Happy Friday! Happy Holiday! And Happy Giveaways!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! I have an awesome announcement that will hopefully make your Christmas shopping a lot easier- The Holiday Collective Giveaways!  The Holiday Collective is a pop up holiday blog and 18 of us are throwing a giveaway!  So, for the next 18 days, starting today, a new giveaway will begin! Cross your fingers and good luck to everyone!

Big Ole Giveaway List:

Nov. 27 - Design Improvised $400 box of Martha Stewart Crafts supplies
Nov. 28 - Pars Caeli $100 Seedling gift card
Nov. 29 - Fall for DIY  Silhouette Cameo ($300 value)
Nov. 30 - Squirrelly Minds $200 gift card to SnapBox
Dec. 1 - This Little Street  $200 Anthropologie gift card & beauty assortment
Dec. 2 -  Idle Hands Awake  $150 to Artfully Walls
Dec. 3 - A Bubbly Life (whew hoo that's me!) $250 Pottery Barn Teen gift card
Dec. 4 - Alice & Lois $200 Banana Republic gift card
Dec. 5 - This Heart of Mine 4 Pairs of Livie & Luca shoes
Dec. 6 - The Merrythought   1 adult bicycle & 1 kid's bicycle from Brilliant Bicycle Co. ($588 value)
Dec. 7 - Shrimp Salad Circus $200 Michaels gift card
Dec. 8 - Lovely Indeed $150 to Social Print Studio
Dec. 9 - A Girl Named PJ $250 to BRIKA
Dec. 10 - Brepurposed Welcome Package & $100 gift card to Spoonflower
Dec. 11 - Damask Love Cricut Prize Bundle
Dec. 12 - Hey There Home $200 Pottery Barn gift card
Dec. 14 - Hello Lidy Lotta at Stockholm Clogs  ($150-$200 value)
Dec 15th- $200 credit to Design Life Kids from Lulu the Baker 

Special thank you to all the amazing sponsors providing the goods for the giveaways!!

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Recipe Warm Cranberry Brie Cheese Appetizer

Thanksgiving is this week and this easy appetizer- a cranberry brie topping for crackers will keep the guests happy while you work on the turkey gravy! Make a big batch of the cranberries and serve it alongside dinner.  The bright red colors and green rosemary also make it a keeper for Christmas and all the entertaining with the holidays!

1 cup Cranberries
Juice of 2 Oranges
1/2 cup of Water
1 teaspoon of Brown Sugar (and then enough brown sugar to pat over brie wheel)
Dash of vanilla extract
1 Brie cheese wheel (I used a small wheel, for the holidays I would go larger and double recipe!) 
Fresh Roughly Chopped Rosemary- teaspoon then some for garnish
Zested Orange Peel for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bring orange juice and water to a boil.  Add cranberries and once it boils again, add brown sugar and vanilla extract.  Stir.  Set to medium to low heat and allow flavors to simmer while brie bakes.
Shave rind off brie and pat brie with brown sugar.
Bake brie for 7 minutes.
Top the baked brie with cranberry mixture.  Add orange zest and rosemary to top.
Serve with crackers or bread.

Are you hosting or a guest this Thanksgiving?  We are hosting and I am so excited!  I love hosting Thanksgiving but I could use a 12 hour nap when it is all over!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving or just a wonderful Thursday if you are not in the US!

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Gift Guide: Personalized Gifts For Men

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Ok, admittedly this gift guide can be for anyone in your life, not just the men.  But, I have the worst time finding things to buy my husband and these are all for him, so it makes a perfect guy gift guide, as opposed to my girl gift guide last week. My husband does not want Kate Spade's latest book, so, this is a gift guide for the special guy in your life!

I decided to try the personalized gift route this year! And, he saw 2 of the gifts (I could not resist showing him the ones with photos of our girls) and he loves them and asked what else I can have made with the girl's photos on them, haha- so I would say it was a success.

I am telling him not to read this blog post so the rest can be a surprise, but I needed it here early, so that you can order your personalized Christmas gifts in time!

iPhone case- Filled with photos of our girls!

iPad case- Again, I filled it with photos of our girls!  I also have to wrap this one as it did not quite fit in the stocking (the first photo in the blog post).  I made my own wrapping paper on Shutterfly- a black & white tree pattern to go along with our black and white theme for Nick's gifts.  You can do a pattern or fill wrapping paper with photos of your family!

A candle.  Yes, Nick loves the smell of candles and candle ambiance. Would he go to the store and buy an awesome smelling candle on his own? No.  So, he will get them in his stocking, make a joke about it then ask me to light the candle so the house smells like Christmas.

The stocking I designed on Shutterfly as well.  You can do photo ones, Art Library or your own design for a stocking.  I am considering doing photos of each of us for our own stockings? Yes?  no? Thoughts? (How cute would that be?)

Portable charger.  Although this is a gift for him, it is also for me.  His phone is always dead and he complains so much about it.  Portable charge- ends complaining.  Win-Win.  (I love you, honey.) I used Shutterfly's new Art Library for the design.  You can pick from a variety of designs, patterns, and quotes. Again, I went with the black and white theme for his charger, but I really had a hard time choosing because there were so many fun options.

Ornaments- Again, with the girls.  I will give these every year so we can capture every year with the girls.  Imagine what our tree will look like when they are 18?  So cute.  You can also use use ornaments as gift toppers, hang from a stocking or a place card!

So, I am feeling pretty great that I got most of my husband's Christmas gifts done!! What ones would you go for??  I think Nick's favorite is the iPhone case, but he did only see 2 of the gifts.  He is just gonna love the rest of them!!! Shhhhhh....

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