We here at Tiny Dapper Fox...aka the Cabrera Crew, just wanted to wish you all a happy holiday season! We hope you all have a joyful holiday with your family and friends and wish you all the happiness in the world in the new year!
All photos courtesy of Brandie Scales
I hope you all are having a marvelous week! I'm almost done with Christmas shopping...talk about getting down to crunch time, huh? I'm so looking forward to this weekend and Christmas though. Our Papa Joe is flying in tomorrow to spend the holiday with us and tomorrow is my last day of work for the year, too! One more sleep and then it'll really feel like Christmas!
During the Christmas season, I bake ALL the cookies. I love baking so much so Christmas time is like an awesome marathon to me. One kind of cookie I've always struggled with though are gingerbread cookies. I love them but have never been able to get them quite right. I like cookies to be on the soft side and they always turn out too crisp for my liking. Well this year I finally nailed it! I tweaked my recipe a bit more and voila, the perfect gingerbread cookies came out of the oven! So here is my new and improved, delicious gingerbread cookie recipe!
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Hey everyone, happy Monday! Apologizes for no Tiny Talk today. I've been battling a really bad cough the last couple of weeks and if I talk for too long I tend to have bad coughing spells. I'll be back with some really great chats though in 2019, so look for those in the new year! We had a busy and productive weekend mixed with some fun and relaxation, ha! So a little bit of everything. On Friday and Saturday we spent some time with our family because my dear great uncle passed way last week. Please keep us all in your prayers. 2018 has been quite the year for our family. Your prayers have been such a blessing though and have really kept us going. We did have some fun on Friday night, though! We went to our friends' annual cookie party where we bake a bunch of cookies and they deliver them to the Kellogg Cancer Center for the patients and the staff. It's a wonderful tradition we've done for the last few years and this year was Kai's first one! On Saturday, we finished up our Christmas shopping and had a fun night of baking cookies and watching Elf with my mom. And Sunday was just spent relaxing and baking some gingerbread cookies!
Every year I always buy a little advent calendar from a store and Caleb and I try to keep up with it during the Christmas season but we aren't very good about it. With this being Kai's first Christmas season though, I wanted to start a few traditions that would stick with our family hopefully. I've always wanted to make our own advent calendar whether it was something crafty or some form of woodworking from Caleb. Caleb's busy with a few woodworking projects right now so I decided to go the crafty route. I have a lot of red and green decorations around our house so I wanted to do something a little more neutral and found this idea of little craft paper bags to make a DIY advent calendar! It was a simple craft project and after I got all 25 bags stuck on the wall, I added little chocolates to each of the bags that Caleb and I take turns eating each day as we approach Christmas! I plan on taking it a step further in future years and am going to slip a little piece of paper in each bag that either contains a Bible verse or an act of kindness for the person who opens the bag to read/do in addition to eating the chocolate. I always want the reason for the season to be the most prominent part of the Christmas season in our home and I feel that honoring the birth of Christ by reading about it from the Bible and spreading kindness in our world are two of the best ways. So here's how I made this super simple advent calendar that is now front and center when you walk in from our garage!
I hope you all have a happy and blessed holiday season! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that you do with your family? Share with me in the comments below!
Sorry I've been so MIA everyone! We were in Salt Lake City this past weekend visiting our family, so I took some time away from the blog and social media. Now that I'm finally caught up for the week though let's hop back in to it here on the blog! Today I want to share with you my gift guide for dads! Or simply just the guy in your life!
1. Chisel Set - Amazon $36.99
Caleb is really in to woodworking and finds it very therapeutic. So many of his buddies always express an interest in it too, so this chisel set would make for the perfect craftsman in your life that likes to do things by hand.
2. Apple Watch - Apple $399 - $799
Caleb loves his Apple Watch so much. I got him his for his birthday this past year actually and I don't think there's been a day since he got it that he hasn't worn it. He can be kind of bad about picking up his phone when I call or text him (#guyproblems, right?) that having his watch on him at all times helps make him more accessible. This is especially helpful if I need his help with Kai! We use the walky talky feature on our watches all the time!
3. Band Saw - Home Depot $129
Tools big and small are always a big hit with guys. Caleb has been wanting a band saw for awhile, too. Ryobi is his favorite brand of tools because you can easily swap out the battery packs from piece to piece, making building things a more streamlined process.
4. Yeti Bottle - Amazon $39.99
Another gift that is perfect for any guy in your life, but especially ones that like to work out. My brother in law is a big work out guy and loves his Yeti bottles. They can be more on the expensive side so this is one of those things that guys will never buy for themselves but will repeatedly tell you that they want!
5. Disney Shirt - Amazon $20.99
For the Disney loving dad! This shirt is so classic and would be perfect for any guy that loves Disney or is taking a trip there in 2019!
