12 Days of Happy

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My 12 Days of Happy A fellow Michigan blogger , Parsimonious Pash, is sharing her "12 Days of Happy" and invited others to join in on the fun. Most people spend the month of November saying what they are thankful for. I have found though that when Thanksgiving passes they forget everything they were supposedly thankful for. Today was a very stressful day for me and I found myself forgetting what actually made me happy and got lost up in the decorations and memories of past Christmases. I had ...

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Cranberry Lemon Squares

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Cranberry Lemon Squares   One of my favorite things to bake with during the winter is Cranberries! They are  readily available, and oh-so-yummy! Today I am going to share one of my families favorite recipes, Cranberry Lemon Squares!  This recipe is just the right amount of sweet and tart, and relativley easy to make! I love to make this for my family, and they also keep well so they make great gifts! ...

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DIY Snow

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DIY Snow   Being from the south, I am a huge fan of DIY Snow, and make it every year for my little girl! This project is easy to do, and your kids will love it! We use this DIY Snow for craft projects, or just to play around it! It's a great holiday sensory activity for younger kids too! I also love that it is easy enough for the kids to do all on their own!  ...

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Spread some Holiday Cheer with Build-A-Bear Workshop + a giveaway!

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Spread some Holiday Cheer with Build-A-Bear Workshop + a giveaway! *I would like to thank the awesome people at Build-A-Bear Workshop for sending me a furry friend to review, which I received for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own! The Holidays are fast approaching and if your kids are anything like mine, they already have some things on their Christmas list. Build-A-Bear Workshop is a perfect holiday destination this year, and has something for everyone on your gift list! From My ...

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White Elephant Gift Ideas

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Do you need White Elephant Gift Ideas? The White Elephant Party is also known as Gift Swap, Yankee Swap, Black Santa, Chinese Gift Exchange, Dirty Santa, Greedy Punter, Thieves' Christmas or Naughty Santa. It really doesn't matter what you call it the purpose is the same to have fun. The game is played in many ways and it usually requires at least 6 players. You can read our how to play the White Elephant Party if you need some tips. Here are some White Elephant Gift Ideas provided by my ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Giving to Charities

It has been a tough year for charities. Many of us do not have extra money and are uncertain what the future holds. Therefore, monetary donations to charities have been down this year. There are ways that you can be charitable without giving money. If you are addicted to CVS like myself, you probably have ten tubes of toothpaste, seven packs of razors and eight bottles of hair products on hand! I actually stopped getting some of the free after extra care buck items due to my ever growing ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Homemade Gifts

Last year I decided to give a lot of homemade gifts. As I have discussed before, I have been canning goods for the last three years. My sister-in-law, Cathy, and I canned a whole bushel of pickles last year (yeah, we kind of over did it when ordering the pickling cucumbers!). When the pickles were complete and we discovered we had enough for an army, it was determined that everyone would receive pickles... I mean canned goods for Christmas! My parents are always a challenge to buy gifts for; ...

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Holiday from the Heart: Recycled Gifts

Madame Deals is going to start a new series for the approaching Holiday season. Come back every Sunday for fun and inexpensive  Holiday ideas! My son Mason turned three last week. For this last year I have stockpiled gifts. I had no problem going to my gift stash and finding Mason's designated gifts. In all, I spent about $25 on his birthday. But you know what Mason really enjoyed? The two toy motorcycles I had picked up from a yard sale for .25¢ each. These motorcycles were not actually part ...

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