What Do You Buy At The After Christmas Sales?

 

Happy New Year! Wow! It’s 2019! That just seems so strange! Do you have big plans in this new year? Travel someplace new, moving, trying something different? I would love to hear about it. We will have Haley’s college graduation this year, which is pretty exciting! I’m so proud of both my girls.

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So, do you do after Christmas shopping? What kind of things do you look for? My items to buy are Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon and tags. I usually find some other little things too, but this is what I hunt for.

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I had some of the brown Kraft paper with gold polka-dots this past Christmas, and I fell in love with it. It looked so nice under the tree. I decided that is what I wanted for next year and I would combine it with white and gold with a few black touches.

 

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In my opinion, Target has some of the best paper! It is nice and thick, comes in big rolls, and has lines on the back for cutting :). I headed out late morning the day after Christmas and there was still plenty to choose from. I found the Kraft paper with gold dots and some pretty white with gold too. Do you see the skull design in the back? Haley had found that before Christmas, so I bought one roll and wrapped all her presents in it. I was fortunate enough to find one more roll after Christmas too!

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I also stock up on wired ribbon. You really can’t make a mistake tying bows or just knots with this ribbon. Most of the time, I just wrap it around the gift, tie a knot and then fluff up the tails. Done! And it looks good. It’s amazing what a little ribbon can do for a package.

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I try to find coordinating tags too. I found these lovely white ones with gold glittery polka-dots and the black and gold too. I happened to find the perfect tissue paper too.

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I know not everyone coordinates everything this way, but I really like how it all looks under the tree at Christmas. It makes my heart happy!

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Thank you so much for following along here. Some of you have stuck around even when I haven’t been here. I really appreciate all of you! I hope you have a blessed 2019!

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Merry Christmas 2018!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful day remembering God’s gift to us and a day filled with family, laughter and fun!

Merry Christmas!

Pam and Lauren

Christmas Porches

Hello!  Is everyone gearing up for Christmas?  Is everyone’s tree up and all decor is up?  I have my Christmas tree up but not much decor.  But don’t worry!  I have my matching stockings up for me and my kitties.  I want to make sure they get their gifts!

In my apartment, I share my porch with someone else.  Now, they have some cute Christmas decor up but I don’t because I don’t have a big area to decorate.  But, I love looking at Christmas porches and getting ideas for when I get my own place.  So here are some of my favorites for you to ooooo and ahh over!  Enjoy!

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Festive and Frugal Porch Decor from On Sutton Place

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Rustic Christmas Outdoor Fireplace Decor from Clean Living Clean Eating

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Front Porch Decorating Ideas from Thistlewood Farms

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Natural Christmas Porch from Home Stories A to Z

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Rustic Glam Porch from Ribbons and Glue

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Neutral Christmas Porch from Cottage in the Oaks

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Simple Yet Stunning Porch from Dandelion Patina

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Pink Christmas Porch from Nourish and Nestle

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Retro Red and Aqua Christmas Porch from Cottage at the Crossroads

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Christmas Treats

Hello!  It’s getting colder and kind of rainy around here!  So it’s finally beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Well…at least for this area of California.

So I love snacks and snacking, which is what this post is all about snack foods for Christmas!  Some are more traditional and others are more fun.  Either way, they are all delicious and ready to eat.  Enjoy!

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Rudolph Brownies from Your Cup of Cake

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark from Idea Hacks

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White Chocolate Snack Mix from Dinner Then Dessert

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tree from Home Stories A to Z

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Christmas Tree Brownies from Betty Crocker

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Peanut Butter Reindeer Snacks from Fork and Beans

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Melted Snowman Bark from Princess Pinky Girl

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Christmas Pull Apart Tree from Delish

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Candy Cane Kiss Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Grinch Popcorn from Two Sisters Crafting

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Christmas Mantles

Hello!  It’s getting even closer to Christmas and everything is turning festive!  I’m getting excited!  And my tree will be up shortly and decorated all in pink.  I’m very excited!

This week I’m showing off some of my favorite Christmas mantles.  Now, I don’t have a mantle in my apartment, but I love looking at them.  Plus there are so many different ideas and ways to decorate.  So, if you have a mantle and need some ideas, here you go!  Enjoy!

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White Rustic Christmas Mantle from The Lily Pad Cottage

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Plaid Christmas Mantle from Refresh Restyle

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Turquoise Mantle from Traditional Home

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Winter Wonderland Mantle from Organized Clutter

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Groovy Pink and Orange Mantle from Jennifer Perkins

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White and Silver Deer Themed Mantle from Mom 4 Real

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Red and White Christmas Mantle from Sand and Sisal

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Blue Wall Christmas Mantle from Swoonworthy

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Simple Mantle from A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

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Black and White Mantle from Posh Pennies

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