DIY Kids Treasure Box + Kids Gift Guide

With the holidays just around the corner, I’m getting into the seasonal spirit. I love making DIY gifts for my friends and family, as well as shopping for just the perfect thing. So every day this week, I’ll be sharing an easy DIY gift along with a fun gift guide.

Yesterday, I showed you how to make Personalized Notepads, plus gifts for men and women. Monday, I shared my recipe for homemade Salted Caramel Sauce and a foodie gift guide.

Today, I have a super simple DIY Kids Treasure Box tutorial, plus a Kids Gift Guide!

DIY Kids Treasure Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaWhat kid does not like collecting things? This DIY Treasure Box is the perfect place to store all their secret finds!

Best of all, it’s super easy to make. The box I made for my niece took just a couple hours, and most of that time was spent waiting for paint to dry. I chose bright, girly colors, but the Treasure Box can be customized to fit any kid. Use their favorite colors inside and out.

Scroll to the end of the post for the step-by-step tutorial!

Kids Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #Holidays #shopping GiftGuideTo go along with this DIY Kids Treasure Box, I’ve created a kids gift guide. If you’re searching for the perfect gift, here are some great ideas!

  1. Melissa & Doug Wooden Car Carrier. I love brightly colored, classic wooden toys!
  2. Harmonica. Encourage your little musician with this retro favorite!
  3. Finger Monsters. These mini monsters are the perfect inexpensive stocking stuffer.
  4. Karaoke System with Disco Lights. A star is born! This fun system has audio voice controls to enhance kids’ voices, a customizable disco-light show, and dual microphone jacks for duets!
  5. Nails, Nails, Nails. Give nail art lovers this fun book filled with professional techniques. They’ll learn everything from leopard to plaid to lace and more!
  6. Bear in Underwear. What kid wouldn’t get a kick out of a stuffed animal in tighty whities?
  7. Play Visions ‘Snowtime Snowballs’. Have an awesome snowball fight without a storm … or tears!
  8. Hedgehog Coin Purse. This cute coin purse makes a sweet stocking stuffer.
  9. Cupcake Lip Gloss. Lip gloss + cupcakes = a match made in heaven!
  10. Art 101 154-Piece Tri-Fold Easel Art Set. Budding artists will be so excited to open this huge kit!
  11. Paper Airplanes Mega Pack. This cool gift has instructions for how to fold Egret, Pipit, Swallow, and Condor airplanes, as well as more than 275 sheets of paper in unique designs and prints.
  12. Lacy Fashion Tattoos. These temporary tattoos are super popular right now and would make a great gift for a teen/tween.
  13. Pass the Pigs. This is one of my favorite games! It’s sure to have your whole family laughing as they roll the dice … err, pigs!
  14. Pocket Microscope. This powerful, pint size microscope reveals clear, sharp focus at 30x magnification. Guaranteed to fascinate the junior scientist.
  15. Sleepover Party Mad Libs. Mad Libs are still as fun as they were when you were young!
  16. Smart Phone Projector. This lo-fi smartphone projector magnifies up to 8x for a large picture that your kids can enjoy anywhere.
  17. Selfie on a Stick.  This goofy gift extends from 9 to 44-inches, making it easy for the selfie obsessed to snap the perfect pic.
  18. The Art of Tangling: Drawing Book and Kit. Kids will love creating whimsical pieces of art using this inspirational 40-page project book and professional-quality materials!
  19. Fashion Angel Tapefitti Tape Caddy. This set has 60 rolls of Tapefitti – it sticks to almost any surface and lifts without residue – perfect for decorating pencils, customizing notebooks, making fun fashion accessories, and more!

Want to make your own DIY Kids Treasure Box?

DIY Kids Treasure Box: Supplies | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaHere’s what you’ll need:

Start by pressing push pins into the bottom corners of the box. This will raise the box while you’re painting it, allowing it to dry without sticking to anything.

DIY Kids Treasure Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaPaint the inside of the box first using the foam brush (pour paint in palette for easy access). Use the flat paint brush to get in the corners.

Let paint dry and add more coats, if needed. I used three thin coats to get the coverage I wanted.

DIY Kids Treasure Box: Paint Inside of Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaUse the foam brush to paint the outside of the box. Let dry and then add more coats, if desired.

DIY Kids Treasure Box: Paint Outside of Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaPaint the inner edge of the box using the flat brush. I recommend using glitter paint or a fun, contrasting color.

Let this edge dry completely before closing the box.

