6 Ways To Show Your Gratitude This Holiday Season

The holiday season is always a special time of year. The world seems a little bit happier and brighter. Although 2020 has been quite an eventful and challenging year, taking a second to remember what you are thankful for can really help boost your mood and change your perspective! Here are some ways that you can show your gratitude this season.

Write a card

Writing a card is a classic way to show someone how thankful you are for them. There’s really nothing like receiving a handwritten letter/card filled with words that you know came from the heart. This a special and personal way to show someone that extra appreciation!

Donate Toys/Clothing/Food

Donations are awesome any time of year. They are a fantastic way to give back and show your appreciation for the things that you have that others may not. With current events, many people are struggling. If you are in a position to donate food, clothes, toys– it is a great way to show your gratitude and someone out there will truly appreciate it! 

Call someone

We all tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life which makes it difficult to keep up with friends and family that you do not see every day. Take some time this holiday season to call someone who you haven’t chatted with in a while. Reconnect and enjoy the special bond that you have with them! Before hanging up, maybe just remind them how much they mean to you and how thankful you are for them. It is sure to bring a smile to their face!

Compliment someone

When you are out running errands, at work, school, etc, give someone a compliment! Whether it be about their hair, outfit, personality–one compliment can really turn a person’s day around. We do not know what anyone else is going through. You could really make someone feel good about themselves by saying one nice thing. Spreading kindness and positivity is a great way to get in the spirit of the holiday season!

Live in the moment

When you are with someone who you love and care about, put your phone away and live in the moment. Give them your full attention when they are telling a story, ask questions to show your interest, smile at them as they talk, etc. Sometimes we are so busy with what is going on in the virtual world that we don’t give our undivided attention to those right in front of us. This is a simple way to show your gratitude for them!

 Pay it forward

Paying it forward is a great way to spread the holiday cheer! If you are able to, pay for the person behind you in the drive thru, another person’s parking meter, gas, etc. Whether you know them or not, it is an unexpected surprise for them and is sure to make them feel thankful and hopefully they will pay forward to someone else!

There are so many fun and simple ways that you can show someone your gratitude and appreciation this holiday season. Bask in the spirit of the season and share the magic!

Getting a Roommate? Check Out These 4 Helpful Tips!

It can be a lot of fun to move in with a roommate. It’s like a never ending slumber party! Although adjusting to how someone else lives can be a bit challenging and may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to feel that way! We have 4 helpful tips to remember that can help make it a successful transition! 

Give Them Their Own Space And Create Boundaries

Sometimes you just need your own space which is completely understandable. When you are living with someone else, it can be difficult at times to feel like you have that. Respecting each other’s space is extremely important in making sure that everyone can live comfortably. Such as when a bedroom door is closed, knock before entering. Dedicate an area in every room where each person can place their belongings. For example, if you have a strict diet, find a shelf in one of the cabinets that you can dedicate as your own for your food. 

Communication Is Key

As mentioned before, it can be challenging learning how other people live and adjusting to it. How they do something may be completely opposite of how you do it. Learning to communicate with each other when something bothers you is key. Pent up frustration can lead to bigger problems. If they play their music too loud, kindly ask them to turn it down. Approach each situation with a possible solution because while the music may be too loud for you, it may be their way of relaxing after a long day. Find ways to meet in the middle and do what you can to create a positive atmosphere.

Make Time For Each Other

When you live with someone, it is important to dedicate time to each other. This does not mean you have to hang out with them 24/7. You each have things going on and with the hecticness of life, you may not be able to see them often. This may make you feel like you are losing touch. Whether it is having dinner once a week or having a movie night every other weekend, it can be beneficial to establish a weekly event with each other so you can catch up.

Create A Schedule

Creating a schedule can be a lifesaver. While it is not always the most fun thing to do, housework is inevitable!  Create a schedule distinguishing who does what chores and on what days so there is no confusion. This is not to say that you cannot give them a hand if they get caught up in the whirlwind of life. It helps keep everyone accountable and your apartment nice and clean. The same thing goes for payments. Find a tool to help remind you about when rent and other bills are due such as a calendar! Once again, this can help keep everyone on track. 

