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Recipes and home decor ideas that are perfect for Christmas.

9 Beautiful Advent Calendars

Well, Thanksgiving is a mere hours away which means, according to the law of the land, the countdown to Christmas can OFFICIALLY begin!

Now I know some of you crazy people are already listening to Christmas music and have trees glowing in the windows, but the arrival of Thanksgiving means it’s just full steam ahead until the big day arrives.

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is counting down the days until Santa’s arrival, especially if you have little kids! With these fun advent calendars, you can count down the days until Christmas with some fun little trinkets to help tide the kiddos over!

9 Beautiful Advent Calendars

Kids will love this pretty Bottle Top Calendar. Fill each day with small candies or coins.

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This beautiful Embroidery Hoop Wreath calendar is a fun way to count down the days until Christmas!

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Elegant and decorative, this Paper Cone Advent Calendar can be filled with candies, toys, sweets and more. You could also use this to count down days to a wedding!

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Fill these little Tree-Topped Bottles with fun family activities for a December to remember.

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Kids will love opening these Paper Gingerbread Men to find gift cards, candies, cash and more!

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Use paper cups to craft this adorable Santa Advent Calendar.

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Once you pop, the fun won’t stop! This Balloon Advent Calendar is one you’ll want to repeat year after year!

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This Pink and Copper Advent Calendar is almost to pretty to take apart! Add ornaments and other trinkets to make your calendar extra festive.

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Let the fun rain down with this Chandelier Advent Calendar. This would also be a fun way to count down the hours until New Year’s!

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12 Alternative Christmas Trees

It’s (ALMOST) the most wonderful time of the year…

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I love having a tree in the living room for Christmas; however, my living room is so small that it can barely even hold our furniture, let alone a decorated tree.

I’ve mainly used artificial trees in my years of apartment living but last year I decided to try a small, little tree…a la Charlie Brown. While it made the apartment smell amazing, it also shed needles all over the carpet that I’m STILL finding now almost a year later.

UGH.

This year I’m seriously considering trying an alternative Christmas tree…one that I can hang on the wall or make from something I have around the apartment already.

In case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ideas! Made with pieces of wood, ladders, boxes and more, these alternative Christmas trees are a great way to bring the holidays into your home without worrying about needles all over the floor!

12 Alternative Christmas Trees

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Shelf Tree

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Wooden Tree

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Garland Tree

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Box Tree

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Fringe Tree

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Wood Branch Tree

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Ladder Tree

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PVC Pipe Tree

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Fairy Light Tree

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Wooden Plaque Tree

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Trinket Tree

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Framed Ornament Tree

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December 25, 2017 · 8:33 am

8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

Are you traveling for the holidays? Thank your hostess for everything they’ve done with one of these awesome homemade hostess gifts. Sure, you can pick up a box of chocolates on the way or spring for a $15 bottle of wine, but what better way to show someone how much you care than with something that’s homemade?

These fun crafts also make great gifts or stocking stuffers, so even if you’re not going to someone else’s house for the holidays, you can make one of these little trinkets for a quick and easy gift idea!

8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

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  1. Rosemary and Peppermint Scrub
  2. Slate Coasters
  3. Recipe Box
  4. Painted Utensils
  5. Monogrammed Cheese Board
  6. Crystal Wine Stoppers
  7. Hot Chocolate Gift Set
  8. Homemade Vanilla Extract

 

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13 Amazing DIY Ugly Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly sweater parties! I don’t know how or why this tradition started, but since it’s caught on, even the high-end department stores have gone to great lengths to create fashionable (and EXPENSIVE) ugly sweaters…but I don’t play by those rulez!

The whole point of ugly sweaters is to make them as tacky as possible…and if you ask me, the only way to really do that is to make them yourself!

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And if you need some creative inspiration, here are a few amazing ugly sweaters made by creative minds just like yours! Just dig through your craft stash and grab your hot glue gun, some feathers, a few pieces of felt and an old sweater and you have the makings to create something truly fantastic!

Maybe Christmas spirit, like this, doesn’t come from a store…
Your Big Collection of Outrageously Ugly DIY Christmas Sweater Ideas - DIY for Life:

Puke up some holiday cheer!
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Well, this is slightly morbid…
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Don’t have a mantel?  BECOME THE MANTEL!
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Want to go in together?  This couple has the right idea!
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Because…why not.
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This is a dollar store dream come true!
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BE A SNOWGLOBE!
Learn how to make an uncommon DIY ugly Christmas sweater with this Snow Globe DIY Ugly Sweater tutorial. By using a clear plastic bowl, you will give the illusion of a snow globe bursting out of the front of your homemade ugly Christmas sweater.:

This is my kind of Christmas spirit!
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER MENS BOOZING SNOWMAN LIGHTS MUSIC JINGLE BELLS SONG SZ L #whocares #Crewneck:

I’m pretty sure my 3rd grade teacher owned this sweater 😉
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This one’s sure to get you on the naughty list!
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Really can’t get much uglier than this one…
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Hahahahahahhahaha I honestly love this.
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9 Edible Treats for Gift Giving

Though December is dominated by cookies of all varieties, not everyone is aboard the cookie train (I know, hard to believe!).  Some folks prefer homemade candies, while others love the combination of salty/sweet snacks.  For those who are looking for a little something different, here are 9 Edible Treats for Gift Giving that AREN’T Cookies!

