Tag Archive: holiday season

rugelachs & pencil holders

Yesterday’s (Day 9) in our advent calendar was baking (strawberry jam) rugalachs ! Yum ! We had half of them …

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paper crafts

Sorry for being a bit late at journaling what was done during our Advent Calendar ! Life happens, right !On T…

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lollies and wood burning

Yesterday’s (Day 5) activity wasn’t an activity, it was a sweet treat, that you can see above. (one dark choc…

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frost bitten

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Today’s activity (Day 4) in our Advent Calendar couldn’t have been more appropriate, it was making frosted glass tea light holder, and I actually lost all of my cosmos flowers last night because of Jack Frost … (well, I’m amazed they lasted so long !)

It was pretty easy & fast (after a long school day, it had to be !), they simply spread (with their fingers) white glue (like Elmers’ I think but any kind of simple, school glue would do) on a glass jar (the ones we used, used to be jam jars) then sprinkled some fine salt and voilà ! We let them dry & then I tied a piece of twine around and added the tea light, and that was it !

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If you want a more child friendly version, simply use (beaten) egg whites & sugar. That’s what they had used when they made this activity a long long time ago, when they were little.

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I think the result is beautiful in comparison to the time and money spent, which is almost nothing for both ! Very cozy result indeed, what do you think ?

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With love,

Sonia

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frost bitten

frost3.jpg

Today’s activity (Day 4) in our Advent Calendar couldn’t have been more appropriate, it was making frosted glass tea light holder, and I actually lost all of my cosmos flowers last night because of Jack Frost … (well, I’m amazed they lasted so long !)

It was pretty easy & fast (after a long school day, it had to be !), they simply spread (with their fingers) white glue (like Elmers’ I think but any kind of simple, school glue would do) on a glass jar (the ones we used, used to be jam jars) then sprinkled some fine salt and voilà ! We let them dry & then I tied a piece of twine around and added the tea light, and that was it !

frost1.jpg

If you want a more child friendly version, simply use (beaten) egg whites & sugar. That’s what they had used when they made this activity a long long time ago, when they were little.

frost4.jpg

I think the result is beautiful in comparison to the time and money spent, which is almost nothing for both ! Very cozy result indeed, what do you think ?

frost2.jpg

With love,

Sonia

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frost bitten

frost3.jpg

Today’s activity (Day 4) in our Advent Calendar couldn’t have been more appropriate, it was making frosted glass tea light holder, and I actually lost all of my cosmos flowers last night because of Jack Frost … (well, I’m amazed they lasted so long !)

It was pretty easy & fast (after a long school day, it had to be !), they simply spread (with their fingers) white glue (like Elmers’ I think but any kind of simple, school glue would do) on a glass jar (the ones we used, used to be jam jars) then sprinkled some fine salt and voilà ! We let them dry & then I tied a piece of twine around and added the tea light, and that was it !

frost1.jpg

If you want a more child friendly version, simply use (beaten) egg whites & sugar. That’s what they had used when they made this activity a long long time ago, when they were little.

frost4.jpg

I think the result is beautiful in comparison to the time and money spent, which is almost nothing for both ! Very cozy result indeed, what do you think ?

frost2.jpg

With love,

Sonia

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golden but not gold

As you can see from the picture above, today’s activity (Day 2) was : making ornaments for our tree, using go…

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rolls and flurries

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Today we had the extreme luck of getting some flurries ! Yes ! They didn’t even reach the ground (it was very windy, though just above 0°C). When I was a little girl, it used to snow one day or two each year, but it actually snowed. Now, it is either no snow at all, or just some flurries. But, well, I’m happy with that anyway ! I filled the bird feeder twice today & added more fat balls for the blue tits. (the lights you can see on the photo above were indoors, from where I took my photo from !)

Today was Saturday therefore we had time for an activity that could take time. And today, Day N.2, was baking cinnamon rolls ! The boys were pretty happy ! Everyone helped, hubby included, a real family activity !

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Here they are ! YUMMY ! And 100% organic as well. We’ll have them for the next breakfasts, and we can hardly wait !

It was a very cozy day at home, one like I really adore. Christmas music on, flurries outside, observing birds from the bay windows, baking … just pure perfection to me. Let me tell you that I count my blessings, more than once. I hope you do too.

With love,

Sonia

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our tradition goes on

My sons may be over 13 & over 15, they are still willing to carry on with a “little” tradition of ours : …

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Advent calendar 2106 – day 22, 23 and 24

Sorry for the delay in making the recap of the final days of our Advent Calendar activities ! You know, life happens, specially during the holidays !So …. on Day 22, the activity was making a trivet and a keyring for each of their grandmas, with wood…

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Advent calendar 2016 – day 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21

Busy time, sorry for the delay in posting these advent calendar related posts !

On Day 17, the activity was baking apple burritos ! Yum !


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On Day 18, the activity was watching Sherlock Holmes “The Blue Carbuncle” episode (which we watch every Christmas, as well as some classic Christmas cartoons that we also have on DVD. Last year I added videos, but simply click this link to find them again.

On Day 19, the activity was not really one … it was a surprise short trip to Narbonne, a town nearby (1 hour car drive), which we visited in the afternoon. The boys were happy about this surprise trip !

The day after, on Day 20, the activity was visiting the Oppidum d’Ensérune. (an archeological site) You can read more about it here & here. I posted photos of Narbonne & of the Oppidum on Instagram but didn’t have my big camera.

On Day 21, the activity was drinking hot cocoa with homemade whipped cream. Truth is the cream refused to thicken, which made me mad, but it was still good anyway, apparently ! LOL

Only a good couple of days left until the end of the calendar, it went fast, so so fast !

ox

Sonia

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Advent calendar 2016 – day 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16

Oops, this week litterally slipped away ! Here’s a recap of these last five days !Day 12 (Monday), school day : a chocolate covered gingerbread man !

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Advent calendar 2016 – day 9 and 10 and 11

Activity on day 9 of our Advent Calendar was making a little winter scene with coarse salt & store bought little characters, and adding twigs from a plant in the garden to make little tree. We chose stems of lavender, which funnily look like palm t…

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Advent calendar 2016 – day 7 and 8

Day 7 in our Advent Calendar was painting christmas baubles on the bay windows with chalk markers ! The result is great, it’s a joy to see it all when we come home, or when we’re inside !

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Advent calendar 2016 – day 5 and 6

I hope you’re all doing fine & enjoying a good brand new week !Yesterday & today were school day, therefore yesterday “activity” (day 5) was eating this chocolate lollipop …

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Advent calendar 2016 – day 3 and 4

Day 3 of our advent calendar was painting a snowman face on a porcelain mug. It was fun & the boys will be able to use it all month long, which is a bonus ! I found the inspiration on Pinterest.

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Advent Calendar 2016 – day 1 and 2

Well, the time has come for our yearly Advent Calendar, that I’m constantly adaptating to my sons’ ages. They’re now 12 & 14, and I’m oh so happy that they’re still willing to do this with/for their mama.It started yesterday (day 1), and since it w…

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