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Yesterday was the last day of school for the little ones. As we left school after lunch they reminded me they would now be home for 2 weeks and 2 days. We've officially started the countdown calendar for when school starts back. Marisol's class had a holiday party where the kids wore pajamas to school, they enjoyed brunch style party food, cuddled up with blankets and pillows and watched a holiday movie. To make it just a little educational, the teacher taught the students how to make homemade butter to put on their toast and bagels. Marisol was so excited... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The thing I love most about the holidays is the traditions I have with the kids. Some are reminiscent of when I was little, others I started over the years. Each year I try to introduce something new, I think it makes every holiday that much more special if it's not exactly the same year after year. One of our favorite traditions (and by ours, I mean mine and Marisol's) is crafting together. We always make something new to add to our Christmas decor, I teach her something new and we get to spend time together. This year we are... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GameOnTheGo #CollectiveBias As you know, Minecraft is big around here. The kids play it all the time. And remember their birthday lunch, and the earrings I made Miss M? So when the new Gameband Minecraft™ came out, guess what we got? And they think it's pretty awesome. I'm going to share a little about the Gameband, and then show you how to make this Minecraft Christmas Stocking, which is the perfect way to gift it this holiday season. With Gameband Minecraft™, the kids... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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The kids finish school here at the end of this week and then winter vacation starts. And they will be home. And I will be looking for things to keep them occupied and off the video games as much as possible. With that being said, if you are looking for something for your kids to do, I've posted a tutorial over at The Centsible Life to make these adorable reindeer lollipops. These are perfect for kids to make and gift this holiday season. So head on over to Kelly's blog for the full tutorial. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldfishMix #CollectiveBias We love a good family-friendly movie night. Spending time together, watching a movie we all love and enjoying some yummy snacks is the perfect way to spend some time together. These movie night snacks inspired by Goldfish crackers are perfect for kids and adults (yes I did have one of those delicious drinks below). Kids are sure to love these quick and easy (and delicious) treats. Goldfish Crackers Ice Cream Float Isn't this Goldfish crackers themed ice cream float fun? What... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Light a fire, invite friends around for an impromptu holiday movie night and serve up these delicious and simple treats. Movie night should be stress free and simple. Here are a few tips for a fun holiday movie night: light a fire (if you have one), if not candlelight will make the room feel warm and cozy. provide lots of blankets and cushions for getting cozy invite everyone to come over in the jammies serve simple and delicious treats and a warm drink choose a family-friendly holiday movie to watch Now onto those yummy treats. S'mores are the perfect winter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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'Tis the season for celebrations. Whether you are hosting holiday parties, or New Year parties, here's the perfect cocktail to add a little sparkle to your celebration. This eggnog cocktail is delicious, and quick and easy to make. Ingredients: 3 1/2 oz Vanilla spice eggnog 1 oz Spiced rum 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1/2 pkt Sweet'N Low 2 tbs milk 2 tbs edible gold sprinkles Begin by combining the cream and Sweet'N Low in a bowl. Blend until peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to use. (this will make enough for about 6 cocktails) Place the gold sprinkles and milk... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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I grew up with the stories of Paddington Bear, and have story books by Michael Bond here that I've shared with the kids over the years, so when I was asked to come up with something fun to celebrate the upcoming release of the movie PADDINGTON on January 16, I literally jumped at the chance. Watch the trailer here. Of course Marisol wanted something made for her, and seeing as she loves dressing up her dolls and soft toys so much I decided to make an outfit for one of her Build-A-Bear's. I am pretty sure that this cute bear... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you are looking for a quick and easy project that kids can make and gift to their friends this Christmas, then take a look at the one I've got over at Jo-Lynne Shane's blog. Kids will love these The Grinch holiday ornaments. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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There are definitely moments that I'm all about quick and easy in the kitchen. Sure a lot of the time I like to bake from scratch, but I've been known to resort to boxed cake, cookie and brownie mixes when I'm lacking ingredients or time. So when I was contacted about Duff Goldman's holiday baking line Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios, I said sure, send me a box of something and I'll whip it up and give it a try. And then a delivery arrived of cookie and cake mixes and I couldn't stop at just trying one, I had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Thank you so much Theresa.
Thanks Joann, it really was such a fun thing to do ... knocked a little something off my bucket list :).
