Pinterest has become a slight addiction for me, even though I’m pretty sure I’m pronouncing it incorrectly. There are days when I completely ignore it, but then on some random Saturday afternoon I go crazy pinning DIY ideas, kids activities, inspiring quotes and the like.

But you know what really gets me? That I have multiple boards for kids activities but that maybe one or two ideas from all of these boards have been completed. Some of the pins I haven’t looked at yet for a second time.

I think I’ve figured out why this is! Because I’m not a crafty mom. Not naturally, anyway. If someone asked me what you can do with a cardboard drink carrier, a used yogurt container and a piece of aluminum foil, I’d probably say “recycle them”.

It’s really quite ridiculous, then for me to be pinning all of these ideas, isn’t it? When it’s just going to discourage me? {And I’m even directing you to them if you want to follow, silly me!}

But maybe there’s a part of me that wants to be that crafty mom. The one who has all her supplies at the ready {instead of planning a trip to Michaels that never happens}, who doesn’t care if her dining room floor is full of glitter {that stuff is so annoying to clean up!} and who takes joy in hands-on learning {I’m really trying to make this happen}.

So, what’s a girl to do? Give up entirely? Completely change who I am and become crafty mom extraordinaire? Somewhere in the middle is where I find myself wanting to be.

It’s been on my heart to allow my kids the craftiness they deserve and to tie that in with learning more about the Lord. Last year I came across a book called “Truth in the Tinsel”, which author Amanda White {of Oh Amanda} calls “an Advent experience for little hands.”

Truth in the Tinsel includes 24 days of Scripture readings, ornament crafts, talking points and other activity ideas for kids preschool through elementary age {but anyone can join in}. There are also fun printables and templates, so not-so-crafty mommas like myself don’t have to come up with ideas on their own ;) The book lays out exactly what to read, what materials you’ll need and how to do the craft that goes along with the reading for the day.

I was a bit too late to the party last time, so I’m going to go through this wonderful resource with my children during the month of December! I’d like to invite you to join me!

What I love about this eBook is that it is so useful for the whole family! Whether you’re a new Christian or a seasoned believer, you’ll be blessed by preparing yourself for the most important part of the Christmas season–the birth of Jesus!

As a family we’ll be doing each day’s Scripture reading {in our house it will be done as part of devotions}. Here at The Purposeful Mom we’ll be completing one of the alternate schedules for the crafts, called “Characters”. This schedule has ten crafts that introduce or reacquaint our kids with the people and heavenly beings in the Advent story. I chose a lighter option for the crafts because I’m easing myself into this creative thing slowly; plus we all know December can get crazy busy!

The experience begins on December 3rd!

To join in on the fun, please subscribe to The Purposeful Mom via email, RSS, or Google Friend Connect {in my sidebar}. This way we can connect with each other for each activity! 

Leave a comment to let me know you’re with me for this wonderful Advent journey!

Then, purchase your very own copy of Truth in the Tinsel. It’s priced at $7.99, but Amanda has generously offered a discount of 20% for my readers!

Click here to get your copy and use code PURPOSEFULMOM20 to get 20% off your purchase! {ebook only}
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email! You can reach me at thepurposefulmom {at} live {dot} com. I’m looking forward to having you join me in impressing the Advent story on our family’s hearts this Christmas season!

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Shared at Time Warp Wife, Marriage & Mommyhood, and Women Living Well

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