Christmas Tree Braid – Cute Girls Hairstyle

Christmas tree braid tutorial is an easy Holiday hairstyle for girls! With a few embellishments you’ll have a cute Christmas themed hair braid.

Christmas tree braid tutorial is an easy Holiday hairstyle for girls! With a few embellishments you'll have a cute Christmas themed hair braid.

Cute Christmas Tree Braid for Girls

This Christmas tree braid turned out so cute!  I love being creative and thought I would challenge myself to doing something extra cute with my daughter’s hair for Christmas. She actually let me play around with her hair until I came up with this fun and simple Christmas Tree Hairstyle!

If you have a little girl and not so good with hair like me, then this Christmas tree braid hairstyle is for you! It’s really easy and looks cute even if you don’t decorate the tree. Just follow my directions and I’m sure you can do it!

We love making cute crafts for girl’s hair, but this is the first time I’ve actually tried a braid. If I can do it, you can too!

Originally published December 2014

Christmas tree braid tutorial is an easy Holiday hairstyle for girls! With a few embellishments you'll have a cute Christmas themed hair braid.

How to Make a Christmas Tree Braid

With only a few embellishments you’ll have an adorable Christmas themed hair braid! The girls will love it. I hope you enjoy this fun idea.

What you’ll need:

  • 11 Small Rubber Bands (green is fun!)
  • 1 Larger Hair Band (brown looks like the tree trunk)
  • Gift Bow or Star Hair Clip
  • Bobby Pin
  • Hot Glue
  • Ribbon & Tiny Ornaments for Decoration (optional)

Get all supplies ready along with a hair comb. Glue a bobby pin to the back of a gift bow for the Christmas Tree star.

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First you want to pull half of the hair back and secure into a pony tail with a small band.

Split the half pony tail hair into two sections. Braid each section and secure each end with a small rubber band.

Here is the trickiest part that I wish I had on video for you. Really, it’s very easy though. What you want to do is form a Christmas tree shape with the two braids.

Pull one braid to the right side of the head and gather a small bit of hair about an inch down and to the right. Secure the braid to the loose hair with a small band. Let the loose hair fall back into place under the braid.

Do this three to four more times depending on the length of the hair.

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Repeat on the left side. My daughter’s hair did much better on this side. I’m not sure why, but it looked so much cleaner.

Make sure the two bottom bands on each braid line up. Then bring the two braids together to form the tree shape.

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I removed the small bands, then used a larger brown band to attach the two braids together with a section of loose hair going down the middle of the head.

This took some maneuvering to get the shape just right. Once the hair is secured and the braids are shaped to look like a tree, add the bow to the top of the Christmas Tree.

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Decorate Your Christmas Tree Braid

I really LOVED the simple shape of the Christmas Tree braid. You could absolutely leave it like this for an adorable hairstyle.

Since we had time to play, I decided to go ahead and decorate the tree just for fun! I found some floral stems in my Christmas decorations that had small glitter berries and thought they would make good mini ornaments.

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After attaching strips of ribbon to the rubber bands, I stuck some of the plastic berries inside the braid. They stayed put just like a bobby pin.

What a fun and easy Christmas hairstyle right?!?

Christmas tree braid tutorial is an easy Holiday hairstyle for girls! With a few embellishments you'll have a cute Christmas themed hair braid.

 

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5 Snowman Plates for a Christmas Table

Five adorable snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! Fun inspiration for cute DIY snowman place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party tablescape.

Cute snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! Simple DIY snowman place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party tablescape.

Snowman Plates! Cute Christmas Table Setting Decorations

When it comes to decorating for the holidays, you can’t get any cuter than these Snowman Plates for Christmas Table Setting Decorations! I’ve featured cute snowman plate table settings in the past and have always wanted to come up with my own. When I got the Living Locurto Team together this fall, I created a Snowman Plate challenge and excited to reveal what we all came up with for you today!

Making snowman plates for your Christmas table is super easy! I packed up a bunch of white and light gray plates, various cloth and paper napkins, carrots, blueberries, flatware, ribbon and anything else I could think of that could be used for making funny snowman place settings. I then gave everyone a set amount of time and we started decorating!

It was so much fun to decorate snowman plates! These would not only make gorgeous table decor but a fun Christmas game with your family. I think my husband would really get into this tablescape challenge too! I hope you enjoy the ideas my team and I came up with at our retreat.

More fun ideas from the Living Locurto Team Retreat!

 

5 Cute Snowman Plates for Christmas Table Settings

Snowman Plates 1

Annaliese came up with a super cute traditional little snowman. She found some googly eyes in my stash of crafts that I didn’t realize I had brought! I love the tied napkin scarf.