6. Bar Tools Set - Pottery Barn $41
Caleb is a huge cocktail lover and loves making drinks. For years, he's wanted a nice set of bar tools to up is cocktail making game. Last year I got him this copper set from Pottery Barn and he uses it all the time. We're big on copper in our house so it was the perfect addition to our little bar. It's currently on sale right now, too! Marked down to $41 from $59.
7. Knife Set - William Sonoma $329.95
I'm very blessed that Caleb is the cook in our house. He makes a delicious dinner for us almost every night of the week. He's had the same knife set forever, and I believe he deserves the best of the best when it comes to kitchen items because he uses them daily! This knife set from William Sonoma would make for the perfect chef inspired gift.
8. What Do You Meme Game - Target $29.99
We love games in our house! We have game nights all the time with friends and family. I saw this game last week at Target and thought it would be a fun one to add to the collection because who doesn't love a good meme? Caleb and I try to always buy each other a game every Christmas, so this one might end up under the tree for him this year.
9. Playstation 4 - Target $299.99
If all else fails, good ole fashioned Playstation is always the way to go. You know guys love their video games. Caleb doesn't play too much anymore but I bet if Santa brought him a new console then he'd play a whole lot more. Its fun for them to play with their buddies and blow off some steam! Plus, the PS4's are 4K players, so if you have a 4K TV then you can really up your sports and movie watching game.
10. Books - Amazon
Books always make for really good gifts. Caleb's favorite book ever is The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Amazon is of course the best go to place to get books, so buy a few and wrap em up with a bow for a quick and easy gift.
What are you planning on getting your dad or guy in your life? Share with me in the comments!
Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you've kicked off this holiday season in the most magical way possible! Over the last week I've been decorating our house like crazy person for Kai's first Christmas. I truly love this holiday so much, and it's something I've been looking forward to sharing with Kai all year. In the end though, we celebrate for the reason for the season, the birth of Christ. I believe decorating our house all beautiful like we try to do every year is in his honor. We begin decorating the night of Thanksgiving by putting our tree up, drink hot coco, and watch all the Thanksgiving episodes of Friends. Then over the next week or so we decorate the rest of the house and the outside. We then leave all our decorations up until the Epiphany, which is January 6th. I don't like to rush our decorations and I like everything to have sentimental meaning. So today, I am going to share with you our cozy holiday decorations all around our house! Welcome to our very merry home...
7.5 ft Pre-lit Christmas Tree - Target
6.5 ft Pre-lit Christmas Tree - Home Depot
Mantle Garland - Michaels
Stockings - Pottery Barn Kids (sold out, similar)
Fake Poinsettias - Michaels
Let It Snow Sled - Apple Holler
Large Black Plant Holder - Target
Gold + White Jug Vase - Target
Nutcracker - Gifted by my aunt, similar
Gold Tree - Target (old, similar)
Candle Sticks - White Barn Candle Co (old, similar)
White Rug - Ikea
Tree Skirts - Target
Red + Gold Ornaments - Target
Gold Stars - Target (old, similar)
Disney Ornaments - Gifted by my parents, other options available through Shop Disney
Name Ornaments - Bronner's Christmas Store
Stocking Hooks - Target
Joy + Bird Pillows - Target (old, similar)
Candy Cane Sign - Target ($1-$5 aisle, similar)
Nativity Scene - Michaels (old, similar)
Candle Lanterns - Michaels (old, similar)
Table Garland - Michaels
Pine Cones - Michaels
Gold Runner - Hobby Lobby (gold fabric cut to 120 in)
Red Chargers - Michaels
White Dinner Plates - Pottery Barn
Christmas Salad Plates - Pottery Barn
Napkins - Sur la Table (old, similar)
Napkin Rings - Sur la Table (old, similar)
Gold Flatware - Target
Hot Coco Sign - Michaels (old, similar)
Christmas Tree Sign - Michaels
Santa Pillow - Michaels
Letter Pillow - Michaels
Holly Bucket - Target
Holly Vase - Target ($1-$5 aisle, similar)
Sleigh filled w/ ornaments - Target (old $1-$5 aisle)
Letters to Santa Mailbox - Target
Wreath - Trader Joes
Wreath Hook - Michaels
Christmas Sheets - Target (old, similar)
Euro Pillow Shams - Pottery Barn
Quilt - Pottery Barn
White Duvet - Pottery Barn (old, similar)
White Cozy Blanket - Pottery Barn
Dr. Seuss Pillow - Porter Lane Home (old, similar)
Wood Christmas Tree - Le Marigny c/o
Wood Joy Letters - Nordstrom (old, similar)
Ski Mountain Lodge Candle - Bath & Body Works (sold out)
Candle Wreath - White Barn Candle Co (old, similar)
Pup - Not for Sale ;)
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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