December Link ups: Currently and Monthly Made It's

So I'm breaking bloggy rules and double posting, but it's monthly link up time and I love these link ups!  First, let's start with Farley's Currently:

As much as I love the Disney Princesses, my daughter is addicted to this CD and listens to it to fall asleep to so it's playing right now!

I love the holiday season, but in college we had a rule that we couldn't listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.  I've been good with that rule, but now it's on!  Christmas music all the time (except for the Disney Princesses!)

In keeping with Disney, I want to take Lauryn to Disneyland during the holidays.  We went for the first time at Halloween and had a blast even though we were only there for a few hours.

Wanting and needing are pretty standard!  For RAK, I'm determined to do more small things for friends to really celebrate the season!

Now on to my December Monday Made Its!
First up are a couple of TpT products I've made to use in the next 2 weeks before vacation.
The first is my Dear Santa writing pack:

We started with the Elf application and here are the finished products:

We're moving on to the Santa letter next!

The second product is my Gingerbread Writing Directions and Flat Ginger Activity pack:

I plan to use this next week so I'll post pictures then.  For this activity students create a gingerbread man and write detailed directions for another student to use to recreate the original gingerbread man.  After that, kids will take their gingerbread kid home for a "Flat Ginger" activity where they write about their holiday adventures with "Flat Ginger" (just like Flat Stanley).

The last product I made is a freebie for kids to practice missing addends:
You can download this Missing Addends Snowman freebie by clicking here.

This past weekend, Lauryn and I spent a rainy California Saturday crafting.  Here's what we made:
I was inspired by this pin:
Now, I didn't read the post, we just tried to create these beautiful ornaments.  Instead of putting in single drops and shaking, we put in a lot of paint and swirled it around.  Still came out pretty nice!

My next Pinterest inspiration was this:
Mess free glitter ornaments!  I loved making these!  I put in the mop and shine (from the Dollar Tree) and Lauryn put in the glitter!  I love how these turned out and will probably be making a ton more of these!

Our next project was inspired by this pin:
During the summer we made a Bible verse canvas art, so when I saw this I knew we would do it.  Here's how Lauryn's turned out.  She didn't want to mix the colors, but wanted to have a pattern!

Here's my next Pinspiration:
Stretch a rubber band around a cylindrical vase, then stick in candy canes until you can't see the vase. Tie a silky red ribbon to hide the rubber band. Fill with red and white roses or carnations. Good hostess gift for holiday parties.
While Lauryn was watching the newest Tinkerbell movie, she "helped" me make 5 of these.  It's not absolutely done-----I don't have the red ribbon or the flowers in them yet because we aren't giving them for another 1-2 weeks.)  I plan to give them to 4 teachers at her school and my room mom (along with gift cards).

Right after Thanksgiving, I ran across this pin:
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I went to the Dollar Tree to pick up the supplies, but was pulled in a different direction.  So Lauryn and I ended up making this:

The Santa and the bow are from the Dollar Tree.  I hot glued them together.  I had extra clothespins from some summer projects, so we mod podged to create glitter ones, then attached them to the ribbon, along with the pictures of what she wants Santa to bring her.  The final project is hanging from her bedroom door.

Guess I've been busy the last few weeks!  I just love this time of year and I want to create memories and traditions that will last for me and Lauryn!
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  1. Hi Brandi!

    What a cute blog! I'm your newest follower & found you from Farley's "Currently" linky.

    I am in LOVE with your Pinterest projects! I recently pinned the Mop n' Glo ornaments and since yours came out so cute, I'm DEFINITELY doing them this weekend!

    Have a great weekend!

    First Grade Follies

  2. You've been really busy! What great projects! Thanks for sharing!
    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  3. I am a new follower! I love your blog!

    I would love for you to stop by my blog for a huge giveaway that I'm doing! I am giving away every item in my tpt store to one lucky winner! The giveaway ends today :)

  4. SOOOOOO many awesome crafts and activities:))) Love them all! Thank you for linking up:))

    4th Grade Frolics

  5. I love those glitter ornaments!! And do you have the link to those candy cane vases? We are last minute here and need something for Payton's day care teachers and that would be perfect!! (You can email it to me if you want)

  6. LOVE all of the crafts!! We found your blog and wanted to let you know that we are new bloggers and we are doing a weekend giveaway. If you comment on our blog you get an item from our TpT store for free. If you have a chance, please check us out. We are your new followers!

    Amanda and Stacia
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. Wow, you've been very busy! I love how everything turned out!


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