artsy-fartsy mama: December 2016

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here and hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week!

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It's always hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Free Printable 2017 Calendar by Clean & Scentsible
Mac and Cheese Cups by Simply Stacie
Salty & Sweet Handlettered Chip Bowl by Sparkle Living
Chocolate Peppermint Croissants by The Bitter Side of Sweet
Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling by Brooklyn Farm Girl
DIY Snowman Candle by Totally the Bomb
French Silk Pie by Our Table for Seven
Colorful Confetti Coasters by Petticoat Junktion

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the possibilities of the new year ahead. Traditionally, we set resolutions and goals to work on for the next 365 days (or so), others come up with "one little word" as a type of motto to live by. I've never had much luck with resolutions, so this year I wanted to be able to really stop and take some time to reflect on the things that have happened over this past year.

Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions

These New Year's Eve Reflection Questions aren't so much questions as they are prompts to get you and your family, friends, and/or party guests talking about this past year and hopes for the new year! It's a fun way to bring back some moments you may have forgotten, and to get to know each other a little better. Kids will also have a fun time hearing funny or interesting stories, and sharing their own!

Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions

I'm sure we all spent a lot of time sharing memes, jokes, and watching strange and hilarious viral videos along the way. That's why I made sure to throw in a few cards so you can keep sharing the laughs. You never know - you might have a guest who missed out on Chewbacca Mom or how Ted Kruz looks like Kevin from The Office!!

Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions

There are 36 cards in this Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions. Print the cards on cardstock, cut, and place in a hat or bowl for you and your New Year's Eve guests to choose from and answer.

Download Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

Free Printable New Year's Eve Reflection Questions

I'm really excited to get these cards out at our New Year's Eve party this weekend and hear all the different answers shared from my friends and family about their year. 

What's one word you would use to describe the past year?


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here and hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week!

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It's always hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Peppermint Tree Toppers by A Thoughtful Place
White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse by Cooking on the Front Burners
Note to Santa Door Hanger Printable by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
Iced Christmas Sugar Cookies by The Monday Box
Plaid Sugar Cookies by My Mommy Style
DIY Kitchen Towel Wine Bags by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Eggnog Pancakes by Lipgloss and Crayons
DIY Terra Cotta Gingerbread Man by The Country Chic Cottage

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

Celebrate with Hershey’s Kisses Kissmas Sweater Chocolates with friends in these free printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes!

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Whether you’re throwing an ugly sweater bash, snuggled up on the couch, or sharing with friends as a gift, Hershey’s Kisses Kissmas Sweater Chocolates are sure to keep you warm with delight. These free printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes are the perfect size to fill with Hershey’s Kisses to create a perfect gift for kids to share with friends and their teachers, as well as for you to share with co-workers and neighbors!

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

First, print out the Christmas Sweater Gift Box you want to use on heavy cardstock and cut out the box along the edges. 

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Grab a craft knife and carefully cut out the openings on the box handles. Now your box is ready to be assembled.

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Use a scoring tool and a ruler to crease the cardstock along the dotted lines (on the front). Fold along the lines for crisp edges.

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Add some tape from a tape runner or use some glue along the tab on the right side of the box template. Fold the box together and place the tab underneath the left edge of the box and press firmly so that the gift box will hold.

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

To close the bottom of the box, fold down the "U" shaped tab first.

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Next, fold down the two "L" shaped tabs.

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Lastly, fold down the last tab and gently push the edge of the tab under the "U" shaped tab. Now the gift box is complete and ready to be filled!

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Print and construct as many gift boxes as you need to share with family and friends this holiday season. There are three colors available: red, blue, and green. Each gift box also comes with a coordinating gift tag!


Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

Fill the gift boxes with Hershey’s Kisses Kissmas Sweater Chocolates, and top with some tissue paper to put the gift together. Don't forget to add the coordinating gift tag! 

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

You can also find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures in holiday foils that would look really cute in these Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes and they fit perfectly!

Free Printable Christmas Sweater Gift Boxes filled with Hershey Kisses!

The Hershey Company will offer several festive treats exclusively at Walmart this holiday season that will inspire new ways to deck the halls and trim the tree, including limited-edition “ugly sweater” foils on the classic Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures in holiday foils, a three-pound Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, giant Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates and a one-pound Reese’s Peanut Butter Santa, allowing you to make your season extra-merry!

How will you Celebrate with Hershey's Kisses Kissmas Sweater Chocolates?

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Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club


Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club!

Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club #MooseHolidays16

My daughter has a Shopkins obsession. These little guys are filling up our house fast, and as a parent, I don't mind at all. They are adorable, have creative names, don't take up too much space, and most importantly, my daughter absolutely loves them.

Shopkins Chef Club is the sixth and newest season of Shopkins, which allows your child to collect characters in a whole new way! With categories like Family Food, Breakfast, Sweets and Bakery, and all new finishes like “dazzling” and “glitter” and even a color-changing Shopkins, how can you say no?!

Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club #MooseHolidays16

For some extra fun, each Chef Club character comes with a QR code on the bottom or back that can be scanned with the Shopkins Chef Club app, which will bring the characters to life! There are over 100 new character ingredients in this season that can be combined with other characters to make all new recipes.

Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club #MooseHolidays16

The new season features playsets, like the Hot Spot Kitchen, that all connect together to build a Chef Club world. The kitchen comes with 2 Exclusive Shopkins and a recipe book. You can take Shopkins for a spin in the microwave, and "cook" up a treat in the oven! The shelves, cupboards and drawers are just right for storing your recipe books and Shopkins.

Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club #MooseHolidays16

The Hot Spot Kitchen is the perfect size for Chef Club Shoppies: Donatina, Jessicake, Bubbleisha and Peppa-Mint! All the Shoppies come with two Shopkins, a VIP card, and removable shoes, apron and hair accessory. They make the cutest little chefs with all the Shopkins in the Chef Club Kitchen!

Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club #MooseHolidays16

The Sparkle Clean Washer is another fun playset that can be combined to create the Chef Club Kitchen! Keep your Shopkins clean as they soak in the sink, then let them dry off on the dish rack - or clean them the easy way in the dishwasher with removable racks! There are lots of cupboards and drawers for you to store Shopkins in, and also includes a Shopkins recycle bin. Like the Hot Spot Kitchen, this playset comes with 2 Exclusive Shopkins and a recipe book!

Encourage Creative Play with Shopkins Chef Club #MooseHolidays16

My daughter loves making AND watching "unboxing" videos. She had so much fun opening this Shopkins Chef Club haul and making this unboxing video to share with all of you!


Because they encourage such imaginative play, Shopkins are the perfect holiday gift! From collectables to crafts, Moose Toys has every kid on your holiday list covered!

What do you/your kids love about Shopkins?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday! I'm so glad that you are here and hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week and to get inspired by everyone else.

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It's always hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Vintage Style Winter Wonderland Wreath by Flamingo Toes
Slow Cooker Orange Pomegranate Cider by Finding Zest
Easy Mini Hoop Ornaments by Busy Being Jennifer
Rudolph Sugar Cookies by Premeditated Leftovers
Frosted Sugar Cookie Fudge by Kleinworth & Co.
Snowman Handmade Christmas Ornament by Petticoat Junktion
Peanut Butter Popcorn by 3 Boys and a Dog
"Let it Snow" Christmas Wreath by The Happy Housie

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

A few guidelines:
  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Word of Mouse Book Review

Thanks to JIMMY Patterson Books for the opportunity to share this great book. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Word of Mouse book review and giveaway! #WordofMouse

When I say that my daughter loves to read, I mean that she really loves to read. At night, we have to take books away or else she will stay up way too late because she just can't put her books down! When she heard about the opportunity to help me review the latest JIMMY Patterson book, she couldn't wait for it to arrive. Jacky Ha-Ha and the Treasure Hunters series are some of our favorite JIMMY Patterson books to read together, so we knew right away that Word of Mouse was sure to be wonderful.

Word of Mouse book review and giveaway! #WordofMouse

Recommended for ages 8-12, Word of Mouse is an illustrated story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein that follows the illuminating journey of a very special mouse, and the unexpected friendships that he makes along the way.
What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky—which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right—Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans...if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls, and terrified people, it's hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.
About James Patterson:
James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, he has created a new children's book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: "We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, 'PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’”

Word of Mouse book review and giveaway! #WordofMouse

One of my favorite things about this book are the inspirational quotes at the beginning of each chapter. We went through the book together when we were done and picked out some of our favorites. Then we wrote them down on magnetic speech bubbles to display on the fridge so we can read them every day! One of my personal favorites is "Words have no muscles, but they are strong enough to break a heart." Such a great quote for kids this age!!

Word of Mouse book review and giveaway! #WordofMouse

My daughter's favorite quote from Isaiah was "No team works without teamwork!" We highly recommend reading Word of Mouse with your kids or getting them to read it on their own. It is such an inspiring story with a lot of adventure and lessons to be learned along the way!

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“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores

Thanks to At Home for helping me "Elf the Yard" this year! #AtHomeStores #MyReason

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

For Halloween, it has become a tradition for our family to "Boo" our friends and family. For the first time ever, we are carrying that tradition into the Christmas holiday by surprising my sister! She and her husband work so hard, so they were the first people I thought of who deserved a bunch more holiday cheer.

We teamed up with At Home to "Elf the Yard" with outdoor Christmas decor while my sister's family was away. We had a great time decorating their yard and their reactions were priceless!


“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

We arrived while they were away from home so that we could ensure the shenanigans would be a surprise. First things first, we plugged in some extension cords and figured out where everything was going to be placed.

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

This Santa on Bicycle is such a fun and eye-catching inflatable. Measuring at 72 inches tall, you will need to make sure to stake it down (the pieces are included) so that it doesn't blow away! The best part about this is that when the holidays are over and it's time to deflate it, the inflatable fits right back into the box is comes in!

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

Next we set up the Inflatable Christmas Tree. Just plug it in and watch it go! This measures at 6.5 ft tall and has lights inside so it looks festive and fantastic a night!

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

My daughter wanted to choose some of the decor, and her pic was this adorable Rudolph Inflatable. She was in charge of getting it set up (with a little help) and wanted him to look perfect for the big reveal! He's 3 feet tall with a glowing nose, and is definitely a favorite for kids!!

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

To light up the walkway, this 5 Piece Lit Frosted Shimmering Snowflakes are just right! The Santa Stops Here Yard Stake adds some sparkle with glittered letters and just looks so cute!!

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

With everything finally set up, all we had to do was wait for the lucky family to get home!!

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

Seeing my nephew's reaction as they pulled in the driveway was my favorite thing ever! Made this whole experience totally worth it.

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

You can also grab traditional Christmas Lights and Snowflake Lights to make your home shine bright during the holidays as well. At night, their house looks even more gorgeous and festive for the season.

“Elf the Yard” with At Home Stores #MyReason #AtHomeStores

We had such a fun time "Elfing" my sister and her family. Check out #MyReason from At Home to get inspiration to decorate your own yard or to surprise someone else you know to bring some holiday cheer!

What do you think of "Elfing" someone's yard?