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No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars

Friday, November 15th, 2019

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars from MomAdvice.com

These no-bake peppermint cheesecakes in a jar are a perfect gift to give and full of that peppermint flavor we crave around the holidays. The best part about these isn’t the jar though, it is the, “no baking required,” feature that I happen to love the most. Print this recipe today for an adorable individual-sized dessert.

These mini peppermint cheesecake jars are a fun holiday party dessert or could be a fantastic hostess gift to share with someone. This no-bake cheesecake recipe is quick and easy and perfect for stashing in the freezer for the unexpected guest.

I have a theory that any gift in a jar is more special when decorated and created in a portion size for one.

In the past, I have made only salads in a jar. Although I do love a good jarred salad, I have to say that cheesecake is a heck of a lot more fun.

This year I wanted to create holiday hostess gifts that would long be remembered, but quickly be used.

What could be more memorable or useful than a tiny cheesecake in a jar?

The thing is, I am NOT a great baker.

Why let my skill set stop me from delivering a delicious dessert though? 

That is why I thought it would be fun to make a no-bake treat instead that even a beginning cook could pull together.

These no-bake peppermint cheesecakes in a jar are a perfect gift to give. Nothing says the holidays to me more than that minty flavor and festive crushed candy canes.

Is it just me or are chocolate and peppermint the most perfect of pairs? With this dessert, I used crushed cookies instead of the traditional graham cracker crust (made from graham cracker crumbs) for my cheesecake.

I just love bringing those peppermint and chocolate flavors together.

I also love a rich cheesecake filling so I skipped a lower calorie filling substitution (like greek yogurt or sour cream) and opted for full-fat cream cheese for my filling.

YOLO, amiright?

The best part about these isn’t the jar though, it is the, “no baking required,” feature that I happen to love the most.

Here’s how to make these delicious no-bake peppermint cheesecakes.

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars

The cookie crust, for these adorable jarred cheesecakes,  can be created by crushing the cookies with a rolling pin or pulsing them through your food processor.

Gluten-free?

No problem!

They make delicious gluten-free cookie sandwiches or I have even used a gluten-free chocolate granola as a fun substitution for my curst.

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After laying down your cookie base you can blend up your cream cheese mixture for your cheesecake filling.

I like to use a handheld electric mixer and blend this cheesecake filling in a mixing bowl.

Folding in the whipped cream, at the end, allows helps this cheesecake filling to be light and airy.

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars from MomAdvice.com

To get that holiday peppermint flavor, we just substitute a traditional vanilla extract with a peppermint extract instead.

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The possibilities with this fun food craft are endless.

Convert your favorite no-bake cheesecake into a sweet gift. I love to decorate jars with spray paint or a scrap of pretty fabric.

These gifts can easily be personalized and will be a fun treat for whoever you might share them with.

I guarantee if you made me one of these, as a hostess gift, I would have you over and over again…

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars from MomAdvice.com

How To Decorate Yours No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars

Supplies Needed

10 Half-Pint Ball Jars

Red Spray Paint (I REALLY recommend getting one of these to help with paint application)

Hot Glue and Glue Sticks

Green Grosgrain Ribbon

No-Bake Peppermint Cheesecake Jars from MomAdvice.com

Directions

Remove the bands from the jars and set aside. Outside or in a well-ventilated area, spread your jar lids out on newspaper.

Shake your spray paint well.

Slowly and evenly, spray your spray paint back and forth until all of the lids are covered with the spray paint.

Allow these to dry for at least thirty minutes.

Plug in your glue gun and allow it to heat up.

Tie grosgrain ribbon (any width you desire) into a small bow. 

Place your spray-painted lids on top of your jars and screw the bands into place.

Squirt a tiny dot of hot glue on the back of your bow and place it on top in the center of your lid.  Hold it in place for a minute. Sit back and bask in your crafting glory.

 

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A sweet & simple no-bake cheesecake in a jar that you can give to someone special for the holidays. This is the perfect little hostess gift, teacher gift, or neighbor gift to share!
Ingredients
  • 10 Half Pint Ball Jars
  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 cups of chocolate sandwich cookies (approximately 17 cookies)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 cups whipping cream, whipped
  • Red food coloring
  • 20 peppermint candies
  • 3 freezer bags
  • 1 rolling pin
  • For decorating jars (optional): Red Spray Paint, Green Grosgrain Ribbon, and Hot Glue
Instructions
  1. Place your chocolate sandwich cookies in a freezer bag and use a rolling pin to smash them until they become cookie crumbs.
  2. Add your melted butter and sugar to a bag and mix until the three ingredients pull together. You just want to make sure that your crust is well incorporated so it holds well together.
  3. Take the lids off of your glass jars and place them on a cookie sheet to contain the mess.
  4. Spray each of the jars with cooking spray. Put two spoonfuls of cookie crumbs into each jar and use the back of the spoon or your hands to press the crust into each jar.
  5. Slide the cookie sheet of jars back into the freezer to chill while you prepare the filling.
  6. In a large bowl, beat your cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually pour in a can of sweetened condensed milk until it is smooth.
  7. Stir in your peppermint extract and red food coloring, approximately three drops, to achieve a pale pink color. Mix all of these ingredients well.
  8. Fold in your whipped cream.
  9. Remove your tray of jars from the freezer. Using a standard ice cream scoop, add one scoop of filling to each of your jars. Use the back of a small spoon to smooth the filling on top until it is level and smooth.
  10. Remove the wrappers from your peppermint candies. Place the peppermint candies into a double-bagged freezer bag and use your rolling pin to smash these into small pieces to garnish your cheesecakes. Sprinkle the broken peppermints on top of each one.
  11. Screw the lids back on your jars and put these back into the freezer. Freeze for two hours or until firm.

Make a batch of these and keep them on hand for those unexpected occasions where a gift is needed!
It also could be a lovely reward for yourself after all of that hard holiday preparation you have been doing. You deserve it.

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Looking for more great holiday hostess gift? Here are 3 other projects to check out!

How to Make Knitted Wine Toppers from MomAdvice.com knitted wine bottle hats and scarves

slow cooker pumpkin candles

DIY Vanilla Chai Tea Mix from MomAdvice.com diy vanilla chai tea mix in a jar

What are some of your favorite hostess gifts to give? 

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Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Unique Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages

You don’t need a lot of cash to snag these unique gifts for kids. This gift guide shares fun gift ideas for the baby, preschooler, tween, or teen in your life. Many gift ideas are priced under $25!

I loved hearing how much you guys appreciated the Unique Gifts for the Man Who Has Everything gift guide that I created. I hope you found something that they TRULY love.

Today’s gift guide is for the kids (of any age)!

Whether you have a toddler or a teen, I have selected a few great gift ideas for each of them.

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Are you ready to find some adorable gift ideas for the kid who has everything?

Here are my suggestions for this year!

 

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Unique Gifts for Kids Under $25

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age computer gaming glasses (GREAT stocking stuffer)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age

child-sized apron (great to pair with cooking classes!)

