Archive for November, 2013

Chocolate-Dipped Tangerines

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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This post brought to you in part by Gygi.

Today we’re excited to share a delicious little gift idea for the holidays: chocolate-dipped tangerines.

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We simply peeled our tangerines, melted chocolate apeels from Gygi and got to work dipping the tangerine slices, sprinkling  a garnish of sea salt or crystallized sugar and placing them to cool on parchment paper. This process only took about 5 minutes!

As the tangerines would need to be eaten up within a day or so we wanted to keep portion sizes small so these little candy boxes were the perfect. Cute packaging makes such a difference!

Wouldn’t these be great for a chic place settings, a cute party favor or a holiday gift to bring into the office?

For a longer shelf life you could always used dried fruit instead of fresh.

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Christmas at Bath and Body Works

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

I cannot wait to have little kiddos at Christmas to help them dream of sugar-plums and be filled with the Christmas spirit.

Our sis, Helen always gets her kids excited for Christmas by adding a Bath and Body Works nightlight and festive soap in their bathrooms.

Whether or not you have kids at home just an item or two from Bath and Body Works will bring instant Christmas joy into your home:

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Holiday Favorites Anti-Bacterial Soap

Festive Nightlight

Scented candle

Bath and Body Works will be having one of their best sales of the year on black Friday. This is when I stock up on my favorites for the year and be on the look out for gift ideas and stocking-stuffers.

I love the True Blue Spa, C O Bigelow and Aromatherapy lines for gifts and these are the perfect little stocking-stuffers that can loop on to anything and hopefully keep your family healthy too.

As always, coupons always make shopping even better! For a $10 off $30 purchase coupon (can be used in-store and online) click HERE.

Do you have and Bath and Body Works favorites this time of year? Please share!

Five Gifts for $1…Holler!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! We have our thinking caps on for gifts for everyone on our lists. Here are five gifts we picked up that we think are pretty great for a buck!

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  1. Wet n Wild nail polish. A bright hue for all your friends. (rite aid)
  2. Old-fashioned Coke. You know Santa only drinks coke from a glass bottle! (target)
  3. Ferrero Rocher. Yum. (target)
  4. Dominos in wood box found at The Dollar Tree. Perfect stocking stuffer, so cute!
  5. Lindor balls in little package. Adorbs! (target)

Do you have your thinking cap on yet for affordable gift options? We’d love to hear your ideas!

Affordable Thank You Cards at Target

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It is the season of thanksgiving and Target has it in for me with its vast display of jewel-toned and gold-foiled thank you notes. How’s a girl supposed to control herself when a set of 10 only costs $3.99?

I love the idea of writing thank you notes in November, just because. A perfect time of year to express gratitude to those around you. Now I’m giving you the perfect excuse to buy these little beauties:

Screen shot 2013-11-05 at 9.10.38 AMGold foil many thanks 50ct/$10.99. Pretty enough to frame. Only $.22/per card.

boxwoodclippings_yellow ombre thank you cardYellow ombre 10ct/$3.99. Don’t you think these would be perfect to bring a little sunshine to someone’s day?

boxwoodclippings_gold foil thank you noteFoil bunny 24ct/$6.99. Sold!

boxwoodclippings_bold purple thank you cardBold purple + gold 10/$3.99

boxwoodclippings_autumn thank you note packAutumn-floral multi-pack 15/$6.99. Could this be more perfect?

Target also has some great kiddie thank you notes. This lollipop is adorable as well as this gumball postcard, both 10/$3.99.

Time to get grateful!

DIY Cinnamon Stick Sunburst Mirror

Monday, November 18th, 2013

 We are obsessed with the DIY we are sharing today. So pretty and s0 easy! We couldn’t be happier to share with you…

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Learn how to make your own little mirror below:

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Cinnamon sticks (we got ours at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon)

Spray paint

Round mirror (we used this one)

Scrap cardboard

Glue gun + glue sticks

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 Directions:

Spray-paint cinnamon sticks.

2. Cut scrap cardboard into a circle about 2″ larger than your mirror.

(This can be very rough as it will not be seen, just gives the cinnamon sticks something to stick to.)

3. Glue mirror onto the center of your cardboard.

4. Apply glue onto outer rim of cardboard and start sticking on cinnamon sticks.

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Work in about 2″ increments. Gluing and placing cinnamon sticks before the glue dries.

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Once you’ve surrounded the mirror it should look something like this.

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5. Now repeat the process, this time layering cinnamon sticks over of ones already placed, filling in the gaps.

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When you are done, it should resemble something like this:

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 We use these handy dandy Command velcro strips to hang the mirror on the wall. Get a $.50 off coupon here.

This mirror cost about $5 and looks amazing. We hope you love this project as much as we do!