Living with a roommate can help you grow as a person. You will learn alot about yourself and your habits. Staying organized and communicating with each other is sure to benefit you and your roommate in the long run! 

Videos To Watch For Tips And Tricks For Decorating Your Apartment!

One of the many fun things about having your own space is decorating and finding your individual style. Apartment living can require you to get creative when figuring out where each item of furniture should go, in order you optimize all areas. Often, we turn to others for their advice and guidance while depending on their opinions to help us figure out what looks the best. Afterall, sometimes social media just knows best! If you are looking for some inspiration and your Pinterest board is just not cutting it, check out these 4 YouTube videos for decorating ideas!

10 SMALL APARTMENT DECORATING TIPS + HACKS by Lone Fox

Join Drew as he takes you through his 10 tips for decorating a cozy-sized apartment. Just because you have a limited space does not mean you have to feel cramped and cluttered. From elevated beds that have storage space underneath to what color furniture you should be looking for, he covers some great hacks that you may not have thought of yourself! 

Alexandra Gater

If you are looking for a channel with a ton of tips and tricks, Alexandra’s is the one for you! Her channel is dedicated to design and decorating tips. She has some of her videos separated into playlists including, “How Tos”, “Clean/Organize With Me”, and “Paint It Possible” so that you can find what you are looking for quickly. Alexandra also does a lot of fun DIYs to follow! And really… is there anything better than hearing those compliments on your DIY creations?

2020 Affordable Apartment Tour

While you want your apartment to look nice, most people do not like to spend a ton of money on decor and you do not have to! “Words For My Daughter” takes us on a tour of her beautifully decorated apartment and shares with us where she got her household items for low prices! Budget friendly while looking high end? Who could ask for anything more!

INTERIOR DESIGN: How to Make Your Home Look Expensive On A Budget

Everyone’s budgets are different. Sharrah goes through the best interior design tips for budgets of all kinds. You will learn many useful tips and while you are at it, check out her channel! She has a lot of fun decor videos for many occasions such as how to decorate for different seasons of the year!

Social media is a great resource when it comes to finding hacks and DIYs for every aspect of your life, and YouTube is the best! There are so many other fun and helpful videos that you can look at to ensure you find your own style without it being too costly. Happy Decorating!

Tips For Finding The Perfect Off Campus Apartment

Heading off to college can come with many exciting changes! One of those changes, for some, includes living on your own for the first time. While this may sound equally exciting and intimidating, it can also be an amazing opportunity to find yourself and grow. Finding the perfect place to live is not always easy. Here are some tips to remember when searching for the perfect off-campus apartment! 

When looking for a place to live, it is always important to do research on the area that you will be residing in. Do you feel safe? Ensuring that you feel comfortable where you live is principle.  If you are a student, research how far the apartment is from your school. Is it manageable for you? Also look up how close the local grocery store, convenience store, urgent care, etc. is from your home. Now that you are an adult living on your own, you are in charge of your own food and amenities. Knowing where these places are compared to your apartment community is important. 

Having a pet is optional, of course, but it does not hurt to have a furry companion by your side during a time of change. If you decide to have a pet, you will need to find an apartment community that allows pets. Call and ask the team what their pet policy is. Are certain breeds not allowed? Are only small dogs allowed? What is the pet fee? These are the types of questions you should be inquiring. Before taking on the responsibility of a pet, make sure you can not only afford one but have the proper necessities to care for them.

One of the most key parts of finding an apartment off campus is making certain that the rent is within your budget. Ask the team if they have any incentives for students. Know what you are looking for in an apartment community. Make a list of what amenities you want– a pool? playground? gym? You will be living there so you deserve to live the life you want. However, if the rent is not within your budget, it is important to note what amenities you could live without and find an apartment community that is more reasonably priced for you. 

Search for a roommate that you can rely on. College can be stressful as it is and the last thing you want is someone who does not make it any easier on you. But do not forget to have fun with your roommates! Get excited about having a place together and take some time to sit down and think of how you want to decorate your apartment! This is home for you– make it cozy, a place of comfort, and the perfect place to have a relaxing movie night after a tough exam! 

