Build Your Own Snowman Kit: a holiday classroom gift

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There is so much joy in giving and I want to teach my children all about that joy now when they are young. During the holiday season there are so many opportunities to give, so it’s the perfect time to involve the kids. A classroom gift was a natural way to incorporate giving since we love our school family and want to celebrate the holidays with them. My six-year-old daughter helped me assemble and test out our Build Your Own Snowman Kit gift and she is so excited to hand them out to her classmates before the winter holiday break.

When thinking about what we wanted to give, we decided to avoid a sugary treat since they are already so abundant this time of year. We also wanted to stick to a winter themed gift to be sure to include all of our friends that celebrate different holidays in December. With the 2 week winter break from school, I thought parents might appreciate an activity that would keep little hands busy for some time. And thus, the Build Your Own Snowman Kits were born!

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You could use any number of supplies to create your own version of this gift, but I’ll show you what we used to get you started. Oriental Trading had everything we needed to make this idea a reality. We used white Crayola Model Magic as our modeling agent, but clay or play dough would also work well. We love Model Magic because it’s fun to play with, easy to model with, and it air-dries so you can make your final creation permanent! It’s also paintable, so you can use your leftover white Model Magic for another project. We included lots of crafting supplies like buttons, ribbon, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, craft foam, and faux snow. With 2 (1 oz) packs of Model Magic I made two snowmen and my daughter was able to make 6 tiny snowmen.

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Here are our test run creations. The top snowmen were made by my 6.5 year old (complete with eyelashes drawn on) and the bottom snowmen were made by me. They remind me a little of Sam the Snowman from the stop-motion movie classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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All of the supplies looked awesome packaged up in clear boxes with ribbon and a printable tag. I designed our custom tag with a mention of the city we live in since it actually never snows in San Diego. For all of you I made a matching tag for your kids to write in the to and from fields. In addition to classroom gifts, these kits would make great favors for children’s holiday parties or gifts for your friend’s kids.

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I was able to find everything I needed from Oriental Trading. You might have some of these things on hand already!

– 4″ Clear Plastic Favor Boxes
Small Plastic Craft Bags
Iridescent Metallic Shreds
White Crayola Model Magic
– Christmas Bag of Buttons
Watch Them Wiggle Eyes
– Craft Snow
Black Top Hat Beads
– Orange Craft Foam
– Ribbon
Printable Tags (click to download)


  • Assemble the plastic favor boxes and place the iridescent shreds in the bottom.
  • Place all of the smaller supplies together in the small plastic bags.
  • Put 2 1 ounce packs of Model Magic, the small bag of supplies, pipe cleaners, etc. into the box. 
  • Close up the box and wrap with ribbon. Secure with tape and place your printable tag on top. 
  • Experience the joy of giving!



Gratitude and Gifting with JORD Wood Watches

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Gratitude and gifting are big things this time of year and I want to take the time to lavish some love on someone important. Someone who is loving, funny, and supportive in more ways than I can count. Someone that is nearly impossible to buy a gift for. Sound familiar? I’m talking about my husband… my partner in crime in this little life that we’re building together. 

Funny enough, I am not the romantic half of our equation. Instead of grand gestures, I prefer love to be shown in small, quiet ways. Sometimes it’s the little things in life, and one of the little things that he does for me is to fill my cup… literally! I carry a water bottle around with me constantly, and he always makes sure I have a full bottle before we leave the house or go to bed. It sounds silly, but that full water bottle sitting on my nightstand means he thought of me and wanted to take care of me. He also fills up other important cups like my coffee mug and my wine glass. What a guy! He also fills my gas tank when he can. That means so much to me since it’s a chore that I detest. And as long as we’re on that subject of cars, he almost always drives when we travel with our family. Driving has never been one of my favorite things to do and it’s so nice to have someone else take the wheel. These may sound like trivial, little gestures, but he makes me love him more each time he fulfills those quirky little needs (wants?) that I have.

My cup is full on a more figurative level as well thanks to my husband. He fills our home with laughter, my heart with love, and me with confidence. He gave me our two sweet kiddos that fill our lives with giggles (for the purposes of this gratitude post, I’ll just pretend that those giggles don’t come with a whole bunch of whining and arguing too). Most importantly, after all of our years together, he can still make me laugh. I really think that’s a significant part of the glue that holds us together. JORD Wood Watch 1

In the spirit of gratitude, I want the universe to know that I am so thankful to have a husband that is a true partner and also my best friend. I know I mentioned earlier that I’m not very romantic, but every once in a while I do like to surprise my husband and treat him to a sentimental gift to show my love. That’s not always an easy feat for a guy that I’ve been giving gifts to for over 15 years. That’s a lot of birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmases! At this point in life, he has what he needs and buys what he wants for himself when he thinks of it. That’s why I was so excited to learn about JORD wood watches and the fun options they have for personalizing their unique wooden timepieces.

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I selected this gorgeous Kosso & Gray watch from the Hyde series for my husband. The minimalist design of this wood watch makes such a nice statement and it really looks great on my guy. He has told me several times how much he loves wearing it and I’m so happy I could gift him a little something to remind him of how special he is to me. JORD Wood Watch 2

As if the watch itself wasn’t awesome enough, JORD offers the option of engraving the backplate of the watch with your own message. I wanted to be a little punny and use a reference to time in my message, but I also wanted it to be sweet. I ended up choosing a quote from the song we danced to for our first dance as husband and wife at our wedding… Shining Star by The Manhattans. This extra touch made so much difference in making this gift unique and special. Although I didn’t choose this option, they also offer engraving on the beautiful wood box that the watch comes in. For this option you can even upload a file of a message in your own handwriting to have them engrave for you. I can just imagine all of the ways you could personalize these cool watches for your loved one. If you need ideas, check out this board on Pinterest for some examples of what you could engrave on your watch.

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Who fills you up? I’d love to hear what’s on their holiday wish list for gifts this year. Maybe a sleek wooden watch would be a fun surprise for them. There are so many beautiful options for both men and women. Be sure to click here for your holiday instant coupon code. JORD is sharing their biggest deals of the year and you can save 25% off! Have fun gifting.

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