Truth in the Tinsel: Days 1-12

truthinthetinsel_300-250If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen these photos. If you don’t following me on Instagram, why not?! :p But also, here are some photos of our girls working on their Truth in the Tinsel crafts. The captions are also from when I posted on IG.

In the midst of all the fun Christmas activities, it is nice to sit and reflect on the different events that led up to the reason why we celebrate Christmas – Jesus! The girls are loving discovering the word that we will be focusing on each day, and the fun craft that accompanies the Scripture passage.

Advent Day #1: Light | They weren’t too thrilled to have their pic taken but were proud of their candles.

Advent Day 2: Kingdom – It took awhile for the paint to dry so the girls were anxious to finish the crowns. I think they might add glitter later.

Advent Day 3: Zechariah | One of Emily’s fave parts of The Promise DVD (giveaway, link in profile) was when Z gets his voice back, so reading about Zechariah’s unbelief of the Christmas miracles was pretty exciting…finding out why he lost his voice…

Advent Day 4: Gabriel | They are getting so excited to do Truth in the Tinsel each day. This particular day’s craft was a little tricky for little fingers, but they had fun customizing their angel.

Advent Day 5: Mary | These Marys will be finished later…the girls were getting ready to watch The Sound of Music LIVE last night, and so Mary didn’t quite get her hair done…and I heard glitter will be added to her fab outfit.

Advent Day 6: Mary/Elizabeth | Day 7: Song | Day 8: Sun | We have been reading and doing the ornaments, but haven’t gotten a chance to post. The girls are still deciding on what to do for the CD/song since we don’t have flat marbles. I think they are adding ribbons. And, in other news, our tree is up, so Emily added the chain to the tree.

Advent Day 10: Dream | One last thing before bed. Thanks @oohamanda ! The girls really enjoy hearing the Christmas story a day at a time, and seeing how everything came together. P.S. If you noticed that we missed a day, it is because we are looking for one more craft stick for Joseph.

Advent Day 11: Jesus’ Name | It was hard to find names and letters, but we did it! | Day 12: Census | Broke down and got the printable ornaments. | We have had quite a few activities these days (and a sick child) so I need to sort through them to find all the Tinsel ones. Emily got to go to Living Bethelem and it was fun for her to sign her name to be a part of the census.

If you weren’t able to do an Advent activity this year, you should consider doing Truth in the Tinsel next year. I had this since last year, but didn’t get around to doing it because of other Advent activities, but I am glad we got a chance this year!! I  think the crafts really get the kids excited about learning what happened before Jesus was born. And if you are wondering about all the preparation for the crafts…I am not a crafty person, and I also hate shopping, so I just found what I could at home to use, and for the ones where I didn’t have the materials, I ended up using the printable ornaments. You can use the code JOYCE20 for 20% off the ebook. The code expires after Christmas, so get on it! 🙂

P.S. There is also a Spanish version: La Verdad en el Oropel.
P.P.S. There is also church curriculum.
P.P.P.S. Here is a great post about using Truth in the Tinsel with younger kiddos.
P.P.P.P.S. I just like having the here because it reminds me of writing letters or notes to friends in elementary and middle school. :p

For the Holidays: Kiwi Crates

DSC_0695bWe’ll be featuring some of our favorite things if you need Christmas gifts/activities ideas.
(Disclaimer: Affiliate links are in this post. We personally own and love the things we recommend. We are in this season where we are trying to live more simply, so we know that if you are in the same boat, it is sometimes hard justifying buying anything else! Norm and I have many wonderful memories from our childhood, and with our family now, that don’t involve “things” and “stuff,” because we just enjoy being together. But gifts seem to just happen during the holiday season (and birthdays too), so we want to share some things that we like having in our lives. Any purchases made using the links will give us a percentage to use toward gifts for our sponsored children Solissa and Lucnise. Thank you!)

Kiwi Crate – We love Kiwi Crates! We love to use them for rainy days, and not so rainy days crafts. We use them as birthday gifts. We use them for playdates. We also use them for learning. When you purchase your first crate using THIS LINK, you get $10 off the $20 crate. You can pause or stop your subscription at any time. They have a Black Friday Weekend Deal – 60% off your 1st month Friday, 50% off Saturday, 40% off Sunday, and 30% off Monday. Use the code JOLLY. Single crates are also available. Even if you don’t order anything, check out their website because there are many fun and simple crafts in the DIY Ideas page.

You can check out all of our Kiwi Crates posts HERE.

Here is the fun Modern Art crate that we did a few months ago.

Kiwi Crate: You Know You Want One!

Kiwi Crate: What is it? | My Rhythm Bells | My Xylophone | Antarctic Adventures |

(Note: If you would like $10 off your first Kiwi Crate, you can use THIS LINK to order. Remember that you can pause or cancel your subscription at any time.)

With the busy-ness of the holidays, we still have a few more activities to finish up from the Antarctic Adventures crate. Besides the 2 activities that you get in the crate, there are lots of additional theme-related activities that they suggest for you to do.

Doesn’t this look fun!? I can’t wait to play this game with the girls. The theme for January is Family Game Night. So fun!

Sites We Love: Totally Tots

Lots of ideas to interact with your toddler. Crafts. Books. Devotionals. Meals. Websites. Activities. All suitable for 12-47 month olds (1-3 year olds). And you can show off your tot during the month of their birthday, as a Cute Tot, or as a featured tot.

Check out more Sites We Love!