Category: Christmas

21 Days of Savoring the Holidays

I absolutely love love love the holiday season.  We listen to Christmas music, decorate the house, and get our fill of eggnog.  This year will be especially fun because my son is finally getting old enough to really enjoy himself and even though he won’t really understand the concept of Santa, he’ll definitely enjoy all the festivities.

Yet STILL every year there’s a bit of stress when it comes to getting last minute gifts, decorating in time for a gathering, boxing up cookies for everyone, actually baking all those cookies, and God forbid I’ve planned something crafty because then I’m really stressed.  So every year my plan has been to get my shopping done early, cut back on the baking, and basically eliminate the craft attempts (your welcome, family).  It hasn’t actually happened yet, but I try.

 

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What to Do Now to Prepare Your Zazzle Store for the Holiday Season

The holidays are so close that I can almost taste them and that has me excited for so many different reasons, one of which is that I consistently make the most Zazzle sales over the holiday season (and you know how much I love making money on Zazzle). No matter what you do, odds are in your favor that you’ll make more this time of year just because people are shopping so much.  But there are still some things that you can do to prepare your Zazzle store to increase your sales even more.

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10 Best Gifts for the Tech Loving Man in Your Life

I’ve got some definite tech lovers in my family, so this list was really easy to put together.  Some are past successes that I wish I could just give again, others will be making their appearance at the next holiday season. Thankfully, my husband and Dad have both agreed not to read this post (it will be really hard for them, I’m sure), so I can be totally honest with you. 🙂  They also both weighed in on these ideas, so I can tell you exactly what they were thinking.

Here we go!  The best gifts for the tech loving man in your life:

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10 Gifts that 1-Year Old Boys Will Love

Technically it isn’t hard to shop for a 1-year old.  There are thousands and thousands of options. BUT…that doesn’t mean that they’ll like your gift – or that their parents will.

My husband and I have the “luxury” of a child with a November birthday, so we get a double whammy of gifts each year for his birthday and Christmas.  With so much out there it can be really hard to know what is actually worth a purchase, so I’ve done the leg work for you and tested out just about every product under the sun.

Related post: 10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 1-Year Old Boys

Here are the winners:

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DIY Christmas Gift Wrap Paper Flowers

My plan to wrap all of my Christmas gifts in shipping paper is going really well and I’m so excited to have figured out how to make these cute little paper flowers!  I won’t lie, they’re not nearly as simple as the DIY photo labels that I’m also making, but they’re just so darn cool looking that I can’t resist!

Luckily, when all is said and done they don’t really take that much time.  And they are a great way to use up the extra scraps of wrapping paper, shipping paper, and scrapbook paper that I’m already using (so basically they cost nothing!).

So without further ado, here’s how to make these little beauties for yourself: (more…)

Reindeer Noses

If you’re not a pro at making cookies for the holidays, but still want to impress your guests, then this recipe is for you.  Reindeer noses are as simple as you can get and absolutely delicious. They only require 3 ingredients and they look awesome in little gift bags, so they’re perfect for dinner parties, parting gifts, or “just because” occasions.


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My 1 Year Old’s Holiday Season Bucket List

I’ve always loved the holiday season, but this year is going to be more amazing than usual.  My little guy is going to make it a thousand times more enjoyable and I can’t wait for all the things I want to show him.

Christmas has always been a big deal for me, but this year one of the greatest additions will be celebrating Halloween.  I’ve never been a fan of Halloween (other than it marked the last day of the non-Christmas season), but now that I have a son it has taken on a whole new meaning.

So with all of the great Fall Bucket Lists I’ve seen come out, I couldn’t resist putting together my own Holiday Season Bucket List for my littlest love.  Let’s hope we can live up to my plan and pass down our love of the holidays! (more…)

Ten Minute Toffee

I don’t know about you, but over in my corner of the universe Fall is in the air. Autumn crafts are filling up my Pinterest feed, boots are lining the store shelves, and I’m finally able to leave my windows open all day. And when the jeans come out, so do the extra-special goodies that bathing suits just don’t allow for – like one of my ultimate favorites, Ten Minute Toffee.

This recipe literally takes just 10 minutes. And it is SO GOOD. I mean… butter, sugar, chocolate, saltines??  Come on. It’s a dream. And it is so, so easy to make (plus only needs 4 ingredients).

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