Create a LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card!

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When your kids get out of school for Christmas break, they are going to get bored pretty quickly. It is good to have some ideas already prepared for the times that your kids are driving you crazy because they are so bored! One thing that can really keep them entertained is this awesome website that lets you create LEGO Minifigure Family postcards!

I created one of my family and it cracks me up!

It looks just like we got the family all together for Christmas and we turned into LEGO minifigures!

This website is really easy to work with so your kids would be totally fine using it on their own. You can customize each of the minifigures to make them look as much like the actual people as possible. You can choose skin tone, hair and hats, and clothing. You can even add pets to your photo! After you create your minifigures, you can choose what scene you want them to be standing in front of too. You can then choose to save the photo or share it on your social media outlets.

It was so fun to make this and I can’t wait to share it on social media. I think my friends and family will crack up over it. Remember to send your kids over to create a LEGO Minifigure Family of their own as soon as you hear the words “I’m bored” this Christmas break!

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Calendar and Scrapbook of Memories in ONE!

I am an organization snob. There is nothing that speaks to my soul more than a fresh notebook, a brand new planner, or a beautiful calendar! I love penciling in holidays, vacations, and appointments in a new calendar while I think about all of the new, fun memories that will be created that year. Well, both of those things join together in the new Michael’s Recollections Calendar Kit. It is the perfect way to combine your calendar with your scrapbook! It comes with adorable cards to put in different photo slots and stickers for every occasion so you can personalize your calendar while creating a special memory keeping journal all year long.

DIY Calendar

The calendar is really easy to put together because it comes with everything you need!

DIY Scrapbook Calendar

You just put the paper with the tab for each month in the binder, along with a photo sleeve, then the actual calendar.

Scrapbook calendar

After that, it is up to you to personalize it! I think this calendar will be the perfect way to display some of my favorite Instagram photos from the year. The photo slots are almost the perfect size for Instagram photos.

Easy Scrapbook Calendar

You can decorate your calendar with the cute cards they have to put in there with fun sayings and prints like I did for March.

Simple DIY Calendar kit

Or you can put the cards in that require a little more writing. These are perfect for jotting down special memories from the month that you don’t ever want to forget.

Calendar kit from Michaels

Writing down special occasions is really easy too because of how many fun stickers are available in the kit. It will be so fun to add in vacations and any other special things that happen throughout the year to the calendar so that we can always remember them.

The coolest part about this calendar, is not only can it be hung up all year long, but then it folds over and turns into a perfect scrapbook of all of your special memories from the year that you can store on your bookshelf! These calendars would be perfect gifts for Christmas for mom, grandma, or your sister! It is only $39.99 too so it wouldn’t be much of an investment either. The recipient of the gift won’t have to worry about investing a bunch of money into scrapbooking supplies or investing a lot of time into creating a beautiful calendar either because all of the hard work has been done for them already!

This post was sponsored by Michaels Recollections. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

DIY Gold Dipped Feather Ornament

Gold Dipped Feather DIY Ornament

I love getting inspiration from high end fashion pieces and bringing some of that inspiration into my home decor.

That is exactly what I did with my gold feather dipped ornaments! I love all of the gold that keeps showing up on clothing and accessories and I knew I wanted to bring that into my Christmas decor this year. I also am loving all of the feather details I see on shirts, leggings, and jewelry too! What a better way to bring those two elements together than in a Christmas ornament? These ornaments were so easy to make too!

You will need:

*Clear ornament (I used plastic ones from Michael’s)

*White feathers

*Gold spray paint

*Piece of paper

*Painter’s tape

**Optional** Additional accessories to put in the ornament

How to make gold dipped feathers on #feather #christmas

Lay your feathers out in a row. Put the paper on top of the feathers, leaving the top half of the feathers exposed. Tape the paper onto the feathers.

DIY Gold Dipped Feathers on #diy #tutorial

Spray paint the tops of the feathers and let them dry.

Gold dipped feather ornament on #gold #christmas

Stuff the feathers into the ornament. At this point, you can add additional items into the ornaments too. I made one with just the feathers in it, one with pearl strands in it, one with gold balls in it, and one with gold glitter in it! The possibilities are totally endless!

DIY Gold Dipped Feather Ornaments

These ornaments will add just the right amount of glam and sparkle to your tree this year!

Christmas Gift Guide for the Men in Our Lives

It can be hard to shop for men. They say they aren’t picky, but when it really comes down to it, they are. There are so many gift guides out there that are really broad, but not every man likes the same thing. They have different styles too! I created a Christmas gift guide for the types of men in my life that I will be buying for this year and I hope that they offer a little guidance for you too! I have collaborated with Kohl’s a few times in the past and I absolutely love their company and their products. Everything I have chosen is from Kohl’s which is a total bonus because they always seem to have great coupons and deals too so you can rest assured that these items will be at some of the best prices you can find anywhere!

