December 2018 - Rachel Teodoro

Homemade S'more Ice Cream Pops

It's been a few months since summer and I usually get a hankering for a taste of the good life just about now. Probably because I'm cold. So very cold. In a perfect world, I'd have s'mores every single day of the week. Seriously, just type S'mores recipes into my search bar. I think they outnumber just about every recipe hands down by like a million. So my math sucks, but these homemade s'more pops don't. Why not give them a try!

S'more pops homemade with ice cream and without the campfire


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Harry Potter Chocolate Pretzel Rod Wands

There is nothing I love more than watching my children devour a good book. I love to read and have done my best to foster a love of reading in my children. It helps when there are books like Harry Potter that kids just gravitate towards. There is something magical about those books that have drawn my kids in and created a desire to devour page after page. It's no wonder they have spanned the gap between generations. These chocolate wands are the perfect treat for any Harry Potter fan. They would make a great distraction during a long holiday break, for a book club treat or for an upcoming Harry Potter birthday party snack. They are fun to make and fun to eat and everyone will love them!

harry potter birthday party ideas
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10 Items to Stock Up on at After Christmas Sales

I love a good sale. After holiday sales are sometimes my most favorite sales all year long. I can get a head start on saving for the coming year. I honestly think that by shopping sales AFTER Christmas, it usually prepares me better for the next Christmas season. It makes my to-do list a little shorter and I save some money doing it too. I usually stock up the day after a holiday {and in the weeks after as the markdowns keep coming!} and wanted to make sure you didn't miss out on a few of my favorite things that I stock up on. Here's a list of the 10 items that you should stock up on at those after Christmas sales.
christmas shopping sales
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Spiked Peppermint White Christmas Holiday Drink

The holidays are here which means there are no shortages of reasons to get together with friends and family. When you plan your next holiday gathering why not create a delicious signature drink? It's such a fun way to make your evening festive and fun without overwhelming your guests {and you!} with too many drink options. This spiked white Christmas peppermint hoiday drink is the perfect signature cocktail for your upcoming holiday party.

adult drink with holiday garnish including crushed peppermint and a toasted marshmallow

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Homemade White Hot Chocolate Recipe

I'm like a child when it comes to hot chocolate. I love it rich and creamy and with copious amounts of whipped cream on top. Several years ago I was introduced to sipping chocolate and my mind was blown because for some reason, up until that point in my life I only knew hot chocolate to be Swiss Miss. I had no idea what creamy delicious hot chocolate was when you made it with a packet and some hot water. I started experimenting and trying out new variations of hot chocolate and I found this delicious homemade white hot chocolate recipe I think you will love. It's the perfect creamy addition to your holiday season.

white hot cocoa with peppermint on top


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Last-Minute Movie Night Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag

There is nothing like the last minute especially when it comes to holiday gifts. This is a quick one to put together and it won't cost you a lot of money. These last-minute movie night gifts can be put together quickly and are the perfect gift for a crowd. You can also just gift one, but I'm thinking neighbor gifts, teacher gifts, and a quick gift for those unexpected people on your list. I've got the free printable for you and easy instructions so you can make your own. No one will know you waited until the last minute. Promise!

movie night gift idea
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DIY Metallic Mirrored End Table

I've been slowly putting together my teen daughters room. She loves metallics and silver and all things glam. I've shared several DIY projects from the room from the wallpaper to the tufted headboard to the painted bench at the end of her bed, but now I'm going to show you the metallic mirrored inlay end table I just made this week. She's been loving all of the mirrored dressers and tables we see but they are a little out of the budget. I finally found a solution and managed to make a similar mirrored table for a fraction of the price {under $20 to be exact!}.  It was an easy DIY project that I completed in a day and you can too! Come check out how I did it!

silver and glam metallic room makeover with mirrored end table DIY

homeright paint sprayer project and modern masters pewter paint

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Rudolph Repair Kit Printable with Free Printable Bag Topper

There is nothing more fun than the magic of Christmas. Kids love to use their imaginations and they love the traditions that the holiday brings. I know when my kids were younger, I was always looking for easy holiday gifts to give to their friends or to stuff in stockings, and these Rudolph repair kits are the perfect thing for this time of year. You can easily create enough for a whole classroom celebration, for a simple and fun craft for a group or make a few just for fun. They are easy and everyone is sure to love them!

classroom christmas craft
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Easy 4 Ingredient Microwave Chocolate Fudge

I don't think that it really feels like Christmas until I've eaten my first piece of fudge. I don't do a lot of holiday baking, but the baking I do is fairly simple. Every year I try to find an easy holiday fudge recipe that's microwaveable {because who has time for a double boiler!}, and some years I win and other times I lose, but I think I finally found the recipe for the perfect holiday fudge and I'm sharing it with you. This easy four-ingredient microwave chocolate fudge is sure to become a family favorite.

holiday and Christmas baking

holiday and Christmas baking recipes

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How to Simplify the Holidays

Now that I'm 40, I'm happy to pull out the old "with age, comes wisdom card." I've been around the block a few times and I'm learning a thing or two about the things that are really important. I think some of that knowledge has come with time and some of it has come with experience, either way, there is one word that I'm embracing as I age and it's the word simplify. This time of year we can get overwhelmed with our schedules and our long list of to-do's, but it's so important to simplify as much as we can so that we can have more joy and less stress this time of year. I'm sharing 5 tips on how you can simplify the holidays. 

lands end flannel and simple christmas tree


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DIY Faux Hand-Lettered Holiday Scroll Wall Hanging

I know this isn't a new confession if you are a long-time blog reader, but Christmas music is not my favorite. There are few songs that make the short list of allowable holiday songs, but O Holy Night is one of them. Every year it seems a different line of that song sticks out to me as one to focus on and this year, the line "and the soul felt its worth" is that line I can't shake. What a powerful line! So much so, that I wanted to hang it in my home somewhere. I was shopping at a holiday market and saw some beautiful kraft paper scrolls and knew that I could replicate it quite easily for a fraction of the price using a line that was meaningful to me. So with packaging paper from the dollar store and a few supplies I had on hand, I made a DIY hand-lettered sign minus the hand lettering. 

As much as I try, I can't seem to make my writing produce the beautiful script, and I revisited a chalkboard hack I shared with you years ago to create this faux hand-lettered scroll wall hanging. See how I created this large holiday wall hanging for around $1!

kraft paper scroll Christmas craft

Christmas dollar store craft

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

There are a few smells that truly spark the holiday spirit. Is it even Christmas if you don't smell that cinnamon spice on pine cones while walking into the grocery store or the local craft store?  Peppermint is the other solid holiday smell that gets me every single time. These homemade peppermint patties will surely become one of your holiday favorites. Make them for your upcoming cookie exchange or for your next holiday gathering. 

holiday cookie exchange recipe

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