Gift Guide: Game Night For Everyone On Your List

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Some of our favorite gifts to give (and receive) are games. This year, we are spending more time indoors with our families than (perhaps ever) before, so it’s the perfect year to give the gift of an entertaining “Game Night.” It’s the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Get the whole family together for night full of laughter and friendly competition. It’s budget-friendly fun, and we more of that this year! You don’t need to spend an enormous amount of money on the newest video gaming box to entertain your kids. Instead, spend time together playing a game. Those memories are often the most priceless ones.

We’ve rounded up some of our personal favorites*. We hope you enjoy them, too!

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1. Flipside: This is one of our favorite gifts to give, and one of our kids favorite’s to play. It’s awesome! It can go anywhere, and all ages can play. Sometimes we get addicted as adults, and want to get to that next level. Think rubix cube meets fast-paced lights and a timer. You can play individually or as a team. There are a couple game modes to choose from.

2. Crazy 8′s, Go Fish: Sometimes a deck of cards is all you need for good old-fashioned fun. This set has something for everyone, and you can stuff the decks into stockings.

3. Uno: You can’t go wrong with this classic card game. Try to be the first to get rid of your cards before your opponents try to pin you with a Wild card or a +4. The more players you have, the longer it lasts. Ages 7 and up will like to play this one.  This UNO Attack takes it up a notch if you are ready to mix it up.

4. Yahtzee: This is a classic. We played when we were young. This is a great price at under $10, and fun for the entire family. See if your lucky, or have dice skill to get a Full House, three of a kind, or the ultimate 5-of-a-kind, known as Yahtzee. Kids have the opportunity work on their math skills as they count dice, too. Our kids, ranging from age 7 to 12 love this game.

5. Star Wars Monopoly, Mandalorian: Our boys are big Star Wars fans. We have a Star Wars Monopoly that is either unavailable online, or more than $75. So, if we can’t get that same version, this Mandalorian version will work. Who can resist that adorable baby Yoda, the Child?

6. Kanoodle: This is an all-time favorite. It can travel anywhere, requires zero wi-fi, kids have to use their brains and it’s so much fun for ages 7-99. This makes an excellent stocking stuffer, or birthday party gift. We always like to have extras of these on hand to give as gifts. The price is right on this game, too, for under $10! With just 12 puzzle pieces, challenge yourself to follow the puzzle book (with 200 challenges) with a couple pieces shown, then complete the puzzle.

7. Guesstures: This is another Christmas gift for our family this year.  It’s a fast game of charades the whole family can play. We played it when we were younger, and hope our kids love it like we did. Get ready for lots of laughs.

8. Guess Who: This game is good fun! Our kids have loved this since age 4! The object of the game is to ask Yes or No questions to determine who the opponents person is. Kids will learn strategy with this one.

9. Code Names: Spy agents on opposing teams provide their team with code words to guess words on the board. It’s engaging, and fun for ages 10 and up. The rules seem somewhat overwhelming at first, but the more you play, the more fun it is. There is a Disney variation of this game, which our kids really liked.

10. Clean Slate: This is a new discovery for us. We like to get our kids a new game every Christmas, so shhh, our kids are getting this one for Christmas, along with Taboo, Kids vs. Parents.

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Merry Schittsmas: Gift Guide For All The Schitts Creek Fans On Your List

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Ew, 2020! Are we right?? Ok, there was definitely some amazing #silverlinings in this crappy year. More time with our family. Longer vacations. Appreciation for fresh air. Good books that gave us an escape from everyday reality. And, yes binging on Schitt’s Creek. We LOVE this show. Moira speaks Jenna’s love language with all the hats, and black and white everything. Jodi loves all things Alexis (ew, David!) and of course, David. Jessica loves them all. It’s light and funny – definitely belly laughs and humor at the end of our day.

We know this gift guide is ridiculously early – hello, it’s only October. However, as a general rule of thumb, if we see something we like for a gift, we get it, no matter what month it is. We hear shipping is going to be somewhat of a hassle this year, and lately, we don’t know what each day will bring. So, we hope to take away some of the stress from December and start shopping now. If you’re unable to spend money on people this year, because, well, it’s been a very difficult year for many…that’s more than ok. A card, a letter, a hug, time (time is the biggest gift we have) is sometimes the best gift of all.

