Downton Abbey Black Friday

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Downton Abbey.  And I admit, I'm a fan as well.  Honestly, I haven't agreed with all the decisions the writers have made, but what show is perfect, right?  That being said--I adore the entire period it takes place in.  I love their huge mansion, the fashions, how they are trying to hold on to the past traditions in the evolving world.  I love how it shows the entire story of the servants' … [Read more...]

Scandinavian Inspired Ornaments

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Hello friends!  As part of the DecoArt Design Team, this month I was challenged to come up with a project with the theme of International Holidays.  There are so many options here, but I was really drawn to the bold red and white of Scandinavia.  I really love their style and art, so I decided to give my own a try.  It ended up being pretty easy and anyone can do it!  I mean seriously, my six year old helped me with this, so yes--anyone can do … [Read more...]

10 Unique Mens Gift Ideas

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I have the same problem every year--my husband's birthday and Christmas fall within three weeks of each other.  So basically I use up all my gift ideas for him on his birthday and Christmas always seems to be a bit of a letdown.  Plus, he is the type of guy to buy himself things that he wants instead of waiting for it, which makes his wish list very short.  So I've had to get creative and I have come up with this list of 15 unique mens gift … [Read more...]

5 Minute Hot Chocolate Gift

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This post first appeared on Tatertots and Jello. It's time to start thinking gift-everything.  Gifts for kids, parents, siblings, spouses.  But don't forget gifts for neighbors, teachers, co-workers, bosses, and anyone else you might need to whip up a quick gift for!  Today I'm sharing a 5-minute hot chocolate gift.  It seriously couldn't be easier! Supplies: Mug (mine was from IKEA) Sharpie, fine tip Hot chocolate mix Mini … [Read more...]

10 Awesome Toys for Kids

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It's that time of year--time for massive amounts of shopping.  The hardest part is knowing what to get.  Sometimes they have lists, but sometimes I feel like my kids don't really know what they want.  They have a limited world view and don't know what is out there in the way of toys.  So I decided to go on a hunt for some cool toys that most kids will sure to love.  So without further adieu, here is 10 awesome toys for kids! 1. Giant … [Read more...]

8 Personalized Gift Ideas Under $50 (& giveaway)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Personal Creations. **Spoiler for Michelle--don't keep reading unless you want to know what your Christmas presents are!** Every year I put off all my Christmas shopping until December and every year I want to punch myself in the throat.  I hate how stressful the holidays can be!  My family does a gift exchange among siblings--and I have 10 siblings.  So we rotate through and this … [Read more...]

20 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Now

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I know Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and you all are super excited to see all the Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby right?? Seeing as it's July...maybe not so much.  But I always like to post some handmade Christmas gifts at this time because Christmas is so overwhelming with the number of things you have to do that handmade gifts tend to not happen.  If you put them off until December, chances are it will become next year's gift am I … [Read more...]

Merry LEGO Christmas!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LEGO for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. When you are a mother of little boys, LEGOs are inevitable.  I don't know one little boy who doesn't love LEGOs.  My own kids play with them and already own WAY too many.  And on top of that, there's the LEGO tv shows, video games, and so much more.  One of my favorite LEGO things is the website.  They have tons of free games and activities … [Read more...]