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11 Months Until Christmas, But Still Plenty to Celebrate


It’s a new year, a new month, and our Christmas countdown begins again. That most wonderful day is precisely 11 months away, and we have some good things in store for you in the upcoming year.

Speaking of wonderful days, did you know that both Becky and I celebrated our birthdays earlier this month? Yep, we sure did! Many of our friends in Santa’s Secret Village joined in the festivities, including Raymond. Here’s our dear little friend standing in the shower of confetti, waiting to get a taste of the luscious frosting.

Raymond at the elves' birthday party

Last Minute Gift Ideas: 1 Day To Go!

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Christmas is almost here—tomorrow is the big day! If you are tying up some loose ends and need to scratch a few more gifts off your list, now’s the time to give an e-gift card. An e-gift card is sent immediately to the recipient’s email inbox.

  • For your friends and family who have young children, give them an e-gift card to Green Kid Crafts. The recipient can redeem the gift card to get a Discovery Box or other activity kit from the Green Kid Crafts Shop. Their kids will love the projects and art supplies!
  • Know someone who really loves to watch TV? Give them a 3-month subscription to Hulu Plusicon so they can stream TV at home or on their smartphone, tablet, or PC.
  • At Amazon you can send gift cards via email, print at home, or send them via Facebook.
  • Give a Starbucks gift card so they can enjoy their favorite beverages.
  • Make a themed gift by giving a gift card (or two) to a restaurant or the moviesicon for a date night. How about Chili’s,icon P.F. Chang’s,icon or Domino’sicon for dinner?
  • Sweeten the deal with an e-gift card to Cold Stone Creamery.icon
  • With an e-gift card from Stonewall Kitchen,icon your loved one can pick out their favorite victuals or maybe even try something new.
  • Spread the love of handmade goods with a gift card from Etsy. You can email it to the recipient or print it out so you can hand deliver it!

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We’re Loopy for Christmas!

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When I first had the idea for this tree, I mocked it up by pinning the felt loops to foam. Several loops and pins later, I decided to turn it into a pillow. You could put it on anything that you like, such as a picture frame or wall décor.

One important thing I learned while making this is that if you are using stretchy fabric, then you will need to make you pillow cover slightly smaller than the size of the pillow. My pillow is a 14″ square, and my stretchy pillow cover is a 13″ square.


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Last Minute Gift Ideas: 2 Days To Go!

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Still need some last minute gifts? Here are some stocking stuffer ideas. Order today and choose One-Day Shipping at Amazon to get it by Christmas.

  1. Amplify the volume of your iPhone with this Horn Stand Speaker. Available in black or white.

  2. Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Indulge your loved ones with some decadent sipping chocolate.

  3. Use a stylus for any device with a touchscreen so your screen will be free of dingy fingerprints.

  4. These Marvel Super Heroes Thumb Wrestlers are great for kids (or adults) who like to thumb wrestle.

  5. Use this scalp massager to massage your head and relieve stress. It is small enough to carry with you for relaxation on the go!

Get It Delivered By Christmas!

To get your stuff by Christmas, here are Amazon’s holiday ordering cutoffs:

  • December 23rd (Today!) — One Day Shipping (as low as $2.99 with Amazon Prime. Order as late as midnight EST, varies by item)
  • December 24th — Local Express Delivery (as low as $3.99/item with Amazon Prime. While available, in select cities, varies by item)
  • December 25th — Last Minute Gift Cards: E-mail and printable gift cards can be sent immediately, at any time.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Hand Felted Elf Slippers



{Insert a moment of silence as I ogle over these slippers.}

I am so in love with these slippers. I adore the perfect little twist at the toe of the shoe. I really want a pair in EVERY color! White, pink, yellow… yes, definitely every color. There are just no words to describe how much I love these elf shoes.

Etsy Seller: Owly Boutique
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