14 Simple Breakfast Recipes for Christmas Morning

There’s nothing like the magic of Christmas morning. That is, until it’s time to take a break from the fun and get busy in the kitchen. Wha-whaaaa.
 
If you prefer to focus more time on your family and less time in the kitchen for Christmas, you’re going to love these 14 simple breakfast recipes. These easy and make-ahead recipes make it easy to kick back, relax, and enjoy Christmas morning!
 
This moist cranberry orange quick bread is made with fresh cranberries and orange peel; perfect for the holiday season.
 

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20 Festive Christmas Cookies

Perfect for gifting or your next cookie exchange, these 20 Christmas cookies feature something for every taste!

Looking for the perfect Christmas cookies this holiday season – something that’s new and a little different? I’ve rounded up 20 delicious and festive cookie recipes that are sure to stand out during your next holiday gathering or cookie exchange.

These Christmas cookies range from traditional holiday flavors – gingerbread, eggnog, peppermint, and cranberry – to more creative flavors for creating new family traditions.

And, they’re pretty enough to make a thoughtful, homemade cookie plate for gifting to neighbors, coworkers, family and friends.

  1. Pretty and festive. Peppermint Christmas wreath cookies are simple sugar cookies frosted with peppermint and decorated.peppermint wreath cookies Continue reading

Hot Chocolate Cookies

These hot chocolate cookies include the best flavors of your favorite hot cocoa—gooey marshmallow, a drizzle of chocolate, and made with your favorite hot chocolate mix. Perfect for holiday cookie exchanges!

When I set out to whip up a batch of hot chocolate cookies a few weeks ago, I didn’t expect it to be so challenging. I tried multiple recipes that I found online, but time and time again, I found that  they were either really messy, weren’t cooking properly or consistently, or came out flat – literally!

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Homemade Vanilla Extract Gifts

Homemade Vanilla Extract Gifts Make a Thoughtful and delicious DIY Christmas PRESENT

I’ve always wanted to make my own homemade vanilla extract. I finally made my first batch early this spring. My goal was to make a large batch to keep some for myself, and to share with others for gifts at Christmas.

Vanilla extract is a thoughtful, DIY gift for nearly any recipient: friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, or holiday hostesses. After all, nearly everyone keeps vanilla extract in their pantry, right?

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12 DIY Christmas Gifts That Will Actually Get Used

Looking for thoughtful Christmas gifts that won’t break the bank, but will actually be appreciated and used? These homemade gifts are perfect for hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, or coworker gifts. Just the right amount of personal and practical, these DIY Christmas gifts will actually get used.

Treasure ornaments are a one-of-a-kind tree decoration made by filling empty glass ornaments with bottle-brush trees, jingle bells, sprigs of pine branches, colorful feathers, or any other pretty fillers you have on hand,clear treasure ornaments filled with colorful feathers

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DIY Twisted Paper Ornament Craft for Kids

This post, DIY Twisted Paper Ornament Craft for Kids, is sponsored by Babbleboxx on behalf of JoAnn.

Every single year since they were born, the kids and I have loved making holiday crafts together. When they were just little babies I’d make cute reindeer kitchen towels by dipping their tiny feet in brown paint and decorating with googly eyes and a red pom nose! Today, they take a more active role in our crafts, and I love displaying their creations every year!

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Cinnamon Eggnog Bread

This recipe, Cinnamon Eggnog Bread, was sponsored by Nellie’s Free Range. All opinions are my own.

Cinnamon Eggnog Bread Recipe for Christmas | Five Marigolds

One of my very favorite treats of the holidays is eggnog. So, as I thought about new recipes I wanted to try this season, this ingredient was at the top of my list. I’m happy to report that this new recipe, Cinnamon Eggnog Bread, is a real winner. It combines the sweet taste of eggnog with dreamy pockets of cinnamon throughout.

Ready to try it for yourself? Keep reading, and I’ll show you how!Cinnamon Eggnog Bread Recipe for Christmas | Five Marigolds

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Christmas Morning Emergency Kit

santa claus tool kit for tackling christmas emergencies

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We’ve all been there. The last-minute dash to wrap gifts, stuff stockings, and assemble alll the things. Inevitably, we find we’re one critical thingamajig away from ripping through the brick fortress of toy packaging. One set of batteries away from creating Christmas magic. One gift away from checking everyone off your list.

Since our family often travels around the holidays, we’ve learned to become efficient over the years. Traveling means we have to be ready in advance for any potential Christmas-day gift crisis. Not because we’ve got it all together. But, because we’ve learned the hard way.

Today, I’m going to share my list for creating a Christmas emergency kit. Plus, to build your own, you can click  batteries to receive a $5 Walmart eGift card with your $15 Energizer® battery or lights purchase .*

Christmas Morning Emergency Kit | Five Marigolds

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Holiday Survival Guide for Moms

4 Favorite FINDS FOR FEELING FESTIVE DURING THE HOLIDAYS

This post, Holiday Survival Guide for Moms,  is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions are my own.

