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Try Out These 4 Shabby Chic Table Centerpieces

Let’s get to that table for the Holidays. It is the place where family gathers and creating a fun centerpiece adds to the holiday feel of the home.

Try Out These 4 Shabby Chic Table Centerpieces
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For your holiday table, you should begin decorating by adding some centerpieces. This might be one long centerpiece or multiple decorations for the middle of a larger dining room table. These centerpiece ideas are for both shabby chic and Christmas styles.

Add Ornaments or Pinecones to a Big Bowl

This is one of the simplest and least expensive decor items for your table centerpiece. It works with any style of Christmas decor, so for shabby chic, you are just changing the overall style and color of the bowl and what goes inside of it. If you can find an old wooden bowl, that is perfect for this. You can also use any white or silver bowl you have or like this one. Fill it with pinecones spray painted white or another shabby chic color like light green or pastel pink. You can also just fill it with ornaments of these same colors. Ball ornaments in white or silver often work very well for this type of centerpiece.

Create Twinkle Light Mason Jars

Mason jars on their own already fit in with the shabby chic style since these jars have been around for a long time. Just using them in your decor make them appropriate for this Christmas decorating decor style. To be more specific to Christmas, fill large mason jars with strings of twinkle lights. You can either get shorter strings that use batteries for the lights instead of being plugged in, or you can drill holes in the bottom so that you can pull out the lights and plug them in somewhere near the table. Just bring the cord underneath the table runner so it isn’t obvious, then connect them to a nearby outlet.

Create a Mini Village

If you want to have a Christmas village but only have enough for a small one, placing it on your dining table is perfect. You can create that small shabby chic village by putting it on a vintage-style cake platter. There are clear cake platters, or you might even find one in a distressed white color or silver. Just add some snow to the platter, then add some houses, buildings, and people, and your village is ready for Christmas.

Use a Distressed Planter

When you want to use Christmas flowers as the centerpiece, you may not want a modern flower vase or classic red and green Christmas vase. Instead, you can get a vase or planter and spray paint it a white color, then add some distressing elements. You can also use an older wooden planter for this purpose.

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Playmobil Advent Calendars

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Playmobil Advent Calendars

Remember those 24 doors with the mystery chocolate inside we would have as kids to countdown those December days until Christmas? Every Thanksgiving we would be handed our advent calendars in preparation for the countdown. Today my parents carry on that same tradition with the grandkids and they have their calendars waiting for them at her Thanksgiving dinner every year. They still sell those same calendars, but Playmobil has stepped up in a huge way to really magnify the countdown with the play set Advent Calendars.

This year Playmobil has 4 different themes such as 1.2.3. Christmas on the Farm, Royal Ice Skating Trip, Santa’s Workshop and Jewel Thief Police Operation.


We love our Santa’s Workshop and Royal Ice Skating Trip sets. Every year Anthony’s decorating job is the village and it gets bigger as each holiday passes and I find new figures and buildings to add. He loves setting the village up his way and now he wants to merge it with his Playmobil advent calendars to watch his village grow daily. We can’t wait to stat opening those doors.


Each set comes with its own backdrop theme so you can start placing your pieces into the scenery. If you pair all of them together you get a complete village with skaters, animals, toy shop and the town police station. Or you can eat a mystery chocolate piece each day. Find Playmobil in stores and on Amazon.

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Saving Christmas Movie Review and DVD Giveaway

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Saving Christmas Movie Review and DVD Giveaway

Welcome to the Saving Christmas DVD Giveaway

Saving Christmas is a fun holiday movie you will want to watch to get the Christmas spirit started. It stars Ed Asner , Patrick Muldoon, Brooke Langton, Jack Brunault, Tommy Dreamer (as himself), Mike Bennett, Maria Kanellis (as herself).

The story line is about an X-Files of investigating of the truth about Santa. It really is quite witty for adults. However, Saint Nick is real and actually making toys right in town. Oh…and Santa has a social media director. As the truth unfolds you get comedy and a fu festive feeling. I watched with my 9 year old and we laughed many times throughout the movie.

Holiday Wishing Ornament Craft Kit

We had a lot of fun making wishes with our Saving Christmas themed Holiday Wishing Ornament Craft Kit.

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Tips For Decorating Your Christmas Mantle

I have a fireplace in my new home! I have always wanted a mantle to decorate and our new home has one. So now I have been searching for a fun way to decorate my mantle for the holidays.

