Magic Yarn Ornaments

One great thing about Christmas trees — there’s always room for one more ornament! We create a craft idea each month in our local parenting magazine, and for the December issue we shared these fun Magic Yarn Ornaments.

How to make Magic Yarn Ornaments via @PagingSupermom

We made these ornaments using leftover liquid starch from this project, yarn and balloons… so we had all the supplies on hand already. If you don’t have the starch you can pick some up at the grocery store (near other ironing supplies). Head over to Raising Arizona Kids for the full instructions.

How to make Magic Yarn Ornaments via @PagingSupermom

How to make Magic Yarn Ornaments via @PagingSupermom

Mod Christmas Tree Centerpieces

We recently celebrated the holidays at a lunch with some of our local blogging buddies. Everything turned out so cute that we wanted to share photos and a few tips for how to host a stress-free get together with friends over the holidays.

Free Printables to create this adorable Mod Tree Centerpiece or Table Runner for your holiday party via @PagingSupermom

For a low-key gathering we highly recommend meeting up at a favorite restaurant. Eating out means no one has to clean house or prepare any food… all the hard work is done and you can just focus on adding a few decorative touches to make things more festive. There is already so much to do this time of year that it’s easy to get stressed out, and this approach ensures a fun holiday party that you can actually enjoy!

Free Printables to create this adorable Mod Tree Centerpiece or Table Runner for your holiday party via @PagingSupermom

The Supermom Secret for hosting a party at a restaurant is to add some of your own decor. If we have a particular theme or look in mind we pick a restaurant that will mesh well with that concept. Although sometimes you’ll know exactly where you want to eat — we had already chosen to meet up at a local pizza place that sets their tables with classic red-and-white-check tablecloths. We also had already worked with Shutterfly to create these adorable “Super Mom” Ornaments for everyone (win one below!). So we came up with this Mod Christmas theme that married the two.

Supermom Ornaments made with @Shutterfly via @PagingSupermom #ShutterflyHoliday

It doesn’t take much to make a restaurant table feel festive. We have done this type of party several times, and our formula is simple:

Have a party favor to set at each person’s spot +
Create some kind of table runner or centerpiece =
Just enough to make your party feel thoughtful and special!

For our party favor we had black-and-white striped bags containing these official “Super Mom” ornaments. We were so excited about how our glass ornaments from Shutterfly turned out, and they have so many great templates that you can customize to suit your own party.

Easy, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

During the Holidays we like the idea of having a bunch of little, quick gifts stashed away. The nail polish gift tags we shared last week are darling gifts for your girlfriends, and today we have another easy last-minute gift idea: these adorable Lip Balm Ornament Cards.

Use this FREE Printable to package up EOS Lip Balm to give as a last-minute #Christmas gift for your friends! via @PagingSupermom

All our kids are crazy about the EOS Lip Balm’s ball container, and we love that they are made with organic ingredients. Did you know Bettio has her own line of spa and body care products? She clearly knows how to read an ingredient’s label, so it’s really saying something that she gives EOS lip balms a thumbs up.

Use this FREE Printable to package up #EOSLipBalm to give as a last-minute #Christmas gift for your friends! via @PagingSupermom

Christmas Village from Recycled Boxes

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Kids love to decorate Gingerbread house, but this mom does NOT love to bake gingerbread. (I have a feeling I’m not the only one??) Instead a few years ago Bettijo and I raided our recycle bins and turned old cereal boxes into a fun Christmas village.

Join the #SupermomTreeParade

A Beautiful Family Christmas Tree via @PagingSupermom

Today we’re kicking off our second annual #SupermomTreeParade on Instagram. This virtual tree parade lasts all week, and we would like to invite you to join in on the fun. Just take a photo of your Christmas Tree, share it on Instagram and be sure to tag #SupermomTreeParade @PagingSupermom so we will see it. To…

Easy Nail Polish Gift Idea for Friends

Free Printable Gift Tag for Nail Polish via @PagingSupermom #Christmas

This time of year, we try to have a few little gifts on hand in case we need to grab one quickly for a friend, neighbor, teacher, etc. This adorable little nail polish gift idea fits the bill perfectly.

One Free “Believe” Banner, Two Ways

Free Printable Believe #Christmas Banner with two fun styles to choose from. Download the #Freeprintable @PagingSupermom #christmasdecor

Since we figured most of you are probably decking the halls of your home this week, it’s perfect timing to share our new free printable “Believe” banner. We couldn’t decide between a classic candy cane and silver bells look OR the woodland, plaid, lumberjack vibe… so we gave you both! Which do you prefer??