Christmas Holiday Giveaway

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The Holidays are about giving and this holiday season Bargains with Brittanie, Addicted 2 Savings 4 U, and The Budget Bandit have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to put you into the holiday spirit by offering a fantastic Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! With over $1,800 in prizes and 23 winners this is a giveaway event you do not want to miss!  Christmas is all about giving thanks and treating yourself to something special.  What would make you feel even more special than winning one of these amazing prizes?

With the holidays in full swing chances are you are already on the lookout for this year’s most wanted gifts. But what are you going to get the person who seems to have everything? No matter who you are shopping for this holiday season, this Holiday Gift Guide has great gift ideas for you! Naughty or Nice, you will find the perfect gift at the right price! Many of the products featured are actually being given away below but first let’s give a huge thanks to our sponsors who helped make this giveaway happen:

| RC Willey | Mohu | Erin Condren | Ninja | Zenni Optical | KISS | Cosmos Creations | Gordmans | Berkshire Blanket | Neater Feeder | Liquidation.com | Aqua Bed Warmer | Pick Your Plum | Tarn-X | Baby Sign Language | 3D Light FX | Lapgear | SportsChocolates.com | iLeesh | Carmex |

| Poo~Pourri | Sand by Brookstone |

Enter the Giveaway!

Giveaway ends December 4th at 11:59pm. It is open to United States Residents only. Winners will be chosen via random.org. All Entries Will Be Verified. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Enter using the widget below. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for participating in this event. This giveaway is sponsored by the companies mentioned above. This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.


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Free Dear Santa Letter

Santa Letter

Christmas time is such a special time for the kids to reach out to Santa Claus and give them their wishlist for being good all year, or at least most of the year.  In our household we have a 4 year old boy, 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl so Santa Claus is definitely coming to our house this year!  To make it even more fun I designed this printable Dear Santa Letter for your kids to write their very own letter to Santa.  It’s completely free to download and you can print as many as you wish.  Enjoy!

Download your Free Santa Letter here!  I designed it to print out on a 8.5″ x 11″ paper!  Print in color and enjoy!


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Strawberry Pinch Cookies

Strawberry Pinch Cookies

The Holiday Season is in full bloom and the mornings and evenings are cold so I love a delicious treat when I come home.  These Strawberry Pinch Cookies are delicious and so easy to make as well.  Just look at how beautiful they are and they’re even kid friendly.  So the next party you’re hosting be sure to whip up a delicious batch of Strawberry Pinch Cookies.  Yummy.

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Strawberry Pinch Cookies
 
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Recipe type: Desserts
Ingredients
  • 8 oz softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 2½ cup Flour
  • 1 cup Strawberry Jam or Preserves
  • Powdered Sugar (for dusting)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cream together cream cheese, butter and sugar until fluffy and blended.
  4. Gradually beat in flour until crumbly dough forms.
  5. Form into a ball and transfer to floured work surface.
  6. Roll out to about ⅛" thickness.
  7. Cut into 2" squares.
  8. Place about ⅓ teasponn of jam in middle of each square.
  9. Pull up two diagonal corners or each square and pinch together in the middle.
  10. Tranfer to prepared sheet leaving about an inch in between each.
  11. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.
  12. Leave on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack to cool.
  13. Dust with powdered sugar.

Process Photos:

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How to Create the Perfect Vertical Stripes

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Right now Striped walls are one of the biggest rage for home decor and I’m in love with how they make a room look.  Last year we added Pink stripes in our daughter’s nursery and to this day I still love it.  It adds a fun effect without going overboard and it looks fresh and crisp no matter what color or type of furniture you have in there.  For our Master Bedroom makeover we added Light Grey and Dark Grey Stripes to our accent wall to give our room a fresh and crisp look.  In order to achieve the most perfect stripes you have to be precise and have patients.  Stripes aren’t done in an hour and it’s definitely a process but with all the right tools it can be done beautifully and admired for years and years.

