6th Day of Christmas…

On the 6th Day of Christmas my true love showed to me…

6 hilarious Elf of a Shelf Tricks!

I love this cute tradition! I have been trying to think of funny ideas for when Kale comes over and his elf, Zigi. These are just some funny little photos I have found around the internet and below I have posted some links for more ideas! I love the great ideas everyone has been posting! I’d love to see yours!

For more ideas go here, here, or here!

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Fifth Day of Christmas…

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

5 Christmas Candy Treats from See’s! (these are my favorite…)

Milk Chocolate Santa

Peppermint TwistsWhite Mint Truffles

Peanut Butter Treat

And the ever awesome…guess what kind of chocolate your getting out of the box treat!

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4th Day of Christmas…

On the 4th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

4 yummy Christmas Cookie recipes!

Reindeer Cookies

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate-covered mini pretzels
Mini brown M&Ms
Regular-sized red M&Ms
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk, and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat until just blended.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
Form dough into 1-inch balls. To make reindeer-shaped cookies, pinch the bottom of the ball slightly to form a point, then gently flatten with your hand. Space cookies about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7 to 8 minutes, until set or just beginning to brown.
Remove from oven and immediately (and gently) press two mini pretzels into the tops of the cookies for the reindeer’s antlers. Press two mini brown M&Ms in for the eyes and one red M&M for the nose (or any other color… some of mine ended up with green noses. They might be South Pole reindeer.).
Allow to cool 2 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack or paper towel to cool completely.
Makes about 40 reindeer cookies.
Candy Cane Blossoms
 
1 bag Hershey;s Kisses brand Candy Cane Kisses
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons milk
Red and Green colored sugar
Preheat over to 350  degrees Fahrenheit. Remove wrappers from candies (approx. 35)
Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, and egg in large bowl until well blended. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternatively with milk to butter mixture, beating until well blended.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in red and/or green colored sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8 – 1o minutes or until edges are lightly browned and cookies is set. Remove from oven; cool 2 to 3 minutes. Press candy piece into center of each cookie. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Yields approximately 35 cookies.

 via: www.bakedperfection.com

Andes Mint Cookies

1 Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
package of Andes Mints

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees  for 6-9 minutes. Don’t cook any longer than that! You don’t want them to be overdone!
Take sheet out of oven and while the cookies are still very hot, place an Andes Mint on top of each cookie. In about 5 minutes, the mint will be melted. Take a spoon and smooth out each mint like frosting.

via: www.sixsistersstuff.com

Caramel Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies Recipe

1 package fudge brownie mix (9X13 inch pan size)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
About 24 caramels, cut in half
Powdered Sugar, for rolling
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl beat the brownie mix, flour, egg, water and oil until well blended. Place powdered sugar into a separate bowl. Scoop up a tablespoonful of dough (you can use a cookie scoop if you want, but it will still work if you don’t have one) and push a piece of caramel in the middle. Roll the dough around the caramel so it is completely covered. Drop by tablespoonfuls into the powdered sugar and gently roll, shaping into a ball. Place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Yields: about 4 dozen cookies
*We found that after these cookies cool down, the caramel in the middle hardens. We popped them in the microwave for a couple of seconds before eating them and the caramel melted right up! They are so good warm!
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1st Day of Christmas…

On the first day of Christmas my true love made for me

a super cute advent calender, so I had fun things for all of the other days!

I have decided that I needed to do a “12 days of Christmas” with fun things to do or make (or buy) until the big day…so here we go! Enjoy!

I found this on pinterest and followed the link to www.cantstopmakingthings.com

So here are the really easy instructions and you can follow here or go to the website for other awesome ideas! Now you can have fun treats and hide little goodies or ideas for the rest of the month!

Materials:
5 jumbo weekly pill boxes
white spray paint for plastic
small wooden beads
small screws
various colored tissue papers
masonite ( foam core, heavy chipboard)
white glue
black permanent marker
1″ wide ribbon
rub-on letters
wood putty or caulk
acetone
tools:
utility knife
screw driver
Use the utility knife to cut off two boxes of each pill container, leaving 5 per. Use the acetone to remove the lettering and the sand paper to sand off the braille bumps (if any). Glue the boxes to the masonite backing. Screw the beads onto each box as knobs, screwing from the inside of each opening. Using caulk or wood putty, fill in each outside bead hole.
Spray the entire thing white. Glue tissue paper to the inside of each opening.  Use a permanent marker to follow the indentation around each opening. Glue the ribbon around the entire calendar to hide the seams. Using rub-on lettering or rubber stamps (use StazOn ink), place a number in the lower right hand side of each little box. Place small goodies in each opening.
OR
You can purchase this cute one here, if you don’t want to make one!
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50 Great Party Dresses!!

