DIY Christmas Countdown and 25 Advent Activities for Your Family

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It’s Christmas!  Yay!  And a week or so before Thanksgiving, I like to create an Advent calendar/Christmas countdown to have in our home.  We still do the traditional Advent calendar with the chocolates {it’s a tradition that grandma and grandpa give these to the kids}, but it’s also fun to countdown in a visual way.  So for this year’s Christmas Countdown, we are going the family activity route!

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Perfectly Personal™ Christmas Cards from Shutterfly

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I was compensated with product by Shutterfly to write this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..for me, that means ordering our Christmas cards.  I LOVE designing our cards on Shutterfly, adding a personal message, and before I know it that orange envelope is in my mailbox.   I always wanted to be the mom who had those super awesome professional photos to show off on Christmas cards, canvases on the walls, and just about anything else that you can stick a photo on.

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DIY Christmas Gifts~Coasters

DIY Coasters using a split damask design. Perfect for teachers, friends, and family at Christmas. #diygifts #christmas #silhouetteamerica

DIY Christmas gifts are starting to be my “go to” for the upcoming season.  Instead of thinking, “Where can I buy one of those?”, my thoughts turn to “I wonder what I could make for so and so’s gift?”  With our boys rotating amongst teachers during their school day {no more self-contained classrooms}, that is 4 teachers I want to treat to a fun Christmas gift, not just one teacher anymore!

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DIY Halloween Treat Bowl

DIY Treat Bowl #modpodge

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Mod Podge and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

I love it when Mod Podge goodies show up on my door step-particularly those I get to craft with!  As soon as I saw my Mod Podge box of fun arrive, I knew I was going to embellish a plain bowl for our Halloween Treats this year.  I tend to keep the Halloween decor on the down low for two reasons.

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Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins are perfect for fall mornings or an easy dessert.  Your kitchen will smell so good when you are baking these!   #pumpkinrecipe #minimuffins #falldesserts

Did you notice the fun little makeover My Favorite Finds is undergoing?  The Facebook page is next-I need to create a header to match my new color scheme I have going on here!  Speaking of the My Favorite Finds Facebook page, we had a fun discussion the other day-Pumpkin or Apple? It was close between the two for FAVORITE fall flavors.  My personal favorite is pumpkin.  How about you?    These Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins will sway you to “Team Pumpkin” before you know it!  They are soft, moist, flavorful, and smell OH SO GOOD while they are baking!  My kiddos gobbled them up, too!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party-10 Fun Family Costume Ideas

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the most unique, exciting events that Disney puts on in the fall season. For the months of September through early November, you can enjoy trick or treating at the Magic Kingdom,  Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Parade, Hallowishes, and characters galore on select nights beginning at 7PM.  The most fun of all is that this is one of the rare times that Disney allows adult guests into the parks in costume.  Many families dress in a theme, or at least dress the kids in a fun theme for the party nights.  So, today, I want to share with you 10 Fun Family Costume Ideas for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Blueberry Nutmeg Coffee Cake with Lemon Glaze

Blueberry Nutmeg Coffee Cake #easterdessert #blueberries

Blueberries are perfect to bake with-and I often wonder why I don’t bake with them more often.  They pair so well with so many flavors, and this Blueberry Nutmeg Coffee Cake with Lemon Glaze is no exception.  I made this cake for our Lenten Supper last week, and it was a total hit-I love it when the older ladies in the congregation tell me they like my baked goods-after all, aren’t they the professionals?  So we are going to start April with this Blueberry Nutmeg Coffee Cake with Lemon Glaze, and hopefully it will be part of your Easter brunch menu!

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Personalized Baby Name Tile

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I’m all about personalized gifts.  Whether it’s with a monogram or the name of the recipient, I love adding that personal touch.  And that means I usually get to use my Silhouette Cameo :).  So, when my sister had my sweet little niece, I knew that for a shower gift, I’d be making he something personal, and something that will remind her of how much God loves her. Piggybacking on my Family Tile, I came up with this Baby Name Tile for her.  It’s so unique, fairly easy, and personal.

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Peanut Butter Rolo Stuffed Cookies

Peanut Butter Rolo Stuffed Cookies #rolos #BunnyTrail #Eastercandy #recipes

This post is on behalf of Global Influence.  I was sent an assortment of Hershey’s Candy to utilize for baking, creativity, etc. as part of this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.  

Did you know you can win a HUGE assortment of HERSHEY’s candy?  Any look at my Pinterest boards, and you know that I have a slight addiction to the peanut butter/chocolate combination.  Then, you go to the Desserts page here on My Favorite Finds, and it’s confirmed.  My go to dessert combination is peanut butter and chocolate.  When Easter comes around, I am all over those REESE’s Easter Eggs.  Anybody else?  I LOVE them….even more so than regular Reese’s Cups.  Why?  I don’t know.

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Win an Assortment of Hershey’s Easter Candy

Win an Assortment of Easter Candy from Hershey's #hersheys #easter #BunnyTrail

Easter!  Hershey’s!  Perfect together, right? I know I am not the only one who looks forward to those Reese’s Easter Eggs!   And now, you can win an assortment of Hershey’s Easter Candy just in time for putting together Easter baskets, Easter baking, and maybe even some Easter crafting!  During the next two weeks, I will be sharing various ways to Celebrate with Hershey’s, and you will have the chance to win a stash of Easter goodies directly from Hershey’s!

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