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Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

It's November, which to many over-enthusiastic holiday lovers means CHRISTMAS! Yes, I love Thanksgiving as well—it's just one big holiday celebration for me from now to the end of the year. So far, I've refrained from putting up my Christmas tree, but that doesn't mean I can't prepare, right? This past weekend, I spent some time making some ornaments. I love to create handmade ornaments to add to my little tree each year. 
Lately I've been interested in popsicle stick crafts. I found some super cute ideas on Pinterest (see the links to my Holiday Crafts and Food board and specific posts below). I like that such a simple material can have so many possibilities. Just add paint and glue!
I was able to get my kids involved for part of my craft day. They are ages 2 and 3, so they didn't do much beyond just paint a few popsicle sticks. I turned these painted sticks into little Santa Claus ornaments—two for each daughter as they're bound to ruin some of them …

My Autumn Baby Shower

On Saturday, I was given a fabulous baby shower to celebrate the upcoming birth of my first child. (It's getting close!!) It was so much fun, and I was a very happy camper.



The party had an autumn theme—perfect for someone who loves fall as much as I do. My mom did a beautiful job with the decor. The tables were set with fresh seasonal flowers and autumn hues. The menu was a brunch buffet of donuts, muffins, hot chocolate, and chowder. Baby girl owl-themed paper goods brought a bit of cuteness to the party.

My small contribution was the favors. I made little s'mores kits, each containing some mini fudge grahams, miniature marshmallows, a toothpick, and tealight. I called them "baby" s'mores. ;)



I owe special thank yous to several people—

-My mom for being the main organizer of the shower, as well as all the help she has given me so far. She is going to be such a great Oma, and little Adelaide will be spoiled for sure!

Me and Mom


-My sisters and aunts for helping out with food and games.
-My friend Betty for creating such cute invitations.
-And to all the others who came out to celebrate with me, and to those who couldn't make it but sent along gifts and well wishes anyway.

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group of family and friends to support me in this new chapter in my life.

Niki


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