Friday, December 28, 2018

MHCT&M: DIY Family Memory Keepsake Ideas

 Hello everyone and happy Friday! 


  Can you believe that 2019 is only a few days away?! I sure can't! 
The year has flown by and I feel like it should still be March. 

Since the new year is right around the corner I thought I would switch things up a little bit and share with you some great ideas to help your family keep your yearly memories and keepsakes organized so you can look back and remember them for years to come. 


I have always loved taking photos, looking back at photos, and creating scrapbooks but as the years have gotten busier, I don't keep up with my scrapbooks like I used to so I definitely need to start one of these ideas for our family. 

Some of these ideas are ideas that you can implement on New Year's Eve this year and you can look back on them on New Year's Eve next year and others are ideas to do the entire year through. 


 On New Year's Eve or even New Year's Day, have your children fill out this questionnaire and create a time capsule to read a year later and see how their answers have changed. 
You can then collect them as the yeasr go by to see how they have grown.

Here is another, more in-depth, interview that you and your children can fill out at the end or beginning of every year. This would even be great for your children to fill out on their birthday every year. 




Here is another fun activity to do on New Year's Eve that will be fun to look back on year and year and to create a new one.


 Here is an idea the whole family can do all year long. Create a memory jar and any day that a special event or something big happens, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, pull out and read all the memories that are in the jar.

 Do you travel a lot? How about creating memory boxes for each country or state you travel to with special items from the trip inside.

Create a memory box using index cards and write down anything that happened on each day year after year. Place photos in the box to truly remember those special events. 

In the age of digital photography, many photos aren't printed out anymore and they just sit in a file on your computer. Why not make yearly family yearbooks to get those memories printed and bound in a book to look through year and year.


Having a baby or know someone that is, in the new year? Here is an idea on how to create a memory keepsake box for the baby to remember all those big milestones.



Having children in school also means a mound of papers that they bring home from tests to report cards to art work and what exactly do you do with it all?
Here is a great filing system to get all of those paper organized and to make it easy for your child to look back at their hard work each year.

Here is another way to organize school papers. Very similar to the one above but it is slightly different so I wanted to share.

And here again is another similar idea but a few other great ideas are added.

I definitely need to make one of these for each of my girls.


There you have it. With the new year fast approaching, I hope you can implement one of these ideas to help keep all your family memories all in one place to be able to look back on them easily.

Do you have a certain way that you keep track of all your family memories? Please share them in the comments below!

Stay tuned for more tips in 2019!
Have a happy New Year!




Your hostesses,


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Handmade Hangout Party #234

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your family and friends! 
 It is time to start looking toward New Year's  Eve and 2019, SAY WHAT?!?!?!, but first it is time for another Handmade Hangout Party! 

Share all your awesome ideas and be sure to check out some other ideas that catch your eye. Leave a little love on your favorite post, everyone enjoys it! 



You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

 
 
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!



Friday, December 21, 2018

MHCT&M: Children's Christmas Book Gift Guide

This post contains affiliate links. 
 
Hello friends! 
 
Can you believe Christmas is next week?! 
One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to read a different Christmas book every night of December until Christmas. We add a new Christmas book to our collection each year, so sometimes we read 2-3 books a day so we can fit them all in. 
 
I thought it would be fun to share some of our very favorite books with you in this Children's Christmas Book Gift Guide! 
 
 
This Children's Book Gift Guide is a great present source. 
 
 
 How the Grinch Stole Christmas //  Polar Express // The Spirit of Christmas // Snowmen at Christmas // The Legend of Old Befana // The Night Before Christmas // Frosty the Snowman // A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree // The Christmas Baby // Charlie and the Christmas Kitty // A Charlie Brown Christmas // Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree // Merry Christmas, Stinky Face
 
 
This Christmas season I am really working hard to be intentional with my time and not cram too much in. When I do, I end up losing sight of the joy the holiday season brings. One tradition that we kept this year was our nightly Christmas book reading. Because who doesn't love a good Christmas book? 
This gift guide is bound to come in handy for someone on your Christmas shopping list!  

