The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Book Review

night before the night before christmas book reviewTitle: The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

Author: Jay Dee

Illustrator: Darren Geers

Genre: Children’s Christmas

Publisher: Kraine Kreative

Release Date: November 3, 2014

Format: Paperback

Pages: 32 pages

About the Book:

At Santa’s workshop, the night before the night before Christmas is hardly a time to rest. The elves work tirelessly to get the final toys made before Christmas Eve, but Elfie just can’t keep pace. He spends too much time making his toys perfect, and when Santa comes to check on production, everyone is surprised by his reaction.

AmazonMy Review:

It was the illustrations that sucked me into The Night Before the Night Before Christmas.  I was sent a few samples before I ever read the story and they were so whimsical and colorful I decided I had to read it.

night before the night before christmas book review
See What I Mean?

Once I read the story, though, I was completely hooked!!  It’s sweet and simple, with a nod towards the true meaning of Christmas.

I give The Night Before the Night Before Christmas four and a half stars.  It’s a ready-made classic your family will want to read and re-read for many Christmases to come.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Easy Pantry Organization Craft

easy panty organizationOver Thanksgiving weekend, Art and I went for a visit with his parents. While we were there, Art’s mom showed me one of her recent dollar store finds.  She had bought some cute woven baskets to help organize her pantry.  The only problem was, she couldn’t easily tell what was inside of them.

easy pantry organizationI thought about it for a day and came up with a fun and easy craft.  We made tie-on labels for the baskets.  They only require a couple of items and can easily be swapped out if she changes her mind about what she wants to store in the baskets.

Easy Pantry Organization Craft

Material Needed:

Square or rectangular woven baskets

unlined 3″ x 5″ cards

ribbon (we used 1/4″ curling ribbon), cut into 6″ lengths

Colored pens (we used a labelmaker)

Single hole punch


Cut the cards in half, lengthwise.

Laying each card half down so it is oriented horizontally, mark  a dot on each side at 1/2″in and  1/4″ down.

easy pantry organizationNext, either write directly on the card or use your labelmaker.  We used 18pt. Helvetica with small margins and a 2.5″ length to make our labels.

easy pantry organizationThread one length of ribbon through each hole. Holding the label against the basket in the position you want it, thread the ribbon between  the weave in the basket, from outside to inside.  Make sure the ends of the ribbon are even and tie them off at the top of the basket. Trim off the excess ribbon.

easy pantry organizationEnjoy!!