A Sparkle of Genius 2014-12-18T02:30:30Z http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/feed/atom Melissa Au <![CDATA[Have you seen the new trailer for Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT? #InsideOut]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11758 2014-12-18T02:30:30Z 2014-12-18T02:30:30Z I always get so nerdy excited when new trailer’s come out for Disney/Pixar movies.  Have you seen the new trailer for Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT?  This trailer CRACKS me up and definitely shows the difference between guys and girls! (Don’t tell my husband that I said that!) “What is it woman?? WHAT??”  Hilarious.  Unfortunately we have […]

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I always get so nerdy excited when new trailer’s come out for Disney/Pixar movies.  Have you seen the new trailer for Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT?  This trailer CRACKS me up and definitely shows the difference between guys and girls! ;) (Don’t tell my husband that I said that!) “What is it woman?? WHAT??”  Hilarious.  Unfortunately we have to wait all the way until June 19th of NEXT YEAR but for now, here are some serious laughs for you.  This one is going to be a winner!

INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015!  P.s.  “That was a disaster.” I’m still laughing!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Make your own Santa Holiday Gift Tag]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11752 2014-12-17T23:30:18Z 2014-12-17T23:30:18Z I love my Cricut!  My Cricut machine allows me to “appear” a lot more creative than I actually am.  :)  I was going to buy gift tags this year and I was doing a Cricut craft and realized that I could easily make my own gift tags and save money.  I feel like making things […]

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I love my Cricut!  My Cricut machine allows me to “appear” a lot more creative than I actually am.  :)  I was going to buy gift tags this year and I was doing a Cricut craft and realized that I could easily make my own gift tags and save money.  I feel like making things your self make them more personalized and more special.  Pair this gift tag with Santa paper and you have a really cute wrapped gift!

What you need
Cricut Machine
Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge
Joys of the Season Cartridge
Red Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Glue
Elmer’s Gold Painters Pen

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Make your own Santa Holiday Gift Tag

Directions

1. With your Cricut Machine Cut out desired amount of ornaments on Red card stock. I cut out 6 on one sheet of card stock.
2. Cut out Belts on Black Card Stock. You could get around 16 on one sheet.
3. Glue Belt onto red ornament.
4. With Elmer’s Gold Painters Pen, draw dots around center of belt.

It is as easy as that!  I hope that you enjoy making your own Santa holiday gift tag!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Peppermint Ice Cream Pie]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11741 2014-12-17T22:17:07Z 2014-12-17T22:17:07Z   I love this Peppermint Ice Cream Pie recipe because not only is it INCREDIBLY delicious, but it is really easy to make.  Often when I need to bring a dessert somewhere and I don’t have a lot of time, I will buy this ingredients for this pie and have one of my kids make […]

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I love this Peppermint Ice Cream Pie recipe because not only is it INCREDIBLY delicious, but it is really easy to make.  Often when I need to bring a dessert somewhere and I don’t have a lot of time, I will buy this ingredients for this pie and have one of my kids make it.  It is always a big hit though because it is full of delicious flavor.  Note: You can replace the Ice Cream flavor in this pie for your favorite Ice Cream (and omit the peppermint).  Enjoy!

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Peppermint Ice Cream Pie Ingredients:
Chocolate Pie Crust
Peppermint Ice Cream
Chocolate Chips
Candy Canes
Whipped Cream

Directions

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1.  Mix Entire container of Peppermint Ice Cream and Whipped Cream together until completely mixed.  IceCreamandPeppermint

2.  I like a little added crunch in my pie so I mix in 2 crushed Candy Canes. Combine until completely mixed.

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3. Pour over Chocolate Pie Crust and Put in freezer to harden.

4.  Crush 2 more candy canes and set aside.

5.  Melt chocolate chips in microwave according to package directions.  I cook on half power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted.

6.  Drizzle chocolate completely over the top of the Peppermint Ice Cream Pie and then top with crushed candy canes.

7.  Return to Freezer until chocolate layer is hardened and pie is set.

Enjoy!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[ProFlowers Holiday White Christmas Tree and A white Christmas Centerpiece]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11732 2014-12-18T00:07:01Z 2014-12-17T21:40:54Z   I received the ProFlowers Holiday White Christmas Tree and A white Christmas Centerpiece for review.  All opinions are my own. I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.  Normally and Christmastime these words don’t even cross my mind.  I live in Utah and winters are typically very cold.  For some strange reason, this year, there is no […]

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I received the ProFlowers Holiday White Christmas Tree and A white Christmas Centerpiece for review.  All opinions are my own.

