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Home Is Where The Heart Is, Especially At Christmas! #BoscovsHolidayHomeTour

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The holidays are upon us, I love Christmas, especially seeing it through my children’s eyes. I look forward to decorating our home inside and out every year. This year will be different, a few weeks ago a leak in our kitchen wreaked havoc on our lives that will change the way we celebrate this season. Our entire kitchen and basement has to be demoed and all of our belongings are being packed up and put in storage.

It will be a long process. We live in a rural location so there are no hotels nearby. The insurance company paid for a travel trailer to be put on site for us to live while our house is being repaired. This means that we will not be able to decorate the way we usually do. I want to make the holiday season special for my kids but most of my decorations have been packed and brought to a location to be cleaned. Anyway, we are making the best of things and that is why when I was approached with the opportunity to work with Boscov’s on their holiday home tour, it was a big blessing.

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Recently, we all headed off to Boscov’s and rode the escalator straight up to the Holiday Shop. My kids’ eyes were as wide as my husband’s and mine. There were so many beautifully decorated trees and displays.

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A member of the helpful staffed named Linda told me she decorated all the trees and many of the displays.  There were indoor decorations, outdoor decorations, ornaments, village houses and so much more. The first thing that caught our eye was the Santa in Sleigh with Reindeer outdoor display.

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I laughed because it was the same one from the movie Christmas Vacation. My husband said it was a great idea since we can still decorate the outside of our home. We also picked up a vintage looking outdoor lighted Snowman with Pipe.

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I found some cute little cardinal and bluebird shelf sitters and a “Have Faith” block sculpture with a cardinal that coordinated. Cardinals are very special for me so I knew these were going home with me.

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Then I found 2 Annalee dolls I loved, a mouse ornament and a mouse standing figure.

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Next, I picked up a tablecloth and headed off to find a ceramic tree that is reminiscent of the vintage kind I remember as a kid. I had to decide between green and white and went with the white.The pictures don’t do it justice. I also picked up a beautiful Lenox silver-plated Christmas tree ornament and a train for our village.

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They had so many nice ornaments, we picked out several that we really liked for our tree.

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Soon we were ready to go and load our purchases in the car.

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Here is a video of my Boscov’s haul:

The tree makes a cute little display with the other ornaments in the travel trailer.

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I did get to at least try my tablecloth on my kitchen table before they took it away. I love the vintage look of this tablecloth.

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The train is so detailed and will look awesome when we add a few of our village houses. Our village will be smaller this year but it will still be festive.

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The outdoor decorations are very nice and with the new fallen snow they look just fabulous.

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The kids really love everything and I guess this all goes to show us that home is where the heart is, especially at Christmas!

 


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A Special Way To Personalize Your Gifts This Holiday Season-#HolidayGiftGuide

StickerYou_logoAre you making homemade gifts this year? If you are you can make them even more special with custom labels. From decking the halls, to wrapping presents the holiday season is the perfect time to get creative and festive.

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StickerYou is your one-stop shop for creating custom stickers, labels, decals, temporary tattoos and more. These durable products are perfect for business use or to use around your home and with holiday gifting. Your friends and family will be impressed! For a very limited time, StickerYou is offering a 13% discount on your next order! Use promo code 13STICKER at checkout! Want to get started or take a look around?
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StickerYou is the only online platform in the world where you can upload your own designs or artwork to create completely custom stickers, labels, large format decals, temporary tattoos, iron-ons and magnets. Order your sticky products in any shape, any size and any quantity you wish. StickerYou has no minimum order quantity on most products so you can order the right number of stickers or labels to fit your event. StickerYou’s custom die-cut algorithm allows them to die-cut around the edge of your sticker or label design creating a unique shape. You are not limited to standard shapes.