Merry Schittsmas!

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  1. Wine glass: This Wine is Awful, Get Me Another Glass: Cheers with this hilarious glass this holiday season, and every season.
  2. Best Wishes, Warmest Regards doormat: Welcome friends with a smile and and ode to David, and send them off with that fuzzy Schitt’s Creek feeling. If your guests don’t know about Schitt’s Creek, first tell them to watch it, and second, they will still think is a welcoming mat, regardless if they are fans or not.
  3. Ew, 2020 David Rose Christmas Ornament: Um, yes to this! It’s a funny gift, and a good reminder to pull out every year to remember that cursed year, 2020.
  4. Schitts Creek Holiday Card Pack: Say Merry Schittsmas to friends and family this year with some hilarious cards.
  5. Simply The Best Stickers: At just $3.50 this gift is not only awesome and simply the best, but affordable.
  6. Rosebud motel key ring: Every time you look for your keys, you’ll find them immediately with this bright red Rosebud Motel keyring. It’s a good reminder to laugh, too.
  7. I’m trying very hard not to connect with people right now face mask: Channel your inner David with all this mask BS, and the mask is enough said.
  8. Sunglasses: Make a David statement in these look-alike glasses he pulled off so well!
  9. Boop tote: No one shops or does a little nose touch (boop) better than Alexis. Carry around essentials, or even better, bottles of wine, to a friends house in this adorable bag.
  10. Bébé, it’s cold outside mug: No one quite says anything better, and with such flair, than Moira. Sip coffee or tea with this holiday mug.
  11. Very uninterested in that opinion, make up pouch: Oh, David. You say the words we want to say, and often don’t. Love this!
  12. Love that journey for you wall banner: Alexis makes us laugh with her quirky hand movements, and expressions. This one is a fave, and it’s actually cute decor. Love that journey for me stickers is a little bit more Alexis on a mug, computer, or anything you want to put it on, and we’re here for it.
  13. Have a blessed day shirt: This shirt will get a good laugh, plus lift your spirits every time you wear it. Pair it with a pair of jeans, or leather pants like David would do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Home Decor: Mini Gingerbread House Village

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I’m not only in a bell phase this Christmas season, I’m having a gingerbread moment, too. First it was our DIY gingerbread paper bag advent calendar, and now it’s a cute mini DIY gingerbread village made from tiny wood bird houses. I’ve never made homemade gingerbread, and I actually don’t like the taste of it. But, I love how festive the houses are, and can’t resist a homemade gingerbread house. This gingerbread house village is so easy, and so cute. You don’t need to worry about candy getting stale, because nothing is edible on these tiny houses. You can give these as gifts, or set them up year after year with your holiday decor. Plus, you can do it this weekend with the kids. It would be really fun to see all the colors and designs the kids come up with.

Stick around for the bottom of the post if REAL gingerbread houses are more your jam. Some really talented pastry chefs, and members of the Vail community displayed some amazing Gingerbread Houses at the Vail Library in November as part of Revely Vail

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DIY Gingerbread House Village Made With Mini Wood Birdhouses

Materials:

  • mini wood bird houses, Walmart or Amazon
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Elmer’s white paint pens, fine tip
  • glass cookie jars, Walmart
  • mini bottle brush Christmas trees

Instructions:

Step 1: Paint the houses. I had to do two coats of paint per house. I used a two different colors of brown paint to get a “gingerbread” color.

mini wood gingerbread houses for christmas decor

Step 2: Once the paint is dry, begin to draw/doodle decorations on the house with the paint pen. I drew it free-hand, and it worked out great. Draw swirls, icicles, windows, doors, hearts, candy canes, etc. on the front, back and top of the house. Make each house different.

gingerbread house- christmas decor

gingerbread house- christmas decor

Step 3: Set the houses on a cake stand with bottle brush trees, twinkle lights and fake snow. Or, make a pretty glass jar display with all the fun winter accessories, and twinkle lights, too.