Materials Needed:

Paint in a light and dark shade (We used Sutton Place Grey and Stone White)

Frogs Green Tape

Paint Brush

Laser

Process:

Depending what color your previous wall is you will need to prime the walls before you paint.  We had a dark purple accent wall and were going for a lighter, crisper grey so we opted to use a DUO Paint that has the Paint and Primer in one to skip a step.  We used Glidden DUO Paint in an Eggshell finish and it covered beautifully.

First you’ll want to paint the entire wall with your lighter color and be sure the paint under neath is hidden.  We did the first coat, let it dry for a few hours and than proceeded to do our 2nd coat and let dry for another couple hours.

You will measure out the wall and find your point to do the stripes.  For our wall we did a a tape line every 11″ to make it even across the entire wall.  This is really a tedious project and you have to have extra patience to ensure it is done correctly.

Using your Laser Pointer attach it to the wall and follow the red beam line and line your tape up with it exactly from ceiling down to the floor.  Once your tape is in place across the entire wall it’s time to paint the darker color in the tape.  A little tip mark the stripes that won’t be painted with the dark gray with a piece of tape so you don’t get confused when you’re in the zone.

We did 2 coats of dark grey paint just like we did with the light color and once the 2nd coat was complete we peeled the tape off immediately.  Once the tape is peeled off you’ll be left with sharp, crisp and clean lines that are perfect from floor to ceiling.

That’s it.  Stripes really can add a whole new life to any room but it’s definitely a project that takes time and skill to achieve.  I hope this post inspired you to add stripes in your home!

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How to Create Vertical Stripes


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Free Santa Freebies

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Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus right down Santa Claus lane… Christmas is coming can you believe it?  Below you’re going to find a list of some of the best Santa Freebies available on the web.  I know your kids are going to enjoy these and best of all they’re all free.  Enjoy.

Free Letter from Santa
http://www.freelettersfromsantaclaus.com/free_printable_letters_from_santa.asp

Free Phone Call from Santa
http://acallfromsanta.packagefromsanta.com/santacall.aspx#.ULYDwofLcxF

Free Santa and Friends Coloring Pages
http://www.free-coloring-pages.com/christmas.html

Free Video Message from Santa
https://www.portablenorthpole.com

Free Nice Certificates from Santa
http://www.thesantaclausnicelist.com/

Free Santa Printable Gift Tags
http://www.easyfreesantaletter.com/gifttags.php

Free Santa Jokes for Kids
http://www.easyfreesantaletter.com/jokes-santa.php


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Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

The Master Bedroom is a place to wind down and relax and should feel very welcoming when you come home after a long day of work or being out with the kids.  I used to come home to a drab bedroom where the accent wall was dark purple, there were no nightstand lamps, the bedding didn’t match, the bench seat cushion was non existent and there were just bare floors.  I wanted a Master Bedroom Retreat that I could come home to everyday and enjoy with my husband and my vision turned into a reality and I’m in love. My goal for my Masted Bedroom makeover was bright, crisp and clean.  I wanted a glamorous room of crisp white, black and grays that would all compliment each other against my dark brown furniture.  It really was all about out with the old and in with the new.  I kept my existing furniture and spruced up my bedroom with a fresh coat of paint, crisp stripes on the accent wall, a bright bench seat cushion, a fantastic patterned rug, crisp white duvet cover with pops of graphite gray colors and some crisp lamps to give me the perfect bedside lighting.  A few bonus features in the Master Bedroom are the Casablanca Stealth 54″ Fan that went perfect with this makeover.  The crisp White Network Magazine Rack is housing all my favorite Martha Stewart Living Magazines and the matching Network Umbrella Stand was the perfect addition for that awkward corner spacing. Since my bedroom is the biggest room it’s hard to get a straight on angle so I’m providing lots of angles below for you guys. Also a dream of mine has also been to have matching His and Her nightstands and I love how they turned out.  I made the His and Her Jewelry Dishes using my Silhouette Machine.  Enjoy!

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Accent Wall master bedroom Before and After Master bedroom

Details about the Master Bedroom Makeover:

Paint Colors are Glidden Eggshell Duo in Sutton Place Grey and Stone White

Duvet Cover in White from Peach Skin Sheets can be purchased here.

Graphite Grey Sheet set from Peach Skin Sheets can be purchased here.