Flexibility is key! Some apartment communities offer lease length terms that are conducive to student renters. At DLP Real Estate Management, our renters are offered the Elite Resident Program! Elite Resident Program is a unique benefit that offers residents as an opt-in program, whereby residents enjoy additional perks. To learn more, ask the team at your community for more information!

Lastly, make a pro/con list of every place you are considering living. It is hard to make such a big decision but seeing it written down on paper can often ease the stress and make the process a little bit simpler. Additionally, ask those around you who you trust on their honest opinions on the apartment community you are considering. Sometimes others see something that we do not. In the end, it is your decision but it never hurts to get a second opinion. 

 

A Guide To Spring Cleaning Your Apartment

Spring is in the air! It is officially time to open the windows, let the warm sun in, and clean out your apartment from all of the clutter that was stored over the Winter… but where do you start? It can be overwhelming trying to tackle everything you own at once, so the best option is to take it one step at a time. Here is a guide to help you with your spring cleaning!

Before starting, if you are feeling a bit anxious and need a method to lean on to help you organize everything, research the KonMari Method. The KonMari Method is “a system of simplifying and organizing your home by getting rid of physical items that do not bring joy into your life” which was created by organizing expert, Marie Kondo. If you have Netflix, Marie Kondo has a show which helps families and individuals clean up their home. For tips, tricks, and the perfect show to binge watch, check out Tidying Up With Marie Kondo on Netflix!

1.Create a list to help you stay organized!

It definitely can be anxiety-inducing to have multiple areas of the apartment that need to be straightened up. Before diving into the mess, take a minute to write a list of what rooms you want to conquer on which days. That way you have organization and a set plan. You can also create a list of which items you would like to focus on each day rather than doing it by room. For example, tackle clothes on Monday, tubberware on Tuesday, and so on. This is another helpful method in getting your apartment in order!

2. Lean on the things you love to help motivate you!

Finding motivation can be a challenge sometimes, especially when it comes to cleaning. Head to Starbucks and buy your favorite drink, open the windows, play your favorite music and start cleaning! When you have some of your favorite things surrounding you– it makes it a little bit easier to find the energy to get done what you need to get done! Not to mention, it makes it a lot more fun!

3. Throw away what you do not need!

This is one of the more challenging parts of spring cleaning. If you are someone who grows sentimental attachment to a lot of items, it can be hard to declutter and let go. Tackling this issue is a big focus of the KonMari method. To decide whether or not an item should go, pick it up and hold it. If you feel the item “sparks joy” for you, keep it! If you feel as though you do not experience any joy holding the item, throw it away. One way to decrease the feeling of guilt that sentimental people may have when throwing an item away is to thank the item with a simple “thank you”  before tossing it in the bag.

4. Take short mental breaks!

Let’s face it, cleaning can be exhausting especially if you have been doing it all day. Rather than cleaning everything in one fell swoop, give yourself a break every so often. Grab a snack, take a walk, read a chapter of a book–this will give you a mental break and refresh you. Set an alarm on your phone so that you can stay on top of your task and not get distracted for too long!

5. Take everything out and put it back in a more organized way!

When trying to organize a cabinet or a closet, it can be hard to clean it up when there are items all over the place. For areas that are deeper such as a cabinet, take everything out of it and place it on the ground. This gives you the chance to see everything that is in there, throw away what you do not want or need, and place it all back in an orderly fashion. Everything will have a place and you will know what is where.

6. Get some Spring decor to liven up your apartment!

After you are done cleaning, it is important to keep the festive Spring mood alive! Buy a bouquet of bright flowers as well as a few household items such as colorful pillows, throw blankets, cooking utensils, window decor—anything that makes it feel like Spring in your apartment. This will not only make your apartment look super cute but it will bring life to it as well!

After you complete your spring cleaning, light a candle, have a glass of wine, turn on your favorite show, and relax in your nice clean home. There truly is no better feeling than coming home to a clean house so enjoy it!

 

6 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes To Make At Home!

