Helps for Your Christmas Preparations

Well, y’all, it’s getting down to the wire here! FOUR DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS! Are you ready?! Well, never mind if you aren’t, you soon will be – I have tons of help for you! Are you ready?!

Let’s start out with some tips to help your Christmas as a whole…

Helpful Christmas Tips

I’ve Got Tricks for You!

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The ULTIMATE Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party, Linkup AND GIVEAWAY!

 

Gingerbreadman Cookies and CandyWelcome and come on in to the Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!

#Ultimatecookieparty

We have been working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best and most fun virtual party you will attend this season!

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Over the next 13 days we want you to share your absolute BEST Cookie and Goodie recipes with us! We also want you to share your Free Printable Holiday invitations, party décor and anything Thanksgiving and Christmas themed which you have free printables for! NO ROUND-UPS, PLEASE!

We will be pinning all of your wonderful recipes and free printables to our Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party Pinterest Board.

We will also be hosting a Twitter party loaded with prizes! What would a party be without prizes?! Mark your calendar for November 11th at 8:00 p.m. EST and go to TWUBS to pre-register by clicking —> here.

Prizes included in the Twitter party; 6 dozen eggs from NestFresh Eggs, The Picky Palate Cookbook from Marilyn’s Treats, Birch Lane Pillow cover Valued at $59, Set of 6 snowflake ornaments via SkyBlueFancy Etsy shop, “Baked with Love by” labels valued at $25 from The Road To Domestication (<— that’s ME!) and a $20 e-gift card courtesy of your hosts!!!

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All of our party Hosts and Co-Hosts have joined together to bring you a HUGE Paypal Cash prize in our party giveaway along with some fabulous prizes brought to you by our Sponsors!

DON’T FORGET TO SCROLL all the way down TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

Just in time for Christmas shopping: $350 in cash PLUS 4 more winners of Sponsor Prize Packages on the Rafflecopter

  1. $350 Cash with winner option of either Paypal or Amazon
  2. Value $75 includes; The Pasta Shoppe – box of holiday pasta $25 and Birch Lane $50 gift card
  3. Value $42 includes; Fun Pasta Fundraising – box of holiday pasta $25 and Family Finest Cookie Kits – 2 coupons, $12 value and Northern Whimsy Custom Recipe cards ($5 value) plus 75% off anything in the store
  4. Value $43 includes; Jamberry Nails – holiday nail wraps – (1 sheet, $15 value) and Chloe + Isabel – organic teardrop earrings RV $28
  5. Value $89 includes; Farmer’s Bounty Pet – Food & two treat varieties – $38 value and Princella Sweet Potatoes – A Sager Creek Company (3 free cans Sager Creek Veggies – $6 value) and Tandoor Chef – Coupons for 3 free dinners, $18 value and The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies! (3 Coupons for products, $27 value)

Meet Your Hosts

Please follow your hosts on at least one form of Social Media

Intelligent Domestications

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin // Hometalk // Stumble Upon // G+

The Road To Domestication

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin // Hometalk // G+

My Pinterventures

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin // Hometalk // Stumble Upon // G+

The Honeycomb Home

Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Instagram // Bloglovin // Hometalk

A Giant Thank You to all of our wonderful sponsors!

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Please join with us as we thank our Sponsors! We have some fabulous prizes for our Giveaway both on the Rafflecopter AND at the Twitter Party thanks to the good folks at:

NestFresh.com (6 dozen Eggs)

Marilyn’s Treats (The Picky Palate Cookbook Value $17.99)

DIY Decorating Addict (6-month Subscription to online “DIY Decorating Addict” magazine via Dianne Corriere (Twitter Party) – only available on Apple products )

The Pasta Shoppe ($25 Value, box of Holiday pasta)

Fun Pasta Fundraising ($25 Value, Box of Holiday pasta)

Northern Whimsy Custom Recipe cards ($5 value) plus 75% off anything in the store

Jamberry Nails (Holiday Nail Wraps)

Family Finest (2 coupons, $12 value)

Farmer’s Bounty Pet (Food & two treat varieties – $38 value)

Princella Yams A Sager Creek Company (3 free cans Sager Creek Veggies – $6 value)

Tandoor Chef (Coupons for 3 free dinners, $18 value)

The Piping Gourmets (3 Coupons for products, $27 value)

Sky Blue Fancy Etsy Shop (Set of 6 Snowflake Ornaments, Value $18)

Birch Lane ($50 Gift Card and a Pillow Cover)

Chloe + Isabel (Organic Teardrop Earrings a $28 value)

Meet your Co-Hosts

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An Alli Event | Life With Lorelai | Meatloaf and Melodrama | Table and Hearth
2 Crochet Hooks | A Life In Balance | Marilyn’s Treats | Kupon Girl
Sharing A to Z | This & That | The Rustic Willow | Second Chances Girl
Love Create Celebrate | That Recipe | Flourishing At Home
Pint Size Farm | Living Contently | The Evolution of Mom

Let’s Party!

