Christmas Countdown Chain // Magazine Craft {for Kids}

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and the countdown is on. Our Elf on the Shelf will be flying into our home tonight. We’re busting out the Advent Calendar {There are some super cool ones out there… chocolate, tiny little drawers, scripture printables; the possibilities are endless.} & all of our holiday decor.

I’ve found that the easiest way to get everything out and prepped, for set-up, is to give the kids a simple Christmas craft to do.

All you’ll need for your Christmas Countdown Chain is:
1 Magazine – I am an EveryDay with Rachael Ray subscriber and just happen to have magazines at hand. But you could buy one at the store.
Scissors {for adult use}
Glue Stick – For my girls I prefer the Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue Dispenser because it is easy to grip and control. Over gluing doesn’t tend to happen.
Stapler – You can use any stapler but I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share my favorite stapler on the market. PaperPro can staple up to 20 sheets by merely pressing one finger to staple! The perfect stocking stuffer. A must have! {Not necessary for this project. LOL!}
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Adult: Cut the magazine lengthwise into 3″ wide strips.
Child: Count out 24 strips. I just love to encourage counting while doing projects.
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Adult: Make the first ring and staple closed, using three staples, for strength. Then, show your child how to loop & glue the second paper-ring. They can then continue to make rings that inter-loop. {This may take little or no assistance from you.} It is important that you encourage them to be creative. This is the moment that you sneak away. IMG_0051.JPG
I heard a few cries for help, once when DEA5 glued her paper chain to the table & once when her sister was putting her paper loops together faster. IMG_0055.JPG
They are so proud of their creation! Hang their completed paper chain out in the open. We are just loving the mix of colors in our’s. IMG_0054.JPG Each night, we will trim a ring from their Christmas Countdown Chain, as we count down the days until Christmas. They are thrilled to get started.
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All-in-all, this project took approximately one and a half hours to complete. I got some Christmas sorting done and feel like I am ready to finish decorating tomorrow. The best part was they were contained in the dining room and out of my hair!

Happy Holiday Crafting!
xoox, Jen

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Children’s Fashion: The Dragon and the Rabbit // Giveaway

As a mother of two young girls, I appreciate fashion forward clothing that is visually pleasing, made well and feels comfortable. The icing on the cake is when my preschool age daughter’s fashion options mimic the style of fashion icons. Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ classic A-line silhouettes, Twiggy’s Peter~Pan Collar and Audrey Hepburn’s tailored breakfast at Tiffany’s style. All of these timeless attributes are featured in adorable pieces made by The Dragon and the Rabbit.

I was first introduced to The Dragon and the Rabbit via a contest that I won on Facebook, I chose the whimsical Tulip Dress for my four-year-old daughter and I became immediately fixated on the feel of the natural cotton fabric and the quality of the design. Swoon.
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Their color pallet represents all seasons and has a array of on trend patterns. Stripes, plaids, florals and polkadots make for the most adorable outfits. This line has items for both boys and girls that coordinate beautifully. My sister, My Strange Family, and my handsome nephew are The Dragon and the Rabbit fans too! I just adore his Long Sleeve Skyline Polo Shirt seen below. IMG_0038.JPG

For the holidays, I decided to dress my family in red and navy blue. During our earliest years I had them in matching outfits… yes, I’m THAT mom. This year, I allowed them to choose their own dresses. (Unbeknownst to them, they will coordinate fabulously in their The Dragon and the Rabbit dresses.) I’m thrilled to pieces. IMG_0035.JPG

Thanks to The Dragon and the Rabbit, getting into the holiday spirit is going to be even more pleasurable. One lucky Dancing in Carseats reader will be able to choose one of the following pieces from their sweet collection: PETER PAN DRESS or BURNT ORANGE PLAID SHIRT
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Cheers to Dancing In Carseats & Happy Holidays!
❤ Jen

Pssst… I was not compensated for this post, just provided with an item to giveaway to one of you. The Dragon and the Rabbit will be responsible for prize fulfillment.

All opinions expressed here are my own.

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