First off, I have my dad to shop for. He can be hard to shop for because when he wants something throughout the year, he just buys it. He is kind of a computer nerd, but he has recently gotten really interested in training for a triathlon. I created a gift guide for him that would hopefully give you some gift ideas for the athletic man in your life!

Gift Guide for The Athlete

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I’m sure that  most of us have a tech savvy man in our lives. I actually have a few in my life. My dad and my husband. However, my husband’s entire life revolves around technology. He is an online teacher and an online student. When he isn’t working on the computer, he gets to hear about my job that revolves around the internet as well. He needs to look nice when he works, but wants to be pretty comfortable because he is sitting at a computer desk all day. It is important to keep his gift guide both tech inspired and full of nice, comfortable clothes. Something that makes Kohl’s the perfect place to shop for him, is they have a pretty large selection of tall sizes! My husband is 6’5” and it is really hard to find him stylish, affordable clothes that actually fit him. Kohl’s is our go to spot for his wardrobe. I will be linking to tall sizes for his gift guide, but almost all of their tall clothes are available in regular sizes too.

Gift Guide for The Tech Lover

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Teenage boys can be really hard to shop for. They have very specific styles that they like or everything they want is way over the budget. My brother is 16 years old and fits both of those categories… he has really a really specific style and everything else he wants is a small fortune. I pulled together a few things that I think he would really like. Hopefully it can help ease your shopping experience with your teenage boys!

Gift Guide for Teens

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What are you getting the guys in your life for Christmas?

Holiday Travel Survival Kit including toys, gum and treats!

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Traveling with your family during the holidays can be a challenge. If you have ever traveled with kids of any age, you know it is hard no matter how old they are! If you have family coming to visit you this holiday season, or if you have a neighbor that you know will be traveling, a holiday travel survival kit may just be the perfect gift for them! I made a holiday travel survival kit that would gear to a family similar to my own. I included treats for the whole family, a coloring book and crayons to keep the toddler busy, a magazine for mom or teenage daughters, a drink for the toddler, and Extra mint gum to keep everyone’s mouths busy during the car ride.

Holiday Travel Survival Kit #shop

Putting this basket together was easy when I just stopped to think about what my family would like. I knew we would love munchies and activities to keep our minds off of the busy road, but most important is the gum!

Wrigley's Extra Mint Gum #shop

While it is fun to have sugary snacks during a road trip, it is important to eat them in moderation. I always like to chew gum to help pass the sugar cravings by. I have always loved Wrigley’s Extra Peppermint gum flavor! I remember my grandma always having that flavor at her house when I was little and I would go steal pieces throughout the day when I would visit her. It was my secret treat that probably wasn’t much of a secret when I would have several sticks of gum in my tiny mouth. When I was in middle school, I was introduced to Wrigley’s Extra Spearmint and Polar Ice. I became a total gum addict. I think it is a middle school trend to have a constant piece of gum in your mouth. I went through my fair share of packages and to my mom’s dismay, a few went through the washing machine too! Wrigley’s Extra gum has been a go to treat for me my entire life. I think it is a great way to get past those tough cravings because it eases them and it is sugar free!

Wrigleys Extra Gum #shop

What is your favorite flavor of Wrigley’s Extra gum? Do you find yourself chewing it more during the winter? I love the feel of the cool mint when it is cool outside!

Holiday Travel Survival Kit Contents with Wrigley Gum #shop

What kinds of things would you put in a holiday travel survival kit for your own family? Remember to keep this idea in mind for the family or friends who are coming to visit you this holiday season! Don’t forget to pack them some Wrigley’s Extra gum while your at it too!

Instagram Photo Christmas Advent Calendar

Instagram Photo Christmas Advent Calendar

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! This year is extra special because it is my daughter’s second Christmas. It is the first year that she is noticing all of the beauty around her that Christmas brings. She loves the lights, the glitter, and the music. She is also starting to learn how to count and loves looking at numbers. I thought that by bringing an interactive advent calendar for our family this season would be the perfect way to help her count and celebrate the fun that we have had all year! Because the advent calendar has 12 days, I tried choosing one photo for each month of the year. It is fun to see what fun memories we have from this year. I chose to have the numbers count up instead of counting down because I am trying to teach my daughter how to count. It was so easy to make! Here is what you need to make your own…

Instagram photo craft

*Picture frame

*12 pictures printed from Instagram. I printed mine from the Printicular app that sends the images to Walgreens to be printed.

*Paper to go in the picture frame

*Paper for the backs of the photos

*Marker. I used a silver Sharpie paint pen.

*Mini clothes pins

*Baker’s twine

Instagram photo Christmas craft

Glue the pictures onto the paper and cut them out. Put paper in the picture frame.

Christmas Advent Calendar Craft

Write the  numbers on the back of the paper.

DIY Instagram Christmas Advent Calendar

Put baker’s twine on the frame and tape the ends on the back of the frame. Clip the pictures onto the twine with the numbers facing forward. Now hang it up and enjoy! I can’t wait to start using it!

