Chocolatey Christmas Trees

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  As soon as Thanksgiving is over, our house and our focus shifts right to Christmas.  I put the finishing touches on our Christmas countdown, find a good hiding spot for the gifts, and get creative in the kitchen!  But with all of this excitement and novelty of the Christmas season, I need to remind myself that simple is also impressive~even when it comes to food.

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Five Festive Holiday Coffee Bar Ideas

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Am I the only one who gets super excited when the holiday flavors of coffee creamer hit the stores?  I’m sure not!  I love my Peppermint Mochas from the coffeehouse, but I also especially love getting the Peppermint Mocha Creamer from Coffee Mate out of my own refrigerator!  The flavors of peppermint and chocolate put me in the Christmas spirit, and they make entertaining guests extra easy and fun!  We drink coffee a lot in our house,  and often serve it to guests while we are entertaining.  When we are putting up our tree, making cookies, or relaxing after a day gift wrapping, my husband and I are often enjoying a hot drink.   Today I am going to share with you the essentials we have to stock our home coffee bar for the holidays~to enjoy for ourselves and to serve to our guests!  These Five Festive Holiday Coffee Bar Ideas will keep you prepared for unexpected guests and keep your family in the holiday mood during all the decorating and wrapping!

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Clean an Epic Craft Mess with Eureka

Clean an Epic Mess with the Eureka Suction Seal 2.0 #EurekaPower #cbias #shop

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It’s Christmas time, and in our house that can easily be referred to as “Craftimas Time”.  All of a sudden, the week before Thanksgiving, I turn into a holiday craft machine.  Not to mention I am trying to keep the house clean for our upcoming holiday gatherings that we are hosting as well!

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DIY Christmas Countdown and 25 Advent Activities for Your Family

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It’s Christmas!  Yay!  And a week or so before Thanksgiving, I like to create an Advent calendar/Christmas countdown to have in our home.  We still do the traditional Advent calendar with the chocolates {it’s a tradition that grandma and grandpa give these to the kids}, but it’s also fun to countdown in a visual way.  So for this year’s Christmas Countdown, we are going the family activity route!

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Cinnamon Honey Beer Bread with Cinnamon Butter

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We love a good beer bread in our house.  I make it a lot in the winter time, when my husband likes to have it accompanying his chili.  It is SO easy, and while there are a lot of boxed mixes for Beer Bread out there, I prefer the homemade version.   I like it because I always have the ingredients on hand, and I know exactly what is going into it.

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Saving Money on Your Next Disney Vacation

10 Money Saving Tips for Your Walt Disney World Vacation #disneytravel #savemoneyatdisney

I am in the midst of planning our family’s 8th Walt Disney World Vacation~yes, the 7th one!  Seriously, I can’t believe it either.  Our first trip, in 2007, was a “Let’s go while my brother in law can get us a Castmember Discount.  Who knows when we will be able to go again?”  Fast forward to 2014, and we are almost 180 days away from our 7th Walt Disney World vacation.  Yay!!!  Over the years, and now as someone who sells Disney Travel, I’ve come up with some money saving tips for your next Walt Disney World Vacation.

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Perfect Holiday Gift for Boys & A $100 Walmart Giveaway

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I have two sweet boys who are all of a sudden 11!  I can’t believe that in February, these sweet boys will be turning the corner toward their teenage years!  Or, maybe I can’t believe that I am old enough to have 11 year olds!  Every year, I am on the quest to find cool Christmas gifts for them.  You know, something super awesome that they’ll love and treasure for years to come~and maybe even last long enough to give it to their kids.  While they still want toys, I’m happy to oblige~before they turn toward wanting super expensive electronics.  One of the cool Christmas gifts I’m gifting them this year is a Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun. [Read more…]

Low Calorie Holiday Party Drinks with 7UPTEN and Canada DryTEN

Low Calorie Holiday Drink {Holiday Raspberry Spritzer} Equal parts wine, 7UP10, and add raspberries to garnish.

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One of my favorite holiday get togethers of the year is our ladies Bible study cookie swap.  Seven or eight of my close friends and I get together to exchange cookies, enjoy great food together, and just enjoy each other’s company before the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season sets in.  And when we are together, there is always some sort of fun, fruity, “frou frou” drink on the table!

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Holiday Lashes with Younique

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Have you jumped on the Younique craze yet?  I have!  And I LOVE it!  Younique is a cosmetic company, known for their famous 3D Mascara.   I have to say, my lashes are the least of my worries.  I have always had fairly thick, long eyelashes~not wearing mascara doesn’t freak me out.  But I didn’t know how awesome they could look until my friend Niki sent me some Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to try.  I’m totally hooked now!

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Perfectly Personal™ Christmas Cards from Shutterfly

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..for me, that means ordering our Christmas cards.  I LOVE designing our cards on Shutterfly, adding a personal message, and before I know it that orange envelope is in my mailbox.   I always wanted to be the mom who had those super awesome professional photos to show off on Christmas cards, canvases on the walls, and just about anything else that you can stick a photo on.

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