Happy Sunday! I hope you are all having a fabulous first weekend in December. The Christmas season is suddenly in full swing, and while I feel like I was a little slow to get going, after putting up our tree yesterday I am definitely now feeling the holiday spirit! There is just something a little magical about turning the lights down low & listening to Christmas music while sipping hot cocoa under the tree. Have you put up your decorations yet?

By the way, you haven’t already, there is still time to join our Stress Free Christmas Challenge! Each day you’ll receive a short but encouraging video & challenge sent straight to your inbox, and when you register you will also receive our Holiday Planning Guide. Both are fabulous resources for keeping your schedule and budget under control, and for staying focused on what matters most. Oh, and it’s all free!

But now on to the good stuff. Here is what I loved this week:

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There were a ton of great ideas for holiday entertaining. These Chicken & Waffles with Creamy Havarti & Cranberry Compote from Blue Crab Martini would be a fun appetizer for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party!


These Asparagus Tomato Parmesan Squares from Confessions of an Overworked Mom look absolutely delicious as well!


  These Cranberry and White Chocolate Streusal Muffins from Annie’s Noms would make a yummy make-ahead breakfast for Christmas morning.


Of course this Gingerbread & Eggnog Monkey Bread from Kleinworth & Co. sounds pretty incredible too!


The Seasoned Mom shares her recipe for Cinnamon Date and Nut Mini Loaves that are packed with seasonal flavors and would make perfect gifts for teachers, neighbors and co-workers.


And speaking of sweet gifts, this Homemade Toffee Crunch from Faith Filled Food for Moms only takes 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make!


These Candy Cane Chocolate Mousse Macaroon Cups from With a Blast are so pretty! My girls would totally love these!

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This 10 Minute No Bake Peppermint Pie from Living Chic on the Cheap is my kind of dessert. Simple, fast, and EASY!


There were also a ton of great craft and DIY projects linked up this week. These Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments from Saving the Family Money would be a perfect afternoon activity to do with the kids!


One Beautiful Home has a free printable fill in the blank Letter to Santa. This is awesome for kids of all ages!


These Free Printable Christmas Coupons from My Love for Words can be personalized for your spouse and kids!


These Gift Card Holders from Laura’s Stamp Pad are so adorable and easy to make!


These super cute Holiday Stenciling projects from Sue’s Creative Workshop can be made in minutes!


These Simple Holiday Yarn Trees from Made in a Day can be made with materials you probably already have around the house!


 Simply Beautiful provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make this Sweater Stocking.


Moving onto ways to save money during this holiday season. The Budget Mama has 4 Ways to Give Without Spending Money! I love number 3!


These 10 Free & Thoughtful Gift Ideas from The Family Balance Sheet are so clever! I’m working on number 6 today!


Finally, Practical Stewardship has over 20 Advent Calendar and Advent Activities for you and your family to enjoy!


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What did you love this week?

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