artsy-fartsy mama: November 2016

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles

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Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles made with International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer #DelightfulMoments

Planning a special breakfast for Christmas morning has become a fun little tradition for our family. Sometimes it's cinnamon rolls, other times it's Easy Breakfast Casserole. This year, I am planning on making some Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles with my secret ingredient, International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer!

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles made with International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer #DelightfulMoments

International Delight coffee creamers come in a variety of flavors for the holidays like my personal favorites: Sugar Cookie and Chocolate Hazelnut, as well as Peppermint Mocha, Salted Caramel Mocha, and Pumpkin Pie Spice!

You can find quart sized International Delight creamers in the refrigerated bins or in the dairy refrigerators at your local Walmart!

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles made with International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer #DelightfulMoments

Adding International Delight creamers to your morning cup of coffee or hot chocolate bring your beverages right into the holidays. But did you know that you can also use creamers as a delicious ingredient in your holiday recipes, too? Just substitute the milk in practically any recipe with your International Delight® favorites!

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles made with International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer #DelightfulMoments

The waffles are delicious on their own, but they are truly delightful when topped with a Sugar Cookie Glaze. It's the same consistency of syrup, but has the delectable taste of a sugar cookie! Your mouth will thank you and it's a breakfast even the pickiest of kids are sure to love.

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles made with International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer #DelightfulMoments

By adding creamer, you end up with a fluffier, richer waffle with a light hint of flavor to an otherwise ordinary batter. Plus, the smell in your kitchen while they are cooking is just scrumptious!

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles
Makes 4-6 waffles

Waffle Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 cup milk
¾ cup International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Glaze Ingredients:
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
¼+ cup International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer

1. Beat eggs until fluffy.
2. Add in all remaining ingredients and stir until smooth.
3. Preheat waffle iron and spray with non-stick spray.
4. Pour mix onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown with a slight crisp.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and coffee creamer until smooth.
*The glaze should be about the consistency of syrup. If you need to thin the glaze, add a tablespoon
  of creamer until you get to the right consistency. To thicken, add more powdered sugar.
6. Drizzle glaze over warm waffles. Top with sprinkles and whipped cream for a festive Christmas morning breakfast!

Fluffy Sugar Cookie Waffles made with International Delight® Sugar Cookie Coffee Creamer #DelightfulMoments

Have you ever used creamer in a creative way? Get inspired with all kinds of delicious ways you can use International Delight® Coffee Creamer - like this recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Spice Frappe!

Which seasonal coffee creamer flavor is your favorite?

DIY Christmas Countdown

Count down the days until Christmas with this DIY Christmas Countdown!

DIY Christmas Countdown

I decorate for Christmas with a different color scheme than the traditional red and green, so sometimes finding holiday decor in pinks, blues, purples and greens can be a little difficult. Instead, I create my own decor - like this fun Christmas Countdown I just made with a little help from Expressions Vinyl!

DIY Christmas Countdown

First, start with two 3x3" blocks and a 3.5x6.5x1.5" block. Sand the blocks until completely smooth. I also like to sand the edges and corners more to make them a little rounded.

DIY Christmas Countdown

Paint the blocks with white acrylic paint. I painted about 3 coats of paint, making sure each layer dried before adding the next. If you like a more worn/shabby look, sand the edges a bit and you can also put on a little bit of stain. I also spray painted a coat of clear gloss spray paint just to give it a little extra shine and to protect the paint.

DIY Christmas Countdown

While the paint dries, you can get your vinyl ready to cut! For my countdown, I used Lustre Vinyl in Magenta, and Heavy Metal Vinyl in Green Apple, Royal Blue, Purple, and Silver.

DIY Christmas Countdown

I typed up all the numbers and the "days until Christmas" in Design Space. When the design is ready, hit "GO". Stick the vinyl on a StandardGrip Mat, then cut out the numbers and "days until Christmas" on the Cricut Explore Air 2. If you are in a hurry, you can even select Fast Mode to cut up to 2x faster!!

