8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Get Your House Holiday Ready

get your house holiday ready

Can you believe we’re one week away from Christmas day?  Wow!  Time sure flies when you’re having fun! (or being busy?)  Since we’re one week away from Christmas, this also means we’ve reached the last week of the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  I sure hope you enjoyed it.  I also hope it helped you to have a more simple and manageable holiday season!

Christmas usually involves company and no one likes to show their guests a good time in a messy home.  So, today, I’ve got a printable Get Your House Holiday Ready Checklist!  It includes suggestions of cleaning tasks to do each day leading up to Christmas day.  There’s even plenty of room for you to add your own tasks.  I kept it fairly simple, because really, who has time for crazy cleaning this time of year?

Remember, these are suggestions only!  Click on the image below or here to print your holiday cleaning list.

Holiday Ready Cleaning List

What tasks are on your holiday cleaning list?  Are you ready for Christmas?

Here are the rest of the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series:

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DIY Wine Glass Snow Globes

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You guys, I made a Christmas craft!  I’ve been spending all my time baking these days so I wasn’t sure I’d get this done!  And I even love the way it turned out!  I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest so I went ahead and created my own version.

This is one of those projects that make me wonder why I left it until the last minute. It was so easy.  The hardest part was hunting down the fake snow (which I found at Walmart)

Here’s what you need to make these Wine Glass Snow Globes:

  • Wine glasses (dollar store)
  • Little trees and/or figurines
  • Fake snow
  • Cardboard (I used a cereal box)
  • Glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Pillar candles

First of all, you’ll want to place a glass upside down onto cardboard and trace a circle around the glass.

Using a hot glue gun, attached your objects to the cardboard. (I used trees and a snowman from Michaels) snowman progress

Once you’re satisfied that your objects are glued down well, fill glass with a few tablespoons of fake snow or glitter.

snow globe progress

Next, line the rim of the glass with hot glue and press on cardboard with the objects attached.

Finally, flip them over, then place them where you want to display them, then put a pillar candle on top!

Hope you enjoy this idea! This is the first time I’ve created decor for Christmas!

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Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

rudolph peanut butter cookies

We love peanut butter cookies in this house.  Any time of the year actually!  Since it’s Christmas time and all, I thought I’d jazz up some ordinary cookies and turn them into Rudolph cookies!  Cute right?  They taste especially delicious too.  In fact, I think Santa would love to find some of these Rudolph peanut butter cookies on his travels!  Be sure to leave a plate full :)

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies

Rudolph Peanut Butter Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Peanut Butter
  • ½ cup Butter
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1⅓ cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 48 Red M&M's
  • 96 mini Chocolate Chips
  • Mini Twist Pretzels
Instructions
  1. Break pretzels into pieces to use as antlers.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Cream together peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
  4. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
  6. Slowly add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, beating until incorporated.
  7. Roll into ½-3/4" balls and place on cookie sheet several inches apart.
  8. Sprinkle with sugar and gently make an indentation slightly off the center of each cookie.
  9. Bake 12-14 minutes.
  10. Place an M&M in the indentation of each cookie.
  11. Insert 2 mini chocolate chips (pointy side down) above the M&M to be the eyes.
  12. Insert 2 pretzel pieces to be the antlers. (If the antlers won't stick, place some chocolate chips in a sandwich bag and microwave 30 seconds and knead until soft. Clip the very tip of the corner and pipe onto cookie to act as glue.)

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: Cookies in a Jar

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Now here’s a great last minute Christmas gift idea!  One I’m sure many people on your list would love!  Cookies in a jar!  There are three recipes to choose from:  Cranberry Delight cookies,  Candy Shop Cookies, and Chocolate Overload cookies.
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Easy DIY: Cute Felt Giftcard Holder

Will you be gifting a few gift cards this year?  Create these felt mitten gift card holders to present your gift in a cute way!

Here’s one of my easy gifts I’ve been working on!  I wanted something cute to put gift cards in since I’ll be giving a few gift cards this year.  I came up with the felt mitten idea which can be hung on the Christmas tree as well!  I had most of the supplies on hand already.  Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

  • Felt piece (dollar store)
  • Fabric snowflake (dollar store)
  • Ric rac
  • Christmas tree cut from a piece of fabric I had
  • Sparkly button (from an old hair elastic)
  • Needle & thread
  • Ribbon (for the mitten to hang on the tree)

Basically, I just drew a mitten shape on a scrap piece of paper that was big enough to fit a gift card, then traced it onto the felt.  Cut it out, then decorated the one side with whatever I could find around the house with fabric glue and thread!  After the one side was decorated, I put the two mitten pieces together by hand stitching them together.  You could use a sewing machine, but I liked the handmade look of the uneven stitches.  That’s pretty much it!  A gift card holder and an ornament in one!

