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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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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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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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There has been much talk of Hawaii over here again lately. I don't think Aurora will ever forget those beautiful white sand beaches that we called our playground. But, when the beach is miles away, cloud dough is the next best thing! We've made this stuff a few times before and it's always so much fun to play with, therapeutic even!

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We're continuing to explore with glow in the dark materials, and I am so excited that we finally found an opportunity to break out the glow in the dark water beads that I got off of Amazon. I'm not sure how I feel about all of the ghosts and goblins around Halloween time, especially for my one and three year old, but a spooky, educational sensory bin, I can get on board with that! 

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Last night, we were blessed once again to be in the home of Diana and Tobias, celebrating yet another birthday! Family potlucks are kind of magical in my opinion, everyone coming together to share a meal is a rare thing these days, but I'm so always to grateful to be a part of communities that still do this! Chili, rice, beer bread and sweets were enjoyed over some much needed adult conversation (seriously, I can't have one more conversation about the plot of a Disney Jr. show).

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I mentioned before that I have several glowing projects in mind for the month of October, so today I wanted to lay the foundation and share the easiest way to make just about any project glow- glow water! Whether you're making play dough, slime, or oobleck, any sensory recipe that calls for water can be replaced with this glow water and you will end up with a glow in the dark material under the blacklight.

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I'm super excited to share the activity we did this morning, the kids LOVED it, and it ended up being the perfect activity for a number of reasons. Firstly, the fact that Aurora asks to go to the beach approximately 100 times a day. She and Gray set up blankets and pretend one is the sand and the other is the ocean... poor Hawaiian girl. The other reason that this activity worked out perfectly schedule wise, is because I had planned to do lots of glowing activities during the month of October and all of the supplies for this bin arrived just in time!

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I'm not sure where Aurora even learned about mystical, magical mermaids, but she thinks they're pretty swell. We haven't watched The Little Mermaid yet as Ursula is a bit too intense as a villain in my opinion.  My only guess is that there was a mermaid in an episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates or something... Anyways, my imaginative girl thinks that she grows fins every night in the bath tub as she splashes around like a half-fish.

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Happy Monday! We're having one of those rare productive yet fun Mondays... All of the housework is caught up, got a work out in, and still had some energy left to throw together a new sensory bin! The kids love to help me cook, but we didn't have anything that we needed to make, so we mixed up some play dough instead and raided the cupboards for fun accessories!

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