Saturday, December 16, 2017

Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party December 16, 2017

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We're happy to announce that we will be featuring even more of your wonderful posts. Each week, on all five blogs, you'll find the co-hosts' selections for featured posts in the following categories: Crafts/DIY, Recipes, and Crocheting/Sewing. We will each include the Most Clicked as featured post as well. In addition, you may find other posts being featured, too.
While you're here, we'd love for you to grab our new party button.
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Follow all of the co-hosts on Pinterest and then send an email request to join the board to Please include a link to your Pinterest Profile as well as the name of your blog.
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~On to the Features~
All Features will be pinned to the Snickerdoodle Create, Bake, Make Features Board. We would love for you to pin the features, too. Please pin from the original source!

Penney Lane  shared a very cute Thumbprint ornament.

The Red Painted Cottage  shares a great recipe for Ground Beef Vegetable Noodle Soup--yes!

Kingsbury Brook Farm  has just the right recipe for Baking Soda and Cornstarch Ornaments. Most Viewed!

Life Sew Savory shares a pattern and tutorial for those of you who still need a Stocking.

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Thank you for partying with us!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Funtastic Friday 157 and Holiday Fun

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Thanks for joining us at Funtastic Friday this week!  How is your December going?  I just submitted my final paper for my Ethics in Healthcare Leadership so now I only have 3 courses left to go till I graduate and right now I have 3 weeks off!  I also am finishing my Christmas Shopping up--just a few little things as I have the majority of it done.

We’re looking for a few more bloggers to help us host Funtastic Friday. If you’re interested, get in touch with me or one of the other hosts. 

Check out our Dollar Store Christmas Craft Blog Hop that several of us participated in HERE.  



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These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together. Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these Christmas cookies are super simple to make and will be loved by everyone in the family! Fantastic for a penguin themed party, too!
Donna's favorite - Wee Little Gnome Pom Pom Ornaments @ Flamingo Toes

Cristy's favorite - Dipped Oreo Reindeer Cookies @ The Mandatory Mooch
Cranberry Salsa recipe---so easy and so UNIQUE!
Heidi's favorite - Cranberry Salas @ Bombshell Bling
Raspberry White Chocolate Cookie Bars Recipe
Lacie's favorite - Raspberry White Chocolate Cookie Bars @ Housewife How-Tos
Apple Orange Cranberry Holiday Sangria
Sherry's favorite - Apple Orange Cranberry Sangria - Make a Pitcher! @ aka design
These delicious Penguin Cookies are the perfect treat for your next holiday party or get-together. Made with Town House Crackers and few other goodies, these Christmas cookies are super simple to make and will be loved by everyone in the family! Fantastic for a penguin themed party, too! Debra's favorite - Penguin Cookies - The Perfect Holiday Recipe! @ Delightful E Made If you’re linking up and joining the party, please grab a button or link back to Olives & Okra or one of the party hosts (right-click on the image and save the image to your computer): Funtastic-Friday-Link-Party-Thumbnail-150x If you’re a featured blogger, please grab a button to place on your blog (right-click on the image and save the image to your computer): Funtastic-Friday-Featured-Thumbnail1

All features are pinned to Olives & Okra’s Funtastic Friday board.
We will also share your post on social media if sharing buttons are readily available in your post. Help grow the Funtastic Friday link party. 
Disclaimer: By submitting a link to this blog hop, you are giving me permission to share and/or feature your blog post and image on social media and on my blog, Olives & Okra. All links shared will either link back to the blog hop (link party) or to your blog.


  1. Post as many links as you like
  2. Family friendly posts only
  3. Old posts are welcome
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Ideas and Party in Your PJs 187

Once again, it's time to Party in Your PJs!  Who doesn't like to do that?
Has your month been busy?  Mine has but after tomorrow it should settle down--I have one more paper to write for this course and then I will be done and get a 3 week break from my college.  Only 3 classes after that and I will have my Master's degree!

We shared a Dollar Store Christmas Wreath tutorial this week on the blog.  Pretty easy!

Plus, make sure to check out the Dollar Store Christmas Craft Blog Hop that I participated in with 7 other bloggers. 