 
  Christmas book traditions  
 
 The Christmas Story // Miracle on 34th Street  //  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer //  How to Catch an Elf // The Advent Storybook // Bear Stays Up for Christmas // Pete the Cat Saves Christmas // God Gave Us Christmas // Mouse's Christmas Gift // Richard Scarry's Christmas Mice // Snow Bunny's Christmas Gift // The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
 
  Favorite Christmas books 
 
 
There are 25 of our favorites and we own most of them (some we check out from the library or read on our Kindle!). 
 
Do you have a favorite? I have too many to list! 
If you have any to add, leave the titles in the comments!
 
 
  
 
 
I love that this Christmas book tradition encourages quality time with our children, don't you? 
 
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas, friends! 
Enjoy your sweet families and your traditions.  
 
 
Your hostesses,
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Handmade Hangout Party #233

Christmas is only five days away and I am not sure how that is even possible but it is true. 
Let's enjoy one last party before all the chaos of the holiday truly begins. 
 
  Have some awesome ideas to share? 
Link them up below and be sure to check out the other great ideas too!  



You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

 
 
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!



Friday, December 14, 2018

MHCT&M: Sewing & Embroidery Gift Guide

 
 Hi friends! I've been gathering up my favorite sewing and embroidery supplies to share with you today! 
 
These are perfect gifts for someone new to sewing or friends that have been stitching for years - it's always nice to have new tools! Or maybe you'll find something to wrap up for yourself under the tree? It's ok - I won't tell Santa. ;)
 
 
  
 
This Sewing and Embroidery Supplies Gift Guide includes things I use every day and also some items on my wish list too! This list includes affiliate links. :)

Tools

 
Wonder Clips are such fun little tools for holding all sorts of things! I use them for quilt binding, hanging quilts and holding paper pieced projects!
  
 
A sharp rotary cutter is a must have for a quilt project and I'm loving this pretty aqua Olfa cutter
 
 
To go with the cute aqua cutter I have this white Christopher Thompson cutting mat on my wish list! It's so bright and pretty! 
 
 
 I collect embroidery scissors like some people collect shoes . . oh wait. I collect those too. But anyway - these are one of my favorite pairs! They are so pretty and soooo sharp! 
 
 
This Sewline Air Erasable Marking pen is my favorite pen to grab when I need to mark something for a quick project like a small embroidery project or half square triangles. It has a nice fine point and the line disappears quickly! 
 
 
I've become rather addicted to having a little pressing mat and mini iron right next to my sewing machine for quick pressing while I'm quilting. This little cutie has worked out perfectly and it is great to travel with too! 
 
 
This Ottlite Lamp is perfect for extra light at your sewing table - plus it charges your phone! 
  
 
How cool is this little Ruler and Tool holder? It comes in lots of cute colors too! 

 

Gifts

Fabric is always a great gift idea for anyone who loves to sew or embroider!
 
 May I suggest some Vintage Adventure fabric? I think the designer would really love that. ;)
 
 
These vintage McCalls notecards are so fun! 
 
 
 How cute is this sewing charm bracelet?! I love the little ruler charm!! 
 
 
These little needle minders are perfect for holding your needle when you aren't stitching! 
  
 
This Quilt Shoppe Mug from Tasha Noel's new store is on my wish list! 
Check out the rest of her shop - there are soooo many cute things!
 
 
This little Gingham Pin Bowl is so cute and perfect for keeping your sewing space tidy!
  
 
I have quite the collection of Maker Valley tshirts but there's always room for one more! 
They have the cutest sewing, quilting shirts and sweatshirts and so much more! 
I Just Want to Stay Home and Sew T-shirt 
 
A copy of Vintage Home Sewing would be perfect for anyone that loves to sew and embroider! 
 
 
Ok so I have to know - what would be on your sewing gift list!! 
Tell us in the comments - maybe we can add to our lists too!! 
 
 
Check back next week for another fun gift guide! 
 
 
 
 
Your hostesses,
 
 
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