Some people are really hard to buy for. One really has to get creative to come up with an idea. We have one such person on our list this year and we decided to do something really fun.

This person happens to be a chocolate lover (who isn't) so we went out and bought 365 fabulous German Ritter Sport chocolates and wrapped each one in a quote, fortune, bible verse, knock-knock joke, one-liner or picture. The recipient will have a year full of tasty treats and hopefully think of us each time they read a note.

This craft can be done with any type of candy or small item. On one side of the paper we printed black dots to make the end product a little more playful. On the other side we printed out our notes. Next, we wrapped the notes around the chocolate and secured it with a piece of tape. Time consuming but simple!

I was going to share my list of sayings with you but because there are 365, not all of them are politically correct or tasteful! Email me if you are desperate and I will share the file with a disclaimer and a promise not to judge me.

Ruby chipped in by drawing a picture which we cut into pieces that can be put back together like a puzzle.


This summer we had the amazing opportunity to travel to Greece. Another bucket list item checked off!!!

It was truly the most beautiful place I have ever been! I don't say that lightly. I think the beauty was in the contrast of the crisp white buildings and the deep blue ocean, and also the contrast of the clean minimalist structures against the mountainous organic cliffs. I can't wait to go back.

For my kids the memories of Greece are not the vast beauty of the surroundings, it is the donkeys.

Oia, Greece sits at the top of a mountain and to get back down to our boat we decided to take a donkey ride. Fun for kids, right? Our donkey trip included lost shoes, tears, bloody elbows and quite a few bruises, but I will spare you the details, and tell you instead about the craft inspired by our harrowing experience. Art is therapeutic after all. : )

I decided to make this craft at Christmas time because of the donkey in the Christmas story. We filled our donkeys' saddles with coins and money to donate to Heifer International. Although they don't have donkeys in their gift catalog, Heifer makes it possible to give the gift of an animal to a family in need. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood.

Here's to creating happy donkey memories across the world!!

-    Free donkey printable and saddle printable
-    cardstock paper (we used brown and tan)
-    glue
-    markers and/or paint
-    brush
-    butter knife or bone folder
-    ruler

-    printer
-    scissors
-    stapler

1.      Print out the donkey printable and the saddle printable.
2.     Cut out along the lines.
3.     Use your butter knife or bone folder to create creases on the dotted lines using your ruler.
4.     Fold the donkey.
5.     Glue feet pieces together and glue head piece onto the legs.
6.     Cut out the saddle bag piece. Crease on the dotted lines.
7.      Fold up the sides and staple along the edge.
8.     Decorate your saddle bags and place on the donkey's back.