Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, Cute Video

Brilliant video kids and adults will enjoy. It will be your kids favorite. (Made me smile!)


It Looks a Lot Like Christmas

How incredibly beautiful and serene is this winter scene? Now that I've been in Southern California for 28 years, snow is something we've experienced only a few times at our home in the Saddleback Mountain foothills. This photo brings back memories of growing up in Illinois and Christmas' at my parents home when we would sit in their glassed in sunroom and watch the snow blanket the hill and the frozen lake beyond.

Forwarded to me from Pinterest (sorry, no name was given)

New Night of our Lives Holiday Song

Share this incredible holiday song and artist with everyone you know this holiday season! It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a warmth in your heart.

Upside Down Snowman

How fun is this!

Growing up in the Midwest, we loved to make snowmen, but me dr thought to make them upside down!  

Source: Pinterest

Festive Holiday Cranberry Margaritas

A Chilly Holiday Cranberry Margarita is a great choice for holiday cocktails for your party.

8 oz Seagram's Escapes Margarita
4 oz Cranberry juice 
1/4 cup fresh Lime Juice 
Salt (optional) 
Rosemary (optional) 

Moisten top of glass with lime juice and lightly dip in a plate of salt, if desired. Mix the cranberry juice, lime juice and ice together in a cocktail shaker until chilled, then pour into glass. Stir in Seagram's Escapes Margarita. Garnish each cocktail with cranberries and, for a festive holiday touch, a fresh sprig of rosemary.


How to Make a Christmas Tree Topper Bow

Create a beautiful Christmas Tree Topper Bow with this step-by-step tutorial. My Christmas trees have always had bows, flowers, and glittery stuff and this year, my trees will be showing off new toppers. (I'll have to post a photo of my skinny leopard, lime and bronze tree - it's my favorite!)

Golden Snowman Holiday Photo Cards

The Golden Snowman Christmas Photo Cards are an exclusive holiday photo card design from Your holiday photo cards are printed on Luster Photo Paper designed to produce the best photo quality because Christmas Photo Cards are all about the photos!

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Blue Starbursts Hanukkah Photo Cards

Celebrate Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, by sending beautiful Hanukkah photo cards to friends and family. Create a beautiful photo card to show off your family as they've changed through the past year.

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Awesome Truffle Brownie Rumble Cakes Recipe

Trader Joe's Rumble Cakes

1 stick TJ's Unsalted Butter
2 TJ's Eggs
1 box TJ's Truffle Brownie Mix
1/4 cup TJ's Dried Tart Montmorency Cherries
1/4 cup TJ's Walnut Halves and Pieces
1 box TJ's Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring the butter to room temperature and combine the eggs with the butter and whisk/ mix. Slowly add in the brownie mix. Once the mixture is uniform, add in the cherries and walnuts; set aside. Lightly grease a brownie pan and place the chunks of cookie dough sporadically around the bottom of the pan (there may be a few pieces of cookie dough left, do with them what you must). Pour the brownie mix over the top, evenly coating the cookie dough. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean. Enjoy!

Serves: 10 Cooking Time: 45 Minutes            Recipe from Trader Joe's

Hanukkah Gift Boxes, Bags and Party Favors

Beautiful Hanukkah party favor boxes, gift boxes, gift bags, ribbons and more in the colors of the holiday.

Easy Way to Hang a Gallery Wall of Pictures

If you're sprucing up your home for a party, the holidays or just because, here's a great way to hang a gallery wall. Love the easy to follow pictures and do-it-yourself directions.  Source:  Roost

Skinny Layered Apple Pie Recipe

Oh my, I have to try this! I was going to make it for Thanksgiving, but I don't think I can wait. Instead of the calories of a traditional pie crust, the baked cinnamon and sugar wontons are the perfect replacement. They look pretty, they are flakey and delicious, and are only 20 calories each! Add a little whip cream (low calorie, fat free or regular) and cinnamon, and you have all the taste of a classic apple pie without the calories! 

Ingredients For Pastry Layers:
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sweetener of choice

1800 Manzana Spiked Apple Cider Recipe

Here's a yummy recipe for tequila spiked apple cider.

