Amazing Christmas Projects + Win a Cricut Explore!

holiday projectsHey everybody! This month was the last month for the Cricut Design Space Star contest, and unfortunately due to some personal circumstances I was unable to participate. BUT my team totally killed it, so I just had to share their projects with you! They are all super talented, definitely some blogs worth following so make sure you visit and get their tutorials! Also, we are giving away a Cricut Explore to one lucky person! Woot, woot. Here are my teams links:

1. Merry & Bright t-shirts from Tricia of Suburban Bitches

2. Holiday Wall Decal from Melissa of The Sweet Escape

3. Paper Christmas Trees from MJ of Pars Caeli

4. DIY Vinyl Mugs & Ugly Christmas Sweater from Andrea at Andrea’s Notebook

5. Pin the Beard on the Gnome game by Katie of That Girl Katie

6. Hipster Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Shirt by Crystal of Sew Creative

7. Swans a Swimming Purse by Celina of Petit a Petit and Family

Now, who wants to win a Cricut Explore?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don’t win, don’t worry because we are going to be posting an amazing Black Friday Deal for the Cricut next week, so stay tuned!



Happy Weekend: Links to Love

Christmas Decorations weekendHappy Friday everybody!  Hope you are all doing amazingly awesome sauce. I am feelin’ good this mornin. We set up our Christmas decorations on Wednesday and I swear to you, I smile more now. I mean, you just cannot look around at a Christmas tree and a willow tree nativity and a bunch of happy snowmen faces and stay grumpy.. am I right? Also, last night the hubby and I went on a mid-week date night (super rare) with friends to see the hunger games! Isn’t it lovely when a night that isn’t a weekend feels like one? We purposefully did our date night early too because this weekend is going to be super busy and (hopefully?) productive! Hubs and I have both been trying to get ahead on work stuff so we can enjoy the holiday with family next week.. I’m sure that sounds familiar to many of you!

In the spirit of trying to focus more on the real meaning of Christmas this season, I just have to share this video with you. It seriously makes my heart swell every time.

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How cute are these mini pumpkin pies? Love the cut outs on the top.

I have been craving mac and cheese like all the time. #pregnancycravings. But not like, the box kind, like a creamy restaurant kind. Except.. I’m lazy. So this five minute homemade mac cheese is kinda calling to me.

Enter to win a Thanksgiving dinner brought strait to your door right here.

These reindeer cupcakes look easy enough that I might even attempt them.

Have a lovely weekend friends!



Christmas Gift Idea & Free Printables

Hey guys, Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas here again to share a fun Christmas printable. I realize it’s not yet Thanksgiving, but I am totally one of those people that milk Christmas for as long as possible. Tree up in November, doesn’t come down til end of January. Don’t judge, I’m just a Christmas girl thru and thru. Also, I don’t think it’s ever too early to start planning your neighbor or friend gifts for the holidays. And so today I’m here to share a fun printable that will be perfect for the girlfriends in your life. What girl wouldn’t love to be given a new cup full of chocolate and maybe a gift card to their favorite gas station to go get a DP or two!!

Give the gift of a new cup (a favorite drink gift card) and chocolates. Every girl's favorites!

And to make the chocolates even cuter too, I am giving a free printable of mini candy bar wrappers. I love the mini Hershey candy bars (especially Krackle) and they are super cute; plus perfect size for gift giving.

Printable Christmas candy bar wrappers. Such a fun idea for a gift or party snack

Just download the wrappers here, then cut them out and wrap around either the holiday themed ones (for red, green, gold and silver wrappers showing) or a traditional bag and tape in place. The kids have fun helping with this, I just had to adjust them a bit after they taped them.

Printable Christmas candy bar wrappers. Such a fun idea for a gift or party snack

After I wrapped all the candy bars, I put them inside a polka dot cup, put a gift card inside, and put the cute “Eat Drink & Be Merry” tag (download it here) on the front of the cup with some shimmery wash tape.

Give the gift of a new cup (a favorite drink gift card) and chocolates. Every girl's favorites!

I hope that you enjoy the gift idea, and make sure to head over here to get both of the free printables for it.


And check out these other fun posts on my site that you may love

Mason Jar Christmas Decor

DIY Christmas decorations

Handmade Advent Calendar for Christmas. Plus printable activity Ideas

DIY Christmas Advent Calendar plus printable Christmas activity ideas

Such a fun idea to make a Christmas Tree our of springs, and you can DIY your own faux springs!

 DIY Faux Spring Christmas Tree Plaque

How To Throw An Ugly Sweater Making Party

I’d like to thank ‘I Love to Create‘ for sponsoring this post and allowing me to share these ugly sweater party + DIY  ugly Christmas sweater ideas with you all!

how to throw a 'make your own ugly sweater' party!
Hey y’all! Are you aware of my obsession with ugly Christmas sweaters? No? Well I should tell you, I collect them. Last year I even opened a little instagram shop selling them! But the first time I ever went to an ugly sweater party I actually made my own, and won the contest for best sweater! This year I decided I wanted to make another DIY ugly sweater. I thought it would be so fun to make them with friends so I put together a ‘make your own ugly sweater party!’  I highly recommend throwing one – so here are the details and what I stocked the supply table with:

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