While one of the best parts of any holiday is the food, St. Patrick’s Day has its own selection of treats that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds and get you into the Irish spirit. If you do not feel like going out this St. Patrick’s Day, embrace your inner chef and make a homemade meal at home with the ones you love! You do not have to be Irish to enjoy these because as they say “everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” Here are 6 food items you can whip together this weekend!

1. Corned beef/Ham and cabbage

This is one of the most famous meals cooked on St. Patrick’s Day. While the tradition is to make Corned Beef with cabbage, some people substitute it with Ham. Throw it in the crockpot in the morning, let it sit, and voila– you have a delicious, traditional Irish meal.

Ingredients

3-4lbs corned beef brisket*
– 6 potatoes (peeled & quartered)
– 4-6 medium carrots (peeled & cut into 3-4 pieces)
– 1 medium onion (cut into 4-8 wedges)
– 1 head cabbage (cut into 6-8 wedges)
– 1 (12oz) bottle of Guinness
– 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
– 1 bay leaf
– 2 T brown sugar + dash of cloves mixed on meat

You can find this recipe and a step by step guide at Mom Endeavors!

2. Irish Potato Candy

The infamous Irish Potatoes are an Irish delicacy that originated in Philadelphia. If you are not familiar with these, do not worry! Not only are they delicious, but they are quick and easy to make and especially fun to do with children! Why not try something new this St. Patrick’s Day?!

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (1/2 package)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Eventually all of these ingredients will be rolled up and formed into a ball. Although that sounds easy enough, there is a process to creating the dough and you can find this recipe and that process on Simply Whisked!

3. Homemade shamrock shakes

Around this time of year, McDonald’s is known for their Shamrock Shakes. These green milkshakes have become iconic and something that most people look forward to each year. If you are craving one, but do not feel like going out– make it at home! All you need is:

1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream.
1/2 cup whole milk.
10 drops green food coloring.
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Throw it into a blender and there you go! A shamrock shake! This is a simple recipe that is sure to satisfy those late night cravings and can be found on Epicurious!

Pro tip: If you are a fan of the infamous, Thin Mint, Girl Scout Cookies– add some chocolate ice cream into the mix! It’s not the actual cookie, but it tastes pretty close!

4. Irish Soda Bread

Once again, this recipe is a staple around this time of year in Irish families. Irish Soda Bread sounds more complicated than it actually is! This 8 ingredient recipe is not only scrumptious but it smells great when it is cooking! To find the steps of creating this  perfect Irish Soda Bread recipe, check out Simply Recipes!

Ingredients:

4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup currants or raisins
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups buttermilk

5. Lucky Charms Dessert

Ah, yes Lucky Charms! This popular sugary cereal is known for its sweet marshmallow bites that come in a variety of shapes representing some of the most recognizable Irish symbols such as a 4-leaf clover. These marshmallows are not only good to have for breakfast but they make a great dessert as well. Whether you put them on top of your green frosted cupcakes or mix them into your rice krispie treats–your taste buds will be pleased with this sweet treat!

6. Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse

This is a recipe for our 21 and older crowd! Bailey’s Irish Cream is an ingredient found in many desserts. While it is alcohol, it makes for a great ingredient that gives an exquisite flavor. If you are looking for the perfect dessert for you and your friends, Lemon Tree Dwelling, has the recipe for you!

Ingredients

2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp. cold water
1/4 c. boiling water
1/2 c. sugar
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate flavor, add 1 additional Tbsp.
1 1/2 c. heavy cream very cold
1/2 c. Baileys Irish Cream very cold
1 tsp. Vanilla

This is a chocolate treat that is a fantastic way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and will definitely leave you wanting more!

There are so many amazing Irish meals that you can make right in the comfort of your own home this St. Patrick’s Day. Invite your friends over and have your own festive, Irish party! Be safe, eat well, and have fun this weekend! ?

How To Get Your Apartment Ready For The Holidays

Hosting the holidays can be a fun time but preparing everything to be perfect for your guests may seem like a daunting task. Not only do you have food to prep but your apartment needs to be up to par as well. As the holidays approach, you may be feeling the pressure… but no worries! Follow these tips on getting your apartment ready for the holidays and hosting will be a breeze!

