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Cheap Christmas Date Night Ideas

When’s a better time of year to go on a fun, festive date with your crush than Christmas time? With the holiday season finally here, there are tons of different…

When’s a better time of year to go on a fun, festive date with your crush than Christmas time? With the holiday season finally here, there are tons of different themed date ideas to try out! Instead of the typical dinner-and-a-movie night, I came up with a few creative ideas to get you and your crush in the holiday spirit!

  • Have a Christmas movie/snack nice at home. Staying in for the night and watching a handful of classic Christmas movies sounds like the perfect (and not to mention inexpensive!) date night. Make some hot chocolate and enjoy!
  • Bake Christmas cookies together. This is one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. Make a bunch to give to friends and family and save some to snack on for yourselves later!
  • Drive around and look at Christmas lights. Where I live, everyone knows the good neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights in. Some houses go all out for the holiday season, and it’s fun to go for a night drive and search for them with your crush!Chelsea Crockett - Christmas Date
  • Do a Christmas DIY project. Who says guys don’t like to get crafty too? There are so many Pinterest-inspired DIYs to choose from. Maybe you want to decorate ornaments or try out a new recipe? You and your crush can pick you fave!
  • Wrap presents and decorate together. These jobs may seem like a chore, but with your boyfriend or girlfriend it can make it a little more enjoyable!

Hope you have a fun-filled Christmas!

Love, Chelsea

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Lessons on Love from Buddy the Elf

Let’s face it. We have all secretly wanted to try maple syrup on our spaghetti, and it is all because of Buddy the Elf. “Elf” may be one of my…

Let’s face it. We have all secretly wanted to try maple syrup on our spaghetti, and it is all because of Buddy the Elf. “Elf” may be one of my all-time favorite Christmas movies. And, although he may not give the best food advice, Buddy the Elf is actually pretty smart when it comes to love. Here are a few things the big guy in green tights has taught us about how to love someone.

  1. Go for it!: Don’t be scared to give love a try.
  2. Take risks: Now, that doesn’t mean eating gum off of a NYC subway railing. 😉tumblr_mc9renKUTF1rhucoqo1_500
  3. Plan fun outings with your crush: How much fun is it to jam-pack every Christmas related activity you can think of into your weekend? Do it Buddy the Elf style and plan to make snow angels for 2 hours, go ice skating, then eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as they could, and then snuggle.
  4. Stay positive: Buddy shows us that a smile can solve any problem. In fact, smiling is his favorite. And when you smile, it makes people around you feel the love.
  5. Give them your attention: Show someone you love them by giving them your undivided attention, and by asking them about themselves. It will make them feel like you are interested in them and who they are! Even questions like “what’s your favorite color” are Buddy approved. 😉

See? Buddy the Elf is full of good love advice! Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go curl up with a bowl of spaghetti and maple syrup and watch me some Elf.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Grinch Themed Popcorn is Here!

Christmas time is here! I repeat, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE! And with Christmas come delicious treats. Today’s delicious Christmas-themed sweet is holiday popcorn that will remind you of the Grinch…

Christmas time is here! I repeat, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE! And with Christmas come delicious treats. Today’s delicious Christmas-themed sweet is holiday popcorn that will remind you of the Grinch himself!

Ingredients:grinch-popcorn2

  • Microwave popcorn
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • Blue and yellow food coloring
  • Another 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • Red M&Ms

Pop your microwave popcorn, and once it is done pull out all of the un-popped kernels. Next we make the marshmallow mixture. Melt ¼ cup of butter in a saucepan, and once it is melted add the 3 cups of marshmallows. Stir together until they are melted, and turn the heat off. Add 2 drops of yellow food coloring, mix until it is bright yellow, and then add a small drop of blue. Stir it until it turns green, then pour this mixture over the popcorn. Gently mix it in slowly until the popcorn is mostly covered. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, then pour the popcorn mixture onto it. Drizzle some of the marshmallow mixture over it so the M&Ms and marshmallows have something to stick to, then sprinkle ½ cup of mini marshmallows and M&Ms onto the popcorn. Allow it to cool, then eat up!

