Friday, December 19, 2014

White Chocolate Chex Mix

Hey girls! Happy Friday! Christmas is now officially less than a week away and if your family anything like mine then you love to bake during this time of year. The recipe I'm going to show you is one that we make every single year. Even if you aren't too savvy in the kitchen you can make this, its super easy and requires no use of the oven!

White Chocolate Chex Mix: 

  • 5 c. plain Cheerios
  • 5 c. chex corn cereal
  • 1 ( 9 oz.) Hanover Butter Snap mini pretzels
  • 1 ( 14 oz.) M&M Peanuts
  • 24 oz. white almond bark

1. Mix the first 4 ingredients all together in a large bowl. (Use the biggest bowl you have) 

2. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave using 30 second increments and stirring occasionally. 

3. Pour the melted white chocolate onto the chex mixture. Stir until all the white chocolate is completely mixed in. 

4. Lastly, pour the mixture onto parchment paper and put into the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Then when your all ready to eat it you can just break it apart.

I put mine into cute little baggies and gave them for my friends for Christmas! If you guys make it make sure to leave comments down below and let me know how you liked it! Have a Merry Christmas!

Xoxo, Em

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: DIY/Last Minute Gifts

Hi there! I hope this post finds you full of Christmas cheer and exitment for Christmas! First off, I want to say I'm so sorry for not posting recently! I've been so so sooooo busy with school and getting ready to go out of town, it's crazy. 

But I'm here! And ready to give Yall the best Christmas Gift Guide you ever saw!

Are you the type of person who waits until the last minute to buy gifts? Me too. So this year, I tried to step up my game a little bit. In the beginning of December, I was at a dollar store with my mom, when I came across these adorable little mugs! 

So what do you do when you find precious Christmas mugs for $1? You buy them. No questions asked. BUY THEM. 
So I went ahead and bought these cute mugs, with the perfect gift in mind! And that's how this marvelous idea formed...

So here's a three-step process to creating the perfect not-so-last-minute last minute gift. (With a pinch of DIY for all you crafties out there ☺️) 

Step 1: start looking early. 
-look everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. Who would've thought Dollar Tree would have the cutest mugs to ever exist on the Earth? (If you can't tell by now, I have a slight mug obsession) 
Step 2: if you see it, buy it.
- Don't wait, or come back, no. Get it when you see it, and BAM. Half of your Christmas shopping is done! And it's only December 6th. Go you. 
Step 3: Always include candy. Always. 
-you can never have to much! This is also a great way to make each gift unique to your family and friends. 

Now now, i haven't forgotten about you last minute-ers. So it's December 22 and you're leaving tomorrow for North Dakota with only half your gifts? Fear not. This simple idea (as pictured above) takes 10 minutes to put together. Here we go. 

1. Head to your local grocery and grab some mini candies and hot chocolate! 

If you don't have enough time to go to a dollar store and find mugs like I did, there are some alternatives to a mug! Little baskets are always super cute and festive as well! These you can find almost anywhere selling Christmas items. OR, maybe it's time to clean out your Christmas mug collection we all know exists. Yes, I'm talking to you.

2. Put these mugs/baskets/buckets to good use! 

Start filling them with goodies! I suggest candy, hot chocolate, and a little something else. For my girlfriends, I added a cute bubble bath or lotion! Got a guy, you could add sunglasses or just some cold hard cash. That's universal, by the way. 
3. Don't be afraid to make it cute! 

I used some of this crinkly paper for decoration, and wrapped it in cellophane and tied it with a bow! If you want to hid your gift a little better, a gift bag is the wisest choice. 

I hope Yall liked my little gift idea! It's super easy as long as you are willing to go get a few items. And it's totally worth it. So go, go right now! Dollar Tree is waiting for you! 

xoxo, Liv

Monday, December 15, 2014

Must See Christmas Movies!

