Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To

Boy, have we been busy lately.

In the past few weeks, our girls have participated in a dance convention

An action shot of the littlest Lumber
Aaaaand the biggest little Lumber

We traveled to West Virginia to enjoy Thanksgiving with my side of the family for the first time in two years . We ate two Thanksgivings in North Carolina, too.

And then our kids participated in the local Christmas parade with our dance studio.

And then we took some Christmas pictures…more about that later.

I hope you are all well and happy, dear readers! I can’t wait to share some Christmas goodness with you this week.

Five Beautiful Handmade Ornament Ideas

I don’t know about you, but I love a great handmade ornament. Someday I hope to have an entire tree filled with my children’s handmade creations. These ornaments are simple and cute, and you can definitely make them with your kids.

1. Snowman face ornament

Just take an ordinary Christmas ball and coat it in epsom salt. You may need more than one coat. Then, fashion a “carrot nose” from a pipe cleaner and glue the carrot and two buttons to create the snowman face. Use an infant sock to create the hat.

2. Pine cone ornaments

You can make these ornaments so easily: just get some jute twine, ribbon for bows and some pretty pine cones from your yard. Tie the ribbon into bows and tie the jute twine around the bow knot. Hot glue the bow and hanger to the pine cone. That’s really it!

3. Snow globe ornament

We made these ornaments by gluing a tiny Christmas tree inside an empty clear ball. Then, we added some epsom salt “snow.”

4. Pipe cleaner candy cane

This is by far the easiest ornament on this list, and you can make it with small kids. All you need are red pipe cleaners and white- no glue and no cutting! Simply twist them together and curve them into a candy cane shape.

5. Picture frame initial ornament

Want a super cute gift for a friend or teacher? Go grab some inexpensive small picture frames and stick on letters (or cut them out with a Cricut or Silhouette). Attach a cute piece of ribbon and you are set!

Have fun creating!! What are some of your favorite handmade ornaments?

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!
Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute.
I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet.
I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows.
I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!!
And I made six of them in different sizes.
And then I hung them on our tree.
Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?

24 days of Christmas: the 2021 kick-off!!

It’s that time again! We are gearing up for our busiest season here at Lumber in my Minivan: Christmas!

Each year, we decorate our home and we share 24 Christmas related posts during the month of December. It’s hard and it’s time consuming but it’s a lot of fun!!

Each day, from now through Christmas Eve, we will share something fun and Christmas related. Here is what we have in store for this month:

1. Planning the perfect Christmas dinner

2. Christmas planning binder

3. Recycled Christmas Wreath

4. Fun family traditions

5. Fun Christmas card photo ideas

6. Gifting alternatives

7. Christmas cookie recipe

8. Gingerbread houses the easy way

9. Handmade gift ideas

10. Why I put up six trees each year

11. Southern Christmas traditions

12. Christmas light balls

13. Fun front porch ideas

14. Christmas floral hacks

15. The cutest mantle ever

16. Dollar store crafts

17. Santa photo hacks

18. Christmas morning photo shoot ideas

19. Gifts for grandparents

20. Bible storybook roundup

21. Holiday safety ideas

22. unexpected Christmas cheer (mailman gifts)

23. Christmas candy recipes

24. Candlelight tour

We hope you enjoy our 24 days of Christmas series this year!! Merry Christmas!

The BEST candied yam recipe EVER!

I am a southern woman, through and through. One of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is candied yams. I look forward to eating these things all year long. I can honestly say I have a sweet tooth, and these yams truly do taste like candy.

To make them, you only need a few ingredients: butter, brown sugar, and of course, yams. You can even use canned yams if you want to.

First, melt a cup of butter on medium in your saucepan.
Next, add two tightly packed cups of brown sugar. Bring it to a boil.

Then, pour your brown sugar and butter mixture over your yams in a 9×12 baking dish. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Next, eat some delicious candied yams until you feel like you’re going to pop- they’re that good.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! What is your favorite way to cook candied yams?