Here are the Rules:

  • Link up to 6 Post over the 13 days of the party
  • Share the party on social media using #Ultimatecookieparty
  • NO Round Ups
  • Visit a couple of links and comment or share

WHAT TO SHARE
Share you original posts for any winter holiday, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Recipes and Free Printables, please. No crafts. It’s all about the cookies and goodies!

DON’T FORGET TO SCROLL DOWN TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Just in time for Christmas shopping. $350 in Cash PLUS 6 more Winners of Sponsor Prize Packages

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It’s COMING! The Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!

We are so excited about all the Food and Fun which comes with the Seasons changing!

Some of my friends and I are offering this Blogger Opp for an event we are calling

the Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies Party And Giveaway!

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications, Erlene of My Pinterventures, Kristen of The Road To Domestication and Roxanne of The Honey Comb Home are all working like Santa’s little helpers to bring you the most fun virtual party of the season!

Sign Up Now for the Ultimate Cookie and Goodies Party

The Fun will include:

  • Link Up for you to share all of your Cookies and Goodie recipes PLUS your party ideas including any Free Printables you want to promote for decorations, invitations and such!
  • You will be invited to Pin to our Collaborative Group Board so even more folks will see your Pins and your posts!
  • We have a Twitter party in the works too!

But wait! There’s more!

  • There simply must be a Giveaway, right! Giveaway’s drive non-blogger traffic to your blog AND grow your followers. Since this party will end before Black Friday, what better prize than CASH! We are starting with $100 in Cash, Winner’s Choice of either Paypal or Amazon eGift Card. This is a Worldwide Giveaway and event. The $100 will grow and some lucky person is going to have a nice Black Friday!

We would love for you to Co-Host this event with us! Co-Host links will go at the top of the Rafflecopter in the order in which they are received. The Co-Host spots are $15 which includes 4 links on the Rafflecopter and a link back to your blog in the body of the post.

Bundle pack of links is $10 for 4 links.

Individual links are $3 each.

AND THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP TO PARTICIPATE IS NOVEMBER 1!

Everyone who joins the Ultimate Virtual Cookies & Goodies Party will post the party and Giveaway as one post on their blog. We ask that you agree to share as often as possible during the 2 week event, not less than 4 times! It’s not a party without some Guests to enjoy our Recipes and Decorations and Party prizes!

If you would like to help us promote this party and make it as big and successful as possible, grab the HTML announcement here. Just copy and paste it onto your blog!

We have done All the work. You will receive the HTML ready to go.

Let’s get this party started!

Sign Up Here

Disclaimer: This giveaway is hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications, Erlene of My Pinterventures, Kristen of The Road To Domestication and Roxanne of The Honey Comb Home. The winner will receive a Paypal cash payment from the above hostesses. Paypal is not sponsoring this giveaway, and as such, each blogger representing and advertising this giveaway is not responsible for the Paypal payment to the winner. Open to Worldwide, participants must be 18+ years, void where prohibited, and all entries will be verified. If your entry is not complete a new winner will be chosen. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, if they do not a new winner will be chosen. All giveaway tool will meet all requirements and follow all rules as stated by social media platforms state. This giveaway is in no way endorsed by any social media platform use to advertise.

Our “Theme” for Christmas 2013!

I’m a huge fan of tradition. I especially love the different traditions that families have around the holidays! It’s what makes different families special and unique, and it’s one of my favorite things to hear about from YOU, too!

Before we got married, I wanted to start my own tradition. I was a single gal, and everyone else in my family had someone except me. They all had their traditions, and I was struggling to try to figure out one for myself. I tried to think of what I was good at, what I enjoyed, what I could do that no one else was already doing. And then it hit me.

I decided to “theme” every Christmas. And that started out with my gift wrap.

Each year, I chose a different theme of wrapping items and accessories. And it was important to me that they all pointed back to the real meaning of Christmas. Santa Claus and all the make-believe was fun, but I wanted to make it meaningful.

Here’s an example: the first year I did this, I chose a candy cane theme. My gift tags included the story of the candy cane. Have you read it? You can read the full bit of info HERE, but I created something a little more basic for my gifts…something that looked like this:

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