A Package from Santa for Bubby? Yes, Please!

If you don’t believe, you don’t receive! In today’s society, it’s hard for kids to hold on to the Christmas magic (because mean people suck). Need help keeping that magic alive for your little one? Send him a Package from Santa this year! For the record, Bubby will be receiving a Silver Package from Santa and I’ll be back to share my honest opinions on the program. Stay tuned!

If you don't believe, you don't receive! In today's society, it's hard for kids to hold on to the Christmas magic (because mean people suck). Need help keeping that magic alive for your little one? Send him a Package from Santa this year!

Look, Bubby’s nine and I’m highly aware that he’s not a baby anymore, but he’s still my baby. He’s the last of my littles and I need him to hold on to the Christmas magic for as long as he can (so I can hold on to my own magic). These days? It’s hard. Kids grow up too fast, they tell tales (can you believe some of these kids actually tell MY kid Santa isn’t real?). Anyway, I found a way to keep the magic alive, even if it’s just for one more year. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s affordable. Santa’s sending my baby a personalized package this year and he can send one to yours too!

Start a new and memorable tradition this Christmas with PackageFromSanta.com, the only Santa memory service that does it all. Personalized letters, packages, calls, and videos from Santa (I KNOW HIM!).

Do you want to see your child’s face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa? Of course you do! This is not just a letter from Santa; it’s an amazing experience. It’s magic, memories, wonder, and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa (or a doting mom) would know.

Every package also comes with a free personalized call and video from Santa that can be scheduled at your convenience. Surprisingly convincing and I know Bubby will love it!

A Package from Santa to Help Them Believe!

My kids need to believe (if they want to receive) and Package From Santa is really going to help me make more magic happen in my home this year! PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched, high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions (and they don’t read off of those silly cards like your internet and cell phone providers do!). Such a nice touch.

Want to learn more about this very special Santa memory service? Watch the video!

There are three different packages to choose from, and I felt the Silver Package ($24.95) was right for us. It comes with:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Phone Call from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate (just like my Bubby deserves)
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
  • …and so much more!

This service also comes with a 60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee. They’re that confident your child will love it!

Order this holiday must-have for your child at Package for Santa and save 25% off your order when you use FAMS17 at checkout. Come on, mom (dad). We’ve got this. Keep the magic alive this Christmas with Santa’s help. I’m game, are you?

DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you’ll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up kindly facilitated by my friends at Oriental Trading®. As always, all ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Y’all! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s getting colder outside (for the record, not really cold enough for the fireplace to be lit here, but still, it’s pretty and we can turn the AC on too), Christmas is coming, and I am so beyond excited for my favorite decorating season and holiday in general.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

All the magic, all the lights, all the music, all the elves, all the snowmen, all the feathers! Wait. What? Yes, this year while decorating my hearth, I wanted something a little unique, still beachy, and full of fun, so I got some inspiration from Fun 365, and I made a boa wreath the center of my Christmas mantel set up.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up

DIY Beachy Mantel + Wreath

Making the wreath was relatively simple. If you know me, you know nothing I do is just plain simple because I tend to overthink things, but this was a quick DIY once I really sat down to do it.

I got one large white foam wreath ring, one large blue feather boa, two smaller white feather boas, and my handy-dandy hot glue gun (and this time I didn’t even burn my fingerprints off!). I simply glued one end of the blue boa to the back of the foam ring and started wrapping it all the way around, leaving even-ish amounts of foam exposed so I could weave the white in between later. Once I was satisfied with the way I had the blue laid out, I glued the other end. I then tied the white boas together, glued one end in the back, weaved that in a double row in between the blue, then glued the end in place where it left off.

Fit like a glove (yea, I was surprised too!). I love the beachy, bright color combo and it set the mood for the rest of the mantel so I got to work on that!

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Some green garland at the back of the mantel adds a little bit of a traditional touch and ties in nicely with the greens I already have throughout the house. Some festive snowflake lights, a few sparkly trees, ornaments, and mason jars with blue marbles in them added so much festivity without a whole lot of money.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Shells, ornaments, and sparkly reindeer…OH MY! It’s the simple things, some you already have in those bins in the attic, that really perk up a mantel when you pair them up just right.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

This year, I bought some new stockings because our mismatched leftovers just didn’t seem right. I mean, if you’re going to hang them by the chimney with care, you ought to love them, right? A little embellishment is always a good thing, so I found sparkle letters for all of us to add a little more glitter to the mix. You really can’t have enough sparkle during the holidays, can you?

