Friday, October 30, 2009

Great List Of Christmas Music

1. Burl Ives: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
2. Burl Ives: A Holly Jolly Christmas
3. Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. Faith Hill: Where Are You Christmas
5. Soundtrack Version: Frosty The Snowman
6. Amy Grant: Silent Night
7. Johnny Mathis: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
8. Westminster Choir: Carol Of The Bells
9. Bryan Adams: Christmas Time
10. Wham: Last Christmas
11. Gayle Peevey: I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
12. Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby
13. Julie Andrews: My Favorite Things
14. Bing Crosby: White Christmas
15. Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
16. Amy Grant: Grown Up Christmas List
17. Amy Grant: The Night Before Christmas
18. Vince Gill: Let There Be Peace On Earth
19. Josh Groban: Believe
20. Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Chipmunk Song
21. Burl Ives: Silver & Gold
22. Vince Guaraldi Trio: Linus & Lucy
23. The Harry Simeone Choir: The Little Drummer Boy
24. The Royal Guardsmen: Snoopy's Christmas
25. Shedaisy: Deck The Halls
26. Brenda Lee: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

How To Wrap Presents

Wrapping gifts can be fun but it also can be frustrating. Here are some videos that can help us wrap a gift with style and other cool ways to wrap hard to wrap gifts!






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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Holiday Gift Idea - Sister's Mug

Sisters Ceramic Mug

Best Sisters Coffee Mug - Hug Sisters Ceramic MugShare the unity of sisterhood with this unique Sisters Coffee Mug. Make sure you order two#44; one for each of you to enjoy a good mug of coffee together along with great conversation.Our Sisters Ceramic Mug Dishwasher and Microwave safe#44; holds 11 ounces. Hugging Sisters on one side and the other side reads: "It?s amazing that you always know when I need a hug.

Christmas Music - John Denver & The Muppets "The 12 Days Of Christmas"

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas Music - Josh Groban "Believe"

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Santa Letters

Here are a few links on how to create some cool things from Santa!

Give your kids a
"Good List Certificate"

You can make this free certificate here.

Create a letter from Santa

Create a letter here.

Don't forget the envelope...

Create the envelope here.

Ask Santa to write to a Child today

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Christmas Tree Themes

Do you want to try something new this year with your Christmas Tree? Here are some Christmas Tree Themes you can try.

1. Thanksgiving Tree - Perfect if you put up multiple trees, this can be your first one to decorate! Use any Thanksgiving decor.
2. Snow Tree - Use anything that is white & blue or snow.
3. Pink Tree - Use anything that is pink.
4. Upside Down - Buy an upside down Christmas Tree.
5. Garland Tree - Check it out here on how to make your own Garland Tree.
6. Antique Tree - Use antique or antique looking ornaments.
7. Kid Tree - Ornaments that your children or grandchildren have made for you through the years or anything kid like.
8. 12 Days Of Christmas - Decorate your tree with ornaments that tell the story of the 12 Days Of Christmas.
9. Candy Tree - Use real or fake candy to decorate your tree.
10. Disney Tree - Add your favorite Disney Characters to your tree.
11. Nativity Tree - Keep the meaning of Christmas by displaying Mary, Joseph, Jesus and all the remaining Nativity animals & people on your tree.
12. Woodland Forest Tree - Add forest creatures to create a woodland forest tree.
13. Ribbons & Bows - Fill your tree with ribbons and bows to make it look like the tree is a gift.
14. Santa Tree - A tree full of Santa's!
15. Snowman Tree - Fill the tree with all kinds of snowmen.
16. Sports Tree - Have your tree display your favorite sports or sports team!
17. Gingerbread Tree - Fill your tree with gingerbread men.
18. Victorian Tree - Go back to a time of Victorian style.
19. Western Tree - Bring out the cowboy (or cowgirl) in you...hee haw!
20. Old Fashion Tree - Bring back the Old Fashion Christmases you or your Grandparents remember.

Monday, October 19, 2009

10 Ways To Wrap Your Gift

When I receive a gift, I appreciate whatever anyone gives me. But, for some reason, the gift givers that seems to put a little more detail to their wrapping I remembered more then the gifts that are not wrapped and thrown in a gift bag. Here are 10 ideas you can do to have the gift you give be remembered...