Adorable snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! DIY place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party.

Snowman Plates 2

I was busy taking photos, so my snowman plate table setting is VERY simple as I was rushed. But I though he turned out super cute! I used a ribbon for his smile and a black paper napkin for a hat.

 

Cute snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! Simple DIY snowman place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party tablescape.

Snowman Plates 3

I think Pamela won our challenge with her creative napkin idea that is folded into a snowman cap! She was seriously working in a corner and now I know she meant to win! ha!

Adorable snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! DIY place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party.

Snowman Plates 4

Natalie’s snowman plate is perfect for kids! What kid wouldn’t be happy to see this at the dinner table! So cute!

Adorable snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! DIY place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party.

Snowman Plates 5

Naomi got fancy with her flatware and napkin, then used floral decor for her snowman’s arms. You could easily go outside to find twigs for arms. I didn’t think of doing that until just now!

Adorable snowman plates for Christmas table setting decorations! DIY place setting crafts to make and decorate for a holiday party.

I hope these fun Snowman Plates inspired you to get creative for your Christmas table decorations!

Which Snowman Plate is your favorite?

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More Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Giant Balloon Christmas Lights and Ornaments

Whether hosting a holiday party, Tacky Christmas party or just want to go BIG… these Giant Balloon Christmas Lights and Ornaments are perfect decorations!

Christmas Tree Donut Wall

How to make a Christmas Tree Donut Wall. This simple Christmas party food craft and homemade donut recipe will wow your guests making you and your adorable donut wall the hit of the season! Cute party dessert table idea, holiday decor and breakfast treat. #christmas #donuts

 

The Best Christmas Table Setting Decorations

From napkin folding ideas to snowman plates and centerpieces, these wonderful Christmas Table Setting Decorations are inspiring DIY holiday home decor!

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Plaid Christmas Table Decorations

Inspiration for creating cozy plaid Christmas table decorations. Learn how to set a table with flowers and fruit for a holiday party! Beautiful table decorations with navy and red plaid place settings, DIY centerpieces and simple place card holders. Enjoy these creative ideas for your Christmas tablescapes.

Cozy plaid Christmas table decorations. Beautiful holiday tablescapes, navy and red plaid place settings, DIY centerpieces and simple place card holders. Learn how to set a table with flowers and fruit for a holiday party! #homedecor #tablescape

Plaid Christmas Table Decorations with Flowers and Fruit

I love finding new ideas for Christmas table decorations. Lately I have been obsessed with navy and red plaid for the holidays. It’s also fun creating simple DIY centerpieces and finding unique ways of decorating with fruit. I’m excited to share these gorgeous plaid Christmas table decorations that our team styled during our Living Locurto retreat.

Cozy plaid Christmas table decorations. Beautiful holiday tablescapes, navy and red plaid place settings, DIY centerpieces and simple place card holders. LivingLocurto.com

Table Decorating Challenges

One decorating challenge for these Christmas place settings was to incorporate flowers. Did you know that having fresh flowers in your home actually reduces stress? I’m definitely ordering flowers during the holidays, because I need all the help I can get with our busy schedules. ha! If you are interested in learning more, click here to read all about the new study. It’s super interesting.

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Another decorating challenge was to use fruit for table decorations. Either in a centerpiece, place card holder or as general place setting decor. Since red and navy was my choice of color scheme, we used bright red apples, pears and blueberries throughout our different tablescapes.

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5 Beautiful Tablescapes with Plaid Christmas Table Decorations

I’m so thrilled with these five beautiful table decoration ideas and hope you are inspired by our simple and inexpensive ways to set a table with flowers and fruit.

 

Elegant Plaid Tablescape

My grandpa was from Holland, so I have grown up with all kinds of Delft Blue china. The blue and white plates with pops of red is a classic look and perfect for any occasion. You can find beautiful Delftware at antique shops or newer less expensive blue and white dinner plates online.

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Personalized Apple Place Holder

An apple makes an easy alternative to the usual place card for a pop of Christmas red. Use a metallic marker to write the names of your guests on the fruit. This is definitely one of my favorite DIY table setting tips!

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Rustic Plaid Christmas Tablescape

If you like more traditional Christmas table settings, then you’ll love this rustic plaid tablescape. You probably already have most of the items needed for this table decor in your home. With pine cones, fruit, candles, berries, greenery and a few flowers, this pretty centerpiece can be made in minutes!

In addition,  you’ll need a burlap table runner, plaid table cloth and rustic wood chargers.