Hey Moms, are you still with me? How are you holding up? Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but this home stretch of the season is always HARD.

Amid all the wonderful tasks on our lists, baking, shopping, wrapping, packing….it’s easy to feel completely burnt out by the time Christmas arrives.

Today, I invite you take a small break from your ever-growing task list. I’m sharing a few things on my own little holiday survival guide.

Holiday Survival Guide for Moms

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Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities + OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway

Mother Daughter Date Ideas to Capture the True Meaning of Christmas

This post, Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities , is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s true – it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But, like so many families, we find ourselves struggling to keep up with the endless activities,  traditions and all-around excess that can come with the season.

It’s why I’m so glad we started the tradition of performing Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities as a family in the days leading up to Christmas.Random Acts of Kindness Advent Activities to prepare for Christmas. Free Printable Activities and leave-behind ROAK cards.

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DIY Homemade Hostess Gift Ideas That Will Get You Invited Back

10 Genius Gift Ideas You’ll Want to Copy

Don’t go to your next holiday party empty handed! Show your hostess how much you appreciate her year-round with a thoughtful, but inexpensive, DIY gift.

I know how hard it is to look for the perfect gift that won’t put a hole in your wallet. This gift guide will solve that problem for you. These gift ideas are so easy to put together, and I’m a hundred percent sure that the  host or hostess will enjoy (and actually use) them!

Here’s a compiled list of big and small hostess gift ideas you can bring with you to your next party. No matter what the occasion is, these are sure to impress.

Click the images for more information on how to pull together these DIY hostess gifts that will get you invited back for more gatherings.

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10 Ways to Step Up Your Wine Gift Giving Game

DIY Ideas For Gift Wrapping Wine

DIY Gifting wine for the holidays? You’ll love these DIY ideas for stepping up your gift wrap game. A big thanks to GiftsForYouNow for sponsoring this post. 

Wine. There’s a reason it’s a universal holiday gift. It can be inexpensive or pricey; red, white or sparkling. It works as a casual hostess gift, a super last-minute gift, or a more lavish gift for your bestie.

No matter who you’re giving to or what kind of wine, don’t skimp on presentation! Check out these DIY ideas for gift wrapping wine for the holidays.

  1. Go Glam – This is my new favorite way to gift wine. Using a scrap of craft fur and an old brooch, I created a little shrug for my “chilled” bottle of wine. I’m always finding inexpensive brooches like this at the thrift store, and they are perfect for putting the finishing touches on any gift wrap.
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The Awkward Mom Guide to Holiday Gifting

 The Art of the Gift Closet + Wrapping Like a Pro

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‘Tis the season for awkward social encounters…lots of them. In my world, a casual meet up with a friend or acquaintance can turn into a days-long internal debate about whether to bring a gift.  What if they bring one? What if I bring one, but they don’t?  In the past, you could just write me off as a hot mess, socially impaired mom during the whole month of December. However, this year I’m prepared. I got this.

My secret? The gift closet.

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DIY Cookie Decorating Kit

If you’re looking to sharpen your baking skills and piping bag prowess or if you’re currently trialing dessert decorating, you may want to try out this DIY cookie decorating kit!

Need a gift for kids who love to frost and decorate? Or how about a parent or grandparent who wants a special activity to do with their kids or grandkids? This cookie decorating kit is the perfect gift to help them create something sprinkled with fun this holiday season. My girls and I recently made one for some very special little neighbors as part of our Random Acts of Kindness challenge this month.

We have been blessed with the most incredible neighbors. Our next-door neighbors, in particular, have helped make our new(ish) house feel more like home.

This cookie decorating kit DIY has everything you need for hours of cookie embellishing and madness. This DIY cookie kit makes no mess at all! Little kids can join any time they want without the hassle of cleaning up after.

As soon as you unbox this holiday cookie decorating kit, you can start furnishing your cookies with various icing colors, designs, and toppings! Get innovative with your family using this cookie decorating kit.

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The kids are always running back and forth between backyards to play, and living near them has meant hundreds of little acts of caring and kindness that mean the world to us.

Our one of a kind cookie kit is perfect for all occasions. From an indoor activity idea because the weather is gloomy outside, a gift for loved ones and friends during Valentine’s day, a special homebaked dessert for a family member’s birthday party, to a simple holiday party at home.

This cookie kit has got you covered! If you ever find yourself muddled in the chaos of a holiday or special occasion, decorating homemade treats for a cookie swap will give you plenty of satisfaction.

Occasionally, embellishing each and every individual cookie may take some time but thanks to the DIY cookie-making kit, your cookies will not only pass but they’ll end up unvanquished at the end of the day!

Great family gift idea: DIY cookie decorating kit. Include sugar cookies or gingerbread, frosting, and sprinkles. #MerryAndBright #ad
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