Your friends will love this festive treat fit for a Christmas movie night.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe via:http://www.twosisterscrafting.com/grinch-popcorn/

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Operation Christmas Child

Around the holidays, tons of charities and organizations do a lot to help the community. Sometimes it’s as simple as preparing a meal for a family or providing a Christmas…

Around the holidays, tons of charities and organizations do a lot to help the community. Sometimes it’s as simple as preparing a meal for a family or providing a Christmas for kids that aren’t fortunate enough to have one. Chelsea Crockett - Operation Christmas ChildOne charity that I wanted to bring attention to is Operation Christmas Child. I thought I’d tell you a little about what it is and what you can do!

Churches nationwide participate in this charity every year. To briefly describe what it is, the organization takes shoeboxes filled with toys and God’s Word and sends them to kids around the world such as in Africa and South America. There are a few drop off locations around the country if you want to make your own box! If these locations aren’t near you, several churches also take them and send them to the drop off locations for you! If you don’t even want to do that, you can simply pay to make one online.

The impact of these gifts are much bigger than you think. Hundreds of kids across the globe are being introduced to Jesus through these simple shoeboxes. You can watch several different stories online and listen to how lives were changed worldwide. I highly suggest you check it out!

Merry Christmas! – Chelsea

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3 DIYs for Winter Break!

Winter break is the most awaited time of the semester. After all the tests, homework assignments, and pop quizzes, nothing is needed more than a nice, long break. Although our…

Winter break is the most awaited time of the semester. After all the tests, homework assignments, and pop quizzes, nothing is needed more than a nice, long break. Although our days off are spent shopping for last minute Christmas gifts and baking sugar cookies, some are filled with long afternoons of boredom. So… here are a few winter-themed “do it yourself” ideas for those dreadful days!

If your friends are in the same boring boat as you, invite them over and have a mini spa day! There are soooo many DIY products that are super fun to make, especially if you incorporate Christmas scents such as peppermint or cinnamon. Recipes for do it yourself lip scrubs or face masks can be found all over Pinterest! How relaxing :)!

If you have a couple old Christmas sweaters laying around your house, this DIY is just what you’re looking for! Instead of letting your worn-out sweater sit and collect dust in your closet, change it into a couple different accessories! If the sleeves are big enough, cut them off and make them into leg warmers! These are definitely back in style, look to the left for example. You can also make it into an infinity scarf! There are many ways to go about this, so find your own way whether it’s using the neck hole or the ends of your sweater.Chelsea Crockett - DIY Leg Warmers

Showing off your art skills is another way to occupy spare time. Buy a canvas and some paints, possibly colors to match your room (or even Christmas colors!). This DIY is open to lots of interpretation. I saw on Pinterest that someone painted their canvas green and red to make a Christmas decoration for their room!

What do you plan on doing over break? Tell me below :)!

-Chelsea

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Christmas Toffee

I have a new sweet & salty addiction and it is called Christmas toffee. I could pop this stuff in my pie hole all day and never tire of it,…

I have a new sweet & salty addiction and it is called Christmas toffee. I could pop this stuff in my pie hole all day and never tire of it, and I guarantee your friends and family will feel the same! Here is how to make this addicting delicacy.

Ingredients:

  • 30 to 40 saltine crackerspile 1
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9 x 13 pan or similar with aluminum foil and spray it very well with cooking spray. Place the saltine crackers in a single layer on the bottom of the pan.
  2. In a saucepan, combine butter and sugar and bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Once a boil is reached, reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture has thickened. Stir the mixture often while it simmers to avoid bubbling over or scorching.
  3. After mixture has thickened a bit, remove it from the heat, wait 30 seconds, add the vanilla extract and stir. Pour mixture over the prepared pan with the saltine crackers. Bake in for 5- 7 minutes, or until toffee/liquid becomes bubbly.
  4. After removing the pan from the oven, let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips and wait for 3 to 5 minutes, letting them soften and melt a bit, and then spread and smooth them into an even layer with a spatula. After they have cooled a bit stick the pan in the fridge or freezer to firm them up. My family actually stores the toffee in the fridge to keep it fresh, and it tastes great cold.

Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas!

XOXO, Chels

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Christmas Nails

What is a great Christmas outfit without cute Christmas nails? Incomplete! Impress the socks off of everyone this Christmas with your super adorable nails! Here are a few ideas on…

What is a great Christmas outfit without cute Christmas nails? Incomplete! Impress the socks off of everyone this Christmas with your super adorable nails! Here are a few ideas on what nail art to rock to any Christmas event you may attend.