DIY Christmas Countdown

The vinyl cut perfectly and weeded beautifully. I love how shimmery the Lustre Vinyl and Heavy Metal Vinyl are without being too overbearing. Usually I go straight for the Glitter Vinyl, but I wanted to try something different this time.

DIY Christmas Countdown

You'll need different sets of numbers on each block so you can create a two-digit number to count down to Christmas. On one block, put 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. On the other block, put 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8. To put the numbers on the block, I just peeled them off the backing and stuck them on like a sticker. No transfer tape needed (unless you really want to)!!

DIY Christmas Countdown

Speaking of transfer tape - if you don't have any or are running a little short, try this money-saving vinyl transfer hack to apply the "days until Christmas" vinyl! It works just like transfer tape and doesn't leave any sticky residue. It's great for small projects like this one.

DIY Christmas Countdown

And that's it! Such a quick and easy Christmas craft that you can make in an afternoon. Plus at Expressions Vinyl you can choose whatever vinyl you want in any color you need!

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Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

Family game nights happen pretty often at my house. I love how it brings my family together and gives us special moments that don't include television or staring at our phones. We are always looking for new and interesting games. Our newest favorite game is Hedbanz™ Electronic. It a the fast-paced, team-based electronic version of the quick-question game of "What Am I?". It is a perfect addition to family game night to get us all laughing!

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

Along with the electronic unit that doubles as the carrying case, the game comes with two headbands in red and blue. You also get a set of 80 cards including three categories: things, animals, and jobs, and some "Ask It" Question cards!

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

When you're done playing, storing the game is as simple as it gets. The game unit effortlessly holds each and every piece, including the headbands, to make clean-up convenient and uncomplicated! It's also easy to transport the game to grandma's or to take with you on vacation!

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

Players pick a partner, put on a headband and grab a card. In our little family of three it's hard to have partners. Instead, we take turns playing against each other! Players wear a "picture card" in their headband. They know the category, but not what's on the card. So then they quickly ask questions to figure out what they are.

This game is ideal for 7+, and my daughter absolutely loves playing it with us. It's not just fun, but I have also noticed that it has helped her with her adjectives that she is working on in school, as well as boosting her problem solving skills, spontaneity, cooperation and being a team player!

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

The game is equipped with an “Electronic Host” that determines which game mode will be played each round: Ask It, Do It, or Describe It. The Host not only directs the game, it also keeps track of time and your score so you don't have to!

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

When you Ask it, you are allowed to ask yes or no questions, for example: “Am I food?” “Am I a vegetable?” “Am I ketchup?”. You can also use the questions provided on the "Ask It" Questions Cards, which are great when you get stuck! To Describe it, you simply describe what is on the card without saying the actual words on the card. Do it means you get to act it out - get creative and be silly!

Family Game Night with Hedbanz Electronic #HedBanzElectronic #CG

Hedbanz™ Electronic is an ever-changing, exciting family game experience that is a must-have and a great gift idea! Be sure to check out the Hedbanz™ Electronic game on Amazon to get it for a great deal!

What are some of your favorite games to play as a family?

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Elf on the Shelf Ideas with Free Printable Calendar

Thanks to At Home for helping me make our Elf on the Shelf-ing even more fun this year! #AtHomeStores

Free Printable 30 Day Elf on the Shelf Calendar to plan your elf activities!

One of my favorite things at Christmastime is, of course, the sparkle of everything around us from freshly fallen snow to the decor. Now that I have a daughter, the thing I absolutely love most of all is seeing that sparkle of magic in her eyes. So, #MyReason for the holidays is bringing as much holiday magic into our home as possible with our Elf on the Shelf!

Our Elf, Ollie, is just as much fun (possibly more) for me to set up as it is for my daughter to find him and see what surprise he has for her each morning. I can totally relate to the last minute panic when I forget to move him, and I think I've been able to get a little bit of a handle on it by planning it all out on a calendar. I also visited At Home and got a lot of inspiration and supplies to make sure we have a fun holiday with Ollie.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

First, I found this "Let's Take an Elfie!" Hat and had a good laugh. It's the perfect gift for Ollie to bring to surprise my daughter, and I'm sure she is going to wear it all December long. Plus at only $4.99, it's definitely an affordable surprise to get this elfing season started off right!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

These Jeweled Frost deer and sleigh ornaments are gorgeous and cost only $3.99 each, but they aren't going to be on our tree...