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I love holiday meal leftovers. There's nothing quite like using what is left from your big holiday meal to make soup, sandwiches and pasta dishes. Today I'm sharing a delicious post-holiday breakfast sandwich with you. Ingredients: Oroweat® Organic bread 100% Whole Wheat Turkey Spinach Brie Cranberry Sauce Egg Bacon Preheat the oven to 425F. Grill your bacon until it's about 3/4's done - you don't want it completely crispy, but it needs to be just cooked. On a baking try lay two slices of bread per sandwich. On one slice layer spinach, turkey, cranberry sauce and cooked bacon. On the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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As I'm writing this post the kids are home from school for a week for Thanksgiving break. I'm about to get real here for a few moments and show you what it's really like being a mum and working from home. You'll see that nothing is perfect around here. There are messes and chaos. And I'm okay with that. So yes, there are days that this happens, and that is okay, because he is happy, and it's just mess that can be tidied up - and he has a week to do it so the Christmas tree can be set... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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In September I shared with you a few photographs from my photo shoot in New York with Olay and Real Simple magazine. Well, clearly I forgot to shout from the rooftops that I'M IN THE CURRENT ISSUE - it's a 3-page spread at the back of the December 2014 issue. The shoot came about when Grace, Debbi and I were each contacted by staff at Real Simple magazine to appear in the issue and provide our advice for creating a timeless look for the holidays, for Olay, for women in their 30's (Grace), 40's (me) and 50's (Debbi). I was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Thank you Danielle
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We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign. I absolutely love giving (and receiving) gift cards over the holidays. I often buy a few for my oldest son (who lives away from home) for his favorite places like Target, Starbucks and local take-out restaurants. At least I know he has to use the money for items he needs, as opposed to giving him cash and it being wasted on frivolous things. My little ones love gift cards too. They feel like such big kids walking into a store and picking... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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Remember when I ordered the craft supplies from Consumer Crafts recently? Well, I'm back sharing the fun holiday project I made using them. This was such a fun project, and I love that after the holidays I can remove the little house and replace it with other items for a new theme. What you need to make this terrarium: Glass jar or apothecary jar Clay pellets (available from hydroponic stores) - or you can use stones Charcoal (aquarium charcoal available at pet stores) Potting mix 4 succulents Painted Tin House in burgundy Darice Timeless Minis - assorted, I used mini... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
Hi Holly, I can't believe I missed Heather's comment so thank you. Although I suggested gluing, I never ended up doing that with mine. I'd cut them at such a snug fit that I didn't see any need (and I'm lazy, let's be honest, and too impatient to wait for things to dry), but this was more advice for anyone who does find they move around. I'd use a wood glue, or E6000 (which is my go-to glue for all projects that will be used on a regular basis).
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on DIY Tea Storage Box at Create-Celebrate-Explore
And the only reason I didn't end up gluing, is because I'm a lazy crafter, I'll admit it :).
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on DIY Tea Storage Box at Create-Celebrate-Explore
I'm so sorry I missed your comment Heather, but I didn't glue them, I had cut them so they are a snug fit. They haven't moved at all and I use this tea box every day. However if you do want to glue them, I'd use a wood glue or my favorite glue E6000.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on DIY Tea Storage Box at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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There is nothing better than soup in the cooler months. I often make pots of vegetable soup in the evening and freeze it for nights when I crave a little comfort food, which is often, especially now that the weather is cooling down. Soup, a blanket, and a fire burning are my ideal winter night. I've rounded up 20 warm, hearty and delicious comfort food soups that require only one pot to cook. It doesn't get easier than that. Check out Soup: Comfort Food in One Pot by Tonya Staab at Foodie.com What is your favorite comfort food soup recipe?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore
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If you are looking for fabulous entertaining tips, recipes, DIY projects, party ideas and more this holiday season, then join us for some fun starting December 1st. You could win great prizes too. I've teamed up with a Alexia Foods along with a few friends Coryanne Ettiene, Chris Nease and Kristen Doyle for both a Pinterest and Twitter party beginning on December 1st. There will be over $600 in cash and prizes given away by Alexia Foods during the parties, and we have some fabulous ideas to share. Hope you will join us. When: Monday December 1, 2015 8pm EST... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Create-Celebrate-Explore