Top 12 Of 2012

It's the end of 2012 today, and of course that means it's time to wrap up all the fabulousness that happened to my little blog this year. There are so many more than 12, so I did a very unscientific poll with the most viewed, most Pinned, etc...

Top 12 of 2012 New Year's

The best way to kick off Toast In The New Year Brunch.

Drink Of The Week - New Year's Eve Mocktails

New Year's Eve mocktails
I can't believe New Year's Eve is tomorrow and I'm all shades of excited for ringing it in fabulous style. If you are starting off 2013 alcohol-free, check out this great collection of mocktails from Parenting.

Minted's Wedding Inspiration Board Challenge

Minted is at it again with another inspiration board challenge...all things wedding! Wedding season is right around the corner and their talented designers and community members have recently created a number of beautiful wedding inspiration boards inspired by Minted wedding invitations.

My Wishlist by Amber, see more wedding invitations
My Wishlist board by Amber. See more wedding invitations

Today, I'm sharing my favorite one...I'm a sucker for paper lanterns and how awesome are those argyle socks on the groomsmen? That is so on my to-do list when I have our vow renewal day...

Fiesta Friday - New Year's Eve Candy Clock Favors

Today's Fiesta Friday is a little different because it's inspiration from my own upcoming New Year's Eve party! I've been a-craftin' and if you follow me on Facebook, I've been sharing a few sneak peeks at what I've been working on....go check out the party hats and jingle sticks so far.  Of course, these had to have their own post...

grandfather cup candy favors

Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas to y'all, from our family to yours...don't mind the boy's pained was a long day, evidenced by his brother's joker smile. Card from Tiny Prints.

Celebrating New Year's At Home

celebrating New Year's Eve at home Seattle Mamas
It's Christmas Eve! Tonight we'll be celebrating with friends, then as our tradition, opening one present so the boys can relax a bit.  They are so keyed up for Christmas, they would never sleep.  It's also a week until New Year's and I'm busy working on our fabulous New Year's Eve party.  It will involve a cookie tree, unconventional colors and lots of glittah.  If you are like us and partying in, check out these ideas to inspire you...

Drink Of The Week - Bloody Maria Christmas Cocktail

Bloody Maria Christmas cocktail

Do you know what your Christmas breakfast or brunch needs? Check out this twist on a classic, a Bloody Maria from Jeanne Benedict, complete with chile pepper and lime garnishes!

Tuesday Tutorial (On A Friday) - Polymer Clay Gift Toppers

polymer clay gift toppers

Seriously, is Christmas here in 4 days? I had to squeeze in a few tutorials for you last minute crafters for the weekend. Today's an easy-peasy craft you can knock out in 35 minutes...30 of that is baking time.  All you need is polymer clay and the cookie cutter of your choice to create your own gift toppers.

We Go Wednesday - Arboretum Foundation's Gifts And Greens Galore Sneak Peek

Arboretum Foundation Gifts And Green Galore sneak peek
A few weeks ago, I shared Seattle's Arboretum Foundation's Gifts And Greens Galore holiday fundraiser event, and I had the pleasure of attending the blogger sneak peek.  I've never been to the fundraiser, or for that matter, even heard of the Arboretum Foundation, until I 'met' Kristin Price, their Events Manager. I love that I make so many connections online, and when the chance comes up to meet someone and support their causes is just ganache on the chocolate cake.

Tuesday Tip - Crock-Pot Create-A-Crock Review

Crock-Pot Create-A-Crock beach design

Did you know you could personalize your Crock-Pot®? We are all about personalization; from our social media outlets, to our phones, laptops and tablets. We want to brand our stuff and make sure it stands out in a crowd...and as evidenced at a recent event where everyone stashed their phones on my console. Why not your Crock-Pot®? Especially if it's a hard worker and shows up at events and outings...make it the hippest one at the church buffet table!

Drink Of The Week - Holiday Mojito

World Market holiday mojito

Who says the mojito is just a summer drink? Check out World Market's Holiday Mojito, with cranberries and peppermint syrup, sure to put some pep in your holiday step!

Free Shipping Friday

Shipping costs really hurt my feelings...when I see a 'free shipping' email in my inbox I get all excited and twitchy for what I need! Here are some great deals with Christmas delivery guarantees, so get those credit cards ready....

Tea Collection free shipping

For one day only, starting this Sunday, December 16 from 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. PT, my sponsor, Tea Collection has free shipping with promo code SLEIGHBELLS. Get the kiddos new jammies for Christmas morning, or a little pretty for yourself!

Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Christmas gift wrapping ideas
I love gift wrapping.  I know, for some of you it's a pain, throw it in a gift bag and call it good.  For me, it's a little party on a box...pretty paper, ribbon and a fun topper.  Check out my gift wrapping ideas over on Seattle Mamas, a round up of very clever ideas with a few you probably have hiding in your craft stash!

Fiesta Friday (On A Tuesday)/Real Party - Mrs. Claus And Santa's Bash

Mrs. Claus and Santa's Bash dessert table

I was honored to be invited to take part in Design Dazzle's Christmas Wonderful series, and you know me, I just had to do a little holiday party! I was inspired by my Santa's Mustache Bash to create a kids'  version and I'm so thrilled with the result!

Tuesday Tip - Spa Week Gift Cards

I'm a member of Spa Week's Hot Mom Spa Squad and I'm thrilled to share a very special discount with my readers.  Give the gift of wellness this season! Every gal (and dudes, too!) needs a day at the spa and how awesome would it be to find a Spa & Wellness gift card in a stocking or under the tree?

Spa Week spa & wellness gift card discount code
With over 7,500 spas and wellness facilities across North America to choose from, they make a great gift for everyone on your list. Spa & Wellness gift cards can be used 365 days-a-year for any spa treatment or product, plus, cards never expire!

Use this exclusive link to get 15% off any gift card purchase through December 31, 2012...after all, you can use any cash cards you get for Christmas and purchase a spa card, right? You can even add on a fancy-schmancy gift card box or send it as an e-card for instantaneous love.

Drink Of The Week - Grinch Spritzer/Rudolph Punch

holiday cocktails Grinch Spritzer and Rudolph Punch

Needing a few holiday beverage ideas? I'll be devoting the next few to a few amazing drinks.  First up, check out this duo of Christmas cheer, the Grinch Spritzer and Rudolph Punch from, where else, Mimosas In The Morning.

Minted Calendar Review

I love, love, love when sponsors want to share all their fabulousness with me and my readers and today I'm sharing some serious paper love.

I'm a paper snob and when I receive a paper product, I have to hold it and feel it and will actually judge if I even like something based on the paper thickness. I know, and I'm not ashamed to say that.  Not only are Minted products high quality, but designed by a community of independent graphic designers...which means one day, when I get my act together, I may have my own designs showcased.

Fiesta Friday - Holiday Party Themes

There are a serious amount of great and unique holiday party themes out there.  I know it may be a little last minute for some of you to put something together for the holidays, although if you are really itching to do something, you have some time to squeak one in.  Here are a few of my favorites...

holiday party themes bah humbug party

 A Bah Humbug themed table by Chic Events featured on Little Big Company...the other toys are none too thrilled with the Elf On The Shelf and take action...

Christmas Cookie Favor Tree

I've received a few emails about my cookie favor tree from the Sugar And Spice baby shower, so I figured, the rest of you may have the same burning questions. The number one question is where did I find my branch.  It's not a regular go-out-in-your-backyard's a manzanita branch.

Tuesday Tutorial - Hand Painted Christmas Glasses

hand painted Christmas glasses
Are you looking for a fun and affordable Christmas craft?  I'm going to help you cross a few gifts off your list by creating a set of hand painted glasses. Savvy Sugar posted a tute on creating your own colorful hand-dotted tumblers, and I thought to myself, 'Self, wouldn't those look pretty in Christmas colors?' and self said yes! So that's what I did...

Merry Pinterest Board

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you gift guides, baking and crafting ideas, sales, shopping, ack! It's a lot of crazy.  I, myself, want to keep it low-key as possible, my party focus this season is on our New Year's Eve party, and I'm so excited! I found a few fabulous vendors with products I can't wait to get my hands on, and I love the color scheme.  And it will involve lots of glitter.

I also can't wait to share a few of the projects I've been working on, easy entertaining and gift ideas you can duplicate and not break the bank with.  I'm sharing a fun, customizable idea for tomorrow's Tuesday Tip that I guarantee you will want to run out and make.

Plus, I won't beat you over the head with my own gift guides, everyone and their mama is doing one.

Check out my Merry Pinterest board and if you aren't following along, you should be! It has lots of great holiday  ideas and freebies like...

Ellinee free cookie exchange printables

Ellinée's free cookie exchange printable pack...

Christmas On The Beach Inspiration Board

I had so much fun creating an inspiration board for Minted's challenge, I thought I would make another one just for funsies and mark the 24 Days Of Christmas countdown. This one is inspired by their West Coast Holiday Map Postcard...Christmas on the beach!

Baby on the beach by Kelsey Steindler Photography;  Martha Stewart's gingerbread beauties; placesetting from Tara Dennis Beach Grass Cottage's starfish tree; Better Homes & Gardens' mantel
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