About Label/Sticker Products:
Bottle labels are one of StickerYou’s most popular products. Use them to label your homemade goods such as jams, honey, cookies bags and more. Their premium vinyl material has great color reproduction, which means it is easy to match the color of the labels to a specific theme or color scheme. Customers have the choice between white vinyl material or clear vinyl material. StickerYou typically recommends white vinyl for bright colors or busy designs. Clear labels also look beautiful if going for a more simplistic or modern design. Their labels have a high quality shine which gives them a professional look.
The labels are photo quality so customers can even upload photos and use them on their products. The material will apply bubble free and has a strong but removable adhesive. If an error is made during application, the labels can be peeled up and replaced. The label will remove clean with no adhesive left behind.

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StickerYou’s labels are durable! They are waterproof, dishwasher safe, microwave safe, heat resistant, fade resistant and will stand up to mild abrasion. Their website has tons of templates. So if you want to make your own labels but are not so skilled making your own graphics, this will be perfect! You will still get a great look that you created yourself because the templates are totally customizable.
So take some time to browse all they have and don’t forget the great discount code! You can find StickerYou on Mommy Ramblings’ 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Enjoy Cocoa, Cookies & Christmas Carols As You Cruise Through The City The Never Sleeps!

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If you are looking for a fun way to take in the sites of New York City and celebrate the holidays, you have to hear this! How does a warm and cozy cruise tailored for friends and family sound? Step inside Manhattan’s toasty solarium which is decked out in holiday decor for a 90 minute cruise to see the lights of New York City! Of course delicious hot cocoa, cookies and treats for all guests are included. Then join in on 20 to 30 minutes of live holiday carols or enjoy 2 live Jazz Trio Sets!

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Aboard the 1920’s style yacht, you can relax on the heated back deck salon to enjoy the gorgeous view of the island. Take in picturesque views from the glassed-in observatory.

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Along the way you will see:

The Yacht Manhattan in Full Holiday Decor!
Cocoa, Cookies & some sing-along Holiday Carols or live Holiday Jazz!
Battery Park, South Street Seaport & the Financial District
Governor’s Island, The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Parts of Brooklyn & Queens & the NYC skyline
The Williamsburg, Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges of the East River

A complimentary beer, wine, spiked hot cocoa or champagne from the bar is offered on all trips. Mixed drinks are available for purchase. For more information to see cruise schedule please click HERE!  Receive 15% off each ticket purchased at www.sail-nyc.com using ONLINE promo code 15COCOA – Valid for any Cocoa & Carols Cruise aboard Yacht Manhattan II!


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Easter Burlap Bunnies Craft Ideas Even Young Children Can Help With

My kids are on spring break this week and we are still experiencing single digit temperatures at night!  It sure doesn’t  feel anything close to spring.  Believe me when I say, we’re looking for all of the spring crafts we can do to hopefully bring spring our way.  Easter is next Sunday and I want to share some cute burlap bunny crafts you can sew and your kids can help decorate and paint. Below is a supply list of what you need to make the bunnies.

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Let me share what we have made so far.

I purchased a roll of burlap, cut two pieces and folded them in half

The pieces are folded in half and look deceivingly smaller in these photos than the actual size.

The pieces are folded in half and look deceivingly smaller in these photos than the actual size.

Next you cut a V in the middle.

Next you cut a V in the middle.

Then I trimmed the tops to look more like rabbit ears.

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Next, I just took it to my sewing machine and sewed each side up to right under the ear.

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Turned it right side out.

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Then I stuffed it with fiberfill.  If you want you could also used dried beans.

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Off to the sewing machine where I sewed around the ears and in between to securely hold the filling.

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You then tie with a ribbon of your choice. Next, you can paint, color with markers or paint pens the inside of the ears and make a face.  I added buttons for cuteness, you can really have fun here and the kids love to help!  You can add a white cotton ball tail to the back side of the bunnies.  These make adorable country inspired decorations or you can make one for everyone with their name as place holders for dinner.  There are so many great ways to use them and they are simple to make.

 

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Next, I wanted to make a bunny to hang on the door.  This nearly turned to a Pinterest Fail but I turned it around.  I just found a basic bunny template online and printed it out.  I had to extend it because it was too large for the paper.  I pinned and cut the pattern out of the burlap.