Candy cane nails: Classic! If you want to go all out, then paint candy cane patterns on all of your nails. How you do this is paint all of your nails red and let them dry completely. Then, tape stripes on your nails with scotch tape. Paint white in the gaps of the scotch tape. Peel off the tape when the white paint is dry, and there you have candy cane stripes! If you want to go a little more subtle, paint all of your nails red and then paint one nail with the candy cane pattern as an accent nail.xmas nails

Sweater themed nails: Paint your nails like a Christmas sweater!

Snow nails: Paint all of your nails white and then roll them in glitter. Boom, snowy nails!

Simple classy nails: If you want to go with a subtle nail style, paint all of your nails black and then paint an accent nail with gold glitter paint. This style is edgy yet subtle, and the gold ties in the Christmas theme.

Nail art is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

XOXO, Chels

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Christmas Presents for your Pooch

You get gifts at Christmas, so why shouldn’t your furry BFF? My dogs Buster, Jolly, and Ella get Christmas gifts because they are like members of the family. We love…

You get gifts at Christmas, so why shouldn’t your furry BFF? My dogs Buster, Jolly, and Ella get Christmas gifts because they are like members of the family. We love our doggies, and we know you love yours too! Here are a few ideas on what to get your pooch for Christmas.FullSizeRender

Some of their favorite toys: If they like chew toys, get em a few of em! If they like Frisbees or toys you can throw, get them a few!

A treat ball: Do you wish your dog would slow his roll when eating his treats instead of wolfing them down in .2 seconds? Give him a treat ball that stores a treat and creates a challenge for your dog that they will enjoy for hours!

Super cozy blanket: Just like you love a nice cozy blanket, your dog is just the same! Get them a cozy blanket for sleeping and cuddling.

A super cute outfit: This is more for your benefit than for theirs, but still a great gift! Get them an adorable outfit, such as a Santa costume or a cute winter sweater!

Man’s best friend deserves to have a fabulous Christmas too! These gifts are sure to make them wag their happy little tails.

Merry Christmas!

XOXO, Chels

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Christmas Makeup Looks: Natural & Bold!

Christmas is finally here insiders! It’s time to break out the wrapping paper and sugar cookies. Besides the obvious holiday preparations, you’re going to need a stunning outfit and makeup…

Christmas is finally here insiders! It’s time to break out the wrapping paper and sugar cookies. Besides the obvious holiday preparations, you’re going to need a stunning outfit and makeup look to complete it! So… I decided to share two looks with you: natural and bold.

  1. If you want to keep it nice and simple for the holidays, this natural look is for you! Some girls don’t wear makeup all the time, so if you want to try something new for the holidays, I suggest this look! If you have an amazing outfit, you might not want to overdo it with your makeup. Try using your normal foundation with a light pink blush. Then, apply a shimmer nude or light pink eye shadow (I suggest the shimmer nude more than the pink!). If you’re a girl that can’t get enough eye liner, try to avoid the cat eye for this look. A simple thin line will look more natural! Seal your look with a maximizing mascara and a nude, matteChelsea Crockett - Christmas Makeup lipstick.
  2. As for the makeup lovers out there (like me!), you might rather go for the bolder look. Instead of a light pink blush, use a cherry colored one! For your eyes, you can never go wrong with the smoky eye, which is definitely a statement look. The normal smoky eye colors (gray, black, white) might get boring after a while. Try incorporating holiday colors such as silver or gold! Finish off your look with a red lipstick :).

There ya go! You can pick and choose which one suits you best!

Merry Christmas! – Chelsea

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Unique Christmas Goodies

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good…

Nothings better than walking into the kitchen and smelling fresh pies, cookies, and everything sweet!  It’s the ultimate sign that Christmas is right around the corner.  While cookies are good and all, there are a variety of fun Christmas goodies you can whip up with your friends and family to give away as a unique gift or enjoy yourself.  Check out a few of my favorite Christmas goodies!Chelsea Crockett- caramel hot chocolate fudge

Fudge and bark are two of my favorite chocolaty treats!  Fudge is typically a lot sweeter, while bark is more like a chocolate bar with candies added.  One of my favorite holiday barks is peppermint bark with white chocolate and candy canes.  A wonderful Christmas fudge is caramel hot chocolate fudge.  It’s just like the drink!

