A Dash and Dot Robot for Christmas

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Christmas is right around the corner.  Have you finish shopping for your children?  My kids can look forward to a variety of presents that encourage different skill building activities.   I'm excited to see them discover what they get.  But one gift I'm really excited to give them is one that will definitely help develop their brain--a Dash and Dot Robot!   Watch this cool video and see just what the Dash and Dot Robot can do! We recently … [Read more...]

20 Thoughtful Neighbor Gift Ideas

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Usually I do a super easy neighbor gift or skip it altogether. Sometimes Christmas is just such a hectic time of year that you have to cut your losses and decide which things are really a priority. I fully give you permission to do that! However! If you are ahead for your Christmas planning and want to do something special for your neighbors and friends...even teachers or the postman...here is a list of 20 thoughtful neighbor gift ideas! Merry … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Crack Recipe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. And three times for the win...another version of crack.  Let's just get the record straight--it's crackers.  Crack for the crackers. Today's version (chocolate peppermint crack) is brought to you by M&M'S® and Glad Holiday Press 'n' Seal. I went to Target and got all my stuff-the M&M'S® White Chocolate Peppermint, the … [Read more...]

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Marquee Sign

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I love marquee signs--don't you? They are so fun and cheerful.  And so is Christmas, so why not combine the two?  Marquee signs are not as hard as they might seem.  And for an extra Christmasey effect, I candy-cane striped the board.  And now- here's how to make your own Christmas marquee sign. Supplies: 1 1x12x6 2 1x2x6 6 large craft store chipboard letters (3 H's, 3 O's) Round Christmas lights Drill Nail gun, strong craft … [Read more...]

Gift Idea for Under $20

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Do you have that person on your Christmas shopping list that you never know what to get?  I'm sharing an idea today that pretty much anyone can enjoy--a spa gift basket.  And it doesn't have to be filled with expensive soaps and lotions, this is a gift idea for under $20! First you start with an eye catching gift basket.  Instead of the traditional wicker basket, I used this super cute chicken wire basket from Better Homes and Gardens at … [Read more...]

Rustic Stocking Holders & Giveaway

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You know me and rustic--we were made for each other.  I think I could have survived during early pioneer days.  I have all those homemaker skills down pretty well.  I really was channeling early settlers when I made these rustic stocking holders. They were pretty easy and I really love how they turned out.  It totally seems like something they would have made and had in their house.  Although maybe they just pounded some nails into the … [Read more...]

25 Beautiful DIY Ornaments

DIY Ornaments

It's officially the Christmas season! Have you put up your tree yet? I really wanted to buy a real tree this year but with us moving in a couple weeks, it just wasn't in the cards. But I did put up 'half' of my fake tree. That means I put the top half of the tree on the stand and elevated it on a table, haha! I love doing it this way though because you get the height with half the effort. And believe me, this being the old school non-lit … [Read more...]

Easy Gift Tags & Black Friday Silhouette Deals

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I recently got a new goodie in the mail--a Silhouette Portrait.  I've been trying to stop being intimidated by my Silhouette, not because it's hard to use, but because it seems like every time I used it I had to do a million things before using it (update the software, find the power cord, find the right power cord, clear off a large space on my messy craft desk, etc.) But since I am trying to use it more often, these things are getting less … [Read more...]