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Holiday Music Playlist

Holiday Music Playlist

What better way to experience the spirit of this season than listening to music. All throughout the years, there have been plenty of released soundtracks for Christmas. It’s quite hard to choose especially when they all sound so good. So here is our best Holiday playlist for your parties or when you just want to feel cozy and relaxed. Click on the album description to get them.

HOLIDAY PLAYLIST: 1940-1950’s

1940-1950

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas – “White Christmas” is the best-selling Christmas song of all time. If you want to relive the calming and sensational vibe of Bing Crosby, then you should get this album. Best played during hot cocoa sessions with loved ones.

Frank Sinatra’s A Jolly ChristmasLet Sinatra serenade you amiable songs for this yuletide season. This album still includes his best classic carols and magically added two more – “The Christmas Waltz” and “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

Johnny Mathis’ Merry Christmas Everyone can’t resist the soothing mood that Johnny can bring to any listener. Get this album that’s known for its hits such as “Winter Wonderland”, “Sleigh Ride” and “The Christmas Song”.

HOLIDAY PLAYLIST: 1960’s

1960

Ella Fitzgerald wishes you A Swinging Christmas – The Lady of Jazz presents a vibrant celebration with this record! It’s time for some swinging and swaying with “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.

Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For YouConsidered as the greatest Christmas record ever by Rolling Stones, A Christmas Gift For You will fill your homes with the happy Holiday mood you’ve been looking for. There’s never a dull moment with this album.

Stevie Wonder’s The Christmas Collection – If you want a good combination of traditional and modern holiday music, get this interesting record from Mr. Wonder. Be captivated with its most loved songs – “Ave Maria” and “Someday at Christmas”.

HOLIDAY PLAYLIST: 1970-1990’s

1970-1990

The Carpenters’ Christmas PortraitThe Carpenters never failed to show what Christmas music should sound like. This album is filled with beautifully arranged 40 Christmas songs that will leave you overwhelmed. You’ll surely play this again and again.

Mariah Carey’s Merry ChristmasAll tracks in this record are spectacularly performed by the woman who can effortlessly reach the highest notes. Witness how “O Holy Night” sounds like with Mariah. Merry Christmas (1994) will give you renditions of the Christmas classics in a way you didn’t expect. Yes, we all owe her a round of applause.

 HOLIDAY PLAYLIST: 2000’s

2000s

Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You (2010) – Here’s another set of melody that you’ll love with Mariah Carey. But this time it’s more fun and fabulous! This record is now filled with modern pop music that will leave you grooving with glee. Of course, other sweet soothing tunes to relax you are still here just like “The First Noel” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”. Don’t worry, this sequel is still worth it.

Michael Buble’s ChristmasThis is Michael’s masterpiece that’s made to please. The way each song is delivered is lush, impeccable and inviting. Let his sensational voice sweep you off your feet with his rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and many others.

Ready your ears for some good Christmas music with this Holiday Playlist. 

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Beauty and Fashion, Beauty Tips, Fashion Tips, Hair, Body and Skin Care, Make Up Glam, Season Picks, Holidays, For your Little Ones, Toys, Christmas, Electronics, Gadgets | 0 comments

Splendid Stocking Stuffers

Splendid Stocking Stuffers

Another tradition that’s highly anticipated every Holiday is Stocking Stuffers. Make their Christmas morning memorable with these stocking stuffers that we prepared. We have everything for the whole family. If candies and sweets are too common for you then check out our items that are interesting and handy.

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Stocking Stuffers for Parents

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR MOM:

For the main queens, we have items that she can always use in achieving her daily errands. A correcting BB cream with SPF 50 that will keep her face smooth and protected is recommended. Also, a lovely pouch to store her beauty necessities will be a nice item to give. Don’t forget a dazzling pair of earrings that she can match with all of her outfits.

STOCKING STUFFER FOR DAD:

Dad will be happy if he finds out that he now has a reversible belt he can wear for his work meetings. Now, he can easily match his outfits with a versatile belt that comes in two colors. Another great item to give him will be a handy grooming kit and waterproof electric shave.

Stocking Stuffers for Teens and Kids

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR TEENS:

Teens are mostly interested in two things: Wanderlust and Music. For the traveler at heart, a dainty travel wallet will excite her. And for the teen that’s fond of listening to music, then a Bluetooth speaker with awesome audio quality is the one.