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Plaid Christmas Table Decorations | Navy and Red Rustic Holiday Party Table Setting Ideas LivingLocurto.com

 

DIY Apple Candle Holders

Cut the top off of an apple and hollow out the inside with a spoon to make room for a candle. Squeeze lemon juice over the apple to keep it from browning right away before inserting your candle. Use battery operated votive candles if you plan to keep them on for a long period of time.

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Simple Natural Christmas Tablescape

This simple Christmas table setting is one of my favorites! I love the easy DIY centerpiece made with fruit. This look can easily be done with items from your home.

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Plaid Christmas Table Decorations | Simple Natural Fruit Centerpiece with apples, pears and blueberies. LivingLocurto.com

Plaid Christmas Table Decorations | Simple Natural Christmas Tablescape place setting. LivingLocurto.com

 

Eucalyptus Tablescape

Fresh eucalyptus is wonderful to use on your Christmas table! It smells wonderful and is a trendy alternative to traditional holiday pine. Click here to find a local florist who can provide you with fresh eucalyptus arrangements.

You can also place large bunches of eucalyptus in the middle of the table and embellish with berry twigs, pine cones, fruit and flowers. Tie a napkin around a twig of eucalyptus and write your guests name on a leaf for a gorgeous place setting.

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Which style is your favorite?

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More Christmas Party Table Ideas

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Christmas Tree Donut Wall

How to make a Christmas Tree Donut Wall. This simple Christmas party food craft and homemade donut recipe will wow your guests making you and your adorable donut wall the hit of the season! Cute party dessert table idea, holiday decor and breakfast treat. #christmas #donuts

 

The Best Christmas Table Setting Decorations

From napkin folding ideas to snowman plates and centerpieces, these wonderful Christmas Table Setting Decorations are inspiring DIY holiday home decor!

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5 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Universal Orlando

Planning to visit Orlando during the holiday season? Then don’t miss these 5 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new at the park this year and get some fun travel tips to make your Christmas vacation even more special.

5 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special. What's new for Harry Potter fans, parades and more. #harrypotter #universalorlando

What We Loved About Christmas at Universal Orlando

Any chance we get to go to Universal Orlando, we’re there! But in all time times we have visited, we’ve never been during the Christmas holiday season until this year. I’m sharing what we loved and what’s new at the park this year with these 5 great reasons to celebrate Christmas at Universal Orlando!

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It goes without saying that visiting a theme park with your family during the holidays is going to be a blast. I love the memories we make and not to mention the amazing weather!

When we left Dallas, it was 39 degrees. Brrrr! The next night, we are enjoying a movie in the heated pool at Sapphire Falls Resort. Can’t beat that! Click here for Orlando hotel deals.

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Beautiful Christmas Decorations

The Christmas decorations are so beautiful all around the park! I shared a lot of video and photos from our Christmas at Universal Orlando trip on Instagram, but if you missed it you can click here to watch it now on my featured Instagram story. We had so much fun and can’t wait to return!

Hogsmeade holiday lights | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

Diagon Alley Harry Potter Christmas Decorations | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

 

5 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas at Universal Orlando

Christmas at Universal Orlando is amazing! If you are headed to Universal Orlando this holiday, be sure to read through these tips. I hope you have an amazing Christmas vacation!

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1. Merry Grinchmas!

We love The Grinch and thought Grinchmas in Seuss Landing is so adorable!!! The whole area is decorated super cute for the holiday season. You can get your photo taken with the Grinch himself and encounter hilarious people from Who-ville!

Grinchmas | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

The people of Who-ville walk through the park caroling and interacting with people. They found my son in one of the stores and made it their mission to get him to smile by piling candy in his hands. It was so funny! See what they did to him on my featured Instagram story here.

Who-ville | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

Live Show

Don’t miss the live show, The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, which tells the Dr. Seuss story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

 

2. Hot Butterbeer

I have written several articles about Butterbeer, sharing homemade recipes and where to find the shortest line for it at the park, so I thought I knew it all when it came to Butterbeer. NOT THE CASE… I just discovered you can get Hot Butterbeer during the holiday season! Another great reason to visit the park during Christmas.

Hot Butterbeer | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

Where you can find Hot Butterbeer

Hot Butterbeer is only available during the winter months at:

  • The Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade
  • The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley

 

3. Christmas Magic at Hogwarts Castle

After you get your Hot Butterbeer, head over to the Hogwarts Castle to watch the holiday light show. Be ready for big crowds and don’t worry if you miss a show, they happen every 20 minutes starting at 6pm. It’s an amazing show that ends with fireworks. A must see for Harry Potter fans! 

Harry Potter Castle light show | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

 

Best place to watch the Hogwarts Holiday light show.

If you want the best spot, go to the bridge that connects Jurassic Park to Hogsmeade. Of course being right in front of the castle is great, but beware of huge crowds.

