Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament

Although this post is sponsored by Cricut, all opinions are my own.

When I first met the wonderful Cricut staff in Utah during Snap Conference along with my friend, Crystal, at Hello Creative Family, I learned all about the materials that one can cut with the Cricut Explore Air.  It’s an impressive list; however, I was particularly excited about its ability to cut wool felt.  You see, I have this love for felt, and enjoy using it for many different projects.  I was thrilled with the idea that my Cricut Explore would be able to cut out intricate designs for me to use.  This week I used it to create this Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament without any need to use my own scissors.

Make this Happy Holly Days Felt Ornament for your Christmas Tree this year with your Cricut Explore Air. Did you know that the machine could cut felt in such intricate details? Well it can, learn more as well as get access to the project in Cricut Design Space.
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Light Ginger Soy Sauce Salmon

So I turned 40 about two months ago.  It finally happened, and there wasn’t a lot that I could do about it, but try to do it with grace… and health!  (And some amazing help from Artisan Plastic Surgery!) I have been doing so much better with working out (well, this past month has been a bust with travel, but up until that point…)  And then I started my first 21-Day Fix, and did really, really well! I lost 8 pounds and over 14 inches in 21 days.  I was so proud of myself!   I really liked the way the plan was focused on clean eating and the quality of the foods that you were consuming compared to other programs I had tried before.  This recipe is somewhat similar to my previous Salmon recipe, but made to be lighter and is a fresher, zestier flavor.

Are you looking for an easy and tasty 21 Day Fix Approved recipe? This delicious Ginger Soy Sauce Salmon recipe. In under an hour, a delicious and light dinner can be served that the entire family will love! Definitely adding this to my weekly meal plan!
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3 Easy DIY Frozen Ornaments

Okay, we love Disney around here.  And after 4 straight years of going to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, we are heading to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party next week!  I’m so excited!  In honor of our trip down to DisneyWorld, and thanks to some Black Friday shopping, I created 3 easy DIY Frozen Ornaments.  I started with one variation after going to Michael’s, and then as I was browsing, I ended up gathering enough supplies to make three variations along with a few extras for my sweet Mother-in-Law’s little grandnieces who are also Frozen obsessed.  The Monkey, even though it is a “Princess Movie,” loves to sing Let it Go, and is quite fond of Olaf.   If you have a Frozen or Disney lover like my little Monkey, you might like to make any one of these three very easy DIY Frozen ornaments!

Wild about Disney, and the movie Frozen? If you have a little Elsa or Anna or Olaf who loves the movie, Frozen, you can create these 3 easy DIY Frozen Ornaments for your Christmas tree with just a few supplies and all in one evening!
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Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet

Sometimes you see things when you are shopping, and you instantly get a crafty inspiration. Well, at least, it happens to me.   I have loved the Vermont Country Store ever since I visited the real store while in Vermont one autumn.   When I saw their Natural Balsam Fir Needles in their catalog, I knew what I wanted to make.  A felt pillow.  It would be a little bit like my Lavender sachets that I made for the Monkey’s teachers, but have an embroidered holiday design.  After the fir needles arrived, I thought some more, and realized that I could quickly add a Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree to the felt pillow… and then I saw these perfectly sized burlap bags in Target.  I thought that I could quickly combine all of the elements and get a rustic Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet and get a handcrafted holiday gift that took me less than fifteen minutes to create.

Here's a quick and easy holiday craft that you can make in under 15 minutes. It makes a great gift, and smells like the holidays. This rustic Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet!
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Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook

Based on my Facebook feed, I would hazard a guess that I’m not the only woman out there who is thrilled  that we are getting to see what happened to Rory and Lorelai in the last ten years in new episodes of the Gilmore Girls.  I’m not sure what made this show a cult classic for women, but it was.  It was for me.  I have the complete series on DVD, just in case Netflix decides to stop making them available.  The Mellow Man says that while he is in love with Lauren Graham, the dialogue on the show is rather exhausting and fast.  That got me to thinking– maybe that’s why we women love the show so much!  It’s the clever repartee between Rory and Lorelai Gilmore.  There are so many great conversational moments and quotes from the Gilmore Girls, particularly from Lorelai Gilmore, and I have a hard time picking my overall favorite.  That being said, I think one of my top 5 quotes is about flexibility, “As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I’m totally flexible.”  That quote describes me, and actually most of my household.  In honor of the release of all new Gilmore Girls episodes and my love of the show, I used that quote to create an easy Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook.

Are you excited about the new episodes of the Gilmore Girls? Here's an easy to make Gilmore Girls Fan Notebook to toss in a bag that has one of Lorelai's best quotes on the cover!
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