Make a meaningful advent your kids will remember! Before3pm.com

My favorite Christmas memories revolve around our advent calendar.  Every night after dinner, we would take turns picking the advent for the day.  My mom made our advent super special because instead of getting a piece of chocolate, each advent had a slip of paper with a special activity or surprise on it.

When I was only 7 or 8, I remember that my advent was that I was going to get a surprise the next day.  During school, when I came back to my classroom after lunch, there was a paper grocery bag filled with TWO big bags of Cool Ranch Doritos (my favorite).  I remember feeling so special and wondering how my mom had managed to get them on my desk!

Another year, after a very difficult move, one of the surprises was my mom checked out me and my best friend, Han Shi, from school to go to lunch.  My mom had secretly called Han Shi’s mother (who didn’t speak English, so I imagine that was an interesting conversation) and got her permission.  That memory is absolutely burned into my memory since I was was bullied a lot those first few years after our move and that little outing was a huge bright spot in an otherwise terrible school experience. Read More →

Creative DIY Gifts - Hot Chocolate Kit. Before3pm.com

I have two versions of today’s creative DIY gift.  I have one that is simplified down to the basics but is still a lot of fun.  The second version is a little more substantial.

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DIY Road Tape Gift. A great gift for boys! Before3pm.comDIY Road Tape Gift. A great gift for boys! Before3pm.com

I am going to be sharing some creative DIY gifts that are guaranteed to be a big hit!

Today’s post is for creating a DIY Road Tape Kit – perfect for anyone on your gift list who loves playing with cars and trucks.

DIY Road Tape Gift. A great gift for boys! Before3pm.com

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