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Etsy Item of the Day: Woodland Deer Hoop Art

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Right now I’m head over heels for anything wool! (If you saw the wool blanket I highlighted a few days ago, maybe you will be, too. ;) ) This fuzzy little fawn is needle-felted onto fabric and surrounded by hand-stitched trees and stars. The willow wreath frames the design, adding to its woodland charm. Whether placed on a wall, a shelf, or a Christmas tree, this lovely hoop art will add a whimsical touch wherever it goes!

Etsy Seller: Val’s Art Studio

Black Friday Deals

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Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days in the entire year. Isn’t it crazy that many of us get pulled into the shopping frenzy after celebrating a day of thankfulness? That’s why it’s refreshing to see some brands like REI close up shop with their #OptOutside campaign. (Read about it here.) Even still, we know today is a great time to start, continue, or finish up your holiday shopping. That’s why we’ve pulled together some special deals for you that you can take advantage of from the comfort of your home. Shop online with these deals and coupon codes, then get back to what you really want to be doing—spending time with your loved ones!


We love Cheryl’s cookies and think they’re fabulous gifts for loved ones near and far. Did you know that you can order now and have the treats delivered closer to Christmas? Yup! You can cross it off your list and let Cheryl’s take care of the rest!

Here are the deals from Cheryl’s this weekend:


Crazy 8

Need some cute clothes for your kiddos? Get 40% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping at Crazy 8’s Black Friday Sale! Valid 11/26–11/28/15.

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!


If you’ve been eyeing a Cricut like I have been for years, you won’t find a better deal than this: The Cricut One machine is $149 today only! If that wasn’t a great deal already, use code FREESHIPNOV to get FREE shipping! Deal ends 11/27/15.

Christmas Tree Market

Even though I put my Christmas tree up a couple weeks ago, I know many of you wait until the end of November. If you are looking to replace a worn out artificial tree, now’s the time to take advantage of the blowout sale at Christmas Tree Market. Save 40–70% off everything, plus free shipping! Deal ends 11/27/15.

Christmas Tree Market


Know someone with toddlers or young children? Gymboree has quite the selection of cute clothing for girls and stylish apparel for boys. Get 50% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping! Valid until 11/28/15.

Gymboree Sale On Now!

You’ll find toys galore for kids of all ages and interests What’s their special Black Friday deal? 20% off storewide + free shipping orders $79 or more! Deal ends 11/28/15.

Toys for babies and toddlers to explore their world.

The Popcorn Factory

Savory treats like popcorn are always a hit during the holiday season! The yummy snacks at The Popcorn Factory make nice gifts for teachers, coworkers, or for yourself when you’ve got a case of the munchies. Save 50% on select gifts! Valid 11/27/15 12am EST through 11/29/15 11:59pm EST or while supplies last.

The Popcorn Factory


Find almost anything for anyone on your list whether it’s stocking stuffers, hot electronics, or popular kids’ toys at Walmart. Check out their Black Friday deals online. USA, LLC

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Warm Fuzzies from Mog the Cat

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‘Tis the season for giving, sharing, and spreading joy. This short video of Mog the cat gave me warm fuzzies, and I’m sure it will make you feel cheery, too. Be sure to watch until the very end to see how things turn out!

Wasn’t that a sweet ending? Though this is a Sainsbury’s advert, I love the fact that it reminds me of what truly matters. In this case, neighbors pulled together to help the family recover from the fire. What can you do to make the season brighter for someone in your life? Perhaps it’s sharing a meal with a friend or baking cookies for your coworkers. Share a smile with someone you pass on the street; you can make a difference in someone else’s day in seemingly small ways. What will you do today? Let us know in the comments below. :)

Etsy Item of the Day: Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Earrings

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These Christmas tree sugar cookie earrings will make a good gift for someone who loves to bake or has a sweet tooth. Since I adore sweets and enjoy baking, it’s obvious why I like these earrings so much! I especially like that the sprinkles are pastels, which makes them a subtler Christmas accessory than my ugly Christmas sweater. ;-)
Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Earrings

Etsy Seller: Cute Treats

Kindling Spirits with the Singing Christmas Tree

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Portland Singing Christmas Tree
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Ready to kick off the holiday season? If you live near Portland, Oregon, the Singing Christmas Tree is a great way to do so! This unforgettable theatrical production is 53 years in the making. It all began in 1962 with just a single show and has grown into an annual Portland tradition with multiple performances. Make it a date with someone special on a Saturday evening or catch an afternoon matinee with the whole family. Comprised of hundreds of local singers, dancers, actors, and a live orchestra, the Singing Christmas Tree is sure to be an experience that kindles the Christmas spirit in the hearts of all who attend. To find out more information about the performances and to get tickets, go here.

2015 Performance Dates:

  • Saturday, November 28th – 11:00am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, November 29th – 2:30pm
  • Thursday, December 3rd – 7:30pm
  • Friday, December 4th – 7:30pm
  • Saturday, December 5th – 11:00am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
  • Sunday, December 6th – 2:30pm

Want to support the Singing Christmas Tree, but can’t attend any of the performances? Consider making a donation to help it come to life next year! Click here for more information.

Etsy Item of the Day: “Joy to the World” Snowman Print

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I love the simplicity of this whimsical snowman print. A single white balloon keeps this fellow afloat as he drifts into a snowy sky. His charming smile and festive hat, scarf, and stockings are what really delight me! The splash of red perfectly balances the white and subtle greys. If you want to spread Christmas joy to all your family and friends, this cheery design is also available as a greeting card.

Etsy Seller: Stacy Yacula Studio

Free Wallpaper: Pining for Christmas


Less than two months until Christmas is here! For many of you, the weather is steadily getting colder as the warm autumn colors make way for the evergreens to take center stage. Those colossal conifers have already dropped lots of pinecones, and Raymond the reindeer is eager to gather some. What do you think he’ll use the pinecones for: to make a fun craft or perhaps decorate the Reindeer Barn?

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

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Free Wallpaper: Raymond the Furry Phantom


We’re sure that many of you are excited about one spooky holiday coming up on October 31st—Halloween! Get your costume ready so you can go door-knocking for some sweet treats on All Hallows’ Eve. Our own little reindeer, Raymond, is eager to join the fun. Here he is, dressed as a ghost and ready to go trick-or-treating!

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

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Free Wallpaper: Apple-Picking Season

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As the leaves begin to change colors and fall to the ground, the shift in seasons reminds us that there is just one more season until the Christmas season! September is a special month as holds a few key dates: The 16th marks 100 days until Christmas, and the 23rd is the autumnal equinox. Not only that, but September is also the start of the apple harvest. Raymond the reindeer has rounded up lots of apples already and made this fall wallpaper for you! Download it now to your desktop computer, laptop or tablet.

To download the free wallpaper, click on one of the sizes above and then right-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the image and choose “Save Image As…”

Enjoy this sweet wallpaper from!

Psst… If you’re looking for ways to cook with the abundance of apples this fall, check out the recipes in Mrs. Claus’ Cookbook!

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