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12 Days of Christmas #9: Christmas Party Ideas

What is up you guys!

Welcome to #9 of this 12 Days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing Christmas/winter inspired blog posts from December 14-25. You don’t want to miss a single one! Question of the day: What is your favorite Christmas drink? Share in the comments below♥

Need some ideas for that Christmas party? Here are some that are “tried and true”, and that will be fun for everyone this holiday season! 

Food 

Food is a the probably the most important part of the party, so make it fun or interesting. Something nobody would think of! A lot of times when we have people over, we almost always go with a breakfast theme. How about french toast?! Just yesterday, we had a party and the food was french toast, sausage, etc. So much fun! A little twist to a traditional meal!

Hot chocolate bar. This is also a great idea we’ve done before (and will be doing again). The best part for me is decorating! You can get really creative here. Set out some hot water or milk in, hot chocolate mix, fun cups, whipped cream, sprinkles, candy canes, anything! 

Entertainment

The close second important thing to a party. Entertaining can be fun, exhausting, or both. But here are a few ideas that are easy to put on and fun for you as well as everyone else:

Host an “Eggnog taste testing”. Buy all kinds of different brands/flavors of eggnog, and have the brave “taste testers” be 1) blind folded or 2) oblivious to what brand/flavor eggnog they’re trying. Then, have them use a grading system to determine the “best” eggnog. Make sure you have at least 2-5 people judging (everyone has a different eggnog preferences, so the winning eggnog should be the best of all worlds). 

Play a group game like…. a few games I would recommend for groups of any size are: Been There Done That (great for breaking the ice or getting to know everyone in a fun way), and Say Anything  (it can get pretty funny, pretty quickly). Click the name of the games previously↑ to see them on Amazon.

Gift exchange/white elephant. You can’t just exchange gifts…Here is a fun take on a White Elephant gift exchange: Everyone has a gift (whether it be their’s or someone else’s) and stands in a circle. One person (the host) reads a poem, but not any ordinary poem. Every time the word “right” is read, everyone passes their gift to the right. Every time the word “left” is read everyone passes their gift to the left. When the poem is finished, the gift you have left in your hand is the gift you keep! Click here for the poem. 

Well, I hope this was helpful in giving some ideas for your Christmas party. I know they are a hit at ours! Thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas!

Until next time, 

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12 Days of Christmas series #8: Our Ginger bread house

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #8 of my 12 Days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing winter/Christmas inspired blog posts from December 14-25. Don’t miss one! Question of the day: What is the funniest gift you ever received? Share in the comments below♥

Story time. Today at school was our last day, and now I’m on Christmas Break!!! Our last day was really fun. It really wasn’t school though. A month ago, our high school split into groups, and we had to write and act our own Christmas play about a country and their Christmas traditions. My group chose Ireland (because we had two red-heads in the group;p shout out to Keaira!). So basically it was about a group of friends that wanted to do something nice for the Irish exchange students visiting. So they throw an Irish Christmas surprise party, but they decorate with all the “misconceptions” of Ireland (pots of gold, rainbows, leprechauns, etc). So the exchange students come, and re-do the party to a real Irish Christmas with a couple of their traditions (some are ridiculous)! After the play, we did a ginger bread house competition! The families and students broke off into teams ,with high school students as team leaders, and all decorated a ginger bread house with the hope of winning! It was really fun! And to top it all off… MY GROUP WON! Oh, it was SO exciting! We got some candy as a prize (the victory was even sweeter)! So I thought I’d share the winning ginger bread house, and maybe some ideas for yours too!

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Did I mention we only has 30 minutes to decorate? Well, we did. So although it may not be the best ginger bread house, the judges thought it was the best one at the competition! And it was fun to make with friends and family! First, the tree. I wanted to do a tree with a ice cream cone and frosting, but we didn’t have that so I took the foil on the inside of the frosting container and folded it in a cone shape! We then coated it in frosting and holly leaf sprinkles. It got so many comments!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The little light post was my grandma’s idea. It is so cute! A candy cane for the base, and a gum drop for the “light”!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANext, the wreath. That was my sister who did that. We had some green fondant on our table, so we put it to use, by making a wreath with it! Again with the holly leaf sprinkles, my sister did such a good job putting them on!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We used life savers for the path, and gum drops for the fence or perimeter of the house, too. On the roof, we put a scalloped pattern. And the door is obviously made with peppermints:)

Thank you for visiting! I hope you had fun seeing how our “30 minute win” (and what a fun “30 minute win it was) went! Have fun this holiday season and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #7: DIY Christmas Ornaments

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #7 of my 12 Days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing a winter/Christmas inspired blog posts from December 14-25. Question of the day: What is your favorite Christmas dessert?

My mom and younger sisters were making these homemade ornaments earlier this month, and I wanted to share how to make them! And you guys. THE RECIPE ONLY HAS 2 INGREDIENTS! And you can make them what ever shape you would like. They also will make your house small amazing! Here we go»

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles (2.37 oz. each) Cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup applesauce

Supplies:

  • Cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Colorful ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2 to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
  2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
  3. Insert ribbon (we used twine) through holes and tie to hang.

