{Review} Christmas in Color – Drive Thru Holiday Light Show in Utah

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If you haven’t been to a drive through holiday light show yet, you should really try it! Pack up your car and head on over to Provo or Kearns in Utah for an amazing show.

How it works

First, get your discount ticket. Use the code ColorFamily to get 15% off a weekday ticket for Christmas In Color. http://www.christmasincolor.net/ Offer expires on 12/15/16.

Then pack up your loved ones and head on over to either Provo or Kearns. Find more details for your visit here: http://www.christmasincolor.net/

When you get there, you drive slowly through 1 million beautifully synchronized Christmas lights. The light show is set to music. The show has a special radio station that you tune your radio and you get the music right in your car.

Don’t drive by too quickly, you are meant to drive slowly through the show. It is fun for kids of all ages and really gets you in the holiday spirit. I took my son who is 13 and my daughter who is 17 and they really enjoyed it. Here are a few of the photos that my daughter took as we were driving through.

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Don’t forget to save!

Use the code ColorFamily to get 15% off a weekday ticket for Christmas In Color. http://www.christmasincolor.net/ Offer expires on 12/15/16.

This will be fun for the whole family. Pack up your car and have fun!

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Easy No Sew DIY Pillow Cover

I am always looking for easy ways to decorate for the changing seasons. The other day I was at Target and, as always, I checked out the Dollar Spot. If you haven’t shopped the Dollar Spot at Target you are missing out! Most items range in the $1 to $5 range. I notice some really cute Pet Blankets that they had and they were $3 each. The blankets were plaid or winter themed. I picked up a couple thinking I might have a use for them.

At home I have a number of 15″ x 15″ pillows. These pillows are great, but I wanted to spruce them up a bit for the upcoming holidays. Enter the pet blanket. The blankets are 36″ x 36″ and are a perfect fit for the pillows and I just had to make an Easy No Sew DIY Pillow Cover!

It was so easy to turn the pillows into new holiday decor! First, spread the blanket on the floor. Put the pillow on top of the blanket so it is on the diagonal.

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Next fold other two opposite edges and tuck the points under.

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Finally, tie together the two other pointed ends in a knot. You can tuck in the tails of the knot or leave them free.

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Then arrange them on your couch! Don’t they look cute. My dog, Pepper is showing them off. You can either have the knot ends showing or turn them around for a smooth finish. The whole project took me less than five minutes! You can also use any piece of material that you want to make these easy pillows.

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While you are at the Target Dollar Spot, check out their cute sweaters, coats and hats for your furry friend as well. I picked up a cute pink set for my daughter’s dog Penny. Isn’t she cute! Target Dollar Spot is one of my favorite places to shop. Check it out frequently for some great deals.

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Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments

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My kids and I love to craft! I am always on the look out for crafting ideas that all of us can do. This is such a fun craft and it is easy for kids of all ages (with a little adult supervision). We have silver and blue decorations on our Christmas tree, but I wanted to add a little bit more. There were some areas of the tree that were a little sparse so I decided that adding some silver glass ornaments would be perfect.

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Supplies Needed:

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Paint – I love using the metallic paint. It really makes a nice finish.
Marking Pen – You can find these at the craft store. Again I love the metallic ones
Paper Cups – I had these little ones, but you can use small paper cups too. Just make sure that the glass ball can sit on the rim without falling in.

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The concept was easy – simply add paint to the glass balls! You can use one color, or multiple colors. My daughter and I actually three different colors of metallic paint in each ball to give it a swirly look. We add the paint and then swirled it around to cover the entire inside of the ball. We did have to shake the balls a little to get the paint to cover, but simply putting your finger over the opening of the ball prevents paint from flying everywhere!

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After we had applied the paint, we simply but each glass ornament in one of the paper cups upside down. This allows the extra paint to drain from the ornament.

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After the excess paint has drained we replaced the metals tops and then used a silver pen to decorate our ornaments. Then we placed them on our tree!

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This project was a lot of fun!

Christmas in Color – Drive Through Holiday Light Show in Utah!

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If you haven’t attending a drive-through holiday light show and you live in Utah, now is your chance! I have attended a few in the past and they are always lots of fun. This year you can attend in two great locations.

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Utah’s biggest and best drive-through holiday light show is back, and tickets are now on sale! Immerse yourself in a drive-through experience with 1 million beautifully synchronized Christmas lights set to music that is sure to get you in the Holiday spirit! Two great locations Provo and Kearns! Find more details for your visit here: http://www.christmasincolor.net/

My readers get to save!

Use the code ColorFamily to get 15% off a weekday ticket for Christmas In Color. http://www.christmasincolor.net/ Offer expires on 12/15/16.

This will be fun for the whole family. Pack up your car and have fun!

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30 Days of Christmas

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I am so excited! The Shopping Duck and Time for All Things are collaborating on 30 Days of Christmas. Each day, from November 16 until December 16, one of our blogs will present a craft, decoration or holiday treat that will be perfect for the Christmas season. This post will be updated daily with links to all the posts so stay tuned!

