Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert – Black Friday Edition

Awesome Affiliate Sales Alert - Black Friday Edition

It has been a long while since I have shared an awesome affiliate sales post. It’s not that there haven’t been great deals, there have. I’ve just been in a very busy season in my life (is anyone ever not in a busy season?), so I haven’t had the time to hunt down the deals for you.

Today is an exception. I just knew there had to be a plethora of steals and deals to be had for Black Friday. And the nice thing about this is that you can do this shopping in the comfort of your pajamas and not have to face the crowds. Win-win, right?

So let’s dive on in to the awesome affiliate sales I found!

Lilla Rose – Everything is 20%-50% off! This is a HUGE sale. AND the year’s Flexi of the Months will be back in limited supply. Also, free shipping on orders over $49! Sale starts at 12:00 AM Pacific.

Lilla Rose Flexi of the Month 2014 - Back in limited supply for Black Friday!

Teach Them Diligently – Save $5 on your registration with code: SIMPLYVICKI (yes, that is just for you lovelies!)

Crazy 8 – Save 40% on EVERYTHING plus free shipping!

Gymboree – Save 50% on EVERYTHING plus free shipping!

Gymboree Children's Clothing

Janie & Jack – 30% off your entire order!

Zulily Deals

Lego – Free exclusive set with orders over $99, free shipping on all orders.

Visit the LEGO Holiday Gift Shop and Build a Happy Season!

Tiny Prints – Save 30% on any order, plus an extra 10% with the code: 1128DEAL

Tiny Prints - Holiday Offer

HEDUA – Save 60% with special bundles!

$5 Dinners

Costco Meal Planning Holiday Bundle - Get ALL 5 Meal Plans in the 20 Meals for $150 Series Freezer Cooking Bundle with Meal Plans & Ultimate Freezer Cooking Guide

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the deals on Amazon! Now is a GREAT time to start your free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime. There are SO many perks now for this, it is a steal of a deal.

5 Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

When it comes to the holidays, spending time with family starts to take center stage. Sure, we love spending time with our kids year-round, but it seems this time of the year is when people really focus on making memories. And that is a great thing!

I am a part of several blogging networks that are full of wonderful bloggers, one of the most active and generous networks is Kid Blogger Network. It truly is a community of bloggers, where “big” and “small” bloggers share what they know and work together to build each other up.

Today I am happy to be working with a group of these bloggers to bring you a super giveaway, but first, I want to talk to you about holiday activities. Specifically, holiday activities for the whole family. Let’s do this!

Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

You can choose one or do them all. Invite grandparents to get involved or stick to those in your household. Memories will be made. Memories can be messy, so you might want to brace yourself for that if you are like me.

Bake Cookies & Other Goodies

Baking cookies is a great way to spend a cozy afternoon at home. It can be a quiet affair or you can crank up the Christmas music and dance it out. It’s all up to you. Here are some helpful resources for baking with the whole family to check out:

Read Themed Books Together

Reading together is a great activity for the whole family all year long. It promotes literacy and can have a life-long impact on your kids. If you have trouble fitting it in, just remember 15 minutes is enough to make a difference and you can fit that in to your day in a variety of ways.

Serve Others Together

Any time you can take the focus off of self and focus on others, do it. We are naturally self-centered and it is really easy to get wrapped up in that. This time of year is hard for a lot of people. Consider looking into some ways you can serve others as a family this holiday season to make it a little brighter for someone else.

Make Ornaments Or Other Decorations

Decorate your tree with homemade ornaments. Or if that makes your OCD a little crazy, create a special display on the mantel or somewhere similar.

Take In The Sites Together

Does your town have a special Christmas display? Take the time to go see that or simply drive around your neighborhood and hunt for Christmas light displays. You can also take part in this by making sure to decorate your house outside this holiday season. These lights spread joy to kids, a great thing to do!

KBN Mega Cash Giveaway

Money is often tight for people and the holidays can make that feel especially painful. Today, some of the Kid Blogger Network bloggers would like to help spread some holiday cheer by bringing you another AWESOME giveaway.

Win one of FOUR $500 cash prizes directly in your Paypal account! This giveaway is open internationally. You must be 18+ years old to enter. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. Winners will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Please see detailed terms and conditions below the giveaway for more info.

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More Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

KBN bloggers have some of the best activities out there. You can check out what other great resources were put together for this by checking out the links below!

50 Great Pie Recipes

50 Great Pie Recipes - Looking for a new pie recipe for your baking arsenal? You are sure to find something here!

Fall and winter are the unofficial baking seasons. The cooler weather make heating up the kitchen with the oven a welcomed event. Plus, baking with spices like cinnamon makes the house smell wonderful.

I’ve scoured the internet and found a list of great pie recipes to consider adding to your holiday baking lists. Be sure to tell me in the comments which one looks the most intriguing to you!

Fruity Pies

Pumpkin & Squash Pies

Chocolatey Pies

Nutty Pies

Gluten Free Pies

Other Great Pies Recipes

What do you think? Are you a fruity pie person? Or do you prefer a creamier pie? Be sure to check out these great pie recipes and then add one or two to your baking plans this winter!

Looking for no-bake pies? I found this great round-up as I was researching my post, be sure to check out over 70 No Bake Pies!

If you want to see more pie recipes, be sure to check out my Food :: Pies, Cakes, & Cupcakes board on Pinterest!

Follow Vicki Arnold’s board Food :: Pies, Cakes, & Cupcakes on Pinterest.

Holiday Style With Lilla Rose

Holiday Style With Lilla Rose

Lilla Rose is one of those companies I had never heard of before entering the blogging world. I did a giveaway series last year and one of the giveaways was for a Lilla Rose flexi clip that I received to review. After trying it out, I ended up signing up as a consultant because my girls and I loved it.

