A Beautiful Holiday Mess & Clean Up

This story on holiday crafting and clean up has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser but all opinions and experiences are mine alone. #EurekaPower #CollectiveBias

Gold Glitter, Ribbon, Bows and Craft Supplies

Who else seems to have a house covered in glitter, Christmas tree needles, tinsel and confetti after the holidays?? Then throw in some DIY, whew, so pretty, but so messy! We got our tree up last week and finished decorating it yesterday. I decided I wanted to get my craft on and make my own tags from a bunch of craft supplies that have been laying around. I busted out hole punches, glue, string, glitter and all kinds of stuff!

Christmas Wrapping Items Under the Tree

I love DIYs and crafting but then when it comes time to clean that epic mess… womp, wooomp. It’s usually such a pain, but this time it wasn’t bad at all with some help from my new Eureka vacuum! This thing is a vacuuming master. I have a feeling that all of my crafty friends are going to want one of these bad boys! Quick, add it to your Christmas wish list!

Vacuuming up Gold Glitter

Clean up from decorating the tree and wrapping presents was super quick and painless which means more time spent to appreciate our pretty tree!

DIY Tags and Presents Under Christmas Tree

So this Eureka is known for it’s SuctionSeal (plates that raise and lower against the surface maintaining suction and seal without scattering debris). It also uses Air Speed technology (a wide tube of air with minimal bends and twists that allows air to move freely across a shorter and more direct path). It’s originally priced at $148.88 but is currently on Rollback for $129 at Walmart (where I got mine)! It’s all the way on the right in the photo below! Learn more and check it out in action!

Vacuum Aisle at Walmart

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DIY Marshmallow S’more Pops

DIY Smore Pops Recipe

I’m always looking for easy, yummy, and festive party treats when the holidays roll around and s’more pops are just that! While regular s’mores are delicious, they are quite messy, so these are a perfect individual serving alternative!

Recipe

Marshmallows
1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
Graham cracker crumbs (or make your own)
Lollipop sticks (you can find them at some kitchen or craft stores)
Wax Paper
Styrofoam

insert the lollipop sticks into the marshmallows

Steps

1) First insert the lollipop sticks into the marshmallows. Make sure not to go all the way through or the marshmallow will fall off into the chocolate when dipping.

melting chocolate on the stove

2) Melt your chocolate  - either in a microwave or a double boiler (a makeshift one in my case). Have your graham cracker crumbs in a bowl nearby.

Festive S'more Pops

3) Gently dip each marshmallow into the chocolate and rotate until all sides are covered then dip directly into the graham cracker crumbs while the chocolate is still wet. 

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4) Place on wax paper, or stick into your styrofoam, to let cool and dry. I placed my piece of styrofoam directly into the decorative box I was using to display them in, and covered it with crinkled paper to be more presentable.

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These s’more pops were a huge hit at the party I brought them to and I’ll definite be making them for future holiday events! If you’re hosting a holiday party, know that you don’t need to spend your entire paycheck on entertaining everyone. Try to incorporate lots of finger foods. Fun appetizers and easy desserts like this one usually do the trick. If you want to give everyone small parting gifts or stocking stuffers, check out Pinterest for neat DIY ideas for the season. Shutterfly has general photo gifts and an actual holiday section for things like personalized gift tags and Christmas cards. Or visit Etsy to check out holiday cards designed by yours truly!

Ciera Design Holiday Cards + Black Friday Sales

For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends! I’m up in Maine for the week and while I’m skipping out on the Black Friday madness I wanted to share some special deals with y’all! The Ciera Design 2014 holiday collection is now up in my Etsy shop and I’m offering my lovely readers 30% off through cyber monday with code “CYBER14″! Also get 50% off my ebook, The Meetup Guide!

Holiday Card Prep

 

