Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies

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Christmas equals cookies, right? Even though I fall into the category of cookie monster mama, I've hit my max on gingerbread and peppermint this holiday season. And so, I'm switching gears with my baking to salted caramel inspired treats. Salt caramel is that perfect blend of sweet and salty - just what I need after a long day! Hope you love these as much as I do ... … [Read more...]

Molasses Cookies For Christmas

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Around here Christmas isn't complete without a batch of molasses cookies. They've got that sharp, distinct flavor that pairs perfectly with a cup of eggnog and when pressed in sugar, they glisten a bit like snow regardless of whether or not you're experiencing a real white Christmas. Although, don't you always hope that you'll wake on Christmas morning to a blanket of snow? I … [Read more...]

5 FREE Christmas Activities For Your Family

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Christmas can get expensive, amiright? With gifts and travel, extra food and activities, December is one of those hefty months when it comes to budgeting. Luckily, today I'm here to share a few favorite FREE activities you can enjoy with your family. Best of all, even though the price tag is small, the memories won't be!  1. Go Christmas Caroling Remember when you were … [Read more...]

Christmas Prime Rib

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Each year our family buys a share of a cow. Once delivered we have a variety of cuts and the one we all get most excited about is the rib eye roast that turns into prime rib. It stays tucked safely in the freezer until Christmas week and then becomes the star of our holiday meal. For years we went back and forth on different marinades and rubs, salt packs and seasonings. … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve Traditions … What Are Yours?

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then come the melding of a million traditions! Oh, traditions! And then comes the baby in the baby carriage ... and, of course, another round of traditions! Since my husband and I wed in 2007 we've evaluated a lot of the traditions we grew up with, the ones we want to keep and most importantly, the new ones we want to start. To our … [Read more...]

Beados Review by Kids (VIDEO)

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Another new product has attacked our TV and infiltrated all the commercial breaks during kids' programming this holiday season. Beados is not necessarily a brand new product because it came out earlier this year, but they sure are doing a push to get our kids' attention. It's like I can hear the commercial echo in my head. Oh wait, maybe that is just my kids repeating it all … [Read more...]

8 Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

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Last Christmas, my son’s stocking was filled with pacifiers and rattles. Nothing exciting because he would never remember it and he was a baby. Anything in his stocking was really more for my benefit at that point. This year on the other hand I have a toddler to buy for. He won’t necessarily remember this Christmas, but, he does like to have his own stuff now. If you also … [Read more...]

Homemade Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

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Our tree is simple and sweet this year - white lights, a ribbon garland and homemade cinnamon ornaments. These ornaments are the perfect Christmas craft and ensure that your home will billow the scent of Christmas all December long! Earlier this week my daughter and I mixed the cinnamon dough in our trusty KitchenAid and spent about a 1/2 hour rolling and cutting hearts, … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Gift: Peppermint Bath Salts

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Gone are the days where I spend money on expensive bubble soaps. I've morphed into a bath salts kind of girl. Especially since it is so easy to make my own! I've been mixing up various essential oil blends to suite my needs and favorite scents and figured, why not keep on mixin' and bless my sisters and some friends with some this Christmas? It's the perfect DIY! Here is … [Read more...]

Cute Christmas Slippers For Kids

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We showed you some great Christmas jammies for your littles, and today we're focusing on Christmas slippers! That's right, we're going all out! Because what's better than keeping cute little feet warm and snuggly this holiday season? So check out these festive and adorable slippers for your kids!     Elf on the Shelf- $7.20 Got a little elf on the shelf … [Read more...]

The 2014 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book: A Peasant’s Commentary

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Warning: This article is part of “The Edge” series and may not appeal to those without a sense of humor or those who are completely opposed to any and all swear words. Nothing puts the Jesus Christ in Christmas quite like the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. My mom and I have a yearly ritual of thumbing through this catalog, with wine of course (duh), simultaneously making fun … [Read more...]

3 DIY Christmas Photos

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I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I am cheap. Cheap, cheap, cheap. If you can pay for professional family photos, more power to you. I, on the other hand, can’t. And for now I will stick to faking them myself. And I’ll go ahead and toot my own horn and say that I think I do a pretty fantastic job. They may not be perfect, but most people that I’m sending these photos to … [Read more...]

Disney Holidays At The Disneyland Resort

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Boy, do we have a treat for you today! I recently attended a holiday event at Disneyland and am so excited to share the whole inside scoop with you! Disneyland is amazing all year round, but it somehow steps it even even further during the holidays. There are so many extra fun and festive things in store for guests when they visit during this time of year! Today I want to share … [Read more...]

Gifts for New Siblings

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There comes a time in most kiddo's lives where they earn the grand title of "big brother" or "big sister." Sometimes they are babies themselves, sometimes they're toddlers or preschoolers or even teenagers. No matter when the promotion arrives, it's life changing for these new siblings. These kids tend to need a little extra loving during such a big transition and Christmas … [Read more...]

Gifts for Grandparents

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Am I the only person who has such a hard time coming up with gifts for grandparents? Don't get me wrong, I love the adorable response, "Oh please, don't get me anything. Having you all here is the best gift I could ask for." But let's be real here...I like getting gifts, and I have a feeling I'm not the only one. It doesn't have to be anything expensive, and honestly, I'd … [Read more...]