Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2017

Hi everyone!

Sorry I’m a little late with this post, I just couldn’t seem to get organised this week!

I thought I’d share a few tips to make elf on the shelf a little easier this year and I will also be posting what our Elfie gets up to every day!

1. I found the best way to make this less stressful is to print out a basic calendar on a piece of paper and write in each of the days what I planned on doing with Elfie. I kept in mind days where I wouldn’t have as much time to set up the night before and also days where we had free time so Elfie could bring along an activity for us to do. This keeps things nicely organised and this way I don’t have to try and come up with ideas on the day.

2. Use Pinterest! I found almost all of my Elfie ideas on Pinterest and will adapt them to suit our household and to use things we already have. But if you’re lacking inspiration, Pinterest is the place to look!

3. Keep it simple. Hunter is only 3 so basically anything Elfie does is exciting. But don’t feel pressure to try and “out do” other parents. I know with social media we often feel the pressure to “keep up with the jones'” almost, but try and remember what Elf on the Shelf is really about – keeping the spirit of Christmas alive (and also maybe a tiny bit of bribery for your kids to be extra well behaved – so far it’s working well with Hunter. When he doesn’t want to go to bed or have a nap we remind him that Elfie is watching him and that it will make Elfie and Santa happy if he’s a good boy and has a rest. Some parents won’t agree with this sort of parenting, but each to their own)

4. Have fun with it! There’s no point starting a tradition that is just going to stress you out – so just enjoy it. This is meant to be fun, not stressful!

Every day I will add what we found Elfie doing – hopefully it might give you all some ideas too if you’re stuck! Happy Elfmas!

Day 1 – Elfie’s Arrival (if you’d like to see how I made Elfie’s house – click here to read the blog)

Day 2 – Elfie brings a gift! This is the Christmas LEGO Duplo for this year and Hunter was beside himself with excitement when he opened it!

Day 3 – Elfie TP’d the tree!

Day 4 – Elfie made sprinkles snow angels! Hunter loved this one!

Day 5 – Elfie builds a tower!

Day 6 – Elfie’s hiding in the advent calendar!

Day 7 – Elfie “just hanging out”

Day 8 – Elfie Sleighing the day

Day 9 – Elfie Reading to his Toy friends

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DIY Elf on the Shelf House & Easy DIY Christmas Decor • Kmart Stacking Tree Hacks 2017

Hi Everyone!

I thought I’d start out the first of my Christmas blogs with some DIY hacks using 2 very popular items sold at Kmart this Christmas!

I’ll start with the base as it’s the same for both designs.

Here is what you will need for both hacks;

For the base you will need;

Kmart Stacking Tree – $12

Christmas Themed Wrapping Paper

Scissors

A pen or pencil

Double sided Tape – the Heavy Duty kind

A short length of Battery Powered Christmas Lights (I got mine for $2 at The Reject Shop)

To make the base;

Roll out your wrapping paper and place each part of your Stacking Tree onto the paper, tracing around each one with your pen/pencil. Make sure that you place your Stacking Tree parts the correct way up on the paper so the pattern is displayed properly (you will see below I didn’t do this the first time and had to re-do it, I also didn’t notice until after I’d completed and photographed both designs – super frustrating).

Next, cut out your stencils and place them into each corresponding part of the Stacking Tree. You will need to trim each one down to size, make sure they fit snug but without any creasing or ripples.

Then, place the double sided tape around the edges of the cut out paper, making sure you place it on the backside (non-patterned) of the paper. Remove the tape’s backing and press paper into each part of the Stacking Tree, making sure there are no bubbles or creases.

Now, stack your tree (preferably in the place you would like it displayed to save the trouble of having to move it once you have the decorations inside) and use double sided tape to stick your lights around the edge of the tree, making sure the battery pack ends up at the bottom.

If you’d like the lights and/or Tree to be a permanent fixture, use hot glue to secure each part of the tree together and to keep the lights in place.

Test your lights to make sure they work, then go on and decorate your tree!

Elf on the Shelf House

For the Elf on the Shelf House you will need;

Christmas Elf Door Set – $15

Elf on the Shelf Elf

Any other decorations you’d like to use

A star Christmas ornament

Blue tack

To create your Elf on the Shelf House;

Place the elf door on the bottom level of your house and put your Elf beside it, to show this is where Elfie (that’s what we’ve named our Elf – original I know!) has arrived from the North Pole. If you’d like to, you can always put a bit of double sided tape on the bottom and back of the door to secure it in place.

