When I was in Elementary School, I always begged my mom to make chocolate Christmas mice for my school Christmas party.
All of my friends thought they were so cool, and I thought I was an artist while I was making them. If we were really being festive, we would put them in a container and set them up to look like real Christmas mice.
Seriously though, look how cute they are. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Blogmas Day 12!
12 Maraschino cherries with stems
1/2 cup chocolate bark
12 Hershey kisses
24 almond slices
1/8 cup white chocolate bark (for the eyes)
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Melt chocolate bark in a bowl according to instructions on the package
3. Dip each cherry into the melted chocolate and then lay onto the paper.
4. Take a chocolate kiss and place it (flat side, opposite end of the stem) of the chocolate cherry
5. Place 2 almond slices between the cherry and the kiss to create ears
6. Place in refrigerator for 5 minutes.
7. Melt white chocolate in microwave according to instruction on package
8. Take a toothpick and draw eyes on the mice with the chocolate
And then you have a super cute snack that was super easy to make!
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It’s the holiday season, and if you are an adult (whether you like it or not), you will probably be hosting holiday guests.
I make an effort to be the best host, and here are a few tips to make your home comfortable for your guests.
Put out Fresh Sheets and Linens
If you have a guest bathroom, bedroom or even a pull out sofa, make sure all of your linens are clean and fresh to make sure your guests feel comfortable!
When I start to clean for guests, I put all of the sheets, pillowcases, and towels into the washer. I always use fabric softener to give them a new scent!
While I am cleaning, the linens are cleaning – so it is so simple and requires little effort! I have a spray bottle of water and lavender essential oil that I use as a linen spray. This keeps all of the towels and sheets smelling extremely clean.
If you have old pillows, you can also wash them with a couple of tennis balls to freshen them up as well!
Add New Clean Scents
No one wants their guests to catch a bad smell, so I always put solid air fresheners strategically around my house.
I love to use cinnamon-apple scents during Christmastime because it is so seasonal and jolly. I put them in the laundry room, inside of trash cans, and drawers.
These are great because they are not a fire hazard, the smell great, and they absorb odor.
Put out Poo~Pourri to Help your Guests
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One of the worst things about going to other people’s homes is when you have to go number 2. I am always so afraid I’ll stink up the whole house (even though I know we are all human and have stunk up a bathroom or two in our lives)!
I started keeping Poo~Pourri in my house a few years ago after trying it at my friends. It all started after I had visited a friend from college for the weekend, and guess what – I had to poo. I discretely went to the bathroom, turned on the water and I needed to do a number 2.
Of course, I didn’t expect it to smell great, and as I was panicking, I saw the container of Poo~Pourri on top of the toilet and read the instructions. I gave the toilet a few spritz, did my business, and there was no scent! I saw the spray later at Bed Bath and Beyond, and I have kept my bathroom stocked ever since!
Plus, look out for special coupons on one item at Bed Bath and Beyond’s website before heading out to shop or shopping online.
In order to make it work, spray into the toilet bowl BEFORE you go. Poo~Pourri’s pure blend of NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS creates a film on the surface of the water. The protective barrier traps odor under the surface – before it ever begins!
This holiday season, Poo~Pourri has created special gift packages that are adorable! You can use them for yourself, or they can make amazing presents for your host – they will think its practical and hilarious!
I am throwing a Christmas party, and I am going home for Christmas, so I will need Poo~Pourri for both places!
The Holiday Poo~Pourri Pull-Apart Gift Set comes with the special holiday scents Merry Spritzmas® and Secret Santa. I have the classic Lavender Vanilla for my home, but the gift set will be going to my mother!
My favorite of the holiday scents is Merry Spritzmas®, a combination of Peppermint (my favorite), Vanilla and Citrus. It is the perfect scent for Christmas, and it reminds me of Christmas morning!
Put out Special Toiletries
I am always getting mini-size of so many toiletries, so I like to display them in my guest bathroom for everyone to use! I put them in a clear container on the sink, and I am always adding new, cool stuff!
Buy/Make their Favorite Snacks
My mom loves scones, so whenever she visits, I always have to make her some (or buy her some)! She always gets so excited, and for her, it never gets old.
If you really want to be a good host, personalization is everything. Plus, I love the feeling of bringing a little holiday cheer to my guests.
Make Sure You Have Adequate Entertainment
If you are going to be hosting guests for a few days, you want to make sure you have something for them to do!
I love to keep a plethora of board games and cards. Also, I have the luxury of living in Waco, so I can always bring guests to the Magnolia Silos.
Before my sisters lived with me, I always planned fun cooking projects for them – like gingerbread or ice cream making. The main point is that you don’t want to be just sitting at the house, bored.
Add Comfort to the Guest Space
One of my favorite things about visiting my grandparents when I was a kid was they always had a room ready for me – just the way I like it!
Before guests arrive, I make sure the TV in the guest room is set up, and I put a spare iPhone charger in the room.
If it is a long stay, I clear out a drawer or two that they can use if they want to! No matter how much I love to be around my loved ones, I love to have me time. When my host makes my space more personal, it really helps me calm down and relax!