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If you want to add something to your Christmas tree, or are looking for a gift idea, this is a great recipe/DIY you should try! Making ornaments can be a fun thing to do with family or friends to make memories with. They smell SO good too! As always, thanks for visiting, and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #6: Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #6 of my 12 Days of Christmas series! I’m sharing Christmas/winter inspired blog posts (like a blogmas) from December 14-25. Question of the day: If you could pack up and go on a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?

This week at school we are doing a white elephant gift exchange. Normal, right? Here’s the catch: we can’t spend any money and the gifts have to be pretty funny or wacko! Here are some ideas for any white elephant gift exchange,whether you can buy something or not! So here we go»

#1: Kids movie

Like Veggie Tales, My Little Pony, sky’s the limit baby!

#2: “Melted Snowman”

All you have to do for this gift is get a water bottle, take off the label and replace it with one that says, “Melted Snowman”. I thought this was so cute (and hilarious at the same time. Is that possible)!

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#3: OCD killer

AAAAAH! No. This is so wrong…..but so funny! For those OCD friends.

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#4: How to Package Toilet paper

So, this is for those REALLY close friends. Or the ones you don’t want so close!toiletpaper

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These were just SOME of the funny ones I thought were “doable”. Another favorite is to package some Cheerios in a bag and label, “Donut seeds. Just add milk.So which gift will you be trying? I’m doing the kid’s movie! Thanks for stopping by and Merry Christmas!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #5: Winter Bucket List

What is up you guys!

Welcome to day #5 of my “12 Days of Christmas” series! I’m sharing a winter/Christmas inspired blog post every day from December 14-25. You don’t want to miss a single one! Question of the day: Would you rather be at home for Christmas and get lots of presents or go to Disneyland for Christmas but get no presents? Share in the comments below♥

Today, I thought I’d give some ideas for a winter/Christmas bucket list. So if you’re having family over for the Christmas season and want something to do, need to entertain, or if you just so happen to have some free time to do something fun, this is the list for you! Here we go…

  1. Go to a Christmas light show
  2. Make ginger bread houses
  3. Have a Christmas movie marathon
  4. Go tubing/sledding
  5. Start a new family tradition
  6. Do a random act of kindness (R.O.A.K)
  7. Bake Christmas cookies
  8. Make Christmas ornaments
  9. Write your New Year’s resolution
  10. Host a Christmas party
  11. Go to a play
  12. Have a game night at home
  13. Take pictures
  14. Have a hot chocolate bar
  15. Go caroling
  16. Snow ball fight!
  17. DIY gifts
  18. Read the Christmas story in Luke, chapter 2
  19. Hunt at an antique store
  20. Make snow ice cream

Oh, man. I have no excuse to be bored! I’ll be doing a lot of these things with my family coming to town for Christmas. Family and friends are the best people to share fun times with! Life wouldn’t be the same without them! Well, thank you for stopping by, and Merry Christmas!

Until Next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #4: Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

What is up you guys!

Welcome to #4 of this “12 Days of Christmas” series! I’m sharing blog posts inspired by Christmas/winter everyday from December 14-25. You don’t want to miss a single one! Question of the day: What do you like to do on cold, winter days (snow days)?

These thumbprint cookies are the bomb dot-com! The raspberry jam is my favorite part! On allrecipes.com, 2k people have made this recipe, and its overall rating is 4 1/2 stars! Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oh how I wash you could smell through the pictures (so amazing)! Make this recipe and you’ll find out what I ‘m talking about!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3. Mix in flour until dough comes together.

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7. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over cooled (or warm) cookies.

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Yum yum! We make these cookies almost every year around this time. My favorite jam to fill them with is raspberry! Thanks for stopping by! You can check out the previous posts in this series below!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #3: DIY Christmas cards

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Welcome to #2 of this 12 Days of Christmas series! Today I’m sharing some DIY Christmas card ideas. I love DIY’s and making things your own, more personal! What’s more special than knowing someone put time and thought into your card than just buying it from the store? Question of the day: What is your favorite Christmas song? Share in the comments below♥

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Gift tags! Easy-peasy-lemon-sqeezy, but so cute!

First start by tracing out a gift tag shape onto card stock, then cut it out.

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  • Second, draw the “Christmas light string” onto the tag.

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  • Last, just draw on the light bulbs and a little holiday message. You can cut a hole on the top for ribbon or string too. And you’re done!

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Card #2

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This card is quite simple, but to me that is what makes it cute! Not too much.

  • The only thing you need to do for this card is cut out some card stock and draw your banner and message. I have a step by step guide to drawing a banner here!

Card #3

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I love this crafty Christmas tree card!

  • Find lyrics to a song or poem and print them out.
  • Tear pieces and glue them onto your card stock to make a tree shape.
  • Add a star to the top and you’re finished!

Card #4

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Okay, so I didn’t make this one, but I couldn’t help but share! It’s such a cute idea. I will definitely be making this!