Best spot to watch the show with very little crowds.

We tried to get to the bridge, but areas of the park were blocked off to form lines and we couldn’t get through. Instead, we sat on the patio of the Three Broomsticks to enjoy our drinks and the show without the crowds. 

Ride Tip: There was no wait time to ride the train from Hogsmeade to London because everyone was trying to get to the castle to watch the light show. After the first show, we walked right on the train!

 

4. Universal’s Holiday Parade

Santa Macys Parade | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

We’ve never been to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, so seeing the Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s was a huge treat!  Big balloons featuring your favorite park characters parade through the streets filled with dancers, lights and festive Christmas songs.

Shrek Baby Donkey Macys Parade | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

Holiday Parade Tip

Find a spot to stand near the giant Christmas tree across from The Mummy ride. When Santa comes by at the end of the parade, his magic lights up the tree! It’s so beautiful.

Christmas Tree at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

Parade Times:

  • Dec 6, and Dec 14: 5:15pm
  • Nov 17 – 27, Nov 29 – Dec 5, Dec 7 – 13, Dec 15 – 23: 5:30pm
  • Dec 24 – 30: 8:00pm
  • Dec 31 – Jan 6: 5:30pm

 

5. Universal Orlando Season Passholder Lounge

New this year! Relax and recharge your phones at the new season passholder lounge by Coca-Cola. There are free snacks such as chips and granola bars, but you’ll have to purchase your drinks. That was okay with us because they had a fun Arctic Coke Cooler which turned our drinks into slushes.

Passholder Lounge | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special.

Passholder Lounge Info:

  • Dates: Now – Jan. 31, 2019
  • Times: 11AM – 4PM Daily
  • Location: Universal Studios Florida on Hollywood Boulevard, near Schwab’s Pharmacy

 

Favorite Part of the Trip

I think our favorite part of this trip were the fun times we had interacting with the characters throughout the park. That’s one thing I love about Universal Orlando! You might be walking through the park and Spiderman drives by on his motorcycle, Betty Boop says hello in her store or you get to meet a live baby dinosaur. They sure make it so much fun!

Jurassic Park Live Baby Dinosaur Meeting | Christmas at Universal Orlando. Learn what’s new this holiday season and get travel tips to make your Christmas vacation special. Living Locurto travel blogger

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Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Last updated on November 5th, 2018 at 05:48 pm

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious southern Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

 

Easy Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, it’s all delicious! I made up a new recipe for Sausage Apple Cornbread Dressing to try this Thanksgiving and it turned out so amazing! This dressing recipe is a fun twist on southern cornbread dressing.

I’m very picky about cornbread dressing since it’s both my husband and mine’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish. I’m happy to share this dressing (or stuffing) recipe with you because it turned out to be so tasty! I will be making it a lot more often for an everyday dinner, not just on special holiday dinners.

Originally published November 25, 2013

This cornbread dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or dinner recipe! Apples and sausage gives you sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

A Twist on Cornbread Dressing

I have seen savory recipes that called for apples, but never eaten them in my cornbread dressing, so it was the perfect reason to do some test cooking before the big day.

This dressing recipe is not all cornbread. I mixed in some sour dough bread and used spicy turkey sausage, but you could use any kind of sausage you like. My son said I need to use “real” sausage next time. So I will do as he says. Ha! Personally, I thought the turkey sausage was fantastic and like that it has a lot less fat than regular pork sausage.

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Adding something sweet to your savory dressing is perfect!

For the sweet to my savory dish, I used a small amount of apples cooked in white wine. The wine cooked apples gave the apples a nice tart and tangy sweet flavoring which complimented the spicy sausage.

When you’re done, this easy cornbread dressing is ready to be eaten right out of the oven. It goes perfect with your left over white wine!

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Try this Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing for dinner sometime. It’s crunchy, sweet and savory all rolled into one dish… delicious!

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Do you call it dressing or stuffing?

We had a fun conversation about this on my Facebook page! Come see what people said. I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, let me know if you liked it in the comments below.

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors in one bite.

Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

This Southern Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

  • 4 links spicy Italian turkeysausage
  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 loaf sour dough bread, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled a chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix cornbread, milk and eggs and bake according to the package.
  3. Cook sausage in a skillet. Remove from pan and slice.
  4. Remove cornbread from oven and cut into small squares and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. Cut sour dough bread into cubes and arrange on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake bread for 8 minutes or until toasted.
  7. Reduce oven to 350 degrees
  8. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add celery, onions, apples and brown sugar. Cook for 2-3 minutes until brown.
  10. Add wine and cook 2-3 more minutes.
  11. Add thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Stir until fully heated.
  12. Add bread and sausage to a large bowl and pour the skillet mixture over it all.
  13. Gently toss and add more broth if it seems too dry.
  14. Transfer your dressing mix into a baking dish.
  15. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the top is crispy.

