Need a Gift for a Grinch? 6 Holiday Ideas to Make Everyone Smile

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This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com All opinions are my own.

We’ve all got that someone(s) on our list that is a *little* hard to buy for. They’ve either got everything they need OR they’ll always tell you they don’t want a gift. Of course, this leaves you floundering the last few days of the season because YOU know they want something. I mean, you can’t very well let them be the only one with out a gift to open. This holiday CastelloPAM Cooking SprayCracker BarrelWellness Pet Food, and WHIMZEES offered to help us check off those hard to buy for on our holiday list and give the Grinch-iest of Grinches something to smile about.

6 Holiday Ideas to Make Anyone Smile

Create a CheeseBoard with Castello Cheeses 

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It is possible that not every guest has a sweet tooth. Some very dedicated may be starting their new year’s diet early or even posses the self-control to say no to holiday cookies. If that is the case, having a few good cheeses on hand will help you put together a chic holiday cheese board in no time.

Not sure what to include? Castello makes it SO easy! The Cheese Board Builder on their website helps you pick out the cheeses and pairs them with the perfect selections filtering by sensitivities or preferences, like vegetarian, alcohol free, and gluten-free.

Castello Cheeses Holiday Cheeseboard

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Cookies & Milk 

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Santa isn’t the only one who has an affinity for milk and cookies. This time of year you can soften young hearts by showing up with a gift of milk and homemade cookies. These glass milk bottles from Cracker Barrel are the perfect addition to a vintage holiday party or classic cookie bar and make the occasion feel extra special. Pick up a few at your local Cracker Barrel gift shop and let each of your guests take theirs home for when Santa visits.

Also note the silver snowflake cocktail picks that came from Cracker Barrel too! From cookies to appetizers, you can serve everything with style.

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Rosemary Bread and Olive Oil Spray from Pam

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If time prohibits you from getting together for the holidays this is a lovely gift idea for anyone on your list. Pick up a bag of pre-sliced baguette from the local grocery or bakery, tie a couple of sprigs of rosemary to the top with a ribbon and add a bottle of Pam Olive Oil spray. It’s a perfect gift to leave on the doorstep of a neighbor or to keep on hand for an extra gift.

I love having this Pam Spray at home because it’s non-stick, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and it helps control how much is used when I have little hands helping in the kitchen. The eco-friendly part of me loves that its non aerosol too.

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Treats For the Pet Lover 

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So if food selections haven’t won over your Grinch showing love and welcoming their furry friends is sure to warm their heart. Make sure they know that your home is welcoming to them and their pet (It’s just for a day after all). Place a nourishing bowl of Wellness CORE Natural Pet food inside a festive wreath and tie up a couple of Whimzees dental chews and treats for them to take home. Little touches like this go a long way to telling them they were being thought of long before they arrived.
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Christmas Central: Holiday Decorations

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Okay, so if we haven’t won them over with food and there are no furry friends to speak of we are left with only one option. Make things as festive as possible. Ridiculously so if needed. Christmas Central has it all. My favorite- big impact, minimal effort- is the outdoor snowflake projector. Here in Texas we don’t get a lot of snow but this will make your guest feel like they are walking up to a winter wonderland. Start playing a little holiday music and when you open the door there will be nothing but smiles for miles.

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Hopefully these ideas helped check off the last of your list or offered a few entertaining ideas! What’s left on your holiday list ?

Santa Babies : Meeting Santa for the first time

One tiny human meets Santa

Woah, guys… Do you know who this guy is???? I hear he’s kind of a big deal.

We’ve all seen the semi-hilarious first photos with Santa that have taken turn for the worse. As with any first, no one can reallllly gauge what’s going to happen. I mean, this is legitimately the first time your child has seen someone dressed this way. If we’re being honest, that much red and fur combined is a BOLD choice for even the most magical of us. Bottom line, you just never really know how it’s going to go the first time your baby sees Santa.