Tips For Decorating Your Christmas Mantle

One of the most commonly decorated areas of a home for Christmas is the mantle. This is not only where you will hang your stockings, but it is the perfect place to set decorative items. The following tips will help you decorate your Christmas mantle in the shabby chic theme.

Use Distressed Wood Frames

If you have pictures on your mantle, and many people do, you don’t have to take them down just because it is Christmas. Instead, keep the pictures up, but switch out the frames. Even if you already have shabby chic-friendly frames, now is a great time to put away the white frames (like these) and bring out some distressed wood ones. This really adds a fun look to your mantle where the rest of your shabby chic Christmas decor is probably white, silver, and pastel colors. It gives some nature to your mantle without getting too far from the shabby chic look you want to acquire. For a bit of fun, you can even switch out the pictures and replace them with pictures of angels, snowmen, Santa and Mrs. Clause, as if they were friends and family members.

Create a Village on the Mantle

Many people create a Christmas village and put it on a table, but why not put it right on your mantle? It keeps it high enough to be away from kids or cats who are a little too curious, as well as being in a room where your family probably spends a lot of time during the holidays. Not only that, it is a convenient place to spread around twinkle lights and p lug them in, allowing you to easily illuminate your shabby chic-style Christmas village.

Use Vintage Items on the Mantle

For more traditional decorating of the mantle, you might want to use various decorative accessories and figurines. For a shabby chic look, try to find items that are vintage or at least have that old-fashioned look to them. Some items that work perfectly include an old pair of white ice skates, vintage milk jugs and bottles, or Santa Clause figures that have the old dress as opposed to the bright red dress and hat of the more modern styles.

Add Spray Painted Bottle Brush Trees

Bottle brush trees are really popular during Christmas since they are inexpensive and always add a fun element. However, instead of the bold green ones, you can either get them in white and other pastel colors, or spray paint them yourself. Spread them around your mantle in between other decorative items.

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Celebrate Christmas With Your Pooch – Planet Dog Toys

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Celebrate Christmas With Your Pooch - Planet Dog Toys

Sharing the holidays with our pets is normal in many households and it has always been in our. Even the years we did not have a pet, I would pick up treats for family members pets to take home. It is hectic over the Holidays and our pets feel that stress so they deserve moments of happy with new toys and treats.

Planet Dog is a fun place to shop. From holiday themed tough toys to leashes and travel items for the family dog there is plenty to choose from. Maya loves her Planet Dog toys! Just take a look at these fun gifts below!


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Orbee Tuf ‘Coal’ Toy

Maya is pretty adorable even when she gets into puppy trouble. This Tuf Coal works as a durable chew toy and a ball that really bounces! It likes to bounce in random hops so watching her chase it is hilarious.

Planet Dog Bulb

Orbee Tuf Holiday Bulb

How adorable is this? A chew toy shaped as a Christmas bulb! They have small and large sizes with 4 colors to choose from. Her puppy teeth have been into this for some time now and it is still in tact.

Planet Dog Bulb

When you shop Planet Dog each product has easy to read information. Find out the durability, ratings and even if it s a recycled or non toxic rated product right on its buy page. Planet Dog’s well-known Orbee-Tuff® material is eco-friendly recyclable plastic. It is also made in the USA and is completely non-toxic and is as safe for humans (even babies) as it is for dogs.

Also available on Amazon!

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Serve Graeter’s Ice Cream for the Holidays

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Serve Graeter's Ice Cream for the Holidays

Only the best for the Holidays! I think we all strive to serve only the best to make the Holidays as special as possible. Maybe you buy the same foods and use the same recipes each year. Maybe you like to introduce something new at times. I know that as soon as the pies come out for gathering the kids are asking for the ice cream.

Can you believe they hand-pack every pint? Graeter’s ice cream is made one batch at a time in 2 1/2 gallon batches and uses only the finest chocolate, fruits from the Pacific NW and fresh local dairy.

black raspberry

The ice cream is frozen then hand packed. The low glycemic varieties have half the sugar but the same great taste. The sweetness in this variety comes from monk fruit. It meets the certifications of the Glycemic Research Institute®’s criteria for a low-glycemic food suitable for people with type 2 diabetes(statistic info. here).

Graeter’s can be found online and in select grocery stores. You can use their store locator to find the brand near you. You can order a few to many pints all delivered together and packaged to stay frozen and enjoy right away. You can shop their dessert sauces, fine candies, merchandise and even some ice cream sandwiches called, Wheelies.

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