2020 Cash for Christmas Giveaway

It’s time for a Christmas giveaway! Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don’t we all!

It's time for a Christmas giveaway! Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don't we all!

We are so excited to be giving away $675 in cash prizes for you to use starting this Thanksgiving weekend.

Let’s get this party started!!

Here are the prizes:

1 – $200 Gift Card
1 – $150 Gift Card
2 – $100 Gift Card
1 – $75 Gift Card
1 – $50 Gift Card

There will be 6 winners in this giveaway. Each winner will choose an e gift card of their choice and receive the code to use either at the online store or at the actual store of their choice.

Now it’s time to meet our wonderful co-hosts who have made this giveaway possible.

It's time for a Christmas giveaway! Are you getting geared up for the shopping season? Do you need extra cash for Christmas?? Don't we all!

Starting at the top row we have:

Tammy – My Life Abundant | Heather –The Super Mom Life | Carrie – Curly Crafty Mom | Dana – Create to Donate | Lisa – Blogghetti | Audry – That Recipe & Munofore | Tammy – Creative K Kids | Melissa – Deliciously Savvy | Debi – Life Currents | Trish – By Trish Sutton | Meredith – The Mom of the Year | Ahna – Hammers N Hugs | Lois – Walking on Sunshine Recipes | Michelle – Our Crafty Mom | Kathleen – Our Hopeful Home | Gladys – From Moms to Grandmas | Donna – Blog by Donna | Kara – Phoenix Mom Blog | Emily – Domestic Deadline | Linda – A Labour of Life | Kellyann – This Blonde’s Shopping Bag | Denise – Comfy Abode | Chrys – Write with Fey | Beverly – Eclectic Red Barn | Jamie – As For Me and My Homestead | Jamie & Kerry – Coffee With Us 3 | Donna – Two Chicks and A Mom | Zan – At Home with Zan | Falak – This Mamma Reviews | Laura – Laura & Co | Dijana – Hazel Eyes Mom Blog | Kim – Shiplap and Shells | Stacey – Simple Living: Creative Learning | Brianna – Adventures of a Twin Mom | Megan – The Stephen 3 | Denise – This is My Everybody | Erlene – My Pinterventures | Shana – Our Sutton Place | Lindsay – Paperclips and Confetti | Allison – Millie + Mommie | Paige – Paige Ken Smith | Sofia – Sofia Gora | Chelsea – The Real NY Mom | Danielle – My Slightly Chaotic Life | Sinea – Ducks N’ A Row

Please be sure to stop by and say hi to these wonderful ladies and their blogs.

The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on November 25th on the day before Thanksgiving. You will have 48 hours to respond to the email claiming the prize. If you respond right away, we will get you the gift card code promptly so that you can shop with it on Black Friday! If we don’t hear in 48 hours, we will have to choose another winner.

Open to anyone who can receive e gift cards from major retailers.

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The Best Advent Calendar 2020

Christmas is almost here! Kinda. With the way this year is going I am not sure if the next few weeks will feel like an eternity or be like October which went by in the blink of an eye! I mean it went so quick. I am usually a person who waits until after Thanksgiving to do Christmas, but this year we need some more cheer! So I decided to start earlier than usual. No one in the house is complaining! I can tell you that! Millie is already asking about Santa and when he coming and what he is bringing!!

This year since she is old enough to really understand I decided to make an Advent Calendar. I wanted to make it simple but cute. Since there is so much ‘stuff’ given around the holidays I decided to do most of the days an activity not a gift. She is little so I thought that having those experiences would be more fun. I have attached the list of all the 25 days of activities below.

I went to Joanns and found a frame with a board already made. There were cute tags in all different colors- I chose pink, white and red since that will be our main color scheme for Christmas this year. I thought the tags were cute because they are gift tags- perfect for the holidays.

When I got home I had to measure all the spots to do the nails for the tags.  This was a pain.  I am not going to lie, but I do have a laser level which made things way easier for me.  I did 5 rows of 5. After I hammered all the nails in.  This was simple and went quick.  The frame originally had a different rope to hang it, but I didn’t like it and chose a gold zig zag ribbon.  I removed the original rope and used a staple gun to attach the new ribbon.  I wanted to make sure it was sturdy and would stay on.

For the tag I printed out my 25 days of activities and gifts and cut them out. I used a glue stick and only glued the top on the activity in case I want to remove it and do new ones next year. On the front of the tags I chose to write the numbers. I went back and forth with doing printed stickers or even creating with my circuit but I decided against it. I wanted the hand drawn look.

Once I was done I hung the frame up in a spot where the kids can see it and participate in it easily.  I hung each of the tags and then we were set!!  Millie was so excited. She thinks this is the best thing ever.  She cannot wait till we can use it every day!  I told her we get to do different activities and fun things during our Advent Calendar. 

A bunch of my friends made some this year too for their kids!  Make sure to click through and check them out!  They are SO fun and creative too!

Do you do Advent Calendars?  Have you ever made your own?

Easy Halloween Boo Bag Ideas (with free printable)

This Halloween things are more than likely going to be different! I have no clue how we are celebrating yet. It makes me a little sad for my kids, well, Millie at least- Clark doesn’t anything about Halloween yet! I have gotten in the Halloween spirit this year! I started early and have made a cute cake, threw a Ghouls Only Tea Party, and cute Ghost Pops!