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas.  Normally and Christmastime these words don’t even cross my mind.  I live in Utah and winters are typically very cold.  For some strange reason, this year, there is no snow on the ground.  The weather has been in the 40′s and report doesn’t show snow in the next week.  Where the weather has been beautiful, there is something about Christmas and snow that go hand in hand.  Luckily, I was able to visit the White Christmas Collection at Proflowers and bring that into my home.  Whatever your decorating style is at Christmas time, ProFlowers has such a beautiful collection to meet your needs.  I was excited to be able to review two items from the White Christmas Collection but had a hard time choosing because each piece was unique and absolutely beautiful.  There is something about flowers, wreaths and garland that really make the holidays extra special. I had the opportunity to review the White Christmas Tree and A white Christmas Centerpiece.

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I was very impressed with the White Christmas Christmas Centerpiece because it was stunning right out of the box. The tulips were already so beautiful and I was excited to display them.  I love white tulips and I really feel that the color brings in the Christmas spirit. You receive your flowers wrapped like in the photo above with the instructions to put them in water for a few hours before displaying them.  You also receive flower food to keep your flowers fresh.  I love tulips, they have always been one of my favorite flowers and this bouquet really is stunning.

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This set comes with 25 white tulips, 5 stems of pine and a sparkly  snowflake pick for a really festive feel. I loved the addition of the stems of pine because I felt that it made it feel and smell so much for Christmasy.  This piece makes a beautiful centerpiece to your holiday table or would be an amazing gift to a family or friend.

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Here is a close up of the flowers so you can see how beautiful they are.  I thought they were beautiful when I first received them, but somehow they managed to look more full and more beautiful every day.  I have now had them for 6 days and they still look just as nice as the day that I received them.  I love adding a flower display that brings in an added holiday touch to my home.

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The White Christmas Tree was probably my favorite thing that I reviewed.  It was really really pretty and looked great right out of the box.  This is a 16″ – 18″ European Cypress Christmas tree that you can decorate and display.  You receive a Fair Isle Tin to keep it in, 12 mini ornaments and a strand of lights.  It was fast and easy to decorate and really added so much more festive spirit to the tree.  My kids loved being able to put up the mini ornaments.  With this set you receive 6 mini angels and 6 sparkly snowflakes.  I was tempted to not decorate it because I loved how pretty it looked right out of the box, but once it was decorated I loved it even more!

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Doesn’t it look beautiful!  I found the perfect place on my front porch to display my White Christmas Tree so my neighbors could see it and enjoy it, too.  This comes with repotting instructions so you can keep it beyond these holidays!

There are some many beautiful items in the White Christmas Collection!  I definitely recommend both the White Christmas Tree and A white Christmas Centerpiece but know that you will love them all!  You can check their whole selection out online at: ProFlowers White Christmas Collection

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Make your own Candy Sleigh]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11727 2014-12-17T20:58:20Z 2014-12-17T20:58:20Z   This is a really cute craft that you can build while you are making your Gingerbread houses. My kids love making things to go along with their house and this was a fun way to use candy that we already had.  If you don’t want to make  it for your Gingerbread house this can […]

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This is a really cute craft that you can build while you are making your Gingerbread houses. My kids love making things to go along with their house and this was a fun way to use candy that we already had.  If you don’t want to make  it for your Gingerbread house this can also make these really fast and your kids can give them to their friends in their classroom.

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Make your own Candy Sleigh

What you need

2 Candy Canes

Mini Kit Kat

Hershey’s Christmas Bells Chocolates

Eraser or any holiday figure

Ribbon

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1.  Put tape on the bottom of your kitkat and attach the two candy canes.  Make sure curves of Candy Canes are facing up.

1.  Tape Bell onto top of KitKat.

3. Tie ribbon around the bottom of the Candy Cane to above the bell and tie a bow.

4.  Tape Gingerbread man against the bell!

 

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[JewelScent Review]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11718 2014-12-17T05:32:13Z 2014-12-17T05:32:13Z I received a selection of product from JewelScent.  All opinions are my own. I have heard a lot of people talk about the rings that they got inside of a candle and was always intrigued by the idea.  It seemed really fun to receive a prize inside your beautiful smelling candle.  :)  We are a […]

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I received a selection of product from JewelScent.  All opinions are my own.