I’ve accumulated a small collection over the last year and in that time also found the world of Polyvore. Strange segue? Sorry, I’m awkward sometimes.

Polyvore is this fun place where people compile collections of items to make outfits. Kind of like a dream board for fashion. I found them through Pinterest last year when I was filling my New :: Style board with ideas for updating my lacking wardrobe.

Today, I have put the two together and have created some sets built around some Lilla Rose products. You can order them at my Lilla Rose Shop if you find one that strikes your fancy.

First up is Ruby Bouquet, built around the Ruby Bouquet flexi clip.

Ruby Bouquet

 

Next is one that is a little more glitzy, but not terribly flashy. This one features the Lovely Circle Gold bobbies.

Simple Glitz

 

You can check out the rest of my sets on Polyvore, too. I have a few so far.

Please tell me what colors you like to wear during the holiday season! I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Don’t forget, you can pick up all of your Lilla Rose needs through my link. ;) If you have any questions, please let me know!

DIY Gifts for Kids Book List

DIY Gifts for Kids - a book list

Creating gifts for kids can either be exciting or overwhelming. Kids have a wide range in likes, but knowing the kid will take you far in deciding what to make. While some kids may be harder to find a gift to MAKE, the reward of giving a gift that is tailored to the receiver is always worth the effort.

Today’s Crafty Christmas installment is a list of books to help you create those perfect gifts for kids. DIY gifts for kids is the name of the game today!

As always, you can look for these books at your local library or find them on Amazon.

DIY Gifts for Kids Book List


Ultimate Papercraft Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques edited by Marie Clayton – Papercrafting isn’t just awesome cards. This may be a great book to consider using as an experience gift for a kid, taking the time to make something out of the book would be a great gift for a crafty kid who simply wants to spend time with you.


The Big Book of Socks: The Ultimate Beyong-the-Basics Guide to Knitting Socks by Kathleen Taylor – Most kids I know love funky socks. If you can knit, this could be a great option.


Pattern Making for Kids’ Clothes by Carla Hegeman Crim – If you are a sewer, making some clothes may be the option you want to take. There are so many awesome choices for fabrics – beautiful fabrics for tween girls, fun and funky for boys, and sweet prints for toddlers. You can easily customize a clothing gift to the child.


Palm-Size Softies: Patterns and Ideas for 44 Stuffed Pets and Dolls That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand by Hitomi Jakahashi, Mikiko Matsui, and Akema Tsubo – These little critters are adorable.


Chic & Unique Beaded Jewelry edited by Naomi Abeykoon – If you have a tween girl on your list, this could make a great gift. Actually, this would make a great option for just about any girl on your list.


Felt Toys for Little Ones by Jessica Peck of Sweetie Pie Bakery – I just love felt food. This book is a great collection of ideas for play sets to spark imaginative play in toddlers and preschoolers.


Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! by Courtney Cerruti – Washi tape has been all the rage in the crafting world for a while now. This books has a lot of fun ideas to try.

Don’t let crafting for kids intimidate you! Think about the kid you are giving the gift to and then try to find some ways to make them something special. A little extra thought goes a long way!

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

Pumpkin is such a fall favorite. Previously, I shared a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls and for Pumpkin Pie S’Mores that were a hit.

Today, I have a short post for you that is really a tip.

These pumpkin pie sandwich cookies pictured are super simple to make. You just take the pumpkin graham crackers from the s’mores and then slather some of the pumpkin pie spiced icing from the rolls and boom! Pumpkin sandwich cookies.

Two recipes, three results. I love when that happens!

Try it and let me know what you think!

DIY Health & Beauty Gifts

DIY Health & Beauty Gifts for gift giving fun!

Crafty Christmas was born out of my ever-present desire to make the gifts I give. Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop for gifts, too. There is just something about adding a handmade gift to the mix that makes it extra special to me.

Last time, I covered books with ideas for gifts kids can make and give. This time, we are talking about DIY health and beauty gifts for your gift giving needs. Next time, I will cover books with ideas for homemade gifts to be given TO kids.

Now, this series may be called Crafty Christmas, but these gifts are not seasonal in nature. They would make excellent birthday or even just because gifts, too. Don’t feel limited to this time of year, spread the love all year long!

Many of these gifts will have ingredients that you may not know where to find locally. Here are a few resources for buying them online:

  • Bulk Herb Store – They sell a variety of bulk herbs and mixes. They also sell heirloom seeds.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs – They also offer a selection of herbs and other ingredients, but they also have a great selection of containers, too.
  • Amazon – They truly have just about everything you could ever need it seems.

Now, on to our list!

DIY Health and Beauty Gifts

I’m organizing these a bit to make them easier to reference. If you find one you really like, be sure to pin it on Pinterest so you don’t lose it!

Body Needs

For the Face

Bath & Shower Gifts

Health Related Gifts

Any one of these would make a simple gift for a friend or you can bundle them together in a cute basket and really make an impression. You can see these and many more options on my DIY :: Health & Beauty Pinterest board. So be sure to follow that (and the rest of my boards).

In researching this post, I came across what looks to be a fabulous resource for those wanting to make their own health and beauty products. It is an eBook called DIY Organic Beauty Recipes and you might be interested in checking it out.

DIY Organic Beauty Recipes

New Sides to Try This Thanksgiving

New Sides to Try this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about the food. You may have tried-and-true recipes that you rely on each year or you may be more adventurous and like to try new recipes each year. Today I have a list of sides for your Thanksgiving dinner planning consideration.

Salad Sides

Slow Cooker Sides

Traditional With a Twist Sides

Tell me, are you a more traditional dinner fan or do you like to mix it up and try new things?