This year my sister Baileigh, and brother-in-law Aaron had the BRILLIANT idea of inviting Santa over for the babies first visit. Bella, our “One Tiny Human” and our nephew, Harrison had a very special first visit with the man in the red suit and his lady this weekend.

Santa Babies : Meeting Santa for the first time

One Tiny Human with Santa

These guys have snacks, smell like peppermints, and are super cuddly. I think I like them.

They were so sweet with the babies and spent plenty of time getting know them, not being rushed through the moment. It allowed us to capture a few special pictures like when they were reading to them. We were able to enjoy coffee,  warm cocoa and Christmas cookies while the kids chatted with the Claus couple. It was a huge difference from the traditional mall Santa experiences that we’ve done before.

One Tiny Human and Harrison read with Santa

“Twas the night before Christmas…” read by Santa and Mrs Claus. So precious!

And because no one can resist a picture with Santa we jumped in front of the camera for a quick snapshot too. I think I will always love the magic of Christmas. (I am also kind of in love with Randy’s Christmas pug sweater.)

Family Santa Pic

Time for a family picture. The magic of Christmas is real no matter how old you get.

Family Santa pic with one tiny human

I highly recommend this for a first Santa experience or a 100th Santa experience for that matter. as you can tell, meeting Santa in this way completely put the babies at ease and we all had a lovely time together. We were able to capture some of the sweetest pics that I’m sure we’ll treasure forever.

Have you ever had a Santa come to your house? What was it like when you took your child to meet Santa for the first time ?

Holiday Magic is Everywhere in Arlington Texas

Enchant Christmas Arlington Texas

Last Friday, I was invited to spend the day touring some of the things the city of Arlington, Texas has in store for us this holiday season. You already know Arlington offers so much to take part in all year-long but this season is especially fun! If you are looking for an entire day of Christmas fun you are going to want to read all the way through this post. I even found a few spots I’ll be back to visit all year-long! I’ll let you guess which ones.

Decorator’s Warehouse & Rose Garden Tea Room 3708 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76013

Decorators Warehouse Arlington Texas

First stop on our tour was Decorator’s Warehouse. It has been recognized for years as the premiere Christmas store throughout Texas. Owners David and Kathy Hanson, who started the business in 1989, have pursued with great passion the design and creation of a Christmas store that would be unparalleled anywhere.

Reindeer Christmas decor Decorators Warehouse Arlington Texas

There are 20 different theme areas from snowmen, Santas and elves to rustic and woodland as well as beautiful elegant and classic themes, and so many more. Each theme area is an adventure in itself where you will see displays such as a full-size Santa’s workshop, a classic truck and life-size bears and Santas. They also feature the largest selection of Christmas trees in Texas as well as ornaments, wreaths, garlands, florals and everything else known to the imagination.

Bear photo op Decorators Warehouse

Vintage Truck Decorators Warehouse

Located in the back of Decorator’s Warehouse is the Rose Garden Tea Room. We enjoyed lunch here after shopping a bit. They have a signature Rose iced tea. I recommend making a reservation because it is a very popular destination but so perfect to enjoy a day of Christmas shopping and lunching with your lady friends.

Downtown Arlington

After shopping to our hearts content we headed downtown to visit some more local shops. You know I am a huge supporter of shopping our local small business.

Downtown Arlington Texas

Legal Draft 500 E Division St Arlington, TX 76011

Legal Draft is possibly one of my favorite new finds. It has a welcoming vibe and great selection. They have seasonal varieties that will keep you coming back and the location lends to additional shopping and eating locally too. This is a place I can see my husband really enjoying for date night or a night out with the guys.

Legal Draft Arlington Texas

Urban Alchmey Coffee

Welcome to your new living room. Urban Alchemy will be your cozy chair, your favorite meeting space and go-to place to celebrate. Arlington’s very first, locally-owned coffee and wine bar is coming to downtown in 2017. Give them a follow on Instagram to be in the know for announcements and local events.

