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It Came Just the Same!

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“He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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12 Splendiferious Grinch Recipes

Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch…

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But these snacks inspired by the Grinch will have your heart growing to two times its normal size!

Whether you’re brave enough to go see the new Grinch movie (sense my sarcasm?) or you’re just a fan of the original book/movie, these great grinchy treats will have you banging your tartinkers and slanging your sloo-slunkers!

12 Splendiferious Grinch Recipes

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  1. Grinch Cake
  2. Grinch Candy Bark
  3. Grinchy Rice Krispie Treats
  4. Grinch Cake Balls
  5. Grinch Ice Cream
  6. Grinch Smoothie
  7. Grinch Pretzel Bites
  8. Grinch Cookies (dairy free!)
  9. Grinch Cake
  10. Cut-Out Grinch Cookies
  11. Grinch Popcorn
  12. Green Grinch Fudge

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25 Fun Facts about It’s a Wonderful Life

There are few movies that hit me right in the gut like It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s the only holiday movie I can only watch once a year because my delicate emotions just can’t handle more than that.

That being said, It’s a Wonderful Life is up there as one of my favorite movies ever. There’s something so honest and raw about it, something in George Bailey that just gets to me every time.

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Ironically, though it’s a beloved classic today, It’s a Wonderful Life was considered a bit of a flop when it first came out. It didn’t make back it’s large $3.8 million budget and though it boasted casting several Oscar winners, it wasn’t until several years later that the movie found the following it was looking for back in 1946.

If you find yourself in the holiday spirit, you’re going to love these enduring fun facts about one of the best holiday movies of all time, It’s a Wonderful Life

25 Fun Facts about It’s a Wonderful Life

In the scene where Donna Reed throws a rock through the window of the Granville house, director Frank Capra hired a marksman to shoot the window out on cue; however, Reed broke the window herself. She played baseball in high school and had a strong throwing arm.

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As Uncle Billy drunkenly leaves the Bailey home, it sounds as if he stumbles into some trash cans on the sidewalk. In fact, a crew member dropped a large tray of props right after Thomas Mitchell went off-screen. James Stewart began laughing, and Mitchell quickly improvised, “I’m alright, I’m okay!” Director Frank Capra decided to use this take in the final cut and gave the stagehand a $10 bonus for “improving the sound.”

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The gym floor that opens up to reveal a pool was real. It was located at Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles.

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James Stewart was nervous about the phone scene kiss because it was his first onscreen kiss since his return to Hollywood after the war. Under director Frank Capra’s watchful eye, Stewart filmed the scene in only one unrehearsed take, and it worked so well that part of the embrace was cut because it was too passionate to pass the censors.

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Director Frank Capra said It’s a Wonderful Life is one of his favorite films.

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While filming the scene in which George prays in the bar, James Stewart was so overcome that he began to sob. Frank Capra later re-framed and blew up the shot because he wanted to catch that expression on Stewart’s face. This is why the shot looks so grainy compared with the rest of the film.

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The set of Bedford Falls was constructed in two months and covered four acres of land, one of the longest sets in American movie history. It included 75 stores and buildings, a main street, a factory district and a residential and slum area.

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Main Street itself was 300 yards long – about 3 city blocks.

Capra created a new “snow” for this film, using foamite, soap and water. This quiet snow would allow the team to record the sound live. Previous to It’s a Wonderful Life, snow was made using Cornflakes that had been painted white, which were so loud that dialogue had to be dubbed in later.

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A photograph of James Stewart at 6 months old was donated by his parents and included in the film set.

Though a beloved holiday tradition today, the film was considered a flop when it first opened in 1946.

Today it’s ranked as the #1 Most Inspirational Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute.

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The scene on the bridge where Clarence saves George was filmed on a back lot on a day where the temperature was 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This is why James Stewart is visibly sweating in a few scenes.

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James Stewart cited George Bailey as being his favorite character he ever played, but stated in several interviews that Harvey (1950) was his favorite movie he starred in.

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In the scene at the dance in the high school gym, when George Bailey first sees Mary and approaches her, the young man talking to Mary is “Alfalfa” of Little Rascals fame in the uncredited role of Freddie Othelo.

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The part of George Bailey was originally developed at another studio with Cary Grant earmarked for the role. When Frank Capra inherited the project, he rewrote it to suit Stewart.

The entire film was shot in 90 days.

Stewart was 38 years old while filming, though his charter George ranged in age throughout the film from 21 to 38. Donna Reed was 25 during filming, though her character Mary ranged in age from 18 to 35.

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George says he hopes to go to college to “learn how to build things”. In real life, Stewart majored in architecture at Princeton University.

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It’s a Wonderful Life marked Donna Reed’s first starring role.

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Henry Travers, who plays Clarence, also stars in The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945) as Horace P. Bogardus. When George Bailey passes a movie theater towards the end of the movie, that film is being showcased.

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The scene on the famous poster of George holding Mary in the air is never shown in the film.

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Capra was said to have gotten the idea for the film from a Christmas greeting card.

Mr. Potter is never caught as the thief who embezzled $8,000, which apparently he got to keep. This was unusual for a Hollywood film of the time as criminals were often required by censorship to be punished or made to repent.

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Over the course of the film, there are 42 bell chimes…meaning 42 angels got their wings!

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9 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

Looking for a stocking stuffer for your favorite bookworm? These cute ideas from Etsy are sure to be well-loved by any book lover!

