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Peppermint Tiered Serving Tray!

 I received this Three Tiered Peppermint Server from
Oriental Trading Company in exchange for this review.
I've always loved and bought kids party supplies, movelties and toys from them...
but hadn't considered them for quality "long lasting" party supplies.
 This tray is ceramic!
It's sturdy and screws together, and apart
 for easy cleaning and storage.
I love that touch of whimsy it gave my party!
 It's the perfect size for cookies, cupcakes, rolls...or,
like we've been using it as a festive fruit bowl!
Check out Oriental Trading Company, they really have
everything you need for the perfect party...
and what you need for Christmas and New Year's!
All orders $49 and up ship free!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
Gratitude turns what we have into enough.
It's easy to let the excitement of the Christmas
 holiday keep us busy!
Like, busier than the rest of the year combined, busy!  

Take some time to be thankful,
Think of others 
and spend time with loved ones.
"Time is your most precious gift 
because you only have a set amount of it. 
You can make more money, 
but you can't make more time. 
When you give someone your time, 
you are giving them a portion of your
 life that you'll never get back. Your time is your life. 
That is why the greatest gift you can
 give someone is your time.
It is not enough to just say relationships

 are important; we must prove it by investing
 time in them. Words alone are worthless.
 "My children, our love should not be
 just words and talk; it must be true love,
 which shows itself in action." 
Relationships take time and effort, 
and the best way to spell love is "T-I-M-E."
 --Rick Warren

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Jingle all the Way Vinyl Sign!

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Hope you are enjoying some family, food and fun time.

Jingle all the Way Vinyl Sign!

You wont need much to get started with the Silhouette Cameo.
Paper is good start.
My favorite medium is vinyl.
It's easy to work with and adhesive, 
so it makes application a breeze.
 I had my cameo cut some gold vinyl.
For vinyl cutting you don't need to use the mat!
It just feeds into the machine and can cut huge lengths at a time!
(perfect for wall art)

I used some transfer tape on the vinyl...
 To apply to the leaf green painted board...
After peeling off the transfer tape, I
 added some white vinyl that reads
Jingle all the way!

Took me less than 20 minutes!
 Perfect for Holiday decor!
Let's talk Silhouette for real.  
My love for Silhouette happened back in the days of the SD.
Which is similar in size to the Portrait.
I bought one for under $200 and loved it.
Then the Cameo was released...right before Christmas 2011.
I bought one for myself at full price...
and gave my SD to my sister in law.
This summer I found an SD at the Goodwill here for $20.
Since I know the value, I bought it.  
I tested it out and it worked like a charm.
I sent that to my sister as an early Christmas this year.
Now, Silhouette has sent me a Cameo to review.
I love it.
I use my Cameo at least every week...if not every day!
I love it and would buy another one in a heartbeat. 

I've replaced my blade about once every 6 months or so.

If you are on the fence, here's what I suggest:

Go to Silhouette and download the free software Silhouette Studio.
Install it, open it up, and tinker around with it.
Obviously it's not hooked to a machine, so no cutting will happen...
but try it out, see how easy the interface is to work with...
Go to Silhouette blog every week and download the free shape.
Then when you do decided to get the machine, 
you'll have a library full of FREE shapes!
I have used my silhouette for so many things.
(it's paid for itself and more)

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Thanksgiving Fun!

We love Thanksgiving!
The first thanksgiving that my hubby and I were married we
 wrote/composed a wonderful Thanksgiving song.
We sing it every year, complete with actions...which are just silly hand gestures!
Everyone in the family either loves it or despises it...but can't wait to hear it!

The kids love it too--they loved it when they didn't even know the words.
Here are my 2 oldest...looking like slobs, but having a great time singing it!
It's a typical home video...baby crying in the background
and mom prompting kids along...ahh, the olden days.
Here's the totally in depth lyrics:

Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, there's turkey all around
Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, a gobbler on the ground.
Hail to the happy chopping block, brings us all a feast.
Stuff the bread inside the beast, eat creamed corn!
Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, the pumpkin pie is round
Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, whipped topping all around.

