STEM Gift Guide

Looking for a gift to challenge your child’s mind, that will keep them busy for more than a few minutes, and also provide an opportunity to learn? We’ve got them with our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) gift guide! STEM Gifts for ages 2-4  Magnetic Blocks Never too early to start developing kids creativity. […]

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Gift Guide for “Hard to Buy For” Adults

Gotta get a gift for the brother-in-law you only see on the holidays? Or your 20-year-old niece that keeps her head in her phone at every family gathering? Here are some of our suggestions for the hard-to-gift adult.  For a little extra pizzazz Lovepop cards add a “wow” to any sentiment. Just want to send […]

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25 Books Before Christmas

By Jeannine Scott, North Columbus Library, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries Have you heard of 25 Books before Christmas? Wrap 25 books and place them under the tree. Let your child unwrap one each evening and enjoy a special bedtime story together! Here are our recommendations for holiday titles that are entertaining for you and your little […]

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Wood Slice Ornament

Supplies Wood slices Woven ribbon Water transfer paper Inkjet printer and printed out image Craft glue paint brush Directions Resize your images so they’ll fit on the wood slices. Print them out on the water transfer paper. Place your wood slice over the image and trace around using a pen. Place the image on top […]

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Red Velvet Cookies

Ingredients 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix cookies 2 eggs 1/3 cup vegetable oil Powdered sugar for the topping Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix everything except the powdered sugar into a bowl. The batter will be thick. Spoon into balls and roll in the powdered sugar. Place on cookie sheets leaving about […]

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Gifts Kids Can Make

As holidays and birthdays approach, are your kids scrounging to buy gifts they can hardly afford? Offer them these fun ideas for gifts from the heart. It gives them an activity to keep busy and create, plus a memory for the receiver to cherish. Service coupons. Offer a free evening of babysitting, a week of taking […]

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Creating Holiday Traditions

As a parent, I’ve come to appreciate some of the traditions I thought were a little monotonous in my younger years. I’ve carried on toting my kid dressed in his holiday PJs for a long drive in search of Christmas lights. We’ve continued to take off of work and decorate outdoors every Black Friday, without […]

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A Southern Christmas Roadtrip

The holiday season is a hectic time, no doubt, but it’s also a magical one. I’m constantly reminding myself to make the most of these years with fa-la-la and fantasy fun, as we have so few. Our children get so few Christmases to enjoy the magic, beauty and sensation through their innocent eyes.  If you […]

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Cookie Exchange Recipes

Kris Kringle Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup white chocolate morsels 1 cup dried cranberries Directions: Heat oven to 375 F. Line a large cookie sheet/baking pan with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend […]

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Give the Gift of an Experience

Too often our kids are given items that get thrown to the side after a few minutes of play. Christmas gifts are the ultimate victims of this act. Your child can receive thirty new toys for Christmas, what is a child to do with so many new items? Throw them in a pile and move […]

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