1. Add an ornament or floral spray on top of the gift.
2. Use multiple colors of ribbon.
3. For children attach a small toy or pencil to the top of the gift.
4. Take party streamers and wrap the gift into a ball.
5. Wrap a gift with 2-3 layers of wrapping paper or wrap the gift and put it in a box then wrap that box and put it in another box, wrap that box, then put in another box and so on.
6. Instead of Wrapping paper, wrap your gift from the Comic section of the newspaper or a road map.
7. Wrap with colored duct tape.
8. Scanned some family photos, then glued them on plain brown paper.
9. Buy pretty cloth, cut it with shears, into squares, hem it and make a dishtowel then wrap the gift in it & tie with yarn.
10. Make or buy a pinata, fill it with a gift(s) instead of candy.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Everyone In Your Family!

I always have trouble trying to figure out what to put in my children, parents and hubby's stockings besides candy. So I finally came up with a list of different stocking stuffer items that I'd like to share with you...

Adult Son (in-law)/Husband/Father (in-law)
1. Pocket Knife
2. Wallet
3. Fishing Hooks
4. Tools
5. DVD
6. Books
7. Travel Mug
8. Gift Cards
9. Key Ring
10. Lottery Tickets
11. Movie Tickets
12. Video Game
13. Razor
14. Deodorant
15. Golf Balls
16. Car Air freshener
17. Tie
18. Handkerchiefs
19. Watch
20. Pens/Pencils
21. Calculator
22. Belt
23. 365 Day Desk Calendar
24. Puzzle Books
25. Stress Ball
26. Cologne
27. Dog Tags
28. MP3 Player/Ipod
29. Memory Stick

Adult Daughter (in-law)/Wife/Mother (in-law)
1. Incense
2. Aromatherapy Oils
3. Hair Accessories
4. Magnets (Herculittles)
5. DVD
6. Books
7. Tide To Go Pen
8. Purse Planner
9. Travel Mug
10. Gift Cards
11. Ear Muffs
12. Journal
13. Key Ring
14. Lottery Tickets
15. Movie Tickets
16. Razor
17. Deodorant
18. Car Air freshener
19. Watch
20. Pens/Pencils
21. Candles
22. Lotion
23. 365 Day Desk Calendar
24. Puzzle Books
25. Stress Ball
26. Perfume
27. MP3 Player/Ipod
28. Memory Stick

Children Ages 1 & under
1. Gerber Puffs
2. Cheerios
3. Stuffed Animals (year the child was born embroidered on the stuffed animal)
4. Socks
5. Rag Doll
6. Hair Ties (girls)
7. Books
8. Teething Rings
9. Baby's 1st Christmas Ornament
10. Pacifier
11. Wrist Rattles
12. Savings Bond
13. A Bib
14. Sippy Cup
15. Small Bath Toys

1. Jumbo Crayons
2. Hair Ties (girls)
3. Socks
4. Stuffed Animals
5. Rag Doll
6. Books
7. Savings Bond
8. Small Bath Toys

Children 3 & up
1. Crayons
2. Hair Ties (girls)
3. Books
4. Gift Cards
5. Video Game
6. Pens/Pencils
7. Sunglasses
8. Savings Bond
9. Small Bath Toys
10. Bubbles
11. Play-do

1. Hair Accessories (girls)
2. Books
3. Journal
4. Jewelry (girls)
5. Key Ring
6. Lottery Tickets
7. Movie Tickets
8. Video Game
9. Razor
10. Deodorant
11. Watch
12. Pens/Pencils
13. Calculator
14. Lotion
15. 365 Day Desk Calendar
16. Puzzle Books
17. Cologne/Perfume
18. Sunglasses
19. Dog Tags
20. MP3 Player/Ipod
21. Savings Bond
22. Memory Stick

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Write Your Christmas List A Little Different This Year

As a child I would right out my Christmas List. My list was usually long, not because I wanted everything on the list (I knew I wasn't that good), but just to give everyone, including Santa, a wide selection to choose from. I was never a picky person, I loved everything I got big or small. But as I got older, I wanted to do something different then writing my list on a piece of paper. Here are some idea's you may want to use for this years Christmas List....