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR KIDS:

For the little ones who just love to play, we have items that will make their playtime more fun. Kids are always active, a durable jump rope will keep them jumping and laughing all day! There are also times when kids want to bring their toys when it’s bath time. Give a set of squeaking animals that they can play with anytime, anywhere.

Surprise them with these stocking stuffers and make the time to open presents a big hit. Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Uncategorized, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, Pets are Best Friends, Let's Eat and Drink, Holidays Finest, Christmas | 0 comments

Holiday Pet Party

Holiday Pet Party

It’s not only us that get to experience the fun of Holiday celebration, our pets deserve it too! It’s time to make our pets feel the festive season with our Holiday Pet Party Guide. Here are items, snacks to serve and all things you need for the Christmas party of your pets. Click on the underlined bold text to shop.

HOLIDAY PET PARTY INVITATION:

When it’s time to spread the word, you can make personalized invitations just like the ones below. Every pet invited should be part of their social circle. It’s recommended that the pets at the party are familiar with each other to avoid unwanted things happening.

Holiday Party Inviation

“Christmas Party You’re Invited” – Click HERE to customize the design and text of the pet party invitation.

“You’re invited to a Puppy Paw-ty” – Click HERE to customize the design and text of the pet party invitation.

HOLIDAY PET PARTY ITEMS AND DECORATIONS

For party table decors, have plain but metallic sequins for a Christmas feel. Then you can fill the whole place with pet inspired items like paw printed balloons or bone drawings. Of course, do not forget to have pet Santa hats to add more fun!

Party Items

HOLIDAY PET PARTY FOOD and SNACKS

This is what makes the party super exciting for your pets – food! Some pet parents are very strict with the sugar and salt intake of their pets so make sure that you’ll serve a variety of snacks and treats.

Pet party treats

It’s better to buy a variety of food to prevent hassle. You can get a variety of canned poultry food . For another guilty pleasure, some mix treats should be present as well.

Other pet food still offers great taste and good nutrition. A good example will be snacks with limited ingredients for dogs that are very sensitive. In addition to that, naturally made sausage treats that are guaranteed yummy can also be your healthy option.

Since everything is set, what’s next? The pet gifts! To see our complete list of everything that pets will love, check out our Pet Gift Guide.

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Click on this image to see our whole Pet Gift Guide

There will be a lot of tail wagging with a fun-filled Holiday Pet Party!

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, Christmas | 0 comments

Gift Wrap Ideas

Gift Wrap Ideas

According to history, the gift wrapping tradition originated in China and the first ever gift wrap was invented in 1919. In today’s generation, a lot of gift wrapping designs and techniques are introduced. But not everyone knows how to do them. Thus, here are our latest gift wrapping ideas that are easy to learn! We featured video tutorials that you can watch and we included the gift wrapping items you need! Prepare your gift wrap and scissors because it’s time to make presents extra special.

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PEACOCK GIFT WRAPPING STYLE

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This gift wrapping style features a Japanese inspired look. Perfect for gifts that are square shaped. The things you need will be a decorative craft ribbon and square box to place in your gifts.

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Credits to Paper Guru

MINI GIFT ORIGAMI BAG

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Now this gift wrapping style is suitable for small gifts! It gives an adorable impression. The items you need will be a perfect square paper. Please don’t use rectangular shaped papers. Every side of the paper should be equal. And of course, string ribbons.

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Credits to Handmade

PLEATING GIFT WRAP DESIGN

basic pleating screenshot

The pleating gift wrap is mostly used by gift givers. But still, not everyone knows how to do it. It’s best for gifts that are inside rectangular boxes. The most important things you need will be a clear tape and a double sided tape.

pleatingwrap

 

Credits to: Paper Guru

CREATIVE GIFT WRAPPING FOR DIFFICULT SHAPED ITEMS

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This is probably our favorite gift wrapping technique. The items used to wrap the items are paper cups , tissue paper, and kitchen paper rolls! This is the best reason to recycle those items that you’ve used in the kitchen. You just need some craft ribbons to add accent.

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Credits to Dave Hax

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Holidays, Home How To's, For the Foodie, Decorating, Christmas | 0 comments

Funny and Odd Gifts

Funny and Odd Gifts

Tis’ the season to celebrate and Tis’ the season to laugh too! Check out our creatively funny and odd gifts that will make your friends and loved ones chuckle and giggle. We wrapped up amusing items that they can use in their homes and in their office.

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FUNNY AND ODD GIFTS FOR THE HOME/KITCHEN

These novelty items are impressive and will be an instant hit as a gift!

