End of Year Clothing Sales Picks

Christmas may be over, but the end of the year sales are just getting started! I’ll be continuing to add to this list in the coming week, so be sure to check back or follow my Instagram. You don’t miss anything!

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3 Ingredient, No Bake Oreo Snowballs

These Oreo snowballs are ALWAYS a big hit with everyone who tastes them and the best thing is you don’t have to bake anything!!


Ingredients:

1 pack of Oreos

1 8oz tub of cream cheese

12-18 oz of melting chocolate

Instructions:

1. Crush your pack of Oreos. You can use a food processor, blender or place them in a plastic baggy and pound until crushed. (Obvi food processor or blender are most efficient)

2. Pour your crushed Oreos into a large bowl. Mix in your softened cream cheese until you cannot see any cream cheese.

3. Place in your freezer or refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

4. Melt your chocolate as directed on packaging then take your Oreo balls out and dip them in your chocolate until completely covered. (Add sprinkles or other festive fun at this time).

5. Place your, now chocolate-covered Oreo balls, in a container or cover with plastic wrap and store in your fridge.


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12 Days of DIY Christmas- Day 5: How-To Wrap a Gift

Are you a gift-wrapper or gift-bagger?? Well either way I’m here to show you how to easily wrap a gift, so your wrapping doesn’t look like a 5 year old did it… you know who you are!

1. Pick out your perfect Christmas wrapping paper!

2. Take whatever you are wrapping and measure out exactly how much paper you will need to cover each side.

3. Starting where your box ended, plus an inch more and cut your wrapping paper.

4. Start wrapping by taking on end of your wrapping paper and covering your gift so the side and top are completely covered and tape in place.

5. To make sure you have a clean line, fold 1/4 inch of the edge and continue to wrap rest of the box.

6. Now, because of the style of wrapping paper I got, I had a lot of excess on the sides that I don’t need. So, I measure how much I need to cut off.

7. Cut any excess off the sides that’s needed.

8. Throw it away! (Or save for later on a small gift or project)

9. Lastly, pick the right or left side to start with and fold in and tape. Repeat for other side. Then, take the top and bottom and neatly fold down and tape.

10. YOURE DONE! They perfectly wrapped box. No more wasting paper because you didn’t cut enough to cover the whole present.


More Tips:

1. The key to perfect wrapping is making sure you keep your lines tight, so be sure your creasing folds and edges as you’re going along.

2. Don’t be afraid to use the tape! I typically space out multiple pieces of tape when taping down edges to help prevent crinkles and gaps.

3. Remember you’re just wrapping a gift, it’s not the olympics… if you just aren’t good at it… use a gift bag. Lol

12 Days of DIY Christmas- Day 3: Rice Heat Pad

Day 3 of DIY Christmas and I’m going to show you how to make a DIY heating pad. These make a great stocking stuffer and are GREAT for the winter sniffle season! After you make it, a great addition to this gift is a few essential oils so they giftee can put a few drops on after they warm it up!

Peppermint essential oil is great for the sniffles and putting it on your chest, throat or head, or lavender for a relaxing heating pad sesh whenever you’ve got a ache or pain.

Supplies:

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pieces of fabric ( I used some old T-shirt’s, but you can use socks, sweaters, or even buy small fabrics squares from the craft store)
  • Rice
  • Essential oils (optional)
  • Paper/Card
  • Pen

How to make:

1. Cut your fabric into whatever shape you would like. If you are using a sock that you don’t need to cut anything. I used an old shirt so I cut it into squares.

2. Turn your fabric to whatever side you want on the inside of the pouch is on the outside, and line the two piece up to each other.

3. Pick one corner and and start stitching from one corner to the next until you have sewn each side and have about one inch left on the last side and stop. (I hand stitched, but you could always use a sewing machine)

4. Flip right side out and using the one inch opening, fill with rice. The amount of rice will depend on how small or large your heating pad is. Just make sure you don’t over fill it.

5. Stitch together the one inch opening and you’re done!

6. Write on a little note card or piece of paper: “To use: Heat for 1-2 minutes in microwave”

7. (Optional) Add a couple bottles of essential oils to give along with the heating pads for the perfect, cozy and useful present!

Xoxo,

DIY Santa

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

The Girl’s Guide by a Guy to Holiday shopping for her boyfriend, husband, brother, or dad!

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Eddie Bauer flannel-lined chinos

(These pants are so good, my boyfriend has 3 pairs!!)

Burt’s Bees Men’s Care GiftSet
Bose Wireless SoundSport Headphones

(I have these head phones and I don’t know what I did without them!)

RayBan Sunglasses

Windshield Snow Cover

(GAME. CHANGER. for snow)

Perfect Flannel for Winter

LifeStraw Water Bottle #YES

Universal Socket

McQuire’s Car Care Kit

Perfect Cookbook for guy in your life!

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This BBQ Toolbox would be perfect for tailgates and camping!!

Nike Workout/Lounge Shorts


Other great gift guides for guys:

Gift Guide for Dad/DIL

Stocking Stuffers

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Small Shops, Big Gifts – Shopping Small for the Holidays

It’s officially December and christmas shopping is already in full swing. I’m sure tons of you have already done a lot of your shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but if you still have a few people on your list, or if you’re like me and still have your whole list to shop for, I’m here to encourage you to shop small this holiday season.

Shopping small is important all the time, but I really feel like at this time of the year it can make a big difference to the business owner. It could mean extra presents under their own tree, a christmas bonus for their employees, or  maybe even being able to keep their business open another month. That is why I’m dedicated to doing all my gift shopping at small businesses this year.

I know we live in a world of conveinence and going to an actual brick and mortar store doesn’t always fit into that world, but instead of scrolling mindlessly on Amazon for hours or heading to target to stroll up and down every isle, why not stroll in an out of that row of small shops downtown (or wherever they may be)? By shopping small you get a more personal shopping experience, better customer service, and will be able to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.

Also, did you know that when you shop small you’re actually doing a huge favor for yourself? When you shop local you actually help to lower taxes and use them more efficiently within your community. It also helps increase your own and your community’s wealth!

So, when you’re shopping this season keep in mind shopping small and local. You can get a tree from a small farm or tree lot instead of Lowes or Home Depot, pick up some baked goods at the local bakery instead of that big grocery store’s, shop the holiday pop-up markets (if they have any in your area), or grab that perfect personalized gift from the small shop on the corner.

Happy shopping and happy holidays!

 

 

 

 

Cyber Monday Fashion Picks

Cyber Monday is upon us and if you still have money left in your bank account after Black Friday, here are some of my top fashion picks for today!


Fashion Picks:

1. Me&Hz Layered Tassel Earrings – $11.99

2. Nike Cropped Hoodie -$45.00

3. Free People Jeans – $46.80

4. Style & Co Chenille Sweater – $17.99

5. Nike Sportswear Dad Hat – $10.80

6. Jessica Simpson Connie Sweater – $24.99

7. New Directions Fur Hood Anorak Jacket – $49.99

8. Kendra Scott Elisa Pendant Necklace – $48.75

9. Hunter Original Short Rain Boots – $89.90

10. Casion Aiden Wedge Sneakers – $47.98

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