Which card was your favorite, or which one do you think you’ll DIY?                                      Before you go, I want to throw something in here. Not going to lie, I am always trying to make things perfect. Pictures, projects, you name it! Like today. I was stressing about trying to make every picture, every letter and drawing the way I wanted it to come out (perfect), but not all the time can I do that. No one is perfect. No one! Not even the people who seem to have it all together. We’re all going to mess up and have flaws (like everyday)! Life is messy, so let’s just embrace it! Sure, some times are messier than others, but if life was perfect, how boring would that be, right?! So I guess what I’m trying to say here is, behind every picture, behind every blog post all around the world, there’s a messy person. Like you. Like me. That’s one thing I love about blogging. Everyone is doing the same thing. Just trying to share a bit of what they love! It may come in different shapes and sizes, but that’s because nobody is the same, therefore, we all have different ways of sharing it! So let’s all keep this in mind. That way, when all the hustle and bustle of the season is everywhere, we don’t forget that there’s a person just like you and me behind the picture.  xoxo Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas Series #2: Winter photography inspiration

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Welcome to #2 of this 12 Days of Christmas series! If you don’t want to miss out on future posts, just follow this blog (Short & Sweet) at the bottom of the page to get notifications of new blog posts! Now, question of the day: What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Share in the comments below!

Ah, photography. Such a beautiful thing! I love taking pictures, mostly of micro and outdoor/nature. Recently I took some pictures that I thought came out pretty well and wanted to share them give some inspiration and ideas for your winter photography!

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That night was so beautiful♥ Night photography is still pretty new to me, but very fun to experiment with!

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Christmas lights in the background (love)! Did you notice the tiny, little snowflake!? *screams because can’t take in that much cuteness at one time*OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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More snowflakes! A little obsessed♥

Winter is such a gorgeous season for photography. I absolutely love how God shows His handiwork in nature! Each snowflake is different…I don’t think, actually, I know I couldn’t come up with that many designs even if I tried! He is so amazing. Thank you for stopping by! I hope this gave you some inspiration for your winter photography. I’d love to see some of your photos too!

Until next time,

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12 Days of Christmas series #1: Nutella puppy chow

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Welcome to #1 of this 12 days of Christmas series! I’ll be sharing a Christmas/winter inspired blog post everyday from December 14-25. You don’t want to miss a single one!  You can get notification of posts by following this blog (Short & Sweet) at the bottom of the page! OK, question of the day: What is your most hoped for item on your Christmas wish list? Share in the comments below♥

On the first day of Christmas…I give to you… Nutella puppy chow!!! Talk about amazing… I am addicted! It’s the perfect snack, especially for Christmas time. Serve it at a party, family gathering, or just keep it for yourself! Here is how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • One 12 oz box Chex or Crispix cereal
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a pan over medium-low (mostly low) heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips, stirring constantly.
  2. When all is melted and smooth, remove from heat and stir in Nutella (I actually put it back on very low heat while stirring Nutella for about 3 or 4 minutes).
  3. Pour the chocolate/Nutella mixture over the cereal in a large mixing bowl. Use a large spatula to gently coat and mix cereal with the chocolate/Nutella mixture. Keep mixing until evenly coated.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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4. Add the cereal to a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Pour in the powdered sugar and shake, starting with ½ cup at a time. You want to make sure everything’s coated, but not too sweet! Taste test during this step until you get just the right amount of coating. You probably won’t need the full 3 cups of powdered sugar! (I used about 1 1/2 cups).

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That’s it! And just like that an “out-of-this-world” recipe is made and can be enjoyed!

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Tip: If your chocolate/Nutella mixture is too thick, add about a tablespoon of coconut oil to it over low heat.

How did yours turn out? I’d love to hear about any notes, tips, and comments you have! Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas♥

Until next time,

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Back to School Series #3: Locker Ideas

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AHHH! My favorite part of school is decorating my locker! This year I wanted to go for a modern minimalist theme. I saw this one idea on an HGTV.com post for locker decorating ideas and copied it completely! Not only is it cute, but is very creative and smart! If you want to see the #1 and #2 posts in this Back to School Series, you can check them out here and here♥ Now on to the locker⇒

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*This is pretty much my exact locker! The only differences are: I don’t have a dry-erase board (because the wallpaper is chalkboard, so I put everything I need on that), I have a mirror, and more Polaroids.*

Okay, first up (drum roll please)….. Chalkboard contact paper! Can you say genius!? Why I never though of this before…I don’t know, but I’m sure glad someone did! Plus it’s super cute♥ Then use washi tape to make a “to do” list.locker1

Next, is Polaroids and pics! I am obsessed with Polaroids, and love putting them up in my locker. To make some cute clips to hang your pics up, take some clothespins (or any clip), and you could paint them, add a magnet on the back, and you know, personalize!locker2

Okay, these polka-dots tho! I love this idea and think it’s adorable! It adds so much to any locker.

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Lastly, use a little bin for all those extra things like pencils, snacks, or any other stuff you might need through out your day! To add to the “look” or “theme”, throw in some black and white notebooks, or binder, anything black and white, really.

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So what do you think?! I love how my locker turned out, and hopefully this gave some inspiration to you! Thank you for visiting my blog♥ 

Until next time,