3 Ways to Give Small Space Big Impact: Christmas Edition #Minimalism

Guest post contributed by Elise Morgan

Dealing with a small space for your festive spirit during this holiday season doesn’t have to be stressful and less jolly. With adequate décor, strategically placed details and minimalist approach you can truly make your place shine without looking like a cluttered mess. It’s important that you analyze the space you have and pinpoint all the openings in the process that would allow for some Christmas décor. If you’re still unsure on how to go about giving your space that touch of festivity, keep on reading.
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Silly Southwestern Printable Gift Tags

Silly Southwestern Printable Gift Tags

Christmas is almost here! It’s the time of giving and if you’re like me, you have everything but the gift tags! Don’t simply write names on your gifts, print adorable clip art gift tags and add a little humorous character to your presents this year.
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Teenage Son? 4 Christmas Gifts That Will Rock This Holiday

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

When it comes to Christmas gifts, you’ll find that shopping for a teenage son is often the hardest to do as there aren’t as many choices as there are for girls. Some young men are selective when it comes to the items that they enjoy, and there are some who don’t have any specific item that they want for Christmas. An easy option is to give a gift card so that your son can get exactly what he wants after the holiday season.
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3 Things My Kids Don’t Need for Christmas This Year

 

While putting my kids Christmas lists on my phone last week (because, if they want me to remember, my phone has to remind me!) I stopped in my tracks.  I have been beyond busy for the last several weeks.  This time of year seems to breed functions to attend or projects to be completed.  I have been running here and there like an absolute mad woman.  It’s December.  What’s a mom to do come December when the tree’s up and there’s no gifts to wrap?  Get that list and add shopping to the endless list of things to do.  Why?  Why mama?  Why are we running ourselves ragged to buy things for our kids that they do NOT need?  Our kids don’t need things!  They need us!
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BELIEVE is Coming to Theaters on December 2! #WhatDoYouBelieve

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In a small town going through tough economic times, business owner Matthew Peyton (Ryan O’Quinn) struggles between his desire for financial success and the responsibility of funding the annual Christmas pageant. Desperate business decisions ruin his popularity and angry employees seek their revenge. But
when Matthew meets Clarence (Issac Ryan Brown), a joyful boy who believes in miracles, he must make a choice: do what’s best for himself or give faith a chance by opening his heart to help his new friend and his community.

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Out Of Gift Ideas? 4 Unique Ideas That Will Ensure You Rock The Holidays

Guest post contributed by Emma Sturgis

Out Of Gift Ideas?

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It’s easy to feel like you’ve run out of good gift ideas after searching online and exploring stores. However, this quick list will show you some stunning and unique gift ideas for anyone on your shopping list. This holiday season, you can impress your friends and loved ones with unique, memorable gifts.
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Sweet Creations – Baking Cupcakes for the Holidays!

Sweet Creations Cupcake Carrier

 

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My daughter loves to bake cupcakes.  She bakes them for birthday parties, holidays, basically any time she gets the chance. 😉  The problem has always been – “how do we transport these and display them once we arrive?” We have hauled them in multiple cake pans and whatever we could fit them in!  They always get messed up despite our efforts.  For the display, we even purchased cardboard cupcake stands that end up falling apart and simply look cheap!

Sweet Creations

I am thrilled to say that Good Cook has a beautiful solution to this problem!  The Sweet Creations Cupcake Carrier is a three tier plastic cupcake carrier that doubles as a stand.  You can use it for cupcakes, cake pops, or both combined!  It has a clear plastic lid that covers the carrier with a handle for easy transport.  All of the shelves are level and very sturdy.  You don’t have to worry about the cupcakes sliding around.  They fit neatly in their snug little place. 😉

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If you are thinking of delivering just a few cupcakes, the Sweet Creations Snow Flake Cupcake Boxes are perfect!  Each container holds 4 cupcakes along with a cupcake tray to prevent them from moving around in the box.  These will make stylish affordable gifts for teachers, co-workers, or church friends.

Don’t forget the cupcake papers!  Good Cook has thought of it all!  They have a pack of 50 Snow Flake Cupcake Papers that match the cupcake boxes!

 

How to:

For the cupcakes, I used a box recipe of Red Velvet Cake.  GASP!  Yes, I am a busy mom too. 😉  Some days you have to improvise!  The bottom layer of icing is cream cheese piped with a star tip using Wilton disposable piping bags.

I began on the outer edge of the cupcake top and piped in a circular motion until arriving in the center.  Then, I used a bottle of Betty Crocker Decorating Cake Icing (in red) using the same star tip, made a smaller circle on the top.  The final touch is one Cake Mate Cupcake Perfect Pearl.  These are so easy to make and they looked fabulous! 

Holiday Book Sale! Create a Lasting Memory with Blurb!

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Books are wonderful gifts!  Especially for those that seem to be hard to buy for.  Giving a book that you made would be even better!  The Grandparents would totally love this!

It amazes me how Blurb makes creating your own high quality custom books so easy!  If you need a little inspiration, check out Blurb’s 2013 Gift Guide to get some ideas!  Look at the ABC children’s book on page 6 and the cookbooks on page 7, they would make great gifts.

Blurb’s Gift Guide has an instruction guide that will help you create a special book to gift!  If you’re like me, you’ll want to get an early start.  I like to have all of my shopping done by Cyber Monday! 🙂

Added Bonus:  Blurb has a special promotion running now through 10/7.  You can save 20% off!! Simply create your book and then use Code: EARLYBIRD20 at checkout to recieve your discount.  Nice!

Note: Save 20%, up to $100, no minimum purchase required.

Tiny Prints – 50% off SALE on Note Cards!

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Do you write thank you notes?

If not, you should consider it.  I believe if I had notes easily available, I would use them.  Thank you notes are a powerful way of expressing gratitude.

You can score a great deal on stylish, personalized thank you notes from Tiny Prints today. They are selling all of their designs for 50% off…for less than 24 hours. The deal is only good from 10:00 am PST today through 8:59 am PST tomorrow.

They have beautiful designs for graduates to say thank you.  Find notes for kids, parents, business, basically every occasion.   You can personalize them by adding your own text, choosing your font, and even uploading your own pictures if you want.

Here is how you can creating custom thank you cards:

1. Visit the Deal of the Day Page. Click through to the thank you cards. Make sure to do so before 7:30 AM PT to allow yourself time to finish your order by 8:00 AM PT.

2. Choose from hundreds of designs. Pick the one that best fits your personality.

3. Customize the cards. Pick your own fonts, add pictures to some designs, choose your favorite colors, and play with the design.

4. Double check your design. Make sure it correct.

5. Checkout. When you checkout, use the promo code DEAL0711 for 50% off.

That’s it! Super simple, but you have to act fast.

They should be delivered to your door in about a week and all you’ll need then is a good pen and a thankful heart! 😉