Wrap Up December with these fun (belated) gifts

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Did you miss Christmas for someone special?  Maybe you need a belated gift for that person who gave you something unexpected. Perhaps you just want to tell someone you’re thinking of her.  Whatever the reason, here are some ideas!

Sometimes I think the Amazon gift card was made just for me. You see, they do instant email delivery. It can also be scheduled in advance. So easy!! If you want a gift in-hand, you can also print out the gift card. This is a great last-minute idea for any occasion.

Another great last-minute gift that can be announced via email is a Birchbox subscription. This is my new go-to gift for all my girlfriends.  My sister and I love to unbox our monthly subs together (or over the phone) and gush about what fun samples we received.  The gift subscriptions start at $30, which gives your recipient 3 months of fun.  If you don’t want to commit to that price point, consider putting together your own gift box.
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Have soft skin for the holidays with Udderly Smooth

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I’m a big fan of beauty products, as you know. It’s fun to experiment with new fragrances, makeup, and haircare. Every month I look forward to trying great new items from my subscription boxes, like the Beauty Box 5. In my December box, I received lots of goodies including a fabulous new fragrance and some delightful body wash.  Ideal for travel, these little samples are also fun to try and share.  My favorite product from the BB5 was the perfume.  It has an exotic, warm scent that lingered just enough to be mysterious yet not so much that it overpowered the dinner table.  My extra samples would be perfect for making a little gift basket for houseguests, too! [Read more…]

How to choose the right gift Bible

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A new Bible makes a wonderful gift!  They can even be personalized to make them extra special.  NIV stands for “New International Version.”  This represents the language style of the text.  Rather than the old speech of the King James Version, the NIV uses modern language.  Although there are other types available, I’ve found that the NIV is most common in the Christian and Baptist churches that I’ve visited.  It’s also commonly used on home decor where scriptural messages are displayed.  Still, it can be hard to narrow down which Study Bible is right for you (or your gift recipient).  Have you ever wondered WHY there are so many Bible types available?  It’s the same book each time, right?  Well, yes and no. Each of these Study Bibles contains full-color maps and pertinent background information.  They also have diagrams and study notes to make it easier to understand what’s going on in Bible stories. Here are some reasons that Bibles vary in size, style, and price.

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Tenth Avenue North – Cathedrals Music that lifts the spirit #sponsored

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In this season of light and love, it’s easy to forget that there are people in the world who are hurting.  Even now, you might be reading this blog with a deep heartache over a loss or a conflict going on in your life.  December isn’t a joyful month for everyone.  For many, it’s a season of reminders of loss.  It’s a time for loneliness and pain.  It can also be a trial in one’s faith, a moment when someone might be asking God, “WHY?”   When Family Christian asked me to share the new Tenth Avenue North Cathedrals CD with you, it was a message I was more than willing to deliver.  This CD is full of uplifting lyrics that serve as a reminder that we’re never alone.   [Read more…]

Maggie and Mary’s will POP your Christmas! #giftguide

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Although we like to make food from scratch when we can, our schedule just doesn’t allow for it most of the time.  When we do buy pre-packaged foods, we look for wholesome, small batch products that taste like they were made with care.  It’s always nice to have a few ready-to-prepare food items for those last-minute potlucks around the holidays.  It’s also important to have a few extra gifts on hand for those moments when we need to give the hostess a little something, or we want to tuck a little something extra into a gift basket.  In October, I told you about Maggie and Mary’s soups.  They have a whole assortment of items for everyone on your holiday list!  Whether you’re stuffing a stocking or gifting to the entire department at work, this is a one-stop shop.  [Read more…]

Heading out for the holidays? Consider these for a Hostess Gift

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My sister in law has a wonderful tradition in her family.  Each child receives a set of Christmas dishes throughout their teen years so that when they’re ready to establish their own home, they have special serving pieces to pull out for the holidays.  I thought my children would enjoy seeing special holiday plates but didn’t want to invest a lot of money into hard-to-find pieces.  I was so excited to find Create UR Plate which allows users to design and customize reusable decals for any occasion. Warning: give yourself plenty of time to play on this site because it’s addictive!  Here is a set of plates I ordered today:

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Stuff the stockings for crafty friends

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If you’re thinking about doing a homemade Christmas this year, why not learn a new trick and surprise everyone? If you’ve always made shell frames or canned jelly, everyone will be expecting to receive a wrapped version of your specialty.  This year it’s time to really WOW your family with your crafty side.  It’s not too late to learn a new skill.  Check out Craftsy for online classes that you can watch on your own time.  Whether it’s knitting, crochet, embroidery, or baking up a sweet treat, you can learn how to do it at Craftsy.   [Read more…]

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