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Nearly 100 Easy to Make Christmas Treats Worth Trying

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year! You guys loved my roundup of Halloween snacks and lets face it, Christmas is prime baking season. So I worked hard to compile an even bigger list of nearly 100 Christmas treats that were worth a try. From Christmas cookies, to reindeer treats, these snacks are easy to make and super cute! I cannot wait to get my bake on for the holidays. And I love that there are ideas here that even my boys (2 and 5) can help create. Let’s get this roundup started shall we?

Reindeer Treats

Kit Kat Reindeer Treats

Reindeer Hot Cocoa Cones

Semi-Homemade Reindeer Cookies

Reindeer Oreo Pops

Rice Krispie Treat Reindeer

Candy Cane Reindeer Pops

Easy Reindeer Bark

Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies

Peanut Butter Rudolph Cookies

Rudolph Cupcakes

Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Cones

Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Fruit Platter

Christmas Tree Snacks

Rice Krispie Treat Christmas Trees

Puff Pastry Christmas Trees

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

No Bake Christmas Tree Cookies

Chocolate Covered Christmas Tree Oreos

Snowmen

Snowman Cupcakes

Christmas Cheeseball Snowman

Snowman Pretzels

Snowman Sugar Cookies

Frosted Snowmen on a Stick

Adorable Sweet Snowmen Treats

Snowman Poop and Reindeer Poop

Snowman Pudding Pie

Cookies, Pies and Pretzels

Festive Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Chocolate Drizzled Ginger Sugar Cookies

Candy Pretzel Sticks

Chocolate Covered Oreos

Iced Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Blue Gooey Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Christmas Crinkle Cookies

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

Gingerbread Holly Cookies

No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Frosted Graham Crackers

White Chocolate Peppermint Kiss Cookies

No Bake Oreo Balls

Old Fashioned Snowball Cookies

Grinch Snowball Cookies

Oreo Polar Bear Cookies

Christmas Mickey Sugar Cookies

Nutter Butter Penguin Cookies

Frosty’s Hats

Cinnamon Bear Cookies

Old Fashion Sugar Cookies

Christmas Spice Cookies

No Bake Christmas Wreath Cookies

Raspberry Filled Christmas Tree Cookies

Sour Cream Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Holiday Rolo Pretzel Bites

Brownies, Fudge and Chocolate Bark

No Bake Mint Chocolate Creme de Menthe Bars

Easy Reindeer Bark

Quick and Easy Peppermint Fudge

Sugar Cookie Chocolate Bark

Gingerbread Holiday Fudge

Penguin Brownies

Mint Chocolate Bark

Oreo Peppermint Bark

Christmas Brownies

Gluten Free, Vegan and Allergy Free Recipes

Gluten Free and Vegan Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Gluten Free Vegan Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Gluten Free Pumpkin Sweet Patties

Vegan Shortbread with Chocolate Vegan Ganache

*please check the individual recipe and know your dietary restrictions before consuming*

Snack Mix, Puppy Chow and Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack

Grinch Popcorn

Peppermint Puppy Chow

Christmas Puppy Chow

Christmas Crunch Popcorn

Chex Mix Christmas Crack

Candy, Cupcakes and Other Fun

Mickey & Minnie Christmas Donuts

Candy Cane Lollipops

Rice Krispies Ornaments

North Pole Cupcakes

Instant Pot Cranberry Cornbread Jingle Bells

Christmas Popcorn Balls

Santa’s Candy Sleigh

Easiest Ever Mince Pies

Christmas Chocolate Cupcakes

Gingerbread Boy Pops

Santa Hat Jello

Santa Hat Rice Krispies Treats

Snowman Cupcakes

Candy Cane Reindeer Pops

Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

The Best Gingerbread House Recipe

So there you have it! Theres enough on this list to keep you busy all season long. Make some for yourself, to give out for snacks, and some to leave for Santa. What’s your favorite holiday treat? Do you bake for Christmas? Which recipe are you going to try first?