I have heard a lot of people talk about the rings that they got inside of a candle and was always intrigued by the idea.  It seemed really fun to receive a prize inside your beautiful smelling candle.  :)  We are a baseball family and love getting cracker jacks at ball games.  It is always fun to see what your Cracker Jack prize is.  Each item that you receive from JewelScent has its own fun prize inside! At JewelScent you can find scents, candles, wax tarts, aroma beads, bath and body products and each comes with a hidden jewel valued between $10-$7500.  How amazing would it be to find an $7500 ring inside your candle! :)

I received three different items for review.  I receive a Natural Soy Blend Candle, Aroma Beads and Luxury soap.  I have to admit, I was a little impatient with this review because I was SO excited to see what my rings looked like.  :)

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I loved the smell of the Luxe Collection Soy Blend Candle.  I asked specifically for a holiday scent and this Autumn candle is perfect.  Is has a great scent and fills your room with fantastic holiday smells. I have found that even when the candle is not lit, my house still has the great smell which makes the candle last a really long time.  A great smelling, long lasting candle AND a ring?  Seriously, does it get any better than that? Here is the ring that I found inside my candle:

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My daughter quickly claimed this ring and thought it was so beautiful!  I thought it was pretty but not a style I would personally wear.  This ring  has an Appraised Value of $10.

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The Citrus Pomegranate Aroma Beads smell amazing!  I had thought when I first received these that they were bath beads, but they are not.  They are made to be used like potpourri and used in your luggage, closet, wardrobe, in your car or other small space. I put the beads on a pretty tray and leave them in my bathroom so my bathroom is always smelling nice! Here is the ring I got in my Aroma Beads.AromaBeadsRingThis was my favorite ring that I received.  It is one that I would wear and I thought that it was really pretty.  Unfortunately it was too big for my finger, though.  I was very impressed with this find and love to learn that it had an appraised Value of $61.JewelScentSoapThe last item I reviewed was the Moroccan Argan Oil Luxury Soap.  I love how this soap smells and how it feels.  It leaves your hands feeling so soft and smelling good.  This definitely feels Luxury and is probably one of my favorite products.  Here is the ring that I received in my soap:
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I thought this was another beautiful ring and I was excited to find it!  It had an appraised Value of $60.

JewelScent product make a fantastic holiday gift, many of which would fit in a stocking.  If you are looking for the perfect gift for that special lady or a jewelry loving friend, you will love JewelScent! Where the rings I received were not my size, I was very impressed by the quality, style and beauty of the designs.  I definitely would find this a really fun gift to receive and really enjoyed my JewelScent Review! For more information and to see all of the scents and products they offer, you can visit them online at http://www.jewelscent.com/.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[My favorite Banana Bread Recipe #sweetswaps]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11702 2014-12-17T04:47:03Z 2014-12-17T04:45:29Z   This post is part of the SPLENDA® 365 SWEET SWAPS ™ blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Did you know that Experts recommend that women consume […]

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Did you know that Experts recommend that women consume less than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily, but the average American eats 22.2 teaspoons!!!!  Yikes.  When I look back at what I eat during the day, I see that I am probably guilt of having way too much sugar.  I just love my sweets so much!  :)  Luckily, I have a solution to this problem.  SPLENDA®.  A few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have even considered SPLENDA®.  I had never tried it before but I assumed that because it didn’t have the higher calories that it wouldn’t taste any good.  I was challenged to bake my favorite recipe and replace the sugar with America’s No. 1 no-calorie sweetener, SPLENDA®. My go to favorite recipe is Banana Bread so I decided to give it a try.

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As part of this challenge I received a selection of SPLENDA® product to try in my recipes.  This included:

  • Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Packets
  • Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • Splenda No Calorie Sweetener Flavors for Coffee, French Vanilla
  • Splenda Sugar Blend*
  • Splenda Brown Sugar Blend*

The two Splenda products that I used in my banana bread recipe were the Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated and the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend.

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I was completely caught off guard by the Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated.  It has almost a weightless powder like texture.  The bag was very light compared to sugar.  I tasted it before cooking and was surprised to see that it tasted great without any kind of after taste.  When baking with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener you measure cup-for-cup just like you would with sugar.  The great part, is that it contains 678 calories LESS than sugar on a cup-for cup basis!  Wow!

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The Splenda Brown Sugar Blend packs into a cup just like traditional brown sugar and is full of delicious sweet flavor. This is a mix of brown sugar and SPLENDA Brand Sweetener.  When replacing with Splenda Brown Sugar Blend you use a half of a cup instead of a full cup which gives you half the sugar.   The recipe that I use calls for both sugar and brown sugar so I replaced with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated and the Splenda Brown Sugar Blend.  Here is my Banana Bread Recipe.  I hope you like it!

Banana Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 cup Softened Butter
9 mashed bananas
4 Eggs
1 t. vanilla
2½ cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp salt
Directions

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1.  Mix Bananas and sugars until well blended.