To skip toasting the bread, you can bake and cube your bread the night before, then leave it out to dry.

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Printable Father’s Day Card and Coupons

Last updated on June 4th, 2018 at 04:55 pm

A fun printable Father’s Day Card and coupons you can print from home on your computer! Dads will love these coupons and a card with a pocket to hold his coupons. Easy last minute gift idea!

A fun printable Father's Day Card and coupons you can print from home on your computer! Dads will love these coupons and card. Easy last minute gift idea!

Show Dad you care with this Printable Father’s Day Card!

It never fails that I get a gift and forget a card, or I forget the gift all together! My husband is the best Dad I know, but he’s the hardest man to shop for. He has everything he needs, so this year I designed a fun printable Father’s Day Card that I thought he would enjoy. Plus, this way I wouldn’t forget either. This printable can be the Father’s Day gift and card! 

Along with the card that acts as a pocket for coupons, I designed four “Daddy” coupons and two “Hubby” coupons. Choose as many coupons as you like, add a lottery ticket or cash instead… it’s up to you!

Father’s Day Card Coupons Read:

  • Daddy Coupon: One Free Bear Hug
  • Daddy Coupon: One Free Lunch Date
  • Daddy Coupon: One Free Chore Pass
  • Daddy Coupon: One Day to Sleep Late
  • Hubby Coupon: One Home Cooked Meal
  • Hubby Coupon: One Free Back Rub (this comes with a 20 minute limit and expires after one use!)

A fun printable Father's Day Card and coupons you can print from home on your computer! Easy last minute gift idea for Dad.

I’ve started an online shop, so sorry folks this printable design is not free, but it is SUPER cheap and original. So I hope you will still want to download this as a for a fun gift for dad.

Once you buy the Father’s Day Card printable file you can print it as many times as you like. Keep it for years and years!

Printable Father’s Day Card and Coupons

A fun printable Father's Day Card and coupons you can print from home on your computer! Easy last minute gift idea for Dad. #fathersday #gift #printables #fathersdaygift #livinglocurto #diygift

Click the button below to visit my shop to see more of this card and download.

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Thanks and Happy Father’s Day to all of the great dads out there!

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Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Listen. Cookies make the world go round. But the life gets BUSY, so cake mix cookies to the rescue! Most of these cake mix cookies come together with just THREE INGREDIENTS.

If there are more, it’s simply because we got so excited at the prospect of including one candy or chocolate chip variety, that we went buck wild and included, oh I don’t know, TWO.

All of our cake mix cookie recipes are delicious and cook up in a flash. And they are so easy that these all make a great recipe for little kids to help out with.

Want to whip up an after school treat, need something for a potluck, want to do a little weekend baking with the kiddos (without it being a big messy commitment?) Look no further.

I’m not sure I could pick a favorite….they are all so delicious! But my kids could. Because Funfetti cake mix cookies will win EVERY TIME. Nothing better than surprising a kiddo after school with a funfetti cookie, amirite?!

Click through for the full recipe for each of these easy cake mix cookie recipes and go stock up on cake mixes the next time they are on sale! You won’t be sorry.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

In my book nothing says “I Love You” like baked goods. Count red velvet cake mix cookies as part of that “I Love You” baking magic. Keep your flowers and your jewelry. If you want to fast-track your way to my heart, come bearing carbs. Preferably chocolately carbs. This recipe for Double Chocolate Red Velvet Lazy Cookie Cake will delight your eyes and your belly. Mostly your belly. Bonus points for being super easy and super quick. THIS is the recipe to turn over to your cooking-loving kiddo.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs Cookies

Our obsession with Easter candy continues—and now we’ve found a way to make Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies by combining the glorious ease of a cake mix cookie with the traffic-stopping deliciousness of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. You know how Reese’s peanut butter cups deliver the magic balance of chocolate and peanut butter? These Cake Mix Reese’s Peanut Butter Cookies are the perfect cookie-slash-brownie embodiment of that candy treat.

A candy treat that we’re more than a little obsessed with.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Cake Mix Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies Recipe

When I’m cruising through the grocery store and I see Cadbury Mini Eggs for the first time on the shelves, it’s like a record scratch. When I saw them, I thought, WE MUST make Cake Mix Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies! As impossible as it may seem to improve upon the crispy shelled magic of a Cadbury Mini Egg, I found that adding them to a cake mix cookie was a buttery, delicious way of prolonging my enjoyment of this seasonal treat. Because, if motivated (or left unsupervised,) I can power through an entire bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs in under a day, but would consider wolfing down a whole batch of cookies pretty challenging.

