Pedicure Gift Basket Idea

I have a friend who has a birthday in December.  I don't know personally, but I feel like having a December birthday would be kind of hard.  Everyone is so busy with the holidays, and then you end up getting a birthday present that often doubles as a Christmas present.  So my friends and I wanted to do something special for her birthday to let her know that it wasn't just lumped in with Christmas.  However you could certainly use this idea for … [Read more...]

25 DIY Stocking Stuffers Under $10

It's hard to believe that Christmas is so close already! I seriously can't believe it's only a few days away. I was getting ready for Christmas back at the beginning of November when it felt sooo far away and then in the blink of an eye, it's practically here! Are any of you in panic mode? Have you gotten everything on your Christmas shopping list? How about your Christmas DIY list? Here is a list of some great last minute DIY stocking stuffers! … [Read more...]

Mini Chocolate Lasagnas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The best part about Christmas time are the traditions.  Traditions are what made Christmas so exciting for me.  Every year I could look forward to night spend looking at Christmas lights, decorating sugar cookies, Christmas caroling, and of course the ritual of Christmas morning getting up together and going downstairs to see all our … [Read more...]

Airheads Hot Chocolate Mugs

This post was sponsored by Airheads, all opinions are my own. Christmas crafting is the funnest...I think it's the time of year when I see most of my friends actually taking the time to make things.  And what's even more fun than crafting is crafting with candy!  Making gingerbread houses, yes, but have you ever thought beyond that?  How about Airheads hot chocolate mugs? I thought it would be super fun for my kids and I to make these … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Cozy Christmas Gift Basket

This post was sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart, all opinions are my own. Don't miss the giveaway at the end of this post! There are always those people in your life that you really don't know what to get them for Christmas.  They either have everything they want or need, you don't know them that well, or you just don't have the time or energy to put forward a truly custom gift.  Well I have the perfect solution for … [Read more...]

Frozen Peppermint Oreo Hot Chocolate

This post was sponsored by DairyPure but all opinions are 100% my own. When I first started putting this recipe together, it was going to be just a milkshake.  Which technically, it still is.  But when I was in New York in October, I had a chance to visit the delicious Serendipity and try one of their frozen hot chocolates.  And this recipe reminded me so much of it that I renamed it frozen hot chocolate!  But I have some yummy peppermint and … [Read more...]

Adventures in Decorating a 12 Ft Christmas Tree

New house, new high 18 foot ceilings...new 12 ft Christmas tree! My first Christmas I was married I was so excited to get my own Christmas tree and make my home super festive.  I have always been crazy about Christmas decorations inside the home because I think it makes a HUGE difference in the feel.  I love the magic feeling of twinkling lights... Anyway, I bought a fake 7 foot tree that was one of those ones you had to put each … [Read more...]

25 Fabulous & Easy DIY Ornaments

We got a new tree this year. I should clarify for all of you who purchase real trees and get new trees every year--we got a new artificial tree this year. My husband is allergic to the real ones, plus I admit I like the convenience of the pre-lit trees and how easy they are to set up. Our new tree, though, is 12 feet tall--a far cry above our old 7 footer. That means a LOT more ornaments! I will post about my full experience in decorating … [Read more...]