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age neck book light (in lots of colors)
Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age the unofficial harry potter cookbook

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age jumbo box of magic set

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age nerf dude perfect shot

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age board game eating trays (several styles)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age

tablecloth playhouse

 

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age white unicorn crossbody

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age make your own movie activity kit

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age faux fur bear robe

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age my little farm giant coloring poster

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age ed emberley’s big green drawing book (these were my hubby’s fave when he was young)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age custom crayons (cute stocking stuffer)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age kids create absurdity game

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age sparkle waterproof rain boots

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age

minecraft transforming pickaxe/sword

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age super mario tee

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age minnie mouse bike helmet…feeling generous? there is a cute matching bike!

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age imagination cubes (great stocking stuffer)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age lite brite

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age elsa princess dress

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age have your kids leave toys for santa- this is genius!

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age christmas eve bag (how fun would this be every year?)

 

 

Unique Gifts For Teens & Tweens Under $25

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age library card tote (it has a pocket for their library card)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age votes for women puzzle

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age ticket stub diary

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age zodiac trinket dish

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age beanie with built-in bluetooth speakers

 

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age hot iron holster

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age one question a day book

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age sloth mug

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age go glam nail stamper

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age rocketbook reusable notebook (my boys loved this!)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age color your own map pillowcase

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age absorbent hair towel (would be cute paired with some spa day products)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age women in art book

 

Unique Gifts for Kids Under $50

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age custom book print

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age trailblazers tee

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age the puffin in bloom collection

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age faux fur pullover

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age elsa’s styling head (so fun to practice those youtube tutorials!)

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age flippy book or tablet stand

 

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age hermione granger’s illuminating wand

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age wooden dinosaur playset

Unique Gifts for Tweens & Teens Under $50

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age caboodles throwback ’87

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age wooden weaving loom

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age modern magnetic board

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age video rocker gaming chair (can’t believe how cheap these are!!)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age spalding globe ball

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age pressed floral instax case

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age literary insults chart

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age herschel mini backpack

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age complete nail station

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age pocket projector (for streaming their movies and shows)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age star wars 12 days of socks

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age never soggy cereal bowl (with their favorite junk food cereals)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age sideways initial necklace

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age fujifilm instax (so many cute colors)

Unique Gifts for Kids of Any Age laptop sleeve

 

Looking for a big family gift instead? Here are two things we have done!

one year we took the kids to hamilton & I shared how we did that

we have also done a “choose your own adventure,” experience with our kiddos- such a blast!

 

I hope that this inspires your gift-giving this year! Let me know if you got anything and what you thought!

Honest truth: I am always thankful to be a part of ANYONE’S holiday!

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How to Knit a Scarf for Fall (FREE Scarf and Cowl Knitting Patterns)

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Are you looking for a few quick knitting projects? Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite free knitting patterns to make a quick easy cowl, an infinity scarf, and more. From super bulky knitted cowls to pretty ruffled scarves, I have 7 great patterns for you today!

I was madly in love with scarf knitting when I first began to knit.

Knitted scarves are a fabulous way to learn pattern, try stitches you have never tried before, and can be an elegant (and frugal) gift to give when the holiday season rolls around. 

I have spent many days learning the techniques of different stitch patterns that now, many of these feel like an old friend. The first stitch pattern I mastered was, of course, garter stitch. After that, I knitted a seed stitch and worked my way out to a more complex lace cowl.

Have you always wanted to learn to knit a scarf? This is a great time to start thinking about asking for knitting classes for Christmas.

I love doing courses through Skillshare because their memberships are super affordable.

Want to try out a Skillshare membership? Here is a coupon for two months of free classes to get you started!

I love to knit scarves and I want to share with you 7 fun patterns to add to your knitting projects. Each of these is uniquely special and the patterns are free!

It may not feel like scarf season just yet, but for knitters, it is time to start our engines for holiday knitting.

Each year I try to knit a scarf for our teachers, friends, and family.

I already have my eyes on a few new patterns to try for this year, but wanted to share with you a few of my favorite scarves I have done in years past and how to package them for gift-giving this year.

Are you my friend on Ravelry?

If not, I would love to be friends! My username is momadvice on there. I am always looking for new friends to knit with and share project ideas!

 

How to Knit a Scarf for Fall (FREE Scarf and Cowl Knitting Patterns)

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How to Knit a Ruffled Lace Scarf from MomAdvice.com

I knitted three of these ruffled scarves last year and all of them turned out so pretty!

These ruffled scarves are definitely a statement piece, meant to add a punch of femininity to your winter coat!

I made one in this light gray for a friend, one in a charcoal gray for my sister, and one in ivory for my mom. I am determined to knit one of these in a fun jewel tone this year for myself.

How to Knit a Ruffled Lace Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Knit a Ruffled Lace Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Knit a Ruffled Lace Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Beautifully Ruffled Lace Scarves

Pattern:

Ruffle Lace Scarf by Suzie Blackman

Needle Size:

US 10 Needles (40″ circular needles)

Yarn:

Caron Simply Soft in Heather Gray (or a thin worsted weight yarn)

What You Should Know About This Ruffled Lace Scarf Pattern:

If you want a scarf that is wildly impressive, can be created with a single ball of yarn, and looks like a million bucks than this scarf would be the perfect gift to give this holiday season.

It is a very mindless knit, but is an INSANE amount of stitches, especially in the last two rows (over one thousand stitches!).

The beauty of this scarf though is that you only need to know how to knit, purl, and yarn over to create it.

The twisting is created by knitting the scarf lengthwise, rather than width-wise and through the series of yarn overs.

As pictures above show, you can see that it is really hard to see your stitches, let alone if it is actually going to twist.

The good news is, as you cast off, you will see that scarf naturally twists, making that beautiful ruffled twist.

This one is definitely a statement piece and is also a statement of your absolute love for whoever you might make it for!

I followed the pattern that is linked above, but added four more rows to give the scarf a fuller appearance. I repeated rows 11-14 two times before I started rows 15-16. I am really glad I did and love the lush fullness of this scarf.

How to Knit a Gorgeous Gathered Scarf Pattern from MomAdvice.com

Gorgeous Gathered Scarves

Pattern:

Gathered Scarf by Maryse Roudier

Needle Size:

US 4 & US 7

Yarn:

Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Lime

What You Should Know About This Gathered Scarf Pattern:

I knitted two of these beautiful scarves in a soft lime green and in ivory for my sister and one for a friend as holiday gifts and they both wore them often with their winter coats.

This was the first time I attempted anything that ruffled or gathered, and thought it would be a fun pattern for someone who just wants to start trying a pattern with some texture in it.

This pattern is so easy for a beginner and was a gift that was loved by both of them. 

You actually use two different needle sizes to create the gathered effect on these scarves which added beautiful detail and a bit of ruffling to the scarves.

I loved that the cotton is so stretchy and soft.

I would definitely recommend this pattern especially to a beginner who is looking to add a little variation to the traditional scarf!