DIY Kids Treasure Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaFor the lettering on top of the box, I simply typed the name in Microsoft Word, selected a font (Desdemona), and font size (100). Then I printed it out.

Trim down the paper and tape it to the top of your box. Trace over the black lines with the pen, pressing hard. Then remove the paper. You should have an indentation around the letters.

DIY Kids Treasure Box: Trace Letters | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaFill in the letters using the silver marker.

DIY Kids Treasure Box: Fill in Letters | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaThe next step is optional, but I went back over the letters with the glitter paint for more sparkle. Use the angled brush for extra control.

DIY Kids Treasure Box: Paint Letters with Glitter Paint | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaFinally, outline the letters with the Sharpie.DIY Kids Treasure Box: Trace Letters with Sharpie | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaThat’s it!

This box is completely customizable. You can decorate it further with more paint, gems, stickers, and other fun items. Have fun!

DIY Kids Treasure Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaMake sure to fill the box with a few treasures to get the collection started!DIY Kids Treasure Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaThe glitter edge is my favorite part!

DIY Kids Treasure Box | Hello Little Home #craft #paint #GiftIdeaDo you have any kids on your shopping list this year?

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DIY Personalized Notepads + Men’s and Women’s Gift Guide

With the holidays just around the corner, I’m getting into the seasonal spirit. I love making DIY gifts for my friends and family, as well as shopping for just the perfect thing. So every day this week, I’ll be sharing an easy DIY gift along with a fun gift guide.

Today, I have a super simple DIY Personalized Notepad tutorial, plus Men’s and Women’s Gift Guides!

DIY Personalized Notepads + Men's and Women's Gift Guides | Hello Little Home #holidays #PaperCraft #GiftGuideThese DIY Personalized Notepads are such a fun gift. They can be completely customized to fit the recipient using their name and fun clip art, and you won’t believe how easy they are to make!

Seriously, you can put together these notepads with supplies you probably already have at home. Nothing fancy is required, and they make a great stocking stuffer.

Scroll to the end of the post for the step-by-step tutorial!

Women's Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #Holidays #Christmas #shoppingTo go along with these DIY notepads, I’ve created gift guides for women and men. If you’re searching for that special something, here are some great ideas!

  1. Kate Spade Office Kit. This chic set has everything she needs to set up a fun desk.
  2. Frends x Bauble Bar ‘Layla’ Headphones. Update her headphones with a little sparkle! This cute set even includes matching earrings.
  3. Halogen ‘Touch Tech’ Cashmere Gloves. These luxurious gloves are available in 13 colors, guaranteeing there is one just right for your favorite loved one.
  4. Braids, Buns, and Twists. This book, which features 80 classic and contemporary step-by-step tutorials, is from one of my favorite bloggers and has been on my wish list for a while now. Hello, Santa … are you listening?!?
  5. C. Wonder Ivory Faux Fur Scarf. A luxe scarf (also available in gray) that’s perfect for keep her warm this winter.
  6. C. Wonder Buffalo Check Wool Easy Weekender. Encourage frequent visits with a fun bag!
  7. C. Wonder Delicate Enamel Zodiac Necklace. Wrap her sign around her neck!
  8. My Quotable Kid. Help her keep a lasting record of her child’s most memorable quotes.
  9. WaveHooks Bathtub Wine Glass Holder. This is pretty much the perfect stocking stuffer for a wine lover!
  10. Neon Heart Tote.  Fill this cute tote with some fun surprises!
  11. Dammit Doll. Do you know someone who’s a little too stressed out? Give her a Dammit Doll, and encourage her to slam, whack, pull, and squeeze it, all while yelling her favorite obscenities.
  12. U|R Pleated Tech Headband. This cute stretchy, fleece-line headband is fitted with modular speakers and an in-line cord that’s compatible with most mobile media. Perfect for working out or just keeping warm.
  13. Women’s Thermal Pajama Set. How cute are these striped PJ’s?
  14. Benefit Candy Coated Advent Calendar. Looking for the ultimate Advent calendar? Benefit’s is filled with 24 bite-size beauty treasures. You favorite beauty-lover will flip over this gift that gets sweeter every day!
  15. C. Wonder Velvet Heart Travel Set. Remind your favorite frequent flyer how much you love her each time she flies!
  16. Fun with Washi. This cute book makes it easy for any crafty lady to add colorful accents everywhere.
  17. Anne Klein Round Watch and Bangle Set.  Create an arm party the easy way with this pretty rose gold set.
  18. C. Wonder City Bike. This is truly the cutest bike around!