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A. The Recycling Bin Mug – One’s coffee routine will be more fun with this curbside recycle bin mug!

B. Emergency Money Box Savings – A practical gift for anyone! If you know someone who needs some saving tips, get this for him/her.

C. Key Pete Strong Magnetic Key Holder – His name is Pete, and his life is all about helping others keep their keys in place. Your friend or loved one will adore him!

D. Push Pin Cork Screw, JumboWho would have thought that a push pin can open wine bottles now? Get this cork screw for your wine savvy friend. Also, this can be just a random and fun gift to anyone.

E. Toilet and Urinal Novelty Salt and Pepper Shaker Set – Finally, the toilet and urinal have a new place – it’s in the kitchen! These miniature ceramic set is a funny but functional gift for your foodie friend.

FUNNY AND ODD GIFTS FOR THE OFFICE

Here are items that the workaholic will be delighted to keep.

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A. The Notester Blue – Nope, that’s not a bread toaster. That’s a sticky note keeper! And yes, that “bread” is sticky notes. This desktop accessory also serves as a magnetic clip holder and pencil sharpener.

B. Kitchen Sink Paper Clip HolderAn eye catching desk accessory would be this sink paper clip holder.

C. Stress Buster Desktop Punching BallThere are times when work is draining and frustrating. Get this stress buster to relieve the anger, hunger and the stress!

D. Office Supply Station Desk Accessory Holder – An all in one desk organizer would be this guy. It serves as a tape dispenser, magnetic paper clip holder and pen holder.

E. Dead Fred Pen HolderOur condolences to Fred, who died for every writer by letting himself be stabbed with a pen – a lot of times. This amusing pen holder is a great accent for every office table.

Spread laughter with these funny and odd gifts. Your friends and loved ones will be thanking you with a big smile.

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, Books, Cakes, Christmas | 0 comments

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Hailed from Italy, Crostata is a crusty pastry that anyone would enjoy. It’s effortless to make and preferable when serving a huge crowd. You will only need crust and a good filling.

crostata

What’s also nice about this pie is that it’s versatile. You can choose whether it can be bite sized or huge. And you can also experiment with the fillings. It can be sweet from fruits fillings or it can be savory from meat or vegetables. Either way, it’s still delish!

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How easy it is to make Crostata? You will only do 4 simple steps! Know how to make this heavenly pie in a jiffy. This recipe works if you’re planning to host a large Holiday party. Kelli and Merri Ann of The Prepared Pantry used this recipe to serve a huge crowd and it turned out to be a great hit!

Step 1.  Add the water and Mix the dough

Follow the directions on the bag.  Add water and mix for one minute.

Step 2. Roll and cut the dough

Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut six inch rounds.

Step 3. Add the filling and fold

Put three tablespoons of filling* in the center of each round.  Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the side folds together so that it holds its shape.

Step 4. Bake

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees until lightly browned.

Take note that for the filling, you can use the canned fillings to save more time.

Isn’t it exciting? Lastly, it’s a must for you to know how to make the original Crostata recipe.

What you’ll be needing..

  • 3 tablespoons apple pie filling for each crostata
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Roll the dough to slightly less than 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Using a dough press or other round cutter, cut out 6-inch rounds
  3. Place three tablespoons of apple filling in the center of each round.
  4. Fold the dough over the filling, leaving the center open one inch or so, squeezing the folds together as you go. It does not need to be uniform. The folds will hold together better if you rub a damp towel over the creases to pick up any flour so that the dough sticks together better.
  5. Place each dessert on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. Remove them to a rack while still hot.
  6. Serve warm.

If you choose to make these with fresh apples, for each four crostatas use:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced and peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Bake until the crust is browned and the apples are tender.  It will probably take a few minutes longer with the raw apples.

How to Make a Caramel Sauce

  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed milk and syrup. When the mixture is hot, add the sugar and salt and stir with wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Wash the sides of the pan down with a soft spatula dipped in water until there is none of the mixture on the sides of the pan. This is to ensure that all of the sugar crystals are washed into the pan and dissolved. Check to make sure that there are no remaining sugar crystals by rubbing a little of the mixture between your thumb and forefinger. You should feel no gritty sugar.
  3. With no sugar crystals in your pan, turn up the heat and cook the mixture while stirring until the candy reaches 240 degrees as registered on a candy thermometer. Remove it from the heat and stir in the flavor.
  4. Best served while warm.

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Visit The Prepared Pantry for more luscious recipes. Happy Holidays!

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