How to Knit the Merci Scarf Pattern for Men from MomAdvice.com

 

Merci Scarf

Pattern:

Merci Scarf by Susan Rainey

Needle Size:

US 8 Needles (I used size US 9 needles, which created a little bit wider scarf, but you could use the US 8’s that are recommended)

Yarn:

Premier Yarns Serenity Chunky Weight in Molten Lava (2.5 skeins)

How to Knit the Merci Scarf Pattern for Men from MomAdvice.com

How to Knit the Merci Scarf Pattern for Men from MomAdvice.com

What You Should Know About This Merci Pattern:

This scarf is so simple and fast to whip up that it would make the perfect gift to give to any man in your life. The super bulky yarn and simple stitch pattern make it one of those scarves that is easy to have on the knitting needles.

This pattern is one that you can complete while watching your favorite shows on television and is almost impossible to get off track. 

This yarn was also perfect for creating a really warm scarf, perfect for our Midwest winters. 

I would recommend this scarf pattern for a beginning knitter or for a last minute gift for someone special in your life!

I made these for my husband and brother and they both wore them every day.

It made me so proud to see my knits were loved by them and to know they were wrapped in something that I made just for them.

How to Knit An Anthropologie Inspired Scarflet from MomAdvice.com

 

Anthropologie-Inspired Scarflets

Pattern:

Anthro-Inspired Scarflet (available as a free Ravelry download with your free Ravelry membership) by Kim Seio & Lydia Flowers (optional, for embellishment) or cute buttons.

Needle Size:

US 8 Needles (straight) for both the flowers and the scarflet

Yarn:

Premier Yarns Chunky Weight in Pristine (scarf) & Yarn Bee Boucle Traditions in Black (for the first scarf) & Premier Yarns Chunky Weight in Brown with simple ivory button threaded with pink embroidery thread (for the second scarf)

How to Knit An Anthropologie Inspired Scarflet from MomAdvice.com

How to Knit An Anthropologie Inspired Scarflet from MomAdvice.com

How to Knit An Anthropologie Inspired Scarflet from MomAdvice.com

What You Should Know About This Anthropologie-Inspired Scarflet Pattern:

I followed the sizing and increases that ilikecookies(another Ravelry member) had shared in her pattern.

She said, “Increased until 30 stitches, worked 15 rows even until ribbed section and knit 15 rows of ribbing to make a slightly larger scarflet.”

I added a black Lydia Flower (size small) with a red button center to finish it or colorful buttons with contrasting embroidery thread to finish!

Next time I make this, I will have to write on the label though that these were scarfs.

The teachers thought they might be hats…which I guess you could do too! 

Regardless, I got such wonderful compliments and tried to make each of them unique with flower embellishments or different unique buttons and colored embroidery threads on each one.

Want to take your gift to the next level? Invest in a personalized stamp that lets the recipient know that their gift was handmade.

How to Knit a Dolce Neck Cozy Pattern

 

Dolce Neck Cozy

Pattern:

Dolce Neck Cozy by Fiddle Knits Designs

Needle Size:

US 9 Needles (straight)

Yarn:

Bamboospun Natural Bamboo Yarn (purchased at Hobby Lobby)

How to Knit a Dolce Neck Cozy Pattern

How to Knit a Dolce Neck Cozy Pattern

How to Knit a Dolce Neck Cozy Pattern

What You Should Know About This Dolce Neck Cozy Pattern:

This was one of my first projects when I learned to knit and would be a perfect project for a newbie knitter. 

At the time I had no idea how to do buttonholes or how to knit with two strands of yarn so this was what I was able to do with my limited knitting knowledge.

I completed the Dulce #2 (Browns) Pattern. This took almost all 148 yards, but I knitted loosely so I would not have to make the buttonhole.

I opted for one button instead of two and chose a black wooden button to bring the cowl together.

This would be a great pattern to take on a trip because it has only one row of real pattern and alternates only between two rows one of purling and one of pattern.

It has a herringbone type of look to it and looks far more complicated than it is.

Thanks to the large needles, it is an easy cowl pattern to whip up.

I made this in bamboo which was so soft, it felt just like a blanket.

This is a great project for instant gratification!

It is a wonderful pattern for a newbie knitter in understanding yarn overs.

How to Knit the Rainy Day Scarf Pattern from MomAdvice.com

 

 

Rainy Day Scarf

Pattern:

Rainy Day Scarf by Beth Collins

Needle Size:

US 9 Needles (straight)

Yarn:

Bernat Cottontots in Strawberry

How to Knit the Rainy Day Scarf Pattern

What You Should Know About This Rainy Day Scarf Pattern

I remember being so darn proud of these scarves because these were my first scarves that I had ever knitted and gave as gifts to our kids teachers.

This is a great pattern because it is easy and straightforward for a beginning knitter because you only need to know how to do the purl and knit stitches.

This scarf was packaged with my homemade cocoa mix and vanilla chai mix in a green and lovely way… in those old Crystal Light containers.

Isn’t that a great upcycle?

I used some holiday gift wrap to cover them and tied a gift tag with some raffia around the drink mix containers.

These are ideal, particularly for teacher gifts, because I don’t have to worry that my children will break the jars in route to school.

Waterproof and airtight, it keeps the drink mix nice and safe. With a handmade or store-bought scarf, it makes a perfectly cozy gift to give.

How to Package a Knitted Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Package Up Your Handmade Scarves for Gift-Giving

For a sweet and simple gift idea, tuck a small denominator gift card in the pocket where the scarf slides in or tie it with a little ribbon or yarn to your handmade item.

I made a stack of these for our teacher gifts last year and each one had a $5 Starbucks gift card tucked into the pocket that was created in the scarflet.

I also finish all of my knitted gifts with fun homemade gift tags.

I used my Cricut to create the rounded rectangle template. I made these simple tags out of ivory card stock or you can just buy a package of tags to add to your handmade gifts.

As a holiday treat to myself last Christmas, I bought myself a personalized stamp and, I have to say, it really added that professional touch to my gifts! 

They have one for knitters and one for crocheters too.

Happy knitting, friends!

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Looking for more great knitted gift ideas? Here are a few of my favorites!

How to Make Knitted Wine Toppers from MomAdvice.com how to make knitted wine bottle hats and scarves for hostess gifts

DIY Chunky Knit Hygge Blanket how to knit a big fat hygge blanket (DIY Chunky Knit Blanket)

Knitted Leaves Centerpiece how to make a knitted leaf centerpiece with branches & scrap yarn 

How to Make Knitted Sweater Coffee Cozies from MomAdvice.com how to knit sweater coffee cozies for gifts

Have you knitted any of the scarves we featured today? I’d love to hear about your knitting projects!

7 Easy Scarves and Cowls to Knit from MomAdvice.com

7 Easy Scarves and Cowls to Knit from MomAdvice.com

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Unique Gifts For the Man Who Has Everything

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

Unique Gifts for the Man Who Has Everything from MomAdvice.com

You don’t need a lot of cash to snag these unique gifts for men. These gift ideas start at just $25 and I can guarantee that there is something for every man on your gift list. Use this list of our favorites when shopping for a man in your life.

