It's the most wonderful time of the year...I dare you not to have that song stuck in your head now! But really, it is. I feel like Buddy the Elf around Christmas time, but I just really love the holidays!
This weekend we found ourselves with an entire afternoon to spare (that basically never happens) so we decided to head to Walmart and get started on a little Christmas shopping. Not for our kids obviously, they were with us, but we have nieces and nephews we needed to get started on. And the kids really haven't asked for anything yet, so we needed to wander the toy aisles to get some inspiration. Jasper only mentioned a football and books (when did he become a teenager?!) and Tindra wants everything. " Oh that looks fun! Oooh that looks like a good one!" So she should be easy enough!
While we were there we decided to pick up some dinner, who wants to go spend 30 min cooking in the kitchen after spending the afternoon shopping? Not this mom. The deli section had lots of choices like rotisseri chicken and salad (which was my vote) but a vote was taken and pizza won, 3 to 1. Drew and I needed a little caffeine after the busy day so naturally picked up some coke to go with our pizza. Sorry kids, only water for you!
This year Coca-Cola at Walmart has teamed up with the Salvation Army. In November and December, every coca-cola purchased with a Walmart Deli prepared meal will support Coca-Cola at Walmart in providing a warm meal through the Salvation Army to families in need. How great is that?
When we got home from our busy afternoon of shopping dinner was already ready, all we had to do was set the table (even went with paper plates!) and eat!. And no clean up after meant had some time to do a little craft after we were done eating.
My kids love crafts and painting, and for this little art project that we decided to do (make Rudolf, Frosty and Santa coke bottles) we already had everything on hand, and if you have little painters in your life I'm sure you do as well!
First we took off the label and washed out the bottles.
Next we painted them all one color, I painted my brown, Jasper painted his red and Tindra painted hers white.
The paint we used dried really quickly, like 10 minutes, and during those 10 minutes we hurried up and got ready for bed and brushed teeth and by the time we were done, the paint was dry.
Then we cut out some antlers and a hat for Rudolf and Frosty out of plain white printer paper, while Jasper painted his Santa a belt and added a nose to my Rudolf and buttons and a scarf for Frosty.
Lastly we painted the antlers and hat and taped them on!
Really easy and fun way to spent some extra quality time together before bed. Usually after dinner I'm busy cleaning up the kitchen, doing the dishes etc while Drew gets the kid ready for bed if he's home. Having that prepared meal and quick clean up allowed us to spend that extra time together, which was the perfect way to end the weekend.
Be sure to share photos on social media of your family enjoying a prepared meal from Walmart along with Coca-Cola and use the hashtag #GiveHappiness to spread the awareness this holiday season!