Decorate the rest of the shelf and the other shelves however you please. We chose to place a star on our top shelf as it made it feel more like a Christmas tree – I just used an ornament I purchased from the Reject Shop and used blue tack to secure it to the “roof”.

I think Hunter will really love this! This is our first year doing elf on the shelf so I wanted Elfie’s entrance to be somewhat grand!

Easy DIY Christmas Decor

For this you will only need a few ornaments/trinkets. I purchased most of these at The Reject Shop but you could get them from any cheap store or even Kmart. I also used some old ornaments I had from a few years ago that no longer fit with the colour scheme of my tree for this year – so that is a great way to save money with this DIY.

This is pretty basic, just place your trinkets and ornaments however you like – again use double sided sticky tape if you’d like things to stay put but if you’re not touching it/moving it around it’s not really necessary. I went with the almost the same design as the Elf house except the bottom shelf had a few different trinkets.

This looks super festive when lit up at night and is so affordable! The best part about this is that you can change it up every year. Just remove last years wallpaper (wrapping paper) and change it out to suit your new colour scheme/design.

Let me know if you do end up trying either of these DIY/Kmart Hacks and please tag me in pictures on Instagram if you do end up trying it! Im a festive freak so I love to see anything creative when it comes to Christmas Decor.

I’ll have 2 more Christmas themed blogs coming up in the next week so keep your eye out for those! One is Elf on the Shelf themed and the other is a DIY Advent Calendar idea great for kids!

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or ask on any of my social media.

Merry Christmas!

Kimberly Xo

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*This Post is not sponsored by Kmart or the Reject Shop – I just thought this tree was super versatile so wanted to share how I was styling it ❤️🎄

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Toddlers

Hello my lovelies!

With Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, I thought it would be the perfect time to do some crafting with my little toddler. Here is what we came up with.

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Hunter had so much fun creating this cute Love Canvas & Valentine’s Day Card for Daddy, so I thought I’d share how we made them in case you’re in the festive mood tomorrow with your little ones! These are great crafts to do just in general, but are a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your little loves.

  1. LOVE Handprint Canvas

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To create this craft you will need the following:

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  • A4 Artist Canvas
  • Paintbrushes (I recommend getting decent ones, the kids ones weren’t great for painting letters on)
  • Artist Palette for mixing colours (optional)
  • Non-Toxic Paint (we used the Crayola Washable Paint)
  • Glitter

Step 1. Select your desired colours and paint your toddler’s hand with a decent amount of paint, then press their hand onto the canvas randomly until all the paint on your little one’s hand is gone. Repeat with as many colours as you like. Set aside to dry.

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Step 2. Paint the letters LOVE (or any other word you’d like) onto the canvas with white paint. You could also just use PVA Glue instead. Then sprinkle with a good amount of glitter so the letters are completely coated. I suggest painting and adding glitter to one letter at a time to avoid the other letters drying before you get the glitter on them. Set aside to dry & you’re done!

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2. Footprint Heart Card

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To create this craft you will need:

  • White paper
  • Red paint
  • PVA Glue
  • Red Glitter
  • Black Marker Pen
  • 8×8 inch Cardstock in Red

Step 1. Paint your toddler’s left foot with red paint, then carefully press onto the middle of a piece of white paper, angling the toes towards the top left corner of the page. Repeat with the right foot, ensuring the heel of the foot overlaps the first footprint & the toes are pointing towards the top right corner of the page. (This process is a lot easier if you use an art book rather than a sheet of paper. Sit your toddler on a chair and press the book onto their foot in the position you want, rather than trying to get them to do it standing up). Allow to dry.

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Step 2. Once dry, write the following words around the footprints in a heart shape using a black marker pen.

“I love you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes!”

Feel free to replace the little verse with something else if you prefer.

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Step 3. Carefully dot PVA glue onto each toe print and over the entire footprint, then sprinkle generously with glitter and allow to dry completely. (I suggest doing one footprint at a time, to avoid the PVA glue drying before you get a chance to put glitter onto it).

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Step 4. Once completely dry, cut around the words to form a love heart shape. Glue to your your cardstock and allow to dry.

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Step 5. Once dry, add your message to the back. Alternatively, you could frame it and wrap it up as a gift!

