Adorable DIY Thanksgiving Placemat Ideas

Trader Joe’s Brown Paper Bags

Try this cute, trendy placemat craft from!


Turkey Hand Placemat

Create an adorable and sentimental placemats for the kid’s table.


Burlap Placemat

Add a classy, rustic look with these festive burlap placemats.


Printable Activity Placemats

Keep the kids busy while waiting for food with these activitiy placemats.


Turn Plates into Turkeys

Make guests laugh by turning their plates into turkeys!


Sherrie Carter

Life Lessons We Learned from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Movie

Hands down, my favorite Christmas movie is the 1964 animated classic, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. As a young child, I loved it because Rudolph was so adorable, and his adventures were exciting. Also, I cherished the misfit toys, because like so many kids, I felt like one of them. I also loved watching it with my family every year.

For almost three decades I’ve been saying “Who would ever want to play with a CHARLIE IN THE BOX”, and everyone laughs because I sound just like him. Most of all however, I loved the message of the movie. I love the life lessons it offers. When I have kids, they’ll watch this movie, and then their kids will watch this movie. See the reason for my obsession in the clips below.

We All Have Something That Makes Us Unique


Don’t Hide What Makes You Special


You Can Do The Job You Love, Not The Job You Were Born Into


& Your Unique Trait Just Might Get You An Amazing Opportunity


So Let It Shine


Because You Don’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Loved


& The Real Friends Love You for Who You Are


Even When Things Don’t Go Your Way


They’ll Always Be there for You


Sherrie Carter

10 Christmas Movies to Watch this Season

One of the most popular holiday traditions is watching Christmas movies on Thanksgiving night after dinner. You also watch holiday movies while wrapping presents, cooking, or just relaxing with the family. I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite Christmas movies to help get you started. Try to watch most or all of these before Christmas Day! 

The Home Alone Movies

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

The Grinch

Nightmare Before Christmas

Frosty the Snowman


The Santa Claus

Love Actually

A Christmas Story

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Sherrie Carter

25 Christmas Songs – & A CREEPY Version of “Carol of the Bells”

When I’m not blogging or consistently thinking about the holidays, I’m actually a pretty normal person. Okay, normal might be a stretch, but my point is, I’m not a blog factory. Each post stems from something I did that day or talked about with family and friends. Today’s post is no different.

Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of CW shows, specifically “The 100”. Well, “A lot of” is an understatement. I’ve been binge-watching it like it’s freshman year of college. Anyways, this scene put a creepy, terrifying spin on one of my favorite Christmas songs. Watch this clip and see if you ever think of “Carol of the Bells” the same way again.

The song was stuck in my head this morning so I hunted for it. Then I realized, it’s Mid-November and I haven’t created a Christmas Playlist yet! Well, you’re in luck because I was motivated this morning. I created another Spotify playlist of my favorite Christmas songs (in my favorite versions of course). I even included the new, spooky “Carol of the Bells”!

Make sure you follow us on Spotify, because I make playlists for everything! We have Autumn & Halloween playlists for 2015 as well.

As always, here’s the list of songs if you’re not a Spotify user.

Last Christmas – Wham!
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Seth MacFarlane Sara Bareilles
Nothin’ for Christmas – The Jimmies
Silver and Gold – Burl Ives
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town – Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers
My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears
Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Ella Fitzgerald
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – Andy Williams
Frosty The Snowman – Bowling For Soup
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Bowling For Soup
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Kermit The Frog
Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
The Little Drummer Boy – Johnny Cash
O Christmas Tree – Tony Bennett
Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
What’s This? – Danny Elfman
Kidnap The Sandy Claws – Danny Elfman & Paul Reubens
Jingle Bells – Michael Buble ft. The Puppini Sisters
Carol Of The Bells – Mannaheim Steamroller
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing – A Charlie Brown Christmas

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes & Tofurky Guide

Many people practice a Vegetarian diet. While many vegetarians don’t expect people to cook special dishes just for them, it’s a nice gesture to do so. When hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may have a guest or two that prefers meatless dishes. As someone with a large collection of vegetarian and vegan friends, I always have something special at my parties for them. I found pins and videos of my favorite recipes to help you offer some meatless options at your table this year.