Men's Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #Holiday #Christmas #shoppingOK, it’s time for the men’s gift guide. Guys can be so difficult to shop for, right? Here are some great ideas they are guaranteed to love!

  1. The Rail Gradient Knit Scarf. Keep him warm this winter in a cool ombre scarf.
  2. Authentic Record Coasters. The perfect gift for a music lover, these unique coasters are made from vintage LP’s.
  3. Areaware Concrete Desk Set. Workaholics will appreciate having all their supplies contained in a desk set with great design.
  4. Fort Standard Crest 1 Bottle Opener. My husband has been known to carry a bottle opener on his key chain. This one would definitely up the style quotient!
  5. Areaware Alarm Dock. Who uses an actual alarm clock anymore? This docking station is a fun solution for storing his phone at night.
  6. Skagen ‘Ancher’ Dual Time Watch. I love this watch’s spare design!
  7. Barbour Tartan Hip Flask. Give him something to carry his hootch in style.
  8. Izola ‘Mint Condition’ Money Clip. This money clip makes a great gift for the guy who likes to travel light.
  9. Baxter of California Skin 1.2.3.  Encourage him to take better care of his skin with this trio of products designed to balance and control excess oil production.
  10. Mason Shaker Homemade Gin Kit. This DIY gin-making kit will have him creating a flavorful, amber-colored gin from a bottle of vodka in less than two days time!
  11. Sphere Ice Molds. This cool mold creates solid slow melting ice spheres that will cool his craft cocktail without watering it down.
  12. Polk Audio Buckle Over Ear Headphones. Give him an excuse to block out distractions with these sharp headphones.
  13. Gents Leather Brim Baseball Cap. Convince him to trade in his team hat for this more stylish number.
  14. Grei Donegal Fingerless Gloves. Keep his fingers free so he can answer all your texts!

Would you like to make a Personalized Notepad? I promise it’s super easy, but I wanted to outline all the steps so they’re easy to follow.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Supplies | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftHere’s what you’ll need:

Start by going to PicMonkey.com to create your design. At the page top, choose “Design” and then select “Custom.” In the dialog box, put in 1200 x 320. Note: This size is just a starting point and works well for a design on the top of the page. Feel free to experiment with different sizes.

Next, you’ll use the icons on the left side of the page to create your design. The butterfly symbol has overlays with everything from basic shapes to birds to labels and banners. I used the “Leafy Stems” overlay for the image below.

The “Tt” symbol is for text. After choosing a font, a dialog box will pop up with color and size options. I chose the “Janda Stylish Script” for this notepad. My printer was out of colored ink, so I created a black and white design but color would look even better.

You can also create borders, which are under the “frame” icon, and textures, which are under the diamond icon. Experiment and have fun creating your image.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Creating Graphic in PicMonkey | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftAfter your image is finalized, click “Save” at the top of the screen. On the next page, name your file in the “File Name” box. Select the “Sean” for “Quality” and then click “Save to My Computer.” Choose where to save the file in the next dialog box and then save the file.

Next, open up a blank Microsoft Word document, and then follow these steps:

  1. Set your margins to 0.25-inches (go to Format>Document).
  2. Use the line tool to draw two lines dividing your page vertically and horizontally into even quarters (see below). Don’t worry if these lines aren’t perfectly pretty, because you’ll delete them before printing.
  3. Go to Insert>Picture>From File to locate and open the graphic you created in PicMonkey.
  4. Click on the image to highlight it, then go to Format>Picture. Under Layout, choose “In Front of Text” and then click OK.
  5. Resize the image, using the corner grab bars, until it is centered between the lines (see below) or in the position you want it.
  6. Click on the image to highlight it again, then copy it and paste it 3 times. Repeat the above steps, positioning the images between the lines, until your document looks similar to below.
  7. Delete the lines you inserted in step 2 and then print 12 copies of your document.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Layout in Word | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftNext, grab your self-healing mat and utility knife. Use the guides on the mat to cut each page into 4 quarters, each measuring 4.25 x 5.5-inches.

Take your time with this step. You want to pages to be a uniform size so they stack up evenly.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Cutting Paper | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftAfter you’ve quartered all 12 pages, stack up the pages as perfectly as possible, and then clip them together with a binder clip on each size. This will hold the pages in place during the gluing process.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Attaching Binder Clips | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftRun a thin line of glue along the top of the pages. Smooth it out with your finger, so that it covers the end of each page.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Glueing Spine | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftAfter the glue has been applied, add the third binder clip to the top of the page. This will keep the pages from buckling while the glue dries.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Letting Spine Dry | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftLet the glue dry and then apply another thin coat. Let the second coat dry, and you’re done!

