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What Does the Fox Say? – Holiday Ideas

Have you seen it yet – the What Does the Fox Say video from Ylvis? My nephews showed it to me a few weeks ago, before they headed off for school. I was half distracted trying to work, thought it was funny, and then sent them off to the bus. Little did I know – my life had just changed. This song has been stuck in my head ever since! And the more times I watch the video, the funnier it gets to me :) If you haven’t yet heard what all the fuss is about – let me show ya:

I love that the singer is so serious, while singing these ridiculous lyrics, in an over-the-top epic video. Flying guys in furry fox suits? Laser lights? What more can you ask for? This is now my little girl’s favorite song too – she was SO excited to see it performed in a choreographed dance routine on last night’s Dancing with the Stars finale. She jumped all over the bed singing and spinning. Which is why, when we had our early family Thanksgiving last weekend, I had to turn our pumpkin pie slices into fox faces…

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Bring the Nutcracker Story to Life…

Nutcracker Teddie from Cuddle Barn helps bring the classic Nutcracker holiday story to life... I’ve always been intrigued by nutcrackers. My mom has collected them for years, and displays them all together at the holidays. When I was a little girl, I remember how magical they seemed, the way you could move the lever on the back to make them “talk,” how majestic they always looked, in their suits adorned with buttons and glitz. Then, when I saw the Nutcracker ballet for the first time – it really brought all of that magic to life for me. I would dream of our nutcrackers coming to life too, and dancing around the house while I slept. And now, my little girl {3 years old} has fallen in love with the magic of nutcrackers too… Grandma just put them out on our shelves this week, and she can’t keep her hands off of them! So, it was perfect timing to pull out a super fun new toy for the holidays – the Nutcracker Teddie.

Nutcracker Teddie from Cuddle Barn

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Make the Perfect Gift for the Person Who Has Everything

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas, every where you go… Seriously, have you seen the holiday displays at Target and Safeway and other retail places already? It seems so early, but really – there’s only about 6 weeks until the big day. And with the hustle and bustle and overall busy-ness of the holiday season, Christmas will be here before you know it. And, I like to get all of my holiday gift shopping done early, so I can enjoy the December days {mostly} stress-free. So today I’m going to share a few ideas I’m lovin’, that might help you get a jump-start on your holiday shopping too….

How to make custom iPhone cases

I love personalized gifts. I use photos to make cool wall art, I’m addicted to creating little custom photo magnets out of Instagram photos {tutorial coming soon!}. I have a photo mug of Abby’s smiling face on my desk to hold pens and highlighters, and gave one to grandma and grandpa last year too. This year, I’m excited to get some of these cute iPhone cases for my girlfriends and siblings. They’re perfect for those friends who already have everything – it’s useful, it’s personal, and every day they’ll be reminded of how cool you are for giving it to them :)

Best Christmas cards

And what goes better with a personalized gift than a personalized card, right? has a huge selection of cards that you can personalize – from adding photos, changing color schemes, and creating your own text inside and out. Don’t have a family picture to use? No problem – use one of the collage options, then add photos of each of you into the boxes. Haven’t taken a family photo yet? Get tips from my fave pro photographer on how to take better photos for the holidays. Don’t want to use a photo? Choose one of their beautiful pre-made designs, and personalize it with your family name, or a message for the recipient. Easy peasy!

Another super cool option that I’ll be using this year are the digital cards. Almost every card that Treat offers can also be sent digitally – the video above shows you an example of how it works. This is perfect for me – I have a lot of friends around the country, like my fave bloggy buddies and business partners – that I don’t have addresses for. But I DO have their email addresses. So this is an inexpensive way to quickly send some holiday cheer their way.

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And, just for fun, because I totally love you guys – I’ve got a giveaway! One lucky winner will get their choice of favorite photo mug from Treat, personalized with their own pics and text, plus a set of personalized stationery too! This is a great little “treat” for yourself, or you can personalize a set to give as a gift. Either way – I know you’ll love what you get. I’ve never been disappointed with my purchases with them. Use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below to enter, and be sure to take a minute afterwards to check out the BIG list of other prizes I’m giving away this month, all listed over in my sidebar. Have fun, and good luck!

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Last Minute Gift Ideas: Holiday Spirits – #Humor

Finding the Christmas Spirit

Have you found YOUR holiday spirit yet?

This was on a friends Facebook page today – and kind of cracked me up. I know quite a few people like this – A few men, especially – who need a little bit of “spirits” to find their holiday spirit, lol. So, if you have a few peeps on your gift list like that too – those types that have been so hard to shop for, and you still haven’t picked up a gift for- I have two awesome ideas for you. These are sure to please those “holiday spirit” lovers, for sure….’s Best Micro Brew Beers Delivered Monthly - 300x250 banner

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Cellars Wine Club

This is another really great option – send a selection of hard-to-find, high-quality wines right to their door. You can even get a E-Card for last minute gift giving from Cellars Wine Club. Either way – these are great gifts for {very!} last-minute gift giving. You can send a card, or even an e-card, to let them know when they can expect to receive their first shipment. And trust me – anyone I’ve ever given these too were definitely excited about them.

Happy Holidays!



5 Gifts to Make the Kids Think You’re Cool this Christmas

“He’s making a list, and checking it twice, Gonna find out Who’s naughty and nice. Santa Claus is coming to town…” – Yep, it’s that time of year again. Santa’s been watching. He knows what you’ve been up to. Like the slightly stalkerific song says, “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been good or bad so be good for goodness sake…” I’m definitely a child at heart, all year round. Having Abby two years ago gave me a great excuse to make too many cookies, buy too many cool toys {that are slightly for me, too}, and put up too many decorations. The holidays totally make me remember what it was like to be a kid – all of that crazy-exciting anticipation for Santa to come, wondering what amazing gifts you’d get. And wondering if all that bad stuff your brothers did all year will catch up with them this year, finally…

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Princess Kate is Pregnant – But this Redhead is the Real Story…

“Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus lane…” – Wait a minute, that’s not Santa – that’s Molly, the Christmas Elf Magic Elf! Unlike some of those other new trendy elves trying to get attention these days, Molly and the other Elf Magic crew are the originals in charge of spreading holiday magic since 1956. And while the whole “Kate Middleton is pregnant” news is spreading through the talk news shows like crazy, I’m here to introduce you to a redhead with a more season-appropriate newsworthiness…

The real elf on the shelf - and what are all these elf pics about? [Read more…]


Be Mom of the Year: Win a Wii U!! – #Giveaway

“Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus lane.”… Wait a minute – that’s not Santa! Nope, it’s a team of awesomesauce bloggers who’ve teamed up together to bring you an amazing prize package perfect for holiday gift giving! What is this exciting Giveaway? Well, just in time for the holidays, we’re giving away a Wii U Nintendo gaming system to one crazy-lucky winner!

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