Fill a mixing glass with ice and pour in:

  • 1 ounce of 1800 Reposado Tequila
  • ¼ ounce of crème de casis (a blackcurrant-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 ounce of apple cider
  • ¼ ounce of lemon juice

Shake the mixing glass to blend and then strain the drink into a Collins glass. 

Garnish it with a slice from a crisp apple.


Fall Room Decor: Burlap Wrapped Candle Holders

Having guests over for a party, for a dinner party or Thanksgiving? Here's a beautiful idea for fall centerpieces or room decor we love...burlap wrapped candle holders. Love the look? Here's an easy tutorial from Restore Interiors.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Copycat Recipe

I swear the main reason we go to Olive Garden is for their salad dressing.  Here's a copycat recipe that just might have you staying home more often.

  • 2 envelopes Good Seasonings Italian Dressing, prepared
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons water

  1. Prepare the two envelopes of Good Seasonings Italian Dressing as per the package directions
  2. Combine all other ingredients in a blender on high until combined, about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the prepared Good Seasonings Italian Dressing to the blender ingredients and pulse til blended.
  4. Pour into a bowl or carafe and cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Stir before serving.

Recipe does make a ton of dressing.

Dress Up Band Aids for your Boo-Boos

What a cute way to dress up a boo-boo! Check out these limited edition Dress-Up Band-Aids by Cynthia Rowley.  20 assorted bandages: Ten 3/4 in x 3 (1.9 cm x 7.6 cm) and Ten 5/8 in x 2 1/4 in (1.5 cm x 5.7 cm)

Skinny Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip is easy to prepare ahead of time, then throw it in the oven when you are ready to eat. Serve with Pretzel Crisps or baked chips. No one will know this is a light recipe.

  • 13.75 oz artichoke hearts packed in water, drained
  • 10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 4 oz shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • olive oil spray
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • In a small food processor, coarsely chop the artichoke hearts with the garlic and shallots.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Place in an oven-proof dish and bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve right away.
  • Can be made one day in advance and stored in the refrigerator before baking. Makes about 3 3/4 cups.  
Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 73.3 • Fat: 4.4 g • Carb: 3.4 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Protein: 5.2 g • Sugar: 0.6 g
Sodium: 244.7 g

Paloma Cocktail Jello Shots

Who knew jello shots could be beautiful and taste good?  How lovely would these be to serve at a birthday party, a bachelorette party, bridal shower or even a wedding reception.


  • 1 1/3 cup grapefruit soda (we used Izzy's sparkling juice)
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate (thawed)
  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • 2/3 cup agave tequila
  • Fresh grapefruit segments for garnish, if desired
  • Recommended Pan:  1-pound loaf pan (approximately 8” x 4”/20 x 10 cm) or flexible silicon molds

Pour soda and limeade concentrate into a small saucepan and sprinkle with the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over very low heat until gelatin is dissolved, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Mixture may be foamy initially, but this will disapate. Remove from heat.  Stir in the tequila. Pour mixture into loaf pan or molds. Place in refrigerator to set (several hours or overnight).

To serve, cut into desired shapes (or unmold).  Garnish each jelly shot with a small grapefruit segment, if desired.

Makes 18 to 24 jelly shots.

Pictured is the Paloma Jelly Shot from the Jelly Shot Test Kitchen

Decorate for your Fall Party with Brown Paper Flowers

You've mailed out your fall party invitations, and now it's time to get your home ready for the party. Create these beautiful brown paper flowers to place as wall art, table decor or hang on your front door.  Step-by-step tutorial by A Place for Us Blog. Let us know if you made them!

Setting your Table for a Fall Party

You've sent out invitations to your fall party, now it's time to get your house ready.  We found this stunning centerpiece and table setting guests would drool over. The centerpiece could take you from October right through December. I love the red and the feathers. This would fit nicely in my dining room and would look splendid with my blonde walls and sixteen foot red drapes. The entire room can be seen on Embellishments by SLR.

I am a Princess, All Girls Are


Believe in Goodness Religious Christmas Photo Cards

Religious Christmas Photo Cards are hard to find. We've added a whole collection of beautiful christian faith-based photo cards with bible verses, poems and Christian sayings. Just personalize these photo cards with your favorite photo and family name and you're done!