I look forward to sharing a MomAdvice Gift Guide with you every holiday season. This year, I am dividing our gift guides into sections (men, women, kids, and more!) AND into budgets so that you can find the perfect gift for a special guy in your life.

I am SO excited to share these unique gifts with you and can’t wait to hear what you think of today’s selections.

Just as a reminder, if you are on a budget, I DO recommend that you sign up with Rakuten to do your shopping. This service will give you cash back on all your qualifying purchases.

If you want to read more about this shopping app, head here for an in-depth review of what Rakuten offers.

If you just want $25 and plan to get shopping, this should automatically deposit $25 in your account for your purchases(sorry- new customers only!).

Am I the only one that struggles to buy gifts for the men in my life? Today’s gift ideas for men are for your shopping…butttt for me too.

I had so much fun putting together the coolest gifts for the men in your life. Just as a reminder, MomAdvice participate in various affiliate marketing programs and anything purchased through our links (to retailer sites), will give us a small commision. This money is used to offset our site expenses and we are very grateful!

Are you ready to discovers some unique AND personal gifts for a man in your life?

Here are my gift suggestions for the man who has EVERYTHING!

Unique Gifts for Men Under $25

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Unique Gift Ideas for Men Under $25

Chillsner

thin rfid wallet

RFID Card Case (my father-in-law loves this!)

magnetic wrist tool band

Magnetic Wristband

beanie with built in bluetooth speakers

Beanie With Built in Bluetooth Speakers

25 outlaws game

25 Outlaws Game (great if they love poker)

the cut buddy

The Cut Buddy Tool

marathon pint glasses

Marathon Pint Glasses

bluetooth sleeping eye mask

Bluetooth Sleeping Eye Mask

wooden headphone stand

Wooden Headphone Stand

the right tool

The Right Tool

hands free task light

Hands-Free Task Light

Survival Kit

Survival Kit

brisket and meat trimmer

Brisket & Meat Trimmer

wireless bluetooth car diagnostic tool

Wireless Bluetooth Car Diagnostic Scanner

bedside essentials pocket

Bedside Essentials Pocket

insulated beer pint glasses

Insulated Freezable Pint Mugs

Mind Your Business Workbook

Mind Your Business Workbook

personalized golf markers

Personalized Golf Ball Markers

dorco primer set

Dorco Prime Starter Set

fire starter

5-in-1 Fire Starter Kit

grandmaster ping pong shirt

Ping Pong Grandmaster T-Shirt

rechargeable head lamp

Rechargeable Headlamp

anker wireless charger

Anker Wireless Charger

bike repair kit

Bike Repair Kit

best winter work gloves

Best Winter Work Gloves

automotive cup holder organizer

Automotive Cup Holder Organizer

laptop cooling pad

Laptop Cooling Pad

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recursion by Blake Crouch (a favorite of my hubby’s this year)

I Think You're Wrong But I'm Listening

I Think You’re Wrong But I’m Listening (another fave of his!)

heattech striped socks

Heattech Striped Socks

keysmart key holder

Keysmart Compact Key Holder

Unique Gifts for Men Under $30

Have a little more to spend? Here are my unique gifts for the man who has everything under $30!!

shiatsu massager

Shiatsu Massager (one of my personal faves!)

freedom of speech game

Freedom of Speech Game

gaming mouse

Gaming Mouse

waterproof laptop bag

Waterproof Laptop Backpack

e-tape measure

eTape Electronic Tape Measure

thompson tee

Thompson Tees (these really work!)

laptop stand

Laptop Notebook Stand

50 States Traveled Journal

50 States Traveled Journal

beard bib

Beard Bib

lacewood tie bar

Lacewood Tie Bar

rocketbook reusable notepad

Rocketbook Smart Reusable Notebook (I gave away SO many of these this year- big hit!)

esky key finder

Esky Key Finder

wireless wi-fi extender

Wireless Wi-Fi Range Extender

npr nerd shirt

NPR Nerd Shirt

cold brew iced coffee maker

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker

drill brush for car

Drill Brush For Car

Unique Gifts for Men Under $50 from MomAdvice.com

Looking for some creative gift ideas for men that are under $50? I have a feeling you will love this gathering!

desktop charing station

Desktop Charging Station

echo dot clock

Echo Dot Clock

pocket projector

Pocket Projector

dynamic fleece joggers

Dynamic Fleece Joggers (several colors)

runner light gloves

Runner’s Light Gloves (these were a big winner with my hubby)

vinyl record dividers

Vinyl Record Dividers

philips norelco oneblade

Philips Norelco OneBlade

10-in-1 pillow

10-in-1 Pillow (I can’t rave enough about this)

heated ice scraper

Heated Ice Scraper

sherpa henley hoodie

Sherpa Henley Hoodie (several colors)

blue snowball microphone

Blue Snowball Microphone

Book of the Month Club Gift Certificate

book of the month club gift certificate (starting at 3 months- this is my favorite thing every dang month!)

Unique Gifts for Men Under $100 from MomAdvice.com

Hey, big spender! Just kidding! If you are anything like my family, we prefer to buy one REALLY awesome gift instead of many smaller gifts. I hope you love these smart gift choices!

23 and Me Kit

23 and Me Kit (my kids are begging to do this and have a results reveal party on NYE)

UGG Slippers

UGG Ascot Lined Slippers (my husband loves his! already have a pair? get a pair of insoles for his stocking!)

waterproof bluetooth speaker

Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

auto detailing handheld steamer

Auto Detailing Handheld Steamer

heated steering wheel

Heated Steering Wheel

wood watch

Wood Watch

weekender duffle bag

Weekender Duffle Bag

rainfoil packable jacket

Rainfoil Packable Jacket

Stitch Fix for Men

Stitch Fix For Men (the cost depends on what you keep, but the styling fee is waived if you buy one item!! my husband LOVED this)

Wi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker

Wi-Fi Bookshelf Speaker

kindle paperwhite kindle paperwhite (linking to all the options, depending on your budget! I would also suggest checking here!!)

Would you rather DIY a unique gift? Here are a few posts that can help you make an incredible gift!

DIY Grilling Seasoning Mix mix up some grill seasoning mixes

diy jigsaw puzzle mat make a jigsaw puzzle mat and pair it with a good puzzle (we LOVED this one and this one this year)

9 unique gift ideas if your spouse has chronic pain

childhood book find out what their favorite childhood books were and give them as gifts (this was such a HUGE hit!)

PHEW! I hope that this inspires your gift-giving this year! Let me know if you got anything and what you thought!

Honest truth: I am always thankful to be a part of ANYONE’S holiday!

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How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom Wreath from MomAdvice.com

I know everyone is very different about their decorating.

In my house, I try to only decorate with items that I have handmade for the holidays and that really mean something to our family.

Our home doesn’t have a lot of storage so I have to be selective about what we carry over from year to year.

In a nod to my yarn and knitting habit, this year the house is decorated in pom-poms for the season.

I created this easy yarn pom-pom & ornament garland and I got out my yarn pom-pom trees that I had created, to decorate a shelf in our kitchen.