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

They are the perfect size to fit an elf! It's going to be so awesome to set him up to look like he just flew in or is about ready to fly out for the night in that miniature sleigh and sparkling white reindeer! This would also be a great way for him to arrive with a little "I'm back" sign on the first night, or with a letter on Christmas Eve when he's about to head home alongside Santa!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

Making gingerbread houses are such a fun family holiday activity. Why not include the elf? Have him/her show up one morning with this Gingerbread Cottage Kit, which includes everything you need to make a fantastic house without the work of mixing and baking a single thing!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

My daughter has recently become fascinated with nutcrackers, so I grabbed one of these mini nutcracker ornaments for her to play with for a little while. Just for fun, I think we'll add a note to say something about Ollie bringing his Nutcracker friend and include some of his favorite nutty treats! Easy enough, right?

I saw this adorable Santa mug and it just needed to come home with me. If you haven't been to At Home, you'll see what I mean when you get there...

Ollie is going to show up with this awesome mug, a pack of cocoa, and of course a whole lot of marshmallows! Not only is this mug cute, but the "naughty" and "nice" is on chalkboard, so you/your elf can mark it off! It's also dishwasher and microwave safe, which is a huge bonus.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

As soon as I saw this Holiday Knit Sweater Ornament, I knew it was going to be perfect for Ollie. Everyone needs an ugly sweater for Christmas, right?

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

It fits the elf *perfectly*!! I can't stop laughing. And at only $3.99, this is a steal! Most Elf on the Shelf clothing that I've seen run at about $10 each. After seeing this on Ollie, I might have to go back and see what other sweater ornaments I can find!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

Since Ollie is going to and from the North Pole daily, I figured he could at least bring some gifts for the other toys! I found a small package of faux gifts that are just the right size for an early Christmas in the dollhouse. Barbies, Monster High Dolls, and a whole lot more are sure to be spoiled by the Elf this year!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

I have been searching for a Santa cookie plate for-ev-er, and spotted this adorable set. A glass plate and milk bottle just for Santa for only $9.99? Yes, please!

Elf on the Shelf Ideas and Inspiration #MyReason #AtHomeStores

On Christmas Eve morning, Ollie is going to show up with a cookie mix and this set so we can get ready for Santa to come that night. I can't wait to see my daughter's face when she sees this!!

Free Printable 30 Day Elf on the Shelf Calendar to plan your elf activities!

Now that I've given you a little inspiration, you can get started on your own family Elf on the Shelf tradition. If you're feeling overwhelmed, remind yourself that we are all in this together - and I have a free printable calendar with 30 ideas so all you have to do is set it up at night.

Free Printable 30 Day Elf on the Shelf Calendar to plan your elf activities!

If you don't like those ideas or have some creative ideas of your own after heading to At Home - no problem!! I've also got a blank calendar for you to fill out with all of your own ideas! Just print it off and have a wonderful time!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, or claim the design as your own.
*If you'd like to share this project, credit MUST be given and linked back to this post.

Does your family have an Elf? My friends at At Home and I would love to hear what makes you excited for the holiday season!

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party, and Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so grateful that you are here and hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

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It's always hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

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Soda Crate Hot Cocoa Bar & Free Printable Sign by Blesser House
Grinch Hot Chocolate by Cooking with Curls
Cinnamon Stick Place Cards by The Cofran Home
Homemade Caramel Sauce by Simple Sweet Recipes
Easy Chocolate Ganache by The Gracious Wife
Reindeer Candy Tins by Gluesticks
Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows by Money Saving Queen
Free Printable Advent Calendar by A Bird and a Bean

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Top 5 Must-Have Tech Gifts

Top 5 Must-Have Tech Gifts at #HPonQVC #HPSprocket

Whether you're looking for some awesome tech ideas for the ones on your list or are shopping for yourself, I've got some great tech gift ideas that are bound to help you out. There's something for everyone on this Top 5 Must-Have Tech Gifts for 2016!