After searching the “world wide web” for about the last two months, here are 50 of my favorite party dresses/holiday dress…whatever you would like to call them. From Christmas parties to fancy get-togethers to New Years Eve Extravaganzas here is what you need to dress to impress! But it’s just my opinion and I’d love for you to share yours too! Let me know what you think and what you’ll be wearing! I have my work Christmas Party in Vegas this weekend so I’ll post what I decided on soon! 

Kimchi Blue ‘Broken Spells’ Dress ($79.00) – urbanoutfitters.com

Dress the Population ‘Lola’ Sequined Bodycon Dress ($194.00) – urbanoutfitters.com

Rare ‘Sequin Collar and Cuffs’ Shift Dress ($126.65) – asos.com

White House Black Market ‘Zig Zag Sequin’ Dress ($130.00) – whitehouseblackmarket.com

Mariposa Lace Dress ($248.00) – anthropologie.com

Goldleaf Cocktail Dress ($258.00) – anthropologie.com

Lasercut Sheath ($228.00) – anthropologie.com

Ark & Co. Sequin Zig Zag Dress ($89.00) – piperlime.com

Sanctuary ‘Speakeasy’ Dress ($189.00) – piperlime.com

French Connection ‘Spiegel’ Sequins Dress ($398.00) – piperlime.com

Pim + Larkin ‘Sequin Midi’ Dress ($98.00) – piperlime.com

Ark & Co ‘Golden Goddess Dress ($99.00) – piperlime.com

Sanctuary ‘Good Fortune’ Dress ($147.00) – piperlime.com

Sam & Lavi ‘Nadine’ Metallic Lace Dress ($198.00) – piperlime.com

BB Dakota Sheath Lace Dress ($89.00) – piperlime.com

Free People ‘Sequined Impressions’ Dress ($168.00) – freepeople.com

Tibi ‘Violette’ Sleeveless Dress ($385.00) – tibi.com

Tibi ‘Silk Faille’ Strapless Dress ($750.00)- tibi.com

Maggy London ‘Embroidered Lace Overlay’ Midi Dress ($158) – nordstrom.com

Mark & James by Badgley Mischka Sleelveless Sheath Dress ($355) – nordstrom.com

Kathy Hilton ‘Sheer Sleeve Tiered’ Mesh Dress ($385.00) – nordstrom.com

BCBGMAXAZRIA Sequin Stripe Sheath Dress ($338.00) – nordstrom.com

 Gryphon ‘Long Sleeve Sequin’ Minidress ($675.00) – nordstrom.com

Cinnabar Dress ($420.00) – BHLDN.com

Persephone Dress ($280.00) – BHLDN.com

Blaque Label ‘Lace Short Sleeve’ Dress ($163.00) – shopbop.com

Diane von Furstenburg ‘New Cindy’ Sequin Dress ($625.00) – shopbop.com

Gryphon ‘Confetti’ Dress ($595.00) – shopbop.com

Milly ‘Silk Mesh’ Dress ($295.00) – shopbop.com

Parker ‘Art Deco’ Beaded Dress ($396.00) – shopbop.com

Alice & Olvia ‘Selma’ Mesh Back Dress ($207.90) – shopbop.com

BCBGMAZAZRIA ‘Larga Sequin’ Dress ($398.00)- revolveclothing.com

Dress the Population ‘Lola’ Dress ($193.00) – revolveclothing.com

Dress the Popluation Black and Gold Sequin Dress ($215.00) – revolveclothing.com

Ladakh ‘Felicty’ Sequin Dress ($149.00) – revolveclothing.com

Shoshanna Sequin ‘Tara’ Dress ($580.00) – revolveclothing.com

Parker ‘Ombre’ Sequin Dress ($352.00) – revolveclothing.com

Lovers and Friends ‘Bright Lights’ Dress ($216.00) – revolveclothing.com

Alice & Olivia ‘Suzie’ Embellished Dress ($597.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

Diane von Furstenburg ‘Zarita’ Dress ($345.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

Mark and James by Badgley Mischka Sequined Dress ($385.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

Milly ‘Liza’ Lace Peplum Dress ($420.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

Notte by Marchesa Sequined Dress ($495.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

Theia ‘Feather-Trimmed’ Dress ($695.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

ERIN by Erin Fetherston ‘Sequined’ Dress (330.00) – saksfifthavenue.com

Rachel Zoe ‘Karolina’ Stripe Sequin Dress (626.50) – saksfifthavenue.com

Notte by Marchesa ‘Ruffled Organza’ Dress (334.00) – theoutnet.com
Phoebe Couture ‘Lace-Sleeve Ponte’ Dress ($330.00) – neimanmarcus.com

ML Monique Lhuillier ‘Sleeveless Taffeta’ Cocktail Dress ($598.00) – neimanmarcus.com

Michael Kors ‘Ikat Print A Line’ Dress ($2595.00) – neimanmarcus.com

Blumarine ‘Short-Sleeve Sequined’ Cocktail Dress ($3160.00) – neimanmarcus.com

Marchsea Couture ‘Puff-Sleeve Lace’ Dress ($2750.00) – neimanmarcus.com

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