1.Prepare for guests to spend the night

If your guests are coming from another city or state, they will most likely be spending the night at your house. Before they arrive, it is a good idea to figure out where they are going to be sleeping so when they come, so that they know where to put their stuff. It is also important to remember to find clean sheets, pillows, and blankets. Sometimes guest may forget to bring their own and as a host, you should always have some prepared. Even if your guest are not planning on staying the night, it is still smart to be prepared. Something could come up and they may not be able to get home and being ready for the unexpected will help so they do not feel as though they are putting you out. Plus, how fun is an impromptu Holiday Pajama Party with friends?!

2. Find entertainment other than the television

When guests are coming over for the holidays, it is important to prepare what are you going to do during the party. Rather than depending on the television as the sole form of entertainment, come up with other ways your guests can have fun! Board games and card games are always a fun option and are often a lot funnier with a group of people! Another option is to encourage your guests embrace their inner superstar with a karaoke machine! Who knows– Grandpa might have some pipes! If you are looking to get out of the house, take a stroll to look at the dazzling lights around the neighborhood. Not only will this encourage some great conversation, but will definitely enhance the holiday spirit!

3. Clean / Freshen it up with candles

Whenever guests are coming, cleaning up is an obvious must. Take the time out of your busy schedule to deep clean each room so your guests walk in to a fresh clean home. When you are finished, light some holiday scented candles! This not only will make your home smell delightful but makes it feel warm and welcoming as well which is ideal! Nothing like the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies to greet you at the door!

4. Holiday decor to make it more festive

Along with scented candles, holiday decor will make your home feel all the more festive! Pillows with cute holiday phrases like “Let It Snow” or characters such as snowman on them will make the cutest addition to your couch! Lights not only brighten up the room but they make it feel comfy and cozy! You could also add blankets, table decorations, candy dishes, and other fun ornamentation to boost the overall mood of the room!

5. Rearrange the furniture

Having guests over can be stressful especially trying to make sure there is enough room to eat and mingle. Take a look at the main area you will be hosting. If there is room to push the furniture back against the wall more– do it! This will open up the room a little bit more and a little more space is definitely better than none. If you have any decorative chairs or tables that you do not really use, relocate them for the night. This will create more room and your guest will feel comfortable and not overwhelmed!

6. Have a designated area for items your guests may bring

December can be a chilly month so your guests may be wearing coats. Depending on how many people are coming, make room in your coat closet to hang up their coats. If there are more people coming than coats you can fit into the closet, think of a designated room to place the coats in. This way coats are not laying all over the place. This is a great way to stay organized and everyone can easily grab their coat before leaving. Guests often bring gifts with them as a thank you for hosting. Think ahead of time about where to put gifts they could possibly bring so you do not have to pile them all in one place and take up more room than you would like. In case someone brings a cake, make room on the kitchen counter ahead of time for it. If you have a wine rack, create room on the top and place the wine there so you know which one came from them so you can pop it open for dinner!

Whether you are hosting or traveling this season, we wish all of our residents a happy, healthy, warm, and safe holiday!

5 Gift Ideas For Your Loved Ones!

The holidays are not only about receiving, but giving as well! Getting your loved one that one item that they have had their eye on and watching them unwrap it is a rewarding feeling! The smile that stretches across their face creates great memories! But sometimes, it is rather difficult to figure out what exactly to get that certain someone. If you are searching for gift ideas, look no further! Here are some fun holiday gifts to give this season!

1. Clothes!

Buying someone clothes can be tricky because everyone has different sizes and styles but you can never go wrong with buying something cute or funny such as one size fits all adult onesies, knitted scarfs, bath robes, etc.– these all make for some great gifts that you don’t need a specific size for! Fuzzy socks are another popular suggestion! You can never go wrong with fuzzy socks– they’re super cozy and let’s face it, you can never have too many socks! I think we can all relate to putting on a load of laundry and coming out with only one sock of the pair so the more socks, the merrier!

