Baby, it’s Cold Outside!

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The thermometer read -29* over the weekend. Now that’s cold! Yep, we’re livin’ it up in good old Northern Minnesota!

Between filling holiday orders, and the construction going on in our new addition, I am trying to find time to keep little hands busy. Yes, my 2 year old.. Poor little peanut is all cooped up. Way too cold to even go out and play in the snow..

Here are a few simple, but great ideas for keeping warm (and entertained) during those long winter days inside when its just too cold to go out..

 

What kid (or adult) doesn’t like Nutella? Healthy and yummy. The best of both worlds!!

Nutella Hot Chocolate

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Serves 2

  • 2 cups of milk (almond or soy will work, too)
  • 1/4 cup of Nutella
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Set a saucepan to medium low heat. Add in 1/2 cup of the milk and the Nutella. Whisk until well combined. Add in the remaining milk and heat until piping hot. Serve with marshmallows or straight up. Note: the ratio is 1 cup of milk to 2 tablespoons of Nutella, so if you’d like to make 3 servings it would be 3 cups of milk and 6 tablespoons of Nutella, and so on.

 

Cardboard and fuzzy ball Ornaments

This is so cute and really simple. Even my toddler can do this!

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Visit the local craft store.. you’l need Elmers glue, and the little fuzzy balls (not really sure what the technical term for these is..lol) find them in just about EVERY color! But green, red and white will be perfect for your holiday theme project 😉

Cut cardboard, which everyone has around the house, into fun shapes, candy cane, wreath, christmas tree etc. And glue away!!

Finish with a ribbon for hanging/decorating. Cute, cute, cute!!!

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~ Candy Cane and Wreath Ornaments with cereal ~

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You’ll need: Fruit loops, cheerios or beads and pipe cleaners

Separate the red and green fruit loops.. my toddler loves to “help” this is a good supervised activity also separating the colors. Thread cereal on the pipe cleaner and then shape into a candy cane. Fold over and twist ends to keep from slipping. Add to tree or have as a supervised snack (obviously using the cereal only). Use green fruit loops to create a wreath. Add ribbon if creating into an ornament.

Adorable and easy to do for the little ones!

 

Mistletoes and footprint tree! 

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You can find kids finger-paint in most craft stores near the kids crayons and projects.
Mistletoes:
This has to be my favorite project
Use the kids’ feet print for the “Mistletoe”
Once dry, paint on Ribbon, lettering and polka dots.
(I recommend also adding a date- e.g. 2013)
Foot Print tree:
Use foot print in green
Once dry paint on light string and star
Once that dries use finger tip to make lights
These make an amazing & inexpensive Christmas keepsake of baby’s (child’s) foot for Grandma or of corse for yourself!!
ENJOY!!
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