Everything else...

    Christmas in a Jar!

    December 7, 2016
    12 Days of Christmas. www.dorothynada.com

    I’ve been having so much fun taking part in this Kiwi Mummy Bloggers 12 Days of Christmas collaboration. Yesterday was Day 6 with The Fern Life talking about Santa Claus vs Sinterklaas. You can also check out Fern on facebookand youtube.  You can find Day 8’s blogger at the end of this post, but for now….here’s Day 7!



    If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a list as long as your arm of people you want to give a little Christmas gift to – teachers, neighbours, the courier drivers who facilitate your online shopping addiction AND manage to deliver when your husband isn’t home…

    I love giving little gifts, but it can get really expensive which is why I’m doing Christmas in a jar this year. There are so many amazing ideas out there for fun little jar gifts. Here are five of my favourite.

    1.Sock Puppet in a Jar
    These are super cute! This tutorial uses little sock puppet kits, but I think it’d be just as easy to utilise that bag of lonely socks we all have stashed in our laundries, with some little googly eyes and foam cut-outs from your local ‘$1, $2, $3 shop’. I’m putting this little kit together to go in the munch bunch’s stockings!

    Christmas jar ideas. www.dorothynada.com

    Sock puppet in a jar. Credit:  Crafts Unleashed from Consumer Crafts

    2.Peppermint Body Scrub.
    Come on now!! Who doesn’t love a little pampering? This peppermint scrub would be IDEAL after those long days Christmas shopping (or battling the Boxing Day sales).

    Christmas Jar ideas. www.dorothynada.com

    Peppermint Scrub in a jar Credit: Yesterday on Tuesday

    3.Snow Globe for Teacher in a Jar

    I’m always looking for cute teacher present ideas, and this little winter wonderland in a jar won me over. Plus…there’s a free printable with a PUN!! I’m a sucker for a pun.

    Christmas Jar Ideas. www.dorothynada.com

    Christmas in a Jar teacher gift. Credit: Love the Day

    4.Christmas Candle in a Jar
    If you want to be all fancy-pants, you could make this township silhouette candle. There’s even a printable template to make it as easy as possible.

    Christmas Jar Ideas. www.dorothynada.com

    Christmas Candle in a Jar Credit: Shabby Art Boutique

    5.Christmas Brownie in a Jar

    I think that the very first gift-in-a-jar idea I ever saw was a brownie, and I’ve been loving the idea ever since. It’s so pretty, and I love that the recipient can make it up whenever it suits them.

    Christmas Jar Ideas. www.dorothynada.com

    Brownie in a Jar. Credit: BBC Good Food


    6.Candy Cane Vodka in a Jar
    Okay, I know I said that this was a list of my five favourite Christmas in a Jar ideas, but I can never resist going overboard, so here’s my ABSOLUTE favourite. (Or maybe that should be Absolut?! See what I did there?) Candy Cane Vodka in a Jar!! This is freaking genius. I’m not going to lie…when I was researching this post I ended up getting sucked in to the pinterest vortex and ended up wondering if I should have written the whole piece on Christmas cocktails. Then taste tested them all…for quality assurance of course. In fact, I think that in most test kitchens, they triple check recipes to make sure they’re fool-proof. Oh well, there’s always next year’s 12 Days collaboration!!

    Christmas Jar Ideas. www.dorothynada.com

    Candy Cane Vodka!
    Credit: The Speckled Palate

    If you’ve found me via links from some of the other fantastic bloggers in this collaboration, welcome! You can find out more about me here, or follow me on facebook or instagram to get to know more. 

    Make sure you head on over to Hey Little Sweet Thing tomorrow at 12pm to check out her post on Christmas Cupcakes – I’m already drooling! If you haven’t already checked out her blog, sneak on over for a peek right now….it’s crammed with lots of amazing baking and super fun crafts. You can also find her on instagram and facebook.
    12 days of Christmas. www.dorothynada,com

  • 2016 12 days of christmas giveaway. www.dorothynada.com
    Everything else...

    12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

    I am so excited to have some fantastic brands and businesses on board for this 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Make sure you check back every day for another chance to win! Day 13:…

    December 1, 2016
  • Peggy and Me. Miranda Hart. review. www.dorothynada.com

    Review. Peggy and Me. Miranda Hart.

    The blurb: Hello dear book browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise –…

    November 29, 2016
  • Everything else...

    Woohoo…I’m back!

    Well hello! I’ve been MIA for almost 2 weeks now because a naughty gremlin turned my whole blog blank. I had serious withdrawals. I actually didn’t know what to do with myself without my…

    November 28, 2016
  • dear dorothy

    Dear Dorothy….lending money

    Dear Dorothy, About a year ago, one of my best friends separated from her partner and needed to move out. She had no money so I loaned her enough to help her move into…

    November 3, 2016
  • Two by Two Review. www.dorothynada.com

    Review: Two By Two. Nicholas Sparks.

    The blurb: Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . . Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks…

    November 2, 2016
  • Donovan Bixley board book giveaway. www.dorothynada.com
    Everything else...

    GIVEAWAY!! Donovan Bixley Board Books!

    Hachette NZ have sent me these gorgeous bilingual board books to giveaway! My First Board Books Animals promotes “learning animal names in both English and Maori. Featuring cow (kau), horse (hoiho) and sheep (heihei),…

    October 26, 2016