2. Television/ Movie themed gifts!

Is there a television show or movie that the person you are gift hunting for loves? If so, try to base your gift that! Depending on the show, it should be a relatively easy task to find merchandise with something like their favorite character or quote on it! For example, if they love the Harry Potter series, there are numerous of sweaters, hats, socks, etc., that you can find with spells on it or buy them a wand so they can imagine themselves in the wizarding world they love! Duplicates of the props found in the show/movie are also a really fun gift! If they love NBC’s The Office, you can get them something such as a Dundie award! The Dundie awards were given out by Michael Scott to each of the people in his office. You could get it customized to say something like “Best Brother!” or “Favorite Co-Worker!” Creativity is key. Find something that that is unique and fun! Etsy is a great website to find these types of items!

3. You can’t go wrong with Gift Cards

Let’s face it. Gift cards are most likely the easiest gift to give. Not only is it small and easy to wrap, but it gives the receiver the opportunity to buy what they want with it. As mentioned before, shopping for someone is sometimes challenging especially when it comes to clothes. A giftcard to Target, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, etc., is never under appreciated! Gift cards to restaurants, gas stations, movie theaters, etc., all make amazing gifts!

4. Tickets to a live event!

Tickets tend to make a popular gifts as well! If they have a favorite band/ artist/ comedian that is going on tour, tickets to see them live would make the ultimate gift! If you are giving to a sports fan, buy them tickets to a game! Going to a game live compared to watching it on TV is a whole different experience that they are sure to appreciate! Do they love musicals? Broadway shows? Buy them tickets to see a show! It does not have to be in New York City– most major cities around the country have productions! This is a fun night out on the town that gives you a reason to dress up!

5. A picture is worth 1000 words

Pictures can be sentimental. Looking back at the good old days and bringing yourself back to that day and thinking about the memories that were made is a special feeling. There are many stores, online and offline, that can print pictures on any surface you would like so these memories do not just have to exist in a flipbook of photos. If you are trying to find the perfect gift for your mom, dad, grandfather, or grandmother– print pictures of their children/grandchildren on a large canvas to hang in her living room or a soft blanket they can snuggle with each night! If the person you are giving to went on a fun vacation with you, create a scrapbook for them to cherish forever! As said before, creativity is key but no matter what the gift is, it is sure to touch someone’s heart!

Overall, giving is even better than receiving! It’s not about the how much you spend, it’s always the thought that counts. No matter what you give someone, it will be special to them because it came from you!

 

Fun Crafts To Do This Holiday Season!

Crafting is always fun especially during the holiday season! There are so many creative ways to utilize the things you use in your everyday life and turn them into a decoration that will last you a lifetime! Kids crafts can be a heartwarming piece of decor that will hold so many memories! Grab the kids, your best friends, your significant other, or anybody who loves to craft and make these 5 adorable pieces!

1. Felt reindeer, candy canes, Santa, and more!

Felt is easy to use and maneuver and a great tool for crafting! It comes in an assortment of colors that make it easy for your imagination to run wild with ideas! For your holiday craft, you will be sticking to the basic colors of red, white, black, green, and brown! If you are a crafting beginner, don’t worry! Felt crafts are all about basic shapes! Your craft can become anything you want it to be! There is no right or wrong when it comes to crafting! 

What you will need: Felt, Glue. Scissors, any other accessories depending on what you make!

2. Paint Plastic ornaments

Finding clear plastic ornaments is simple! You can buy them online or in your nearest craft store! Painting plastic ornaments are the perfect canvas to use especially with kids! This is a much safer alternative to using glass because you do not have to worry about the ornament breaking which is a big relief as a parent!  After they dry, hang them up! Be proud to display the beautiful work and fun memories that go with it!

What you will need:

Clear plastic ornaments

Washable paint

Stickers

Ribbon to hang the ornaments

3. Hand painted Santa

Another fun holiday craft is a hand painted Santa! Head to your nearest craft store and buy washable white and red paint! Cover your fingers in the white paint and along the thumb in red and place down on the canvas with your fingers pointing towards the bottom. Flip it right side up and draw the rest of Santa with your hand portraying his beard and hat! Voila! You have an easily made hand painted Santa! This is the perfect craft for people of all ages! What you will need:

A blank canvas

White Paint

Red Paint

Crayons or Markers to draw the eyes and nose

4. Cotton ball beard

One of the most classic holiday crafts is creating Santa’s beard and hat out of cotton balls! White and fluffy, just like his beard, cotton balls are the perfect crafting supplies! For Santa face you can either print out a coloring page ahead of time or draw it yourself! Not only that, but if you want to do a full body Santa– cotton balls make the perfect lining to Santa’s infamous red coat! Overall, this is a cute idea that does not take long to make!

