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My Mom’s Baby Jesus Cookies

This year we had Christmas at my parents’ House and my mom had fun activities planned for all the grandkids.
One of them was making Jesus Cookies! Sienna and her cousin, Violette, were especially into this!
My mom is pretty much magical, and came up with this cute idea to celebrate Jesus’ Birthday.
(My husband kept joking about feeling bad about biting jesus’ head off. haha.)
If you are looking for some fun activities with your kids during Christmas break, try these cute cookies out!

+ Star shaped Sugar Cookies.
(My mom had a cookie cutter from a pack at walmart or target last year)
+Yellow Icing (store bought icing and yellow food coloring makes for easy prep work)
+Pink Candy Melts
+Large Marshmallows
+Edible Markers
(We have both used the wilton brand and like them but not the easiest to use.
Looking for a better option. But it works out!)

+Use the Edible Markers to draw eye lids and a smile on the Pink Candy Melts.
They are great for faces because some of them have little points where a nose should be!
+Pipe yellow frosting onto the star..with an extra glob in the middle. (shown below)
+Cut the ends off of large marshmallows and use as the body of baby Jesus. All swaddled up!
+Place the pink candy melt and marshmallow on the cookie.
+Place the cookies on something brown to look like the manger.. or…. not. whatever you have works! ;) BABY JESUS COOKIES-ATHOMEWITHNATALIE3

Sienna thought her Grandma was just brilliant. And I couldn’t agree more!
I am so her daughter…love this stuff too!

These sweet Baby Jesus Cookies are fun and easy to make up.
Your littles will love them!
Hope you enjoyed this Baby Jesus Cookie Tutorial.
Thankful for my mom who shares her creativity with us!
She is great at helping us remember the reason for the season.
Happy Birthday Baby Jesus!

Candy Cane Reindeer Craft

When I was a kid, we used to make these cute Candy Cane Reindeer!
I loved doing this craft with my own kids this Christmas.
I had been talking about making these and trying to explain it, but when I finally
put the first one together they were like EEK!! in love.
These are great because they are simple and pretty much fail proof.

These are just such a fun classic Christmas Craft. You could jazz them up and tie a bow or put a tag on them.
We are going to be using these for classmate and friend gifts.
It doesn’t take much to make a kid happy. give them a box of bandaids and you’re their hero.
So these festive candy canes will do the trick for us!
I think any craft with googly eyes is a keeper for kids.

Googly Eyes (whatever size you want but I did the one up from the smallest.) (Hobby Lobby)
Brown Pipe Cleaners (Hobby Lobby)
Small Red Pom Poms (whatever size you want but I did a medium size.) (Hobby Lobby)
Candy Canes (Target)
Hot Glue Gun

There are different ways to do the antlers with the pipe cleaners…but I love the curled style!
It’s super easy to do and the girls were great at it. That was their job.
Micah passed the noses.

The girls were so excited that they ended up taking one to
their teachers the next day, even though the rest weren’t ready just yet haha.
Micah and breakable candy canes don’t really mix…but I let him have one to accidently destroy.
He also loved playing with the noses and pipe cleaners!

Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!
If you are looking for a fun small gift for your kids to give…this is a great one!
I think these will also end up in our care packages going out to friends and family far away!

FREE Printable – Baked Goods Gifting

Let’s kick off monday with a little free printable for gift giving!
I shared this on instagram last week and had some people asking for it, so here you go!
I was in a total funk last week, having a complete pitty party for myself and
how exhausted and worn down I was feeling.
But I wanted to shake that off and so I decided to get out of myself, bake up some treats
and deliver some baked goods to my mama friends who I knew were in the thick of things too!
It helped lift my spirit so much! The boys slept in the car while I delivered the goodies.
I was so happy to see my friends (even for a few minutes) and have a conversation with someone above the age of 7.
If you are feeling a little burnt out, I highly suggest that you do this too.
Everyone loves a brown paper bag tied up with string! Download the printable below!

I love baking right now.
The kids go to bed and it’s my me time! (either bed time or nap time.)
I love gifting baked goods…something so simple but special about it.
These recipes are on my blog. I used the apple crisp recipe and the banana bread recipe.

I had some brown paper bags from past craft projects and field trip lunch bags.
Found some sparkly string from a past project.
I used some clear cellophane bags that were from a past party.
A cute tag was all that was missing, so I hopped on my computer and worked it up in Photoshop.
You can DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE and simply cut and tape to your treats.
For the apple crisps, I just taped one to the top of the covered pie dish.

This is all I had to post the other day on social media.
Messy bun, baby carrier on, wearing husband’s tee shirt,
cute baby and the messy back back/school papers everywhere situation.
Life isn’t always picture perfect, but life is good.
I didn’t have a cute outfit post or styled house photo or cute succulent to share
But I figured this was the same situation for a lot of mamas. Let’s be real.
These days won’t last forever…and I’m sure I’ll miss them when they are gone.

This is what life looks like right now.
How do I feel about having four kids now??
It’s a good mix of oh my gosh I love my life- oh my gosh when will I ever sleep again.
haha. ;)

The three big kids during that
‘sweaty we love each other /  we are arch enemies’ time
right before dinner + bed.
I love that now when Asher smiles his neck dissapears haha.
I have a feeling it’s going to be gone for a while. ;)

Sometimes they play so nice together!
They were playing house last night in the girls’ room.
It was free donut day! I think Micah had one too many felt donuts. #sugarhigh
Plan for this week…get their room set up. We already went through toys and purged a lot!
Now, to have a better system to store all the toys that we are keeping.
I’ll blog the progress!

I hope that you put this printable to use and bake up some treats for gifting!
I’m going to be be using these agin and again.
Download it and you’ll have it to print off anytime you need it.
Share the post with your friends..maybe you’ll get some baked goods too haha!