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I hope our crafts give you a little bit of inspiration for Valentine’s Day or your next crafting day with your little loves! If you decide to recreate any of these crafts, I’d love to see them! Feel free to tag me on any of the following social media accounts;

Instagram: KimberlyRose_xo

Facebook: Facebook.com/KimberlyRoseMU

or send them to me on Snapchat! My username is Kimberly_xoxx

Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you don’t celebrate it then I hope you  have a wonderful weekend regardless!

Kimberly Xo

 

 

 

Rum Balls {Christmas Series #3}

Man is it hot or what?! I am seriously melting over here. It is currently 12pm and 39°C!!! That’s F%#@ing hot! You can definitely tell Summer starts tomorrow. Which means…..it’s Christmas month tomorrow! I am such a Christmas freak. We set up our Christmas tree on the weekend and will be setting up our Christmas lights this coming weekend. I can’t wait! Now, getting to today’s Christmas themed blog, this is something I think most Aussie’s make around Christmas time, but the recipes are all SO different. The recipe I’m about to share with you is one passed down from my Mum. I grew up eating these Rum balls and they are SO good. I have tried many a different recipe for them over the years but always come back to this one and I feel it is definitely the best (not like I’m biased or anything) and I have never found this exact recipe online {Fun Fact: Mum actually cut it from the side of the Cadbury Cocoa Powder box in the 80’s!}.

To make these Rum Balls you will need the following ingredients;

Ingredients

1 375g tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2/3 packet of Arnott’s Milk Arrowroot Biscuits (if in the US you can use Graham Crackers)

3 tblsp Cadbury Cocoa powder (it is important you use Cadbury cocoa as different cocoa powder has a different taste, so if you want the best you need to use this one – not sponsored, I just really love this stuff!)

2/3 cup dessicated coconut, plus extra for rolling

About 2 tblsp rum – I use Bundaberg Spiced Rum as it has a sweeter taste than the plain rum (leave this out if you are making these for kiddies)

smash biscuits

Step 1: Smash the biscuits into a fine crumb. You can throw them into a food processor if you like (I don’t actually own one!) or you can put them into a large snaplock bag and take all your frustrations out on them with a rolling pin like I have 😉

crushed biscuits

This is how your biscuits should look once crushed.

dry ingredients

Step 2: Add in coconut & cocoa powder and mix through biscuits.

add wet to dry

Step 3: Add in condensed milk and rum (if using) and mix until fully combined.

mixture

Step 4: Cover bowl with cling wrap and place into the fridge for at least 2 hours to set (if you skip this step you will end up with flat, misshaped rum balls)

roll

Step 5: Roll mixture into balls and roll in coconut.

Tip: I wear food safe gloves when doing this otherwise the mixture gets stuck under your nails and I find the coconut itches my skin in between my fingers otherwise. This is a good idea if you are making these for other people too, far more hygienic.

And you’re done!

rum balls

Store in an airtight container lined with baking paper in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (if they last that long!).

These are Soooo good! Seriously one of my favourite Christmas treats. Let me know if you try them out! Also, don’t forget I am running a giveaway! You can find entry details here. Entries close Wednesday at 12am and the winner will be announced in my blog on Wednesday. There will also be another Give away starting on Wednesday which will also be announced in that blog so keep your eyes peeled!

 

Kimberly Xo

Red Velvet Truffles {Christmas Series #2}

Hi everyone! With the festive season fast approaching, I decided to test out a few Christmas party/school break-up friendly recipes. Now this one does take a fair bit of preparation, however it is 100% worth it!

To make these truffles, you will need the following ingredients;

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(Excuse the bicarb soda, I had another recipe in mind when setting up the ingredients)

125g unsalted butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup caster sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

1 tblsp cocoa powder

1 tblsp red food colouring {my husband used 90% of my red food dye for his halloween costume without telling me so I only had 1/4 tsp, definitely don’t skimp on the food dye, as it will effect the christmas-y look of the truffles}

1/2 cup buttermilk {if you don’t want to purchase a carton of buttermilk just for this recipe, just squeeze 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice into regular milk and let it sit for 10 mins, it will have the same effect}

