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Have a Prosperous New Year

Wishing you and your families a safe, happy and prosperous New Year !
Happy 2014

Holiday Storage & Organizing Ideas

Now that the holidays are almost over, the dreaded task of taking everything down is once again here.
I've searched the internet for some simple storage ideas from several websites.  I hope they help make your task simpler.




Better Homes & Gardens Holiday Storage Solutions

Space Savers 

http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/christmas/holiday-storage-00100000113869/

The Container Store

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning-organizing/cleaning-up-after-guests

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/12/24/christmas-clean-up-tips/




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May You Keep the Spirit of Christmas in Your Heart

In 1897 a little girl called Virginia O'Hanlon (1889–1971) who lived in New York City asked her father whether Santa Claus really existed because her friends had told her he didn't. Virginia's father, Dr O’Hanlon, suggested she write to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper at the time because, he told her, 'If you see it in The Sun, it's so.'

The response, written by one of the paper's editors, Francis Pharcellus Church, struck an immediate chord with many readers, even though it wasn't published in a prominent part of the newspaper. Francis Church  had been a war correspondent during the American Civil War, a period which saw great suffering and a corresponding lack of hope and faith throughout much of American society. Perhaps it was his experiences during the war that led him to see an opportunity to address the philosophical issues underlying Virginia's simple letter. Virginia O'Hanlon died in 1972 and her obituary was published in T…

Make Your Own Giftbox

Feeling crafty? Check out this tutorial on how to make your own gift boxes from DK US




http://us.dk.com/static/cs/us/11/pdfs/dk_9781465408402_gift_box.pdf


Disclaimer: No compensation received. Just sharing a great idea.

Twisted Shotz

Twisted Shotz is a convenient way to serve shots to your guests at your parties and get togethers!  There are so many flavors to choose from including Blazed Apple, Whipped Chocolate and Polar Bear !  Check out the entire line by clicking here.

Packaged in convenient variety packs, Twisted Shotz are easy to take with you too!  Bring them as a host gift or as your own personal stash.  No mess no fuss.  Its all done for you!




Not sure where to find Twisted Shotz?  Check out the product locator here : Locator

Be sure to check out the Youtube channel !

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WINNER- ALICIA, KAY



Sweet Creations Cookie Exchange

Having the proper tools is key to making awesome cookies and Goodcook Sweet Creations has some of the best tools from bowls, to pans, to cutters, scoops and spatulas. Goodcook.com has everything you need and more!
Sweet Creations by Good Cook
Sweet Mixing bowls: http://www.goodcook.com/bakeware/mixing-&-measuring/mixing-bowls/bowl-mixing-3pc-set-p-1044.html
High-tem spatula : http://www.goodcook.com/sweet-creations/baking-gadget-&-decorating-tools/hitemp-spatula-with-measurement-markings-p-1154.html
Flex cookie turner: http://www.goodcook.com/sweet-creations/baking-gadget-&-decorating-tools/flex-cookie-turner-p-1153.html
Cookie dropper:http://www.goodcook.com/sweet-creations/baking-gadget-&-decorating-tools/stainless-steel-cookie-dropper-p-1152.html
Cookie Cutters: http://www.goodcook.com/sweet-creations/cookie-cutters-&-cake-pops/holiday-cookie-cutters-12ct-p-699.html
These items will help you get the job done right every time.  You can receive a 5% discount by using  di…

Les Cinq Amandes (The 5 Almonds) Confections & Gifts

As I opened up the beautifully boxed confectionery almonds I received from Les Cinq Amandes, the first thing I noticed was a slip of beautiful rice paper that told the story of how the name of the company came to be.

In the mid 17th century  Europeans celebrating weddings would often  offer their guests  five confectionery almonds symbolizing wishes for health, happiness, wealth, longevity and fertility. Les Cinq Amandes, Home of Artisanal Dragees  & Confectionery, is proud to continue this tradition, not only by offering the finest and most innovative hand-made dragees but also by renewing the set of 5 wishes to Health, Happiness, Longevity, Peace and of course Love.

I  love that this tradition is being continued today.  I find it to be both thoughtful and romantic.

The5Almonds.com carries many beautiful confections for any special occasion and their website makes it so easy to design exactly what you would like to offer your guests.  You can choose from Artisanal Chocolate,
Artisa…

Ellore Femme 24 pc Professional Makeup Brush Set

The Ellore Femme 24 Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set with Travel Case provides you with specific tools cover a wide range of areas! From eyes to lips to second foreheads and boast a luxurious blend of soft animal hair and synthetic bristles. The slim brushes stay neatly lined within a fold-up PVC case.



24 professional makeup brushes
Designed for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and more
Bristles made from natural animal hair and synthetic fibers
Fold-up leather case for easy transport
Dimensions: 9.85" (L) x 4.9" (W) x 1.9" (H)

Included Brushes

Bevel eyebrow/eyeliner brush
Concealer brush
Eyebrow and eyelash comb
Eyelash brush
Eye-shadow brush
Fine eyeliner brush
Foundation brush
Highlight brush
Large bevel contour brush
Large eye-shadow brush
Large powder brush
Lip brush
Medium bevel eyebrow/eye shadow
Medium bevel eye-shadow brush
Nose-shadow brush
One large fan-shaped extra-powder brush
Powder and blush brush
Small bevel eyebrow/eye shadow brush
Small fan-shaped extra-powder brush
Sponge eye…

Easy to Make Scented Ornaments

I learned how to make scented ornaments when my son was little.  The recipe is super simple.




Place 1 cup of cinnamon and 1 cup of apple sauce (and glitter if you want them to sparkle) in a ziploc baggie and smush together until combined.

Refrigerate for an hour.

Remove mixture from bag and roll on wax paper

Using cookie cutters, cut into shapes

Poke a hole in top of each ornament for hanging

Leave ornaments on the wax paper and put them in a safe spot to air dry completely.  This will take a few days.


Once dried, place ornaments on a pretty ribbon and hang them on your tree, in your car, or give them as gifts to teachers or friends.  The scent lasts a long time.  These are NOT edible.

This is a fun project to make with your children.



Need more inspiration to make homemade ornaments?  Check out http://craftadon.com/ornament-round-up/  .




Photo credit : http://craftadon.com/ornament-round-up/

Christmas Traditions

Every Christmas season my family likes to take a ride to Pennsylvania Lehigh Valley Region.  There is so much to do there during the holiday season.

Each year we visit the town of Bethlehem and Christkindlmarkt.  There are many vendors from small businesses who sell handcrafted items.  It is so pretty walking around and seeing all of the items.  We also love watching the ice carver and his masterpieces.





This year I got to enjoy the Gingerbread house competition at the Artsquest Center.  There were such beautiful houses on display.

The town of Bethlehem itself is quaint.  The main attraction is the Hotel Bethlehem with its extravagant windows which are beautifully decorated with the most ornate Christmas trees.


At night we love to watch the Steel Stacks light display.  Christmas music and beautiful lights create a wonderful atmosphere as we sit around the bonfire drinking hot cocoa.



Another yearly visit we love to take is to Koziar's Christmas Village.  I can remember our first  t…