Beautiful & Exciting Christmas Light Displays [Part 2 of 2]

Part Two – Creative Christmas Lighting Ideas

Earlier today I posted a blog highlighting gorgeous outdoor displays from 2014. Make the 2015 list by using some of the ideas below to create stunning aesthetics in your Christmas showcase. Personally, my favorite is the set of Meteor Shower Light Display. I watched that clip, with wide eyes, for about ten times before finishing this post.

Meteor Shower Lights

Twig Lights

A Tree on Fire

Crab Lighting

Crystal Objects

Sherrie Carter

Beautiful & Exciting Christmas Light Displays [Part 1 of 2]

This is a two-part post about outdoor Christmas lights and how gorgeous they can be. The first post will be my highlight of the most intense displays I’ve found. Part two, posting later today, will consist of gorgeous lighting ideas you can do at your home easily!

Part One – The Most Exciting Christmas Displays

One of the best Christmas memories I have is driving around to look at beautiful light displays. My parents always took my sisters and I around town voting on which houses we though did the best. When my sisters had kids, wed all go together, albeit in several cars. Now that we’re all older and the kids are teenagers, we try to make it at least once a year. However, that’s just not enough for me. I like to go several times, becuase it’s one of my happiest memories. This might be the reason I love lights at night time so much. Seriously, I’m not even that mad when I get pulled over because the flashing police lights make me smile. Sick, I know. It’s the truth though. In recent years, whenever I needed a break from shopping or wrapping, I’d drive around and look at lights on a solo adventure. Sure, I loved going with my family, but there’s something emotional and liberating about driving around alone to look at the lights.

I’m excited for Christmas lights already, but not too many are up yet. Post-Thanksgiving is a popular time for Christmas lights to go up. To satisfy my thirst, I went on YouTube and found some awesome displays.

Christmas Can Can

Frozen – Let it Go

A Dubstep Christmas

& My Favorite!

I’m partial to the Pentatonix “Daft Punk Mashups”

Sherrie Carter

5 Gorgeous Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths are a beautiful welcoming decoration for holiday guests. While natural wreaths are beautiful, it can get pricy replacing them each year. If you’re looking to save money without sacrificing beauty and quality, browse through some of our best artificial holiday wreaths. We have a large selection of pre-lit wreaths for easy decorating. If the fresh pine scent is important for you, try using small pieces of natural garland or evergreen scented candles in the entryway. Both will create the “Christmas smell” upon entering your home. Now, for my favorite wreaths from our shop!

Pre-Lit Vienna Twig Wreath
Twig Artificial Christmas Wreath with Clear Lights - Copy

Pre-Lit Frosted Edina Fir Wreath
Frosted Edina Fir Wreath

Pre-Lit Frosted & Glittered Pine Cone Wreath
Glittered Pine Wreath

Pre-Lit Artificial Poinsettia Christmas Wreath
Artificial Poinsettia Christmas Wreath

Musical Artificial Christmas Wreath with Clear Lights
Musical Artificial Christmas Wreath with Clear Lights - Copy



Did you decorate with one of our wreaths? Send us photos and we’ll highlight the best ones!

Sherrie Carter

Black Friday Shopping Tips – Part Two!

Earlier today, I posted survival tips for Black Friday shopping. The earlier post is there to help you through the physical shopping experience. This next post, is going to help you with the logistics (i.e. finances and scheduling). Good luck today!

  • Prepare for realistic outcomes. Do your homework on sales versus availablity. Be ready for any outcome and have backup plans.
  • Don’t focus only on the deals. Remember, if it’s too busy or if they’re out of stock… Cyber Monday is in just a few days.
  • Compare prices on big items. It may take time to check multiple stores, but competition between companies is good for the consumer!
  • Shop online! Don’t spend your entire budget on Black Friday items. Like I previously stated, Cyber Monday is coming! You never know what you’ll find.
  • Sign up for loyalty programs. List the places you’ll shop and sign up for email programs. I’m sure you’ll get some amazing coupon surprises between today and Christmas.
  • Follow your favorite stores on social media. Check their Facebook pages before heading out. They might have some “Social Media Exclusive” coupons and deals.
  • Don’t always go for the lowest price you can fine, especially with large electronics and expensive equipment. Some stores will make cheaper versions of the same item for Black Friday. Yes, get excited for a sale, but if it seems way too good to be true, it probably is! This is especially true with hot gaming systems (like the PS4), laptops and TV sets.

Sherrie Carter

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!

thanksgiving dinner

  • 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