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I love the holiday season! 🎄 One of my favorite parts is the holiday appetizers! I'm highlighting some of my favorite on this week's blog. Check out these amazing apps here:
This recipe from Joanna Gaines Pretzels and Cheese Dip is just amazing! I love that you have the option to make them savory or sweet (by adding some cinnamon sugar)! Picture from KendellKreations.
The Cookie Rookie makes an incredible 7 Layer Greek Dip and everyone loves a good 7 Layer Dip! I love that you can make this recipe beforehand and that it doesn't have to go into the oven, since there is always limited space in the oven. Picture from The Cookie Rookie.
The Chunky Chef makes Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies. Everyone loves them - even the kids! They are sweet and smokey, and my mouth is watering just thinking about making them! Picture from The Chunky Chef.
Women's Day complied a list of 65 Christmas Appetizers that are all great ideas for serving your family and friends during the holiday season! I love the wide range of ideas that they give! Picture from Women's Day.
The holiday season is the happiest time of the year! 🎄 I'm excited to spend the holidays with friends and family, making delicious appetizers for everyone to enjoy! I'd love to hear what you are making this holiday season - let me know! 
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My Christmas Bucket List Blog included a movie marathon!
Here are the top movies that I want to watch this Christmas season! The boys helped me make the list with a few of their favorites and then I included a few of mine - like Holidate! Such a cute romantic movie for the holidays!
I’d love to hear what your top movies are to watch during the holiday season! Head over to my Instagram to let me know!
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It's the holiday season and here is our family's Christmas Bucket List! 🎄

Visit Santa 
Make Homemade Ornaments 
Sip on Rich Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows 
Take a Drive to Look at Christmas Lights 
Wear a Holiday Sweater 
Open One Gift on Christmas Eve
Make Christmas Cookies 
Give Back 
Christmas Movie Marathon 
We hope this will give you ideas to get in the holiday spirit for your family! I'd love to hear what's on your holiday bucket list! 
Please share with me! 
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This week, we're highlighting our Top 9 Favorite Christmas Goodies in the Shop! 
Fabric Gift Wrap:  We just got in this NEW Fabric Gift Wrap! It's beautiful and reusable - the gift that keeps giving year after year.  E asily attach gift tags to any fabric wrap by securing with a safety pin or tying it into the fabric's knot with ribbon. You can wash it in between uses to keep it fresh for multiple uses! Each pack comes with (3) reusable gift wraps that are (2) different sizes.
Winter Forest Pinecone Plates: We love the fun and festive vibes that these melamine plates bring to the table! These plates are not too Christmas specific - so you can use them all winter long! The pink color is an unexpected color for the season and we love it! 
Gingerbread Recipe Tea Towel: Do you have memories of making gingerbread cookies with your Mom or Grandma in the kitchen? This gingerbread recipe towel set comes with a cookie scoop in a Kraft package, that makes it cute and ready to be gifted! 
Chocolate Filled Peppermint Candy Cane:  Our beloved Peppermint Candy Cane is even more delicious filled with chocolate. Go ahead and treat yourself! Take a bite into the hard peppermint shell, and then melt your teeth into the soft chocolate filling. Each cane is packaged individually with a peggable card.
Merry Crewneck: Show off your holiday spirit this Christmas season in our new cozy crew! We love this festive sweatshirt to wear all season long! Make by Kiloh + Co., a women owned business here in Michigan! 
Christmas in the City Puzzle: This 500 piece puzzle is so fun for the holiday season. It's a perfect nighttime activity for the entire family to enjoy!
Water Wick Candle: Beautiful water wick candle for your home that your Mom or Grandma will love to put in their home! 
Winter Dish Towels: Beautiful winter towels that pair great with any gift that you are giving this holiday season!
Warm + Cozy Buffalo Check Mug: This was one of our best sellers in last year's Christmas Collection! Grab it with our NEW Let's Stay Home Box for the perfect gift!
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Favorite Christmas Movies

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Christmas movies of all time that I love to watch by myself or with the boys! 
There’s nothing better than cuddling up on the couch in front of the twinkling tree watching a classic Christmas movie this month. To top it off, sipping on your favorite cocoa with marshmallows 😊
Little Women
Christmas Vacation
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Holiday
Santa Clause
The Grinch
Home Alone
I hope you can cozy up this month and watch some of your favorite holiday classics! This weekend and next week, I plan to cuddle up on the couch with our new Mackinac Sherpa Blanket, Hammond’s Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows in my Warm + Cozy mug with the Christmas tree lights on and soak up the holiday magic.


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