5 Tips for Shopping Secondhand Stores

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Is saving money one of your goals for the New Year?  I am always looking for a way to save a few extra dollars for our family.  One way I save money is to shop at our local consignment shop, as well as sell my items there.    I often have good luck finding items for our daughter, and sometimes her older brothers.  If saving money is one of your goals for 2015, then keep reading!  Today I want to share my 5 Tips for Shopping Secondhand Stores.

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Thank You for a Great Year & Top Posts of 2014

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I love looking back at My Favorite Finds, and enjoying how it has changed and grown over the years.  Four years!  December 29, 2010, I wrote my first post about Decorated Sugar Cookies.    In 2015, I’ll be celebrating the 5th birthday of my small piece of cyberspace, and I wanted to thank all of YOU for making that possible!

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Pretzels

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Do you ever have a grand idea for a recipe, and it just goes out the window?  If not, you’re lucky.  That is sort of what happened when I saw these Double Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Pretzels on Pinterest.  Aren’t they impressive?  I was SO excited to make them for our Ladies Bible Study Cookie Exchange Party.  Appearing super easy, and having most of the ingredients on hand, I went out and picked up some sourdough pretzels.  As soon as I opened the box, I knew it was all over.  There was only ONE whole pretzel in the whole box~the rest were broken into pieces.  Ugh!  I knew it wasn’t going to work, and I wasn’t about to go buy every box of pretzels in hopes of salvaging enough to pull this recipe off.  Plan B it was.

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Top Five Snacks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Happy Friday!  Every Friday, I get to share tips on Disney Dining over on Celebrations Blog.  How awesome!  By the time I’m done writing my posts, I am drooling and making my next “must eat” list for our Disney World trip.  Today, I am sharing my Top Five Snacks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Sparkling Snowflake Front Door Wreath

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Every year at Christmas, our house gets a nice little makeover.   We put up our gigantic tree in the living room, decked with white, red, and silver ornaments.  Then the upstairs tree goes up, with all the kid ornaments, as well as the sentimental ones.  The mantel is decked with the nativities, Christmas Village, and garland.  And then there’s the front door.  I LOVE making wreaths for our front door.  But, I like them to last awhile.  For Christmas, I tend to make a more “winter” wreath, and when I saw this snowflake made from popsicle sticks on Pinterest, I knew I had to try it!  My Sparkling Snowflake Front Door Wreath turned out great!

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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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DIY Christmas Ornaments Using a Silhouette Cameo

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Have you seen those super cute vinyled ornaments on Pinterest?  I am sure you have~particularly if you are the proud owner of a Silhouette Cameo machine like I am!  I had seen some pop up in my Pinterest feed, and I wondered if it was really as easy as cutting some vinyl and putting it on a glass ornament.

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DIY Nativity Shadowboxes

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It’s Christmas!  And that, to me, means a lot of things.  Jesus’ birth, sharing the love of Christ with my family, decorating the tree, getting our house all cozy for Christmas morning…..and DIY Christmas gifts!  Every Christmas, I have several parties to attend, and I like to bring a little something as a gift for the other ladies in attendance.  Plus, I am sharing some extra Christmas love with you, along with my Silhouette Challenge friends with an awesome, spectacular giveaway!  Keep reading!

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Peppermint Stick White Chocolate Popcorn

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Popcorn is my absolute FAVORITE snack!  I love to make it in different ways, like Cinnabun Popcorn, Peanut Butter Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle, and classic with salt and melted butter.  For Christmas, though, I love to whip up this easy Peppermint Stick White Chocolate Popcorn.  It’s a nice alternative to cookies for cookie exchanges, and since it makes a lot of popcorn, you can bag it up to give as an easy, inexpensive homemade gift.  Combining peppermint, with my favorite snack of popcorn….and of course some white chocolate, you’ll have an easy and fun snack for Christmas!

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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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