Other than that, we keep it fairly simple with fresh greenery that doesn’t take up valuable storage.

Each year I dedicate my Black Friday to one craft that I have always wanted to try.

When I first started knitting it was all about finding projects out of my comfort zone.

This year though,  I decided to tackle a crafting to-do that I have wanted to do for many, many years…it is a pom-pom wreath for our front door.

Just as my autumn burlap wreath carried me through from Halloween to Thanksgiving, this pom-pom wreath in cream has all of the magic of the holiday season, but can be carried over into the spring months due to its neutral tones.

This craft can’t be whipped up quick, but the reward is great.

In fact, I smiled today as I pulled up to my front door.

Just seeing it and knowing the labor of love that went into creating it makes my heart truly happy.

If you are a maker, you know the joy that comes with the completion of a craft project you have always wanted to do and then have done it well. It’s unlike any other feeling.

I also ADORE when you share your pictures of crafts that you have done from our site.

If you are looking for a little color on your door, check out this INCREDIBLE wreath that Christy made. 

I mean, how gorgeous is that??

Thank you, Christy, for letting me share your beautiful wreath with my readers.

How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath

How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed

(don’t forget to use your Rakuten app to get money back on your craft purchases!)

1- 18″ straw wreath (leave it wrapped in the plastic)

5-6 skeins of Lion Brand Hometown USA Los Angeles Tan Yarn (you can also check for price comparisons HERE)

Pins

Large Clover Pom-Pom Maker (we are using the blue one)- be sure to check here for a price comparison

Scissors

wreath door hanger

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Directions

1. Following the pictures above, create your pom-poms using your Clover Pom-Pom Maker.

You can create these and pin as you go to see how many you end up needing for your wreath.

 

2. After you make your pom-poms (which will take one million years- don’t say I did not warn you), you can begin pinning them on your wreath form.

Make sure that you leave your straw wreath in the plastic.

Using pins, pin your pom-poms with two to three pins each and then fluff them.

You will want to start adding a pom-pom in the center, then on one side, then on the other side.

Continue stacking them this way, next to each other, making sure that the form is covered.

No need to make these extremely tight so you can make sure that your pom-poms really fluff up and stand to attention.

 

3. Continue adding pom-poms, pinning, and fluffing until your entire wreath is covered.

Once you hang your wreath, pull on pom-poms to see if everything is secure and add any pins as needed.

 

How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath from MomAdvice.com

 

How to Make a Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath from MomAdvice.com

I hope this wreath makes you as happy as it has made me.

I couldn’t be happier to have tackled this project over my Black Friday weekend and I hope it can brighten a corner in your home too!

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Love this tutorial? Here are a few more of my favorites on the site!

how to make a pom-pom and ornament garland

yarn pom-pom & ornament garland

DIY Chunky Knit Hygge Blanket how to knit a chunky knit hygge blanket with fur pom poms

yarn pom-pom flower bouquets

how to make yarn pom pom trees

yarn pom-pom trees

how to make an autumn burlap wreath from momadvice.com

autumn burlap wreath

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easy burlap wreath

diy apple fall wreath

fabric flower wreath

fabric scrap wreath & fabric scrap garland

how to paint laminate wood

 

tour all the winter crafts in my holiday home

What fun crafts do you do with yarn pom-poms? Let me know in the links below!

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How to Make a DIY No-Sew Blanket Scarf (Plus How to Wear a Blanket Scarf)

Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Blanket scarves are so trendy and an easy no-sew DIY to make for cold weather. Check out this diy blanket scarf tutorial and how to style your plaid blanket scarf with this easy tutorial. One trip to the fabric store for flannel plaid fabric and you will have everything you need to make a blanket scarf of your own…no sewing machine required!

I am madly in love with blanket scarves.

My obsession started as all good obsessions do.

It began on Pinterest, of course.

All of these fabulously fashionable women were rocking these gorgeous oversized scarves, but they were out of my price range or lacked the fullness & beauty that was captured online.

I mean, who couldn’t get behind the idea of wearing a blanket and calling it an oversized scarf?

Count Me In!

I decided I wanted to make some for my minimalist wardrobe because it would add so much. Did you know you can make a blanket scarf with no sewing skills required?

Let’s begin by taking a peek at the coveted $44 Zara scarf (that sells out in minutes, not kidding).

I want to zoom on in it so we can take a closer look.

Zara Blanket Scarf

Source: Style for the Seasons

The thing I want you to see is that the edges are frayed on their version too.

Guess what?

You can achieve that with a little flannel and pulling.

The best part is that this version will cost you quite a bit less than $44. I am going to make a big stack of them to show you and then I am going to show you some fun ways to tie them.

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

The first thing you will need to do is shop for your fabric which is so much fun. I went to a few shops to check out fabric and ended up finding it at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  

Head over here to grab a coupon for your flannel fabric.

Want to know a pro-crafter shopping tip? Check out this app that I’m using to get a percentage back on my craft purchases.

If not, that same link will provide you a 40% off coupon. You will DEFINITELY want to use this because it makes these scarves budget-friendly. Don’t forget your coupons.

Head over the Fashion Flannel…at least that’s what they call it in Mishawaka (oh-la-la!).

Select your favorite patterns, tell them the amount you need, have them tell you they don’t have that much on a bolt, go grab another one, try again… Be annoyed.

Decide to do two sizes because you want you what you want, that’s why you brought it up there.

Got it?

I am going to show you what a 2 yard scarf looks like and then I am going to show you what a 2.5 yard scarf looks like below.

I love them both for different reasons and what you can do with them. The price (with no sales or coupons) is $8.99 per yard. That’s why it is great to see the two version (for cost-savings) and also really great to bring a coupon to save a bit on the fabric.

I wouldn’t recommend anything more than that or your scarf will choke you and you will die from scarf blanket suffocation.

It will be all over the headlines.

They will be laughing at you in those ridiculous segments on the radio where they try to shock you at the stupidity of Americans.  Your family will miss you. It would all be very tragic.


If you would prefer to shop online, I love to check over here for flannel by the yard. SO MANY great choices!! 

 

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Make a Blanket Scarf

1. Purchase 2-2.5 yards of flannel fabric (make sure the flannel printing is on both sides).

2. Using the patterned flannel edge as a guide (on the edges of the fabric), trim the edges of each side of your scarf with a pair of sewing scissors (these are what I have)  to expose the cut edges.

3. Pulling out the vertical threads, on the cut side of the fabric, begin fraying the edges of the scarf.

You will discover that pulling out threads really creates a beautiful finished edge

If you are struggling to grab a thread, don’t be afraid to use a seam ripper.

Keep doing this until there are no loose threads and you have a beautifully frayed edge. Repeat on each side of the scarf. DONE!

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

This is what TWO YARDS of fabric looks like.

You can see that it has a lot of fullness, but is not as long or as much to tie or knot around.

Do you want to see how to tie it to look like this?

Okay then.

How to Wear a Blanket Scarf

How to Style a Blanket Scarf

How to Tie a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Tie Your Two Yard Blanket Scarf

1. Fold the scarf in half, lining the edges up evenly. This creates more of a square blanket scarf versus doing it on an angle.

