Quick and easy New Year’s Eve treat cone

Looking for something fun to give your guests on New Year’s Eve, but don’t want to spend too much time or effort? This quick and easy cone is for you!

New year cone

Fill it with favorite candy, some sparklers and poppers, and you are set to ring in the new year at midnight. The size of the paper will determine how much you can fit in, I used a small origami paper, so I couldn’t fit in much, but a larger paper could hold tons of fun!

I simply rolled it to a cone shape, and taped the edge with glitter tape. I also used a metallic pen to write 2015 on the paper. It’s a really easy, but fun, way to surprise your guests! I mean, who wouldn’t love their own cone of candy and fireworks to welcome the new year?!

Cookie Christmas Tree

My mom and I had fun the other day making this Christmas tree out of sugar cookies. We actually made one before, over 20 years ago, with not as lovely results as this time around. It’s really fun and easy to make, we used the Wilton Cookie Tree Cutter Kit, which has a great sugar cookie recipe in it (and some other fun tips too) and all the star cookie cutters needed.

Cookie Christmas Tree

We “glued” the layers together with Royal Icing. We decorated using icing in a can in green, and added cute mini M&Ms to look like ornaments, and some colored sugar to finish it off.

And of course, there was a lot of taste testing and cookie eating in the process. :)

Wait, Christmas is next week?

Baby in her Christmas outfit

Is it just me, or did everyone else also think we still had a whole week between now and Christmas? Luckily I am done with our gift shopping, and am now just having a bit of fun with baking (something cute which I will share soon).

Still, I got my holly jolly feelings a bit early this year (mid October) and they have since left. I’m not feeling particularly Christmas like. We also have had warm weather instead of snow, which I think makes it feel more like fall than December.

What do you do to get in the holiday mood?

Kurandza review and giveaway

I am excited to share this amazing company with you today. Kurandza partners with women artisans in Mozambique, in southeastern Africa. In addition to receiving fair wages for their beautiful handmade pieces, profits from sales go back to the women in the form of scholarships, trainings, facility development, and social programs.

elephant

The name “Kurandza” is the word “to love” in Changana, the local language. And I really loved the adorable elephant ornament and the lovely Christmas stocking that they sent for our review! One lucky reader will get the stocking too (be sure to enter at the end of this post)!

Ornaments aren’t for sale on the site, but you can a free ornament on all orders over $50! If you are still searching for the perfect gift, earrings and bracelets from Kurandza would be a unique and thoughtful choice.

Kurandza earrings

I love that you can purchase something handmade that helps women make their lives better! Style with purpose! Having seen the ornament and the stocking, I can say that they are well made and I am sure that the jewelry would be as well. I also really love the variety of colors and patterns that are available. Each piece is truly unique.

stocking We are giving away this Christmas stocking to one lucky winner. To enter, visit the Kurandza website and have a look around at the bracelets and earrings, then simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite. The giveaway will end on December 20th at midnight MST. Winner will be contacted by email after the giveaway ends.

Thanks to Kurandza for providing the ornament, and the stocking, for our review and giveaway.

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