Christmas Countdown Blocks | Christmas Printable

here’s a quick and easy Christmas craft you could even get done this weekend.  i teamed up with Vanessa at the Crafty Nest to create these Christmas Countdown Blocks. head over to the Crafty Nest  for the DIY tutorial to create your own Christmas Countdown blocks with a free Christmas printable i designed!

Make Your Own Keepsake Santa Letter | Free Printable

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Christmas is just around the corner, and that means that it is time to get some letters off to the man in red. if your kiddies are anything like mine, they are super excited for Santa to come, and have already decided what they wish for him to bring.

to make this time a little magical, i designed a keepsake Santa Claus Letter Template that you can download, print and put together for the children in your life. you can even mail it.

it’s pretty easy to make, here is how you do it….first, click here to download the Santa Letter printable and print it out on white paper. i chose to print the envelope on cardstock to give. then you will cut the letter and envelope out. next, you will score the 4 flaps so that the envelope is easy to fold up.

Santa Letter Printable_2_Sandy Toes and Popsiclesfinally, glue the envelope together as shown on the photo. this will complete your keepsake Santa Claus Letter.

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here is the finished product. i love how festive and fun it turned out. i really like the idea of keeping my kids letters they write to Santa as keepsakes for when they grow older. it is fun to look back on your childhood and remember the magical moments of being a kid at Christmas.

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click here to download the Santa Letter printable.


and check out my other fun Christmas ideas


Gingerbread Pancakes. Yummy.

today i made pancakes from scratch, which i have never done before. plus, they were Gingerbread Pancakes in the shape of gingerbread boys! i was surprised at how easy and delicious they turned out. not too sweet with the perfect amount of gingerbread flavor.

here was my inspiration.

a gingerbread boy shaped bottle of maple syrup that i picked up this weekend at Cost Plus World Market. they were so cute that i got a few that will be paired with cans of gingerbread pancake mix for teacher’s gifts this year.

i took a small measuring cup to carefully pour the batter in the shape of gingerbread boys on the griddle. it took a few times, a few oddly shaped gingerbread boy pancakes, and tries at turning them….but i got the shape and cooking time down. and i must say i improved my pancake making skills about 51%. it made a happy morning.

♥ Gingerbread Pancakes 

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

♥ in a bowl, stir together dry ingredients. add the rest of the ingredients and stir just until combined.
♥ heat griddle on stove.
♥ pour onto griddle.
♥ cook on first side until puffed, full of bubbles and dry looking around edges.
♥ turn and cook until second side is browned.
(i found the first pancake was a bit difficult to pick up and turn. the rest worked out pretty good.)

 butter hearts 

if you thought i was crazy for cutting little butter pats into hearts well…..actually, it’s very easy. a few straight cuts off the edges of a slice of butter and then a smoothing of the edges and whala! butter hearts 


all gone. or as baby says “gone gone.”

 happy eating!
jill, jack, kyle & vann

{participating in vanessa’s crafty nest, creation corner & funky polkadot giraffe linky parties!}

12 days of crafts: Snow Globes!

i have exciting news for sandy toes and popsicles….

have you ever been to Ucreate with Kids blog? well if you haven’t, you need to go check it out! there are tons of fun projects and inspiration for activities to do with the kiddies. and the exciting news is that today, sandy toes and popsicles is a guest blogger over at Ucreate with Kids!!! i am super flattered to get to get to be a guest over there.
so if you want to check out my tutorial on how to create these fun Baby Food Snow Globes, head on over to Ucreate with Kids. there are step by step instructions on how to make them. me and the kiddies had so much fun.
{participating in Made by You Mondays!}

Cookie Advent Calendar

hey everyone! it has been a while since i have shared any crafts. blame it on mommy responsibilities and an active baby who lives in a house that has not been baby proofed. (i just gotta get all these little toys from my big boys put away….or at least get my playpin back!)

so, i thought i owed it to everyone to do a month of holiday crafts. now…..i am going to call it the
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12 days of crafts!
i really think this is going to be fun!
today i am sharing craft #1:
Cookie Advent Calendar
(which can just as easily be a candy advent calendar….or anything else you would want to make into an advent calendar)
i actually like to make this for my kiddies about two weeks or 12 days before Christmas because the cookies start to go stale. but you could just as easily use candy….or make it countdown to the new year.
Here is what you need:
Plastic Wrap
Safety Scissors
Candy Cane Wreath (hard to find, but i found them at Michael’s)
Cookies (my choice is the Pepperidge Farm Ginger Family Cookies)
step 1
roll out plastic wrap long enough to layout your cookies with 1-1/2″ between each….plus you need about 3″ of overhang of plastic wrap on the top and bottom.
step 2
lay your cookies (i used twelve) down the center of the plastic wrap. (remember to leave 1-1/2″ between each)
step 3
carefully fold each side of the plastic wrap over the cookie. try not to make a lot of wrinkles. if you can. this will make a tube of cookies.
step 4
fold the top overhang of plastic wrap around the candy wreath. tie the ribbon around it to create the top hanging part of your cookie advent calendar.
step 5
continue to tie ribbons between each cookie and at the bottom
step 6
tie your safety scissors to the candy wreath
step 7
whala…you have your cookie advent calender. now, hang it up, and enjoy a cookie each day till Christmas or the New Year!