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

150g cream cheese, chopped, at room temperature

2/3 cup Icing sugar

3x 375g bags white chocolate melts

Milk chocolate, melted for decoration

  1. Grease & line a cake tin of your choice. I used a 22cm round cake tin.
  2. Beat butter & caster sugar in a small bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until combined.butter sugarbeat eggs
  3. Add red food colouring & mix through thoroughly so the colour is even throughout the mixture. Beat sifted cocoa into wet mixture – it may curdle at this point, don’t panic, it will come back together once you add the rest of the ingredients.coco and red.jpg
  4. Stir in buttermilk & flour until combined {don’t overmix as it will result in tough cake}mix in flour.jpg
  5. Cook in a moderate oven (180C/365F or 160C fanforced) for about 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Stand for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire wrack to cool completely {this is important, make sure the cake is completely cooled throughout before continuing with the next step}.
  6. Beat cheese & icing sugar in small bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  7. Crumble cold cake into cream cheese mixture & stir to combine.truffle mix.jpg
  8. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls & place on a lined tray {your truffles will probably resemble raw meatballs at this point}. Refrigerate until firm.roll into balls.jpg
  9. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water {ensure the bowl isn’t touching the water as this will cause the chocolate to burn}. Cool slightly, then dip truffles, one at a time into chocolate to coat evenly. Drain off any excess and place back onto lined tray. Refrigerate until set. dip in chocolate.jpg
  10. Drizzle set truffles with melted milk chocolate.

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Extra Step: Place them in a fancy glass, strategically take a bite out of one, set up some baubles and take a picture to post on Instagram to prove to everyone you’re capable of baking a new recipe without it failing completely. No? Just me then? haha

I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe, and as a gift for reading through the entire thing, here’s a little give away, it’s not much but something nice for the little ones (open to Australia & NZ residents only). Check out the details below on how to enter to win an inflatable pool for your little one (pictured). Entries close Wednesday, 2nd December!

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Image credit: Kmart (please note, balls are not included sorry!)

GIVEAWAY – HOW TO ENTER {You must do 1 & 2 to be entered in the give away, the rest are optional but will give you bonus entries into the giveaway. The amount of bonus entries will be listed in brackets beside it}

  1. Like KimberlyRose on Facebook!
  2. Leave a blog comment below with your favourite Christmas Treat!
  3. Like this blog post link on Facebook (1)
  4. Follow me on Instagram @kimberlyrose_xo (2) {leave your username in your blog comment if you do this}
  5. Subscribe to my mailing list (2) {this will notify you when a new blog post is up!}

 

 

 

DIY Cosmetic/Makeup Bag {Christmas Series #1}

Can you believe Christmas is one month away, just one. ONE!!! Anyway moving on….

Seeing as it is getting so close to Christmas, I figured my first DIY gift should be the one that takes the most amount of time to make. Although, if you are good at sewing (unlike myself), you could whip this up in just a few hours once you have all of the materials.

Cosmetic Bag

Because I’m not so great at sewing (that’s an understatement..cough), I asked my fabulously talented sister-in-law Serena from All Things Cotton Fabric to write up a tutorial on how to make her Cosmetic Bags. If you don’t have the time/don’t wish to make one of these yourself but would still like to give one as a gift, head to her Facebook Page and place an order for one for just $18. I will also be including one of these beautiful Cosmetic Bags in my big Give Away in a few weeks time!

Click the following link to download a detailed tutorial (including pictures) on how to make this simple yet useful gift PDF Cosmetic Bag tutorial

That’s it from me for now! I’ll see you again on Friday for another Christmas-y blog {it’ll be a yummy one ;)}

Kimberly Xo

 

Hint: Friday’s blog will have a Give Away attached!

Christmas Series

Hello everyone!

So it’s safe to say I failed the October Blogging Challenge EPICALLY! I was so motivated and determined to see it through, however I found a lot of the topics didn’t relate to me, so I ended up calling it quits on that one! But I have something very exciting to announce…

If you know me in person, you will know that I am obsessed with Christmas! It is my absolute favorite time of year. I love decorating & buying gifts, making festive treats etc. so I figured, why not do a blog series on my favorite thing?! Starting next week I will be posting 2 to 3 blogs weekly with recipes, DIY decorations & DIY gift ideas to get you in the festive mood. A lot of the recipes & gift ideas would make fantastic teacher’s gifts too.

But that’s not all… I will also be running a few Giveaways! Yep you read right, few as in plural! One will be a children’s gift (which will be particularly good for the hot weather!), one will be a mini pamper set and the last one will be a big collective giveaway of a few different things! Most of which will be featured here on the blog! That’s right, you could be in the draw to receive some of my HAND MADE gifts!

The first Give Away will be announced at the end of next week within one of my blog posts, so make sure you are keeping an eye out for them if you’d like to enter!

Kimberly

Xo