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Then off to the sewing machine to sew around the bunny.  Leave a part open so you stuff it.

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After you stuff it, just sew the opening close and trim your threads.

Here is the almost Pinterest fail.  We had wanted to put polka dots on the natural burlap with the spouncer brushes but it did not go as planned. LOL

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 Back to the drawing board and we painted the bunny purple, leaving the edge natural and adding pink polka dots.

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Then you want to find a ribbon to hang it with.

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We decided to continue the polka dot theme.

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 I attached the ends of the ribbon to the bunny some machine stitches.

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You can add a ribbon around the neck or other embellishments.  I chose to keep ours plain country simple for the side door.  Let me know if you try some burlap bunnies and how they turn out. If you want to make things really easy they have burlap already printed with polka dots or you could make egg shapes and use with multi color burlap or chevron stripe.  Happy Easter! Please if you are in a warm part of the country would you send some spring our way!  Let me know what you think and if you tried any of these crafts.

 


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Shop Lovable Labels For TKO Savings During Their Boxing Week Blowout!!! #mylovablelabels

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Want to save big on durable, high quality, colorful labels?  Then hurry and visit Lovable Labels because for a short time you can save 50%!  That’s right, half off several of their highly popular packages of labels, address labels and fun stickies!  The sale is only on from December 26th thru December 31st and will be over and out along with 2014.  Just check out what you can save below:

Take a look at these 4 BIG DEALS!!!

#1 50% OFF SPLIT PACKS-2 NAMES-ONE PACK-ONE DESIGN- Now only $25

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#2 50% OFF HOLLY JOLLY GIFT PACKS-NOW ONLY $12.50!

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#3 50% OFF GIFT SEALS & ADDRESS LABELS—Now only $10.95

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#4 50% OFF HOLIDAY FUN STICKIES-NOW ONLY $4.95

 

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BONUS WebcrashersThe first 100 customers who spend $50 or more on their order will receive $10 off by using the code WEBCRASH14 at checkout!


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Shop Walmart For Rollbacks on Disney Planes Items Perfect For Last Minute Gifts!!! #PlanesToTheRescue

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Are you looking for the off button on the clock like I am?  I cannot believe how fast the days are flying by.  It seems it was Thanksgiving and now we are already at the last shopping weekend before Christmas.  I am so behind on absolutely everything.  If you are still looking for some last-minute holiday gift ideas, Walmart has Disney Planes merchandise on Rollback.

Looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? Delight the little ones in
your life with Disney Planes items now on Rollback at Walmart! All
items listed below are on rollback through the holiday season!
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Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway ($24.97)

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack ($14.97)

Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment ($19.97)

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The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway!!! #TheThreeDogateers

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Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament—even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!

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The Three Dogateers DVD Giveaway Rules:
Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The Three Dogateers DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Please enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good Luck!!!

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Minted, Premier Marketplace For Independent Design In Holiday & Christmas Cards and Much More!!!

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Prepping and sanding, that’s what my weekend has been like so far.  We are working fervently to get our front porch finished before the snow flies.  Wait, what did I just say? Before the snow flies?  It isn’t even Halloween! I know, but in upstate New York, the weather can change faster than you blink.  We just need to get the porch floor stained and then put the rails back on and we’ll be good. Flying snow reminds me of Christmas and the upcoming holiday season will soon be upon us. I am really excited to share a great site I just found called Minted.  Have you heard of it?  Minted is  the world’s premier marketplace for independent design. Their mission is to find exceptional artists and designers all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design.

Minted crowd-sources design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sells their best designs as fine products such as stationery, wall art, and décor for the home, holidays, and occasions.  I love their site and what really caught my eye are the great Holiday and Christmas cards that are available. Some I really like are:

 

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Minted also has party decor like Party Banners, Invitations, Menus and more.  They have Save The Date and Wedding Invitations as well as these Mommy Cards:

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Business Cards:

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Limited Edition Art Prints, Custom Art, Photo Gifts and these adorable Room Signs for kids:

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Minted also wants to save you time this year and will print recipient addresses on your envelopes at no charge when you order holiday cards.  You can also take 10% off right now with the promo code JOY2014 but hurry it ends Monday! You can follow Minted on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  Right now it is bedtime for me, the morning comes fast and I have a porch to finish.