2. Make sure one end is shorter than the other and tuck it up over your shoulder.

3. Loop around once with the long end (or possibly twice depending on your neck size!).

4. Fluff and puff. Fluff and puff.

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How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Here is the same size, just not puffed up so much. Seriously, cute stuff!

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

How to Tie Your 2.5 Yard Blanket Scarf

No need to reinvent the wheel to tie a blanket scarf…I just headed online to figure out a couple of fun ways to tie these longer blanket scarves.

I tried this braided technique on Classy Sassy and really loved it.

It is a little more complex than the one above, but it adds a beautiful detail to the styling.

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

This half-tied technique couldn’t be easier and was a cinch to pull together and added just the right amount of fullness to the neckline.

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

Here are a few other blanket scarf tying techniques I am looking forward to trying!

This one is similar to the half-tied technique, but no tying, just tucking. I can do that!

This chunky scarf technique would work really well with a 2-yard scarf so you could let the ends hang.

The 2.5-yard one would look great as a poncho or even pulled together with a belt.

This poncho style leaves the scarf folded making a smaller poncho version.

I also love draping this scarf just around my shoulders during the cold winter months. It makes the perfect shawl!

Regardless of the way you tie it, I love pairing these scarves with puffy vests, long sleeve shirts, and my favorite fall boots. Flannel blanket scarves are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. 

How to Make a Blanket Scarf from MomAdvice.com

I’m Petite & Want to Make a Smaller Version- What Can I Do?

I’m pretty petite, but I know big scarves aren’t for everyone!

Shave 6-7 inches off the width on a 2 yard version to make a more petite version of this scarf with a little less bulk or experiment with your own sizing by creating your own custom version.

Just cut, try on, adjust.

There are no wrong or right lengths- it is what fits YOU or your recipient best!

Wear it a scarf or wear it as a blanket. The possibilities for this cozy project are endless.

Love this scarf tutorial? Here are a few other DIY projects I’m proud of!

No-Sew Scarf With Hidden Pocket no sew scarf with hidden pocket

Fall Burlap Wreath fall burlap wreath

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles slow cooker pumpkin spice candles

How to make a Yarn Pom Pom Wreath yarn pom-pom wreath

DIY Roll-up Puzzle Mat roll-up jigsaw puzzle mat

DIY No-Sew Hand Warmers no-sew hand warmers

Yarn Pom Pom Trees yarn pom pom trees

How to Make a Succulent Terrarium succulent terrariums

I hope you have a blast making these quick scarves for yourself or for holiday gift-giving. Check out this list of 54 handmade gifts you can make for the holiday season to inspire you even more! Happy crafting!

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DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

Sunday, October 6th, 2019

Big Fat Hygge Blanket Free Pattern

 

Are you ready for your next quick project? This knit throw is made with chunky yarn, big knitting needles, and a little faux fur to finish. This warm and cozy project is affordable and happens to make beautiful Christmas gifts. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a big fat hygge blanket of your own.

It has been a long time since I’ve shared a knitting project with you. I’ve had difficulty with hand pain, for the past couple of years, so I had to take a break. I’m so thrilled to be feeling better though and am SO excited to share with you a super easy hand knit blanket.

Blankets can be labor intensive, but this one can be finished in just a few evenings, thanks to this super bulky yarn!

These chunky knit blankets have been catching my eye A LOT on Etsy. Most of these are made with a chunky , merino wool roving yarn that create big beautiful stitches. They also cost a pretty penny to purchase or even to diy yourself.

I stumbled upon the Bernat Blanket Big yarn, on a recent trip to the craft store, and absolutely loved the feel of it. This is, honestly, the coziest yarn and I knew it would make the perfect blanket.

Originally, I had planned to cable knit this blanket, but I quickly realized that working with these big needles and yarn made it difficult to work with and the thickness felt unnecessary.

I inspected a few of the patterns, sold online, and noticed that most offered a 2 x 2 ribbing or they were knitted in a simple stockinette stitch (knitting one row, purling the next, knitting one row, purling the next, etc..)

I settled on the 2 x 2 rib, mostly because I find it slightly more impressive and I like the variation in the stiching.

I’m nicknaming this blanket, “the big fat hygge blanket,” because I’m ALL ABOUT THE HYGGE in the winter time.

Not familiar with hygge?

In Danish culture, hygge refers to coziness , comfort, and a general feeling of contentment. When I think of hygge, I think of warm drinks, cozy slippers, a big stack of books, tea, and a big blanket.

Even as I knitted this blanket, I was feeling all the hygge feelings because this yarn is so darn cozy.

I have never arm knitted a blanket, but I do know that many people use this strategy to knit blankets like these. 

Instead, I bought some big needles (here is my exact pair) and knitted the blanket that way.

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

My kids thought that these needles were a decoration for our home and got a big laugh out of seeing me use these.

Seriously, they are so big that they could be hung as decorative art, like people do with oars or surfboards.

No one was laughing though when the blanket was finished and they all wanted one for themselves.

Who is laughing now, kids? 

I even got my first birthday request from my girl and have a big stack of pink yarn to knit through next.

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

How to Knit a DIY Chunky Blanket

Here are a few tips for knitting a super chunky blanket of your own!

Master All the Basic Techniques

If you are a brand new knitter, WELCOME TO THE CLUB! Bulky projects are super satisfying because of how quickly you can make them. I love this super simple illustrated guide to explain basic knitting techniques. You can also learn a lot through YouTube, Bluprint, or Skillshare.

Personally, I’m addicted to Skillshare because of its affordability and the variety of classes offered. It is how I have been learning about loom knitting AND about digital marketing. 

I’m a girl with many hats.

I find this yarn is hard to see the stitches, but still wanted to show you a few of the basic techniques with your Bernat Blanket Big Yarn!

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

here is a picture tutorial on how to cast on your yarn for your diy chunky blanket

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

here is a picture tutorial on how to do the knit stitch

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

here is a picture tutorial on how to do the purl stitch

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com Do you see how differently these two stitches look? Two have humps and two don’t. Not only does this help you with your counting, but it also gives you an indication of what row you are working on. After you do your first row, flip your work, and take a peek at the back. This will help you if you lose track of your even and odd numbered rows.

Learn the 2×2 Ribbing Pattern Before You Start

If you have never done a 2×2 pattern, try practicing this with a smooth thin yarn and smaller knitting needles. Since this yarn is super bulky, it can be difficult to see what you are doing on the back of your work and this practice project will help you figure out what this will look like.

Normally, a 2 x 2 ribbing is set in multiples of 4 (K2, P2). Since we want this blanket to begin and end on our two knitted stitches, the blanket pattern has added 2 additional stitches (written separately like this- K2, *P2, K2*) so we end and start our rows with 2 knit stitches.

Make Sure You Understand the Pattern Fully- This is a fun beginner project, but you might be confused what certain abbreviations mean. I know that I was when I first started knitting and had to look a lot of terms up.

