Christmas, Holiday, Recipes

20 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes – Best of the Best

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes: Best of the best, cookies for the cookiest time of year! Perfect to serve Santa or to take to that holiday gathering! What is it about Christmas, that makes me think that I can, and NEED to make every stinking Christmas cookie out there? But instead of spending a million hours in the kitchen doing that, I think I'll just stare at these 20 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes... AND share them with you. Less calories that way too. ;) These are from some of my favorite food bloggers out there, and they're totally doable. The recipes below are for...

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This is SO cute! And easy... teacher gift, mailman, co-worker. Hot Chocolate DIY Gift Idea
DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holiday

DIY “Hot Chocolate” Gift

This post was sponsored by Regions Bank. All opinions are my own. I can't thank Regions Bank enough for sponsoring my little DIY Hot Chocolate Gift Idea that I'm sharing with you today, through Mom It Forward! #RegionsGreetings Every year, I seem to over-do it financially, when it comes to gift giving. Why?  Why in the world do we do that to ourselves?  This year, I've really thought about how I can still be the "gift-giver," that I want to be, without breaking the bank. DIY gift ideas are ALL OVER Pinterest.  I thought, "Why can't I spend pennies, making something that would...

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Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail idea! Sparkling water, sugared cranberries & mint. So cute!
Christmas, Drinks, Holiday, Recipes, Review

Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail

This Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail creation has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and SodaStream! All opinions are mine alone though, promise! #WaterMadeExciting #CollectiveBias I do like my cocktails, but with every party that I host, there are guests that aren't looking for an alcoholic beverage. I never want anyone to feel left out, so I LOVE creating fancy-schmancy mocktails for those who aren't looking for a cocktail. Fancy-Schmancy Holiday Mocktail This year at my Favorite Things party, I'll have a few gals that will be looking for drink without any alcohol. I've created this holiday mocktail idea, that will make them all fancy-like, and hopefully not feeling...

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Buffalo Plaid NOEL Free Printable
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, Printables

Buffalo Check Plaid “NOEL,” Free Printable

Surprise Surprise... I'm hooked on Buffalo Check Plaid this season. I'm sure you assumed that when you saw these FREE Gift Tags below, that I created for you, when they all had a little buffalo plaid character all over them. Buffalo Check Plaid "NOEL," Free Printable To carry on with the theme, I wanted to create another free printable for you, but I wanted to throw in a little "red," this time, and make it a printable that you can frame and place around a cozy little spot in your home! If you're feeling frisky with your printer, I'm almost betting that you can figure...

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How fun would this be to create for even a small gathering at home!? Simple Tips for Creating a Holiday Dessert Bar
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Entertaining, Holiday, Review

Tips for Creating a Holiday Dessert Bar

This Holiday Dessert Bar post, has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and NESTLE®. All opinions and ideas are mine alone, pinky promise! #NestleHoliday #CollectiveBias Creating a dessert bar doesn't have to be complicated... Really! We invited our closest friends over for dinner, and since we hadn't seen them in what felt like AGES, I wanted to do a little something special to make it up to them, and surprise them with a dessert bar. Yes, I know what you're thinking: Jessica, you're crazy. Who has time to do something like that during the holiday season? But I'm so ecstatic to tell you that you TOO can...

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Tips for Creating a Holiday Place Setting
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, House + Home, Review

Tips for Creating a Holiday Place Setting

This Holiday Place Setting post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Coca-Cola. But... all opinions are mine alone, pinky promise! #SipsOfJoy #CollectiveBias Can you believe my husband and I have lived in our current home, OVER two years? That's never happened. If you've been on our home tour, then you know we move constantly. We build, move-in, sell, repeat. But for some reason, we've hung on to this house a little longer than usual. I have to think it's because of all the "thought," that we put into the design of this one, so we can have the room to...

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Spirits and Sparkles Party Theme! Red, white and black
Adult Themes, Christmas, Entertaining, Girls Night, Holiday, Printables

“Spirits & Sparkles” Party & Entertaining Essentials

This party has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Procter & Gamble. However, all opinions are mine alone, pinky promise! #HostingHacks #CollectiveBias Are you a fan of tasty cocktails & sparkly thangs?   I recently hosted a Spirits & Sparkles party, where spirits were on the menu, and sparkles were EVERYWHERE. Ready for the details?  Glitter, bubbly, pops of "red," with a modern black & white touch, made my brand new bar cart the "WOW," Factor I was looking for. Plus... I created a free Party & Entertaining Essentials checklist that you can download before your next party!  Spirits & Sparkles Party I began by grabbing my all-time...