DIY Personalized Notepads | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftWant to add a cover to your note pad? Cut out a piece of card stock and a piece of thin cardboard in the same dimensions as your pages.

Decorate the card stock using clip art or decorate papers. For my notebook below, I used old magazine pages and attached them to the card stock with Mod Podge. Set the finished cover under a stack of heavy books to dry so it stays flat.

To attach the covers to the pad, add them to your stack of notepad pages (before gluing). Clip the pages together and glue everything together as instructed above.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Attaching Covers | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftI also added a decorative strip of paper over my spine. I wanted it to overlap the front and back covers, so I cut it to measure 4.25 x 1.25-inches.

After you’ve glued all the pages together and everything is dry, just attach the strip using more Mod Podge.

DIY Personalized Notepads: Attaching Spine Cover | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftThese instructions are just a starting point! You can get really creative with this project using different colors, stamps, stickers, and washi tape. Have fun experimenting!DIY Personalized Notepads | Hello Little Home #PaperCraft #HolidayGiftWho’s on your Holiday shopping list this year? Do you know what you’re getting them?

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3 Easy Hair Styles for the Holidays … and Beyond!

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3 Easy Hair Styles for the Holidays ... and Beyond | Hello Little Home #HeartMyHair #Conair #Tutorial I’ve always been a little hair obsessed. If my hair looks good, I feel good (and if not, don’t ask!). It’s easy to fall into a ponytail hair rut, so I try to experiment with different looks, especially at this time of year. Today, I’m sharing three easy hair styles for the holidays (and beyond) using the Conair Curl Secret and the Conair Pro 3Q blow dryer.

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DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide

I heard my first Christmas song yesterday. I’ve been in denial, but ready or not, December is just around the corner and so are my favorite holidays!

This week, I’m getting into the holiday spirit. I love making DIY gifts for my friends and family, as well as shopping for just the perfect thing. So every day this week, I’ll be sharing an easy DIY gift along with a fun gift guide.

Today, I have a recipe for DIY Salted Caramel Sauce and a foodie gift guide.

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #HolidayGiftGuide #dessertI love, love, love salted caramel sauce. I’ll eat it on pretty much everything, and I even have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to it.

For a long time, I was under the impression that it was difficult to make, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. You can whip up a batch of this DIY Salted Caramel Sauce in about 10 minutes with just a few ingredients … no thermometers or tricky steps required!

If you can bear to share it, this luscious treat makes the perfect gift. Just package it in a small jar and attach a simple paper gift tag. It reheats easily in the microwave and is delicious drizzled over ice cream and all your favorite sweets.

Scroll to the end of the post for the simple recipe.

Foodie Gift Guide + DIY Salted Caramel Sauce | Hello Little HomeTo go along with my DIY Salted Caramel Sauce, I’ve created a foodie gift guide. I think we all know someone who lives and dies for their next meal. This gift guide has something that will make any food-lover lick their lips in delight!

  1. Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. If you’ve ever visited Thug Kitchen’s blog, you’re familiar with their irreverent take on healthy eating. The companion cookbook is filled with the same fun attitude and more than 100 delicious recipes.
  2. Silpat Baking Mats. Any baker would love one of these French nonstick mats that make baking and cleanup a snap.
  3. Boska Homemade Mozzarella Kit. This starter kit contains everything your favorite foodie needs to make their own fresh mozzarella. There is a goat cheese kit, too.
  4. Le Creuset Soleil Tagine. Look for a unique gift? This colorful, cast iron tagine (available in  more colors) is ideal making the Moroccan stew it’s named after, as well as browning foods on the stovetop and warming tortillas or flatbreads in the oven.
  5. Sur La Table Olivewood Tree Slice Serving Board. Package this gorgeous board with a few of your favorite foods and a bottle of wine.
  6. Nutella: The 30 Best Recipes. Nutella fanatics will love this cookbook, which has mouth-watering recipes for everything from macaroons to cheesecake.
  7. Craftsy Class. Experiences are often the best gifts, so further your favorites foodies knowledge of food with an awesome online class from Craftsy. There are a ton of options, such as Artisan Bread Making, 20 Essential Cooking Techniques, or Vietnamese Classics: Pho, Noodles, and Beyond.
  8. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Box. Give a gorgeous, vintage-inspired tin recipe box! It comes with 12 letterpressed dividers and 24 recipe cards featuring Rifle Paper Co.’s beautiful designs.
  9. GEFU Spirelli Spiral Slicer. Healthy eaters will love this cool gadget that effortlessly slices their favorite veggies into spirals.
  10. Jacob Bromwell Original Popcorn Popper. Create family memories with this heirloom-quality, old-time popper! It’s an American classic that’s in its 195th year of production.
  11. Kitchen Papers by Cake ‘Goat, Sheep & Cow’ Cheese Markers. Entertainers and cheese-lovers alike will adore these fun markers.
  12. Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet. A cast iron skillet is a kitchen classic that will last a lifetime.
  13. Nambé ‘Bella’ Salad Bowl & Servers. This gorgeous salad set will look at home on any table.
  14. Paper Source Donuts Apron. Your favorite donut lover will adore this cute apron! Donuts pot holders, tea towels, and more are available, too.
  15. Indian Essentials Organic Herbs and Spices. This set contains everything needed to cook delicious Indian meals. If Indian food isn’t their thing, give a Mexican, Italian, Thai, or Mobile Foodie Survival Kit instead.
  16. The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks. This cool book is structured around a series of easy-to-follow classes that will turn your loved one into a beer expert!

