Holiday Open House Spurs Ideas

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Recently I was invited to share an evening with two friends who were attending a holiday open house at one of our local stores. I have always shied away from this store because it is a little pricey and with the girls we basically could not afford shopping there, but an open house that was free and open to the public I was all there.

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My husband is a master builder; he can make anything just by looking at a picture. So he knows when I come walking toward him with a picture, I want him to make something for me. With that said I love to look at holiday decorations and see if I can (or should I say he can) make it them for less. With this in mind, I went with my friends with camera in tow.

I was able to snap some really cute ideas for maybe future blog posts but most importantly for future holiday decorations for our yard and our house. The first thing I saw when I walked up to this store was this cute little reindeer sticking out of a plant. How cute is he??

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I know that this cutie or our own version of it will soon be making its home in my yard. We are thinking that this is going to be my mom’s Christmas present from us as well??

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Anything that is made from metal is fair game as far as I am concerned. And these metal trees and owls are no exception to the rule. I am going to see if he can make these trees as well but the owl I am going to make a bigger version from pizza pans.

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These trees are too cute as well, I know that they are made from metal, but I am going to see if I can recreate these out of plastic funnels. That is if they sell them anymore, I will admit that it has been a long time since I have had to use a funnel.

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With all the building projects that we always seem to have going on, we always have scrap wood. I love the many possibilities of wood. I found several pieces made from wood that I want to recreate. Just look at the simple design of the tree, basically it is just a wood triangle with a hole drilled in it for dowel and stuck in another piece of wood.

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The snowman chalkboard was a cute thing to make as well; I can see that having a place in my kitchen as well as in the classroom.

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And the little let it snow snowman will hopefully soon become part of our holiday décor.

There are so many ornaments as well that can be recreated for a cheaper price as well. I cannot wait to get crafting and start to decorate for the holiday season. This Christmas Open house was just what I needed to get into the holiday spirit and start those creative juices flowing even if they belong to my husband. So what have you seen in stores that you have come to home and created for less.

Wordless Wednesday Veteran’s Day Parade

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This past Monday, my girls took part in the Veteran’s Day parade not because they were affiliated with a group or club that was marching in the parade. They marched for a simple reason. Their Grampie, my dad, asked them to carry a banner in the parade. My dad is retired Marine spending 20 years in the service. He is very involved with the veteran organization in our county. If you remember he was one of people responsible for bringing the replica of the Vietnam Wall to our county. So here are three pictures  from the proud that I wanted to share with you. I am not only a proud mom because my daughters gave up a day off of school to honor those who have served or are serving, but I am also a proud daughter of a 20 year USMC Master Sergeant. Semper Fi!!!

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My Dad was involved in announcing all the parade floats and people participating in the parade. My girls said he should have introduced his beautiful granddaughters as they walked by. LOL

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Here are my girls walking in the parade. As you can tell it was very windy. Maddie is on the left and Mikaela is on the right wearing a hat. Here is another shot.

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I am so proud that they did not think twice before saying yes and that they passed on beach trip with their cousins because they had made this commitment to their Grampie.
So how have your kids made you proud this week?

Week Long Wacky Sale

Another great Tully’s extra bold Kcup coffee on on sale this week! Tully’s coffees appeal to the masses and always sell well.

Wacky Wednesday Weekly Coffee Sale!  Every Wednesday they post a totally wacky sale price on a variety of coffees including Keurig Kcups.  You will love these prices and don’t forget shipping is free when you spend $59. or more!

Tully’s House Blend Keurig Kcup coffee is on sale for $11.99 per box of 24!

Tully's House Blend Keurig Kcup coffee

House Blend Extra Bold is the signature blend from Tully’s Coffee. It is a medium roast coffee with well balanced flavors. Hints of sweetness are matched by a buttery smoothness. Tully’s take an artisanal approach and slow roast their coffee at slightly lower temperatures so that they can bring out the best from each batch of beans.

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Twinings Chai Tea Keurig Kcups are on sale for $9.99 per box of 24!

Twinings Chai Tea Keurig Kcups

Fine black tea perfectly balanced with more of the sweet and savoury spice flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger.

Dont forget shipping is always free on orders over $59.00!

Sale runs Wed. Nov. 13th thru Tues., Nov. 19th at midnight EST.

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Tips for Sane Shopping This Holiday Season

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Soon the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be upon us. How many of you have started your shopping for the holiday season? I have started but I am nowhere near finished and probably won’t be for a while. I always like to get my shopping done early because if there is one thing I cannot stand is the holiday shopping crowds. I think this time of years brings out the crazy and rudeness in everyone. Here are a few tips that will keep you sane this holiday season.

  • Find that “one-stop shop” for whole family. I love going to stores that I can buy a present for everyone on my list without going anywhere else. I know that this shop maybe be a dream because in reality we all have different taste, but try to find a store that you can get several presents from, it will make your life a lot easier.
  • Start shopping early. I do this most of the time I start shopping in summer for Christmas but this year we have had an extremely busy summer so I have not had the time to shop. But here is a word of caution about shopping early, make sure you know the store’s exchange policy just in case you change your mind. You don’t want to be out a gift or money do you?
  • Give with your heart. Remember it is not about the price. That is one thing that I never consider when I shop, no price can be small or large when it comes to the ones you love. If the right present is a $5.00 or less than get it.
  • Look for sales. Pay attention to the advertisements in newspapers, magazines and online. You can end up saving some of your hard earned money.
  • Pick a shopping center that has everything. Let’s face it crowds are crazy but so is traffic and this will save you money on gas as well.
  • Always have an extra gift on hand for the unexpected guest. It can be anything just have something so the guest will not feel left out.
  • Create a budget and stick to it. Too many times that is when we get ourselves into trouble because we overspend.
  • Consider shopping online. This is by far the most convenient and that is how I do most of my shopping. There is no traffic and you can shop in your pajamas while watching your favorite show on television.
  • Remember the reason behind the season and make sure that you do not get too caught up in how commercial the holiday season has become.

I hope these tips will help you to have a sane and wonderful holiday season. Happy shopping and make sure you remember to buy me a gift. LOL I would love to hear how you keep sane this holiday season.

Recipe For a Happy Holiday Season

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Now it is the time of year for company to visit, whether the company was invited or just a drop in here is a recipe for successful visits with family and friends. I saw this recipe in a magazine and I just knew I had to share it with you.

Blend together a generous batch of family and friends

Peel off their coats so they feel more at home.

Pat their hands

Pinch their cheeks, but not too hard.

Fold them tightly in your arms for a great big old hug.

Marinate in 3 cups of love and attention. Catch up on all the news.

Tell 1 pound of jokes until all are dissolved into giggles.

Let the little ones beat you at games with dice, and be sure to stir 2 cups of silliness into the mix.

Sing. Dance. Toss balloons. Snap photos because you are going to want to remember these times.

Garnish with extra kisses because who know when you will see them again.

Then when it is time to dine

Simmer down and gather ’round for a meal of family favorites.

Add dollops of good conversation and a heaping spoon of laughter.

Yield: Hearty Servings for all who visit you.

Recipe: Italian Soup

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AFM Recipes


  • 1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8oz.)
  • 3 cans chicken broth
  • 3 cup shredded leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup shell macaroni, small size
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Crumble brown and drain sausage; set aside.  Cook macaroni according to package directions and drain; set aside.  Combine tomato sauce, chicken broth, seasonings and sausage in a soup kettle.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes.  Add macaroni and shredded lettuce and heat through.  Serves 6-8.

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