Candy Cane Hunt

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The weather was so pretty yesterday! The mild temperatures and bright blue skies were calling us outside. How could we resist! Normally the children have the best time dreaming up all kinds of pretend play while I rake endless piles of leaves but I wanted to do a little something extra for fun. We picked up a box of candy canes on our grocery run Sunday night and I pulled them out to play a fun game we’ve played for a couple years now- Candy Cane Hunt!

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It’s sort of a twist on the Easter egg hunt tradition. Instead of hiding eggs I hide candy canes throughout the yard, hanging on low tree branches, or toys. The girls had a blast finding as many as they could! My little man was content to break open and eat the first one he saw. :)

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This is such a cozy time of year. The house is so warm and inviting to stay snuggled up but we’ve wanted to get out more. Soak up the Winter sunshine and expend all the energy we can. If you’re looking for a fun way to get out and play this would be such a fun idea! Normally I’ll go out and hide the candy canes while they nap and then it’s a super fun surprise when they wake up!

How are you getting out to play lately? Or what are your favorite holiday games? I always love hearing your ideas too!

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you know me you know I l-o-v-e Christmas time! You know what else I love? Sending out happy mail! I have so enjoyed your friendships and support in this little space and I’m thrilled to share I’ve partnered up with some of my most favorite small businesses to bring you 12 Days of giveaways.

Starting on Monday, for the next 12 week days I’ll share a different giveaway each day. I’m so excited to introduce you to some of my favorite tools, resources, and treasures! Best of all I’ll get to send them to 12 winners to get to enjoy them in person! Be on the look out for daily postings! There’s no limit so feel free to enter them all. All giveaways end on Wednedsay, December 12 and packages will ship out the following day! Hopefully they’ll arrive in time for Christmas! How super fun is that!?

Here are some of the great treasures you’ll find in the giveaways:

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Color + Kindness: A-Z Bible Truth Cards

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Tales of Buttercup Grove: a full set of books

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Crafty Lia: a handmade crayon roll

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Daily Grace Co: Children’s Study + a FULL set of their scripture cards & conversation cards.

….plus 8 others coming your way soon!

Be sure to follow me @little.learner on Instagram to participate and win!

JOY Filled Family Christmas

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Thanksgiving is a little over a WEEK away and Christmas is just around the corner! Who’s excited!? I know we are!

I’ve been sharing on my Instagram about our JOY-Filled Family Christmas and wanted to elaborate on it a little more here! While I am a giant fan of all things crafty and creative I recognize that the holidays are so full that there are days I barely catch my breath much less pull out our “make things” box. :) Instead of adding pressure to do, go, make, or feel stressed I wanted to encourage you this holiday season! The JOY-Filled Family Christmas set is a tool to use as you spend time just being together as a family. And what better way than by pointing your family back to the very reason for the season!

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The cards encourage families to begin by singing! Music, however “joyful” the noise :) may be is a perfect way to begin the time together. Each card has a suggested Christmas carol to sing. As we get a little closer to December I’ll be sharing my Christmas carol playlist- some of my favorite renditions of the songs both old and new! :)

In my little family this year we’ll continue to read the Jesus Storybook Bible. This is how we begin most days but in December we’ll have a special focus on the story of Jesus’ birth. I’ve had such a longing in my heart to invite my children in to the inspired scripture of the Holy Bible. I want them to hear God’s word directly from Him and so I was inspired to create a reading plan for the holidays. I included the background to the Christmas story and broke it down in to manageable sections to read with little ones.

To follow up with the reading the cards have one question. This can be a launching pad for further discussion or there’s full freedom to let the questions rest rhetorically in the minds of your family members.

As you finish the time together you’ll find a simple prayer of praise on the last section of the card.

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The thoughts and ideas of little ones are incredible! Setting aside time each day throughout the holiday hustle and bustle is a worthwhile investment in the hearts of your littles. Consider joining us for the JOY-Filled Family Christmas! There is absolutely no prep and only takes a few minutes each day, but it’s a beautiful way to slow down and point your family to the true hope and joy that Christmas brings! God promises in scripture that His word is powerful and effective (Isaiah 55:11.)  What a joy to see the power of scripture in our hearts and homes! May this Christmas be the sweetest one of all! 

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