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Hope you all had a “Merry & Bright” Christmas with your friends, family and loved ones! I wanted to quick share this darling gift topper idea. My girls absolutely loved their gifts being topped with these mini “Merry & Bright” Candyfetti blend ornaments this year! This idea would work for any and all gifts as long as you have a glass or plastic container you can fill. My friends over at Sweetsindeed have you covered for any and all occasions you may have. Now back to the festivities and all the goodies and sweets I really should not be eating. LOL

Happy Holidays!


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Start by removing the top of your ornament and set aside.

Once you have done that you can begin by filling your ornament with candyfetti.

At this time you can replace the top of your ornament and add the ribbon of your choice and you are all set.

Now you have a sweet little gift topper!



What was one of your favorite gift toppers?


 “Deck The Halls” Candyfetti is a holiday blend that is amazingly tasty! We all know my slight HUGE obsession with Sweetsindeed! So this post is for all those last minute get togethers and holiday parties that you got invited to but know that you can’t attend empty handed. These Candyfetti Snowflake Ritz Treats are sure to be a hit! Not only are they simple to make but the presentation is simply festive. The snowflake RITZ Crackers are a holiday must in our household, with their salty light flavor they are a great addition to any snack platter. I decided to make these salty sweet treats and lay them out on the platter. I love how it turned out! The taste on these simple holiday snacks are AMAZINGI actually had to make a few batches as the girls and I kept eating all the goods!





  • White, Red and Green Candy Melts – Michaels
  • Ritz Snowflake Crackers – Ritz
  • Candyfetti – Sweetsindeed
  • Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Parchment Paper
  • Spoons
  • Small Piping Bag



Start by melting your chocolate melts in the microwave. I started with 30 second increments checking in between each set to ensure the desired consisteney. Make sure that you mix your chocolate well.

I melted both the green and red colors in separate bowls at the same time.

Once you have done that you can begin by dipping your Ritz Crackers into the chocolate. Then place them on your already laid out parchment paper to harden. I wanted to work a little quicker so I placed them in the freezer for about five minutes.

I then took them out of the freezer and melted the white chocolate melts, at this point I placed the white chocolate in a small piping bag and topped the Ritz crackers.

Make sure to sprinkle your Candyfetti or sprinkle of choice over your crackers before they dry to ensure they stick to your chocolate.

As soon as they harden I placed them in an air tight container till it was time to serve them.

Now you have a sweet little treat to bring along!




What is one of your favorite treats to make during the Holiday season?


“The Best Way To Spread Christmas Cheer Is Singing Loud For All To Hear”! Now one of our holiday traditions is to watch “ELF” the movie about 30 times! This year I wanted to have a little fun with this tradition so the girls and I decided to invite a few friends over for movie night. I found the perfect stamps over at Rubber Stamps to help us with the party invites. We decided to go with a red, white and green color theme. These invites were not only easy to make but let you know the theme of the party once you look at it. I purchased the green pre made cards and envelopes from Michaels. Once they arrived the rest was pretty simple. The size of the stamp fit perfectly to the envelope, Rubber Stamps have so many options to choose from. I absolutely LOVE all the available options! I decided to go with a burgundy red for the ink and stamped the saying on the top center of the cards and the cutest mitten stamp on the bottom right hand corner of the envelopes. To complete the look, I added a red and white stitched ribbon to the bottom of the card. Now these could also make for great holiday cards for neighbors, teacher gifts and friends. Once we mailed out our cards we were ready to sit in our pjs with popcorn and enjoy a great evening of laughs, singing and Christmas cheer for all to hear!








Begin by grabbing your stamps and applying ample ink to each one. Make sure you press down on your stamps firmly. I made sure to center my stamp to the card and used the mitten stamp kinda angled on the bottom right hand corner.

At this point you can cut your ribbon to fit the size of the card. You will want to make sure you leave a little extra room to wrap around on both sides of the card.

You will want to use double sided tape to adhere your ribbon to your card.

Now you have an adorable custom invite and are ready for the party to begin!




What is your favorite part of the “ELF” movie?


During the Holiday season I like to change things up around the house and make things feel festive down to the candles and soaps. These DIY Ornament Soaps are not only easy to make but are an adorable addition to any bath. Your guest not only will get the cute factor with these, but they will get a few to take home as gifts! The best part, the options on these are endless. I went with a light turquiose since we have a coastal feel in our guest bath. I wanted them to resemble a glass ornament. As you can see I went with a clear turquoise base color and a white solid base as these little ornaments had various designs on the top. I love how you can see right through them. Could you imagine these in a red or pink color combo? I’m obsessed. The fragrance oil I went with makes you feel like you’re in a resort in the middle of the winter season. I LOVE how these turned out!






  • Hibiscus Mango Fragrance Oils – Michaels
  • Spray Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
  • Ornament Mold – Michaels
  • Clear Glycerin Soap – Hobby Lobby
  • Goats Milk Soap – Hobby Lobby
  • Turquoise Colorants – Michaels
  • Soap Colorants – Hobby Lobby
  • Glass Measuring Cup
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Spoons
  • Knife




Begin by cutting a 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 piece of clear soap into small cubes in a measuring cup. Microwave the clear soap for 20-30 seconds until melted.

Add a drop or two of your turquoise colorant and stir until mixed. You will have to work quickly at this point. With a spoon fill each mold cavity part way with your mixture making sure you leave enough room for your second base color. Spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

Once your first layer has harden you will want to cut a 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 piece of the white soap base. Cut small pieces and place them in your measuring cup to melt. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until melted. Add a drop or two of your fragrance oil and stir until mixed. With a spoon fill each mold cavity to the top. Spritz with rubbing alcohol to remove any air bubbles.

At this point let your soaps harden for at least an hour and remove from your mold.

Now you are ready to impress all your guest with your mini soap ornaments!





What kind of soap fragrances are your favorite?