What an amazing opportunity for any Christian. This is the kind of thing that only comes around once in a lifetime. This is no ordinary cross; this is the ability to own a piece of the cave where the baby Jesus spent his first night with his mother Mary. You can own a piece of the cave where the magi came to bestow gifts upon the newly born Lord. Here was the cave in the rear of the house, and used for cattle. In a manger, as the most ready and fitting place, the babe was laid. The place where the shepherds came to pay their adorations, the place marked by the star of Bethlehem.
There are many different options, but this is my favorite: The Carpenter’s Cross is the embodiment of the simple life Christ lived. Straight, clean lines, the ultimate in modesty and a true symbol of the working life of Christ, who Himself was a carpenter by trade. With The Original Nativity Stone at the apex of the Cross, this is the perfect Christian gift for the man, woman or child who strives to live life on a daily basis according to the teachings of Jesus.
Emperor Justinian built the church that now stands over the cave of the nativity in 565 A.D. on the site of a previous church built by Constantine Cesar and his mother the Empress Helena, in 327 A.D. It is one of the oldest churches in the world.
The cave of the nativity is 38 feet long by 11 wide, and a silver star in a marble slab at the eastern end marks the precise spot where the Lord was born. There is an inscription on the star that reads: Hie de virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est. that means: Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary. Silver lamps are always burning around, and an altar stands near, which is used in turn by the monks of the convents. The manger in which the Lord was laid was taken to Rome by Pope Sixtus V. and placed in the church of St. Maria Maggiore, but a marble one supplies its place. A few feet opposite, an altar marks the spot where the Magi stood. The walls are covered with silken hangings.
The actual birth place of Jesus
The stones that are contained in the crosses were removed during construction in the cave. You can read the story about it here by clicking on the cross, and then on the second page clicking on “The Story.”
This is the only time that stones from this most holy of places will legally be removed. Once these stones sell out, they will never be available again. Take this opportunity to give a gift that will become an heirloom for generations of your family. Give the gift that truly keeps Christ in Christmas. If you want to buy one now, you can get 15% off with code HOLIDAY15 Purchase yours here Nativity Stone Crosses
If you want a gold cross, this one is really beautiful: The Classic Nativity Stones Cross is perhaps the most spiritually connected Christian gift symbolizing our love for Jesus Christ. The unique design of this cross is the work of world-renowned jewelry designer Paul Dimitriu.
The Classic Nativity Stones Cross
Coconut oil is a staple around our house. We use it to cook and bake as well as for a moisturizer. It smells divine and my favorite part is that it’s all natural and non-toxic. In fact I can even eat it which makes me feel better putting it onto my skin & especially my 12 month old! I love this simple little twist. Not only would it be great for at home use but would make a fantastic gift!
To make it you’ll need:
1/2 cup coconut oil
20 drops of lime oil (or your favorite essential oil)
A jar (the volume will double so make sure you have a jar that will fit at least a cup)
Whip the coconut oil with an electric mixer until it becomes soft. Once it’s soft add the oil. Mix a bit more and voila! Just be sure to note the expiration date on the coconut oil and store it in a cool, dry place. Most of all enjoy!
Recipe found on Blah Blah Magazine
What a way to spread some love huh? Throw these little guys all around and look for some major color and beauty in a week or two. These could be really fun for kids as well as adults.
For the full tutorial please visit Curious & Catcat
With spring just around the corner I’ve been doing a bit of looking for some cute spring wear for my 10 month old. I’ve found a few things but admit I’m mostly frustrated with the lack of good options and have resorted to making a few things myself. Now as you probably already know, I don’t sew, so anything I take one needs to be simple. I found these cute DIY Tees on Ona Befort and thought they’d look absolutely adorable on my little man. Ona includes a free printout for each of them so I don’t have to do any free handing (good thing!).
For the free printout and instructions for the Bear Tee click here.
For the free printout and instructions for the Apple Tee click here.
Also, you’ll need a few things you may not have on hand to take on these projects:
- Fabric Paint (can be purchased here on Amazon)
- Paint Brush (can be purchased here on Amazon)
- Blank Tees (can be purchased here on Amazon)
- Clorox Bleach Pen (can be purchased here on Amazon)
Now how cute are these?! I’m all about unique toys that offer kids a chance to be creative. These are a great gift idea for any kiddo in your life. The cool part is there part bought part homemade so it shows you put some effort and thought into it. I love all of the quirky characters….too cute!
To purchase the pdf printouts (boys, girls & animals) click here. $5 per set or $12 for all three.
Spring is almost here! Time to grab this book to start reading to your kids to get them excited for the coming warm weather! What kid doesn’t get so excited by the idea of spring and the world going from dark and brown to bright and green? The book is beautiful. It reads like a poem, with building anticipation leading your child from the brown of early spring until the end when finally everything turns green! The illustrations are amazing wood block prints by a Caldecott award winning illustrator. This is a personal favorite of my kids. It is light, fun and sweet, and my favorite part is that it is so much fun to read aloud to my kids! I’m positive that your children will call this one of their favorite books. You can purchase it HERE.
Here is what Amazon said about it when they made it their Best Book Of The Month For Kids in February 2012: “and then it’s spring pays homage to the hopefulness and anticipation that accompanies planting the first seeds of spring in the dark soil of winter–waiting, checking, waiting, wondering if the first green shoots will ever come and imagining all the things that could have gone wrong for those little seeds. Then one day spring is suddenly, gloriously, here–replacing the brown with shades of green happiness. Illustrations by 2011 Caldecott Medalist Erin Stead (A Sick Day for Amos McGee) match the graceful simplicity of the text, capturing the emotion of the characters and expanding the story with whimsical details.
Not sure about you, but I’m not a fan of my child eating candy and other sweets laden with refined sugar. I really liked this idea for Naturally Sweet Valentines from Twig and Thistle. A much healthier and unique way to spread the love this Valentine’s Day.
If you’d like to purchase the stickers you can do so here at Twig & Thistles Etsy shop.
Although my husband and I aren’t really into Valentines Day there are plenty of occasions throughout the year when we may want to send flowers or a plant to a friend or family member for one reason or another. I always feel a little uncomfortable about ordering from just any old company as I don’t know where or how they source their flowers and plants. I recently ran across this company Organic Bouquet. They are an eco-friendly retailer that only sources from sustainable farmers and provide good resources for farm workers and artisans. The other nice part is their prices seem to be comparable to the other online flower retailers.
Click here to visit Organic Bouquet!
One of my favorite authors is Christiane Northrup, M.D. She is an OBGYN and has written some fantastic books on holistic women’s topics. I was delighted to see this new book she has written for little girls called Beautiful Girl. Dr. Northrup believes “helping girls learn at a young age to value the wonder and uniqueness of their bodies can have positive benefits that will last throughout their lives. By reading this lovely book, little girls will learn how their bodies are perfect just the way they are, the importance of treating themselves with gentle care, and how changes are just a part of growing up.” What a beautiful message for any little girl.
You can purchase it here at Hayhouse or at Amazon
Okay, how fun is this!? A bubble machine for the shower….I love it! I’m planning on purchasing one of these for my 9 month old little guy. He loves bath time and I just read somewhere recently that bubbles are a great developmental activity. It’s too cold to play with them outside this time of year and quite frankly I don’t want to get sticky bubbles all over my house so this is a great compromise. I also think it will be loads of fun for him…..and who am I kidding I may even turn it on when I’m in the shower too!
Can be purchased on Amazon for $10.99.