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

DIY Salted Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and cream.
  3. Stir until smooth.
  4. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Mix in salt and vanilla.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - Refrigerate any unused caramel sauce.
  • - To reheat caramel sauce, heat for 15 seconds in the microwave, stir, and repeat until hot.

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DIY Salted Caramel Sauce + Foodie Gift Guide | Hello Little Home #HolidayGiftGuide #dessertWhat is your favorite food related gift?

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Happy Friday, friends! Are you ready for the weekend?

I am! This Saturday I’m going to a loom knitting workshop at Brooklyn Craft Company. I used to be really into knitting, so hopefully this will get my creative juices flowing again. Plus, I have a ton of yarn to use up! Have you ever tried loom knitting? It will be my first time.

This past week has been a good one. One of the benefits of living in New York is the parties! My husband and I went to Canon launch party, and I got *this* close to Jon Bon Jovi, who was there supporting his tour photographer. I have to admit that I’m not a huge Bon Jovi fan, so it was a little lost on me. It was complete chaos around him with everyone trying to snap a pic. We also got our picture taken with Boomer Esiason. Also a little lost on me, but the hubs was happy!

On Monday, I went to a live #foodiechats event. I met awesome bloggers, drank a little wine, and ate delicious food prepared by Ninja, the event sponsor. My favorite was the green bean casserole, which was made with cashew cream instead of the standard cream of mushroom soup. It was totally delish and tasted just like the original. If you’re a foodie and like chatting about food, definitely check out #foodiechats and join the weekly, super fun Twitter chat.

I also spent some time taking fall pics in Central Park – see those below.

Next week, I have some exciting things planned for you! Come back Monday for cute holiday hair tutorials. I’m also sharing my holiday gift guide, along with tutorials for DIY gifts, all week long. Plus, I’m rounding up the best Black Friday sales. My Black Friday philosophy: avoid the crowds and shop in your PJs!

On to my favorite links from the week!

Winter/Holiday Style Challenge Banner

Ladies: does your wardrobe need a little help? Join the Winter/Holiday Style Me Pretty Challenge with one of my favorite bloggers, Alison from Get Your Pretty On. You’ll get 21 days of outfits – everything from casual to dressy – plus tons of inspiration. It’s like having a personal stylist for much (much!) less money!

Learn how to make a Cut Paper Quote with help from Sum of their Stories. It would make a great personalized gift!

Fall Leaves in Central Park | Hello Little HomeThis Crispy Sweet Potato Roast from Smitten Kitchen looks seriously delicious.

Keep these DIY Lotion Bars from The Small Things handy during the dry winter months or give them as gifts.

Treat yourself to a Poached Pear Brownie Tart from Twigg Studios. Fall in Central Park | Hello Little HomeI love this Colorful Vintage Handkerchief Apron over at Skip to My Lou.

Looking for the perfect fall dinner? Make this Cheesy Kale Sweet Potato Tart from The Woks of Life.

Dress up your home for the holidays with these DIY Metallic Dipped Taper Candles from Oleander and Palm.

Fall Leaves in Central Park | Hello Little HomeThis Simple Fall Slaw from Minimalist Baker looks light, healthy, and delicious.

I’m dying to try this recipes for Personal Fondue over at A Cup of Jo. Fall in Central Park | Hello Little HomeMake yourself a pair of these Quick Fleece Arm Warmers from Our Peaceful Planet.

