Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Lights Decor Art Activity

After we attended our weekly swim lesson, we dressed in our warmest pajamas and hopped in our car for a Christmas Light display adventure. I had made popcorn (with just a little salt and dill) and we brought cups of So Delicious coconut milk eggnog and mint chocolate (mixed with mostly coconut milk because we didn't need the sugar that late).

We drove downtown, oohing and ahing over all the lights and colors. We then drove through a couple neighborhoods, trying to spy more. It became a little bit of a scavenger hunt at the end.

My five year old kept exclaiming, "I'm so excited. Wow! There's one! There's one!"

At the end of the night, her and I were laughing and exclaiming loudly, "WOW!" whenever we saw more lights then bursting into giggles. The bigger the display, the bigger the Wow!

All in all, it was a fun time. Relatively inexpensive (we made our own snacks and drinks) good, family-bonding time.

This morning, I woke up thinking "How can I carry this into our school/craft time?"

So, this is my answer. Black paper. Washi tape (she used this for the roads). Gel pens. Christmas stickers leftover from last year.

I left the activity pretty open. I told her she could create and decorate her own house or a neighborhood. She chose a neighborhood.

An easy Christmas craft!


Also through December 14th, I highlighted some books because Amazon is having a rare 25% off coupon. Details here.

Rare 25% off Book Coupon on Amazon (AGAIN!) through December 14th

I'm digging all these amazon coupon codes for books. Keep it coming, Amazon!

For this book deal, use promo code 25OFFBOOK for 25% off one book shipped and sold by Amazon (up to $10 discount) through December 14th, 2015.

Since I highlighted some children and mom books the last post, I thought I'd highlight a few books for the men in our lives.

For the Connoisseur:

Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches
American Whiskey, Bourbon & Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit
The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Whiskey Know-It-All: Know Your Booze Before You Choose
The Comic Book Story of Beer: The World's Favorite Beverage from 7000 BC to Today's Craft Brewing Revolution
Cigar Boys: Stories from the Ashes

For the fun Dad:

Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments: From Boiling Ice and Exploding Soap to Erupting Volcanoes and Launching Rockets, 30 Inventive Experiments to Excite the Whole Family! (Dads Book of Awesome)
Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share
Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
Goodnight Darth Vader

Also, I never got around to using the last promo code. I loved the Q&A a Day for Moms: A 5-Year Journal but then I found Q&A a Day for Creatives and I was torn! I think the Creatives would be fun for a family of 4 to fill out together, instead of four years. One year and each person fills out a square. I'm totally digging that idea since my family is a unit of four. It looks awesome:

Also, they have this book for couples. A great idea for newlyweds!
Our Q&A a Day: 3-Year Journal for 2 People

This is also a great time to buy a cookbook for your kitchen or the chef in your life. Here are a few bestsellers on my wish list:

Gluten-Free & Vegan for the Whole Family: Nutritious Plant-Based Meals and Snacks Everyone Will Love
Easy Paleo Meals: 150 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Family Favorites
Danielle Walker's Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime

Also, here are a few great books for the kids in your life: I love the science aspect of the first few. The crafty books are also a must for Christmas!
Remember to use promo code 25OFFBOOK for 25% off one book.
Kid Book ideas:

The Sky at Night: Your Guide to the Heavens - A Complete Interactive Kit
Kitchen Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family Friendly Experiments from Around the House (Hands-On Family)
Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less Art Lab for Kids
Klutz Fairies: Petal People You Make Yourself Craft Kit
The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World
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