Challenging, not impossible.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Cadbury Mini Egg Cake Mix Cookies — White Chocolate Version!

Cadbury Mini Eggs have hit store shelves! THIS IS NOT A DRILL. It’s time to make the most of those chocolatey jewels and whip up Cadbury Mini Egg Chocolate Cookies. We were first inspired to create a blonde and buttery version of this cookie with regular milk chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs which you can find here, but never one to be creatively limited in the kitchen, I saw fit to toss a few bags of the WHITE chocolate Cadbury Mini Eggs into my basket to see if my suspicions were true…that a chocolate cake mix cookie and a white chocolate egg could come together for sweet Easter bliss. I WAS RIGHT!

Cadbury Mini Egg Chocolate Cookies have made all of my dreams come true.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Easy Lemon Cookies from Cake Mix

Are you ready for something with a little ZING?! How about these easy-as-pie lemon cookies from cake mix? And because we’re hopelessly devoted to chocolate in all of it’s glorious iterations, we’ve added creamy white chocolate chips to the mix. Of course lemon fans will tell you that this bright flavor is welcome all year round, but Spring seems to be a really fantastic time to break out of the heavy flavors of winter baking.
RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies—Just 3 Ingredients

Having kids in the kitchen is fun and they ask adorable questions and pride themselves on their stellar egg cracking skills. They are ready to tackle some solo projects. These Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies are just the ticket – THREE INGREDIENTS and some low-level stirring skills and you’ll be enjoying a cookie that can’t help but make you smile.

Come on! FUNFETTI. The most joyous cake mix ever invented.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Red White and Blue Cake Mix Cookie Bars

If you’re feeling patriotic, these red, white and blue cake mix cookie bars are for you! They are the perfect treat for a Fourth of July barbecue, Memorial Day Picnic or a kids baking project for a lazy summer day. I’ve been dying to try the blue velvet cake mix and I was not disappointed—it’s light vanilla flavor pairs perfectly with the classic red velvet richness. These red, white and blue cake mix cookie bars are just the best. Like all of our cake mix cookies, these come together so easily and only require a few things!

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

S’mores Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

I love s’mores. They are one of the best parts of camping for me—the gooey marshmallow with a crispy outside, the simpleness of graham crackers and of course, chocolate. These chocolate cake mix cookies embody all that I love about s’mores and add on the perk of being a delicious cookie!! The best part about these S’mores Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies? You can totally make them with a yellow cake too if you’re not feeling chocolate that day (I don’t understand how that could happen, but if it does we’ve got you covered!)

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Chocolate Turtle Devils Food Cake Mix Cookies

These chocolate turtle devils food cake mix cookies are just what you need as you send your kiddos off to school! Curling up with a few of these, a glass of milk and all the TV you’re not allowed to watch while they’re home is what mom dreams are made of. They are so decadent for how easy it is to make them. Be warned-the caramel goodness is sticky and will cling hours after consumption causing you to look a lot like cookie monster as you welcome your children home for school. That happened to a friend of mine, not me.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

In college my roommate made these amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cake mix cookies. I had never had something so perfectly pumpkiny—this was back before you could find absolutely everything pumpkin spice and it blew my mind! They have been a favorite ever since and a staple at our house every fall. And I’ve recreated it!

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Cake Mix Cookies

Through the fall I love pumpkin and as soon as Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for peppermint. These easy chocolate peppermint cake mix cookies are quick to make and sure to be a hit at your next holiday party! The addition of cream cheese to the batter adds a buttery flavor and makes them soft and fluffy-my favorite kind of cookie.

RECIPE AVAILABLE HERE. 

Cake Mix Cookies The Monster List of Recipes

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops Recipe and De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven Review

Need a little extra help for the holidays?  This amazing little toaster oven is just the helper you need!  I never have enough room in my oven to bake everything at the same time during the holidays and the De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven is perfect for warming and cooking my appetizers while the main dish bakes in my oven.  This countertop oven can serve as a second oven when cooking tons of dishes.  It’s a true European convection oven!

De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven

The Livenza Oven System allows you to prepare the yummiest foods with ease. This compact, high-efficiency countertop oven cooks faster and more evenly, leaving you with more time and more flavor. Roast, broil or bake your favorites including whole chicken and pizza with the precision of convection cooking for perfectly prepared meals, every time.