Throw Pillows and covers from Ikea

Black and White Striped Throw Blanket from Ikea

Dark Brown Wicker Hamper from Ikea

Fan is Casablanca Stealth 54″ fan can be purchased here.

Rug is Threshold Fretwork Rug from Target and can be purchased here.

Bedroom Furniture is from Costco bought years ago

Lamp Shades are Threshold Flocked Ogee from Target can be purchased here.


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Return Policies to your favorite store for the Holiday

Return Policy

The Holidays are fast approaching and I’m sure there will be lots of items to return after the holiday festivities are done.  I’m making it easier for you by providing you a list of the top 21 favorite stores and their return policies.  You’ll be impressed by this list and I just did all the hard work for you.  View the Return Policies for your top favorite stores such as Target, Walmart, Michaels, Best Buy, Hobby Lobby and lots more.  Enjoy the List and be sure to share with friends.

Store Return Policies

Walmart Return Policy

Target Return Policy

Best Buy Return Policy

Game Stop Return Policy

Kmart Return Policy

Walgreens Return Policy

CVS Return Policy

Bed Bath and Beyond Return Policy 

Toys R Us Return Policy

TJ Maxx Return Policy

Hobby Lobby Return Policy

Michael’s Craft Store Return Policy 

Gymboree Return Policy

Gap Return Policy

Barnes and Noble Return Policy

JC Penney Return Policy

IKEA Return Policy

Costco Return Policy

Apple Store Return Policy

Bath and Body Works Return Policy

Old Navy Return Policy


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DIY No-sew Bench Seat Cushion under 30 minutes

DIY Bench Seat

My husband and I just gave our Master bedroom a much needed makeover! We went from drab to fab on a budget and I couldn’t be any happier with how amazing it turned out!  In order to keep my budget in line I decided to make my own Bench Seat Cushion instead of paying the ridiculous price of getting a custom made one.  In our room we have always had the space for the bench seat cushion but never took the time to get one in there so instead it was more of a clutter, store all area, which I hated.  Now the gorgeous pop of Coral looks so pretty against the soft gray walls and I’m so in love.  Best of all this whole project was no sew, easy for beginners and took less than 30 minutes to complete.  You don’t realize how much a pop of color can brighten your entire room.  Whose ready to do this project on a budget?  You’ll be so happy I’m sure of it.  Bench Seat Cushions are great for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, playrooms, outside swings and more.

Supplies Needed:

  • Poly Foam (I purchased mine at Joann’s Fabrics)
  • Fabric of your Choice
  • Safety Pins
  • Electric cutting knife/butter knife

Directions:

Head to your local craft store and buy Poly Foam for the desired length needed.  I purchased 1 yard of 3″ Poly foam and was able to cut it in half to make my complete bench.  This was a great way to save money plus I got the Poly foam on sale for 50% off while Joann’s Fabrics was having a sale.  My bench seat area I am covering is 69″ Long x 11 3/4″ Deep.

To cut your Poly Foam you can use any butter knife or electric cutting knife and cut the desired width and length to complete your bench seat.  The poly foam is so easy to cut.

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After the Poly Foam is cut I laid out my fabric, pattern side down and laid the poly foam on top of it.  Next cut your fabric to the desired length and width to cover your material. I purchased 2 yards so I had plenty of fabric left over to make some throw pillows and more. 

Pulling the fabric tight around the poly foam you’ll start to safety pin down the center across the entire surface.  Make sure fabric is pulled very tight to prevent creasing and loose fabric looks.  For the ends you wrap the fabric up like a present and safety pin it securely.

Bench Seat Secured

Flip your bench cushion over and put it in your space and watch how it brings an instant pop of color to your room.  What I love about the no sew method is this can easily be removed for washing as well as easily switched out for another fabric.  This whole project took under 30 minutes to complete and less than $40 in materials!

Bench Seat Present

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I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and keep a look out for my Master Bedroom makeover where the bench seat cushion will be making an appearance once again! 