2.  Add vanilla, softened butter and eggs and mix.

3.  Stir in dry ingredients. Your batter will look like the photo below when mixed.  Batter may be lumpy.

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4.  Pour mixture in pan sprayed with cooking spray.  I baked mine in a loaf as well as mini loaves. (My mini loaves are actually the Wilton Twinkies pan)

MiniBread   5.  Bake loaf at 325 degrees for 50 minutes and mini loafs for 20 minutes.  As always, oven temperatures vary so you may need to give or take a few minutes. I love eating my banana bread warm out of the oven but it tastes delicious cold, too.

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If you are like me, you spend a lot of time baking holiday treats for family and friends.  This Banana Bread recipe is a perfect holiday treat.  Wrap it up, tie it with some ribbon and add a gift tag for a beautiful and tasty gift!

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I didn’t tell my husband that his favorite Banana Bread recipe was made with Splenda.  He was very excited to eat some banana bread and gobbled it down, telling me how delicious it was at always.  I then broke the news to him that I had replaced all of the sugar with Splenda and he was VERY impressed!  Healthy living is very important to him so he was happy to find an option where we could still enjoy some of our holiday treats.  There is nothing better than enjoying a slice of banana bread knowing that you made the smart and delicious choice to reduce the added sugar and calories with Splenda Sweetener Products!

For more information or delicious recipes go to www.SPLENDA.com.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Three tips to getting the perfect New Years Eve Look #KissedByCOVERGIRL]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11690 2014-12-16T06:26:30Z 2014-12-16T06:15:38Z This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. I love New Years Eve.  There is something exciting about starting the New Year out with a Party.  Parties are always fun and exciting and I find that it helps me to feel more motivated and positive for the New Year.  I love being able to dress up […]

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I love New Years Eve.  There is something exciting about starting the New Year out with a Party.  Parties are always fun and exciting and I find that it helps me to feel more motivated and positive for the New Year.  I love being able to dress up for a holiday party and getting that perfect look.  Here are Three tips to getting the perfect New Years Eve Look.

Red Brand Image_120820141352141.  Nothing seems to dress you up for than the perfect lip color.  When I am going to a New Years Eve party I tend to go bolder in color than I normally would.  I think that a nice red bold color really looks nice and very elegant.  This will take your holiday look to the next level.  With COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick you can find the perfect color for your outfit with their great selection of 36 different shades! Note: Walmart.com will only list 9 available shades, but all 36 shades will be available in your local Walmart store so I recommend going in stores for a larger selection.  There are so many beautiful colors to chose from. Whether you want smooth nudes, rich reds, yummy plums, luscious pinks you can find the perfect look.  I went with the Succulent Cherry for my perfect holiday look and was able to find my New COVERGIRL Colorlicious Lipstick at Walmart!  We have two Walmart near us so I can easily find the perfect lip color.  I have found that Walmart has all the top NEW beauty products so I can always save money when purchasing my beauty must-haves. 

2. Visit Pinterest for the perfect holiday hairstyle.  You can find everything on Pinterest these days.  Check out their adorable up-do’s for the most adorable New Years Eve look.

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3.  Find the Perfect Outfit.  This is always the hardest part for me.  I love going to New Years Eve parties but often the perfect dress is not affordable.  That is until I learned about Rent the Runway.  This is a wonderful website where you can find the perfect holiday dress and rent it at an affordable rate.  I may not be able to afford to buy it for $600 but renting it for $50 is an affordable option.  Plus, I find that I often don’t re-wear the dresses that I buy for fancy events, so it is very convenient and saves me money to be able to use a rental option.  I was shocked visiting their website to see how large of a selection of really beautiful dresses they have. They have great party dresses in many styles, colors and lengths that I’m sure everyone can find their perfect dress.

For more information visit Walmart on Facebook, COVERGIRL on Facebook, and Rent the Runway on Facebook.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier App]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11660 2014-12-16T05:38:05Z 2014-12-16T05:38:05Z I received compensation for my review of Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier App.  All opinions are my own.   I am so excited to share with you the Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier App.  This game is a lot of fun and I love that it is Christmas oriented making it really fun […]

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I received compensation for my review of Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier App.  All opinions are my own.

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I am so excited to share with you the Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier App.  This game is a lot of fun and I love that it is Christmas oriented making it really fun this time of year.  While playing this game, you can have the opportunity to play in different modes.  You have the choice between Nina’s mode, Charlie’s mode, Nutcracker’s mode or Custom mode.  I love this because it brings so many new levels to your game play.  I chose to play this game in Custom mode.

