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


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?

man and woman hands with gift box

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. 😉

Cupcake box

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!