Friday Link Love

Hey, gang! I hope you’re all having a great Friday and looking forward to the weekend. We’ve got a bustling few days of family holiday festivities ahead of us and we’ve been so excited all week! But before we get to all of that I’m running around today putting the finishing touches on my baking and gifting list so we can load up the car and head out this evening. Last night we got positively buried under snow so it’s really feeling like the holidays around here now. Nothing like a fresh white blanket of snow to make it feel like Christmas. Monday we’re keeping the festivities going around here with one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes and the final installment of my holiday collaboration with Air Wick so don’t miss it! In the meantime, have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

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The Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

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Can we talk about today’s gift guide for a minute? Because I’m not going to front – it’s basically my personal wish list. (Shameless, I know.) A handful of pretty things and little luxuries that have me loving everything feminine and lady-like at the moment. It’s no secret that Keep has been my best friend this holiday season as I’ve been making my list and checking it twice. But can I tell you a secret? Sifting through all the gorgeous finds on Keep has also made it pretty darn tough to not want to treat myself to a few gifts for me this holiday season. That’s where Santa comes into play, right? So here I’ve rounded up my favorite picks for the ladies in your life and should Santa so decide to send me a few of these little gems, well, I suppose I’d be ok with that, too.

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

Don’t forget, you can easily find all of these gift ideas and tons more by following me on Keep. Once there, create your own wish lists and gift collections so you can stay organized while finishing up your holiday shopping! Keep makes it a breeze to find, organize and save gift ideas whether at your desk, cozied up in front of the television or on the go with their awesome app. For the ladies, don’t miss my Gifts for Her collection featuring everything from lovely little stocking stuffers to over the top gestures. In the meantime, stay tuned on Tuesday for the final installment of this year’s gift guide! Yup. That happened fast.

1: Gold striped tee, $40 | 2: Wood tape dispenser, $24 | 3: Anchor earrings, $32 | 4: Recipe tin box, $34 | 5: Meow iPhone case, $36 | 6: Michael Kors watch, $275 | 7: Infinity ring, $26 | 8: Makeup brush set, $50 | 9: Cashmere gloves, $68 | 10: Bracelet, $32 | 11: Gold champagne flutes, $60 | 12: Passport cover, $45 | 13: Lip balm, $24 | 14: Fresh Sugar Lemon Eau de Parfum, $80 | 15: Nail polish, $9 | 16: Slippers, $40 | 17: Pajama set, $85 | 18: Frends headphones, $226

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Mix It Up: Cranberry Cocktails

Mix It Up: Cranberry Cocktails

I love cranberry in just about everything this time of year. Cranberry desserts? Sign me right up for that one. But cranberries are especially perfect in cocktails! There’s something about the sweet tartness that just feels so right during the holidays. Traditionally I’ve always paired it with a good vodka or gin, but this year I’m loving some of the other cranberry cocktail creations popping up. How amazing do cranberry Jell-O shots sound for a get together with friends? Or paired with pomegranate and champagne for New Year’s Eve? Delicious! Here are my picks for three ways to mix it up with cranberry cocktails this holiday season. Enjoy!

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[Cranberry cocktails | 1: Cranberry ginger vanilla margaritas from How Sweet It Is | 2: Pomegranate-Cranberry Sparklers from Freutcake | 3: Cranberry Jell-O shots from A Beautiful Mess.]

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10 Best DIY Faux Christmas Trees

10 Best DIY Faux Christmas Trees

It’s no real secret that I’m a Christmas tree junkie. Finding that perfect tree and decking it out in the corner of the living room is such a joy for me. But let’s face it – not everyone has the space for a full-sized tree in their home. Also, let’s be real for a minute. Christmas trees aren’t cheap, friends! Which is where today’s round-up of DIY faux Christmas trees come into play! Whether made from washi tape, twigs or tissue paper, these trees are a lovely way to bring the Christmas spirit into your home while being perfect for small spaces and small budgets. (Or maybe you just want to surprise the kids with a tree of their very own in their room? These are perfect for that, too!)

Ready to kick up the holiday cheer a few notches? Click through for 10 of the best DIY faux Christmas trees and soon you’ll be decking the halls in style!

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DIY Wooden Gift Tags

by Caitlin, Marla and Manda of The Merrythought

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

DIY Wooden Gift Tags DIY Wooden Gift Tags

Only a couple more weeks until Christmas, which means it’s time to start thinking about wrapping up those presents that are hoarded away in our closets! It’s always tempting to just grab a marker and scribble a name across those just-wrapped packages but these quick and easy gift tags will add the perfect touch to any present.

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

  • Birch plywood or basswood (I found mine at Michael’s)
  • Pencil
  • Sharp scissors or utility knife
  • Drill
  • String or twine
  • Wood grain contact paper (optional)

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

Using your pencil, begin by sketching out the design you want on the back of the wood. Keep in the mind, the simpler your design the easier it will be to cut out later.

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

With scissors or a sharp utility craft knife, carefully cut along the lines. When selecting your materials, consider that birch plywood is better for smaller or more detailed designs.

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

At the top of your cut-out shape, drill a small hole. Thread with string or twin, pull through, and tie the ends together. For an extra touch, you can also add wood grain contact paper to your gift tags or try painting them!

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

DIY Wooden Gift Tags DIY Wooden Gift Tags

DIY Wooden Gift Tags

[Photos by The Merrythought for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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