Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's a Lego Christmas!

Our home is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Oh how I love this time of year.  And this Christmas, with an almost 5 year old boy in the house, it would not be complete without a few Lego decorations.  If you have boys, you likely know what I mean.  While we are just beginning the Lego craze I have to say I LOVE these classic blocks.  No batteries, just simple creativity and hours of entertainment.

A few weeks ago we received our Lego Club Jr. Magazine.  If you have kids I highly recommend signing up for this FREE 2-year Lego Club subscription. Kids love getting mail with their name on it and it has some fun, simple projects for the kids.

Sept - Oct 2011 junior

In the back of each issue they share one or two simple, step-by-step projects you and your kids can make using Legos they likely have on hand.  Sometimes we have to improvise with color or sizes but generally speaking we are able to make these projects, or something very close to it.

In this months magazine they had a Santa.  It is so much fun.  My son and I had a great time finding the Legos and putting it all together.  Santa proudly sits on our mantel.

Well, after we made Santa we were excited to make a few other Lego creations to join Santa.  I headed over to the Lego website where they share the directions to A LOT of other Lego projects.  The Lego website rocks because they include the building instructions to all the Lego sets they have sold over the years.  These online instructions come in handy when the originals get torn, lost or otherwise destroyed - trust me on this!  The Lego Club section is awesome too.  In the building section they always have 3 or 4 simple projects, similar to those shared in the magazine.  I love these quick, simple projects.

So, to add to our holiday Lego creations, I simply did a search by keyword on this page.  I searched for "snowman" and "Christmas tree".

For the snowman we used the Extended Line: LEGO Snowman: B1 40003.  We made a few slight modifications based on the Legos we had but I love how it turned out.

Our Lego Christmas tree is VERY loosely based on the Extended Line: LEGO X-Mas Tree: B1 40002.

This is NOT a sponsored post and I am by no means being compensated for this post (although if Lego and or their marketing agency wants contact me we would LOVE to continue to write more gushing posts about the wonders that are LEGO creations).   Call Me!!!  Really!!!!

Shared on:  Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, Sugar and Dots, Sweet Peas and Bumblebees, The CSI Project

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I'm Back & I'm Decking the Halls!

I know, I know, I sort of dropped off of the face of the earth the past several weeks.  I really have no excuses - can't really explain what I have been doing (nothing out of the ordinary) or why I haven't been around.  I think we will just have to call it a pre-Holiday's hiatus that involved a fair amount of apathy!  But, that being said, I am back and can't wait to share what I have been working on over the past several weeks.

On a side note - I came across this picture on Facebook last week and just had to share...

My kids adore the "fun carts" at the grocery store.  And like any sane minded mother who just wants to zip through the store, I loathe them.  They are HUGE, you can't maneuver them through the aisles and they are very difficult to steer.  And don't get me started with how nasty looking they are.  I am not a germaphobe at all and these things gross me out.  Plus, my kids are in general too big to ride in them anymore yet they insist. That being said, I think it would be safer to ride in the fun cart than in the smart car.  I can't imagine what it would feel like to be rear ended in one of those things.

Well, I must go to bed now as there is a sick little girl sleeping on the floor in my room and I am sure I will be up later!

I will be back tomorrow with some Holiday cheer!  I have been busy crafting decor and gifts over the past several weeks and can't wait to share!

Good night all!