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Crazy for Christmas Challenge: June

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The summer sun is blazing, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t in the Christmas spirit! Our Crazy for Christmas Challenge continues today. Since it’s the 25th of the month, we’ll take just a little time to prepare for this year’s holiday, saving us time down the road. This month’s tasks are fairly simple. Next month expect a pretty easy list as well… but in August we are going to really get to work!

Let’s get started…

Plan Your Charitable Giving

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Christmas always gets us in the giving spirit and most non-profit organizations rely heavily on end-of-the-year donations. It’s also typically a time when our bank accounts are feeling the blow of ALL the Christmas expenses. By planning ahead we can give more thoughtfully, more generously, and more cheerfully! Take some time and think about who you really want to bless this season. Maybe it’s a local or national charity… maybe you want to do an extra gift to your church, or maybe you want to send a care package or monetary gift to missionaries supported by your congregation. You can plan for toy drives as well. This month’s printable has space for you to designate charities and causes and make a note of how much you would like to give. You can start setting aside the money now. Think how great it will feel to GIVE this Christmas!

A Little Shopping

As usual, check some under-the-tree gifts off your list this month. Today I’ve rounded up some toys this month to help you get those shopping wheels turning. These are things I’ll be picking up for my family. Shop the whole list here.

That’s all for today… join the Crazy for Christmas Challenge email list to get the printables each month:

Three Easy Summer Movie Nights

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Summertime and the livin’ is easy… and so are our movie nights! I often take a more laid-back approach to our Friday night tradition during summer break. It’s still just as fun! Here are three we’ve enjoyed lately…

The Kid Who Would Be King

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This modern re-telling of the Sword in the Stone delighted my 12-year-old son. The Kid Who Would Be King is probably too scary for younger children, but those who are a little older will enjoy it. I simply added these little swords to cupcakes for a quick themed dessert. I love that I can reuse the swords for another movie night down the road.

Run the Race

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This is a well-made, faith-based film. It has all the excitement of a sports movie, but it’s really about times in life that cause you to struggle with your faith. We highly recommend Run the Race! It sparked some meaningful conversations for our family.

Toy Story Marathon

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We had a ball re-watching the entire Toy Story collection in preparation for Toy Story 4. Of course this momma even shed some tears along the way! These are darling movies and its always sweet to revisit old favorites. All this movie-watching called for plenty of snacks, naturally. I found some Toy Story Goldfish and even sprung for our very own Forky.

Movie nights in the summer are simple and sweet… what are you watching together this weekend?

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Make Your Own Coconut Vanilla Bath Bombs

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I adore a nice, long, hot bath in the evening. It’s really a treat. I use baths to relax, to pray, to unwind and to read. It’s a simple luxury!

Living in Colorado, the air is so dry that you must stay on top of moisturizing your skin. To keep my bath habit from adding to the dryness, I started using bath bombs that left me feeling luxurious and moisterized after my relaxing moments. These high-quality fizzes come with a price tag, so I’ve learned how to make my own. Not only to they save money, they make darling gifts!

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I keep all my bath bomb-making supplies in a handy basket.

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Here’s what you’ll need: citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, coconut oil, vanilla essential oil, skin-safe food coloring, bath bomb molds, or cupcake liners and sprinkles.

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In a medium-sized bowl mix up:

1 cup citric acid

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil and add 12 drops of vanilla essential oil. Add several drops of skin-safe food coloring to the oils. (It won’t really mix.) Slowly mix the oils into the dry mixture. Avoid adding too quickly, or it will start too fizz. You can use your hands to incorporate everything nicely.

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Press the mixture into bath bomb molds or a muffin tin lined with cupcake liners. You can add a few sprinkles to the bottom of one half of the molds before you add the mixture for a fun and festive touch.

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Allow your bath bombs to dry out overnight. Once dried, you can package them in cello bags to give as gifts, or of course use them yourself! The coconut oil not only smells delicious, it does wonders for your skin.

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Happy bathing!

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