Hey girls! We have less than 2 weeks until Christmas, which means I've been stepping up my movie game. There are literally tons of Christmas movies out there. If you don't believe me just go look on Netflix. With that being said it is nearly impossible to watch every single Christmas movie, but that's okay because I'm here to help! I will be giving you a guide of the all of the Must See Christmas movies!
  •   Alright my personal all time favorite Christmas movie to watch with my family is Elf. It is sooooo funny. We watch as a family at least once a year and I never get tired of it! The Polar Express is another classic Christmas movie you can watch with your family and never get tired of it! I babysat some kids this summer that wanted to watch it and I think I liked it better than they did! The last "classic" Christmas movie I think you should watch at least once in your lifetime is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I think this movie is so cute and I think their customs are adorable!

  • Now, if your scrolling through Netflix one night wanting to watch a cheesy romantic Christmas movie your in luck! These are one of my favorites to watch! My personal favorite is Dear Santa, but A Christmas Kiss, and Coming Home For Christmas are also really good. 

  • Of course I love all of the Santa Clause movies! Another one of my favorites is Once and Twice Upon a Christmas. 
I hope this helped you narrow down which Christmas Movies you have to see this holiday season! If your planning on watching all of these you better get started! If you think I'm missing any please feel free to leave a comment down below of your all time favorite Christmas movie! I hope you have a good rest of the week! I'll see you on Friday with a Food post!

xoxo, em

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Gift Guide!

Hey Girls! I hope everyone has had a fantastic week. There is only 15 days until Christmas! I love to get gifts for all of my friends and family, but sometimes I run out of inspiration of what to get people. If your like me then don't fret! I have come up with some gift ideas that will hopefully help. These gifts are going to range from about 10- 30 dollars ( and if you don't have that much to spend on people don't worry, next week Liv is posting a DIY gift guide)!
  • Something I think you can get anyone and they'll love it is anything from Bath & Body Works. My favorite things to get people as gifts from here are candles and lotion! My favorite line is the Aromatherapy Stress Relief line. It smells sooo good!

  • Another cute little thing I feel like you can't go wrong with buying somebody is a "beauty kit". All of the beauty companies are making value packs with multiple products in it that you can buy. I know Benefit has some good ones, but you can buy which ever one you feel fits the person your buying it for the most. I giving one of my friends this mini set from Nivea:

  • I think giving someone perfume is always a great idea, but if your like me you can't necessarily splurge and buy a full size. Luckily I found mini perfume bottles from Target for 11.99! This is a great thing to buy if your not sure they're going to like it or maybe you just don't have the money to spend a great deal. I'm getting this for one of my family members:

  • If you have a person in your life that maybe isn't really into beauty products you could get them a portable phone charger! I took this on a mission trip to Buffalo, NY this summer and it was a lifesaver! I didn't have to worry about my phone dying and all of the outlet space being taken. Prices vary but I got mine on Black Friday for 10 dollars. I'm pretty sure it was originally 20. 

I hope this helped you come up with some inspiration on what to get that one person that you absolutely couldn't think of what to get! Have a great day and make sure you come back on Friday to see what Liv posts!

xoxo, Em

Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY: Christmas Countdown!

          Hey girl! I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and got some great deals on Black Friday! I had a wonderful time spending it with all my family. Memories were definitely made that I will never forget.
          Sooo, it is now December 1 and that means the countdown to Christmas begins! Fun fact about me, Christmas is my favorite holiday, time of the year, all of it ( I even start getting excited before Halloween ) you could say I'm kind of obsessed! One of my favorite things is the anticipation leading up to Christmas Eve and Day. I've always wanted to get an advent calender with chocolate in it but never have, so this year I decided to make my own Christmas countdown! Instead of using chocolate I put little activities to do each day, such as, decorating the tree or wrapping presents.  Its super easy to make and looks adorable!

          Materials Needed:

  • Mason Jar
  • White, Green, and Red  Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Red and Green craft sticks
  • Sharpie
          All you need to do is paint your mason jar (I had to use 3 coats of white paint), then using the craft sticks write days til Christmas on one side and an "activity" on the other. For Example:

I also used red and green paint to write Christmas Countdown of the front!

                 I hope you guys found this helpful and have a wonderful day! This definitely has helped me get more in the holiday spirit (if that's even possible!) and hopefully you did too! If you have any requests for some more holiday themed posts please leave a comment down below and subscribe for more!