Vegetarian Stuffing


Butternut Squash & Alfredo Stuffed Shells


Vegetarian Potato-Crusted Quiche with Zucchinni, Tomatoes, and Feta


Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Baked Tofu


The Main Course: Tofurky

Sherrie Carter

Building Your First Ornament Collection

shatterproof onraments for saleJust starting out? Today’s post is for the readers who are “adulting”. Adulting as a verb is a slang phrase for maturing, growing up, and preparing for a future that may involve buying a house, having kids, what have you. Whatever your goals are, Adulting is about making your future plans a reality. For me, and most of us, that includes building a home. Nothing makes a house a home more than holiday decorations and sentimental items.

I have been working on my own ornament collection since I’ve been 26. I display small trees in the apartments I’ve had, but I’ve never really had my first, big Christmas tree. I’m edging closer to settling down and finding a permanent place to put my roots, but until that day comes, I’m working on my holiday supplies. When I set up that first tree, I’ll be ready to go with a variety of ornaments and decorations. I highly recommend doing the same. It will be so nice to skip buying a bunch of ornaments for the new tree. If you like my plan, follow my guide below.


Sentimental Ornaments

Make one special ornament every year for your collection. Include something memorable and the year. It could be a quote, a photo, whatever. Pick one special moment from that year and turn it into an ornament. Your parents may have some that you made as a child, though it might be hard to get them to part with those ones. Only ask for one or two and it may increase your chances. If any of your siblings have kids, ask the kids to make you ornaments as gifts. It will save them money and you’ll have something sweet for your sentimental ornament collections.

Shatterproof Ornaments

I recently did a post on the magic of shatterproof ornaments. They’re gorgeous, versatile, and durable. This is great for new homes with pets, and one day… maybe kids.

Your Favorite Things

I’ll direct you to our shop for a bit of inspiration on this one. We have a variety of musician ornaments, as well as ornaments for TV and movie lovers. Sprinkle in a few of your favorite things to add your own personal touch to your tree.

Box Sets

Get a few box sets of basic ornaments, preferably the shatterproof ones mentioned above. The classic solid ball ornaments are the perfect way to set a base for your decoration. Choose one main color and then a few complementing colors.


I always loved the icicle ornaments when I was a kid. I thought they were so pretty and knew I’d have those on my tree one day.


I love glam and glitter anything, so anytime I see a glitter ornament I like, I buy it immediately. I don’t care if it’s June, I buy it.
Sherrie Carter

Great Christmas Ornaments for Sports Fans

Our online store has thousands of items, including an abundance of sports themed ornaments and decorations. If you’re shopping for a sports fan, check out some of these gorgeous ornaments that make perfect stocking stuffers. Ornaments make great gifts because they allow the recipient to prepare and build their own collection for the future. Gifted ornaments are always so much more meaningful than the ones you purchase on your own. I’ve selected and organized some of our best sports themed ornaments for the list below.

School Sports

Find a variety of sports that represent ones that friends or family participate in. Find wrestling, track, baseball, football and other sports ornaments for your tree!

Professional Baseball – Yankees

Baseball - Yankees - OrnamentsYankees Hoodie Christmas Ornaments

Professional baesball fans are serious about their teams. If you have a die-hard Yankees fan in your life, check out just a few of our awesome Yankees styled ornaments.


Professional Baseball – Red Sox

Similar to the above point, but not too similar! Red Sox fans love thier team as much as they dislike the Yankees. If you’re on the other side of the fandom, browse though some of our Red Sox items.

Red Sox Baseball Medallion Christmas OrnamentRed Sox Officially Licensed Christmas Ornament

Professional Football

We have officially licensed NFL LED football ornaments. Check our store for your favorite team!

