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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Easy New Year Hairstyles


This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

A few years ago I became an official Wiggy (lady who wears wigs often), mostly because I have Hashimoto's and suffer from hair loss as a result.  I may, perhaps, share that journey in a later post, but I digress.....I was hesitant about wearing wigs because of this stigma that it is 'fake hair' and maybe I was being someone I wasn't.  I mean....I like being as natural as possible when it comes to hair...but I just could not handle the bald spots all over my head...it wasn't cute so, I needed a solution.  
Here I am in my current wig style.

There are many beauty supply stores in my area, but I struggle with sitting in a store, trying on wigs, on account, I'm a bit embarrassed by the balding areas on my scalp.  I just don't want everyone looking at my head.  So, when I heard about Black Hairspray I knew this was a solution to all my problems.  I searched the site and found a few styles that are perfect for the New Year!

Black Hairspray is an online hair supply retailer offering a variety of wigs, weaves and hair care supplies.  They offer same day shipping and a 30 day no hassle return (which, I've yet to experience with most local beauty supply shops in my area).

I love the look of crochet braids I use them on my daughter a few times throughout the year to change up her style and to just give us both a break from her natural hair - which is very thick and very high maintenance.  They're super easy to install and come in so many different styles.  Here are a few styles that I would love to try for the new year!







These styles are fun, playful and low maintenance.  I also love many of the other style, color, and length options that are available on the site.  The prices on the site are actually a lot less than what I've actually seen in most brick and mortar stores.  Most of all, there is the convenience of being able to shop from the comfort of my home. They also offer brands I know and recognize like Viveca Fox Collection, Outre and Equal.

If you're looking for different style options for your hair, have a look at Black Hairspray.  


Friday, December 22, 2017

Letter to Santa Printable


When I was little girl, we had this huge birch wood paneled wall unit that had a fake built-in fire place with a real life-like rolling fire.  I was told by my grandmother, that every Christmas Eve, Santa came through that 'fire place' to deliver his presents on Christmas Day. 

As a child, I was pretty good at figuring things out- especially when they didn't make sense.  That being said, around the age of seven, I realized that there is no possible way a whole man can fit down a chimney and survive jumping through a fire without the inevitable happening.  If that wasn't possible....it absolutely, most certainly, wasn't happening if we didn't even have a chimney with a real fire place.


Well, as I shared in an earlier post, my kids questioning Santa's existence.....because of all the playground talk about the cover up him being an imaginary person.  Maybe in a way, I'm lucky, because no one ever really told me that Santa wasn't real....so, all these years, I still kept up this idea that even if I couldn't see him...there must be something special in imagining that he was.   That's why, I still continued to believe, love and revel in the magic of Christmas!


Christmas is absolutely one of my most favorite holidays.  So, I kind of feel bad (not really) that my kids are just at that age where they're questioning if the jolly man in the red suit is real.  So....as any good mom....ahem.....I over compensate by doing all the fun Christmas Eve things for my kiddos.


Each and every year, we keep tradition and leave out cookies and write letters to Santa on Christmas Eve on the coffee table.  This year I upped the ante and set up a Treats for Santa Station and designed printable Letters to Santa templates for my kids to easily list ways they've behaved and to let Santa know their Christmas wish.   



I found a cute North Pole mailbox at Michaels to put our letters in....I can't tell you how many times I walked past it on my many visits to the store (as I practically live at Micheals).   Luckily, I nabbed it during a good sale and it is perfect!  




As a gift to you - for being awesome, you can download and print a copy of the printable letters for your lil' elves if you'd like!  



You can also print the 'Treats for Santa'labels that I designed and used as cupcake toppers for our treats station.   Merry Christmas!


I'll be spending the rest of the week making lots of Christmas crafts, decorating, baking and watching movies with my kids and hubby.  I am excited that the end of the year is here and that I can (hopefully) take some much needed time to spend with my family.  I've already started some crafting and decorating my 'holiday' home. 





I've had a very busy year and I love my family for supporting me and being patient with me as I continue to push through on my blogging journey and  run my Etsy shop.  They deserve my time and attention and I'm just ready to give it all to them!  I hope you are also spending lots of quality time with your loved ones and making magical holiday memories.

Want your own FREE printable Letter to Santa and Treats for Santa tags?  Download and Print here



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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Eve Treats for Santa

Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for sponsoring this post. Product and/or compensation was provided to me to share my ideas and tips, however, all opinions are fully my own. 


Lately, my son has been questioning the existence of Santa Claus -  like, a lot.  He's at an age where most of the kids are finding out the real deal.  Yet (to my delight), he still believes in Old St. Nick and refuses to feed into any of the stories his little buddies on the playground are telling him about Mom and Dad being the gifting culprits.  My daughter on the other hand....she 'believes'....but she's still trying to disprove.  She's placed a cute sign in her room on a dry erase board that says, Santa, if you came please sign here.

Well, since we still have a few believers in our house, I thought that a fun way to make the most of the magic of Christmas would be to set up a special treats station for Santa.  What better way to get in good with Santa  than offering up a nice and warm and welcome to our home as he's making his rounds on Christmas Eve?

I chose some products from Oriental Trading Company to help create a festive treat station with delicious plate of cookies, cupcakes and  Christmas favor boxes filled with 'reindeer nibble' (mini pretzels, popcorn, melted white chocolate, sprinkles, and Christmas M&M's)
  


This is such an easy idea to recreate.  I didn't go all out with treats, we just chose some of Santa's favorite cookies and snacks from the store bakery section.  The station was set up in the man cave...on account it's the perfect setting for Santa to slip down the fireplace and out of our wood burning stove.  I placed the cupcakes and cookies onto layered paper plates from Oriental Trading Company.  A delicious cup of hot cocoa would await a chilly Santa Claus and warm him right on up.  On his way out, Santa can grab a treat box filled with reindeer nibble for his herd to keep them going through the night. 









I really wanted to make this space bright and fun.  So, I chose festive pieces like this whimsical table top rocket sleigh featuring Santa and all his North Pole pals. I really got a kick out of the expressions on their faces.







I also loved these felt cone trees.  I placed them on either side of the stove and I think they give just the right pop of color and accent that space well. 



The wooden painted Nordic Noel Ornaments were perfect addition to our white 4 foot tree, while the Nordic Noel tree skirt tied it all together and to finish it all off a pompom star tree topper - of course!













Although my kids are just about at the age where they realize that Santa coming down the chimney to bring them gifts, my not be real, I still love that they believe just enough in the wonder and spirit of Christmas....and so long as they believe, I'll keep finding fun ways to make their holiday magical!......and I know that 'Santa' will enjoy nibbling on his sweet treats while drinking his 'special' hot cocoa on Christmas Eve ;)


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