Survive Spending The Holidays With Family! #EnjoyTheGo @Charmin #Ad

    This Sunday, my entire family will be descending upon our home like a plague of locusts so that we can all celebrate Christmas together.  Don't get me wrong, we all really love each other but we are all also aware that we can get on each other's nerves when we are forced to spend a significant amount of time together.  I'm sure many of you feel the same way about spending the holidays with your family.  You can't live with 'em, and you can't live without 'em!     In our home, our bathroom has become a sort of sanctuary for everyone to get a little breathing room while the rest of the family continues to annoy each other in the living room.  While pulling off a successful holiday gathering can be rewarding, sometimes the only way to recharge your batteries is to hide out in the bathroom and get some much needed peace and quiet.  Whether it be scented candles, reading material, or five-minutes of silence, I'm a firm believer that Charmin … [Read more...]

Build New Worlds With Minecraft! @Minecraft @BestBuy #Ad

    If you have kids, you have already been bombarded with holiday wish lists this year.  Every list that I have seen has included Minecraft, including the lists of my own two sons.  They love building and exploring exciting new worlds and my husband and I love that Best Buy has an assortment of Minecraft games and collectibles.       Minecraft is a game about placing blocks and going on adventures.  If allows players to explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles.  The games are very family-friendly and great for kids. The toys and collectibles make great gifts for anyone already into the game.      Players in Creative Mode with unlimited resources or mine deep in Survival Mode, crafting weapons and armor to fend off dangerous mobs.  They can do all this alone or with friends.  Best Buy carries a large assortment the assortment of … [Read more...]

Snowman Earrings

    I am way behind this year on Christmas shopping.  Normally, I would have already finished buying all presents by mid November.  I'm trying cut down on my spending budget and making sure I give some personalized gifts that will show my loved ones just how much they mean to me.  My godmother loves to wear themed costume jewelry so I thought it would be a great idea if I made her some earrings.       Since it is winter and she has been rocking her winter accessories, I came up with a plan to make her some snowman earrings using supplies that I could purchase right at our local art supply store.  You'd be surprised how many great gifts you could make with just a few items that you could buy locally and are pretty inexpensive. Snowman Earrings Materials Needed: Tools (small wire cutter, round nose pliers, and chain nose pliers) 22mm Fishhook earwire 3″ Head pins Glass snowman beads Tiny silver … [Read more...]

Less Meal Prep Stress For The Holidays! @HoneyBakedHam #Giveaway #Ad

    Don't get stressed with meal prep. HoneyBaked has all of the food you need to feed your crew. Another way to simplfy your shopping is ordering your HoneyBaked meal ahead of time.     Here is a great way to save time and money! When ordering online, simply enter promo code 720877 at checkout to save $5.00 on a half bone-in ham. This promo code is good for online purchases only. Then when you schedule permits, head to your store and pick up your order. Stay connected to HoneyBaked for all of the latest news and savings information: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest | Official Website ***The Giveaway*** 1 winner will receive a $50 HoneyBaked Gift Card! Giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ years of age (limited to one entrant per household). The giveaway ends 12/18/16 Simply follow the Rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to win. Be sure to return tomorrow to complete the daily entries! Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Let's … [Read more...]

We Are Officially Into The Peanuts Holiday Season! #PeanutsInsiders #Giveaway @Snoopy #Ad

    How many renditions of “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and Vince Guaraldi’s famous “Linus & Lucy” have you heard so far this month?! Yes, we’re officially into holiday season—and that means it’s time for a giveaway full of fun Peanuts stocking stuffers. (Well, you might need a king-size stocking for a couple of these!) • Sure to be popular with your kids: Munch your way through the holidays, then savor the memories all year long with a collectible Peanuts popcorn tin...filled with three different flavors of popcorn, of course! • Celebrate the legacy of Charles Schulz through the eyes of some of the world’s world's best-known names in comics, children's books, comic strips, cartoons, and webcomics, including Matt Groening of The Simpsons and Raina Telgemeier (Smile). The book is called Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz from Boom! Studios. • Celebrate the beloved holiday classic with a Charlie Brown Christmas Coloring Kit—the perfect … [Read more...]

