Last Minute Christmas Advent Calendar and 80 Advent Ideas- FREE Printable

I have an easy last minute Christmas Advent Calendar to share with y’all. It took me just over an hour to put this calender together.

I used this library pocket template


The paper is actually wrapping paper I found in the Dollar Spot bins at Target. I cut out the pockets, used stick glue to seal the bottoms.  I stenciled on the numbers with a black marker.

Here is a great use for all that extra Halloween candy! I used that to fill the pocket and added a special activity for each day.

I collected 80 advent activity ideas to share with y’all because I wanted to make sure there was a good variety for everyone!

Below are screen shots of the list. You can print the lists from the pdf file at the bottom of the screen shots.


 Christmas Advent Ideas PDF

I am so excited for Alice to see what fun activity we have planned for each day. Of course you have to check the calendar and plan accordingly.  Are there any fun activities y’all know of that I left out?  What kind of advent calenders have you made before?

And can I just say….WOW, is tomorrow really December!!??

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Fun Stocking Stuffer- Pocket Switchers Transforming Balls

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These cute Pocket Switchers transforming balls really are a perfect stocking stuffer. I was sent three Pocket Switchers Transforming Balls to try out. My Alice and her cousins had a blast playing with them.


The Pocket Switchers Transforming Balls convert from a rubber ball into a fun surprise. We had a fish, an octopus and a shark. My husband loves football and loves sharks. The shark Pocket Switcher is in the shape of a football when it's in it's ball form. He's totally claimed that ball for himself.

The balls were fun to switch for the girls and they were not to heavy. As a ball they bounced pretty high and the rubbery texture makes them easy to catch. Once you switch them you have another toy to play with. Two toys in one is a win in my book. Your kids have  fun sea animals to play with or a fun ball to play catch with.

Alice liked the octopus the best. She loves purple and it was pretty easy for her to switch out. Since the balls transform into sea animals she asked to play with them in the bathtub. They were perfect for bath tub play as well as there are no metal parts to the balls.

Now, mommy really liked that they were a fun distraction for the kids, especially since they really are two toys in one. The are pretty small in ball form and therefor easy to take with you for fun on the go.

If you'd like to buy some for your kiddos, for now or as a perfect stocking stuffer you can find the Pocket Switchers Transforming Balls at your local Walmart in the check out aisle. They are recommended for ages 5 and up.

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Happy Thanksgiving from My Family to Yours

I just wanted to wish all my awesome readers a very wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!!

Those Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes up there are DELICIOUS! I may or may not have already eaten 2, and it’s not even Thanksgiving day yet!! My wonderful friends and super lovely ladies of Truly Lovely share their Pumpkin Spice Cupcake recipe on their blog.

Last minute decor, printables or activities for the kiddos can be found below.

I have many many things I am Thankful for this holiday season and one of them is you!



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