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

  • AMAZONSpecial lightning deals updated every 10 minutes at Amazon.com (11/26-11/28)
  • BLURB: 20% off print book orders with code: CYBER20
  • CREATIVE MARKET: 20% off of everything!
  • CRICUT$5 Off Orders $50+ with code: CRICUTBF5
  • EXPRESS: 50% off of everything.
  • FOSSIL: $25 off of $150, $50 off of $200, plus free shipping and returns on all orders
  • FREE PEOPLEFree shipping on all orders
  • GAP: Take 50% off sitewide at the Gap with code BLKFRIDAY
  • HONEST: 25% off sitewide
  • J.CREW: Take 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum, with code HOLIDAY (11/26-11/30).
  • KATE SPADE SATURDAY: Take 30% off sitewide + free shipping with code DEALME (11/26-11/30).
  • LORD & TAYLOR: Take an extra 20% off everything + 25% off jewelry with code THANKS (11/25-11/30).
  • MADEWELL: Take 25% off site wide with code GIFTON (11/25-11/30).
  • MODCLOTH: 50% off hundred of new arrivals (11/26-11/30).
  • MINTED25% off your order (excludes holiday cards)20% off your holiday card order of $150+ or 15% off your holiday card order of $100+
  • MY FONTS: Tons of fonts on sale up to 90% off
  • NINE WEST: 20% off of purchase of $125 or more
  • POPPIN: $10 off $85 with the code POPHOLIDAY1085 and $25 off $100 with the code POPHOLIDAY25
  • RUCHE: Take 30% off sitewide with code BLKFRDY (11/27-11/28). Take 30% off full-priced items – plus, an extra 50% off will automatically be applied at check out with code BLKFRDY (12/1-12/2).
  • SHOES.COM: Black Friday sale, 30% off of all sale items with the code BLACK
  • SHOPBOP: Tiered promotion:15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code GOBIG14 (11/26-12/1)
  • SKILL SHARE: 40% off an entire year with discount code BLACK14
  • TARGET: Women’s Boots BOGO 50% off and hundreds of deals site wide (11/27-12/1)
  • TINYPRINTS: 30% off any order using the code BLACKFRIDAY plus an extra 10% off using the code 1128DEAL at checkout
  • URBAN OUTFITTERS: Take an additional 25% off all sale online and an additional 50% off all sale in-stores (11/28)
  • WARBY PARKERbuying glasses is a cinch with the FREE Home-Try-On program, 5 Days, 5 Pairs, 100% FREE!
  • WEST ELM: Take up to 25% off with code SUPERSALE (11/26-12/1)
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I hope this list saves you all a little time and money this weekend! I’m trying to keep this list as up to date as possible, but I can’t gaurantee any of these deals. xoxo

Halloween Caprese Salad

Halloween Eyeball Caprese Salad


I’m back with more Halloween fun for y’all today! I have a TON of basil growing in my yard right now and I absolutely love caprese salads so I wanted to make a yummy recipe with a spooky twist. I know that olives are not typically included in a caprese salad but I also LOVE black olives and needed the pop of black for my food art creation. They are the perfect option for creating tasty and creative food art for Halloween. This recipe is super easy and a great healthy alternative to all of the candy at Halloween parties.

Ingredients mozzarella tomatoes olives basil

Ingredients

Basil Leaves
Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
California Black Ripe Olives
Grape Tomatoes
Balsamic Reduction

Halloween Table Setup with Caprese Salad

Directions

First, slice your tomatoes and olives. Next, using a spoon, mash your mozzarella pearls (this gives them a little more texture and makes them a little larger). Then place your basil leaves out on a tray and layer the tomatoes, mozzarella and olives on top. The final step is to drizzle the balsamic reduction on top before serving. You can serve them plain with toothpicks or have some chips or crackers on the side. Enjoy!

Eyeball Caprese Salad in Bat Glasses

Don’t forget to download the water bottle labels that I designed as well, they add a special touch to your Halloween table setting.

Halloween Caprese Salad on Platter

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Halloween Water Bottle Printables with Dasani

This fun Halloween DIY project and freebie printable has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. But as always, all opinions are mine alone.

Free Halloween Water Bottle Labels

I love Halloween y’all and I can’t believe it’s sneaking up on us already. It’s one of my favorite holidays and it’s pretty huge in New Orleans, we love any excuse to dress up and party in the street! I need to start on my costume, but in the meantime, I wanted to create something easy to use and versatile for y’all. I designed some fun printables to dress up water bottles as Bat’s Blood, Magic Potion, Witches Brew, Zombie Juice and Snake Venom. You can use these for parties to go along with your Halloween snacks, bring them to work or your child’s classroom to get in the Halloween spirit or even hand them out to trick-or-treaters to wash down all that candy. I also did a bonus larger label to wrap around a 1 liter Fanta bottle, I love that the soda is orange and already in the Halloween spirit! I wanted to have a spooky theme but also use some fun bright colors! Water bottle labels are such a simple thing but can make a huge difference in the look of your party!

Directions

  • purchase your favorite beverages (I got 12 oz Dasani and 1 liter Fanta bottles from Walmart. I picked the smaller 12 oz bottles for the water, they just felt more festive and I liked the pop of green that the lids have.)
  • remove the labels (scissors or an Exacto knife make this super easy)
  • download, print and trim the labels (I went to Kinkos to print my labels, the colors are more vibrant than my home printer)
  • use double stick tape to attach the new labels to the bottles (one small piece on the back is enough)

Download The Halloween Printable Here

I’d love to hear your Halloween plans and see pictures if you use these labels!

Looking for something to do with all that leftover candy, try these Candy Bar Surprise Cookies.
Looking for a non-carve pumpkin option, check out my paint dipped pumpkins!

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Love Is All You Need – Free Valentine’s Day Printable

Valentine's Day  Pattern Printable on Chalkboard

Cristin of Simplified Bee asked me to design a Valentine’s freebie for her blog readers based around some super cute pencils that she had. I decided to create some simple patterns using slightly different colors than your average red and pink. Head over to her blog to download this freebie and to see how you can add feathers to the pencils for an extra special touch!

Valentine's Day Printable Freebies with Personalized Pencils

Valentine's Day Printable Freebies with Personalized Pencils

Valentine's Day Patterns