Hello Natural shows us How to Infuse Booze, as well as 9 infused recipe ideas.

Boomer Esiason at Canon Adoram Event | Hello Little HomeThere are some great sales this weekend!

  • The Limited: today only! Take 50% off All Full-Priced Items (excludes select styles)! Valid 11/21 only!
  • Nordstrom: shop new Frye Boots/Booties Markdowns on Frye Boots and Booties + take up to 50% off select Men’s Outerwear from Michael Kors, DIESEL, and more.
  • Kohls: take 20% off site wide with code FRIEND20 (through 11/23).
  • C. Wonder: shop the Friends & Family Sale and get 30% off EVERYTHING! Plus, shop totes, card cases, pouches, and more starting at just $10!
  • Target: shops the Target+TOMS holiday collection! For every limited-edition gift you buy, Target is giving to those in need!
  • Walmart: Pre-Black Friday is on! Find Big Deals before the Big Day!
  • Walgreens: take 60% off Photo Books with code HOTDEAL511 (ends 12/1)!
  • Best Buy: beat the Black Friday Rush: 6 Deals, 3 Days (ends 11/22) + see the Black Friday Ad!
  • Bauble Bar: take 25% off select Personalized Jewelry styles with code PERSONAL25 (through 11/26).
  • Need Supply Co.: take $50 off any $200+ order with code GIFTYOURSELF (ends 11/25)!
  • Alternative Apparel: take 15% off men’s and women’s hoodies. Plus, take an additional 20% off sale prices with code ADD20 (both sales through 11/23).
  • philosophy: take $10 off a $50 purchase with code ’10forme’ (through 11/23).
  • Julep: get the Julep Holiday Glam GWP ($120 value) FREE with any $35 purchase with code SHINETIME!
  • Sur La Table: shop the Coffee & Espresso Sale! Save 25% on Nespresso + up to 45% on De’Longhi + more!
  • NOVICA: save $10 off $50, $15 off $100, or $25 off $150 with code EARLY10, EARLY15 or EARLY25 (through 11/23).
  • World Market: take 25% off ALL furniture with code FURNTIME.
  • Home Decorators Collection: save 30-50% during the 12 Days of Deals at Home Decorators Collection! Ends 12/1!
  • Living Social: it’s the Pre-Black Friday Event! Take $10 off $30+ with code SHOPEARLY (through 11/21). Restrictions apply.
  • Groupon: save up to 30% on select Local Deals (through 11/24).

Jon Bon Jovi at Canon Adorama Event | Hello Little HomeFinally, get into the holiday spirit with a Snickerdoodle Martini from Dawn Nicole. Cheers!

Have a great weekend! Anything fun planned?

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Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cheesecake Topping

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite Thanksgiving treats. This year, I decided to put a twist on the traditional recipe and made these Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cheesecake Topping.

Mini Pumpkin Pies with Cinnamon Cheescake Topping | Hello Little Home #Thanksgiving #recipe #PumpkinPieYou are going to love these bite-sized pies! They have all the flavors of the classic with the addition of a luscious cinnamon-spiced cheesecake topping, which is oh so good.

You can find the recipe for these easy-to-make Mini Pumpkin Pies over at The Pinning Mama.  Today is my first post on Kimber’s blog as one of her monthly contributors, and I couldn’t be more excited!

So head on over to check out the recipe, and let me know what you think!

I’m linking up with I Heart Naptime.

Casual Thanksgiving Outfit

How is it possible that Thanksgiving is next week?!? Next is Christmas, and I am not prepared for that at all!

My family has always kept our holidays fairly casual. Although I love the idea of getting glammed up for the big day, stretchy jeans and a cozy sweater are pretty much the best after a few (too many) rounds of holiday treats.

This year, I’m planning a casual Thanksgiving outfit that is comfortable, yet festive and fun!

Casual Thanksgiving Outfit | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #HolidayStyleHere’s my idea of the perfect casual Thanksgiving outfit:

