{christmas with a veteran}

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It's here!  I've been looking forward to this week since September, and it's finally here.  As part of  The Home Depot's Celebration of Service, I get to visit with a local veteran and his family, and take them some really fun Christmas decorations. I got about 4 large boxes in the mail this week, and I loved opening them up to see what was inside!  Aren't they so cute? I'm loving that aqua and red, with the silver! This particular veteran served in the war in Iraq, and retired from the Army in 2011.  He has a wife and 3 year old daughter. and I'm thrilled to meet all of them.  I'm also really looking forward to taking my oldest son with me--it's going to be a great night! I will … [Read more...]

[chocolate peppermint cookies}

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I LOVE peppermint and chocolate together, and these cookies are the perfect combination of the two.  They are the epitome of Christmas, and I guarantee, you will want to eat the whole batch!  They are super easy to make--I use my favorite basic chocolate cookie dough, then mix in Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips.  DELICIOUS!!!! (I found the baking chips at Walmart, but I've also seen them at other grocery stores and Target.) These are perfect for any holiday party or gathering, or just for your little family at home.  They will be gobbled up, no matter where they are! 5.0 from 2 reviews [chocolate peppermint cookies}   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 8 mins … [Read more...]

{holiday bake, craft & sew along + $700 giveaway package!}

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I am over at According to Kelly guest posting today for the Holiday-Inspired Bake Craft Sew Along, so make sure you come over and say hi! I also get to help start the holiday season off with a bang, & treat you to an absolutely amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series. We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $700! Wahoo!!! One lucky winner will receive... Silhouette Portrait: this is Silhouette's newest electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac® with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 8" wide and 10 feet long. The … [Read more...]

{simply you} link party week 3!

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Good morning!  Can you believe another week has gone by?  This is the time of year that I always wish would slow down a little, but it never does. Are you ready to link up?  I hope so--I can't wait to see what you've been working on! The most viewed link from last week is: {Wood Roses & Holly Wreath, by Creative Passage}    I love it!  So festive and fun, and perfect for indoors or on your front door. LINK PARTY RULES... 1.  Please link to a specific post of something YOU have created, and not to your main blog page. It can be a recipe, project, craft, etc. The picture that's used needs to be your own! 2.  No ads, please!! 3.  Spread the love...visit other blogs that have linked … [Read more...]

{25+ family christmas activities} includes free printable

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The best part of Christmas isn't Christmas morning.  Don't get me wrong--I absolutely love the magic of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and seeing the joy in my children's faces as they tiptoe down the stairs, see the tree lit with all the presents underneath it, peek into their stockings for the first time, and open that one gift that they've been praying for (and that I've been dying to give them).  For me, it's everything that leads up to that morning--all the wrapping, shopping, decorating, baking, reading, light-seeing, concerts, plays, parties, craft-making, snuggly movie & popcorn nights, secret santa runs, visits with family & friends, and more.  I love the journey as … [Read more...]

{carter’s giveaway, and fabulous cyber monday deals!}

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I think I love Cyber Monday even more than Black Friday.  Shopping in my pajamas, drinking hot chocolate, and finding fabulous deals that will be shipped right to my doorstep is right up my alley. :) So...it's with great excitement that I share with you a super fun giveaway and great Cyber Monday deals from one of my personal favorites...Carter's! Since my kids were born, I've almost exclusively used Carter's pajamas.  I {LOVE} them.  The quality is top notch, the durability can't be beat, and they wash really well.  I find good deals, then stock up on them twice a year--summer and winter.  In the cold winters of Michigan,  I loved the snuggly pajamas with fuzzy feet.  Now that we've … [Read more...]

{silhouette portrait winner!}

And the LUCKY winner of the new Silhouette Portrait is... #1825, Michelle  Bernasconi!!!   The winner has also been contacted via e-mail--so check your e-mail, Michelle!  :)  I will need a reply either via this post or e-mail within 48 hours, or a new winner will be selected. CONGRATS!! I am THRILLED for you!!!! {kierste} … [Read more...]

{black friday CRAZINESS with silhouette!}

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Happy Black Friday to you! I'm seriously excited to tell you about the amazing deals that Silhouette has not only today, but the whole week!  If you have been wanting a Cameo or Potrait, and have it on your Christmas list, this is the perfect time to grab it up, or put a MAJOR bug in Santa's ear! This is the lowest I've seen Silhouette prices since last year's Black Friday!!!  The best parts about this Black Friday deal is that you don't have to leave your house, AND it lasts clear until November 30th!!! It's also the perfect time to stock up on all of your other favorite Silhouette supplies--vinyl, heat transfer, fabric interfacing, rhinestones, adhesive stickers, magnet paper, fabric ink, … [Read more...]

[simply you} thanksgiving edition

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Hello everyone!  I'm still in Florida, enjoying Disney World with our family and friends, and having a blast!  I hope you each are having a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving! I'm so grateful today for so many things, including all of you.  Thank you so much for reading, following, commenting, and being so inspiring!!! Simply You will generally be on Wednesdays, but we were playing a little too hard this week for me to post it. :) Plus, I thought it would be fun to start on Thanksgiving Day! We had 60 links last week, and I loved all of them, what a great first week!  I'd love to see that number go up, so please spread the word, grab a button, and let others know they can come over and show off their … [Read more...]

{paper sack & clothespin advent calendar}

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I {LOVE} advent calendars.  I think they are the perfect way to count down to Christmas, and an additional way to really enjoy the holiday season.  We have several at our house, and we use them all!  Whether we use books, candy, or fun family Christmas activities, the result is a pure delight in enjoying the best parts of the holiday. This Christmas I've added another one, and it uses some of my most favorite things---brown paper sacks, twine and clothespins!  It is ridiculously easy to make, totally inexpensive (less than $7), and SO SO darling!!! This particular advent will hold an activity for each day, that our whole family can participate in.  I will share my printable list next … [Read more...]