The Spirit Of Giving

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If there is any quality that embodies the holiday season, you’ll find that nothing sums it all up quite like the spirit of giving. We give so much to others every day without realizing it. We give a smile to each other as we are traveling. We give our time to friends and family when we speak to them. We give our dedication and hard work to our employers. But during the holiday season, we look to give some things that are a little more tangible.

It can be difficult to look for gifts. We want the things we give to people to be memorable, to be appreciated, and to be used. Too many gifts end up in the regifting pile for next year’s festivities and that is the last thing we want our hard earned money to be going towards. This year, we have some unique gifts that are certain to bring joy to the receiver and be used all year ‘round.

Give the gift of your time

Time is the one precious commodity we have that can never be replaced. It is a wonderful thing to spend your money on a present that will be lasting, but when you give your time, you are giving of yourself. This season, give the gift of yourself by considering donating some of your time to a local charity. Habitat 4 Humanity is a great charity to work with, they do what they can to provide housing in low-income areas. That means families that need housing will be getting what they need because of you. That’s a gift that will keep giving for years to come.

Give the gift of productivity

Speaking of time, if you spend a lot of time in the office, you know that productivity is always a challenge. You’re looking for a way to become more efficient and get more done at every turn, and that never seems to come to an end. Every productivity junkie knows that there is one way to get everything done, and to keep your focus on the project to completion: good old-fashioned caffeine. For you and all your fellow caffeine addicts, consider getting Anthony’s Espresso machine. It’ll keep you zipping around the office and help you get those halls decked in no time flat.

Give the gift of security

We love to buy things that have value because we believe that we will be able to pass that value along to the people who are important to us. We invest in homes that we do our best to preserve the value of. We place money into stocks, bonds, and other safe places to ensure that we will have our assets protected. When you give the gift of precious metal or security through a gold bullion depository you are giving the gift of assets that are able to be protected so you can pass that value on.

No matter what you choose to give this season, you’ll be giving it with a full heart. That’s the main thing we need to do this season and every season.

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The Definitive Guide To Hosting The Perfect Family Party

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With the holiday season fast approaching, many people will be thinking about planning a party. Family parties are very popular at this time of the year, but what makes the perfect one? This guide will provide three amazing tips to help anyone plan the perfect family party this holiday season!

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Get The Party Essentials

There are many things that make a great party. These are things that every party must have, regardless of who’s throwing it! For the perfect family party, make sure there are plenty of decorations and refreshments. Luckily, as it’s nearing Christmas, there may already be lots of decorations around the house. If it’s a Christmas family party, half of the work is done already! For a New Year’s party, consider putting up a few more relevant decorations. Little things that say ‘2016’ or stuff with ‘Happy New Year’ written on it will make the perfect addition to a New Year’s Eve party. Then, the focus is shifted to the food and drink. All great parties need great refreshment. Don’t cook up a three-course meal for every guest, instead, focus on party food. Click here to see some simple recipes for awesome party foods! Have a table laid out with all the food and snacks for guests to enjoy whenever they want. Of course, make sure the house is stocked full of booze and other beverages too!

Decide On The Dress Code

All parties are going to have a dress code that guests will follow. For a family party, it offers the opportunity for a little creativity. Naturally, with Christmas around the corner, a good idea would be to follow a Christmas theme. Have guests arrive in their best Christmas jumpers or dressed up as iconic Christmas characters. Or, go down a different route and have a bit more fun. These days, cosplay is a very popular choice amongst party planners. It allows guests to create their outfits and dress up like famous TV and movie characters. It’s like fancy dress, with a bit more creativity. Cosplay outfits are really easy to create, all that’s needed are different fabrics and materials to put together. For more information on creating a cosplay outfit, go to There are, of course, many other dress codes you could set for a family party. Perhaps consider making guests turn up in formal evening wear? But, seeing as it’s the holiday season, it makes more sense to have a bit of fun with the dress code!

Think About Entertainment

The final thing to think about is the entertainment for the party. How will all the guests have fun? Of course, a big part of family parties is catching up with relatives and creating family memories. But, they also present the perfect chance to play some party games. Things like charades or Pictionary are ideal for a family get together. Part of the holiday season is getting the family together and playing these party games! It will be amazingly fun and ensure the party is a big hit!

