10 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Family!

Christmas gifts can be so expensive, and with lots of people to buy for, the price keeps getting higher and higher. So why not give someone a DIY gift that is just as great as a store bought gift? It will mean a lot to them knowing you took the time, and it will save you money. So today, I’m going to share with you 10 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts that are perfect to give to your family.

  1. Car Games– around the holidays, lots of people travel, so having some car games to keep the little ones busy is a great idea! These are cheap and easy to make, and fun for the older kids to play too. I linked a website with lots of games to choose from, so choose your favorites to make!
  2. Art Kit– a DIY art kit is a great gift for kids of any age, or an art loving parent! These are relative cheap to put together and fun for road trips or just at home! I linked a website with different kits to choose from, from drawing to painting to scrapbooking!
  3. No Sew Fleece Blanket– it gets really cold in the winter, so an easy fleece blanket is a great Christmas gift! Plus, it can be multi purpose – you can snuggle up and watch a movie or build a fort as a family.
  4. Filled Slipper Kit– these filled slipper kits are perfect for anyone in the family! Pick a pair of slippers that they would love and fill it with their favorite stuff. You could even pick a theme, like filling them with their favorite candy, movie tickets, and a popcorn bag!
  5. Candles– candles are always a great gift, but can be so expensive! Surprisingly, this DIY is really easy and is exactly the same as a store bought one!
  6. Knot Pillow– this knot pillow is easy to make and super cute! It makes a great Christmas gift for anyone and looks so pretty!
  7. Sharpie Mug– this coffee mug is so easy and so cute! It’s perfect for a coffee or tea lover and can even be filled with stuff, similar to the slipper kits!
  8. Bedroom Decor– bedroom decor is always a great gift, and it’s even better when it’s an easy, cheap, adorable DIY!
  9. Chalkboard– this super easy chalkboard is a great gift for anyone in your family! It’s fun to draw on for little kids and great for a to-do list for older kids or parents.
  10. Tattoo Phone Case– this easy DIY is great for anyone in the family, granted they have a phone. The picture shown has a floral print, but you can use any tattoo!

Comment below if you have ever made any of these and how they turned out, or what your favorite DIY is! Let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see in the future.

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❤ Ally

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My Favorite Christmas Food Recipes!

Christmas is coming, and winter break is only 10 days away! I’m starting to get into a baking mood and can’t wait for all the free time I’ll have to whip stuff up. I absolutely love Christmas food, so today I’m going to share My Favorite Christmas Food Recipes with you!

  1. Peppermint Bark– peppermint bark has always been my favorite holiday treat, and this white chocolate version is perfect for chocolate-haters like me! (Yeah, you read that right, I don’t like chocolate. Sorry.)
  2. Candy Cane Cookies– I absolutely love these candy cane shaped sugar cookies! They are delicious and remind me of making them with my grandma when I was little.
  3. Eggnog Cake– this eggnog cake is a perfect holiday treat! It tastes amazing and reminds me of Christmas.
  4. Santa Claus Rice Krispies– who doesn’t love rice krispies? These Santa Claus themed Christmas treats are super cute and super delicious!
  5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls– these chocolate peanut butter balls are a holiday party must-have! They are super easy to make and are so good.
  6. Turtle Fudge– this turtle fudge is great for the holidays and tastes amazing! I love the chocolate turtles (because there is more caramel and nuts then chocolate) so this turtle fudge is great!
  7. Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls– these gingerbread oreo balls taste like Christmas and are so hard to stop eating. They taste amazing and are perfect for the holidays!
  8. Christmas Tree Brownies– These brownies decorated like Christmas trees are about as easy as you get with holiday treats! Slap some frosting on them and take them to a party, and nobody will know how simple it is. Plus, they taste great!
  9. Christmas Jello– This Christmas jello is quick, easy, and delicious! Whether you bring it to a holiday party or eat it all yourself, it’s perfect for Christmas time!
  10. White Chocolate Raspberry Truffles– these truffles are almost as good as they look! They are great for any holiday event and are pretty easy to make (as far as truffles go 🙂 )
  11. Melted Snowman Oreo Balls– these oreo balls look like melted snowman and are almost to cute to eat! They’re perfect for wintertime and are delicious!
  12. Santa Hat Cheesecake Bites– these adorable Santa Hat cheesecake bites are the perfect treat for a holiday event! They are so cute and taste amazing!