9 Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

Light up a cozy reading nook with a themed candle. This little Etsy shop has candles themed for every fandom, including Harry PotterGame of Thrones, and many, many more.

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This Literature of the World map showcases where famous novels took place. This is one piece of art that any bookworm will love!

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Nothing pairs with a good book like a pair of cozy socks! These socks can be customized to be a variety of colors.

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Give your favorite bookworm a cuppa she’ll love with these Novel Teas. Each tea tag contains a quote about books or from a famous author.

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This message in a locket is a great gift for someone close to your heart. Select a pre-made message or customize it to suit your occasion.

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Give your bookworm some flair with this Bookworm pin.

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Every book lover has a collection of mugs…and this Chapter Mug makes a great addition to any collection!

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Track books read, to read and favorite passages with this awesome reading journal.

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Most bookworms will agree…the book is (almost) always better. This cute key chain is the perfect reminder.

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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 Days of Christmas Candy

I love making cookies for the holidays, but it’s a ton of work to have your oven on all day every day and batches of cookies all over your house. My fridge is packed with so much butter and eggs that I don’t even have room for ACTUAL food to live on 😉

I’ve been trying to cut back on the cookies in recent years, so I like to off-set and fill in my cookie baskets with some homemade candies. Candies often take less than an hour to make and often require 0 baking time. They’re great for bringing into the office, as one batch usually makes a ton of servings…and they’re great for gifting, as they can stay out at room temperature and be packaged without the fear of ruining any decorations.

If you’re looking for some quick and easy treats to make this holiday season, look no further than these 12 holiday candy recipes. From peanut buttery buckeyes to candy-coated popcorn, these sweets are sure to get your friends and family in the holiday spirit!

12 Days of Christmas Candy

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  1. Homemade Gum Drops
  2. Salted Nut Roll
  3. Marshmallow Bon-Bons
  4. Buckeye Balls
  5. White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
  6. Homemade Peanut Brittle
  7. Chocolate Orange Party Mix
  8. Vegan Candy Pecans
  9. Gingerbread Caramel Popcorn Crunch
  10. Easy Homemade Almond Joy Bars
  11. Turtle Pretzel Clusters
  12. Chocolate Peanut Candy Bars

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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

Funky Junk's treeless Christmas ladder tree

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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12 Garlands for the Whole Year

Be ready for every holiday and season with these 12 Garlands for the Whole Year. From New Year’s Day decor to garlands you can have up from fall through the winter, these seasonal decorations are great for beginning crafters and decorators!

12 Garlands for the Whole Year

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January

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February

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August
This garland is made of pool noodles! What a fun idea! Dress up your pool party with this fun, waterproof decoration!

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September
Dried apples make a festive garland you could use all the way through the fall and winter. Use it on your Thanksgiving table, too for a festive touch.

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October

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November

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December
This one doesn’t have a tutorial, but it’s pretty easy to figure out! Some fake snow, some little fake trees, and a garland of plastic lights and you’re set to go!

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14 Seriously Amazing Truffle Recipes

A few weeks ago I was just browsing the Internet at 1:00 am…as ya do…and I came across this:

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PEANUT. BUTTERSCOTCH. NUTELLA. BROWNIE BOMBS.

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I squee’ed a little bit, not gonna lie.

What resulted was a deep nose-dive into truffle recipes and I’m not sorry…not at all. I stayed up way too late planning and thinking about my holiday cookie tray and wondering what cookies I could “retire”, as it were, to make room for these amazing truffles.

Since I know a lot of you also bake and decorate for your families and for the holidays, here lies the result of my late-night conquest…14 seriously amazing truffle recipes that you’re going to want to pin, save, blog, tweet, post or print if you’re old-fashioned like me! 😉

14 Seriously Amazing Truffle Recipes

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Peanut, Butterscotch, Nutella Brownie Bombs

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Raspberry, Coconut and Chocolate Truffles

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Raspberry, White Chocolate and Pistachio Truffles

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Peppermint Truffles

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Cookie Dough Brownie Bites

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Raw Carrot Coconut Truffles

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Sugar Cookie Truffles

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Carrot Cake Truffles

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

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Caramel Stuffed White Chocolate Truffles

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Bourbon White Chocolate Truffles

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White Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

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Cheesecake Truffles

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Easy Lemon Truffles

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Crocheted Grinch Doll

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store…maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

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Yes, I know it’s July…but YOU GUYS – that only means 6 more months until CHRISTMAS!!

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Don’t worry, I promise I’m not THAT excited…but I am excited to share with you this little crocheted Grinch doll that’s just waiting to liven up your holiday décor!

With a heart that’s 3x the size it should be and a little removable Santa hat to add some holiday cheer, this crocheted Grinch doll makes a splendiferous holiday gift for anyone on your list, Who’s and Grinches alike! Make one for yourself following this Crocheted Grinch Pattern* or buy this one fully made and ready to go at my Etsy shop (coming soon!)!

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*This pattern does NOT include the crocheted Santa hat, which I made on a whim or the crocheted heart, which can be found here. The original Grinch pattern also includes facial features, which I decided not to include on this doll.

Grinch Pattern: http://yarnwars.com/free-patterns-created-yarnwars/free-mr-grinch-inspired-doll-crochet-pattern/

Heart Pattern: http://www.dailycrochet.com/super-quick-and-easy-crochet-heart-amigurumi-pattern/ (Large heart made)

Or just buy this one on Etsy, COMING SOON! Stay tuned! 🙂

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