5 Reasons You Should Switch to an Artificial Christmas Tree This Year

5 Reasons You Should Switch to an Artificial Christmas Tree This Year
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Nothing inspires the holiday spirit quite like a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. You want that picture-perfect look, but you’re starting to wonder if it’s worth bringing a cut tree into your home to get it. If you’re on the fence, consider these five reasons you should switch to an artificial Christmas tree this season.  

Realistic Look

Gone are the days when artificial trees looked like green pipe cleaners stuck to a metal pole. Balsam Hill reviews boast about the next generation of artificial trees that look even better than the real thing. With the right materials and attention to detail, modern artificial Christmas trees look the part.

Lower Maintenance

Natural cut trees require plenty of water to maintain their freshness, which means you’ll be caring for it every day until it’s hauled away. Artificial trees don’t require any attention once they’re set up, and Balsam Hill professional reviews demonstrate that the process is often much easier for an artificial tree than its natural counterpart.

Longer Lasting

The great thing about an artificial tree is that you can leave it up as long as you’d like without worrying about it drying out and becoming a fire hazard. This means countless cozy nights admiring the twinkle lights, mug of hot cocoa in hand.

Free from Pests

It isn’t something you’d necessarily think about, but bringing a live tree into the home can bring some unwanted house guests along with it. Spiders, mites, moths, bark lice and many more critters can hitch a ride into your home, with some taking up residency for good.

Free from Allergens

Many people who are sensitive to common allergens find that real Christmas trees can sour their holiday season with stuffy noses and even itching and hives. Artificial trees are made with a synthetic material that won’t cause allergies to flare up for those sensitive to real trees.

Christmas trees are a festive part of the holiday season. Choosing an artificial tree can make the season merry and bright because of its many advantages over a natural tree.


Master the Art of Holiday Gift Buying

Master the Art of Holiday Gift Buying
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The holidays are fast approaching, with the average person expected to spend around $700 on gifts for their loved ones. In previous years, you may have gained a reputation for being a last-minute gift buyer, but this year you may want to show your family that you can plan ahead. Make this holiday season count by brushing up on your Holiday gift buying skills. Who knows, you may even become the best gift buyer in the family!

Listen Closely

After the holiday season, an estimated $16 billion of gifts are thrown away each year. To avoid giving unwanted gifts and become the best gift-giver in the family, listen to what people talk about in the months leading up to the holidays. Take notes on what they are buying for themselves and what they can’t afford to come up with some ideas that your family will love. This is also the best way to give gifts that are needed rather than just wanted. Ask questions months before you start your Holiday gift buying to ensure your family don’t suspect you are looking for ideas.

Humorous Gifts

It is true what they say: laughter really does help you live longer. What better way to gain a reputation as the best gift buyer in the family than to inject some humor into the occasion? A funny book related to something your relative loves can be the perfect gift over that new household item. It shows you are thinking of them and it will be memorable to read extracts out before a holiday dinner. Similarly, a humorous game can bring the family together in laughter and can alleviate any tensions around the dinner table.

Timeless Children’s Gifts

Giving children fewer gifts has been shown to increase their engagement and creativity while playing. Therefore, giving fewer, but more thoughtful gifts, can benefit the children in your family. Children can be difficult to buy for, as many toys quickly go out of fashion. Girls may love something related to the latest fashion or TV trends, but they may quickly be forgotten. They may spend more time with a quality Lego set or a kids’ camera, which can be picked up and used again and again. Other engaging gifts for young girls and boys include crafting sets, games and art materials. To make your gift stand out, personalize them or make them a gift yourself to show you care.  

A few thoughtful well-chosen gifts can make a family come together during the holidays. Choose items that show you have been listening and that show you care to become the best Holiday gift buying member in your family.


Easy Gluten Free Cheese Crisps Recipe using Folios Cheese Wraps

Gluten Free Cheese Crisps Recipe

I surely have been more adventurous in the kitchen now that I am stuck home. However, what I am finding is many recipes I have been making are one’s I should have been using all along. Some are so quick and easy and to think I was buying pre-made versions with less healthy ingredients.

For example, I now make my own tortilla chips with low carb tortillas and I also make my own cheese crisps for salads and wraps using Folios (gluten free and dairy free) cheese wraps. I’ll share this Gluten Free Cheese Crisps Recipe with you.

Cut Cheese wrap

For this recipe I used the cheddar Folios cheese wraps. With my tween who is lactose sensitive, finding cheddar that is dairy free and actually tastes good has been a huge benefit. With this recipe I can make and store cheese crisps we use to pair with salads and also use in wraps instead of shredded cheese because cheese crisps add a yummy crunch. You can even use these wraps as the wrap itself!

Folios cheddar cheese wraps

Gluten Free Cheese Crisps Recipe

To start you need to preheat the oven to 375. The heating instructions are on the back of the package so I just follow that and they came out great. You need a flat cookie sheet and the wraps already come with their own parchment paper you will want to use as a barrier between the cheese and the baking sheet for grease and celiac safety reasons.

cheese folios

I use a pizza cutter to turn each wrap into 8 triangles. I also separate the cheese from the parchment paper then lay back down. This loosen the cheese a bit so when it bakes you aren’t trying to peel it off in stubborn spots where it can stick. There is enough oil that releases that this step isn’t crucial, just something I do.

baked cheese

I make my cuts before I bake and you may have to separate a tad as they tend to bake together if you did not separate them. I left some unseparated above to show you why I start by spacing them out a tad before I put them in the oven.

Once you cut these wraps into 8 triangles and separate a bit just bake for 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. You can store them in an airtight container. They will keep 5-7 days but in my home they don’t last through day 2!

recipe for cheese crisps

About Folios Cheese Wraps

Folios™ are keto-approved, lightly baked sheets of cheese that can be wrapped, stuffed, rolled, melted, crisped and baked. They are made of 100% all-natural cheese that are lactose and gluten-free, made without  wheat,  starch, fillers or added sugar and are only 1g of carbs.

They can be found in a 10-count pack at Costco and all other retailers nationwide in a 4-count pack. To purchase online go to:  https://www.supermarketitaly.com/folios/. Also find these at Walmart and other retailers.