For this pattern, you will need to know these abbreviations:

CO- Cast on

K- Knit

K2- Knit two stitches

P- Purl

P2- Purl two stitches

*blah, blah, blah*- This means that the pattern will be repeating. In our pattern, for example, it is a *P2, K2* so we will want to repeat what is between those asterisks until the next direction in our pattern. In the case of this pattern, you will just be doing the *P2, K2* or *K2, P2* all the way to the end. How easy is that?

Keep Your Stitches Loose

You do not want to cast your stitches on tightly or knit them tightly because it makes it very hard to slip your needles in and out. Try to maintain consistency so your stitches look similar throughout the project.

Are you ready to get knitting? Follow the directions below or scroll all the way to the end for a free printable pattern.

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket from MomAdvice.com

DIY Chunky Knit Blanket

Supplies Needed (super saver tip- make sure you are signed up with Rakuten to get cash back on your craft purchases)

4 skeins of Bernat Blanket Big Yarn

U.S. 50 Knitting Needles

Big Eye Wooden Needle for threading yarn

Faux Fur Pom-Pom Balls (optional)

Directions

Cast on 18 stitches

Row 1- K2, *P2, K2* to end

Row 2- P2 *K2, P2* to end

Repeat Row 1 on all odd-numbered rows.

Repeat Row 2 on all even-numbered rows.

Repeat until you come close to the end of your fourth skein.

Cast off LOOSELY and finish with fur accents, homemade tassels, or even four yarn pom-poms. I have the ultimate yarn pom pom tutorial, if you haven’t tried making these before! These would be beautiful in an accent color. I love the Lion Brand chunky yarn, in particular, for a fat pom-pom.

Good luck tackling this fun project! 

Want a printable version of this? Well, here you go!

DIY Chunky Blanket FREE Pattern from MomAdvice.com

If you have caught the knitting, bug I have loads more knitting and yarn projects to check out!

how to knit a chunky cowl

how to knit a chunky cowl

Knitted Baby Viking Hat Pattern knitted baby viking hat pattern

knitted wine hats and scarves

Knitted Sweater Coffee Cozies knitted sweater coffee cozies

How to Make a Yarn Pom Pom Wreath how to make a yarn pom pom wreath

Happy crafting friends! 

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How To: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

Learn how to make your own DIY candles in your crockpot or slow cooker. Did you know you can make pumpkin spice scented candles at home with just wax, a wick, and essential oils? This easy tutorial will have you make large batches of candles in no time.

 

Gift-giving season is upon us and I am always looking for great gifts that don’t cost a lot, can be made in bulk, and will actually be used!

Do you remember when we made Citronella Candles in our slow cooker for thoughtful hostess gifts for the cookout season?

We are going to replicate that same idea, but with one of my FAVORITE fall scents…Pumpkin Spice!

Can you believe you can make candles in your crockpot?

The first time I tried making candles in my slow cooker, I knew that I was hooked on a new favorite craft.

I am so excited to show you, yet again, how to make candles in your slow cooker and this time we are making easy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles.

As a Pumpkin Spice everything addict, these are full of my favorite holiday scent and can be made with just a few inexpensive purchases.

These candles can also be added to a tabletop with some winter squash and some jack-o-lanterns for a festive Fall display.

FYI- I just want to warn you how good your house is going to smell so GET READY!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

This is an easy DIY for homemade pumpkin spice scented candles perfect for Autumn.

Use your slow cooker to make your own pumpkin pie candles to give as gifts or to make your house smell like all the best things of Fall.

Supplies Needed

8 Pint-Sized Mason Jars

5 Pounds Candle Wax Flakes

6” Natural Candle Wicks

2 Jars of Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil

8 Bamboo Skewers (or you can use pencils!)

Slow Cooker or even your pressure cooker on the slow cooking setting

Food Scale or Postal Scale

Decorative Accents to finish your candles – I used twine and tags, but other lovely ideas would be ribbon, burlap, stencils, or even glitter!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

 

Directions for Making Slow Cooker Pumpkin Candles

1. Measure and weigh out 7 ounces of soy wax flakes for each mason jar in a glass measuring cup (be sure to tare your scale).

It should fill jar to the top, and we will be adding more flakes after the first round melts down and creates more space inside the jar.

Repeat the measuring with all of the other candles you plan to prepare.

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

 

2. Add an inch or two of water to your slow cooker to create a water bath for your candles. Nestle the mason jars inside the slow cooker, place a lid on top, and turn it on HIGH for two hours.

As the wax melts down, feel free to add more wax flakes into the jars to the desired height. These will melt down to about half the size of your jar, so approximately 7 more ounces of soy flakes can be added to get a full candle like my pictures.

3. Once the “cooking time” of two hours has passed, open the lid and add 10-20 drops of Pumpkin Spice fragrance to each candle (approximately 1 ml of oil).

Using a bamboo skewer, stir each candle after adding the oil. Turn your slow cooker off, then add your candle wick in the center of each candle.

Take a bamboo skewer or pencil and wrap the top of the wick to the middle of it and allow it to help stand the wick up in the center of the candle. 

Leave the candles in the slow cooker until the wax begins to harden. Remove them and then dry the jars well with a dish towel. 

Allow the candles to fully harden on your countertop.

4. The next day, trim your wicks and attach a little jute twine and thank you note for your favorite hostess.

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

 

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Candles from MomAdvice.com

 

The best part about making these is how incredible your house is going to smell all day long as these cook and then cool.

My kids thought I had baked pies all day when they got home from school.

What sad trickery I played on them with a slow cooker full of candles for our friends (#worstmomever).

I hope you have fun making this easy Fall craft for those you love!

 

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Don’t miss these other great ideas from MomAdvice.com:

 

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

Easy Homemade Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread

 

 

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins

 

 

 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

 

 

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DIY Decorative Thumbtack Pumpkins

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

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These gold pumpkins are the perfect craft for autumn, even if you aren’t crafty. You will love these DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins for your home!

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for new ways to decorate the holiday table that are festive while staying easy on the budget. The gold trend has really been catching my eye this year so I wanted to create something beautiful and gold that anyone can do, no matter what your craft level.

Today’s tutorial is for a decorative thumbtack pumpkin that requires just two items for a fun and festive touch to your table.

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins Tutorial

Decorative Thumbtack Pumpkin Tutorial from MomAdvice.com

Supplies Needed

700 (or more!) gold or silver thumbtacks– these can be purchased in a package of 300 at your local dollar store

Small Faux Styrofoam Pumpkin (look for one with a fun stem detail like the glittered stem on this one)

 

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

Directions

  1. Going along one of the ridges of the pumpkin, begin inserting thumbtacks, starting at the very top and working your way down. You will want to make sure that they overlap just a bit to create a feathered effect on your pumpkin. You do not need to go to the very bottom, just enough to cover it so that if the pumpkin is placed on a pedestal or candlestick holder that you can’t see the plastic bottom. This row helps to anchor your ridge as you place the thumbtacks in.
  2. Right next to that row, again overlapping from the side and down the row, begin placing thumbtacks in the same way, repeating this process until you have covered the entire ridge. Once the ridge is filled, just check and make sure there aren’t any holes in any places and fill, as necessary, with additional thumbtacks.
  3. Begin in the next ridge, just as you did with the first, giving just a little room between those ridges so you can still see that pumpkin shape. Now repeat this process again and again, until you have filled the entire pumpkin. This small pumpkin took 700 thumbtacks, but you may need more or less depending on how tightly you are overlapping your thumbtacks.