1. Go through magazines, fliers or even through the internet and print and cut out the items you like. Then glue them on a piece of paper.

2. Write a poem and list your gift preferences through out the poem and then print it up on a pretty card!

3. Instead of using words, paint what you would like

4. Make a slide show from your computer of all the items on your list. If you don't have a program on you computer (such as Windows Movie Maker) to do so, go to (or any other site that offers this free service), and upload pictures to the slide show. Be even more creative and add some background music. You could email the slide show to the person who's asking for the list or burn a copy on a DVD and give them the DVD.

Here is an example...

Create Your Own

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gifts With Cute Sayings...

I've been looking for some cute sayings for simple little gifts I can give to my friends and family. By attaching the cute saying to a simple gift makes the gift receiver look at the gift differently. Here are some idea's I found...

1. Any sweet treat: "Wishing you a season filled with sweetness!"
2. A plate of cookies: "Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, from your "crummy" neighbors.
3. Barq's Root Beer: "Have a wonderful Christmas, it shows you're "barqing" up the right tree!"
4. Any soda: "We're "soda-lighted" to wish you a Merry Christmas!"
5. Popcorn: "We just "popped" in to wish you a Merry Christmas!"
6. Loaf of bread: "For being there when you were "kneaded", for "rising" to the occasion, large or small. For never "loafing" on the job, for helping others "heel" with TLC. No matter how you "slice" it, you do a terrific job loving others."
7. Bananas: "If we could choose our friends, and we searched the whole world through, we'd go "bananas" trying to find a better "bunch" than you!"
8. Bear Shaped Honey: "Hoping our "honey" of a friend has a "beary" Merry Christmas".
9. Microwave Popcorn and 2-liter of soda: "Pop, pop, fizz, fizz, oh what a good friend you is!"
10. Mug with Hot Chocolate Mix: "To our special friends so dear, wishing you a cup of cheer."
11. Eggnog: "Have an "udderly moovalous" holiday!"
12. Ice Cream: "Have a cool yule!"
13. Hershey's Kisses in a Wire Wisk: "We "whisk" you a merry "kiss" mas.
14. Paper Towels: "Blot out your troubles, "absorb" the Christmas spirit!"
15. Candle: "Hope your Christmas is full of light"
16. Pencil and notepad: "Hope your Christmas is something to write home about!"
17. Matches: "To our matchless friends"
18. Bubble Gum or Bubble Bath: "May your holidays "bubble" over with fun!"
19. 7Up: "7 Up ideas for a wonderful holiday season" (include 7 uplifting thoughts/ideas)
20. Sprite: "May your Christmas be Merry and "Sprite"!"
21. Rootbeer: "We're "rooting" for you to have a Happy Holiday Season!"
22. Any Pop: "We're "soda-lighted" to have you as our friends!"
23. Popcorn: "We're "popping" by with a holiday HI!"
24. Chocolate Covered Cherries: "Wishing you a very "cherry" Christmas"
25. Mints: "We "mint" to wish you a Merry Christmas"
26. Snickers Candy Bar: "Don't "snicker" - just be glad you got something!"
27. Cookie Dough: "Here's a little extra "dough" for Christmas"
28. Jar of Jam: "Hoping your Christmas is "jam" packed with cheer"
29. Veggies & Dip: "Dip into the holidays and a healthy New Year!"
30. Pasta: Have a "pasta-tively" happy holiday!"
31. Muffins or Muffin Mix: "You're gettin' "muffin" for Christmas!"
32. Grater & Cheese: "To a "grate" neighbor"
33. Seasoning Mix: "Seasoned with love - Happy Holidays!"
34. Any Sweet Treat: "Wishing you a season full of sweetness!"
35. Whisk Broom: "Take a break, From a Busy Day, and Sweep All Your Cares Away!"
41. Wooden spoon w/ favorite drink or baking mix: "Not a creature was "stirring"..."
42. Oven Mitt filled w/ treats: "We have to ad-"mitt" you're a great neighbor!"