Comment down below your favorite Christmas food and if you have ever made any of these before. Let me know what posts you’d like to see in the future.

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❤ Ally

 

7 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts for Anyone!

As Christmas gets closer, we start to think about Christmas gifts and what we want to get the special people in our lives. Some people do there shopping ahead of time, but in reality, most people go into panic mode the week before. It’s super hard to find a great gift that late, and maybe you don’t even have time to go shopping! Today, I’m going to share with you 7 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts that you can give to anyone!

  1. Travel Art Kit– this art kit is great to be used on long car rides or plane flights, and is a great thing to give someone since most people travel for the holidays. It’s super easy to make and super cute!
  2. Natural Lip Balm– a lip balm is a great stocking stuffer and this is a super easy DIY! You can also include it in your Spa in a Jar (see #5).
  3. Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub– this sugar scrub is really easy to make, and the peppermint scent is perfect for Christmas!
  4. Candy Filled Soda Bottle– candy is a great last minute gift, and putting it in a soda bottle puts a cute spin on it! It’s super easy and makes a great gift.
  5. Spa In a Jar– a spa in a jar is a great gift for anybody, as you can vary the contents! You can have a theme for the items or put in their favorite products.
  6. Chalkboard– chalkboards are so helpful for anybody, like a drawing board for toddlers or a to-do list for adults. They can be expensive though, so why not make your own with this easy DIY!
  7. Soap– soap is always a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer and these easy DIY soaps are perfect!

Comment below if you have ever made any of these and how it turned out or your favorite DIY! Let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see in the future.

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❤ Ally

 

Holiday Season Announcement!

Happy December! First things first, I’m sorry for not posting on my regular schedule this week, but I wanted this to be the only post for the week. Today is December 1st and a lot of people are starting Blogmas. I tried Blogmas last year, but it was too hard to post every day for a month, so I’m not doing that. But, I am going to be changing my schedule a little bit for the holidays. Starting today, I will be posting on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Saturday’s. I know today is a Friday, but I wanted to post on December 1st to let you know what’s happening. I’ll go back to my regular schedule in January, but until then, enjoy an extra post each week! Also, check out my new Christmas theme 🙂 Happy Holidays!

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❤ Ally

What I’m Thankful For

First things first, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone is enjoying there day with family and friends and enjoying all the delicious food. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, since we get to spend time with our family and friends, eat good food, and it leads up to Christmas! I love fall, so from Halloween to Christmas is the best time of year, and Thanksgiving is right in the middle.  Since today is Thanksgiving, it seemed appropriate to write a post about what I’m thankful for.

My family, although they drive me insane, are so important to me.

My friends, who are always there for me and I can talk to about anything.

Dance, for making me who I am and inspiring me to work hard.

My school, for giving me a great education and being a place I love to go.

My teachers, for making me love learning and helping me become the person I am today.

My house, for being a place I love and can call home.

My room, for being my own space and being a place I can be myself in.

My phone, for always entertaining me and helping me out.

The mountains, for being my getaway place and never failing to make me smile.

Vacations, for all the memories and great experiences.

Books, for letting me explore different worlds and always giving me something to do.

This blog, for being a place I can be myself on and have a place to write.

And all of you, for the great relationships I’ve built and for always being so supportive!

Comment down below what you are thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

Keep Dreaming (and eating that amazing food)

❤ Ally

The Best At Home Dance Equipment!

When I get home from dance, all I want to do (besides eat food) is dance some more. It’s pretty common for dancers to practice at home, and some dancers are even self-taught! Today, I am going to share with you My Favorite At Home Dance Equipment!

