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DIY Holiday Crafts, Treats, and Gifts

Good afternoon!

I recently did a post on fitness related holiday gift ideas, so I thought it would be fun to show some DIY (do-it-yourself) holiday gifts, crafts, and treats.

I love making gifts for people, baking cookies and other goodies, and making crafts with the kids this time of year!

Edible Christmas Trees

The kids made these fun edible Christmas trees last year.

They used a sugar cone as the tree and covered it with green frosting. Then, they used sprinkles and other edible decorations to decorate the tree.

Reindeer Water Bottles

Jaden and I made these water bottles for his holiday party at school last year.

I just bought little water bottles and added googly eyes, antlers, and a red nose. The kids loved them!

Candy Cane Reindeer

These are similar to the water bottles, only using a candy cane. I brought all the supplies into Jaden’s class and let the kids make them.


One of Jaden’s favorite things to do every year is make paper snowflakes. It’s fun, inexpensive, and makes a great decoration.

I just googled “how to fold paper for a snowflake”. I folded a bunch of pieces of paper and let the kids cut out designs.

Hershey Kiss Pretzels

Who doesn’t love getting yummy treats for Christmas!

Last year, Jacob and I made these Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats.

They are super easy to make and we put them in individual boxes and Jacob gave them to his teachers.


There are so many great cookies to make around Christmastime. Hershey Kiss Peanut Butter Blossoms are one of my all-time favorite cookies.

Another good cookie are the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies that I made for a cookie exchange a couple of years ago.

And everyone loves good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookies.

I like putting cookies in a nice Christmas tin to give as gifts. I went to Hobby Lobby last night to get a few tins for this year!

Another yummy treat that’s great for sharing are peppermint Oreo truffles.

These things are AMAZING.

Pampering in a Jar

Last year, I made a few of these “Pampering in a Jar” gifts.

They were easy to make and everyone loved them.

I got the mason jars on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, and then I just filled them with little lotions, nail products, hair products, fuzzy socks, and chocolates. I found the big snowflakes at Target and added those to the top along with some Christmas ribbon.

I have a few ideas in mind to make this year!

Have a great afternoon!

  • Do you have any gift, food, or craft ideas to share?



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Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats

Yesterday, Jacob and I made Hershey Kiss pretzel treats.

Jacob has five teachers at middle school, so it’s kind of hard to buy them all a gift for the holidays. But at the same time, I think it’s very important to let teachers know they’re appreciated. I think being a teacher is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding, jobs there is.

So, we decided to make Hershey Kiss pretzel treats and cookies for Jacob’s teachers along with a nice card.

I have never made these before, but my stepmom has made them before, and they always come out so delicious. The saltiness of the pretzels with the sweetness of the chocolate is the perfect combination. We used red and green M&Ms for Christmas colors.

Hershey Kiss Pretzel Treats


  • 1 bag of Hershey kisses
  • pretzels (I used Synder’s regular snap pretzels.)
  • M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Count how many Hershey kisses you have and lay that number of pretzels on a baking sheet lined with foil. (We had about 70 kisses and made them in two batches). Place a Hershey kiss in the middle of each pretzel.
  3. Cook about 3-5 minutes so that the chocolate is soft but doesn’t lose its shape. For us, it took about four and half minutes.
  4. As soon as you take the pretzels out of the oven, push an M&M into the middle of each Hershey Kiss. Put in the fridge until cool.
  5. Eat one to make sure they’re delicious.

Today we’re going to make cookies!

Back Strength

I brought my niece home with me from my brother’s house yesterday, and she spent the night with us so my brother and sister-in-law wouldn’t have to worry about picking her up. My sister-in-law went back to work today, and Paul can’t be alone with my niece because he pretty much can’t move. At all.

You gotta love baby morning hair:

Hopefully, he’ll get something figured out soon or at least his back will start to feel a little better, but it’s pretty bad.

Seeing him in so much pain really made me think about how important it is to strengthen your back. Doing back exercises is a great way to strengthen your back to help prevent injury. Of course, not all back pain is 100% preventable, but strengthening your back can help to prevent future injuries.

My Aunt Pam pointed out to my brother that yoga can really help with back pain. I agree that yoga is great and even did a post on some of the benefits of yoga.

Besides yoga, strengthening your core is also a great way to help protect your lower back.

Today’s Workout

  • Elliptical – 5 minutes

Yes, that’s right, my workout was 5 minutes this morning. I brought my niece to the kid’s room at the gym and went to the fitness room across from the kid’s room so that I could hear her if she cried. Well, she wanted nothing to do with the kid’s room and cried and cried, so I just took her home.

Jaden used to do the same thing when I took him to the gym when he was a baby. It took him a while to get used to it, and then he loved going. And the girls in the kid’s room at my old gym were so sweet – they even threw Jaden a party on hs birthday.

We’re expecting a big snowstorm tonight, and I have a feeling that school might me canceled tomorrow. I hope not, because I have so many fun things for Jaden’s holiday party. I even found green and red tortillas chips that I thought the kids would love.

Have a great day!

Questions of the day:

  • Are you baking this weekend? All ready for Christmas?
  • Are you expecting snow? Love it or hate it?
  • Do you do back and core exercises?


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