43. Frozen cookie dough w/ cookie cutters: "Bake up some Christmas cheer!"
44. Apple Cider w/wassail mix: "Spice Up Your Christmas!"
45. Bag/Box of Whoppers: "Hope you have a "whopper" of a Christmas"
46. M&M's: Have a Merry and Most Wonderful Holiday Season!"
47. Frozen or Ready-To-Bake Pizza: "Warm up to a wonderful holiday season "topped" with Christmas cheer!"
48. Apples and Hershey's Hugs: A teacher can't live by apples alone...she needs hugs too!"
49. Popcorn Balls: "Hoping you have a "ball" this Christmas season"
50. Jolly Ranchers: "Have a holly "jolly" Christmas"
51. Chex Party Mix: "Remember Santa "chex" his list twice to see who's been naughty or be good for goodness sake!!!
52. Box of Hostess Ho-Ho's:" Hope a merry "Ho-Ho-Ho" fills your heart the whole year through!"
53. Jar of Jelly: "Jelly is like love -- you can't spread it around without getting some on yourself!"
54. Christmas Tray: "We "tray"sure your friendship!"
55. Bell: "With each chime of this festive bell, may a Christmas wish come true, and bring you peace and happiness to last the whole year through!"
56. Yule Log: "We send you warm greetings this Christmas seasoning"
57. Potpourri: "May this weet scent bring back thoughts of warm Christmasses long ago!"
58. Cleaners: "You add sparkle and make our life brighter!"
59. Nuts: "We're nuts about you!"
60. Lifesavers: "You've been a life saver!"
61. Juice pitcher filled with candy canes: "We pitcher you raising a little "cane" during the holidays"
62. Broom or Feather Duster: "You're "dust" the finest neighbors we know!"
63. Measuring Cup or Spoons: "Wishing you a joy beyond "measure"!"
64. Star ornament: "Remember the reason for the season!"
65. Chocolate Mousse Mix: "Merry Christmousse to our "deer" friends!"
66. Wooden Spoon: "Whether stirring up cakes, cookies, soups or souffles; You'll find this sppon useful in so many ways. But whatever it's use, it says, "Merry Christmas from us to you!"
67. Flower: "If friends were flowers, we'd pick you!"
68. Heart Ornament: "May the joy and love you give away, come back to you on Christmas Day"
69. Cinnamon Sugar for toast: "May your Christmas be sprinkled with laughter and love!"
70. Christmas music: "May the sweet song of Christmas make your heart rejoice!"
71. Filled Basket: "Wishing you a basket full of Christmas blessings"
72. Salsa: "Add a little spice to your holidays"
73. Stocking or Filled Jar: "Have a fun filled Christmas this year!"
74. Candle: "May your days be happy, your heart be light, your Christmas merry and the New Year bright!!!"
75. Calendar: "Keep Christmas in your heart the whole year through!"
76. Sugar Cookies: "Rolling out a batch of Christmas cheer, for someone we think is very dear!"
77. Cherry 7-Up: "Just a little Christmas cheer from Happy Hearts this time of year!"
78. Sparkling Cider: "Wising you a sparkling hoilday season!"
79. Warm casserole or bread: "Bundled up with warm wishes"
80. Eggbeater: "Have an "eggstra" special holiday!"
81. Pie: "Wishing you a scrupmtuous Christmas"
82. Oranges: " Orange" you glad we're Friends!?" Merry Christmas!!
83. Chocolate Orange: "Orange" you glad it's Christmas? Hope your Christmas is a Sweet one!
84. Ice Cream Snowballs and Hot Fudge: "Here's some packaged"snowball" treats - Just Drizzle Hot Fudge and its ready to eat!...Enjoy!!"
85. Box of Light Bulbs: "Have a bright and radiant Christmas"
86. Anything Santa: "Ho - Ho - Hoping your Christmas is Heavenly!"
87. Anything Angel: "Hoping you have a Heavenly Christmas!!"
88. Gingerbread House: "Nibble, Nibble like a mouse, We hope you'll nibble at this house!" Merry Christmas!!
89. Mugs with Hot Chocolate Mix: "To our special friends who are so Dear, We wish you all a cup of Cheer!"
90. Cocoa Mix: "Wishing you a warm and wonderful Christmas!"
91. Gum: "By Gum, You're a great Neighbor!! "Have a Merry Christmas"