  1. I-Flex Stretch Band– This stretch band hooks over any doorway (no nails or anything required, just sling it over and close the door!) and helps with flexibility. It is super easy to set up and can be used with any amount of flexibility!
  2. Frank Frog Stretch Band– This stretch band can be used in many different ways, and is super easy to use! It can stretch your hamstrings, help with your middle split, or help with your extension.
  3. Bosu Balance Ball– This balance trainer is so helpful for dancers! It’s easy to use and very durable. It is great to use for balance and control.
  4. Ballet is Fun TurnBoard– This product is great for dancers! You can work on your turns and spotting at home or at your studio and it is super easy to use. Mine has improved my turns a lot and I highly recommend it!
  5. Dot2Dance Portable Dance Floor– This product is a life saver for dancers who practice a lot at home. It is great for turning on, and you can use your TurnBoard on it! It’s a portable dance floor, with 4 sizes available, so you can choose the right size for how much space you need.
  6. Superior Arch Foot Stretcher– This foot stretcher helps with your point and helps stretch out your foot. There are bands that are said to help you point/flex your toes, but I find that this product helps even more. It is easy to use, and perfect to keep in your dance bag!
  7. Vita Vibe Portable Ballet Barre– This portable ballet bar is great for at home and self-taught dancers! Vita Vibe has so many different barres to choose from, but I find that the Prodigy Series Traditional Wood Double Bar is the best option. It has two bars, for a low or high stretch, and is made of wood, like the barres in dance studios.
  8. Capezio Foot Undies– These are like half soled ballet shoes, and are great for practicing at home or using at dance! They are easy to slide on and great to turn in. They work just like ballet shoes, and work on your Dot2Dance floor!
  9. GlamRacks Oversplit Bars– These oversplit bars are perfect for dancers wanting to improve their flexibility! I linked their Etsy page so you can choose what color and size you’d like. They offer single bars, double bars, and triple bars so you can choose which height is best for you! They also offer an extension pack so you can turn a triple bar into a ballet bar.
  10. Workout Equipment– I linked a post I wrote about the best at-home workout equipment for dancers, because it is super important to keep up with stretching and conditioning over breaks or just to practice at home!

Comment down below what your favorite equipment to use at home is and let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see in the future!

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❤ Ally

The Best Workout Equipment For Dancers!

*I’m sorry for not posting on Thursday, we had a long weekend for school and I was busy with homework. I will post this Saturday to make up for it 🙂

As a dancer, it’s really important to stay in shape and eat healthy. Instead of paying for a gym membership, I stretch and condition at dance and work out at home. So today, I’m going to share The Best Workout Equipment For Dancers! All of the products are linked and are great to use at home.

  1. Ankle/Wrist Weights– ankle weights are great to use to strengthen your feet for pointe, or just in general, and they also work for wrists!
  2. Yoga Blocks– yoga blocks are a great thing to have as a dancer, as you can use them for yoga, pilates, over-splits, or balancing!
  3. Hand Weights– hand weights are great for strengthen your arms, and are a basic necessity for a home gym.
  4. Bosu Balance Trainer– this balance trainer is great for dancers, because it helps so much with you balance control! It will strengthen your core, and you can also use it for other exercises.
  5. Pull Up Bar– a pull up bar is great for a home gym, because pull ups and chin ups are great for you! Also, with a big enough doorway, it could double as a gymnastics bar.
  6. Yoga Ball– a yoga ball is great for not only yoga, but so many other exercises! You can also use it to practice gymnastics if you do cheer, gymnastics, or take acro.
  7. Indoor Bike Stand– this bike stand is great if you love biking, but don’t have the time, space, or it’s too cold! Just place you bike in the stand and start pedaling.
  8. Jump Rope– a jump rope is fun to use, and is an awesome workout!
  9. Yoga Mat– a yoga mat is a must-have for an at home gym! You can do yoga, pilates, or just stretch on it.
  10. Kettlebell– a kettlebell is like a weight, and it is great for working out! It strengthens your arms and certain exercises can strengthen your core or legs.

Comment below your favorite piece of workout equipment and let me know what posts you’d like to see in the future!

Keep Dreaming

❤ Ally