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

Isn’t this absolutely beautiful? Who would ever have guessed that it costs around $5 to make! I made two of them and wanted to show you a fun way to dress up your holiday table with these.

I spray painted two other faux pumpkins and then roughed them up with a little sandpaper. I filled a glass bottle with branches from our backyard to center these and then purchased these faux logs from my local craft store in two different heights to place my gold pumpkins on. I love all the variations on height and the different textures in this budget-friendly centerpiece.

I hope you find this idea easy and inspiring! Use your own creativity to create a few beautiful pumpkins of your own.

Speaking of autumn crafts…here are a few tutorials you might enjoy!

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DIY Thumbtack Pumpkins from MomAdvice.com

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How to Find the Best Valentine’s Gifts for Your Kids

Monday, February 11th, 2019

From our marriage & parenting contributor, Mary Carver.

Do you give your kids gifts for Valentine’s Day? I know for some families, it is a gift-giving occasion; others not so much.

As I’m writing this, somewhere between Christmas and the month of love, I’m surprised to find myself leaning toward the no-gifts-necessary camp. Since I adore giving (and, obviously, getting) presents, especially to my kids, I’m blaming my feelings on the fact that in my house, our family of four has three birthdays in the few weeks surrounding Christmas.

I’m saying it’s a lot of gifting.

And that maybe my four-year-old asked me just this morning, “But on my real birthday [as opposed to the day of her birthday party a week before], you’re going to give me presents, right? I’ll get presents?”

Sigh.

Yes, of course she will. Because tired or not, I love giving presents. You might even say — and you would be right if you did — gifts are my love language. (Words of affirmation are also my love language, so feel free to include a long, detailed note in the card with my present.)

If you aren’t familiar with love languages, it’s a tool created by Gary Chapman and explained in his book, The Five Love Languages.

Chapman proposes that most of us express and receive love best in one of five ways: gifts, words of affirmation, acts of service, touch, and quality time. (To learn more about this or to take a quiz to figure out your love language, click here.)

Since Valentine’s Day is a holiday all about love, it does make sense to make plans with love languages in mind. And, whether you are a virtual Cupid who adores everything red and pink or a cynic who rolls her eyes at “that holiday the card companies made up,” considering love languages when making your Valentine’s Day plans is smart. Because either way, you want your efforts to be worth it!

Right? You want your people to feel loved and for your time and resources to be well spent communicating how much you value them.

How to Find the Best Valentine’s Gifts for Your Kids

If you know your kids’ love language, I’ve got some great, last-minute ideas for you.

Gifts

This category might seem like the easiest one, but you shouldn’t just grab the fluffiest teddy bear at the gas station on your way home!

Instead, try to remember something they’ve mentioned wanting since Christmas — perhaps something that made you roll your eyes because you don’t need that and we just had Christmas and wait until your birthday! While I definitely use Christmas and Easter as holidays to give some practical gifts, I think it’s fun to give unnecessary, frivolous, fun stuff for Valentine’s Day.

One of my daughters has picked up the habit lately of saying, “My friend has [________]. I love it and I want it!” I’ve tried reminding her that she can admire something without immediately coveting it.

But she’s five, so it’s a hard lesson to learn.

(I’m kidding. This is hard for all of us, isn’t it?!)

Still, if your kids mention things like that, it might be fun to surprise them with their own for Valentine’s Day.

Words of Affirmation

If you have a child who insists on saying, “No, I love you more!” you might have a words kid. Now, I have no scientific data to back this up, but I suspect many words people are like me and, as much as they crave the affirmation, they certainly do not want them said to their face!

Because, hello, awkward!

Instead, write your kids a love letter! If they’re younger — still in the coloring pictures stage of life — draw or color a picture to go with your words. If they’re older, send an email or text. Or make a video of yourself telling them how much and all the reasons why you love them so much.

Whatever medium you use, make it something they can absorb slowly, alone if possible, and keep to re-read or re-watch over and over again.

Acts of Service

My kids love when I help them clean their rooms. But I think they’re a little unusual in that (I remember not wanting my parents to clean my room for fear my favorite books, toys, or — let’s be honest — junk would disappear!). However, since we’ve been working on sharing household work as a family (aka, I’ve been making them do chores), I know their rooms aren’t the only things I could clean as a way to show my love.

I’m pretty sure checking any of their chores off the list around Valentine’s Day would earn me major mom points.

So, depending on which chores your kids detest most or which tasks stress them out, taking something off their plate for the day or the week might be a huge gift to them.

You could also fix their favorite meal, drive them to school if they normally walk, or finally get around to replacing batteries in their toys or hanging frames in their rooms (or whatever to-do has been stuck on your list for months)!

Touch

Just give them a hug and kiss, and call it good, right?

Well, maybe not.

For kids who crave physical touch, that’s a great place to start. But what about going a little farther for this occasion? What about…

  • Taking an exercise or dance class together
  • Trying yoga with a video from the library or on YouTube
  • Playing a round of one-on-one basketball on the driveway (or at the gym if it’s too cold)
  • Brushing her hair, massaging his shoulders, or holding a thumb wrestling tournament

Lots of physical activities result in friendly, affectionate touches. So break a sweat or get out of your comfort zone, and show your kiddos just how much affection you have for them. (Or turn on Netflix and snuggle on the couch under your warmest blanket — what one of my girls wants every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!)

Quality Time

Most of these ideas involve spending more and different kinds of time with your children.

But perhaps you want to really go all out and plan a date with your kiddo who needs quality time to feel loved.

You could send an official invitation (via letter in his lunchbox or a Post-It on her mirror) to get started. Then dress up, pick them up at the door, and eat at their favorite restaurant.

If you wanted to do more, you could use your time together to make a bucket list of activities to do together.

Or you could take a list of “get to know you” questions and ask (and answer!) a few of those together.

Or play a board game, look through old photos, or challenge them to a round of that video game they’re always talking about.

Whatever it is you do this Valentine’s Day, have fun! No matter what language you speak or what plans you make, they’ll feel cherished and appreciated by the effort you take and the memories you make together.

Looking for more great parenting ideas? Here are a few of our favorite articles!

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How do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids?

Mary Carver is a writer, speaker, and recovering perfectionist. She lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons, but she lives because of God’s grace. Mary writes with humor and honesty about giving up on perfect and finding truth in unexpected places on her blog, MaryCarver.com. She is the author of Fast Talk & Faith: A 22-Day Devotional Inspired by Gilmore Girls and co-author of Choose Joy: Finding Hope & Purpose When Life Hurts.She is also a regular contributor to incourage.me and MothersofDaughters.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.

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