Easy Way to Serve Ice Cream with Birthday Cake

If you're serving cake and ice cream at your party, here's a great idea to make a sticky situation a breeze. Place individual scoops of ice cream in a cupcake pan lined with paper baking cups.  Put in the freezer for up to several hours. After the cake is cut, remove the scoops from the paper baking cups, or serve them in the cups, and drop them onto the waiting plates. Source: Real Simple

Rejoice Religious Christmas Photo Cards

Religious Christmas Photo Cards are hard to find. We've added a whole collection of beautiful photo cards with bible verses, poems and Christian sayings. Just personalize with your favorite photo and family name and you're done!

Create Cute Newspaper Nails Manicure

Cute manicure for a party, night on the town or for work. Looks so easy, I think I could do it!

Raspberry Wishes Christmas Photo Cards

Raspberry Wishes Christmas Photo Cards are a beautiful way to send family and friends holiday photo cards this season.

Ornaments and Stripes Christmas Photo Greeting Cards

The Ornaments and Stripes Christmas Photo Greeting Cards are one of our exclusive designs you won't find anywhere else! We print our holiday photo cards on Luster Photo Paper, designed to produce the best photo quality card stock just can't duplicate. After all, holiday photo cards are all about the photos!

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Little Turkey Baby Hat is Perfect for Thanksgiving

How cute is this?  Would be fun for baby's first Thanksgiving. You can buy this hat at

Personalized Red Poinsettias Holiday Invitations

Red Poinsettias Holiday Invitations are perfect for any holiday occasion.  These beautiful invitations can be used for personal Christmas party invitations, office holiday party invitations, holiday engagement party invitations and more. Just change the wording to fit your special event.

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Fall Invitations and Pumpkin & Salted Caramel Macarons

Invite friends to celebrate the season, for dinner or just for fun and serve these delicious Pumpkin and Salted Caramel Macarons (recipe from One Vanilla Bean.) 

The Tangerine Fall Leaves Invitations is a beautiful way to invite your guests to your party.

We have Photo Holder Christmas Cards!

It's getting harder to find the traditional folded style Photo Holder Christmas Cards. You know, the kind that you attach your own prints to the front and they open to your holiday greeting?

We love this style Holiday Photo Cards as they let you send one photo to your family, another photo to your friends and another to your business associates, and so on. It is so easy to customize them to fit the people on your holiday Christmas card list.

I have a friend that prints out pictures through the year of her family interacting with the people on her Christmas card list. When it's time to send out her cards, she picks the photo holder style holiday greeting card she likes, then puts a different photo on each Christmas card of the people on her list. Every year, the people on her holiday card list are surprised to open her envelope and find a picture of themselves on her card. How clever!

Fanciful Holly and Berries Holiday Party Invitations

Fanciful Holly and Berries Holiday Invitations are a beautiful way to invite friends and family to your personal Christmas party or associates to your office holiday party.

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My Kids think I ate all their Halloween Candy

Jimmy Kimmel asked parents to tell their kids they ate all their Halloween candy and video tape it. Here's the results.

1950's Portable Record Player

How fun is this? The HandyGram portable record player from the 1950's is a complete sound system in a cute unassuming brown case with a gorgeous pink plastic inside and burgundy tone arm. Remember when records had speeds? This plays 4 speeds of records by turning the knob on the gold back-painted speed settings. Smaller than most boom boxes of the 1980's, it was a portable way to carry and play your favorite tunes.  From flicker.

Cheesy, Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

My son loves Tortilla Soup and I'm not a big fan of cooking, so we adapted this recipe we found on and made it last night. It appealed to me with the time saving use of condensed soups. It's cheesy, creamy and a little spicy, and you'll love it! My son ate two bowls and even took the photo for this recipe!

  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's condensed cream of celery soup
  • 2 (10 3/4 ounce) cans Campbell's cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup picante salsa ( Pace brand medium hot)
  • 1 (4 1/2 ounce) cans green chilies ( Ortega brand)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red new mexico chile powder ( NOTE -- This is not the same as ordinary red chili powder. It can often be found in specialty foods)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cooked chicken breasts, cut into small chunks (or use canned chicken)
  • Tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lb shredded colby cheese or Mexican cheese blend
  • Avocado (sliced or diced)

In a large (8-10 quart) stockpot, combine and whisk together until smooth all eight cans of soup. Add chicken broth. Add tomatoes, salsa, green chilies, onion, garlic, chile powder, salt and pepper. Bring all ingredients to a full boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. (We've done it for only 1/2 hour and still great). Add chicken. Simmer another 1/2 to 1 hour.