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Now, your hearth can’t stand alone as the only decorated part of your house. You need a tree, surrounding decor, all that jazz. You can find just about everything you need at Oriental Trading®, so start there first. But when you realize something is missing, that perhaps your tiki bar isn’t dressed up enough, head to your local dollar store to fill in the blanks, stay on budget, and still make your house a happy and sparkly holiday home!

A couple of decorating tips before I go, and these are important:

  1. You can NOT decorate for Christmas without Christmas music. The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
  2. Do watch the Hallmark Channel as often as you can.
  3. You aren’t really celebrating the season, or living life to its fullest, unless you watch Elf at least five times during December.

From my house to yours, I hope you enjoy the season of magic every chance you get. Whether you live on an island, or in a super cold climate (I’m sorry), be sure to deck the halls with all things sparkly so that everyone who enters feels all of the love and magic of the season. I still believe, do you?

Nutty by Nature Caramel Snickers Cake

Just like the movie, The Nut Job 2, this Caramel Snickers Cake is nutty by nature! Fluffy white cake covered in white frosting, slathered in caramel sauce, then topped with Snickers Minis. The surprise Snickers crunch in the middle makes this cake a must try! Oh yea, and I should tell you, I did receive a full party pack from Team Click to facilitate this post.

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

Did you love the movie, The Nut Job? My kids did and that’s why we were so excited to host an at-home viewing party with the release of The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature! Taking down the Halloween decorations was a little depressing so throwing a little viewing party was in order to lift our spirits, which of course, it did. AND…what’s a party without some themed food, right? In order to keep with the theme of this fan favorite, I decided to use up some of that leftover Halloween candy (OMG there is SO much of it!) and make this Nutty By Nature Caramel Snickers Cake. This is a simple, light and fluffy white cake with white icing, caramel sauce, and chopped up Snickers bars. While the kids were watching the movie…I got to mixing, baking, and chopping.

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

The kids loved the movie and I enjoyed listening to the laughter from the other room. I’m looking forward to watching it myself (which is why, as a busy mom, I love owning movies on Blu-ray)! So, in a nutshell (pun intended), if you want to know what you’re in for, here’s a brief synopsis of the movie:

Surly Squirrel and the gang are back, returning to Liberty Park after they are forced to leave their easy life at the nut store. Getting back to nature is the last thing Surly wants to do, but when a greedy mayor decides to destroy the park to build an amusement park, Surly and his ragtag critter friends must band together to save the place they call home.

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

Speaking of busy moms, movie nights are my lazy simple way of showing my littles that I love them without doing a lot of work. I enjoy taking the time to make them homemade, themed treats, and the time we spend together as a family – either watching the movie or making the treats – is priceless. If you haven’t already, you really need to see The Nut Job 2, and you really need to own it. Lucky for you, it’s already available on digital from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment or you can wait to pick up your copy at your local big box store on November 14, 2017 on Blu-ray and DVD. Up to you! Now…let’s get back to this Caramel Snickers Cake!

Caramel Snickers Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • For the Cake:!
  • 1 box White Cake Mx
  • Ingredients needed to make cake using whole milk instead of water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Snickers Minis, roughly chopped
  • For the Frosting:!
  • 2 tbsp Whole Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Caramel Ice Cream Topping (more or less as desired)
Instructions
  1. For the cake:
  2. Prepare cake mix according to instructions using milk instead of water and adding in the extract. Bake according to package instructions. Set aside and let cool on rack prior to assembling double layer cake.
  3. For the frosting:
  4. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and beat on medium until you get the desired consistency.
  5. To assemble:
  6. Place one cooled cake (flat side down) on your platter and frost and cover the top with caramel, then chopped Snickers.
  7. Place other cake half on top (flat side down) and frost the entire cake.
  8. Drizzle as much, or as little, of the caramel syrup over the cake allowing it to go down the sides, sprinkle with the Snickers chunks, and garnish with Snicker Mini halves on the bottom if you'd like (as shown in the photo).

 

Caramel Snickers Cake: White cake with white frosting and caramel sauce topped with Snickers Minis and a surprise Snickers crunch layer in the middle.

You really need to make this Caramel Snickers Cake. One, because it’s so simple – and two, because your kids will love it. You also really need to make family movie night a regular thing if you don’t already. It’s economical, fun, and a well-needed bonding experience that you can easily fit into your busy schedule. The Gossett household highly recommends making The Nut Job 2 the star of your next movie night (which should be soon!). Want to find out more about the movie and the release? Follow along on Facebook and Instagram. Enjoy!