DIY Ornament Vase by Gimme Some Style

When I saw these DIY Ornament Vases by Gimme Some Style, my first thought was I need to have a holiday party so I can make these as place settings / favors! I could easily see a small name tag attached or even written directly on the ornament itself and it would make a great take home memento at the end of the night. I could even picture them being used at a holiday themed wedding!

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Christmas Trivia and Fun Facts

Image Credit: Flickr User Bunches and Bits

Image Credit: Flickr User Bunches and Bits

It’s Christmas Eve! Be bell of the holiday party ball with these bits of fun Christmas Trivia and Facts sure to dazzle your friends and family with your holiday knowledge brilliance! Continue reading

5 Reasons….I Love the Snow!

Image Credit: Flickr User stashabella

Image Credit: Flickr User stashabella

I’m a cold weather girl. If I didn’t have to deal with 90+ degree days ever in a year, I’d be happy. So I’d like to share a bit about something I really love. Love so much I can’t wait for it to arrive, hate to see it go, and hope I get bunches in between. Snow! Continue reading

DIY Vintage Glitter Bulbs by The Moody Fashionista

There is something about old fashioned Christmas tree light bulbs that makes me incredibly nostalgic. Seeing them brings back wonderful holiday memories Christmases at my grandmother’s house. She always used the old fashioned lights on her tree and seeing them brings a smile to my face. At the same time, I am not a big fan of how they look on my own Christmas tree. Call me strange, but I feel like they clunky and odd on my tree even though they always seemed perfect on hers. When I came across these DIY Vintage Glitter Bulbs by The Moody Fashionista, I found the perfect way to include the nostalgia of vintage Christmas bulbs into my holiday decor, while sticking to my preference of the smaller bulbed lights on my tree.

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Your First Time… Cooking a Holiday Dinner!

Image Credit: Rob Marquardt

Image Credit: Rob Marquardt

When I was growing up, my family didn’t really celebrate holidays. Still, my dad’s company provided all their employees with free turkeys around Thanksgiving, so it’s not like I never knew what it was like to have turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. In fact, my mom’s recipe for pumpkin pie is absolutely the best – she just didn’t need it to be Thanksgiving to make it. Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: ‘A Christmas Story’ Leg Lamp

Every Christmas my family leaves the A Christmas Story marathon on for a full twenty fours in the background as they go about their holiday traditions. Sometimes it’s muted with holiday music blasting in place of the dialogue and at other times a hush falls over the house as someone turns up their favorite part and everyone recites the lines along with the characters like some odd Christmas version of A Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every year I swear I am going to buy my dad one of those fraj-eel-a leg lamp’s that must be from Italy for two reasons: one being it’s his favorite part of the movie and he would definitely put it right in my parents’ front window; and two my mother would have a coronary just like the mom in the movie and that would be hilarious. Continue reading

Vanilla Cupcakes with Brandy Icing Recipe by Jenny of Bake

Image Credit: Jenny of http://www.bake-online.co.uk/

Image Credit: Jenny of http://www.bake-online.co.uk/

Merry Christmas!!! Time seems to be flying in the final run down to the main event and I can barely keep up!  I’m writing this bathed in the glow of twinkling fairy lights, cuddled under a blanket watching Mad Men reruns – Heaven!

To me, this season brings a sense of nostalgia wrapped in spice and dried fruit; that’s not the case for everyone.  Less than half my family like Christmas pudding, so post Christmas dinner it’s always a struggle to find them a suitable dessert.

Not wanting to rely on the typical chocolate dessert I played around with other childhood memories, in the hope that one day I will get to experience a ‘White Christmas’ and my Grandmother’s brandy butter. The result, sweet white cupcakes with a hint of booze, the perfect way to finish Christmas dinner. Continue reading

DIY Mosaic Ornaments by Creme de la Craft

I am all about handmade holiday decorations. Every year when you pull them out of storage it’s a reminder of the fun you had making them and the splendor of  holidays past. The challenge is finding projects that you will actually want to showcase in your home for years to come. Today, I’m going to make it really easy for you by presenting you with these DIY Mosaic Ornaments by Creme de la Craft!

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Top 5: Holiday/Winter Book Recommendations

Top 5 Holiday/Winter Books

It may not officially be “winter” just yet, but the holiday season has kicked into high gear. What’s better to do on a cold, gloomy day than cozy up on the couch and read a book? Below are a few of my favorite winter and holiday-themed young adult novels to help get you in the spirit! Continue reading

DIY Candy Cane Bow Necklace by Lines Across

How adorable is this Candy Cane Bow Necklace by Rachel of Lines Across? It would make the perfect accessory for a holiday party and since it’s a DIY each one you make will be a one of a kind creation. Everything you need to make your own can be found at your local craft store and you don’t even need a special kiln or pottery oven! To find out how to make you own and lots of other great projects visit Lines Across!

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DIY Instagram Holiday Cards by Photojojo

I am going to be honest with you people, the only Holiday Cards I ever save are those with your faces on them. I appreciate your cards, don’t get me wrong, but the minute the holiday season is over I file them in the circular recycling bin to make room on my fridge for grocery lists, reminders, and the random cards we get throughout the rest of the year… unless your smiling mug or adorable child is on them. For some reason, I feel guilty throwing “you” away so all the cards I receive with family pictures get packed away with the rest of my Christmas decorations and I must admit it’s nice seeing them every year when I take out the Christmas supplies.

And that very drawn out intro brings me to today’s DIY Feature, Instagram Holiday Cards by Photo Jojo. I love the idea of making homemade cards for friends and family just as much I love receiving them. The DIY gives you too options, one showing how to do everything the digital way and the other showing you how to get down right crafty. I prefer the crafty method, but that’s just me! Either way you can create some beautiful personalized Holiday Cards that will thrill your friends and family. To check out the Full DIY, s well as their other fun photo projects, visit Photojojo!

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Black Friday Shopping Survival Guide

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Black Friday shopping. For some, it’s the equivalent of an Olympic event, requiring hours of physical and mental preparation in a quest for the ultimate goal of getting all the deals. For others, it sounds like a waking nightmare and they’d rather just sit at home and eat leftovers all day. I fall somewhere in between, and I have found a happy medium when it comes to Black Friday shopping. I participate, I enjoy it, I get some good deals and I don’t get super stressed out. Continue reading