Best Way To Volunteer This Holiday Season

Volunteering around the holiday season is exciting. You get to help people in need and feel good about what you’re doing. Getting out there and volunteering is always better than sitting back and doing nothing. If you’re looking at volunteering this holiday season, these are the best ways (in my humble opinion). 1. Local soup kitchen When you don’t know where to spend your time volunteering, your local soup kitchen is always a good start. Soup kitchens always need help and volunteers. Spend some time here this holiday season and watch your perspective change. If you would rather not work in the soup kitchen, it takes a lot to make a homeless shelter run. There are many different volunteering options. Make sure you choose something that you will love doing, this will give you the opportunity to keep coming back for more. 2. Do what you can There isn’t someone out there measuring how much you give or volunteer this holiday season. The best way to volunteer is to do what you … [Read more...]

7 Thrift Store Items Perfect For Holiday Gift Giving

     You may love your local thrift store for furniture pieces, secondhand clothes, and of course knick knacks, but did you ever think it could also be an excellent place to look for holiday gifts? It’s true! You would be surprised to see how many people use their local thrift shop as a holiday shopping spot. To find out more, take a look below at 7 thrift store items perfect for holiday gift giving. It turns out you really can use your local thrift shop to find gifts for less. 1. Baskets.
 Thrift stores typically have an entire aisle of just baskets. These are perfect for filling up with themed gifts. Get nice baskets for as little as a quarter, then add some ribbon and filling before adding assorted gifts inside. With so many to choose from, you will have a fun time creating the perfect gift basket for friends and family. 2. Mugs.
 Thrift stores are often overrun with mugs. Find some mugs in good condition and fill them with coffee or tea packets, candy, or … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath

    I've always loved Valentine's Day.  Not only is it a special holiday for demonstrating your love for your sweetheart, but it is a lot of fun to get the kids involved and show them how important it is to tell their loved ones how they feel about them.       One of the ways that I have always gotten our boys involved during this sweet time of the year is by spending time doing arts and crafts with them.  Not only do they love creating things with their hands, but they also adore being able to spend this quality time with my husband and I.  This year, we decided that we wanted to come up with a unique Valentine's Day activity so we got really creative! Valentine's Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath Make this easy and inexpensive Valentine’ Day poker chip heart wreath in just minutes and with minimal supplies. Here is how you can get started.

 Supplies needed:
 Red and white poker chips (check your local dollar store) Hot glue, glue … [Read more...]

12 Days Of Netflix! #StreamTeam #Giveaway #Ad

    With Christmas at the end of this week and 2015 winding down, there's a lot to be grateful for. Friends. Family. Good health.  Netflix is something that keeps giving back all year long. So in the spirit of the holidays, I've created a list of 12 reasons Netflix makes the best holiday gift for everyone on your list.  12 Reasons To Spread The Netflix Love This Holiday Season: 12. The Care Bears and Popples allow you to relive the 80s which, as those of us who lived through it know, it was one of the coolest decades ever. 11. Your kids are inspired to use their imaginations with shows like How To Train Your Dragon and Dinotrux. 10. Keep up with who Olivia Pope is representing on Scandal. 9. Watching movies on Netflix with the family is the best way to get some quality time in during the week. 8. Everyone has their own Netflix profile on your account so your favorite shows are right at the click of your remote. 7. You can watch from your … [Read more...]

The Perfect Last Minute Stocking Stuffer At Dunkin’ Donuts! @DunkinDonuts #Giveaway #Ad

    If you are a procrastinator like I am, you are scrambling at the last minute trying to get everything ready for the holidays.  This year, I think I've done a little better than previous years because I've actually purchased most of the gifts for the kids.  However, I still have to finish up shopping for my husband's gift because he is more difficult to shop for than most.     He has to get up very early every morning and he always enjoys a cup of coffee to get him going and to start his day.  This made me realize that the perfect gift and last minute stocking stuffer for him is right in front of my face at Dunkin' Donuts.  After all, he practically spends half of his life there anyway so, why not?     Dunkin' Donuts restaurants throughout the Metro NY area are selling The Dunkin' Donuts Holiday Coffee Card. This card provides guests with 10 large hot coffees or teas for $15.99. This is the perfect last minute gift or stocking … [Read more...]