Gift Ideas for Baby’s Second Christmas

 Christmas shopping for my daughter has been a lot of fun this year, but it can be hard to find her gifts that are a little more worth while, and not all just fun little knickknacks that she would like for a little bit and then forget about. When I was asked to collaborate with, I knew it would be the perfect place to find great Christmas gifts for baby’s first AND second Christmas! Since my daughter will be celebrating her second Christmas this year, I decided to compile a collection of items that I know she would love and I know would be a little more worth while!

Gift Ideas for Baby's Second Christmas

I was so impressed with and their high quality selection. They are shipping from the UK, but their prices are pretty reasonable, so paying the shipping on top of that isn’t too bad.

Baby's Second Christmas
Aren’t they all great? I can’t get over how cute that little bug to ride on is! It is darling! Those wooden toys are super cute too! When I was browsing, I couldn’t help but fall in love with these items too. They wouldn’t necessarily be appropriate for baby’s second Christmas, but I just HAD to share!
Baby's First Christmas
What are you getting your kids for Christmas?
This post was a collaboration with, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Must Have Holiday Sweaters

I am obsessed with sweaters when it starts getting cold outside. I am also obsessed with finding new shops that I love! I recently found a shop called She Inside that I am LOVING! I almost didn’t want to share this with you because I want it to be my little secret! While I was browsing through some of their sweaters over the weekend, I thought I should probably share my favorites with you so you can get them to wear to all of your upcoming holiday parties! This isn’t a sponsored post. I just want to share some of my favorite sweaters and sweater trends with you fashionistas!

Must Have Holiday Sweaters

Aren’t they all fabulous?! I love the geometric and Aztec patterns that are so popular right now, but I love the other colors besides just black and white that are now becoming available! I absolutely adore faux leather accents on holiday sweaters too! Can we all just agree that these are all amazing?!

What sweater trends are you totally crushing over right now?

Once again, this is NOT a sponsored post. I just want to show you the trends I’m crushing over.

DIY Gifts for Friends and Family!

Hi Girl Loves Glam readers! I’m Jamie, and I blog over at C.R.A.F.T. C.R.A.F.T. is a nifty little acronym for Creating Really Awesome Free Things. I make things for your home (peace sign wreath), wardrobe (painted shoes), kitchen (fried Oreos), and kids (crazy circle art)!

Creating Really Awesome Free Things

The holidays are right around the corner… and obviously I love handmade! So, today I’m sharing hare 9 DIY gifts you can whip up in no time for friends and family this year!

1. For the sentimental gardener: Stepping stones

How to make stepping stones

2. For the puzzle lover: A puzzle cube Creating Really Awesome Free Things
3. For your quirky BFF: A dino planter
Creating Really Awesome Free Things
4. For the game playing kiddo: foam board memory game
DIY gift guide
5. These guys are sure to make anyone smile: dino magnets
Creating really awesome free things
6. For the lover of metallic: cookie tin garland

How to make cookie tin garland

Creating Really Awesome Free Things
DIY gift ideas
9. For the organized jewelry lover: DIY necklace organizer
DIY necklace organizer
Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Do you love paint by numbers? If you like the puzzle cube, dino planter, and dino magnets… here are lots more C.R.A.F.T. projects for you to check out! Oh and if you’re looking for some clever Christmas tree themes or festive Christmas party treat ideas, I’ve got ya covered! Happy holidays!
Thank you so much for sharing these great projects with us Jamie!

Christmas Candy Drum Neighbor Gift + Free Printable

I am excited to be participating in the My Sister’s Suitcase 12 Days of Christmas! There have been some really incredible projects that have represented each of the 12 days.
 I am the closer for the game so I got to create a project inspired by 12 Drummer’s Drumming! Although I can’t sing or play any instrument for the life of me, I can really appreciate music, especially Christmas music. I decided to create a neighbor gift inspired by the 12 Drummer’s Drumming.
 Neighbor gifts are so dang hard sometimes, but giving them a little Christmas drum filled with candy would be the perfect way to help your neighbors power through the holiday season. Here’s what you need to make your own…
*Paint can container (I found mine in the dollar section at Target)
*Glue Gun
First, take the handles off of your containers. They are now drums, not paint cans!
Cut your paper to the same height as your can. Stick the paper inside of your can to line it. Tape the ends of the paper together on the inside.
Put a little dot of hot glue on the can and put your ribbon on it. Do this on the top and the bottom of the can to create a zigzag design on the can. 
Go around 2 times so that your zigzags overlap and create an X pattern on your drum.
Fill your drums up with candy!
Print off the printable tag for your drums.
Glue the tag onto your drum, front and center.
Now you have a cute, inexpensive gift to share with your friends, neighbors, or coworkers that takes little time and effort. That is my kind of gifting! 
Go check out the other awesome projects that were inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas!    

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