gingerbread house display

gingerbread house display

 

Revely Vail Gingerbread House Competition (just a small snippet of the 30+ entries):

 

Hovey & Harrison

Hovey & Harrison

 

The Arrabelle at Vail

The Arrabelle at Vail

 

The Sebastian Hotel

The Sebastian Hotel

 

Gru's Christmas House, 3rd graders

Gru’s Christmas House, 3rd graders

 

age 6-10 entry, Sweet As Can Be

age 6-10 entry, Sweet As Can Be

 

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DIY Winter Wreath With Bells

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If you didn’t pick up on from a recent post, I’m having a bell obsession. Yes, I want them everywhere. I like to hear them, I like to see them – on place cards, garlands, doors and wreaths. So, it’s no surprise I made a trio of DIY winter wreaths with bells to decorate an empty wall in my house. I actually made the wreaths last year, and upgraded them this year with the bells. After I made them, I saw them on sale at a boutique store for $65-$85 per wreath. I like to think I saved money with this craft (it’s what I’m telling myself for yet another Amazon order at my doorstep) since these wreaths cost less than $10 each, and I made a chic new addition to my holiday home decor.

diy winter wreath with bells

DIY Winter Christmas Wreath With Bells

You’ll Need:

Here’s How To Do It:

Step 1: Buy 3 different size metal loop from Michaels. I spray painted mine copper, but any color will work.

Step 2: Next, buy faux greenery, (such as pine or any other winter greenery) and floral wire. Cut and add pieces of the greenery on the wreath, and wrap the stems in wire around the metal hoop. It’s that easy!

As for the bell, wrap twine through the bell, and then around the hoop. Listen for the sound of bells all season. It will make you smile. I know just looking at the bell decor makes me smile. Jingle all the way this Christmas season!

diy modern wreath with bells

diy modern wreath with bells

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Christmas Craft for Kids and Tweens: DIY Glitter Snow Globe

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My son’s teacher has a DIY calm down jar in the classroom for kids to play with, or to shake when they need to calm down. Something about the way the glitter falls in the liquid is mesmerizing, and calming for kids. Like T. Swift says, “You need to calm down.” Now, there’s a jar for that. Haha.

Glitter is fun, especially when it’s contained, and there’s something magical about snow globes this time of year. So we combined the two for the cutest DIY glitter snow globe. This time of year is crazy, so if anything, no matter how simple, can help kids (or adults) calm down, it’s worth trying. Plus, these make adorable gifts for friends for kids and tweens. Let’s get this glitter party started.

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DIY Glitter Snow Globes

Materials: 

Instructions:

Step 1: Fill the snow globe about 1/2 full with warm water.

Step 2: Add the glitter glue. I used 1 bottle for all three snow globes, and all got equal amounts. So, 4 tablespoons of glue per snow globe is a good start. In a mason jar, which is larger, you can use 1/2 cup glue.

Step 3: Add 2-3 drops food coloring. I used similar color glitter glue, food coloring, and glitter – all green tones. But, you could see how it turns out with multi-color glitter and glue. Don’t use more than 3 drops food coloring with these smaller globes, or you won’t be able to see the glitter.

Step 4: Add the glitter. I added about 2 tablespoons glitter per snow globe. You can add more or less if you want. There wasn’t much of an exact science to this. I used fine glitter in all of them, and added star glitter in some as well.

Step 5: Fill the remaining space in the snow globe with warm water, until it’s almost fill (leave a small space at the top so you can still shake it). Push in the inner seal in the globe insert, and then add super glue to the inner rim of the screw top, and then screw it on.

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Step 6: This is optional, but you can customize each snow globe you make for friends with vinyl or stickers. We used our Silhouette Cameo to make vinyl words and mini stars for an extra magical touch.

Finally, shake and watch that glitter swirl, and then fall. Merry Christmas, everyone!

DIY glitter globe-holiday-craft-and-tween-gift

DIY glitter globe-holiday-craft-and-tween-gift

 

 

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