  1. Banana Republic Side Zip V-Neck Pullover. My ideal sweater: slightly oversized, but still flattering, with a cool zipper detail.
  2. David & Young Plaid Square Scarf. Flatter your face and add a festive touch to your outfit with an inexpensive scarf.
  3. Bauble Bar Freeway Ear Cuff Set. This simple ear cuff is a fun way to try a new trend.
  4. Bauble Bar Crystal Mason Ring. Just try to get this ring off my finger once I put it on!
  5. Alex and Ani Bangle Set. Push up the sweater’s sleeves to show off this fun bangle set.
  6. Dooney & Bourke Saffiano Zip Zip Satchel. Any Thanksgiving outfit requires a classic bag that will carry you into Black Friday.
  7. Joe’s Flawless Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans. These eggplant-colored jeans are surprisingly versatile and perfect for the holidays. Plus, they’re stretchy, so go for seconds!
  8. Bussola ‘Sadie’ Suede Boots. A great classic boot with details that keep it from being boring.
  9. Maybelline Expert Wear ‘The Nudes’ Eyeshadow Palette. I’m obsessed with this palette that will carry me through the holidays at an insanely inexpensive price.
  10. Kate Spade New York Supercalifragilipstick in Decadent Berry. Kate Spade has her own lipstick, and the name and shade(s) couldn’t be cuter!

How do you celebrate the holidays … dressy or casual?

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Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Fall Recipes + Free Printables

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Easy Thanksgiving Entertaining with Fall Recipes + Free Printables | Hello Little Home #Feast4AllI am all about easy Thanksgiving entertaining, and this year my theme is “Be Thankful.” Since my family lives out of state, I usually spend Thanksgiving with friends. I’ve put together some delicious fall recipes and free printables for a casual get together with my friends, and I can’t wait to celebrate!

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Cheesy Potato Croquettes

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is something enjoyed after the big day … yes, the leftovers!

I love reliving the meal again (and again), but by the third go round, a little variety is welcome. My family has a few favorite ways to rework the leftovers, like turkey pie, but it’s always fun to come up with new options, too.

This year, I’m turning my leftover mashed potatoes into Cheesy Potato Croquettes!

Cheesy Potato Croquettes | Hello Little Home #snack #appetizer #BlogsgivingDinner #leftoversI’m a serious mashed potato aficionado. I may even have enjoyed a full-on mashed potato meal here and there. They’re just so good!

These Cheesy Potato Croquettes have all the goodness of mashed potatoes, plus they’re stuffed with gruyère, one of my favorite cheeses. They’re finished with a crunchy breadcrumb coating that holds everything together and is the perfect complement to creamy, cheesy mashed potato filling. Yum!

I love these croquettes, because they make an easy appetizer or even a light meal when paired with a salad (and some wine, of course).

A few tips: start with cold mashed potatoes. The croquettes will hold together better. If the mashed potato mixture sticks to your hands when forming the croquettes, wet your hands first. Finally, I’m not a huge fan of frying, but if you want your croquettes extra crispy and golden, fry them in a few tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat instead of baking.

Cheesy Potato Croquettes | Hello Little Home #snack #appetizer #BlogsgivingDinner #leftoversMy Cheesy Potato Croquettes are just one of the Thanksgiving recipes I’m sharing this week as part of Blogsgiving Dinner!

Blogsgiving Dinner | Hello Little HomeThanksgiving is all about family, friends, and delicious food. Luckily, the food blogging community is all about these things as well. To celebrate the holiday, Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife and Susannah from Feast + West are hosting Blogsgiving Dinner. There are 20 awesome blogs sharing 52 recipes.

The idea is based on the old-fashioned progressive dinner party, in which you’d eat each course at a different guest’s home. Each blogger is bringing one or more dishes to the party on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of this week, so be sure to stop by each one and get some ideas for your own Thanksgiving meal. Today’s bloggers have recipes for dessert and after-dinner drinks, as well as ideas for using leftovers.

We’ll be posting to social media with the hashtag #blogsgivingdinner. I hope you will visit the other bloggers and join in the fun!

Blogsgiving Progressive Dinner Menu

Dessert

Grandma’s Pecan Pie from The Wetherills Say I Do
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting from My Cooking Spot
Gluten-Free Apple Berry Crumble from Twin Stripe
Paleo Pumpkin Pudding from Wit Wisdom Food
Cranberry Almond Coconut Bars from Love & Flour
Torched Marshmallow Pumpkin Pie with Olive & Sinclair Chocolate from The Local Forkful
Poached Pears with Salted Maple Caramel Syrup from Home at Six
Sweet Potato Pie from Think Fruitful
Nutella Pumpkin S’mores Tart from bethcakes
Gluten-Free Acorn Squash Spice Bars from I Cook. I Eat. It’s Life.
Drunken Pecan Pie Bars from The Speckled Palate
Butter Pecan Cupcakes from Glamour Girl Gourmet

After-Dinner Drinks

Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider from A Savory Feast
Cranberry Bourbon Granita from Feast + West