Oakland Raiders NFL OrnamentNY Giants Football Ornament Miami Dolphins Ornament

College Sports

We have a large inventory of nutcrackers, ornaments, and gifts for College sports teams. Check out our selection here!
Sherrie Carter

DIY Christmas Countdown Calendars

Kids love Christmas countdowns and Advent calendars as much as they love Christmas morning. The anticipation and excitement keep the season alive from now until Christmas Day. If you haven’t created a Christmas Countdown calender yet, try some of these projects I found on Pinterest. They’re adorable and fun, and most of them include activities for each day. Every day can feel like Christmas as you get into the spirit and creep closer to the big day.

Countdown to Christmas Plate

One Small Gift per Day

Traditions Countdown

Paper Chain

Santa’s Beard Countdown

DIY Countdown Signs

Holiday Lessons We Learn from “Christmas Vacation”

We all know and love “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. To get us in the holiday spirit, I’ve put together another fun .GIF post! These are holiday lessons we learned from Clark Griswold & gang!

Though they smell nice, there’s a downside to real trees


If this is your first time hosting, practice cooking the main course…


Decorating the exterior is hard work, but so worth it when you see it…


Assuming you’ve done it properly…


There’s always one guest…


There Will Be Times You Just Want to Sleep!


And there’s a 2 year period where kids don’t think your Christmas spirit is within reason…


But they’ll come around…


And you’ll all have the BEST Christmas ever….


Hopefully we’ve inspired you to curl up with pajamas and a huge bowl of popcorn for this infamous Christmas movie. If you don’t have time right now and can’t wait, check out this gif. Someone put the entire movie into a quick clip! Thank you, whoever you are!


5 Lifesavers for Common Thanksgiving Cooking Fails

thanksgiving cooking failsThe first few years you cook Thanksgiving dinner, there’s bound to be some disasters… and that’s okay. Even the best cooks face these issues as stress, time, and distractions are all factors in preparing a meal. The first thing to remember is that you can fix most of these disasters with a little bit of patience and finesse. Staying calm is easier said than done when your turkey is still frozen and your stuffing is bone dry. After reading this post, bookmark it. If one of these mishaps should occur, you’ll know where to find a solution to your problem, thus eliminating stress and panic. The one disaster we can’t help you with is the notorious “forgotten item”… so make sure you double and triple check your shopping list before and after leaving the store.

The Issue: The Turkey is Still Frozen! 
Fix it:
 Thaw in cool water; this will take about 30min per pound. If you don’t have that kind of time you can still cook a frozen bird. For a 12lb turkey, cook it for about 4 or 5 hours at 325, until it reaches 165 degrees. It may need an extra hour to get to that temperature.
Prevent it: Try your best to thaw it in a fridge, leaving about five hours per pound. Leave notes, tell other people. Do your best to have enough time to thaw the bird thoroughly before cooking time.

The Issue: The Turkey is Dry!
Fix it: Spray the turkey with warm stock to desired taste. If you have the time, you can bake the turkey in vegetable stock for about 15 minutes after slicing it. Don’t just hide it in gravy. Some people don’t opt for it, and your guests may see through the cover up.
Prevent it: Take the turkey out of the oven at 155 degrees and tent it in foil until it reaches 165 degrees out of the oven. This will take about 15 minutes after you remove the turkey.

The Issue: The Stuffing is Too Dry!
Fix it. Slowly add warm broth to the mix. Butter would work as well.
Prevent it: Remember that stuffing recipes are a guideline. If it feels too dry, it probably is. Add butter or broth before baking.

The Issue: We Have Soggy Stuffing!
Fix it: This is the easiest fix of all. Simply add more dry bread, toast, or croutons to the mix . You could also bake the stuffing for an additional 15 minutes if it’s only slightly soggy.
Prevent it: Similar to the dry stuffing tip, use your judgement. If it doesn’t feel thick enough, try adding dry bread before baking. Make sure you don’t use fresh bread, as it won’t work with its moisture.

The Issue: I Cracked My Pumpkin Pie!
Fix it:  Immediately after removing the pie, before it cools… use a warm metal spatula to smooth out the crack. If the crack is too deep,  you can individually slice the pie and serve it banquet style.
Prevent it:  When baking, make sure all of the ingredients are a the same temperature. Moreover, they should all be room temperature. The shock of cold to hot in the oven is what causes the crack.
Sherrie Carter