Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is Here!

So far, we’ve covered DIY projects, decorating the kids table, gluten-free recipes, delicious no-bake dishes, food messes, and stress-relief! Today’s post will cover some interesting facts to help get the conversation going. Be sure to bookmark our life-saving Thanksgiving posts!

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  • Jingle Bells was originally created as a Thanksgiving song.
  • President Jefferson called the proclamation of Thanksgiving “the most ridiculous idea ever conceived“. Probably because he wasn’t around when people were planking off of roofs and building.
  • The average thanksgiving trip is 214 miles.
  • Thanksgiving always falls between November 22 and November 28 each year.
  • Black Friday became popular a few years ago, but it’s actually been a thing since the 1960s.
  • Each year, Americans consume about 535 lbs. of Turkey!

Sherrie Carter

10 Best Things About Thanksgiving Day! [GIFS]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is the big day. Give yourself a quick break to read this post. You need to relax from all the cooking and planning. I’m here to help you with that. First, take three deep breaths. Seriously, three deep breaths can change everything. If that advice can help my friend on her wedding day, I assure you it will help on Thanksgiving! Now, follow along as I highlight the 10 BEST things about Thanksgiving Dinner! Once you’re in a good mood, you’re free to get back to that cooking and hosting!

Shameless, Guilt-Free Binge Eating



Plenty of Options, You’ll Find Something You Love



The Family is Actually Sitting Down and Enjoying a Nice Meal



Ummm… Desserts…. Pie…



The Wine Giggles



Stuffing is a Thing… A Delicious, Delicious Thing.






Enjoying the Holiday Decor



Appreciating Life



It’s Officially Christmas Season Now, Get Those Lights Up!


Sherrie Carter

One Month Until Christmas Day! Get Moving!

How excited are you?! I’ve got a paper chain next to my desk because I’m six years old today. Christmas makes my inner child burst out like the Honeycomb craving monster. As I’m going through my checklist, I’m turning into a blog to help out any readers who are still unprepared for the holiday. Organization and preparation are key to having a fun, stress-free Christmas. Complete this checklist, then let yourself be a child for a little bit. Just because we age doesn’t mean we have to let that happy spirited little monster inside of us disappear.

Make a Christmas To-Do List

Write down any incomplete Christmas tasks you’ve yet to finish. Consolidating a larger list will make it feel less intimindating, increasing your motivation to get going on it



Make a Schedule

Set a realistic time frame for getting projects done. Plan when and where you’ll complete said tasks.



Send Christmas Cards

You want to ensure family and friends get your Christmas cards with enough time to display for the holiday season. By now, you should have seasonal portraits. Try to have them all sent out by the end of this week.



Make Cookies and Drink Egg Nog

You deserve a break from all the planning. Set aside time for a cookie party and delicious egg nog drinks!



Get a Final Headcount for Party Guests

By now everyone should have solid plans for the holidays. Ask guests to confirm the time they’ll arrive so you can plan accordingly.



Plan Menu

Make sure you have everything ready for your guests. This ties in with your schedule, make sure you plan a cooking timeline.



Get Everyone Holiday Pajamas for Christmas Eve

Every year, like many families, I’d get new holiday-themed PJ’s on Christmas Eve. I loved having fresh, new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve and for opening gifts in the morning!



Watch Christmas Movies

When you have spare time or want to relax with the family, get in the mood by watching Christmas movies. I recently prepared a list of the 10 Best Christmas Movies to watch!


Sherrie Carter

Black Friday Shopping Survival Tips

If you plan to stay home and shop this year, be sure to check out the deals at our online store. However, you might be like many other people who are adventuring out into the wilderness of Black Friday shopping. Black Friday doesn’t have to mean Broke Saturday or Broken Bone Sunday. You can have a great time saving money and finding deals, you just have to keep a few important things in mind.


If you’re brave and motivated enough to go out on Black Friday Morning, try some of these survival tips!Black Friday Shopping Tips

– Don’t carry large bags or purses; they make it easier for people to grab at you. They’re also easy targets for theft.

– Avoid hoodies and hats that block peripheral vision. This kind of shopping is like rush hour traffic, you need to be alert and aware.

– Don’t go alone. There’s strength in numbers and friends can make it fun instead of stressful.

– Keep your phone charged, because you’ll likely be separated. It’s almost impossible to find someone once you lose him or her on Black Friday.

– In the event of a stampede, give up and find an exit. No deal is worth your safety. Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often anymore, but you never know!

Christmas Ornaments for Movie and TV Lovers

We all have our favorite TV shows and movies. What better way to decorate our trees and show our personality, than with gorgeous novelty ornaments. We have a variety of these ornaments at our online store. I’ve highlighted some of the awesome ones I would pick out for my tree. Be sure to check our store for your favorite movie or TV show. Just because I didn’t list it here doesn’t mean we don’t have it. Try doing a quick search for your favorite characters and see what wonderful things you might find!


HBO Series Entourage is one of my favorites. We have a variety of ornaments, with quotes from the show, the Entourage logo and more.

Entourage Christmas OrnamentEntourage Holiday Ornaments for Sale

The Simpsons

We have too many wonderful ornaments from The Simpsons. This is one of my favorite shows from childhood, so Bart and Homer are a must for the tree!

The Simpsons Bart and Homer Ornaments for Sale

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Okay, so I went overboard here, but with good reason. I LOVE this movie. I watch it several times every year. If you’ve seen this movie, you love this movie. It’s just how it goes. My home is filled with Rudolph items, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Santa Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Santa Claus Rudolph Rudolph Ornament

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This movie, almost everyone has seen. It’s a lifetime favorite for so many people. This ornament perfectly captures the hilarity of the Griswold Tree. Don’t worry, no squirrels.

griswold tree ornament

Game of Thrones

The only thing I love more than GoT, is the Family Crests. Check out the Taragaryen, Stark, and Lannister decorative ornaments we have. How awesome are these?!

game of thrones Christmas Ornament

Doctor Who

This show has been on for years, and we have a variety of the coolest Doctor Who items ever. Just look at a few of them!

Doctor Who Doctor Faces Ornaments Doctor Who Ornament Doctor Who Christmas Ornaments
Sherrie Carter

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