Crafty Advent Calendars!

Even though we are almost in the middle of our countdown to Christmas, there are still plenty of ways in which you can decorate your home and prepare yourself for the holidays. Christmas is a high-ranked holiday for children and it is typical that they look forward to it year round. If you are looking for ways to build excitement in your home, read this article to learn how to create the perfect advent calendar with your children!


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Beer-Lover Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a great time to indulge the people in your life with the things they love. Before we were bound by the more traditional gifts of ugly sweaters and ties, but these days you can get gifts that are much more personalized for your friends. If you have a beer lover in your life, you can get them great gifts that they will use and love. If you are looking for great gifts for the beer lover in your life, read this article today!


Read the full article here: Beer Gift Guide: 12 Ideas for Beer lovers


How to Hang Lights Without Hanging Yourself

ctfm-color-23We all remember this moment as a child. It is the top of December and you are so excited for a bunch of things at once! First, you had a wonderful thanksgiving trip where you got to see cousins and eat food. Now your mom is championing the start of Christmas decorating in your home and you’re excited to help! In preparation for the holidays, she tackles the indoor and your dad commits to hanging the lights outside. You help her hang up bows, dress the hallways with garland, and display the best ornaments on the trees. Your dad works equally hard and when you all gather outside to appreciate his hard work, he turns on the switch! To your family’s surprise and your dad’s chagrin, you discover that the house is as dark as when he started. Hanging Christmas lights can be difficult and requires a lot of energy and time. Although the end product is beautiful, hanging them can be a pain. If you are decorating for Christmas and would appreciate professional tips on hanging lights, read this article today!


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Techy Gifts for Your Santa List

There are many ways that you can start shopping for the people in your life! Christmas shopping is a fun process if you know exactly what you want, but it can stressful if you have no idea what to get the ones that you love! If you need to add things to the list for the techie people in your life, this article can help you with great suggestions. If you are looking for great tech-related gifts, read this article today!


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Floral Arrangements Made Easy

Floral arrangements are the perfect way to add color and décor to your home. You can create different centerpieces and decorative pieces that coordinate with the season and the flowers that are available. Making centerpieces and floral arrangements is easier than you think and a great way to spruce up your home before your holiday guests come home. If you are looking for great ways to spice up your home, read this article today!


Read the full article here: Secrets to Creating Pretty Flower Arrangements


Don’t Confuse Money for Love this Christmas!

Whether you are trying to compete with the Joneses or want to make your home feel like a theme-park, take time to reassess your holiday budget. This is a special time of year, so some excess spending is to be expected, but remember that your love is not measured by the price-tag on the gifts you give. The gifts that are the most thoughtful are the ones that are remembered, and the passing of traditions is a gift as well to your children! The latest toys and gadgets may be enticing for you to purchase for your children, but don’t feel pressured. If they are on your nice-list and it is within your funds, a pricier gift is okay, but it is not necessary. Unlike a birthday, this time of year is primarily about the warmth we show to one another as a family and community. Also, for younger children, it can be more fun for them to open ten less-expensive gifts than to open one expensive gift! If you are looking for ways to avoid a financial hangover in January, read this article today!


Read the full article here: How to Avoid a Major Financial Hangover After the Holidays


Goodies for Foodies!

You all have this type of person in your friends or family circle. That person who somehow has a near-professional knowledge of food! Our foodie friends are great people to ask for suggestions about new restaurants, but can be hard to shop for as they probably have all of the spices they want! If you are still shopping for Christmas presents, read this article today for great inspiration on what to get the food lovers in your life!


Read the full article here: 10 Gifts for the Food Lovers in Your Life


Gas Oven Tips!

Now that the holiday season is upon us, you are probably spending more time in your kitchen than you have in other seasons. Between preparing a feast for Thanksgiving or baking dozens and dozens of cookies to give to neighbors as Christmas gifts, you are putting your oven through a rigorous regimen. IF you are have gas oven, read this article today to learn the best way to safely put it to use!


Read the full article here: 5 Important Things to Know About Baking in a Gas Oven


Guest Bedroom Upgrades!

If your parents are anything like mine, there was no better death-sentence to your free time than if relatives were coming over to visit. As soon as you received word that your cousins are coming over to celebrate a holiday, or even just to say hello, you knew that the next few days prior to their arrival would be filled with various cleaning flurries to get your home to appear spotless. My mother even repeated that she liked having guests over because nothing will better inspire you to clean your home till it is spotless! The trickiest rooms to cover were and always are the holiday guestroom! Your relatives or friends will be sleeping there are you should aim to make it as clean and comfortable as possible! This helpful article shares tips on the best ways to prepare your guest bedroom so that your family will feel comfortable and effortlessly loved. If you are expecting family to stay over this Christmas, read this article today to learn the best way to prepare a guest bedroom!


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Christmas Wine to Help You Dine!

There are many ways in which you can bring warmth into your home this Christmas season! One way is to invite a bunch of friends and family over for an evening. You can bake cookies and make smores together as you sing along to Christmas music. You can also make a wonderful spiced wine to serve as you celebrate the holiday together! If you are looking for a great recipe to serve holiday guests, read this article for a great recipe for mulled spice Christmas wine!


Read the full article here: Recipe: Mulled Spiced Christmas Wine