Great for hostess gifts or for giving out along with your cookie plate, these edible candies and treats are an easy and cost-friendly alternative to baking batches and batches of cookies.  I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a die-hard cookie fan and every year my kitchen turns into a butter paradise in December…but I always try to include a little homemade candy arrangement as well.  It’s something different in terms of taste and texture and it’s a quick project to work on while my cookies bake away in the oven.

So if you’re looking for an easy candy recipe or something simple and quick to bring to your work cookie exchange, look no further than these 9 Sweet Treats that are Great for Gift Giving!

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Christmas Muddy Buddies
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
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Homemade Turtle Clusters
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Homemade Peanut Brittle
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Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Almonds
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White Chocolate Tag-a-Lings
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Reindeer Rice Krispies
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Easy Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
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10 Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

We’re all trying to save money around the holidays…and just because you’re trying to save a little green doesn’t mean you can’t bring the magic of the season into your home!

I mean, let’s face it…if my bank account were a person, it would have a serious nutrient deficiency.  IT NEEDS MORE GREENS, AM I RIGHT?!  But with these clever and creative dollar store Christmas decorations, you can create a magical Christmas wonderland in your home without spending a cent (or at least spending very few of them!).

So keep the greens in the bank.  This year, make your own magical Christmas decorations with materials you most likely have in your craft storage bin already!

Pinterest Top 10:  Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

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 Fa La La La La Embroidery Hoop Mantel Decor
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Rudolph the Glitter Reindeer
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JOY Sign
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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
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Christmas Sweater Pillows
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DIY Sparkle Branches
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Merry and Bright Wall Art
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Paper Christmas Lights
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Cookie Cutter Wreath
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Spoon Trees
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Want to see more of my favorite Christmas ideas?  Check out my Pinterest board, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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How to Turn Christmas Cards into Bookmarks

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like throwing away cards that people send me.  A few years ago I did a purge of all the cards I had saved over the years and I gave each one a kiss before placing it in the recycling bin.

In some cases, I was able to reuse the card by cutting it up and using pieces for scrapbook embellishments or even to make new cards.  For the cards that I got for the holidays, I decided to create simple bookmarks (or gift tags) to be used in the years to come.  This is an easy way to reuse cards for all occasions and a collection of these cute bookmarks would make a great stocking stuffer come next Christmas.

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You could even use up leftover Christmas bows and ribbons to embellish your bookmarks.  Remember that these will be holding a place in a book, so don’t add too many embellishments because it can warp the book pages.  I left my bookmarks as is, but if you’re using an old card as a gift tag, feel free to add stickers, sentiments, ribbons…whatever your little heart desires!

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Recycled Christmas Cards Bookmarks and Tags

Materials:

  • Cards
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Ribbons
  • Embellishments (optional)

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Instructions:

  1. Lay your cards out and use a ruler and a pencil to create lines where you want to cut your bookmark out.  Cut along the lines.  If a card is a bit flimsy, you can glue a piece of cardboard to the back or use the backing from the back of the card to thicken your bookmark.
  2. Embellish your bookmarks with ribbons, stickers, glitter, etc.  Remember you want your bookmarks to be flat so they don’t warp pages of a book.

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9 Festive Gingerbread Recipes

For my family, nothing quite says Christmas like a thick and chewy gingerbread cookie.  My dad is a master at creating these wonderful holiday treats and they’ve become as important to our holiday traditions as the Christmas tree itself.

However, the last thing any of us need around Christmas time is more cookies, let alone more cookie recipes. I have cookie recipes coming out of my ears, and an exhausted oven that begs me every year to try something different for Christmas…like microwave lava cake…or no-bake truffle balls…or maybe just go to the store and buy gifts like a normal person.

Thankfully, cookies aren’t the only thing for gingerbread lovers. You can convert that yummy gingerbread taste into anything from cheesecake to waffles and get the taste you love without having to archive or search for another gingerbread cookie recipe.

Here are some yummy, fun, and easy recipes for gingerbread lovers, perfect for Christmas or any time the craving comes!

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1.  Gingerbread Ice Cream from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

2.  Baked Gingerbread Mini Donuts from Pinch of Yum

3.  Gingerbread Granola from Kitchen Simplicity

4.  Gingerbread Waffles from Evan’s Kitchen Ramblings

5.  Gingerbread Biscotti from Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body

6.  Dreamy Creamy Gingerbread Fudge by Luna Cafe

7.  Gingerbread Cheesecake from Martha Stewart

8.  Gingerbread Latte from Forever Recipes

9.  White Chocolate Topped Gingerbread Cookies from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

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