Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Eve!  Here's a couple of fun freebies for you!  I didn't think it was going to happen, BUT I got the January calendar done BEFORE Christmas!  Yay for me!  It has cute penguins, snowmen, and snowflakes...everything January is about!  Hopefully, January will bring LOTS of Snow Days for you!  :)

Anyway, here you go...
January Calendar

If you have any little ones at home or have little ones in your family who need some magic reindeer food, here's some images to save to your computer and copy & paste onto address labels.  Then, just stick them onto sandwich baggies.

If you have never made Magic Reindeer Food before, here's what you need...

1. Oats: because that's reindeer's fave food
2. Hot Tamales: batteries for Rudolph's nose
3. Glitter: magic flying dust

We had a reindeer party yesterday for Noah's little friends, and I had them close their eyes and shake it all up to make sure the magic worked!  Take a look at how their eyes were glued on me while I was telling them all about it.

The Pixie Chicks wish you the merriest Christmas EVER!  May God's blessings surround you & your family as you celebrate Jesus' birthday together! 

Oh, & if you're in need of any Christmas miracles, we'll send a little pixie dust your way!  Never stop believing in the magic of Christmas, no matter how old you are!  


Monday, December 19, 2011

Front Porch Charms Giveaway Winner

First of all, please join me in CONGRATULATING Jennifer on officially graduating with her Ed.S. this past weekend!   YAY!!!  Her countless hours of hard work have finally paid off with an amazing accomplishment!  :)

Second, we have a winner of our Front Porch Charms giveaway!...

Congratulations, Cindy!  We'll be in touch asap!  :)

So, I have had family house guests all weekend and am beyond exhausted!  We'll be back soon with some Christmas wrap-up fun:  pics from our tacky Christmas party, January calendar freebie, and maybe some kind of crazy Christmas present to all our fab readers!  Talk soon!  :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Pinterest Ideas

Ok, so I think I mixed up Day 3 and Day 5 of our Pretty Pixie sorry!  My brain is all scrambled with my Christmas to-do list!  So, anyway, I'm on schedule today with my favorite Christmas Pinterest finds.  

I'm planning a Reindeer party for Noah & his playgroup next week, so all my thoughts turn to those cute little deer who pull Santa's sleigh.  

Reindeer Noses from Craft Fairy

handprint ornaments from Simple as That via The Crafting Chicks

thumbprint ornament from little bit funky

treat bag from Lisa Storms
Have a holly jolly day! :)


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Parade of Homes Linky Party

I'm SO excited about this linky party!  I absolutely adore Christmas decor and I can't wait to see yours.  So, grab some hot chocolate, eggnog, candy canes, or whatever Christmas treat you happen to be craving right now, and have some fun!  Let me start the party by welcoming you into my East Tennessee home decorated for the Christmas season!

Here's my front door decked out with my sparkly ice skates, my snowman family, lighted trees and door swag; it's much prettier at night when all the lights are glowing!

My front porch is dressed up with wreaths and a garland swirled with huge old-fashioned Christmas lights.

Inside the door is my entry shelf with my two festive signs, my lighted cottage, my J (usually for our last name; Jackson, but now I say it's for the birthday we're all celebrating...Jesus).  Our elf, Nutmeg, decided to perch here for the day after his flight to the North Pole last night.

Our tree has always been simple, decorated with ornaments that each hold a special memory in our hearts.  Each year, I find an ornament frame for Noah's Christmas picture.  I love seeing how much he is growing & changing with each new year.

Our nativity sits on our bookshelf.  Notice anything missing?  Yep, the baby Jesus hasn't arrived yet.  When my husband was a child, his parents always placed the baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve and he looked forward to seeing Him on Christmas morning.  So, we are continuing that tradition.

Our mantle always holds our Christmas village.  We have collected houses since we've been married.  Last year's family Christmas picture hangs front & center.  

