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If you're looking for some great Black Friday deals we've got you covered!
In our Etsy shop November 27-Dec 1 we'll be having a 15% off sale on EVERYTHING in our shop! We make and sell items you can print at home, including recipe books, home decor, coloring posters, and more. They make great gifts for loved ones, or yourself.
Below I'll give you a preview of our most popular items.
Black Friday Sale
The Original Hot Cocoa Bomb Books
The best sellers in our shop are by far our Hot Cocoa Bomb books and with good reason. It seems like everyone is talking about Hot Cocoa Bombs lately and we have perfected them. We happily share how to make them in our two books: How To Make Hot Cocoa Bombs and Hot Cocoa Bombs: Fall Favorites.
We're often asked about the difference between the two books. The original booklet is just the basic recipe and some decorating and flavor ideas. The Fall Favorites book has 8 recipes for different flavors, and tips for working with chocolate.
Our coloring Christmas countdown calendar is just the thing to help you get through Christmas social distancing style. Everyday there's a different activity for you to do with your family and you can color in the ornament everyday that corresponds to the activity. Learn more about it here!
We also have a coloring poster for grandparents to give to their grandchildren. It's full of activities for grandparents and grandchildren to do together. This would be perfect to give as a promise of post-Covid quality time together. Experience gifts are the gifts that get remembered forever! (And if a poster isn't your style, it comes in book form too!) Learn more about it here!
Hot Cocoa bombs
Last but not least we have our Hot Cocoa Bombs! We decided to sell our leftover bombs or bombs that didn't exactly meet our standards for 50% off!!! That means the bombs will be $1.50!!! Our Hot Cocoa Bombs are perfect for stockings for a delicious drink on Christmas Morning.
So be sure to check out our Etsy shop Nov 27-Dec 1 to get these and more on an awesome deal for Black Friday Weekend!
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Have you ever been browsing Pinterest and been overwhelmed with trying to recreate on there? Or by the cost of trying to get the look you want?
Honestly that's how I was feeling with this post. So I decided to set some limits for myself. Sometimes working within limitations can help get the creative juices flowing. I decided I wanted to spend no more than $10, and that it would be something I could put together in no more than 15 minutes. Because, let's be honest, with everything going on Thanksgiving Day, who wants to spend tons of time getting the table ready? And in the end I think my centerpiece ended up being beautiful!
(If you're worried about timing for Thanksgiving be sure to check out our 'Thanksgiving Prep 101' post which gives you a timeline from a month in advance on how to prepare for Thanksgiving with a printable checklist to hang on your fridge!)
Easy & Affordable Thanksgiving Centerpiece
I made this little video showing you how I put my centerpiece together. It's really that simple! Feel free to pause it if it goes too fast for you. Below I'll list the supplies I used.
Tips for Making a Thanksgiving Centerpiece
If you're wondering how I got all these for less than $10 the answer is after Halloween Clearance!
Once Halloween is over stores basically start moving on to Christmas and heavily discount their fall merchandise. The 3 picks were $2 each! And my pack of leaves, pinecones, and little pumpkins were $0.25 each. So check out your bargain bins. If you can't find any around you here's some similar I found on Etsy.
I already had some of the supplies in my home. I had some extra greenery from an old wreath I used to fill in gaps. We grew pumpkins in my garden this year so my centerpiece pumpkin and one of the mini orange pumpkins are from my garden. I know most people don't grow pumpkins so a pie pumpkin or two from the grocery store would also look cute in the center.
You could also go on a pinecone hunt outside to help decorate your table. Just be sure to clean them off before using them.
Here's some more tips for making your easy and affordable Thanksgiving centerpiece:
I hope that these tips and tutorial can help you to create your own beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Don't let Pinterest overwhelm you, if you do use our tips to make your own centerpiece, tag us in your picture so we can share!
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Lately I have been thinking about what to do on Halloween night. Because there aren't any parties going on with friends and it looks like trick-or-treating isn't really happening in my neck of the woods. I plan on having my kids trick-or-treat from door to door in our home among other ideas I posted for our Quaranween like crafts and costume contests. But I wanted something fun to wrap up the night. That's when I decided we could do a Halloween movie marathon!
When I started thinking of my favorite Halloween movies, I realized most of them are from Disney. Hocus Pocus, Halloweentown, Don't Look Under the Bed. Also my favorite Halloween shorts are from Disney too. Trick or Treat and Lonesome Ghosts are two Mickey and friends cartoons that I remember watching as a child.
This gave me the idea to make a list of all the Halloween related movies, shows, and shorts on Disney+ and share the list. Actually my original idea was a checklist, but there ended up being way more than I could include. The list contains all Halloween related movies and shows. It even contains memorable Halloween themed episodes.
You may notice that Disney+ has a Halloween collection on their search page. Our lists overlap some, but mine doesn't include some of what's on theirs because I didn't find it to be Halloweenish. And mine includes things that aren't on their list because I felt they were iconic Halloween episodes (I'm looking at you "And Then There Was Shawn" the ICONIC scary episode of Boy Meets World).
I also Included Coco and the Day of the Dead episode of Lizzie McGuire. I know they're not Halloween themed (well actually the Lizzie McGuire one Is a cross-over) but I love them!
I also couldn't include all the Disney Jr episodes, so I left it at Vampirina.
I hope this list helps you to celebrate Halloween. You can curate the perfect list of what to watch on Halloween with your family and not miss any of your faves.
I have the list in a printable format and on Instagram we'll be sharing a template for your IG story.
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Since it's October I thought I would share a fun and easy decoration to make for your home. Your kids or grandkids might enjoy doing this with you as well.
Since we're doing Halloween at home I wanted to make it extra fun with our decorations. I decided to show my kids how to make those little garlands where it looks like all the people are holding hands, but with a Halloween twist!
My kids were so amazed and happy when I unfolded the garlands. They loved them!
So today I have a free subscriber printable of these stencils. I went with fun monster faces for these. They're simple to cut out and would be great practice for your young scissor users.I had my son (5) cut out the big outline and then I cut out the face details. He also traced the stencil onto the construction paper.
I made these stencils to fit a regular sized piece of construction paper when folded into fourths. If your paper is a little different size than mine, no worries, just make sure that you don't cut the sides completely and your garland should still work.
To make the stencils:
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!