Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe


Yesterday was a dark cold day & I would have loved to take Magnolia & Valentine for a long walk. We were all craving some fresh air, but we were limited to indoor fun. While Magnolia was napping I made her some Christmas inspired red & green play dough! She's never played with it before & I just knew she'd love it. I added some Rocky Mountain essential oils to make it smell sweet with hints of rose & vanilla.

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"First we'll make snow angels..."

"First we'll make snow angels..."


15 days until Christmas! 15!!! How is that so!?! I feel like this month is going by so fast, but we're trying to soak up all the magic as much as we can. We've watched all the Christmas movies cuddled up on our sofa by the twinkling lights & Polar Express is the one Magnolia seems to enjoy the very most. She's scared of the train, but equally intrigued by it. Last Friday night she took this very unusual late afternoon nap & slept until the sun went down. She never ever EVER does that & I just knew that was our one & only opportunity to take her to Christmas in the Park. It took us over an hour to get inside the park & once we did she was absolutely blown away by all the thousands of twinkling lights. Magnolia got her first hair cut & had her first play in the powder white snow. The way she laughed as she fell into the soft snow to make a snow angel will forever be part of my heart. Her puppy Valentine is by her side at all times & they're bond is the classic "a girl & her dog" type - the sweetest. Magnolia is my shopping buddy & can literally go all day long! Glitter reindeer purse is on her shoulder at all times. Festive attire is already on point with my girl!  We spent three+ hours at Ikea getting Christmas gifts to stock her play kitchen & she didn't fuss once. She loves Costco samples & one of the photos below was snapped right before she got pretty upset with the chocolate all over her fingers & face. So she likes to shop & she hates to be dirty. Ummmmm, she got that from me! We still have plans to go to Union Station, dinner on the Country Club Plaza & a cookie decorating + gingerbread house making party with my sisters & their babes. I'm sure we'll add in some other festive stuff while Ryan is on his Christmas vacation. We are skipping a visit to Santa this year because she doesn't want anything to do with sitting on some strange man's lap (cannot blame her for that one!). I feel a little bad that I haven't got around to making our family Christmas cards this year (and it just may not happen), but you know what we cannot do it all & enjoy the things we are doing. That's the my motto for the rest of December, we're going with the flow, doing a bunch of festive stuff & soaking up all the joy along the way!
























"First we'll make snow angels for two hours, then we'll go ice skating, then we'll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can, & then we'll snuggle!" - The Elf

May the rest of your December be Merry!
xo
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Christmas Favorites

Christmas Favorites


If I owned a barn it'd look just like this pink beauty! And in it I'd throw grand Christmas, Valentine, Easter & Birthday parties each year.

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Christmas finds, from shopping to decor to baking.

Photo via @jackiegreaney

In the winter I always love to give & receive the softest blankets, because it is hot chocolate & cuddle season after all. This chunky throw blanket is so warm & cozy!

Remember Grandma's old paper tv guide? Well here is a modern day version for all your Christmas movies! 

The cutest pastel + pink Christmas wrapping paper

Put this on your Target grocery shopping list if you want to take your hot chocolate up a level! 

"We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, & syrup!" -Elf 
This peppermint crunch puppy chow will be addictive & peppermint candy ornaments for the festive DIYers. I've never made a roll cake before, have you? This Christmas vanilla roll cake with all that buttercream icing looks AMAZING! I will certainly be making these pink cookies in December. 

Hair scrunchies have made a comeback. The floral multi color combo are my favorite & a perfect gift for your sisters & girlfriends! 

On the hunt for a red dress for the holidays? I'm loving all of these! This knit sweater is all the craze & so perfect for the cozy holiday season. 

If you need Christmas gift ideas I've put together some of my favorites on Amazon. The coffee table you'll find on the Home gift guide looks just like most popular one from West Elm & it's only $75! The Gift Guide for Her is full of treasures - I've had my eye on that pink cake stand for a year now. And of course make sure you look at all the sweet finds for the kids & men in your life. 

Enjoy all the holiday sparkle & hot chocolate + Hallmark movies you can handle!!! 

xo
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Sugar Plum Fairy

Sugar Plum Fairy


My morning coffee is sipped by the twinkling Christmas lights as I daydream-up her pastel rainbow inspired birthday party. The merry mood of the holidays will forever be her party muse. She's just two months shy of her second birthday & "two" just happens to be a word she uses often.

We've had dance parties in our living room every single day since she learned to walk. It's the most fun & the best workout. Alexa was a happy addition to our home!

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Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018


We woke up to a blanket of snow this morning & I believe it's the perfect start to the "official" Christmas season. The Smith house started the Christmas festivities soon after Halloween, but that's just because we don't believe there is enough time in the year to celebrate the jolliest season of all. We are all about combining turkey + Santa around here!

We can't jump into sharing all the Christmas festivities without a little recap of our Thanksgiving! This year may have been the very best Thanksgiving ever. We got to enjoy a little bit of it all. All the fun started on Wednesday afternoon when Ryan's vacation began. I baked pecan pie with Magnolia's help, truth is she helped for about two minutes before she ran off to watch Home Alone for the 100th time, but it was fun to have her up counter level as I explained each step. I know as she grows her help in the kitchen will too.

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