What you will need:

Cotton Balls

Any skin tone colored construction paper/felt for the head

Red construction paper or felt for the hat

Hot Glue/ Elmer’s Glue

Crayons or Markers for the eyes and nose!

5. Popsicle stick reindeer

Popsicles are a sweet summer treat but make for a great Christmas time craft! One popular craft is creating a reindeer out of popsicle sticks. To begin, paint your popsicle sticks brown and let them dry. Next, take your popsicle sticks and glue them together to form a triangle. Create antlers out of pipe cleaners and glue them on. Lastly, add a red ball and googly eyes for the facial features! If you want to make an ornament out of it, that’s no problem! Glue a string onto the back and there you have it!

What you will need:

Popsicle sticks

Brown paint

Googly eyes

Red cotton ball

Pipe cleaners

Glue

5 Tips For Enjoying and Embracing The Holiday Craze!

It’s that time again! The holidays are a fun and crazy time of year!  From Thanksgiving to New Years, people are running around non-stop to get everything that they need to get done complete. It is important to remember to embrace the holiday spirit in the midst of all the craziness. Shopping and wrapping and events — Oh my! We have some great strategies to keep the holiday light and bright during this busy time!  

1. Remember the most important thing is not how much something cost

Giving presents during the holiday season is just as exciting as receiving them. It is hard when your loved ones deserve so much and your price range is not quite that high. That’s ok! The gifts you buy do not have to cost a lot.  It is not about the price tag, but rather about spending time with your loved ones and enjoying each other’s company. Whether you buy someone a $200 purse or a $8 candle, it is the thought that counts and they will love it either way because it came from you! With that being said, make time to visit your family and friends if you are able too! You may see them every day or you may only see them twice a year, either way your company, especially during such a special time of year, is the perfect gift!

2. Give back to your community

Giving back makes the holiday season all the more special and magical. Anything from food, toys, clothes, time– it is more than welcome! A lot of people go without during the holidays and as easy as is to get wrapped up in materialistic items, sometimes taking a minute to step back and put things in perspective is extremely helpful. If you are interested in giving back, check out our last blog, “Tis The Season For Giving!” to learn more about your closest food bank donation location as well as other ways to give back!

3. Fill your home with holiday scents and music

There is nothing that makes a home feel extra festive and warm than the sweet smells of the holiday season! Sugar cookies, peppermint, balsam and cedar, cranberry– oh my! No other feeling beats walking into your home after a long day and relaxing to the heartwarming scents of the holidays! Yankee candle has an extensive holiday candle collection that is sure to fill your home with cheer! Music is also another great way to boost your mood! If you have a list of housework to get done, blast some holiday music throughout the house! This is a for sure way to not only make your to do list more fun but a great way to feel more cheerful! Dance and sing your heart out to “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” like nobody’s watching!

4. Have a cookie baking party with your friends!

Baking cookies is a classic holiday activity that many people around the world love to take part in. Call up your closest friends and put together a holiday cookie baking party! Ask them to bring their favorite recipes with them so you have an assortment of delicious cookies! While the cookies bake, pour a glass of wine, tune into the Hallmark Channel, and watch one of their cheesy holiday films that you cannot help but cry over! The holidays are about spending time with the ones you love so why not make a party out of it!

5. Take time to embrace the holiday spirit

The holidays are one of the most magical times of the year. Take some time out of your busy day and take a walk around the neighborhood with a cup of warm hot chocolate in your hands. It is amazing to see the effort people put into festively decorating for the holidays. With lights and decorations everywhere you look, it is hard not to embrace the holiday spirit. Don’t forget to compliment someone’s decor if you see them! That is a great way to spread the joy of the holidays!