If you love salty and sweet combined, try pretzel M&M hugs (cute, right?).  All you need is a bag of square pretzels, Hersey kisses, and the Christmas red and green M&M’s.  Place a kiss on top of each pretzel, set them in the oven at 200 degrees for 4 minutes, and then top each kiss with an M&M.  Slide the cookie sheet in the fridge to cool and you’re ready to dig in!  It’s as simple as that!

Try looking up the recipes to my favorite goodies and making them yourself!  You’ll be the family favorite!

Merry Christmas!

Chelsea

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My Top 3 Types of Christmas Cookies!

What’s a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with good food…..COOKIES that is!  My family loves spending time in the kitchen together baking all types of Christmas cookies….

What’s a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with good food…..COOKIES that is!  My family loves spending time in the kitchen together baking all types of Christmas cookies. However, our top three choices are sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, and snicker doodles.

Sugar cookies are made with a super sweet, delicious dough. You can use a multitude of different cookies to make fun shapes!  Roll out the dough and make whatever shapes you have (stockings, angels, snowflakes, etc.). After baking, decorate the cookies using colored icing, sprinkles, and red hots!  Of course, my family tries to see whose iced cookie looks the best. A little friendly decorating competition is always fun!

Peanut butter blossoms are made with a dough that has a little bit of peanut butter in it. (You can get these recipes off of google anytime!)  Roll the dough into balls then roll them in sugar. After baking for a bit, pull them out of the oven and stick a Hershey’s kiss right in the middle of the cookies. Then, continue baking for a bit longer.  They are delicious and are probably eaten faster than any other cookies in the house!Chelsea Crockett - Snicker Doodles

Last, but not least, are snicker doodles!  These yummy cookies are rolled in cinnamon and sugar and baked to perfection. They have an ingredient called cream of tartar in them that makes the cookie crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside!  They’ll definitely make your mouth water.

What’s your favorite cookie to bake? Let me know below!

Happy Baking! – Chelsea

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How to NOT Be Bored Over Winter Break

Ahhhh Christmas break is quickly approaching!  It’s such a wonderful time full of family, friends, and of course, NO school!  So what do you do on those days where you’ve…

Ahhhh Christmas break is quickly approaching!  It’s such a wonderful time full of family, friends, and of course, NO school!  So what do you do on those days where you’ve got nothing to do?  I’ve got your complete activity guide to keep you busy and entertained during the most wonderful time of the year! Chelsea Crockett- hot chocolate

  • It’s the season for giving! Give one of your friends a random surprise gift! Even if it’s little, it’ll make their day.
  • Decorate your house! What a better way to get in the spirit?!
  • Have your friends over and do something crazy like have a dance party!
  • Make an assortment of hot chocolates! Try fun flavors like caramel, dark chocolate, and red velvet! Grab some yummy toppings including marshmallows, whipped cream, and chocolate/caramel drizzle.
  • Buddle up and go outdoor ice skating!
  • Bake cookies and goodies with your family while blasting Christmas music!

Have a wonderful Christmas and remember the reason for the season (hint: Jesus)!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Christmas Party Attire

I love going to Christmas parties. I love eating good food, visiting with great friends and wonderful family, and most of all, dressing up! In this article I am going…

I love going to Christmas parties. I love eating good food, visiting with great friends and wonderful family, and most of all, dressing up! In this article I am going to give you a few outfit suggestions to help you figure out what to wear to any holiday event you may be attending.d7faca44ffbc0c5ddaf18f7d5cd36697

Casual: If you are attending a more casual Christmas party then go with something like a plaid button up, dark wash jeans, boots and boot socks, and a neutral infinity scarf!

Semi-casual: If you are going to a little bit nicer party, pair a skirt with some tights and riding boots or booties. Wear a nice sweater or blouse with the skirt and a statement necklace and chunky watch to make a statement!