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Free Buffalo Plaid Gift Tags download! Black and White, deer, modern, classy Christmas, Winter gift tags.
Christmas, Holiday, Printables

FREE Buffalo Plaid Gift Tags

Plaid is all the rage this season. I mean... I can't tell you how many times, I've seen and have used myself, the hashtag: #madforplaid I'm a sucker for buffalo plaid, and honestly... Target didn't help my plaid obsession this year when they had it all over their dollar spot. This photo below, is seriously the buffet in my dining room. I.Have.A.Problem. I'm.Addicted.To.Target.Dollar.Spot But instead of cleaning and organizing my dining room buffet this morning, I thought I'd slack and create free printable gift tags for you, instead. ;) FREE Buffalo Plaid Gift Tags If you're a fan of the buffalo plaid like me, then I...

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Holiday Baking Kit, DIY Christmas gift idea
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holiday, Review

Holiday Baking Kit

Throughout the year, I'm always looking for ways to incorporate "acts of kindness," activities for my kiddos & I to do together. Last Spring, we made Gooey Butter Cookies, wrapped them up in adorable little boxes with a quick little gift tag, and we went about the neighborhood, delivering happiness. My boys were able to experience "giving," and got some fresh air while we were at it. ;) Holiday Baking Kit We all know that the holiday season is all about giving, and being kind to others. It's FULL of opportunity and excuses to perform acts of kindness with your littles! To get...

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Elegant and Sophisticated Free Printable Gift Tags
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, Printables

Elegant and Sophisticated Free Printable Gift Tags

There are honestly so many things you can waste your money on during the holidays. One of those things are gift tags! Really, it is only a temporary name tag so you know which gift goes to which person. They are not something I really want to spend a lot of money on. But, I have to admit, I love to make things pretty. I love giving gifts that are beautiful even before you unwrap them. Maybe that's just me, but I think a lot of women like to give "pretty" gifts. So that is why I created these elegant and...

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Holiday welcome place cards
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Holiday, Printables, Thanksgiving

Free Place Card Template: “Welcome” & “Thankful For”

Free Place Card Template: "Welcome," and Thanksgiving Place Cards that are perfect for the holidays! I'm more than excited to share a little goodness with you to help make entertaining in your home this year a bit easier! We entertain a lot in our home, and I'm always looking for ways to make a dinner party of 2, or a holiday party of 200, a little more personable. (You may also want to take a browse at my easy Fall Dining Room Table Decor, for when we entertain!) I'm not sure what it is, but when I go to someone's home,...

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Let it snow, DIY Christmas Ornament. Ornament exchange idea
Christmas, DIY & Crafts, Gift Ideas, Holiday

Let It Snow Ornament

It's a DIY Christmas with this easy Let It Snow Ornament! Each ornament is filled with sparkly snow and mini snow balls and sports a stamped tag with a cute bakers twine bow! Hi fab friends! I'm Keri ... it's so nice to meet you! If we haven't yet been introduced, I am a wife to my sweet hubby, momma to two boys (13 and 15), HR manager by day and girl behind the blog over at Shaken Together! Life is short and time spent with my family is sweet, so I love sharing easy recipes and simple crafts that won't break...

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Fall Dining Room Decorating Ideas
Decorating, Holiday, House + Home, Thanksgiving

Fall Dining Room Table Decor

Fall is here. If you've been on my home tour, you know I'm a sucker for decorating, and snagging each new and upcoming design that Target has. Fall Dining Room Table Decor This Fall season, Target came out with a plaid line of plates, serve ware & linens. I'm not kidding when I say... I immediately got in my car, the moment I saw a snapshot of plaid plates and linens on TargetStyle's Instagram. A little black, a little white, and a little gold... paired together with a plaid design, and I was in hog heaven. It was just the right about of "class,"...

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Jack-O-Lantern Marshmallow Pops
Halloween, Holiday

Jack-O-Lantern Marshmallow Pops

Hey y’all! It’s Bethany from The Southern Couture sharing a simple, quick, and easy treat for Halloween in case you are needing any last minute ideas. With Halloween being just a few days away, I know it can get hectic and crazy with all the costume planning and shopping, but don’t forget about making sweet treats for everyone. I have the cutest idea for you today that is sure to make every kid smile. Jack-O-Lantern Marshmallow Pops These jack-o-lantern marshmallow pops are a fun treat to not only give but to also make. The fun part is that you can get the...

