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We've been decking our halls the past few weeks, and here are some of the projects we've been working on! I love crafting at this time of year, and there are so many ideas on Pinterest, so I chose a few seasonal crafts that have become traditional favorites that we do every year, and a few others that were new to us but spoke to me because they were easy for kids to make while still looking classy. 

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Yesterday, we spent the morning cooking up some of the scents of the season in our 5 Unique Holiday Play Doughs, and then over nap time I put together our first "tot tray" for them to play with when they woke up. Tot trays are based on schooling the Montessori method, in which students are exposed to early learning skills in ways that help develop independence and foster their own interests. 

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Play dough is one of our favorite go to sensory materials, it's so cheap and easy to make, and its play value is unmatched! I prefer to make my own because Gray still occasionally likes to taste test anything that remotely resembles candy, and these recipes are completely kid safe. Each dough is a variation of a basic recipe with added colors and scents. I was thinking about all of the smells I love at Christmas time, and these are just a few of my favorites we were able to replicate!

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December is a wonderful month full of nostalgia, family and events, but it can also be one of the busiest with so many good things that we're supposed to do. Take a deep breath as we enter December, and make a list of things you want to do with your family. What memories do you want to make with your kids?

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My latest article about getting ready for winter travel went up today over at Omaha Family. Use the checklist below to get your car kit ready for anything this winter has for us.

You can read my article Prepare for Travel During Cold Weather and the Holidays over at OmahaFamily.

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I have never been a fan of long car drives. It probably has something to do with being the youngest of three and having to sit on the middle hump of the backseat of the car while my sisters leisurely stared out the window taking more than their fair share of space while I sat squished staring at the rearview mirror.

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I have been itching to begin setting up our Christmas decorations this week. We still have a week to go before Thanksgiving, but I am just feeling so impatient! We always wait until the day after Thanksgiving, and being the tradition keeper that I am, I decided to distract myself with a rather late in the season fall craft. If stockings can't hang from my mantle yet, these pretty leaves will do instead!

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I've come down with an incurable case of the travel bug. Being in Europe makes traveling so easy, I just want to go EVERYWHERE! But then, reality sets in, and I realize it's probably unwise to plan a six week backpacking trip through the Swiss alps with the kids. Oh bother. Currently, I'm obsessed with wanting to see the Aurora Borealis. This is the best season for it and tourists are heading up in droves to the arctic circle to stay in class ceilinged igloos and watch the heavens open up. Some day, I will go, but for today, I decided to set up a sensory bin around my current wanderlust.

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Lately I've been on a natural art supplies kick. It all started with finding those beautiful Stockmar crayons which led me to make my own scented beeswax crayons. Then, I saw that the same company also makes modeling clay too, so of course I had to try and make my own! This recipe is a conglomeration of ideas I found online for making your own beeswax clay, with my own adaptations. Check out this post on making modeling clay with natural colorants!

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I have been eyeing this box of Stockmar Beeswax Crayons for awhile, natural art supplies are so pretty and nice to use. They usually smell great and come with that sense of satisfaction that you're protecting your kids and the environment from life threatening chemicals (just kidding). Look at all of those five star reviews, can't you just imagine the countless hours your little ones would spend quietly coloring before running up to you with their masterpieces in hand to reveal the Picasso-esque creations they had drawn, just for you!

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Part of our November grocery giveaway is asking people about what they're thankful for. Here are a few of the answers.

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Halloween has come and gone, and maybe your kid's candy has done the same, but if not, you should most definitely use the rest to build a Candyland small world! We used the same space we normally do sensory play in, a shallow plastic tote, but a table top would suffice too! Aurora had so much fun unwrapping all of her candies, marveling at the different shapes and colors.

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Another year is almost over. We are in the final push for reflecting on our year and thinking about the things that make us thankful. I wrote last year in my blog post The Little Things that being thankful for all the little things was more important than throwing something out there for the sake of something to say before eating Turkey. And I still believe that.

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This holiday season I have a lot to be thankful for. Here are just a few:

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Last week, we were reading the story of Moses in The Jesus Storybook Bible, and Aurora thought it would be awfully fun to live in the desert. "It's like a giant sand box, mom!" she exclaimed. When the Israelites crossed the red sea, she was sold, lake front property surrounded by a beach! Her idea of Heaven on Earth!

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