Okay, onto the features from last week's party!  Don't forget to visit each host's blog as we all choose our own features!

Pillar Blue Box shared this cute Christmas Dinosaur Terrarium that looks pretty easy to make:
Add some fun to your Christmas decorations by repurposing a Nutella jar and making a super cute min Christmas Cloche (dinosaur terrarium). 

A Grace Full Life  shares Entertaining for the Holidays on a Budget--something we all can use.
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Eclectic Red Barn  used pool noodles to make Candy Garland!
Eclectic Red Barn: Candies from pool noodles 
Blowing Away Out West  shared some great Scandinavian Ornaments with buffalo plaid: 

Keeping It Real  made a cute Santa Hat Headband for her daughter and shares her instructions.
Santa Hat Headband - tutorial & pattern 

Those are our features for this week!  If you were featured, please copy and paste a button to share on your blog.

Please follow your hosts on your choice of social media--we appreciate it!

Meet the hosts of Party in Your PJs:

Monday, December 11, 2017

Oriental Trading Magic Color Christmas Tree Garland

We were given free product by Oriental Trading Company--all opinions are our own.

Oriental Trading Company has you covered for Christmas crafts, decorations, and more!
Recently we were given some of the above Magic Color Christmas Tree Ornament Crafts to share with our attendees at Pinners Conference Utah 2017.  They loved them!  We placed a set at each chair in the class and we even had ladies ask if we had extras!  One creative lady told me she would love to decorate her small tree exclusively in these fun trees (so I gave her a few more).

I decided to use the few I had left to make a garland.  As you can see above, it is simple, easy, and fun.

My family and sat down and decorated the trees with a stylus (provided in order) and made some pretty creative trees, if I do say so myself.  As you "scratch" with the stylus on the chalkboard-like surface, colors appear.  You can make you own designs, just like we did.  Our grandkids made some last year and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!  Plus they have a cute ornament as a keepsake.  These also come with red cord to use to hang on the Christmas Tree.

I just used some jute cord that I had on hand to make the garland--the ornaments went on easily.

Use the hyperlinks I entered above to check out these Magic Color Trees and all the great items that Oriental Trading has to offer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Dollar Store Christmas Craft Challenge Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to the Dollar Store Christmas Craft Challenge Blog Hop!  We have teamed with 7 talented bloggers to bring you our ideas using (mainly) dollar store items.  We hope that you will stop by each blog and see what each of us created.

Our contribution is a wreath.  I love wreaths and I love to make them.  I don't get too fancy but like to make them using simple items--some bought, some that I already have.  It is fun to come up with a new look!  Click below for the link to the tutorial!  I would love it if you shared, too (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram). 
Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dollar Store Christmas Wreath

Hello and welcome to Two Chicks and a Mom!  Today we have a inexpensive and easy wreath tutorial for you.  Of course, make the wreath "your own" by using your creativity and items that you love!

I purchased a few items from a dollar store (Dollar Tree) but I also had items on hand already.
Green wreath form (Dollar Tree)
Ribbon (Dollar Tree) wide and 1/2 inch
Straight pins
Craft glue
Hot glue gun
Various embellishments such as silk flowers, buttons, stuffed toys, ornaments, etc.

To start, I place one end of my ribbon on the wreath and secure it with a straight pin (you can also use glue).  Then wind the ribbon over and around the wreath.

Hopefully you end with no gaps!  Then place a second, more narrow ribbon and secure both ribbons with a straight pin; wind second ribbon as first.  You should be able to use the same straight pin to secure.

I had this cute little chalkboard Christmas Tree that I found in Target's Dollar Section last Christmas and decided to use it.

I wasn't sure exactly what embellishments I wanted to use but this is what I did use:
This is actually a Santa pin that I have had for many years.  I don't wear them often anymore so I thought Santa needed a new home.

I used the back of the chalkboard tree and glued buttons and a small scrap of ribbon to decorate the tree.  When I placed it on the wreath, I used to small pieces of artificial greenery that I cut off of a Christmas candle ring (photo above).

The white poinsettias were also taken from a candle ring that I had for several years.  I just cut them off down to the flower and hot glued them in place.

Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!

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