3 Step EASY Homemade Name Cards

Homemade Name Cards

A holiday table for entertaining is not complete, in my opinion, without homemade name cards! You and your kids can whip up these cards for every guest within minutes while using your creativity and personalizing them along the way. We used Seal-It Glitter tape to jazz up these place cards. See how easy it is to rip in the video below: Make these homemade name cards in minutes: Cut name cards out of cardstock and fold. Decorate with Seal It! Glitter tape. Write name. Optional: You can tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the card for a slightly … Continue reading

Simply Shortbread Cookie Recipe {Natrel Greatest Dessert Exchange}

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

This Shortbread Cookie Recipe is so easy to make and the cookies always turn out delicious! You can serve these cookies plain OR they can be decorated in a variety of ways including holiday sprinkles, maraschino cherries or chocolate! Shortbread is one of my all time favourite types of cookies! Shortbread Cookie Recipe   Print Cook time 30 mins Total time 30 mins   Shortbread is a classic Christmas cookie. Author: Multi-Testing Mommy Recipe type: dessert Ingredients 1 cup Natrel lactose free or organic butter, softened ½ cup sifted icing sugar ½ cup sifted cornstarch 1½ cups flour Instructions In … Continue reading

Looking for a Unique Gift Idea for a Child This Holiday?

unique gift idea

I’ve had many conversations lately with parents who are struggling to figure out what to give their child this Christmas. What do you give a child who has everything? Many people are keeping their eyes peeled for a unique gift idea that will not fill the toy room or simply sit on a shelf unused. I don’t know about you, but I feel like compared to when I was a child, our children these days have too much. Not only do we not have enough space to store it all, but do they really NEED it all? We have had … Continue reading

5 Tips for Baking with Kids During the Holidays #HallmarkPressPause {Giveaway}

Baking with Kids Giveaway

Many people enjoy baking during the holidays. In fact, holiday baking is often party of a family’s tradition. It is NO secret that children love to bake! However, many parents are often overwhelmed with the extra amount of work that comes along with baking with children. Here are some helpful tips when baking with kids: Get ingredients out and organized ahead of time. – It is amazing what kind of “trouble” children can get into when you are busy trying to locate ingredients and tools. Measure out the trickier ingredients. – Depending on the age of the children, you may … Continue reading

20 Tips to Reduce Stress During the Holiday Season

How to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Disclaimer: If you are the type of person who LOVES every single second of the holidays, this post is NOT for you. This post is meant for people who feel heightened amounts of stress and anxiety during the holidays. Good Times: Friends, family, food, gifts…. But yet, for many people, the holidays are filled with additional stress! Why STRESS?! Pressure. Worry. Finances. Anxiety. Depression. With visiting friends and family comes food preparation, shopping for gifts and cleaning your home. Often, we end up having a few extra later nights than they are used to which creates havoc with our typical … Continue reading

Holiday Craft Ideas for Kids

Holiday Crafts for Kids

Last weekend, my kitchen exploded with Christmas crafts! You see, I store all of our Christmas craft items in a large box and I brought it upstairs. The kids literally took the entire box apart, looking at all of the fun Christmas materials and activities that we have and they started using their imaginations and creating Christmas crafts. It was so much fun to watch them create their own holiday creations using all of the Christmas craft materials that I keep from year to year. Do you keep your old holiday cards, gift wrap, ribbons etc. for your children to … Continue reading

Holiday Themed Name Banners {Giveaway}

This weekend, we will begin decorating our home for Christmas! I can’t wait to pull out all of our holiday bins and go through all of the decorations to put all over the house. It will be like Christmas exploded when we are finished, but that is what makes it so much fun! Personalized decor is always the best, isn’t it? Recently, I have been introduced to Knock Knock Banners, an online store that creates personalized name banners for all occasions. Knock Knock banners has an adorable selection of Holiday Themed Name Banners! Santa’s Furry Friends and Winter Wonderland are … Continue reading

Are You Doing a Countdown to Christmas for 2014?

Countdown to Christmas

You might remember this heartfelt family tradition from Simply Fun Families which was featured here on Multi-Testing Mommy (then called 25 Days of Christmas). I have some updates to share about this wonderful product that gets the whole family into the holiday spirit… but first I’ll remind you what it’s all about… Countdown to Christmas is an activity kit for the whole family filled with unique ideas for adding a pinch of festive fun to the days leading up to Christmas. Whether you countdown for a week, 12 days, or the whole month of December, this kit helps busy parents … Continue reading

FUN Elf on the Shelf Ideas

 The Elf on a Shelf is a brand new tradition for our family this Christmas. The morning after the Christmas decorations went up, Jack came to visit.Jack is the name we gave our little scout elf who was sent from the North Pole to help Santa keep track of which kids have been naughty and which kids have been nice. Each night he flies back to report about the day’s activities. In the morning he is perched in a different place. My kids love waking up in the morning and searching for Jack. Even though they are not allowed to … Continue reading

Marachino Cherry Shortbread Squares

Marachino Cherry Shortbread Squares INGREDIENTSBase:1 cup pastry flour OR 1 cup minus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour1 Tbsp icing sugar1/2 cup butter Filling:1 cup brown sugar1/4 cup flour1/2 cup coconut1/2 tsp baking powder1 cup chopped cherries2 eggs well beaten Icing:1 cup icing sugar1 Tbsp butter1 tsp almond flavouring and a little cherry juice DIRECTIONS Mix the base ingredients and press into a 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Mix together filling ingredients and pour over cooked base. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes Once squares have cooled, mix icing ingredients together and ice … Continue reading