I have seen people make Boo Bags before for their neighbors and friends and thought it was so cute and a great way to spread some holiday cheer! Since we more than likely won’t be seeing a lot of friends this Halloween I decided to make “You’ve Been Boo’d!” Bags for our friends. There were easy and fun to make. It really took no time at all. I created printables for the bags too! You are welcome to download and use for your Boo Bags!

There are SO many ways you can make these. There is no right or wrong. I have seen extravagant ones and simpler ones. It is the thought that counts! Some ideas of what to put in the bags include:

  • Candy
  • Small toys
  • Play-doh
  • Snacks (goldfish, fruit snacks, etc)
  • Crayons
  • Stickers
  • Wands
  • Drinks (alcoholic for adult bags)
  • Glow sticks
  • Homemade treats (cookies, cupcakes, etc)
  • ANYTHING!

You can literally do WHATEVER you want or you think your friends would like! Keep in mind peoples food allergies or restrictions when making them too!

Since our kids are small -3 and under -I made mine for littles. I included: Candy, Goldfish, vampire teeth, halloween notebook, and a sticker sheet. I got most things at the Target Dollar Spot. I used Orange Bags to put everything in and topped with white tissue paper. I made the “You’ve Been Boo’d” printables (free to print out and use!). I taped the printable on the bag and delivered to friends! Super easy and the kids have seemed to enjoy them. It is a simple gesture that can brings some Spooky Cheer to your friends and family.

Be sure to check out our other Holiday Posts!!

Spooky and Cute Halloween Cake (semi from scratch)

I love to bake and I love Halloween so baking a Halloween cake was so fun! This cake is easy to make and it is always delicious. The recipe has cake mix and pudding in it. The pudding make it super moist. I have made it for years but then had the idea to decorate it for Halloween! It usually is dusted with powdered sugar, but I wanted to do something festive. The decorating is simple too. The ‘hardest’ part it doing the eyes!

I always scroll through Pinterest to get ideas and inspiration. I have seen so fun Halloween inspo for cupcakes and cookies, but couldn’t find anything simple enough for me! So I took a bundt cake recipe I have used forever and added some fun! I have seen people melt the store bought frosting and drip it onto cakes so I decided to try that!! It worked! I bought cute sprinkles from Michael’s that I found in different colors and textures. This is what I think is key- having the different textures and sizes to the sprinkles.

  • 1 package Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 package Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 4 eggs Slightly Beaten
  • 1.5 C Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

You mix all the ingredients together and pour into a GREASED bundt cake pan. Bake at 350* for 40-50 mins. Once baked, let it cool for 10 minutes and remove from pan and place on cooling rack for 45min or more to cool. Once the cake is cooled you can decorate!

I used store bought icing and color gel food coloring. I slowly added the food coloring until I got the lavender color I wanted. I put the icing in a microwave safe bowl and microwaved in increments of 15 secs until I got the consistency I wanted. I did not want it too thin and runny, I wanted it still a bit firm, but with enough movement to pour and make the fun drips. I poured the frosting on slowly and went around a couple of times until I achieved the look I was going for. Next I did the sugar crystal sprinkles, the pink jimmy sprinkles, then the green round one. At the end I added the eyes. I placed two eyes next to each other around the cake at different levels.

And Viola! Our not so spooky Halloween Bundt Cake! Millie was VERY impressed! She said “Wow it looks bootiful mommy!!”. It was really sweet to hear how impressed she was in her voice and intonation! Making magic in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do. I love the joy it brings me and my family.

Halloween Cake

Making Bath Time Fun!

 Does your kid love to shower or take a bath? Millie actually loves to do both! She will ask for a ‘shower-bath’ some nights- which is her having the shower on while the bath tub is filling up! She always has a blast. Recently we have been making bath time even more fun by adding glow sticks or balloons!  It is the simple things that make it ALL the rage! 

 One of my favorite new additions to our bath time routine is JOHNSON’S New Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner. These are the best haircare products out there for your littles. We love the Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner, but they have a range of new shampoo and conditioners for different kids’ hair types.  I love that it is gentle, but strong enough for Millie’s hair type. She has fine hair and the new Strengthening Shampoo & Conditioner help prevent breakage! After the shower (or sometimes during her bath) we use JOHNSON’S Shiny & Soft Kids’ Conditioning Spray with Softening Argan Oil. I LOVE this one. Her hair is fine and can get tangled, and the spray helps the brush glide through her hair and there are no tears! Yay! It leaves her hair shiny and smooth and ready for whatever hairstyle she wants to try the next day. 

 Another GREAT part of the new JOHNSON’S line is that it is available via Walmart OPD or in-store in the Personal Care aisle of the Health & Beauty department. I walked right back and grabbed them while shopping!  

Bath time is always a fun part of our evening routine! Adding simple items like balloons, water paints, and toys makes it more fun! Having the #1 kids trusted brand for shampoo & conditioner makes cleaning and conditioning her hair a no brainer! We all want the best for our littles and I have found that with these products that are designed for various hair types!