Sleepy Cottage www.thesleepycottage.com 500 E. Front Street #150 Arlington, TX 76011

Sleepy Cottage has curated some of the most adorable merchandise I’ve seen in one place recently. I’m not really even going to elaborate. Check them out in person and online. TRUST ME.

The Sleepy Cottage Arlington Texas

Gift from the sleepy cottage Arlington Texas

Travel gift from The Sleepy Cottage Arlington Texas

Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery   

On top of being one of the best wedding cake bakery the metroplex offers, you can also stop in for an espresso, cupcake or sweet treat anytime you like.  I highly recommend the s’mores cupcake.

Sugar Bee sweets Arlington Texas

Six​ ​Flags Over Texas 201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010

Six Flags Over Texas truly outdid themselves with a special surprise for us. They day of our tour they opened the park early just for us! Have you ever had an entire theme park just for yourself? I certainly never have. It was magical. all of the grounds are decorated for the holidays and the music playing made me feel like a kids again. But it just kept getting better!

We were first in line to experience Frosty Snow Hill where you can bring your family to go sledding down a hill made of real snow. Our group had the best time. Afterwards, we stopped in to enjoy a custom-made hot chocolate. If you haven’t been out to Six Flags Over Texas now is the time!! You want to make this part of your holiday festivities!

Six Flags over Texas Arlington Texas

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Sledding at Six Flags over Texas Arlington Texas

Enchant Christmas Globe Life Park Corner of AT&T Way and Copeland Road, Arlington TX

Enchant Christmas Arlington Texas

The annual Arlington Texas Christkindl Market, is now even grander as part of Enchant: The World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market. Visit Texas Christkindl Market Lane in Enchant, November 24 thru December 31, 2017.

Ice Skating at Enchant Christmas Arlington Texas

Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights, the memories you make at Enchant will last well beyond the holiday season. Come enjoy the world’s largest light maze, gliding around the magical ice-skating pond, visiting Santa or sharing hot cocoa with your loved ones while listening to live entertainment, you’ll find enchantment around every corner. Enchant has over 100 food and market vendors, including the Texas Christkindl Market Lane. Unwrap new holiday traditions at the most scenic wonderland in Texas!

Enchant Christmas

I’m not sure I realized just how much there was to do in Arlington Texas for the holiday season but since my visit I’ve been telling everyone what a great time we had. I hope I was ably to share some new places and events that you can add to your holiday plans.

Have you visited Arlington, TX recently? Any of these you plan to go to? Leave me a comment below or on IG/FB!

 

 

Celebrating the Magic of Santa with Santa.com + Giveaway

Can you believe in less than 24 hours it will be Dec 1st? We’ve put up the tree and started shopping for our loved ones. The magic of Christmas is just beginning. Cozy nights cuddled up by the fire, hot chocolate in hand and reading “The Night Before Christmas” as a family has always been a treasured tradition each holiday season. Now that we have One Tiny Human around we’ll be talking Santa and Christmas magic a lot more. I’m looking forward to making her Christmas experiences even more fun starting with Santa.com, the official site of Santa Claus, this year.

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Teaching true holiday spirit, Santa.com offers some of the most amazing Christmas services for your kids including:

E-mails from Santa (free!) – Santa.com has the most genuine email Santa Service. We are the only site in the World that Will send a detailed, thoughtful, reply using the email Santa@Santa.com.
Text Messages from Santa ($9.99)- Receive daily, personalized text messages filled with Christmas spirit, amusing facts, and positive values. It’s a great, no-stress Way to enjoy Some Christmas Spirit every day.
Handwritten Notes from Santa –in late November Santa.com offers a new service for sending handwritten notes from Santa. Stay tuned for further details.

Santa.com focuses on positive lessons not presents. Santa’s Nice List promotes politeness, good habits, and reading. It’s a fully immersive site that will even capture the attention of the grinchiest grownup.

Santa.com GIVEAWAY

Because this is the season of giving, we want to offer you a few treats for YOUR stockings from Santa.com. Enter Santa’s Giveaway below to win cool gifts! Seriously, please take them. The sleigh is dangerously overloaded.