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Holiday Cooking and Entertaining Made Easy With Best Buy and KitchenAid

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Disclaimer- The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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The holidays are right around the corner which, if you’re like most people, means cooking your favorite holiday meals and desserts. It is a time when many of us entertain family and friends, bring signature dishes to pot lucks, and bake LOTS of cookies and other sweets. I wish I could do more cooking and entertaining but right now it is very hard for me. I’m really not happy with our appliances which makes cooking and entertaining difficult. Our range is just ok but my biggest problem is our refrigerator. Our refrigerator is horribly un-functional. There is no room for anything, everything gets hidden in the back, and forget about making dishes ahead of time and storing them in the fridge. There just isn’t room. Fortunately Best Buy and KitchenAid can help those of us who need a kitchen upgrade with KitchenAid’s new line of refrigerators and ranges.
KitchenAid range

 The new KitchenAid Ranges have great new features that are sure to make holiday entertaining easier. The all new Slide-in Ranges fit the traditional freestanding cut-out for a seamless look that provides exceptional cooking and baking. I am really excited about the exclusive Steam Rack and Steam Bake cooking options that are designed for amazing performance. There are options in Electric and Dual Fuel for more ways to cook. Plus Even-Heat™ Technology means flawless results in our wall ovens and ranges. For all the bakers out there the Baking Drawer offers cooking flexibility to keep dishes warm, slow cook or simply bake at a different temperature than the main oven cavity.

KitchenAid Refer

As much as I love all the features of the new KitchenAid ranges, I am really drooling over the new KitchenAid refrigerators. With the EW French Door Refrigeration Configuration there are more drawers for more possibilities. The Five Doors offer the ultimate in flexibility, organized storage and easier access to food. I WANT ONE OF THESE!!! New 36” French Door Bottom Mount Built-in Refrigerator expands our offering with platinum interior design. I keep dreaming of everything I could put in my refrigerator if I had one of these. The new KitchenAid refrigerators at Best Buy give you a luxury fit, feel and finish with soft close pantry drawers, new crispers, and platinum interior with undershelf lighting. YES PLEASE!

*****Right now get a FREE 10-pc Painted Stainless-Steel KitchenAid Cookware Set w/ the Purchase of Any KitchenAid Range/OTR Pair. Runs through 10/31)*****

Save an additional 5% with the purchase of 3 or more Kitchen Aid Major Kitchen Appliances (Runs through 10/31)

Other Offers:

o   18 month financing on Major Appliance purchases $599 and up or 10% Back in Rewards

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Stocking Stuffer Combos and Holiday Return Address Labels Now on Mabel’s Labels!

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From now until 12/31, Mabel’s Labels is offering their limited edition Stocking Stuffer Combos and Holiday Return Address Labels! The Stocking Stuffer Combos make the perfect stocking stuffer, party favor, and personalized add-on to other gifts. Best of all, you only pay $30 for 6 sets! The Holiday Return Address Labels are adorable and come in a variety of exclusive limited-edition Holiday designs. Don’t miss your chance to shop these great offers!
Happy Shopping!

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VIDEO: Warm Up With Some Hot Buttered Rum!

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The buttered rum cocktail, as the name implies, is made with a lot of spiced butter and rum. Like a spiced cookie right out of the oven, the warm cocktail is sweetened with brown sugar and orange juice. Rich and decadent, this sinful drink is sure to keep you warm during chilly months. Hosting a get-together? Make a large batch in a slow cooker and let guests serve themselves. Watch the video to see how it comes together.

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Cheap DIY Gift

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*Super Cheap DIY Gift*

Holidays are coming much sooner than most of us are probably ready…. Here is an awesome way to DIY gifts this holiday season, or any other occasion for that matter. And it’s fun!! 

This is what you will need:

*A Black Sharpie 

*A plate or mug from the Dollar Tree 

*Oven preheated to 350 degrees F

This is what you do:

*Decorate!! Have fun with it, and be creative. There aren’t really any rules.

(This activity is also great for kids!)

 *Once you have finished decorating, place in the oven on a baking sheet for 30 minutes

When removed from the oven your masterpiece will not look any different, the heat just ensures your design won’t come off.

YEP, it’s that easy!

Once completed it should be oven, microwave and dishwasher safe 🙂





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