Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Here are a couple of cute and simple Christmas gift wrapping ideas. I hope you enjoy these, and check the links for more ideas!

I love the stamped names on these packages! Simple yet so easy to see where they go Christmas morning!

A few Christmas wrapping ideas (32 photos). Love the stamped names on the packages! Bianca@itti


This is another simple idea – add color by using a small amount of Christmas wrapping and then stamped initial for the recipient! Very cute!

A few Christmas wrapping ideas (32 photos)


I would love to see your gift wrapping ideas!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear


Christmas Decorating

This is such a lovely idea for decorating your Christmas table, entry table or even the buffet. Simple yet elegant!

Hi Sugarplum | Festive and Colorful Christmas decor. Decorating the mantel

Share your Christmas Table décor with us.

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear


Peppermint Hot Cocoa in a Gift Jar

Today we are going to add a few handmade jar recipe ideas for all of you. I am a huge fan of peppermint and cocoa!

Add a mug and this is a wonderful gift anyone would love to receive.

Gift in a Jar: Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Now if you would like my address to send me one also, I’ll share!  :0

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

You can’t have Christmas without the traditional Frosted Sugar Cookies. How would Santa make it from house to house without these wonderful Christmas treats?

It is about time to get the kids together and make a couple of batches of these goodies.

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies Recipe


Enjoy and make sure that you take pictures of all the fun you’re having!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

As far as I am concerned there is nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter so today I am sharing the recipe for some awesome peanut butter balls. Who wouldn’t love to see these on the table at their next Christmas party?

Click on the photo for the complete recipe.


Peanut Butter Balls IV Recipe

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear


Drink Up

If you were stranded in a desert, would you want something to eat or drink? That rumbling says eat but did you know that the human body can’t go more than a day or two at the most without water? It is important to stay hydrated.

Water is the most abundant fluid in the body. Over half of our body weight is represented by water.  It is an understatement to say that water is vital to life.

So why do we need to stay hydrated? Water is used to keep our bodies going. Every system needs water to operate properly.

Do you exercise? When you do, your body perspires. That is water you are losing through your skin as well as some electrolytes. The body uses water as a cooling system. But, that water you lose needs to be put back so water isn’t stolen from other systems.

How about digestion? When you eat food, the body breaks it down into nutrients that are transported to the cells where it is used for repair, daily functioning and building new cells. It can’t do that without water to give volume to your blood to help carry these nutrients.

What about excretion? Whatever the body can’t use is excreted from the kidneys. Water is needed to transport these nutrients so they can then be filtered from the blood to form urine.

Without proper water volume your body becomes dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to dizziness. Your body doesn’t have enough water to keep its systems functioning. In extreme cases, body systems can begin to shut down. You will get sluggish also. Intravenous fluids may be used at this point to increase your blood volume and the amount of water in your system.

So, how do you get that water? The obvious way is by drinking water. Tap, mineral, purified, spring, flavored and carbonated are all ways that water comes to us. But what if you are not the kind that likes water? For some, water is hard to consume because they don’t particularly like the taste.

There are other sources of water. If you like tea or coffee you are also getting water in your system. Go easy on the sweeteners so that you don’t get empty calories mixed in with your water. Also try drink mix packets. They can be added to bottled water and are a substitute for soft drinks or sugary punch.

Consume water throughout the day to spread out your consumption. Before, during and after exercise, drink plenty of water to replenish what is lost. Electrolyte drinks will also replenish the salt that you lose. When you are hungry, drink a glass of water. It partially fills your stomach so you eat less and sometimes those pains signify thirst and not hunger.

Got water? If not, get some now to keep that body hydrated.


Create your Spark!


What more can I say? No one is going to do it for you! Now get out there and Create Your Spark!



Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Melt in your Mouth Shortbread Cookies

I Love shortbread cookies and these are soooooo easy to make. They are great for parties or you next cookie exchange! Click on the picture to get the full recipe.


Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread Recipe


Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

Easy & Affordable Handmade Gift Giving Ideas

Today we have some great ideas for saving money while giving wonderful gifts to friends and family during this holiday season.

One of the things I give to the grandparents is photos of the kids. Grandparents love to see what the grandkids are doing through out the year. How about a beautiful framed football picture, or dance picture. There are so many possibilities.

One year I was really excited and created a 12 month picture book for the grandparents. I took pictures each month and then uploaded them on-line and created a full years worth of pictures and created a sofa table book. The grandparents also got to see how the kids grow throughout the year.

This picture idea below is such a wonderful idea – and directions are included

Just print off any picture you want, then spray paint a piece of wood black, cut the picture to match the size of the wood. Using Mod podge coat the wood then lay the picture on top. Once it has dried thoroughly, use sandpaper to rough up the edges, then put a layer of mod podge over the picture. paint some eye hooks and use pretty ribbon as a hanger and voila

or how about this one? Who wouldn’t love a set of these coasters?

DIY: Photos Tiles / Coasters

I LOVE this window – This is such a cool and unique idea.

 Color frame with black and white photo

For more ideas on saving money and gift giving ideas check out –

I will leave you all to get your creative juices flowing. And check back soon as I will have a lot more ideas for affordable gift giving, holiday decorations, recipes & more!

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear


Handmade Christmas Card Ideas

Are you looking for unique Christmas cards to send to your loved one? And don’t have time to create them yourself? Well we have come up with some beautiful and unique Christmas cards and all you have to do is print, personalize, and mail.


We have many printable Christmas tags & Christmas cards to print, cut & mail.

Check out The Speckled Goose Artfire Shoppe for more to choose from.

Have a GREAT Day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Bear

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