Since Noah's first Christmas, I have bought a new Christmas-y frame for his Santa photo.  I love displaying them all.  

One of my favorite Christmas displays is in my kitchen.  My kitchen is pink, so my little pink sparkly corner makes my happy every day!  

Ok, now it's your turn.  Just write up a post about your decor and link directly to that post.  Here we go!


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Front Porch Charms Giveaway!

One of my friends from school makes these KEYUTE wreaths for all occasions. Practically every teacher in our building has their own personalized wreath for their doorway thanks to Amanda from Front Porch Charms! 
Take a look at some of her work:

So here's how you enter: 
  •  "Like" Front Porch Charms on Facebook
  • Come back to our page and tell us that you did & tell us which wreath you like best. 
  • Make sure you are following our blog---if you already are just leave us a comment telling you  are...and if you're not---WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? 
A winner will be chosen Friday night. When the winner is chosen we will put your name on the blog and email you to notify you of your winnings. 
Good Luck!! 


Monday, December 12, 2011

A Pretty Pixie Christmas

Hello, everybody!  Does anyone else love the movie "Christmas Vacation"?  It has been a family tradition of ours for many years to watch it together, usually on Thanksgiving weekend.  We can all quote it line for line.  Anyway, that's why  I was beyond excited to find dELiA's.  
Today marks the beginning of our Pretty Pixie Christmas.  Take a look at what's in store.

So, today, we have GINGERBREAD FOR SALE!!! In honor of Christmas, Dec. 25, my Gingerbread Mini Unit is 25% off until Friday, Dec. 17 making it $3.00.  It is 19 pages full of new & unique gingerbread activities.  

My Noah loves the "Pinch of Ginger Bakery Menu with Ginger Dollars," perfect for dramatic play, counting money, and restaurant etiquette practice!  We used play dough to create our fantastic desserts for the bakery.  Noah even wanted to wear his apron to be the baker.  So cute!

I want to remember & cherish these memories of playing with my sweet boy forever!  

We would love for you to join our Christmas Parade of Homes linky party on Friday!  All you have to do is take some pictures of your festive home decor  and post about it on your blog.  Then, you can add your link to the party!  We can't wait to see what everyone has done to make your homes Christmas-y!    

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Superpowers Needed!

I'm getting evaluated on Thursday and I'm having the hardest time coming up with short simple activity on a kindergarten level about predicting. We're discussing Reindeer this week and would LOVE it go with Reindeer, but it DOES NOT have to. I would love to hear your ideas and inspirations. Thanks in advance to all my blog friends! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Days of Giveaways

Just stopping in really quick to let you know that we're at Oh' Boy 4th Grade today with a fun 2-prize giveaway!  

Be sure & visit Oh' Boy 4th Grade to enter anytime before Dec. 12 at midnight {12-12 at 12:00 ha!}  You can win...

my brand new mini unit  

AND, a Christmas card file from Jennifer's etsy shop, Create with Savvy Chic

So, go on over there & enter!  
***Stay tuned next week for "A Pretty Pixie Christmas" for some sales, giveaways, and linky parties!  We're ready for some holly jolly FuN!!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remember Pearl Harbor

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Since we just visited Pearl Harbor a few weeks ago while we were in Hawaii, it really means even more to me now.  It was one of the highlights of our trip for me.  Take a look!

Always remember Pearl Harbor, the men who fought bravely, and the many who lost their lives. Thank you also to all the brave men & women who fought for our freedom then & those who do NOW!  

WWII has always fascinated me!  My grandfather (Poppy) was in the Navy during WWII and I always loved hearing him tell stories from his time overseas.  I think I would have loved living in that era because of......the fashion, the romance, & the DANCING!  

Here's a little 1940's inspiration for ya!

Some fun 1940's inspired engagement photos

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Now, here's a real-life 1940's photo of my grandparents

I hope you've enjoyed our journey back in time today to remember such an important day in our history!