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“After receiving a desperate letter from your old friend, and former Nutcracker, Albert, you rush to help him. When you arrive, you learn that the Rat King’s evil wand has fallen into the hands of a vengeful baron, and now three innocent people – including Albert – have been turned into toys! Team up with the Nutcracker and your new friend, the Tin Soldier, to fight trolls and destroy the Baron’s curse in this third installment in the Christmas Stories series.”

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The thing that I first noticed about this game was the beautiful look and feel to the game.  I love the holidays so I really enjoyed the Christmas decorations, holiday lights, presents and Nutcrackers.  I was amazed at how much detail there is in this game and how many different levels of play.

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With the Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier App you have a map that you can go back and forth between so you can go where you want to go to complete puzzles and challenges.  This makes the game easy to explore and a lot of fun.  

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In this game you will come across trolls that you must fight to destroy the Baron’s curse.  I thought this was  a really fun aspect to the game and brought a greater element of difficulty and enjoyment. 

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This is a very interactive game where you  solve 17 tricky puzzles that help you earn inventory in saving Albert, Nina and Charlie.  When you click on the items you can move them around to find the matching pairs or to solve the puzzle.

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This game allows you to explore 36 beautiful scenes in festively decorated palace. You recieve instruction on the different parts of the game that help you know what you need to do to continue.  You also have the opportunity to get extra puzzles, special game art, two bonus games, and more in this collector’s edition.

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Christmas Stories (PC) –    http://bigfi.sh/14YfifD

                Christmas Stories (Mac) – http://bigfi.sh/1vwVrQb

                Christmas Stories (iOS) – http://bigfi.sh/1xzgRes

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Five tips for throwing a stress-free party! #TweetFromTheSeat]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=11652 2014-12-16T04:55:52Z 2014-12-16T04:55:52Z I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I love throwing parties.  I really find it fun to invite friends and families over for a dinner for a holiday gathering.  Every Christmas I host Christmas eve […]

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I love throwing parties.  I really find it fun to invite friends and families over for a dinner for a holiday gathering.  Every Christmas I host Christmas eve dinner in my home and we have around 25 guests.  When I first got married this was very stressful for me because I wanted everything to be perfect.  Often I would find that the party wasn’t fun because I was too nervous about everything going perfectly.  When the party was over I would be exhausted because of all of the stress.  Over the years I have learned the importance of taking the needed steps to make the party as stress free as possible.  Here are Five tips for throwing a stress-free party!

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Five tips for throwing a stress-free party!

  1. Don’t worry about being perfect.  Your guests are happy just to be with you.  If you need, you can plan your whole menu with platters or trays that your get from your favorite grocery store. If you want to make your own food, you can plan a menu that can be prepared the day before the party or a low-stress menu that can be prepared the day of.
  2. Make lists ahead of time.  I love lists.  I write lists for everything.  Invite lists, to do lists, menu lists, to buy lists, and more.  Write everything down and check it off as you go.  It feels good to check items off your list.  Start early so you have plenty of time to get everything done before the big party.
  3. Create a stress free environment by playing your favorite holiday music while you work.  Music is relaxing and can make you feel good so you can get more done.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  You could also assign guests to bring items.   People enjoy the opportunity to show off their party skills, too.  ToiletPaper
  5. Don’t forget to have have a full of Charmin toilet paper in your bathroom. There is NOTHING worse than going to the bathroom with an empty toilet paper roll.  Personally, I always feel more comfortable having a whole bunch of rolls of toilet paper in my bathroom so I don’t have to worry at all about running out.  I like to keep a basket full of them so I can enjoy my party without worrying about embarrassed guests. Charmin offers  Ultra Strong or Ultra Soft toilet paper so not only are you prepared for your party but with you use 4 times less toilet tissue so you are less likely to run out!

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You definitely want to avoid this embarrassment:

Entertaining can be a lot of fun when you take the steps to be less stressful.  But even when you are prepared there are things that can go wrong.  During Thanksgiving dinner we had the unfortunate mishap where our toilet got clogged.  The joys of having a newly potty trained kit at the party! Luckily most of our guests were family members and they were patient and understand.  This Christmas we are better prepared with Charmin.

Charmin ensures their plumbing will stay clog-free no matter how many guests you have at your party!  But if the problem does arise you can trust Charmin and Roto-Rooter to come to the rescue. They have teamed up to help us have a clog-free and septic-safe holiday.  Did you know that “RotoRooter plumbers recommend Charmin more than any other brand. Not only does Charmin have Roto-Rooter’s stamp of approval to be clogfree  and septic-safe, but it is also used by plumbers more than any other brand.”

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What do you like most about planning for the holidays?

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