Leftovers

Cheesy Potato Croquettes from Hello Little Home
Leftover Stuffed Egg Rolls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce from Cake ‘n’ Knife
Freezer-Friendly Turkey and Rice Casserole from Betty Becca
Stuffed Crescents with Thanksgiving Leftovers from My Cooking Spot

Cheesy Potato Croquettes

Yield: 12 croquettes

Cheesy Potato Croquettes

Ingredients

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (cold)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz. gruyère cheese
  • 3 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Coat a medium baking sheet lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Place mashed potatoes in a medium bowl.
  4. Add 1 egg to the mashed potatoes and mix until completely combined.
  5. Cut gruyère into 12 long, narrow pieces.
  6. Scoop one heaping tablespoon of potatoes into your hand.
  7. Shape into a flattened oval.
  8. Place a piece of the gruyère on top of the potatoes, then gently shape the potatoes around the cheese until it is completely covered.
  9. Repeat with remaining potatoes and cheese. You should have 12 croquettes when you are finished.
  10. Process bread in food processor until you have fine crumbs, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  11. Pulse breadcrumbs a few more time until olive oil, salt, and pepper are incorporated. Place in a shallow bowl.
  12. Roll croquettes in bread crumbs, then place on the baking sheet, reshaping if necessary.
  13. Repeat process with the remaining croquettes.
  14. Bake the croquettes until heated through and golden brown, about 20 - 25 minutes.
  15. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - This recipe makes fairly large croquettes. Feel free to cut down the size, either in half or in thirds, if you'd like more, smaller croquettes.
  • - The croquettes taste great on their own, but they're delicious with a sauce like marinara, as well.
  • - I like to use gruyère for the filling, but any cheese that melts well will work. Sharp cheddar is also delicious!

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Cheesy Potato Croquettes | Hello Little Home #snack #appetizer #BlogsgivingDinner #leftoversCheesy Potato Croquettes | Hello Little Home #snack #appetizer #BlogsgivingDinner #leftoversHow do you like to eat your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings

My husband Joel and I spent an afternoon walking through Central Park earlier this week. It was a beautiful day, and the fall colors are finally showing. Autumn seems to arrive very late here, and let me tell you, I have been waiting very impatiently for it to happen!

There were so many pretty leaves that I couldn’t help but start collecting. Then we found a tree surrounded by fallen acorns, and my pockets (as well as Joel’s … he got dragged into this, too) started to resemble a squirrel with its cheeks full.

Looking somewhat like a crazy lady, I brought everything home. The leaves are pressing, and I used a few of the acorns to make these DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings.

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingI’m so happy with how these turned out! I mean, how pretty are those gold acorns?

They are also super easy to make – you just need a few tools and a little gold paint – not to mention inexpensive. I used supplies I already owned, and obviously, the acorns were free. All told, I spent a grand total of zero dollars on these. Woo hoo.

Want to make your own acorn napkin rings?

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings: Supplies | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingHere’s what you’ll need:

Use the awl to make a hole in each acorn cap. Take your time, because the caps are fragile and will split if you go too fast.

I recommend using a self-healing mat to protect your table.

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings: Piercing Tops | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingUse the paint brush to cover the acorns with gold paint. You may need a few coats.

Let dry completely before proceeding.

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings: Painting Tops | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingCut a 5-inch piece of wire. Make a loop in the center of the wire by wrapping the wire around the round nose pliers (top left below).

Hold the wire at the base of the loop with the flat nose pliers. Bend the wire straight down (top right).

Pull both ends of the wire through the acorn top (lower left).

Snip the wire ends so they are about 1/4-inch long and then press them flush against the inside of the acorn (lower right).

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings: Attaching Loop | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingAttach the tops and bottoms of the acorns together using the super glue. Let dry.

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings: Gluing Tops and Bottoms Together | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingCut a piece of ribbon about a foot long. Tie a single knot around a napkin, then slide an acorn onto each end of the ribbon.

Tie another knot in the ribbon to hold the acorns in place, then tie a bow.

Trim the ends of the ribbon, and you are done! I slipped a leaf behind the bow for a little extra color.

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings: Assembly | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingYou could use the leaf as a place holder. Just write your guests’ names on the leaves using a gel pen.

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingThese DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings would be perfect for Thanksgiving or any festive occasion. Get the kids involved and make a bunch!

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #Thanksgiving

DIY Gilded Acorn Napkin Rings | Hello Little Home #fall #FallDecorating #ThanksgivingNow I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of my acorns and leaves!

Do you collect things on your walks, too? Tell me I’m not the only one!

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