De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven

One of my favorite appetizers that’s quick and easy and sure to please a crowd is these bacon wrapped scallops.  I absolutely love seafood, especially this time of year and these little bite sized treats are decadent and filling.  You can serve them with a chili butter sauce, lemon aioli, or even raspberry jam!  The recipe is simple and easy in the De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven:

Bacon Wrapped Scallops Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Bacon
  • 15 Scallops
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven

Process

  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Rinse scallops under cold water.
  3. Cut bacon strips in half.
  4. Wrap each scallop with 1/2 strip of bacon.
  5. Skewer 2–3 bacon-wrapped scallops per skewer.
  6. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, seasoning both sides.
  7. Grill for 5-7 minutes.
  8. Flip, then grill for an additional 5-7 minutes.

De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven

De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven Key Features: 

  • Three Heating Areas: Whether baking or roasting, the oven distributes heat evenly with its three specific heating areas
  • Insulated to Maintain Heat: An innovative heating system maintains consistent heat due to insulated constriction and a double glass door
  • Eight Preset Programs: Whether you want to make a pizza, roast a chicken or bake cookies, one of the eight preset programs is perfect for the job
  • Cooking Functions: the internal temperature check guarantees that you are cooking with the right amount of heat for every meal
  • Dedicated Recipe App: inspiration is only a tap away. Find more than 50 different recipes in the dedicated app available in Google Play and Apple’s App Store. 

De’Longhi Livenza Convection Oven

And did you know that De’Longhi is a partner to a wonderful nonprofit—Cookies for Kids’ Cancer—an organization that has granted nearly $15 million to research for new, less toxic therapies for kids battling cancer. You can help by visiting cookiesforkidscancer.org and finding out how to send cookies, host and event, or donate outright.

Such a great way to use your De’Longhi oven!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of De’Longhi Group. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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The I-Have-To-Get-Them-Something Gift List

We all have those certain gifts that are required of us each year. You know, the ones we have to buy but really don’t want to spend a lot of time or money?  We all have a few of them whether it’s our I-Don’t-Really-Know-You-But-Live-By-You-Neighbors, teachers, church friends, co-workers, or mailman. We still want to to say “I’m thinking of you”… but are sick of buying the same candle and hand soap. Here is your must-buy gift list for all those presents you are obligated to give (but want it to be something nice!).

This post is not sponsored. These are items that myself and other TodaysMama editors really love and are giving out to our friends!

neighbor gift list

 

1. SUCCULENTS

These sweet, precious and unique collection of 20 can be the start to quite a few gifts. Buy an adorable pot (or don’t) and you’re all set!

Click HERE to buy!

 

 

2. TUMBLERS

Real cacti not their thing? Buy an adorable tumbler like these cactus double wall 24 oz tumbler. I know I can always use an extra lid/straw drink option in my house.

Click HERE to buy!

 

 

 

3. HOMEMADE GINGERBREAD CARAMELS

This fantastic recipe from Martha Stewart is a great option for all those neighbor gifts.  It makes a million caramels in just one batch and the gingerbread flavor makes it unique enough they won’t get bored from “just another holiday caramel”.

Click HERE for the recipe!

 

 

 

4. PERSONALIZED TEACHER BANGLE BRACELET

Teachers have come to expect gift cards for Christmas. I’m sure they don’t mind, but if you want to break out of the norm, try these bangled bracelets. You can personalize your appreciation. I love their simplicity and daintiness.

Click HERE to buy!

 

 

 

5. REDBOX NIGHT (PRE-PURCHASED PROMO CODES)

One of my favorite gifts given to me from a neighbor was a movie night on them. They provided a Redbox promo code and a microwave popcorn and/or 2-liter of soda for a fun family date night. I loved this idea because it was so simple and something I would have never thought of — and of COURSE it was getting used! Free movie and treats?! Yes, please!

Buy Promo Codes Online HERE!

(TIP: Email the purchased codes to yourself so you can hand them out using your own design and gift tag!)

 

 

6. MOVIE THEATER TICKETS

Know someone who would rather hit the movie theater?  You can buy gift cards to most movie theater companies at your local grocer (look for their gift card section) or even online.

Click HERE to buy!

 

 

 

7. WORDS OF INSPIRATION (PRINTABLES)

A sweet thought can go a long way. Share these beautiful words with your friends. And it is SO easy! Find a cute frame, download, print and you’re done!

Download Printables HERE!

 

 

8. TRADER JOE’S BODY BUTTER (Only $4.99!!)

We are IN LOVE with Trader Joe’s body butter. And we are even more in love with the price. You can’t beat $4.99 for a product that you actually buy and use for yourself. Don’t trick yourself in to buying this online because you will be paying WAY more than necessary. You have to hit up your local Trader Joe’s (or bribe a friend that lives close to one) to fetch these beauties for $4.99 each.