Day 1 – Holiday Vase with Ornaments: This decoration is so easy to make and you can get all the items you need for cheap!

Day 2 – Easy DIY Painted Glass Ornaments: These are so easy to make and they are fun for kids too! Use them to decorate a tree or wreath.

Day 3 – DIY Christmas Berry Wreath – So easy to make and with supplies from the Dollar Store, it is inexpensive too!

Day 4 – Easy DIY No Sew Pillows – These are so easy to make! Any piece of material will work to give your house a holiday flair.

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Put Me In A Story #KeepCalmAndColorOn

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! I love getting my husband and children fun gifts for Valentine’s Day. This year, I picked up a cute coloring book perfect for older children, teens and adults! I am giving this coloring book to my oldest daughter who is in college. She will love de-stressing by using various mediums to color the pages.

Each book is 60 pages. The paper is not thin or flimsy, but perfect for coloring with colored pencils, markers, chalks or other coloring mediums. Each page if beautifully illustrated. Show off your creations by framing the pages and hanging on a wall or placing on a bookshelf or mantel. You will not be disappointed with the quality of this coloring book!

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This new coloring book is by Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized books site in the U.S. This is the first-ever personalized adult coloring book – Keep Calm and Color On by Illustrator Katie Martin!

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Color your stress away in this personalized coloring book where beautiful coloring pages are peppered with inspiring quotes to calm your mind and lift your spirits.

A great personalized gift for the holidays, each copy of Keep Calm and Color On is personalized with your name on the front and back cover, a special dedication page, and a coloring page where your name is a part of the illustration. Keep Calm and Color On is the only adult coloring book that features YOU!

Keep Calm and Color On is only $19.99 per copy. Order now for delivery by Valentine’s Day!

While you are on their website, make sure you check out the other gifts they have available including story books for girls, boys and babies. You can order books by occasion (such as Halloween and Christmas) or by favorite character (such as Star Wars and Elmo).

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Babies and Kids!

Are you still looking for those last minute stocking stuffers? All of these cute finds are under $15 and would be perfect for babies and kids on your stocking stuff list!

Let baby get in on the jingle bell action with HABA’s Whirlygig clutching toy. The movable wooden elements and little jingling bell are secured with a strong elastic band, expertly designed to help develop clutching and grasping skills. Ages 6 months + MSRP: $14.99.

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Give the gift of imaginative play for little car enthusiasts with PlayTape by InRoad Toys. Award winning Playtape sticks to any flat surface, tears easily to any length, and is repositionable to create roads and tracks anywhere. Available in multiple colors, lengths and widths, the creation possibilities are endless. MSRP: $7.99.

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For your little gamer, DigiPuppets are the perfect pocket-sized gift! As classic finger puppets with a twist, they work on any iPad, iPhone or Android device to become a learning buddy for today’s tech savvy 3-7 year olds to play their favorite app or one of DigiPuppets free educational apps that feature these adorable characters. MSRP: $9.99.

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HABA’s Little Friends Bendy Dolls The new Little Friends collection from HABA is sure to be a hit with your little one. These 4 inch tall “bendy dolls” are made from flexible soft plastic, with metal wires inside which allow for them to be posable. MSRP: $7.49. For ages 3 years +.

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Squeeze your baby this holiday season with The Original Squeeze! With a patented, spill-proof nipple, The Original Squeeze is perfect for babies 6 months and older. Available in four, bright colors, babies will love snacking on fresh, home-made treats anytime, anywhere without the mess! Then wash and reuse, saving money and the environment. Available in 2oz., 4 oz., and 6 oz. sizes. Ages 6 months and Up MSRP $13.99 and up.

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Give Back This Christmas With World Vision #GiftCatalog

Christmas is coming up fast and now you can not only buy great gifts for friends and family, but also help a worthy cause too! The 2015 World Vision Gift Catalog offers amazing hand made items and ways that you can help communities all over the world.

World Vision provides donors the opportunity to give a gift in a loved one’s name, making these the perfect presents to show family and friends love and to spread the joy of the holiday season across the world. And, as an added bonus, there’s nothing to wrap! Here are just a few of the items that you can give to help those in need.

Goats – World Vision offers donors a variety of livestock to choose from, and goats are their most popular option. One goat is a valuable source of milk and fertilizer for a family. The milk provides children with easy-to-digest protein and calcium, and the fertilizer helps crops flourish. A gift of two goats sets a family on a path towards success as shepherds who can start their own flock. $75 for one, $150 for two

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Fruit Trees – Even with all the sweets and treats the holiday season brings, it’s important to remember nature’s candy—and not just for the figgy pudding! Donating five, ten, or fifteen fruit trees can help a family feed itself and start a business. The seed of this gift can blossom for years as a few trees turns into groves and orchards full of good, healthy fruit. Partridges not included. $30 for five trees, $60 for ten, $90 for fifteen

