Giveaway – Candy Containers is Giving Away $100 Visa Gift Card

I am writing today to share a giveaway that is going on and providing the form to enter the $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway, this is in no way a giveaway that I am in charge of hosting, getting winner for, etc.

Having a daughter who loves to bake and create new things such as desserts and candies, means that in the future she may decide to venture down the path of having her own bakery or candy store. All Candy Containers is a website I found that really would benefit someone setting up shop with a bakery of their own. Such an elegant and simple variety of containers for you to display your baked goods in so that customers will just flock to purchase their own choice of dessert. I, for one, personally love the candy dispensers that are listed on the website. If we ever become a brick and mortar type family business in the future, a dream in which I sometimes share with my father, I can say having candy dispensers would be a must!

Also, to think outside of the box, beyond a family run business or a bakery; our local sports groups have a snack bar set up for use at each game event. I think local sports groups and schools could benefit from the wide range of candy containers on All Candy Containers website. To give you a boost in the right direction, for whatever dreams you may have in life, I am sharing this chance for someone to be chosen to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.

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How to Make DIY Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are a staple of the festive season. We send Christmas cards to friends and relatives all over the world. They are a great way to keep in touch and pass on the year’s news. But sadly Christmas cards can be pretty expensive if you have dozens of them to buy. Thankfully there is another way—make your own Christmas cards this year and save some money in the process.

Reasons to Make DIY Christmas Cards

  • The personal touch – It’s easy to buy some generic cards from the local store, but it is far more meaningful to make your own. Sending out homemade cards tells people you have put a bit more time and effort into your cards, which they are bound to appreciate.
  • A money saving idea – Making DY cards is cheaper than buying them, so if you are looking to save money this year, don’t bother buying any Christmas cards—get creative instead.
  • It is fun – Making DIY Christmas cards is not a chore; rather it is good fun and it is also a good way to get the kids involved in preparations for the festive holiday.

Recycle Old Christmas Cards

If you have a box full of old Christmas cards sitting in a cupboard somewhere, it makes perfect sense to reuse them instead of throwing them away. Buy or borrow some crimping scissors and cut out the pictures. Decorate them with glitter or mix and match different cut-outs and then stick them on some new card. Add a message and you have a brand new card to send out to friends and family.

Make Christmas Stencils

You can either buy some Christmas stencils or make your own using a sharp craft knife and a template. Once you have a few simple templates, use them to create lots of identical cards that you can decorate in a variety of different ways. Simple easy to make shapes include Christmas trees and Christmas baubles, but there are many more you may wish to try.

Print Your Own Cards

Printing Christmas cards is another way to make lots of cards with a similar design. Kids enjoy potato printing because it is nice and easy, albeit a bit messy, but if you want to make cards that are a little more professional looking, invest in some rubber stamps or similar. You could also use small pieces of vinyl or linoleum to create a printing surface.

Encourage the Kids to Help

Christmas is very much about children, so why not encourage yours to get involved this year? Kids like the opportunity to be creative and if you ask them to help you make some Christmas cards and Christmas decorations, they are bound to have a ball. Depending on the age of your children, making homemade cards could be a messy job, but at least the task will keep them amused for a few hours.

Don’t forget to make or buy envelopes when you make Christmas cards. If you don’t want to make envelopes, they can be bought online or from craft stores. Just make sure you choose the right sized envelopes for your cards.

Nancy Baker is a very creative person and she thoroughly enjoys making her own arts and crafts at Christmas time. She also likes blogging about her creative activities and last year she had a go at making some homemade decorations for the house.  She recommends others do the same.

National Stationery Week and Personalised Stationery

With National Stationery Week at the end of April, you’ve a couple of pay days to save up your pennies to go on a stationery spending spree, not to mention the perfect chance to celebrate the written word and all things stationery. Even Victoria Beckham was spotted stationery shopping. She headed to the Ryman shop in Kensington recently to stock up on goodies for her son, Romeo.

Some would say letter writing and writing by hand in a digital age is as dead as a dodo and is no longer important, but as all stationery buffs know, that isn’t entirely true.

For the past few years, the media has been drumming up a frenzy of worry and disbelief about the obvious death of handwriting – it’s as if it’s defunct, nonexistent and obsolete.

However, this isn’t the case. In actual fact, shiny new gadgets and technology has simply diverted us from the satisfaction and significance of writing, it hasn’t replaced it.

To get more people putting pen to paper and writing by hand more often, especially little ones, there is such a thing as personalised stationery, namely notebooks, address books, birthday and anniversary books, personalised stationery sets and much, much more – a new must-have where fashion meet function. The best bit is you get to customise your gift with a name and a message.

This April’s National Stationery Week aims to remind people not only about the physicality of holding a pen and languorously pouring out thought on paper, it’s about stopping what you’re doing, and taking the time to relish in writing.

That’s where personalised stationery comes in. Address books are becoming a phenomenon. As well as helping you stay organised and up-to-date, they can be customised with any name or message of your choice. What’s more, there are tons of gorgeous designs up for grabs.

Personalised stationary doesn’t stop there. Birthday and anniversary books are hugely popular and will help anyone keep on top of those important dates in style.

Writing, in whatever form it takes, is healing and helps thwart the hurry of modern life. It compels us to decelerate a little and concentrate on what we want to say. Whether you’re a birdwatcher, artist, gardener, teacher, author, or just someone who likes to make note of random stuff, personalised notebooks are great for the job. Not only will they help you record your favourite things in life, they make cracking personalised stationery gifts for just about anyone.

It’s clear there’s something special about personalised stationery – and it’s much more pleasurable to receive a handwritten note or letter from someone than a fleeting email or text, wouldn’t you agree?

Hop on over to and plump for personalised stationery and send a handwritten note to a friend or relative during National Stationery Week to show you care!

Personalized Number and Address Signs

I have always wanted a stylish, personalized address sign that has my house number on it. There are so many custom address plaques to choose from that I would have such a hard time determining which was my most fave sign to have personalized.

I suppose the first steps in choosing your personalized address plaques would be to take into consideration what type, color and design works to match your current landscaping and color of home. Whether you are looking for an address post or a cute sign for your mailbox area, making sure that the sign totally matches with your current outdoor decor is most important.

Last but not least, before you choose your residential address plaques, you must make sure there is no rules such as those many come into when owning a condo or a trailer in a trailer park. Make sure you are up to par with all rules and regulations of your living area prior to purchasing your first personalized address plaque.

MasterCard says Here’s To Mom

Are you looking to get some money back for spending with your MasterCard? Well MasterCard knows how much we all love money and they have a holiday promotion going on that I discussed previously.  Basically the gist is you need to go online to register with MasterCard for their Holiday Promotion, that way they know your information to ensure you get to take part in this promotion.

When you go shopping and spend $200 you get $20 back to you, sounds great right? I mean who doesn’t want an extra $20 for money they were already planning on spending. Whether you are out shopping to get the holiday gifts you didn’t receive or to get some Winter vacation fun in for you and the kiddos, spend $200 and get $20.

For full details on the MasterCard Here’s to Mom Promo please visit the MasterCard Holiday Promo Website.

Hurry the cards are getting limited, this promo does last until December 31, 2011.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MasterCard.

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