Eight Tiny (But Meaningful) Holiday Entertaining Tips

Small but meaningful steps to prepare for the holidays

Preparing to have family over for a holiday celebration is one of the most stressful things you will do all year.  The holidays are celebrations.  However, the cooking, cleaning and entertaining that come with the holidays can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  Even if you don't have a lot of time there are a few things you can do quickly and easily, that will make a big ...

Elf Gets Organized-Day 3-Cookie Goodness

Most of us bake something special during the holidays.  I bake a lot of cookies.  Then, I give them out as I see people.  I should clarify, I bake a LOT of cookies.  It takes me a day or more, I got through a ton of supplies and the outcome is trays and trays of cookies.  (It's an Italian tradition I learned from my husband's grandmother called an Italian cookie tray.) Anyway, I have learned ...

Christmas Card Caddy

Staples Desk Organizer

So every year I'm trying to get my Christmas cards done and I sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and put a holiday DVD in.  Then I remember, I want to use a special pen.  Then, I forget to get the seals for the envelopes.  Next, it's the address labels.  I've also been known to not count my supplies ahead of time and have to place an order and wait for it to arrive before finishing this process. ...

February’s Favorite Finds

February Favorite Finds

It's been a while since I've brought you a favorite things round up, and I've been getting a lot of requests...so here goes!  I've been getting pickier and pickier on what I share with you and I know all too well how precious your time is.  SO, I'm only bringing you things I'm in love with and using in my own home.  I did receive samples of some of these items in order to be able to write the ...

Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve

The holiday is upon us.  It's time to let all of the stress melt away and enjoy this time with your family and friends.  I wanted to give you some Christmas Even traditions that you can do, even with little to no preparation.  These are easy and fun ideas that everyone will love. Read A Christmas Story Not only does reading a Christmas story help you put the little ones to bed, it helps you ...

After Christmas Tips

After Christmas Tips

That's it, the big day has gone by.  Hard to believe huh?  Now it's time to focus on cleaning up, putting away, doing the returns and making the most of sales.  Before you head out to the stores and go crazy, here are a few tips and ideas to keep in mind. 1.  Take a photo id with you. Many places prevent fraud by asking for this now.  It's common practice so make sure you have it on hand and ...

Holiday Tips From HGTV’s Open Concept Hosts

I was seriously lucky to have Ashley Tuner and Whitney Gainer answer some of my questions on holiday decor for you, my readers!!  IF you don't know them, they are the hosts of HGTV's  Open Concept, — and sisters — are two power tool-wielding DIY queens, on a mission to turn houses into homes. The two manufacturing mavens– transformed a hobby into a dream career, and are self-taught ...

Cute and Safe With Ziploc

Ziploc bags

I love gifting and storing in Ziploc all season long.  Not only are they cute and festive, they allow me to gift and give without worry of getting a dish or pan back in time to gift and give again. Available in freezer, storage, sandwich and snack varieties, Ziploc® brand Bags with Easy Open Tabs help multi-tasking mavens by containing all of their seasonal items, from holiday cookies to ...