Dressy: My favorite dressy outfit this winter is the sequined dress and booties outfit. Pair a sequined dress with black tights and black high heel booties! The black tights and booties balance the whole outfit out. Pair a black clutch and simple jewelry with the outfit to finish it off.

Now you will be ready for any holiday party that may come your way!

Merry Christmas!

XOXO, Chels

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How to Style an Ugly Christmas Sweater!

The holiday season isn’t only the time for presents and delicious cookies, but for ugly Christmas sweater parties, too! You never know if your crush or secret admirer may be…

The holiday season isn’t only the time for presents and delicious cookies, but for ugly Christmas sweater parties, too! You never know if your crush or secret admirer may be there :). So, apart from the “ugly sweater” part, you may want to look cute and not-so-casual on top of it. Here are some way some ways to dress up your ugly sweater!

  1. Preppy. When people ask for fashion advice, I always give the same answer. Be yourself! So, if you’re that Chelsea Crockett - Ugly Sweaterpreppy girl that’s obsessed with heels and jewelry, show it! Tuck your sweater into a high waisted skirt that matches it. Then, throw on a chunky necklace and a pair of heels or flats!
  2. Edgy. For this look, combat boots are a must. Whether they’re studded out or just plain black, rock them with a pair of ripped jeans! If you have a crop sweater, try that out, too. Then complete your look with a beanie!
  3. Casual. Maybe the party you’re going to isn’t much of a party but a more causal event such as a gift exchange with your friends! Throw on the classic leggings, tall socks, and UGGs. Finish your outfit off with an oversized Christmas sweater!
  4. Formal. If you’re planning on dressing up a little for your occasion, try out a sweater dress. They’re not only stylish but comfy as well!

Do you have a go-to ugly sweater outfit? Share with me below :)!

Love, Chels

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Christmas Gifts for your Dude

Finding Christmas gifts for the dudes in your life can be a daunting task. You don’t want to get them something they don’t like, and you want your gift to…

Finding Christmas gifts for the dudes in your life can be a daunting task. You don’t want to get them something they don’t like, and you want your gift to mean something to them! Here are a few super great gifts for any of the dudes in your life, whether it is your boyfriend, brother, anyone!

Cool headphones: Everyone could use at least one pair of super cool headphones. Do they like Batman? Get them Batman Marvel-Avengers-Captain-America-Over-The-Ear-Headphonesheadphones.

Superhero Graphic Tee: Every guy can’t get enough of their favorite superhero, no matter their age.

Cologne: If it is your boyfriend you are buying for, then get him cologne that you like so you can make sure you love the way he smells ;).

Bluetooth speakers: Help the dudes in your life bump some pretty sweet beats with some Bluetooth speakers! They have huge sound quality in a tiny little package, and play music off your phone or tablet without any cords.

Baseball hat: If your guy is a diehard sports fan, get them a hat sporting their favorite team! They will remember you each time they wear it.

I hope this article gives you a few ideas on what to get the men in your life this Christmas!

Merry Christmas,

XOXO,

Chels

 

 

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The Gift of Giving

Have you ever been asked, “What is Christmas all about?” Some responses could be spending time with family or the delicious ham you get to savor for dinner! Although those…

Have you ever been asked, “What is Christmas all about?” Some responses could be spending time with family or the delicious ham you get to savor for dinner! Although those are a few pluses, there couldn’t be Christmas without Jesus. That being said, the Bible talks a lot about giving, such as God giving His only son to die for our sins. This is something we can all put into action this holiday season!

I recently found a quote on Pinterest that says “There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.” Personally I find more joy in giving than receiving! Whether you’re doing a gift exchange with friends or giving your mom a present Christmas morning, it’s impossible not to get a smile on your face! Now I’m not saying that receiving isn’t nice… Getting a gift (especially one off of your wish list!) is never a time to complain, but giving someone a present is one hundred times more satisfying!Chelsea Crockett - Give

I know for me, the simple thought behind a gift already makes it good no matter what might be under the wrapping paper. Not everyone has the money to go out and buy ten $50 gifts. Not every present has to be expensive! Homemade or DIY gifts are even more meaningful than just buying a shirt or gift card (and it won’t break the bank!).

Tis’ the season for giving, and you shouldn’t miss out! If you give this holiday, I promise your joy will be greatly multiplied!

“Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first.”

Love, Chelsea

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