Christmas movies

By Thursday, December 11, 2014 0 No tags 0

I tend to watch the same Christmas movies every single year. A Christmas Story has always been my favorite. There’s also sure to be a couple of repeat viewings of The Muppets Christmas Carol, and a handful of the traditional stop-motion animated musicals and Disney Mickey cartoon specials. Watching these are as much of a tradition as decorating the tree is every year. But I know there’s so many Christmas movies I’ve never watched or haven’t watched in ages, so I asked for suggestions from my friends on Facebook. What was their favorite Christmas movie? what put them in the Christmas spirit? I got more response to my inquiry than I thought I would. Watching the right Christmas movie every year is apparently serious business for many of us. I’ve compiled a Pinterest board of the one’s that were suggested to me. I think I’m going to start with watching The Elf with Liam this weekend. We have a Christmas cookie marathon planned. It’ll be a good time to have some Christmas funnies going on in the background.

Follow Carleen’s board Christmas movies on Pinterest.

What to do on a snow day

By Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 , , 0

Liam and I both have a snow day. He’s been sick for the past four days which means he’s already gotten more time on Minecraft than typically allowed, so I’m attempting to hunt down some appropriate crafts that we can do to spend the time. One thing I’ve never done with Liam yet is salt dough crafts, and I’m seeing a lot of great ideas for making Christmas ornaments out of salt dough around the internet these days.

To make salt dough all you need is water, flour and salt. Then maybe, since we are doing the Christmas thing, add some spices like cinnamon or cloves for a seasonal aroma.

1 cup salt
2 cups plain flour
1 cup water
1 tbsp cinnamon or cloves (optional)

Once you’ve made your ornaments you have to bake them in the oven on low heat for a few hours (200 degrees, two to three hours). Don’t forget to poke a hole at the top of the ornament before your bake it. Otherwise you’ll have no way to hang it from your Christmas tree. :-)

Here’s a tutorial with some step by step images to follow, in addition to some creative ways to decorate your ornament.


Or you could also try some of these:


Getting creative with handprints

Salt dough santa



Using stamps to make an imprint




Or just use cookie cutters

cookie cutters

What I’m listening to right now

By Thursday, November 13, 2014 0 , , , 0

I feel a little awkward about sharing a music playlist, because I have a rather messed up sense of musical taste. I know very little about the music world, I just know what I like when I hear it. I currently have a paid subscription to Rdio. It’s similar to Spotify except not as popular, yet I find it easier to use for some reason. Here’s a list of some of the songs I’ve had on repeat lately.

Baby Don’t Lie by Gwen Stefani

Nightcall by Kavinsky

One Day by Matisyahu

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

Of Gods and Monsters by Lana Del Rey (explicit language)

Ain’t No Grave by Johnny Cash

Worn me down by Rachel Yamagata

Below my feet by Mumford & Sons