Merry Christmas, Baby

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Rocker Rod Stewart is ringing in the holidays with his first Christmas album ever. The album contains 13 traditional Christmas songs with guests Mary J. Blige, Cee-Lo Green, Michael BublĂ© and a 'virtual duet' with Ella Fitzgerald. It hits the stores on Nov. 9th.

You can also find the track listing at the above link.

You can listen to Rod Stewart's Silent Night HERE.

You can watch a live Rod Stewart Holiday Concert on HSN Friday, Oct. 26th at 8:00 p.m. They will promote his new holiday album with an additional bonus CD.

I've always been a fan of Rod Stewart and I can't wait to listen to his Christmas album!! If you're a fan I hope you enjoy!!

QVC Christmas

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Here's a link to the program guide for QVC'S all day Christmas event Tuesday Oct. 23rd. I see Valerie Parr Hill is on a few times that day and a few more in November. I LOVE her Christmas treasures! Even if I don't order, she gives great tips on making your home look beautiful and inviting for the holidays. Mark your calendar and enjoy!!

QVC Christmas Event Program Guide

I ordered two of these glitter candles in the clear color the last time her show was on and I absolutely love them! Not battery extra plus for me as it seems that QVC is doing more battery operated items these days than electric as they used to do. Don't get me wrong, battery operated items are wonderful, but if that's all you buy, be prepared to spend lots of money buying batteries. I was glad to see something that was electric!

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Christmas Shopping - The Madness Begins - How To Stay Sane

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Hello everyone! Today's guest post is by James Mechan who works with a Christmas tree specialist. They provide a huge range of Christmas trees and pride themselves on their customer service and delivery options.  

It’s getting darker, and a little chillier. Is this making you think about Christmas? Is this evoking thoughts of minced pies and mulled wine? Family and loved ones gathering around the fire? Carols playing in the background… Or does the change of season fill you with sudden blind panic – the what, when, where, who and how of Christmas shopping. Not to mention the long checkout queues, crowded shops, waiting ages for parking spaces, annoying elf‑adorned employees, and the same carols in every shop!

While Christmas is undoubtedly magical, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping makes it one of the most stressful times of the year. Whether you’re more about finding the best deals, or hunting down that exclusive gift, Christmas shopping usually demands patience, planning, and energy. The perfect recipe for stress should any one of these ingredients fail. 

The solution to your problems is technology! From your laptop to your smartphone apps, have come up with some novel ideas on how to stay sane when the Christmas shopping madness begins.

The first stage of planning in any Christmas shopping campaign is to make your gift list. This is so important because it gives you focus and direction on your shopping trip. Not just that, a list will help you stick to your budget. You could opt for a traditional pen and paper list, but then there’s always the risk of losing it or spilling your shopping break coffee all over it! Try going digital on your smartphone instead. It’s more efficient and you can check your list off as you go… easy peasy. There are lots of list apps out there at the moment, and many specific ones for Christmas.

The second thing to do before you hit the shops is to search on your laptop for the best deals. There are loads of comparison sites that will help you compare prices for the same product across a range of retailers. Your laptop lets you shop around without having to go anywhere!

So now it’s time to get out there and get shopping. No matter how smart your plans are, something will no doubt go wrong! What if the shop has just sold out of that exclusive gift? Use your smartphone to look for an alternative gift on the go.

So now you’ve found your gifts, all you have left to do is pay. Don’t waste your queuing time! Get on your smartphone and start looking for voucher apps for money off the gift you’re buying. Most big stores have their own apps too, so make sure you check them out for special offers or discounts.

Don’t do your Christmas shopping the traditional way this year. By using technology to your advantage, you can ease the stress of Christmas shopping. We’re sure you’ll get it done in half the time too! That means you can sit back, put your feet up, grab yourself a mince pie, and enjoy some  Christmas carols (without having heard them 20 times over!)

Thanks so much James for your spin on holiday shopping. My husband enjoys shopping at the stores and standing in lines on the biggest shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday. Me, I like shopping from my computer as I have done in the past. You are right in that you can compare prices from a long range of retailers all from the comfort of your home. I love finding the best deals and FREE shipping!! Thanks again.

Candy Themed Wreaths

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
These candy wreaths look good enough to eat! I'm sure they're alot of fun to make too. You can always have a few pieces of candy while making them, I would!

This one is made from red and green wrapped Tootsie Rolls. Clever!

If you're crafty, you can make these yourself. You would need a wire form, or a wire hanger formed into a circle or even a foam wreath with ribbon wrapped around the form to cover it. Also 2 to 3 lbs. of hard candies in twisted wrappers.

You would also need an assortment of ribbons maybe even some curling ribbon, a glue gun to adhere the candies, or if the candies are individually wrapped, some string or embroidery thread to tie each piece of candy to the wire form. Yeh, it would take a while to do!

This one above is gorgeous. It's made of rock candy.

A cute way to use the miniature candy canes. Also a nice idea would be to make small candy wreaths that can be tied on with ribbon to your wrapped Christmas gift for those special people in your lives.

Mmmmmm....chocolate-mint candies shaped like branches, but don't eat this one, they're hot-glued together. Have some before you get started!

A tutorial and video on how to make a Candy Wreath can be found here.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!