Just about sums up Thanksgiving right?
Ha ha, we have a good time with it!

I feel truly blessed.  I have so much to be thankful for.

Here's some fun Thanksgiving ideas!


Homemade Hot Chocolate Cocoa Mix!

 Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix.

Perfect Hot Cocoa for cold mornings...
or a great neighbor gift idea!

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups powdered sugar
1½ cups cocoa powder

 Stir or sift ingredients together.
 Once mixed, store in an airtight container.
Easy peasy!
Great gift idea too!
Oriental Trading Company has these
 short plastic jars that are FOOD SAFE!

They have much taller ones too!
And would be perfect for a layered Hot cocoa gift!
Add marshmallows, sprinkles or even some crushed candy canes!
The jars are flexible plastic, not super rigid...like a soda bottle.
Bear this in mind.
My original plan was to fill these jars with things and
mail them as is with the label taped to the jar.
I am not sure they would survive the mailing process...
so instead, I boxed them prior to shipping.

I was given jars free of charge for my honest review.
They ended up being larger than I expected...so always read the
 measurements before ordering!
The are perfect for the things I had planned and I would definitely purchase more.

But they are perfect for packing full of fun gift giving.
I'll have more ideas on that soon!


Peanut Butter KISSES® Cookies!

This post brought to you by CVS. All opinions are 100% mine.

 Do you have a recipe that just SCREAMS the Holidays to you?
For me, it's these peanut butter Kisses Cookies.
I loved them when I was little...they remind me of my grandma.
They are the perfect cookie that both my hubby and I can agree on.
He loves Salty Peanut cookies...and I need chocolate.
Here they blend in perfect harmony!
 (speaking of blend...my new mixer I won!)
Just mix:
1/2 cube...or 1/4 cup of butter
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of peanuts (optional, but oh so yummy!)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon of vanilla
2 Tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of flour
Roll out into balls on a cookie sheet.
Bake them at 375* for 8 minutes.
Remove and gently press a HERSHEY’S® KISSES® right into the top of them.
Makes 18-24 depending on size.
I'm using DARK chocolate KISSES®...they are my favorite!
Return them to the oven for 2 minutes.
 Remove and let cool.
These are crazy good!
And would be fantastic with ROLOS® or  REESE’S® too!
Bring on the holiday baking!
Sweeten your season with HERSHEY’S® and REESE’S® candy available at CVS.
 Go to CVS to save up to $2.50 on two 8oz. bags of HERSHEY’S®, KISSES®, REESE’S® or ROLOS® candy,
so you and your loved ones can have a HERSHEY’S® Happy Holiday.
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Terrarium in a Bottle Necklace!

 This was so simple to make and looks adorable!
Uses the same bottle charms as these TARDIS necklaces.
 This is a perfect little reminder of life...of Spring or Summer!
Perfect for cold winter days...
 You will need:

 Bottle with cork charms
mine are from Oriental Trading Company ($6.50 for 6)

Sheet moss or ground cover
(I found some ground cover at an apartment complex and took a bunch)

Different sizes of sand, pebbles, and rocks.
I used tiny polished or river washed stones.
(all found in the road or yard)

You'll also want some tweezers that can
 fit down into the bottle.

 Open your jar and layer it like a trifle.
Add the finest grains of sand first.
Then add in the smaller pebbles.
 Add your larger rocks around the edge of the bottle.
Leaving a small opening for a tuft of ground cover.
Use your tweezers to set a tuft inside.

 Then use the tweezers to nuzzle the rocks around the tuft of moss.
This will hold it in place and look like the plant is growing in the little jar.
Moss and ground cover do not have deep roots, so they
will attach to the rocks, but wont run out of space.
 Add a chain and presto!
A little fairy garden necklace!
Because this is a real plant, it should be cared for.
It wont need much.  Uncork your bottle once a week to
every other week and add in 1-2 drops of water.
Let the water and plant dry and then re-cork.

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