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Ready, Set, It’s Thanksgiving! 5 Unique Hostess Gifts for this Season and Beyond

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com

Ready or not Thanksgiving week is here! The kids are out of school. Holiday phone calls are being made to finalize last-minute travel plans. Pies are being baked. It’s hectic but the very best kind, right? This year we are extra out of sorts because literally every household in both our families have moved, some to new houses and some out of the state. Due to the distance, new schedules, and getting settled, we won’t be hosting together in our familiar homes as in years past but we’ve partnered with a few amazing sponsors to highlight five unique ideas to show our gratitude and appreciation to those opening their homes to us this week. So whether you are traveling across the country or just across the street we’ve got the perfect suggestions for what to bring to your host/hostess whether they are a pet lover, always on the search for the perfect cocktail, or just a little something everyone can enjoy.

For the Hosts + Guests

Thanksgiving Edible arrangements

Edible Arrangements is a fantastic gift solution to bring to any Thanksgiving gathering. It adds a healthy option to the menu and creates a delightful centerpiece to share with the crowd while the finishing touches are being added to the main courses. Guests are always looking for something to snack on while the food is being prepared, aren’t they? That’s how it goes down at my house EVERY year! I’m certain this will be well received by any hostess.

It’s delicious and super convenient! We received the Salted Caramel Harvest Bouquet™ with signature Orange Swizzle Berries® This arrangement included salted caramel apple wedges, chocolate dipped strawberries, playful pineapple leaves, a chocolate covered pineapple “apple” in the middle, additional grapes, strawberries, cantaloupe and a ceramic pumpkin container that can be used again. You can order yours until the day before Thanksgiving and I have discount codes for you too!!

Use : THANK17 $10 OFF $39+ ($49 for CA) valid 11/13 – 11/22, unlimited use, for fulfillment any time.
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For the Furry Friends

Babbleboxx Thanksgiving Pets

This year we adopted Doug, into our family. She is a 6 year old rescue dog coming to us from a local animal shelter and has been one of the best pets we have ever had. We are so thankful for her and do our best to offer her the best in nutrition and treats whenever possible. Solid Gold Pet believes that every per deserves the longest, happiest life possible. These are treats we feel really good about offering our pet and bringing to other pet lovers for the pets in their families as well.

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We also wanted to pay tribute to all those dedicating their time to providing love to those pets without homes this year. Petlanthropy.org is an organization doing just that. They partner and work with hundreds of local animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation. They are filling in the gaps to ensure all animals in shelters have health and happiness until their forever home is found. Offering a Petlanthropy.org donation gift card allows the recipient to give to a local shelter or rescue organization of their choosing. It’s perfect for someone who loves pets and insists “You don’t need to bring anything”. I love it because it is one way that we can remember to say THANK YOU to our local shelter for bringing so much love into our home with dog Doug.

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For the Guests

Thanksgiving Cocktails

While your hosts are preparing the turkey, it can be a lot of fun help them by serving up a few handcrafted cocktails. A fun cocktail in refreshing and can liven up practically any atmosphere. Clean Cocktails for the Modern Mixologists is a great way to introduce clean cocktail recipes to a crowd Feel free to leave the recipe book behind for your hosts to garner ideas for their next soiree. I know they will appreciate it.

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Looking for a great non-alcoholic option to serve as well? Sipp Sparkling Mojo Berry has you set. Sipp mixes organic ingredients with blends of herbs and fruits to create a lovely refreshing beverage. You can choose to serve it alone or as part of a mixed drink. There are 6 original flavors to choose from so you can really have a lot of fun with this.

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Hopefully you found a little inspiration in the gifts above. I know I was introduced to a couple of new favorites myself. The truth is we each have so much to be thankful for this season and every season! I want to show my gratitude whenever possible.

Happy THANKSGIVING to all our readers – We are thankful for YOU all year long!

What are you most thankful for right now?

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