92.Christmas Shaped pasta: "Have a Pasta-tively Happy Holiday!"
93. Jar of Jam: "Hoping you have a Holiday "Jammed" packed with fun!!" "Have a "Berry" nice holiday season!!" Or "Hoping your Christmas is "Jam-packed" with Christmas Cheer!!"
94. Homemade Frozen Rolls: "Here's a little holiday treat. Rise and bake, it can't be beat! Warm fresh rolls just for you. Top with butter that's all you do! Warm Holiday Greetings to you"
95. Brownie Mix (or other mix): "Whip up this mix for a wonderful holiday fix! Wishing you a "rich" Holiday Season!!" (Attatch the recipe!)
96. Homemade carmels: Hoping you have a "Rich" and "wonderful" Holiday!!"
97. Pie: "Just a "Holiday Hi" and a tasty Pie!! Happy Holidays!!"
98. Divinity: "May your Christmas be "Divine" and your Holidays so Fine! Sweet Christmas Wishes!"
99. Rice Krispie Treats: "Snap, Crackle, Pop" We think You're really Tops! "
100. Toffee or Brittle: "Any way you break it, We think you're the greatest!"
101. Fudge: "Fudge" a little on the calories and enjoy the Holiday Season!"
102. Cheese Ball and Crackers: "We don't mean to sound "Cheesey", we just hope you have a "Ball" this Holiday Season! Or "Spread a little Christmas Cheer this Holiday Season!"
103. Apple Anything (pie, cobbler, crisp, muffins etc.): "Sending you a "Bushel" of love this holiday Season!!" Or " You are the apple of my eye, Teacher!"
104. Banana Bread: "Banana Bread just for you, because you have so much to do... We also love you a whole "Bunch" too! Merry Christmas!"
105. Cinnamon Rolls: "Here's a sweet treat "Rolled" up with warm Holiday Wishes! Merry Christmas!"
106. Homemade Chocolates: "You're so sweet...having you as neighbors is really a treat! Have a Heavenly Holiday Season!"
107. Cake or Cupcakes: "You take the "Cake" neighbor, We think you're first rate! Happy Holidays to you!!"
108. Cornbread or Mix: "We're not trying to be "Corny" we just want you to have Merry Christmas!"
109. Carrot Cake: " I Really "Carrot" alot about you!! Merry Christmas"
110. Spiced Drink Mixes: "Hoping your Holidays are "Spiced" Just right!"
111. Recipe: "Just like you's tried and true, just for you! Happy Holiday Baking or Merry Christmas Cooking!"
112. Pizza : "Hope your Holiday has a touch of "Pizza - z!!" Merry Christmas!!"
113. Crayons and Coloring Book: Hope your Holidays are Colorful!
114. Plant: "The kindness you showmakes our friendship grow and grow! Hope you have a Happy Holiday!!"
115. Stuffed animal: "Pawsing" to wish you a Merry Christmas!"
116. Donuts: "Donut" you know we love you??? Have a happy Holiday!!"
117. Tree shaped pasta, tree shaped container or a small Christmas tree: "Hope your Christmas is "tree-mendous"!"
118. Payday candy bar: "It's the "nutty" time of the year again, so please don't lose your cool! Relax, and much this little treat and have a happy yule!"
119. Squeeze-It Juice drink & a Hershey's Kiss: "Here's a "squeeze and a "kiss", to remind you you're loved all through the year!"
120. Salsa & Tortilla Chips: "Have a hot and spicy Christmas!"
121. Scouring pad/sponge: "I scoured the earth for a friend like you!"

36. Basket of Bath Items: "When you feel like a basket case, take a break...and slow your pace"
37. Basket of Rolls and Honey Bear: "Have a honey of a Christmas"
38. Hershey's Kisses: "Merry "Kiss"mas"
39. Bath oils, bubbles, salts: "The holidays can be a strain on our body and brain, so when you feel stressed, a hot bath is best, it truly will help keep you sane!"
40. Soup mix: You're "souper" - Merry Christmas"

Friday, October 2, 2009

Aloha Friday - October 2, 2009

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question is:

What Is It About Christmas Music,
That Your Really Enjoy?

I enjoy the feeling I get when I listen to Christmas Music.
I feel at peace, happy and the goodness all around us.

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