I always want the same thing for my houseguests!
Get Rid of Allergens
One thing people often forget is that other people are allergic to things in your house! I have two long-haired dogs, so pet hair is a constant problem.
A few ways to help eliminate allergens is to get an allergen eliminating spray, change your air filter, and take a lint roller to your furniture.
They make special air filters that are just for eliminating allergens. My best friend is allergic to dogs, so I keep a special bottle of allergy medicine for her too!
Clean up your Outdoor Space
If you have an outdoor space, it is perfect for entertaining – as long as it is well maintained! Before you have guests, make sure your lawn is mowed and treated for bugs!
I also clean up my favorite entertaining items – like my fire pit and my grill.
Keeping your outdoor space clean really opens up options for your guests!
Deep Clean your Floors
I am the first to admit that I don’t like sweeping, and I often go a week or two without doing it (even though I have a bad dog hair problem).
When cleaning my home for guests, I do a deep cleaning on my floors.
For my hardwood floors, I sweep it once, and then I use a tool to pick up dog hair. And to make sure I get everything, I take the vacuum to the floor.
Afterwards, I use hot water and hardwood floor cleaner to get the floors shiny!
For my carpet, I double vacuum it. I also get a wand and vacuum all of baseboards.
The reason I love the holidays is because of all the Christmas traditions that come with them! As a kid, it was the traditions that I looked forward to.
Now that I have a little household of three (my sisters), I am trying to continue our family traditions at home. If you are looking to start traditions of your own, here is a good list to start.
Pajamas on Christmas Eve
Growing up, we all got to open one present under the tree on Christmas Eve – and every year, it was pajamas. My parents got us all pajamas so that we would have new matching pajamas in all of our Christmas morning photos.
Every time we look through photos or videos, you can always see us in our pajamas.
Lately, I have even seen people open Christmas Eve kits with pajamas, a movie, and popcorn – if you really want to go all out.
Hiding the Pickle in the Tree
At my grandma’s house, we would always eat, open up all of our presents and then go on the pickle hunt.
The pickle was a family tradition that always got a little rowdy. My grandmother would make us all leave the room and hide the pickle in the tree. We would all then race into the living room and practically destroy the tree looking for the pickle.
First one to find the pickle won the special pickle prize. We had two pickle hunts, one for kids and one for adults. Being the family of 7, we always had the unfair advantage and brought most of the pickle gift home.
Still, it’s a really fun tradition to start (just don’t be too attached to your Christmas decorations).
I never got advent calendars until I got older, but now I love them (check out this DIY one)! The one we had growing up was full of ornaments that we would put on the tree each day.
As an adult, I have been buying myself a chocolate advent calendar every year – but there are so many more things to choose from! One year, I bought 25 envelopes and stuffed them with little gifts to give my sisters each day.
You can also buy gift advent calendars that are catered to people’s hobbies. There are stationary, beauty, food, whiskey and all sorts of other types of advent calendars.
Making Christmas Candies
My nana and papa always make a plethora of Christmas candy during the holidays. They make fudge, homemade turtles, hard candy, puppy show, “Bowman Candy”, peanut patties and so much more.
We would always go over to help make the candy – and eat it too! We would make enough to eat on the candy all month long (side note: this is probably why I was a chubby kiddo).
Putting out Food for the Reindeer
Honestly, I have been a huge fan of Santa. I am not really a people person. However, I am a huge animal person.
Every year for Christmas, I would ask for one reindeer. I would beg him for just a plain reindeer – it didn’t need to be anyone from the song.
As you can imagine, I never got my reindeer – but I did make reindeer food every year. Just put together bird seed and cheerios and sprinkle it around the yard on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Light Viewing
My sister and I loved looking at Christmas lights during the holiday season!
We would all pile into our car and drive around town (usually the fancy neighborhoods), and check out all the pretty lights.
It was always super fun – and free (unless you go to a big event).
I am not much of a cocktail drinker because I much more of a fan of beer and wine. However, I love whiskey – so I am always trying to cook up new recipes at my home bar! To get with the spirit, I created a Pomegranate Whiskey Sour.
This recipe is easy to make – if you don’t count having to separate the pomegranate seeds. That is the worst job ever – 0/10 recommend.
However, it has a great taste and is perfect for any holiday party – which is why I made this recipe Blogmas day 9!
This recipe serves two, but you can easily double it to serve four! Or 10 Pomegranate Whiskey Sours…
Pomegranate Simple Syrup:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup sugar
2 ounces lemon juice (2 lemons)
4 ounces bourbon whiskey
2 ounces pomegranate syrup
1. Make syrup by heating water and sugar until all sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add pomegranate seeds, and allow to cool completely.
2. Put pomegranate mixture in a blender and then strain through mesh strainer. Make sure the strainer is fine enough to keep the chopped up pieces from going in your mix! Keep the pink liquid and throw away the seeds.
3. To make the cocktail, combine bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and pomegranate syrup in a shaker with ice. I think this drink taste great served with two ice cubes!