1. HP 15 Notebook PC

HP 15 Notebook PC  #HPonQVC

Laptops are always a fantastic gift idea, and you can score a killer deal on a powered-up HP 15 Notebook PC! The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors; minty green and soft lilac.
HP 15 Notebook PC  #HPonQVC

During QVC’s Best Black Friday™ Sale weekend, this HP 15 Notebook PC will be at the lowest price of the season! You can wait until it's features on November 26th, OR you can get it for the sale price right now! Visit to get this new HP 15 Notebook PC before it sells out!

2. HP Sprocket Photo Printer

Live it - Love it - Print it: Sprocket was made to go wherever you do, to help you easily print and share your favorite moments!

HP Sprocket Photo Printer #HPSprocket

HP recently launched their newest, incredibly fun 2x3” smartphone printer. This compact photo printer was made to go wherever you do! It easily fits into any bag, so you can create 2x3-inch stickable snapshots whenever the moment strikes. This is the perfect little printer to use for yourself, or use Bluetooth® connectivity so everyone can print their favorite moments from their smartphones or tablets at parties, weddings, and school functions!

Download the free HP Sprocket App to customize your photos with frames, text, borders, emojis, and more. Add a pop of personality for snapshots and stickers that are totally and uniquely you!

Buy the HP Sprocket from HP, Amazon, or Best Buy.

3. HP ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper

Easily start printing photos to share with family and friends! Original HP ZINK® sticky-backed photo paper is made specially for the HP Sprocket Photo Printer and designed to ensure you get bright, glossy photos with vibrant colors every time you print.

HP ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper #HPSprocket

With HP ZINK® Photo Paper, you can now print your favorite moments into 2x3" smudge-free, colorful, stickable snapshots. The second your prints leave the printer, they’re dry, smudge-proof, water resistant, and tear-resistant. Personalize your bag, scrapbook, or anything in between with stickable photos of selfies and memories!

HP ZINK Sticky-Backed Photo Paper #HPSprocket

Print, peel, and stick instant-dry stickable snapshots by simply peeling off the back of your prints and your photos become instant stickers! This is the ideal gift for people who snap photos on their phones and would like printed photos of their favorite moments to give to friends and decorate items or spaces.

Buy the HP ZINK® Sticky-backed Photo Paper at HP, Amazon, and Best Buy.

4. HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer

For those who want to produce great-quality photos and projects affordably, the HP Envy All-in-One's easy mobile printing and scanning options makes it a gift that will save both time and money.

HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer - a must-have gift idea!

Print photo projects, or scan and copy documents using the 2.2-inch graphics touchscreen display. You'll also get connected quickly with easy setup to start printing lab-quality photos and laser-quality documents in fewer steps. You can also manage printing tasks and scan from your mobile devices with a free HP All-in-One Printer Remote mobile app!

Printing remotely is convenient and worry-free. The printer has an auto-deploying output tray to keep your pages from landing on the floor. There's also a built-in photo tray so you can print 4x6-inch photos in brilliant color without changing paper! Speaking of paper, you'll even save money on paper! Easily print up to 12 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white and 8 ppm for color, and consume up to 50% less paper with easy automatic two-sided printing.

Buy the HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer from HPAmazon, or Best Buy.

5. HP Instant Ink

Never run out. Cancel anytime. Adjust as you go. Get ink delivered to your door for as low as $2.99 a month!

This is the gift that keeps on giving for those who are always printing. No need to visit retail stores to purchase replacement ink cartridges - the ink comes right to your door. With enrollment in HP Instant Ink, your printer lets HP know when your ink is running low. It automatically orders more for you, so you’ll be sure to get replacement ink before you run out!

There are three easy plans to choose from (shipping and recycling included):
  1. Occasional printing: $2.99/month
  2. Moderate printing: $4.99/month
  3. Frequent printing: $9.99/month
All you have to do is connect your compatible HP printer, and choose which HP Instant Ink plan works best for you. You can easily downgrade, upgrade and cancel anytime for free!

What do you think of these 5 Must-Have Tech Gifts?

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