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Each and every year, I create a personalized video from Santa Claus for each of my children. It’s a fun way to make Christmas memories! I wrote about Personalized Messages from Santa Claus via the Portable North Pole two years ago, and you will find step-by-step instructions on how easy it is to create your own video to send to your loved one!

If you haven’t created an account at the Portable North Pole yet, you still have time to create one and send your loved ones a personalized message from Santa Claus! We like to watch them a week or two before, and then Santa also pops up before leaving on his big journey around the world! View Post

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The holidays are all about spending quality time with those we love. This year, surprise family and friends by switching things up and hosting a fabulous holiday brunch instead of the traditional turkey dinner. 

 For the perfect entertaining space that will leave guests in awe, follow my few simple tips below to elevate your brunch from the expected to the unexpected: View Post

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9 Inspiring Christmas Tree Themes

It’s that time of year again! I found 9 inspiring Christmas tree themes that I wanted to share with you… with only 10 days until Christmas, our family is getting super excited for the holiday season! I love to see different Christmas tree themes, especially ones that are unique!

There are so many Christmas tree themes to choose from: modern, simple, retro, color-themes, vintage, natural, rustic, ombre, multi-tone – the list could go on and on! I typically stick with a similar theme from year to year, but I’ll change an element of the Christmas tree themes to mix it up a little! View Post

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From shopping and entertaining to baking and decorating, the holidays give us plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed and financially stretched. This season, lessen the stress by incorporating a few simple tips that help leave a lasting impression without breaking the bank.

Revive Outdoor Décor

Love your holiday décor from last season? Don’t be afraid to reuse it again this year to help save time and money. To revive last year’s décor and keep it looking like new, try using OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover Powder. It’s the perfect solution to remove dirt, dust and grime from decorations that were sitting in storage or outside since you put them away.

Woo Overnight Guests

Fresh blankets and sheets is an inexpensive and cheerful way to help your guest feel like they’re staying at a hotel. To help freshen stale sheets and towels from the back of the linen closet, use Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Unit Dose Power Paks in Fresh Scent for a refreshing clean.

Take it one step further, keep a basket with fresh towels and toiletry items they may have forgotten, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. The new Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant™ lineup of products are sure to impress. TheTruly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste and Spinbrush™ are the perfect combination that refreshing and clean mint flavour that provides long lasting freshness guests will love!

Host a Potluck Christmas Dinner

Make this year’s turkey dinner a team effort! Get your guests involved in the party and arrange a potluck so that everyone pitches in. As the host, take charge by preparing the turkey and have guests bring the fixings, sides and desserts (and wine)!

When it comes to clean-up, cut back on the time you spend in the kitchen by using OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ and Triple Action Dishwasher Booster to remove the toughest stuck on foods and stains. There’s no pre-rinsing or pre-washing necessary.

Dress to Impress

From family gatherings to New Year’s Eve parties, holiday spills and accidents are bound to happen. This year, don’t let a fear of spills and stains keep you from wearing your favourite party clothes. Instead, use quality laundry detergent such asOxiClean™ HD Liquid Laundry Detergent to remove any dried-on stains the first time and keep clothes looking vivid and bright.

To accessorize your favourite party outfit, pair it with your best bling! For a quick, easy and effective jewelry refresher, try mixing Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda with hot water and leave your jewelry to sit for a few minutes. In no time, your diamonds will be sparkling bright and looking like new.

Schedule Some “Me Time”

The hustle and bustle of the holidays is sure to leave any host tired, even when entertaining is kept simple. Enjoy some well-deserved “me time” and opt for a hot bubble bath with candles and reach for some Rub A535 Anti Inflammatory Heating Cream to soothe your aching muscles.

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There are countless ways to lessen stress and save money during the holidays. What are some of your best kept tips to save money and reduce your stress?

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Scandinavian Christmas decor screams minimalism and whispers warmth and light. I am always drawn to Scandinavian spaces and love the way they are decorated for Christmas. I chose a variety of ‘looks’, but all have a similar theme. The beauty is in the simplicity, a colour-based theme, lots of light, and very nature-inspired.

Traditionally, a Scandinavian Christmas will be very white and red, with wood tones and rich, natural greens. When a natural tree is chosen, decorations seem to be sparse and thoughtful, or filled with vintage and colourful ornaments. Handcrafted ornaments, made of felt and wool, combined with candles, wood, and sparkly snowflakes fill these trees with warmth – but it’s never too much, just enough.

Many paper decorations are found in Scandinavian Christmas decor as well, with cut-outs of stars, trees, and simple dots used as decorations throughout the house. Branches of trees, bare or with evergreen needles, can easily decorate a simple nook, a bathroom, or a tabletop. A (faux) fur throws add a touch of luxury with a natural feel to a Scandinavian Christmas look. View Post

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I love wrapping presents. In fact, one of my very first jobs was working as the gift-wrapper at The Body Shop during the holiday season! I loved it because I got to wrap gifts all day long, and I smelt absolutely delicious when I got home from work! I’m always on the lookout for beautiful wrapping papers and bags, but I find myself doing more and more ‘diy’ wrapping.

DIY wrapping paper makes the gifts more personable, unique, and one of a kind. It becomes a truly special gift when wrapped in a unique, homemade wrapping paper, or when layering it with different colours, pom poms, or sprigs of green. Check out these amazing, unique and creative gift wrapping ideas! I find all of these ideas so inspiring I had to share them with you all!

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The adorable Kraft-wrapped boxes with a sprig of green make perfect containers for homemade cookies (from Project Wedding). I am in love with the woodland-inspired gift wrap from Odessa May Society, it’s so simple and perfectly Christmas! The modern and minimal typographic styling, from Man Made DIY, is very cool and fun to make. View Post

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