{Tutorial} Elf On The Shelf Puzzles

Create an Elf On The Shelf sized puzzle with your Silhouette!

I have a bunch of friends who are totally over the Elf in their house. Finding creative ideas for your Elf On The Shelf seems so Pinterest 2011. Now it's all about convincing your kids that the Elf can just show up in a different room the next day without needing a multi-hour staged holiday scene. Let me give you a super quick idea to make at least one Elf move a little fun. You can make Elf Puzzles in just a few minutes with your Silhouette. You can use any photo, but the most fun way to do this is to take a holiday photo of your kids. If you have a snapshot, great. If you don't, just print one out. Use your Silhouette to cut the photo into puzzle pieces. There are multiple puzzle cuts in the Silhouette store.  Use a small piece of tape to put one of the puzzle pieces in your Elf's hand. That is it! Just a few minutes for a fun Elf surprise in the morning. Follow along on Instagram-I'll be sharing more super easy Silhouette Elf On The Shelf ideas before Christmas! Christmas … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Dancing Baby Groot Puppet

I'm celebrating the release of Guardians of the Galaxy with a dancing Baby Groot puppet tutorial! #ownthegalaxy #ad

Let's talk Guardians of the Galaxy. My three favorite things in this movie are as follows: (1) Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (and 2), (2) Rocket and (3) Groot. Specifically sweet Baby Groot dancing at the very end. It's my favorite part in the whole movie. Sidenote: fourth place? The Howard the Duck cameo. But I digress... #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias I scored the DVD and a Rocket on my last shopping trip to Target. A Dancing Baby Groot, however, wasn't to be. So what's a crafty girl to do? Obviously she's going to make one herself. I started with a wooden dowel and used floral wire to create arms in the shape that I wanted. Any wire will do. Even a pipe cleaner. You just want something to help hold the form of the arms for adding clay.   I created a base form for my Baby Groot Puppet with brown polymer clay. Confession time: I've never used polymer clay. I was scared. No need, though. It was totally easy. I just took off small sections from my block, rolled them in my hands to soften them … [Continue]

{Recipe} Cheese and Crackers Three Ways

Three easy cheese and cracker recipes will give you #WaysToWow at your next holiday party. #ad

#WaysToWow #CollectiveBias Cheese and crackers somehow got the reputation as the easy food to bring to a party. The slacker's contribution after cups and plates. Perhaps it was well deserved. Too many simple trays of your basic cheese with a few tired crackers. Nothing to get too excited about. At least nothing to get too excited about until now. I have three easy cheese and cracker recipes for you to try. Surely one of these will be your new favorite party recipe this holiday season. I think … [Continue]

{Recipe} Candy Cane Lollipops

It's easy and fun to make WONKA® SWEETARTS® Candy Canes Lollipops in just a few minutes! #HolidayMadeSimple #Ad

#HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias It's Christmas. All Christmas. All the Time. My schedule is officially crazy. How about yours? I'm still trying to figure out exactly when I'll be where and what I'll be making for everything. Will you be responsible for entertaining some  kids this season? One of my new favorite holiday ideas? These fun candy cane lollipops! They're easy to make. They're crafty. They're delicious. What more could you want? It all starts with the WONKA® SWEETARTS® Candy Canes … [Continue]

{Recipe} 60 Second Vegetarian Tapenade

60 Second Vegetarian Tapenade-so easy to make!

This post is brought to you by Mezzetta.I am constantly surprised by how many seemingly innocent foods aren't vegetarian. Tapenade, one of my favorite spreads, is typically made with anchovy paste. To be clear, I'm totally not that vegetarian. I'm sure I've had more than my fair share of animal products in the last 18 months. I just try to cut them out when I can. A lot of times that means making things yourself. In the case of this tapenade there's no reason to buy it in a store. It's far too … [Continue]

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld


Sometimes you know you'll love your hotel as soon as you walk in the door. That was exactly how I felt upon stepping into the lobby of the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. And I'm not just saying that because they had a Starbucks in the lobby... The hotel is literally across the street from SeaWorld. We weren't planning a trip to SeaWorld, but we still adored staying here. If you are planning to visit SeaWorld or Aquatica, this is THE hotel for you. The Renaissance embraced their location … [Continue]

{Tutorial} Gift Card Snow Globe

Gift Card Snow Globe

We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign. Christmas gift giving is a funny thing. Target did a little research and found 90% of people like to get gift cards but only 30% like to give gift cards. I totally understand. You want to feel thoughtful, right? You want to give a gift they can open, don't you? I'll go on record now saying that I'm 100% OK with anyone giving me a Target GiftCard® this holiday season. Of course, I like … [Continue]

{Recipe} Northpole Peppermint Cookies

It's easy to bake like an elf with supplies from the Northpole Collection! Try these yummy peppermint cookies! #NorthpoleFun #ad

My niece has a new favorite hobby. Texting. She uses her mom's phone and she will ask you what you're doing. The other night she happened to text while I was making cookies. #collectivebias #NorthpoleFunI'm fluent in six year old text, so I'm pretty sure that was a "not fair" rather than "no far". I also know that my remembers everything niece is going to hold me to that cookie making promise. That's why I picked up a fun supply of baking gear from the Northpole Collection at Walmart. There … [Continue]

Your Guide To A Practical Christmas Stocking

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Colgate. I received a product sample for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Yes, it's Christmas. Time to decorate. Time to shop. Time to stuff Christmas stockings. I've always thought of the Christmas stocking as a place to really let the practical side of your personality shine through. Under the tree is full of toys and fun. The stocking is full of the things you buy year round anyway. … [Continue]

{Tutorial} 25 Days Of Notes Advent Calendar

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While shopping at Target I saw the Threshold Silver Christmas Tree Advent Calendar and wanted it immediately. I even Instagramed a picture of it from the store. A friend asked, "What would you put it in?" in response on Twitter. Ahh...good question. I had no idea. I know a traditional advent calendar might have small toys or chocolate. I wanted to come up with a fun idea that could be the start of a new tradition. Twenty five days of notes! It's perfect! It gave me an excuse to pull out some … [Continue]