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Halloween Activities for Kids
Halloween, Holiday, Parenting

Halloween Activity for Kids: Candy Apple Decorating

If you're like me, I'm always looking for activities for my kids to do, especially around the holidays. Granted, you can make candy apples any time of the year, but there's just something special about whipping them up in the Fall. Get ready to get sticky... Halloween Activity for Kids: Candy Apple Decorating  Let's face it. Creating candy apples isn't rocket science. However, giving you the idea is what I'm here for. :) Items Needed: • Apples {we used small apples, for our little kiddos, but huge apples can be FUN} • Caramel candies • Baking Candies, Sprinkles, Candy • Water for melting caramel • Wooden skewers or lollipop sticks •...

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Sweet or Salty Pumpkin Seed Recipe! Roasting Pumpkin Seeds can be a fun activity for the kids too!
Appetizers, Halloween, Holiday, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Sweet & Salty: Pumpkin Seed Recipe

I had never had any interest in roasting pumpkin seeds, until my youngest came along and literally eats anything & everything "crunchy." Combine it with a fun activity to do with the kiddos? Golden. Pumpkin Seed Recipe I adore this recipe, because you can make it salty or sweet; depending on the mood you're in! If it were just for me?? I'd probably put a little chili powder on them, to give them a little "kick." But if kiddos are partaking in the snacking, boiling them in sugar instead of salt, and topping with cinnamon and/or brown sugar, may be more up their...

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How to Create a Kid's Birthday Invitation with Canva!, and FREE printable!
Birthday, DIY & Crafts, Entertaining, Holiday, Kids, Printables

Create a Personalized Kid’s Birthday Invitation with Canva

Canva is an online design tool that you can use to create images and printables. I had never heard of it before becoming a blogger. My daughter's 2nd birthday was coming up and I created a super cute birthday invitation (and a thank you card) and I totally wowed her friends moms, and my husband! I'm not a designer by trade, I'm just a regular mom blogger but I created something really cute and I know you can too!   You could spend a lot of money on a personalized printed birthday invitation. And for a kid's birthday, it just doesn't make sense...

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Spoil Dad this Father's Day!
Family + Friends, Father's Day, Holiday, Real Life, Review

An Afternoon of Bonding: How to Spoil Dad this Father’s Day

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone, promise! #TheGiftOfClean #CollectiveBias I thought the day would never come that my husband would take our kiddos out on his own. {Not because he ever said that, but because if felt like for YEARS, I was stranded at home with babies, while my husband went to work, ran last minute quick errands, because it was just too much work to load up a baby and hit the road, and go with him.} Now... the boys are getting older, and they're able to just slip their...

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Happy Pops Day! Father's Day Gift Idea!
DIY & Crafts, Father's Day, Gift Ideas, Holiday

Happy “Pops” Day! Father’s Day Gift Idea

I have been in a "gifting," mood all week, and although that sounds really good... it's only because I've been putting off getting TONS of gifts that I have been needing to get for a while now, and I'm finally getting around to it. With Father's Day right around the corner, I knew that I better get on the ball, since I was "gifting," anyway. :) We have a friend that has recently become a new "dad," and I wanted to get him something that I had seen on Pinterest, so when I was planning his gift, it hit me... Why can't...

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Holiday, Mother's Day

What Does Mom Really want for Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and for some reason it always sneaks up on me. Then, when I realize that I still need to get something for my mom & my husband's mom, I don't even know what to get.   So... after asking my blog friends on Facebook, what they {as moms} REALLY want, I've come to realize that it may not be what you think it is. Mother's Day Gift Ideas {ideas from Mom's themselves} To have all of my children {and grandchildren} in one place. Dinner, family gathering, etc.  To have my house cleaned. Dishes washed, laundry done, just cleaned! A...

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Easter Chalkboard Art Idea
Easter, Holiday, House + Home

Easter Chalkboard Art Ideas

I told you back around Valentine's Day, when I designed the Valentine's Day art on my chalkboard, that I'm such a fan of changing the theme every season. Well it wasn't two days after Valentine's Day, and I was putting up my Easter Chalkboard Art.      ~Before I purchased the chalkboard from restoration hardware, I thought long and hard over whether or not to put up something permanent, such as a piece of art, a mirror, or a collage of photo frames. But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted a chalkboard in our entry, so I...

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