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Free Holiday Cleaning Printable And A Giveaway!!



Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Family get-togethers, carolers, snow ball fights, and don't forget the smell of fresh pine needles and hot coco filling the air. However, with all the joys of Christmas there are also many messes. If your hosting a holiday get-together, the added stress of cleaning your home and keeping it clean throughout the holidays can quickly become a nightmare.


This year I've joined with BLACK+DECKER to bring you some smart cleaning tips, a free 10 day cleaning printable, and a giveaway!





This 10 day cleaning printable will get your house in tip top shape before your guests arrive. There are extra spaces in each section to add your own cleaning items, as well as two extra boxes at the bottom for any other areas in your home that may need cleaned.

While getting the house prepared for guests can be a pain, the real challenge comes in keeping the house clean after the guest arrive. Below are my two top tips to keeping a clean home with guests, as well as links to my favorite products that get the job done.




Spot Vacuum - Pine needles, crumbs, pet hair, and dirt will build up quickly in a house full of people. However, trying to maneuver a huge vacuum around your guests can isn't that easy. Purchasing a small cordless vacuum such as this SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum from BLACK+DECKER can be a life saver. I love that I can easily pop off the hand held vacuum for small messes or leave it attached to the stick vacuum to easily clean up larger messes. I also don't have to worry about guests tripping over the cord while it's out. The compacted size is perfect for tucking in the coat closet so it's within easy reach (If you want your own SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the giveaway!!)


Clean Up Spills Quickly - Spills left unattended can quickly turn into a sticky mess. Keep paper towels within easy reach for quick clean up. For an even easier solution check out this Compact Cordless Lithium Hand Vacuum also from BLACK+DECKER. This compact hand vacuum can clean up dry and wet messes. When your done, just empty and rinse. 

GIVEAWAY


BLACK+DECKER is giving away a SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum to 20 lucky fans. 

Here's how to enter:
  1. Head on over to check out the SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum
  2. Come back here and leave a comment letting me know what qualities you like about the SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum. (Be sure to leave your e-mail address within the comment so that BLACK+DECKER can contact you if you win.)


The fine print: 
  1. There are a few blogs participating in this event. At the close of the event ( December 29, 2016) BLACK+DECKER will be choosing 20 lucky fans of participating blogs to receive a free SMARTECH Cordless Lithium 2 in 1 Stick Vacuum.
  2. You must be 18 or older to enter.
  3. You must live within the US.

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5 Free Printable Calendars

The new year is just around the corner. These 5 printables that I am sharing today are all BLANK calendars so you can use them year after year.



Via - The Frugal Fairy


Via - DIY  Home Sweet Home (portrait) (landscape) (half page)




Via - Smart School House


Via - Cute Pie Printables



Via - My Computer Is My Canvas



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How To Fake A Brick Wall

Brick walls have been popping up all over the internet and I am absolutely in love. But what if you don't have the time or money to incorporate a brick wall into your home design? Here are a few ways that you can get the brick wall look without using real brick.



Faux Brick Panels (photo source)
buy it here


Loft Red Brick Wallpaper (photo source)
buy it here


Brick Veneer (photo source)
buy it here


3D Self-Adhesive Wall Stickers (photo source)
buy it here


Faux Brick from Styrofoam (Tutorial)


Need more inspiration? Check out these fabulous photos using brick in home decor.


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Creating Holiday Memories With Hiland Dairy





Every Christmas Eve my family enjoys a warm cup of hot coco while we decorate cookies for Santa. I've used many cookie and coco recipes but today I want to share a couple of my favorites.

I made both of these recipes with Hiland Dairy products. Hiland has the best quality dairy products. If you love Hiland Dairy products as much as I do then you should head on over to their page (click HERE) to enter for a chance to win a years worth of Hiland Dairy products. They also have a few great coupon offers for butter, sour cream or dip, ice cream, and cottage cheese. Click HERE for coupons. Hiland Dairy can be found in your local grocery store. To learn more about Hiland Dairy click HERE.


The cookies and coco recipes that I am sharing with you today are a huge hit in my family. Hiland Dairy milk is the secret to making the the coco so creamy any rich. Hiland Dairy butter makes these cookies soft, chewy and perfect for decorating with icing and sprinkles or just eating plain.



Hot Coco


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs coco powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups Hiland milk

Directions:
Mix all ingredients and place in saucepan. Stir over medium heat until desired temperature is reached.




Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350*.
Mix together eggs, milk, sugar, and butter.
In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, & baking power.
Add your dry ingredients to your sugar mixture and mix until combined.
Flour your work surface and roll out your dough to about 3/8 inch thickness.
Cut with cookie cutters and place on a lightly greased pan.
Cook for 12 minutes. Once done, transfer to a cooling rack.



What are your favorite holiday recipes?


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Wine Gifting Done Right - 7 Creative Ideas

Wine has always been a great go-to gift idea for any occasion. Today I'm sharing 7 fantastic ways to "dress up" your typical wine gift.


White Christmas Wine Printable Tag (source)


Sweater Sleeve Wine Bag (source)





Wine Bottle Scarf and Hat. (No tutorial but if you can knit or crochet this should be a simple project or you can purchase here - affiliate)


Wine + Chocolate = Pineapple (source not found)


Felt Wine Sleeves (source)



Wine bouquet (source not found)


No-Sew Felt Gift Bags (source)


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