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Ornaments With Love, Personalized Christmas & Holiday Ornaments Review and Giveway!!!

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I am kicking off our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide with Ornaments With Love.  For the last several years I have had the great privilege to work with Ornaments With Love on reviews and giveaways.  I have to say the beautiful personalized ornaments and table top decorations  are such a treasured pieces of our Christmas decor.  The personalization makes them so special and we look forward every year to a new ornament to celebrate the season and our family.

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You may remember the fireplace tabletop decoration and multi-car train I showed you in the past.  This year I decided to get an ornament with all our names we can hang on the tree and went with the Personalized Fireplace Family Christmas Ornament with Stockings & Candles.  It arrived fast and with great communication.  The ornament is finely crafted and beautifully personalized with our names and the year as well as Merry Christmas on  the hearth.

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You can personalize the ornaments with the names, years and messages that you want.  The site is so easy to navigate and the extensive choice of ornaments and decor will astound you.  Ornaments for families big and small, grandparents, teachers, sports fans, expectant parents, pets, new parents and much more.  You can also find Ornaments with love on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

You can also find Ornaments With Love in Mommy Ramblings 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

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Ornaments With Love is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog winner will win an ornament of their choice (subject to availability).  Thank you to Ornaments With Love for sponsoring this great giveaway and for the review ornament.  Open to US and Canadian residents.  Good Luck!!!

Ornaments With Love Giveaway on Mommy Ramblings Rules:

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Easy Appliqued Holiday Shirts You Can Make For Thanksgiving & Christmas!!!

You may remember my tales of woe from learning to sew in my post where I showed how I finished an antique vanity as a sewing table.  Aside from an owl pillow I made in 6th grade Home-ec, my attempts at sewing were nothing to write home about.  However, I’m not a quitter, so I was ready to give it another go when I wanted to create some cute whimsical holiday shirts for my kids and family.

I bought some long sleeve cotton shirts and then visited the craft department for some fabrics.  The first shirt I was going to try to make was a turkey for Thanksgiving.  I planned to make the turkey body in brown flannel fabric so I bought a yard of that since I also planned to use it for the Christmas shirts, then I picked several other fabrics for feathers.  I also purchased some polka dot fabric for the antlers and solid red, yellow, black and green for various accents.  Armed with my array of fabrics and some notions like colorful buttons and embroidery thread, I was ready.

I drew my turkey template free hand onto some card stock and cut it out.  I thought I would do feet too but did not end up putting feet on the design.

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I washed the shirts and all the fabrics prior to sewing anything.  After I ironed the fabric I cut the pattern shapes and laid them out how I wanted, then when my design was the way I liked, I secured the fabric pieces with a sewable heat bond.  After that it was off to the sewing machine where I sewed around the pieces with an applique stitch.  The first shirts were a bit laughable but my little ones thought they were great and with every shirt I got better.

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For the Christmas shirts I did the same thing except I made a moose template which honestly ended up looking more like a reindeer but nevertheless is still cute.  I was in a rush because we were using them for a picture but would like to add bows on my daughter’s shirt and mine as well.  For all the boys I want to add a bow tie.

This is the light hold heat bond that is sewable, I just wanted to hold it in place so I did not need to use pins for sewing.  It worked well.

This is the light hold heat bond that is sewable, I just wanted to hold it in place so I did not need to use pins for sewing. It worked well.

 

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I made 9 shirts in all (2 turkey shirts and 7 Christmas shirts). It really gave me confidence to make friends with my sewing machine and if I could do this, anyone can.  I know they are far from perfect but they are made with love and to me that is what matters the most.  If you would like any more specifics please ask.


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