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diy gingerbread houses
Like so many of you, I absolutely love this time of year. The festive gatherings, school functions, holiday cards, and special family traditions all combine to make November and December memorable and fun. It takes a concerted effort on my part, though, to ensure that we remember what’s most important, and that we don’t confuse “frantic” with “festive”.

diy gingerbread houses

When I came across the new Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection at Kroger the other day, I couldn’t wait to incorporate the new fragrances into our home and festivities this holiday season. The new fragrances are cleverly named and I picked up some of the fragrances including BE AT PEACE™, CHERISH THE PRESENT™, SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ and SHARE THE SPIRIT™. BE AT PEACE™ is my personal favorite because it smells just like a Christmas tree with hints of balsam fir and juniper.

glade winter scents

I also love SHARE THE SPIRIT™, which is fruity and festive with hints of pomegranate.

glade candles

For me, scents can evoke powerful memories and emotions. They can uplift and enliven me like little else can. The new Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection brought brought to mind some of my favorite holiday memories-carols, gatherings with loved ones, and holiday crafts and baking. The Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection also also inspired me to put together an easy holiday get-together for my kids and a couple of their friends. This Gingerbread House Party came together quickly, and is a great way to create a special holiday memory.

To start, I put together easy houses out of graham crackers. I used 6 pieces per house, and assembled them onto a paper plate. To get the triangle pieces, just use a serrated knife and carefully and slowly cut each piece (using a slow back and forth motion). It was easier than I thought it would be, but definitely have an extra few crackers on hand.

graham cracker house

The end result is a bit messy-looking, but it’ll soon be covered in frosting and candy, so no worries.

graham cracker house

Here are some of the easy and doable touches that helped make this party so festive and fun…

paper straw flags

gingerbread party

For the centerpiece, I hot glued wool pom poms onto craft store branches and put them into a red mason jar.

easy kids holiday party

The candy wreath centerpiece is made out of melted mint candies! After they cooled, I simply hot glued them onto an embroidery hoop.

gingerbread house party

Lastly, a great hot chocolate is the hallmark of any great holiday party. Here’s how I made mine.

Step 1: Add about a cup of heavy whipping cream into your stand mixer. Whip until stiff peaks form. I usually pour my cream into the bowl of the mixer and stick in the refrigerator for a few minutes before whipping–having everything cold helps everything whip up better. You can always add a dash of sugar or vanilla to your cream; I didn’t for this recipe because the hot chocolate itself is so sweet and decadent.

hot chocolate

In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine 1.5 cups of whole milk and 1/2 c. of heavy cream. Pull off the heat once hot (don’t let the mixture boil). Stir in 6-8 ounces of quality, chopped chocolate.

homemade hot chocolate

After spooning into a mug, I added a generous portion of whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel.

hot chocolate


Next time you’re at Kroger, be sure to check out the new Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection (your holiday memories will thank you)!

glade copy

I’d love to know: What scents help inspire your favorite holiday memories?

easy valentine’s day gift–hot cocoa spoons!

valentines gift

We’re quickly approaching Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to share one last quick and easy DIY perfect for teacher, neighbor, and everyone-else gifts!

hot cocoa spoons

I’m a huge fan of hot cocoa in the Winter, so these DIY Hot Cocoa spoons are right up my alley. Drop into a cellophane bag, add a hot cocoa packet, and tie with some twine or ribbon, and you’re done!

Start with some wooden spoons, and the chocolate of your choice. Melting chocolate is GREAT for this, as it hardens well and the spoons don’t need to be refrigerated. I had this delicious Dulce de leche from Trader Joe’s, though, that I wanted to try, and all I can say is “wow.” So good. While your spoon is still wet, dip into the toppings of your choice.

valentines day gift


valentines craft

Let dry on a piece of parchment, and you’re done! I stamped “xoxo” on the handles, which is completely optional but completely adorable in my opinion :)

hot cocoa gift

valentines gift


Happy Wednesday!

hot chocolate station for the holidays

I shared a sneak peek of this on my Instagram feed the other day (burlapandblue), and it’s obvious from the response that you guys love your hot chocolate as much as I do.

We are big fans of the stuff in the winter months, and what better way to make life a bit easier, as well as add a bit of fun to the tradition, than with a hot chocolate station?

I took a wooden tray (from Target, last year), a cutesy melanine plate (also from Target), assorted mugs and containers, and there you have it!

Here’s a better shot of that plate…it’s from this year’s holiday collection. Did you see my post last week? Target has some amazing Holiday stuff this year.

Hello, darling Anthro mugs! So glad to have a reason to put these on display…I love them!

I’ll share tutorials for both the garland and the JOY letters soon…both were super easy crafts, less than 15 minutes a piece.

So there you have it! Your kids will thank you, your waistline may not, but, either way, it’s a fun and special way to add some fun to your Holidays!

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