my life but it wasn’t until I took my daughters baptism cake out of the refrigerator that it hit me. Actually, it hit the cake. The top shelf of the fridge hit it…when I pulled it out for the party. Eesh! The old me would have been devastated!! But in all sincerity, it really didn’t phase me. That’s when I realized I’ve changed. Maybe I’m so delirious from the lack of sleep these days or maybe I’m finally coming to terms with motherhood and all its twists and turns. Either way, it’s all good…I created happy memories for my girls that day. And in case they happen to forget, I took LOTS of pictures to show them later.

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I’m in the process of storing all of my recipes at Plan To Eat so that I can efficiently meal plan for the entire family (blog post coming soon!). So here’s the link for the buttercream icing:

http://www.plantoeat.com/recipes/3238551

Your Charmed Wedding made Elizabeth’s gorgeous headband for me. Head on over to Etsy and check out this wonderful shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/YourCharmedWedding

PS…I’m new to all this “linking” of websites so if for some reason it’s not working, just let me know.

Beautiful the mess I am.

Love & Prayers,

Katie