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Soccer Balls – Every parent knows one of the best feelings in the world is seeing a child’s face light up like the Christmas tree as they discover what’s been left for them by Santa. Donors can pass that same joy along to kids across the world with their gift of soccer balls, which replace makeshift balls made of banana leaves or rolled-up trash. The global popularity of soccer makes this gift a great way to reach out with a helping hand. $16 for two balls, $32 for four, $48 for six

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Career Training for Girls & Women – Empower a woman with this investment in skills training, business education, and, most importantly, hope. With opportunities in weaving, jewelry-making, baking, dairy farming, and more, this gift helps create the chance for mothers and daughters to take their future into their own hands. It’s like they always say: Give a woman a fish, and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you can change the world. $25-$125

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In addition to the gifts above, World Vision operates the Where Most Needed fund, which provides for improvements in the quality of life for struggling children and families in the U.S. and around the world. Donors to this fund are eligible to receive beautiful artisanal goods from Africa, India, and Southeast Asia, which make wonderful presents and stocking stuffers.

You can also buy handcrafted gifts for yourself or others on your list. Purchase of these gifts help support needy families around the world:

Christmas Star Ornament – made from castoff metals by artisans helping to support childrens’ education in India.

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For a gift of $85, you can receive this draped beaded necklace. This necklace is 46″ long and is handmade by an artisan in Bali. Plus you will provide for the unique needs of children and families worldwide.

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There are many more gifts to purchase and help a needy cause. To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS or visit World Vision Gift Catalog online. Make sure you check out their Facebook Page and Twitter too!

{Book Review} Create a New Family Tradition with Reindeer Dust

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My kids love family traditions! One of our family traditions is collecting Santa ornaments for a tree. Over the years we have collected over one hundred Santa ornaments. It is always fun to add the ornaments to the tree each year! We also love creating new traditions. This year, I was able to read a copy of the book by Kate Dwyer and illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff entitled Reindeer Dust.

Reindeer Dust is a beautifully illustrated book with a cute story. This fun tale tells the story of hungry and harried reindeer who can’t find houses to land on through thick fog. Santa has a sled overflowing with presents, but he’ll never be able to deliver them if the reindeer don’t know where to land. One little boy, William, devises a plan: he mixes up a special batch of reindeer dust and he and his friends and family sprinkle it outside while reciting “I will always believe!” Through the thick fog, the reindeer are able to spot the glittering trail of reindeer dust, and Christmas is saved!

In the back of the book, is the complete poem as well as a recipe for reindeer dust. The recipe is large enough that it can be shared with friends and family too!

The author, Kate Dwyer, is a mother of two who says about the book: “It was important for me to write a book that features an engaging element that would both visually and physically bring the story to life.”

Reindeer Dust is the recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the IBPA Gold (for best cover design) and two Silver (for best first book and best interior design) Awards. You can find out more about Reindeer dust:

Website: reindeerdust.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sparklingreindeerdust
Twitter: @reindeer_dust

Don’t Wash Dishes This Season – Choose Smarty Had A Party #Tablescapes Giveaway!

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The worst part about hosting holiday dinners is the clean up! Not everything will fit in the dishwasher and who wants to be stuck in the kitchen washing dishes? Instead of spending your time cleaning up, why not set an elegant table with Smarty Had a Party tablescapes?

Smarty Had A Party is the nation’s top-rated online party store for entertaining. You can host a back yard pool parties, wedding, bridal shower or holiday dinner with ease. They offer the widest selection of budget-friendly, elegant disposable dinnerware, eco-friendly party supplies and table linen on the web making it easy to host and cleanup your party.

The best part of their website is the blog guides. These guides illustrate party inspirations and ideas and even give you recipe suggestions and DIY instructions.

Since I will have guests at my house for Christmas, I thought I would fancy things up a bit and use some products from Smarty Had a Party. I chose the White Table Runner with Black Damask Flocking, Elegant White Pearls Napkin Rings, Silver Satin Napkins, Baroque Silver-Look Disposable Plastic Flatware and China-Look Disposable Plastic White/Silver Rim Plates Set.

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The whole set is under $45 and I have enough for 10 people! If you are hosting a larger event such as a bridal shower or wedding, you can get products in the case as well.

Just a note about the quality. I am super duper impressed with every single one of the products! The plates look like real china, the silverware is not the cheap breakable plastic that you see at your local grocery store and the napkins and black table runner are not made from paper that can rip or fall apart when wet.

Who wouldn’t want their holiday table to look like this? And you can do it for a fraction of the price that real china and flatware would cost.

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With some many products to choose from, you will have a difficult time choosing the perfect settings for your holiday tablescape.

How would you like to win your own Smarty Had a Party Tablescape? One winner will receive:

1 Each White Table Runner with Black Damask Flocking
1 Pack Elegant White Pearls Napkin Rings (6/pk)
1 Pack Silver Satin Napkins (5/pk)
1 Pack Baroque Silver-Look Disposable Plastic Flatware (48+24+24)
1 Pack China-Look Disposable Plastic White/Silver Rim Plates Set (20 dinner & 20 salad)

To enter fill in the Rafflecopter below. Open to US residents only.

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