To serve: Ladle soup into bowls, top with shredded cheese, crumbled tortilla chips, chopped cilantro, and avocado.

Shooting Star Holiday Party Invitations

On a band of blue, a shooting star followed by a beautiful dust of twinkles highlight the left side of the Shooting Star on Blue Holiday party invitations. Perfect choice for any holiday celebration, Christmas party invitations, corporate holiday party invitations, holiday open house invitations and more, just change the wording to reflect your own special event.

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Baked Skinny Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad

This looks fabulous for lunch or for dinner. Served with the salad on the side, even the kids will love it.


  • 24 oz (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 -1/4 cups seasoned breadcrumbs
  • olive oil spray
  • 1/4 cup egg beaters or egg whites, beaten
  • kosher salt
  • fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 6 cups baby arugula or baby mixed greens
  • 1/4 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil


Preheat oven to 425°. Line baking sheet with tin foil for easy clean up.

Beat egg and milk in a bowl. Fill another bowl with breadcrumbs. Pound chicken breast into thin cutlets, you should have 6. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dip in egg allowing excess to drip off, then into breadcrumbs, pressing firmly to adhere. Place chicken on baking sheets and spray lightly with olive oil spray on both sides. Bake chicken, turning once halfway for about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk olive oil and balsamic; season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and onion and toss. Let sit 5 minutes. Just before chicken is ready, toss tomatoes with mixed greens. Top chicken with salad and serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Servings: 6 • Size: 1 cutlet with salad • Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 211 • Fat: 4.9 g • Carb: 17.4 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 24.3 g • Sugar: 1.1 g
Sodium: 87.2 mg (without salt)

Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad and Tomatoes recipe from

Joy, Noel, Love on Purple Swirls Holiday Photo Cards

The Swirls on Purple Digital Holiday Photo Cards are one of our exclusive designs you won't find anywhere else. Our Christmas photo cards are printed on beautiful Luster Photo paper designed to produce the best photo quality, and after all, your holiday photo cards are all about the photos!

Bacon, Apple & Brie Panini Sandwich

Bacon, Apple & Brie Panini Sandwich is a fabulous treat for lunch or dinner. Trader Joe's recipe is easy and delicious.

  • 2 slices Trader Joe's Italian Country Loaf or Panini Roll, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp TJ's Butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp TJ's Whole Grain Dijon Mustard (optional)
  • 6 strips TJ's Brie Cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 TJ's Fuji Apple, sliced thin
  • 4 strips TJ's Applewood Smoked Bacon, cooked

Heat grill pan or Panini press to medium-high. Butter one side of each slice of bread or the outsides of two panini roll pieces. If including, spread mustard on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread or roll. Place three strips of brie cheese on the un-buttered side of both pieces of bread or roll. Place thinly sliced apple on one piece of bread atop brie. Top with four strips of bacon. Put the two sides together and place into a panini press or in a grill pan and press down. Grill until lightly browned on both sides. Serve at once.

Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

PS:  We also made this with turkey instead of bacon and it is yummy!

Lovely Greetings Holiday Photo Cards

The Lovely Holiday Greetings Christmas Photo Cards feature your favorite photo as the artwork and your holiday greeting on a transparent white background at the top (or bottom). Show off this holiday season with beautiful Christmas photo cards to friends and family.

Our exclusive holiday photo cards are printed on Luster Photo Paper designed to produce the best photo quality after all, Christmas photo cards are all about the photos!

Nightmare Before Christmas Cupcakes

Happy Halloween! We found these amazingly detailed Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes created by Monnster Cakes and just had to share them with you.

Jewel Tone Ornaments Christmas Party Invitations

Elegant jewel tone Christmas tree ornaments decorate the side of the Ornate Holiday Ornaments Holiday Party Invitations. You can change the invitation wording to reflect your own special occasion for Christmas party invitations, corporate holiday party invitations, holiday open house invitations, office Christmas party invitations and more.

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