Christmas ideas

Remember when I wrapped my son’s lunch for his Birthday? We just did it for Christmas and he LOVED it.

Wrap your child's lunch in Holiday paper for a fun surprise.

Need some last minute Stocking Stuffers? These socks are the cutest in town.

Socks are the cutest stocking stuffer

Wood Ornaments Tutorial

DIY Wood Plaque Ornaments20 Days of Kid-Made OrnamentsIn our home, we have been trying to focus on the meaning behind the season. In my efforts to stick with that theme, we created some ornaments that had reflected the gift of that first Christmas. Our kids had a lot of fun with this craft. It is definitely for an older child though as my youngest is 6 and oldest 12. This post will be added to a series from 50 bloggers called 20 Days of Kid-Made Ornaments. You can also check our the other adorable ideas from these other bloggers on the group Pinterest board.


  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • sponge brush
  • wood rectangles
  • Vinyl or sticker letters
  • Stamps and ink

Trace wood rectangles onto patterned paper and cut out.

Add a layer of Mod Podge with sponge onto wood. Mod Podge

Then stick paper on top of wood and add another layer of mod podge on top. Allow to dry.drying

Several choices for adding words. Vinyl, Paint, or Stamp.

  • Vinylfromdiecutmachine- I cut out vinyl stickers from my silhouette machine with the words my kids chose for their ornaments. Then transferred them to contact paper.

    Transferring vinyl to contact paper

  • Stickers – You can print sayings off of your computer on sticker paper and cut them out
  • Paint words by hand
  • Hand stamp as seen below ( I was inspired by hand stamping from the Swenglish Home)hand stamping DSC_4177Use a staple gun to attach a ribbon to the back.DSC_4181DIY Wood Christmas Ornaments - the House of Hendrix

I found the imperfection of the kid’s hand stamping quite charming and I love how my daughter did words like JOY in red.DIY Wood Christmas Ornaments - the House of HendrixDIY Happy Birthday Jesus ornamentDIY Joy Wood plaque Christmas ornamentsPrince of Peace - DIY Wood Christmas Ornaments

DIY Wood Christmas Ornaments - the House of HendrixWant some more fun ideas? Check out our holiday boards on Pinterest.

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35 Gifts that inspire Adventure in Boys

Help your kids put down the electronics and inspire a little adventure in your backyard this summer!

I like toys that don’t make noise or break easily. I seek gifts that  foster an adventurist spirit in my children and encourage activity and relationship between people.

If you have a son and know me in real life, I have told you about my deep LOVE for JM Cremps–  the boy’s adventure store. The majority of the toys in our home are from this family-run business out of Minnesota. It’s been my one-stop Christmas shopping spot for the past 3 years. For that reason, many things on this list are from there because… it’s my AWESOME secret store. Enough about the store, on with the gifts.

My Top Picks to inspire Adventure in boys ( and girls!):

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Slackline - 35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in BoysSlackline

Hot gift this season. Anchor the slackline between 2 trees and balance your way across this narrow strip. The advanced version can even be used with skateboards and skis.

Slackline for beginners -35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in BoysMilitary Surplus Tent $29

Perfect for backyard forts.

35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys

Handcrafted Animal Slingshots$9.99

Choice of 7 animals – My boys spend hours outside trying to knock over cans and hit each other…I mean targets.Hand crafted animal slingshot - (35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys)

Backyard Zipline

So fun for the right backyard.Zipline (35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys)

Medic Bag $12.99

Shockingly popular with my children!! Before I gave these to my kids, I filled them with camo duct tape, bandaids, a wooden (not sharp) pocket knife, a mini first aid kit, a camo water bottle, string and caution tape from the dollar store, and some books on survival in the outdoors and  What to make with Duct Tape They staged “animal rescues”, climbed trees roping off weak branches, and had picnics under strange bushes. They were a huge hit. Every tool in that bag was used to its fullest.

Medic Bag (35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys)

Rubberband Gun – start at $12 

These have been so much fun that I went back to get one for my husband. I bought a pack of extra “ammo” or rubberbands which was a wise investment.

Rubberband Gun (35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys)

Z-Curve Bow and Arrow

This set is made of foam.There is also a Wolverine bow and arrow set for boys more self-controlled than my own.

Bow and Arrow (35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys)Metal Detector

Spend hours searching for loose change and metal treasures. Detects up to 3 feet deepMetal Detector - 35 Gifts that Inspire Adventure in Boys

Young Architect Kit

Design rooms and shapes in 3d design. Great building set for aspiring architects.Younbd Architect kit

Electronic Snap Circuits

  • Contains over 60 Snap-Together parts. Build over 300 exciting projects.
  • Build a Radio, Doorbell, burglar alarm and more

Electronic Snap Circuits. Teach kids how to create electricity

Other favorites:








Some favorites BOOKS:

35 Holiday Gifts that Inspire Adventure in BoysMy favorite Boy's devotional of all time. LOVE50 Dangerous Things you should let your children do.

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