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15 Positive Affirmations for Preschool/Kindgergarten

I think when most people think of affirmations they think of adults. I usually start my day off with positive affirmations for myself, I share affirmations online in my communities and I check out some on social media. I got into the habit of affirming myself daily when a friend started sharing them daily on Facebook.  When RJ started preschool our schedule became very different. Mornings were now a rush most days but I never wanted him to start his day with overwhelm. I began having him repeat affirmations on our walks to school and he still says them to himself now. Positive affirmations for children don’t have to be complicated. You start off with things that are simple enough for them to understand, and then you they can develop them over time. Here are 15 positive affirmations for children that are easy to understand.

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25 Super Spooky Halloween Treats

Halloween is right around the corner and if you know me then you know second to Christmas, Halloween is my favorite holiday. We love dressing up, fall is my favorite season and this is the one time candy is plentiful in our house (for about a week). Zayn and I are big on snacks and so I wanted to make sure I got a jump on planning what kind of Halloween treats we would be making this year. These snacks are great to enjoy at home watching movies, give out to teachers at school and some are simple enough for your littles to help you make. I am excited to share this list of 25 super simple Halloween treats.

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10 Free or Inexpensive Summer Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

It is finally officially summer in NYC! School just ended on June 26th so I had weeks and weeks to watch sadly as everyone else started their summer without us. People have already gone on week long summer vacations and here we are at only day 2 of our summer. Like everybody, summer is a different dynamic in this house. We go from 1 to 2 children home all day. The boys are too young for summer camp, cabin fever is real and they are usually on their 85th fight by 10am. Meanwhile mama is just trying to enjoy the fact that we finally can go with the flow. But alas these little people have no chill. So how do you find free or inexpensive summer activities for toddlers?

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5 Ways to Make Your Social Media a Happier Place

How often do you find yourself scrolling through your timeline and rolling your eyes? Oh girl on Facebook complaining again. Judgey Judith is on twitter worried about what everybody else is doing. Sara Snoops-A-Lot is all up and down the comments on theshaderoom and the stupid Instagram algorithm keeps showing you her comments over and over again. I feel like everywhere, on all platforms we all have friends that we wonder “why are you here?”. And it’s honestly time for us to stop feeling bad about wanting to get rid of them. You deserve to make your social media a happier place.

You need to clean out your social media sis. 

Mental health is real. And with the increased time that people spend on these platforms it should go without saying that we should be filling our timelines with things that are going to fulfill us. I’m talking…. less theshaderoom and more heyfranhey. I recently saw a post (on Facebook of course) about a study being done and finding that people who spend less time on social media are happier. *insert eye roll* Well there’s a shocker. If every time I sign on to Facebook I see Barry Badnews sharing the latest tragedy then of course I’m going to be depressed! Take some time today and take these few minutes to clean up your timelines. Your mind will thank you for it.

5 Ways to Make Your Social Media a Happier Place

  • Follow accounts that inspire you. I’m not going to lie I still follow theshaderoom on Instagram. But for every ONE theshaderoom there are TEN heyfranhey’s or blackandwell’s. I try to lean more of my focus on accounts that are going to bring positivity rather than the latest tea.
  • Remember, it’s the internet. Not everything is as it appears. Some people only share what they want others to see. Some people overshare just to get attention. At the end of the day everyone has their own personal uses for their social media. You can respect that, and still choose not to partake.
  • Treat your online space the same as your house. Are you letting anybody into your house that you don’t like? Yea… it’s the same. It’s still your space.
  • Be the positivity. Positive energy is contagious! You can’t expect people to be exactly who you are, but sometimes they don’t know any better. If you’re putting out your positive energy you may just inspire others to do the same.
  • Delete delete delete. And stop feeling bad about deleting people! Your friend that you haven’t seen since high school that only messages you occassionaly to sell you ItWorks will get over it sis. If you’re going to spend your time online, you might as well spend it with people you enjoy. And if it’s your auntie and em driving you crazy, at least mute or hide them so you don’t have to deal with it on the regular.

The Bottom Line

At the end of the day, making your social media a happier place should be a priority. You can’t control how or what people share but you absolutely have control over what you allow into your space. Fill your timeline with affirmations, people that make you smile, and things that uplift you. Of course you can also choose to stay off social media, take regular breaks or just ignore everyone altogether. Basically what I’m saying is, do what makes you happy sis! Drink your water, mind your business. And don’t forget you’re in control!

Feel like you have a hard time staying happy? Check out this post: 5 Ways to Stay Genuinely Happy When Everything Feels Negative.