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DIY 3D Desk Drawer Organizers

Desk Organizers

I just recently got a brand new desk that I’m working at on a daily basis and I wanted to add my own special touches to the inside of the drawers.  There is nothing worse than paying upward of $12.00 for a mesh desk drawer organizer that doesn’t have a pop of color or any sense of style.  I love my workspace to be organized and colorful as that’s what keeps me going throughout the day.  At my desk on a daily basis I’m blogging, crafting up projects, working on my Silhouette machine, working on my Cricut machine and lots more.  Using my Silhouette machine last night I crafted up two very colorful desk drawer organizers that I’m completely in love with.  I love these organizers so much I’ll be making boxes for every drawer and filling them with my goodies.  These drawer organizers are perfect for pens, washi tape, paper clips, push pins, binder clips, silhouette blades, tape, notecards, SD cards, erasers and lots more! It’s time to let the creative juices start flowing and enjoy!

Supplies Needed:

  • DCWV Scrapbooking paper (I used the Haute Pink Stack)
  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cutting Mat
  • 3D Organizational Tray file

Directions:

Head over to the Silhouette online store and grab this 3D Organizational Tray file for just $0.99. (Please note this is not my file)

Once you have purchased the file head over to the Silhouette studio software and open the file.

The file is the perfect size and you will have to cut it in 3 different sections and 3 different papers. (Or all one paper, completely your choice)

The file will open up like this and as you can see it’s to big for the screen, so now you will right click and select release compound path.

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Next you will drag each section onto the mat one at a time than head over to cut settings. (Be sure your cut settings are set to Cardstock paper and a blade setting of 3).

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Load your paper onto your mat and feed into the machine and than click send to silhouette.

Repeat these steps for all 3 mat cuttings.

I removed all the paper from the mats and laid them out in front of me and proceeded to fold on all the perforated lines.

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Assembly of the boxes is so easy and all you have to do is fold the perforated lines with the pattern side facing up and glue the tabs to the outside of the box.

Next just add the boxes into your tray and fill them up with all your goodies!

This project was so easy and really is good for even beginners, enjoy!

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Veterans Day Freebies

Veterans Day is a great day to celebrate those that have given so much to our country. This year Veterans Day falls on Tuesday, November 11th and many retailers and restaurants are offering freebies and discounts to Veterans and their families.

Below is the list of Veterans Day Freebies for 2014. Keep in mind you will need to provide proof of your active military or veteran status to take advantage of these deals.

Veterans Day Freebies 2014

54th Street Bar & Grill- Free Meal up to $12.00 in value.

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Applebee’s- Free entree from select menu from open to close.

Bob Evans- Free All you Can Eat Hotcakes.

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Bonanza Steakhouse- Free Buffet on Monday, November 17th (not on Veterans Day)

California Pizza Kitchen- Free entree from select menu. Dine-in only.

Chili’s- Free Meal from select menu.denny's veterans day

Denny’s- Free build your own grand slam from 5 AM – Noon.

Famous Dave’s- Free One Meat Salute. Choose from one meat, a corn muffin, and a side.

Golden Corral- Free thank you dinner from 5 PM – 9 PM on Monday, November 17th.

IHOP- Free Red, White and Blue Pancakes

Hooters- Free entree valued at $10.99 or less with drink purchase.

krispy kreme freebie

Krispy Kreme- Free doughnut and small coffee. Valid all day. Limit one per person.

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Olive Garden- Free entree

Outback Steakhouse- Free Bloomin’ Onion and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. Plus, all military personnel get 15% off from November 12 thru December 31.

Lonestar Steakhouse- Free appetizer

Longhorn Steakhouse- Free Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage.

On the Border- Free choose 2 or choose 3 “Create Your Own Combo.

Red Lobster- Free appetizer from select menu.

Red Robin- Free Tavern Double with bottomless steak fries

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Ruby Tuesday- Free appetizer

Sizzler- Free lunch. Choose from 6-ounce Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken or a half dozen Fried Shrimp entrée with a choice of coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink.

Starbucks- Free tall 12 oz brewed coffee at participating locations.

Texas Roadhouse- Free entree from select menu.

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Village Inn- Free breakfast. Choose from pancakes, a waffle or French toast.

{Thanks Bargains with Brittanie}


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