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Good Cheese Ball Recipe * Holiday Entertaining

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayPartyPlanning #CBias #CollectiveBias #UncommonlyGood


What do you make to have on hand for family and visitors? Keebler® Club® Crackers are my go to for holiday entertaining and so is a good Classic Holiday Cheese Ball recipe.


I went out shopping at Sam's Club to stock up some entertaining essentials for the holiday season including treats, butter cookies, cheese, supplies for my cheese ball Christmas tree and my favorite, crackers. The Keebler® Club® Crackers come in entertaining sizes at Sam's Club too which is perfect to have on hand. My two college age sons can plow through a box all by themselves in one sitting so the big boxes are a must for us. You can find the Keebler® Toasteds® Crackers and
Keebler® Entertainment Crackers Collection in the entertaining sizes at Sam's Club too. Never hurts to have a good variety on hand for pop in guests. See all the  offerings at Sam's Club here.



Keebler® has a new app just in time for the holiday season to help you plan your festive party, the FREE Keebler® Party Planner Live App.  It's where I go my recipe for the Classic Holiday Cheese Ball. Rather than shaping mine into a ball I just shaped it into a Christmas tree and added sliced almonds for the tree branches. Same recipe just a different shape, easy peasy.

It's such a good recipe. Everyone loves it! I have been using the app to collect my ingredients while at the store. The list is there and ready for me so I don't have to make a separate list.
The app includes everything you need for planning a party from recipes to a party outline to printables. It even links to evite!
Go check it out and be sure to try the Traditional Cheese Ball recipe too!

Happy Holidays!
xo






P.S. Get a $1 off coupon for the Keebler® entertaining size Crackers in the Sam's Club Instant Savings booklet in store for details. Who doesn't love an extra discount!


Good Stocking Stuffers * Gift guide 2016


I've collected some wonderfully good stocking stuffers for your favorite people this holiday season. Since tomorrow is Cyber Monday this edition of my Sweet Holidays Gift Guide is a collection of the best stocking stuffers that are on sale!

for her...




Super cute in hearts and pink any girl would love the Too Faced Funfetti Set at HSN. It's the perfect starter set for a teen just beginning to use makeup your favorite friend or even your mom. I know I would LOVE it. The set includes a sweet blush in a heart shape, a set of 12 matte and shimmer eye shadows shadows, the prettiest mocha pink lip gloss and my all time favorite Better Than Sex mascara.

FREE Shipping too!
Check out more Cyber Monday Sweet Deals at HSN



Pretty in pink and green and aqua and yellow and more, every girl will want the FUJIFILM Instax Mini 8 Camera

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Check out more Cyber Monday Sweet Deals at Walmart 

This whole set of 10 festive Cheery elf Nail Polish colors is only $10 at Target. It's perfect for you mistletoes. 

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BONUS an extra 10% off too!!
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MAC has the sweetest set of bright pink handled white makeup brush just for the Christmas season. It's called their Nutcracker Sweet Essentials Brush Kit. You can buy it online at Macy's.

FREE Shipping over $25 purchase!
BONUS an extra 20% off too!!
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for him...

The Braun Series 7 790cc-4 Electric Foil Shaver with Clean & Charge Station is perfect for your guy. And you can't beat this deal at Walmart. It's $120 off !!! 

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One trend I am loving right now are these large print paisley ties. This is the MICHAEL Michael Kors Men's Creston Paisley Tie. Macy's has a nice selection for Cyber Monday. 

FREE Shipping over $25 purchase!
BONUS an extra 20% off too!!
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With the new iPhone 7 requiring a wireless earbud, a good wireless earbud it a hot gift this season. The Beats PowerBeats2 wireless in ear earphones are a great stocking stuffer. 

FREE Shipping!
BONUS an extra 10% off too!!
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for the home cook & baker...


The Prepara Swiss Kitchen Multi Tool is perfect for the home cook. It even comes in a festive green color at Target.

FREE Shipping!
BONUS an extra 10% off too!!
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Hearts are my favorite and these Love Beyond Measure measuring spoons are so sweet with a dash of love, a spoonful of laughter and a heart full of stamped on each one, found at Bed Bath and Beyond for only $2.99!!

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Copper measuring cups are so pretty you will never want to hide them away in a drawer. They also make a lovely gift for your favorite baker. These are from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's.

FREE Shipping over $25 purchase!
BONUS an extra 20% off too!!
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Happy Holidays!









DIY Christmas Decorations * Pinecone Garland


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DamageFreeHoliday #CollectiveBias

I love the holidays. Cheery Christmas music, gathering all my favorite decorations to tuck into every nook and cranny of my home and our favorite sweet treats we only eat once a year.
This year we live in a lovely pre-war home with two fireplaces which means I get to decorate two mantels. I'm so excited. I get to create two pretty Christmas vignettes on each one.

I love the fall/Thanksgiving decorations I have on my dining room mantel.  It's made of a beautiful old growth oak wood. To keep the pretty wood in tact I am using Command™ Clear Mini Hooks that are easy to apply and easy to remove without hammering holes in the wood for a damage free holiday.

I wanted to create a lovely transitional garland that I can have up with my Thanksgiving decorations that I can also have up for Christmas.



This simple pinecone garland is a perfect easy DIY Christmas decoration or Thanksgiving decoration anyone who can tie a simple knot and bow can make.

Sweet & Simple DIY Christmas Decorations - Pinecone Garland

  • Gather an assortment of pine cones -wash and dry
  • 2-3 yards of ribbon
  • Holiday craft pick 
  • Craft Glue
  • Command™ Clear Mini Hook (to hang)



Gather and wash your pinecones. Cut a length of 2 1/2 yards of ribbon. If you are feeling sparkly you can add some glitter to each pinecone too by simply brushing some glue on the pinecones and dusting with glitter.


Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the first pinecone and tie it in a double knot. Repeat spacing the pinecones apart about 5 inches. Tie two bows from the ribbon leaving long tails to top each end pinecone. Glue the bow on the top of the end pinecones.


Using the Command™ Clear Mini Hook add adhesive back as directed. Place the Command™ Clear Mini Hook on the mantle to hang the garland as pictured above (I used the white mini hooks so you can see them better here in the photo.)


Next, I simply added a Christmas craft pick tucking it into the Command™ Clear Mini Hook to hold it in place. The nice thing about using the Command™Brand Hooks is you can quickly change your decorations if you change your mind without damage.


I'm also hanging my wreaths on my windows using Command™ Brand Hooks. Did you know you can use them on glass? Be sure to clean the glass well before adhering the hooks.

On my enclosed porch I'm hanging these pretty velvet and grapevine wreaths on the windows using the Command™ Medium Designer Hook which can hold up to 3 pounds which is perfect for hanging wreaths.

You can find more ways to use Command™ Brand Hooks for your holiday decorating here at Command™ Brand Holiday.



Happy Holidays!







P.S. I found my Command™ Brand Hooks at Walmart on the holiday display by the household tools. I also saw some hanging on displays in the Holiday decorating area. They should be easy to find.