Find a local Trader Joe’s HERE!

 

Do you have a favorite obligatory gift? Please share your ideas below! 10 bonus friend points if you link to the product…because you know…I’m lazy.

 

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Complaining Is Actually Making Your Stressful Holiday WORSE

It is not unusual to be frazzled or stressed during the last months of the year and so many celebrations crammed into 2 months time. With family parties, school parties, gift buying, gift giving, delivery deadlines, finding time for traditions, decorating, baking, sending out cards and making everything absolutely PERFECT for your children so that they’ll always remember the magic of the season, it’s obviously a cause for elevated stress level. And then you check your Instagram only to see that everyone else seems to be doing it better than you with beautiful smiles and stylish holiday decor.

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But before I give you permission to complain about all that and more, here’s why complaining will actually make your holidays worse.

Complaining rewires your brain.

Complaining is totally normal and we’re all prone to do it. It feels as if it’s helping because for the moment, you’re blowing off steam. With all the pressures and the to-do’s during the holidays, it can breed negativity if you let it. The more frequently you complain, your brain will make it easier to complain in the future – basically, your brain will rewire itself. So, over time, that negativity will become second nature. If you’re turning to negative thoughts more frequently, it will be more difficult for you to break that habit. Do you know one of those people that is constantly negative? They likely didn’t get there overnight. Practice makes perfect.

Complaining is bad for your health. 

So what’s the harm in complaining, even if it does rewire your brain to make it second nature to complain more? Complaining can actually harm your health. We all know how stressful the holidays are already, you won’t want to compound that stress.  Dr. Travis Bradberry wrote, “When you complain, your body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol shifts you into fight-or-flight mode, directing oxygen, blood, and energy away from everything but the systems that are essential to immediate survival. One effect of cortisol, for example, is to raise your blood pressure and blood sugar so that you’ll be prepared to either escape or defend yourself.

All the extra cortisol released by frequent complaining impairs your immune system and makes you more susceptible to high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It even makes the brain more vulnerable to strokes.”

Joining the pity party.

You know that saying that misery loves company? Same goes for complainers. You seek validation for your complaints and then it just becomes a time for those who commiserate to join in the complaining. The negativity grows and you don’t want your most memorable party during the holidays to be a pity party. The holidays are a time for you to enjoy being with family and friends and being in a complaining cycle is not where you want to wallow.

 

Here are some ways to dial down the stress.

 

Make your complaint have a purpose.

Complaining in and of itself is not necessarily a problem. It’s the constant complaining that breeds negativity that can be a problem. If you have a complaint – something that you require a solution or a resolution to, take a step back and evaluate. What the problem is and how you can solve it? If you get angry every year because a member of your extended family forgets about your child’s very serious food allergy, address it before it becomes a problem when you are in a good place instead of testing them to see if they’ll remember and then complaining when they don’t. If you can identify the things you are most likely to complain about, you may be able to prevent it in the first place. And if you can’t, make sure that when you do have a complaint, you can use it constructively. Evaluate if it is worth addressing and if you can find a solution.

Stay positive and turn things around.

Just as complaining can become a problem, doing the opposite can bring more joy to the holidays. Yes, this means focusing on the good things, perhaps altering your attitude but the results will be worth it. If something about the holidays drives you crazy, do you really need to be doing it? If those neighbor gifts are becoming more of a burden than an expression of friendship, it’s time for you to ask what your goal is and if what you are doing is achieving that goal. Would a short, handwritten note suffice rather than an elaborate gift suffice?

Each year, a friend of mine would ask me if I was sending Christmas cards. For some reason this stressed me out and began to irritate me because it made me focus on my short-comings. I’m more of an every-other year lady in that department and having someone ask me about it was making me anxious. A few years ago, I got the e-mail again asking if I was sending cards and asking me for one and I realized that it was super important to her. It dawned on me that I could just send her one card without needing to send cards to everyone on our list. I turned something that was driving me crazy into something that I love doing now because I changed my perspective and realized something that required hardly anything from me was something very big for her.

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Let it go. 

When all else fails, let it go. A friend of mine years ago told me to pretend I was a sea otter and let it all just roll off of my back like water. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used that trick. Sometimes you can’t change a person or a situation but you can change yourself. You can choose to let it go. I don’t get hung up on the fact that I really wanted to make gingerbread houses and I just couldn’t find the time this year. Instead of venting about how I’m letting my family down by not finding that precious gingerbread house building time, I check myself and ask myself if it is worth giving that negativity a voice. No, I’m not perfect and neither are my holidays. But I’m going to do my very best to enjoy every bit and let go of all the rest.

 

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