A Homemade Christmas Gift: No Sew Blanket Scarf

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These scarves are so cozy looking!  Learn how to create a No Sew DIY Blanket Scarf that someone on your gift list is sure to love!
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8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Tie Up Loose Ends

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

Can you believe there are only two posts left in this series before Christmas day?? Crazy!

This week, we’re going to focus on tying up loose ends! (Or in other words, finish the things we skipped over ;) )

That means we’ll:

  • finish shopping for gifts
  • send out those remaining Christmas cards
  • bake delicious cookies
  • buy as many groceries as possible for Christmas day
  • finish decking the halls
  • do those holiday activities that you want to do
  • wrap gifts

What do you still have to finish?  I’ll admit, I have to get our Christmas cards sent out still!  I’m also waiting for some gifts to arrive in the mail so I haven’t started wrapping yet.  But, I like to do that all in one sitting while I watch a Christmas movie! :)

For fun, I’m leaving you with a link to Christmas music playlists and a list of Christmas movies to watch!

If you’re looking for some Christmas music, check out Songza for some fabulous playlists that you can listen to 24 hours a day.

Here are some Christmas movies I think you should watch:

  • The Holiday
  • Arthur Christmas
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Christmas in Connecticut
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • The Polar Express
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Santa Buddies
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Scrooge
  • The Snowman
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Frosty Returns
  • Holiday Inn
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 2
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Jack Frost
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Love Actually
  • The Santa Clause
  • White Christmas
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

Do you have any other Christmas movies on your ‘must watch’ list?  How are you coming along in your Christmas preparations?

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a Simpler Christmas series so far:

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas: Plan your Food

8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas

I think this will be a fun week in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series!  It’s all about food! Specifically, we’re going to plan our holiday menus.  You’ll want to think about:

  • Christmas dinner
  • Christmas brunch
  • Christmas eve
  • Boxing day

And well, any meal surrounding Christmas day.  My planning is quite simple.  My parents cook our Christmas brunch and dinner so all I have to do is bring the cheesecake and some baking!

For inspiration, I highly recommend taking a look through Pinterest.

While you’re planning out your dishes, be sure to start adding items to a grocery list.  You don’t want to forget anything!

To help you out, you’ll want to check out the Christmas dinner planner and grocery list that are available in the Holiday Planner, here.

Also be sure to print off the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas checklists to make sure you’re on track for the final week’s until Christmas day!

What will be on your holiday menu?  Leave it in the comments! Any food traditions you have to uphold?  How do you keep on budget?

Here are the posts in the 8 Weeks to a More Organized Christmas series so far:

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A Homemade Christmas Gift: Family Favourites Recipe Book

This Family Favourites Recipe Book would make such a meaningful gift for family members!  Check it out at All Things Simple.

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Easy DIY Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer
I have got the cutest holiday project for you today! It’s so simple too! I think they’d make a good project to do with kids. Maybe as a craft at a holiday party?  Or maybe wrap them up to add a cute touch to a hot chocolate gift? Regardless of what you do with them, they’re awesome because they involve chocolate and peppermint! :)

Here’s how to make simple Candy Cane Reindeer:

INGREDIENTS

  • 24 small Candy Canes
  • 12 Hershey Kisses
  • 12 Red Candy Decorations (like Red Hots or M&M’s)
  • 24 Candy Eyes
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Candy Melting Chips
  • 1 White Candy Melting Chip

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a cutting board or cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Heat chocolate candy chips by microwaving for 30 seconds stirring and repeating until melted.
  3. Take 2 candy canes and dip the bottoms (straight parts) in chocolate and shake off excess.
  4. Place together on wax paper so hooks of each go off in opposite directions.
  5. Place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss on the chocolate covered canes.
  6. Repeat for remaining canes.
  7. Using a toothpick, take a dab or melted chocolate and glue the red candy on top of the kiss as the nose.
  8. Using a toothpick, take a dab or melted chocolate and glue on the eyes.
  9. Take the white chocolate chip and place on wax paper and heat in microwave for 15 seconds.
  10. Take another toothpick and paint a white mouth on each reindeer.

Are you going to give these Candy Cane Reindeer a try?