Ten Must-Have Christmas Albums: Christmas Music for All Ages

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Top Ten Christmas Albums

Bring on the Jingle Bells and figgy pudding! Christmas music is in full force. I know most radio stations used to wait until after Thanksgiving to start playing Christmas tunes, but there must have been some collective push to get it on the air earlier, because I’ve heard so many stations playing Christmas music for weeks! Not that I mind. So many of my favorite Christmas memories, old and new, are tied directly to music. So I’ve compiled my very favorite Christmas albums, as well as a few newbies I think are going to be amazing.

Check them out and then sound off in the comments on your favorites or any of the great albums I missed and should be listening to!

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Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel: Whether you know her from Wicked, Glee, Frozen or something in between, one thing is certain: Idina Menzel has crazy talent. That voice is A-Mazing! I could listen to her for days.

piano guysA Family Christmas by The Piano Guys: If you have never heard The Pianos Guys, you are missing out. I might not be very musical, but I know raw talent like this is rare. And freakin awesome! Who knew a piano could be so entertaining?!

downton abbyChristmas at Downton Abbey: Okay all you Downton Abbey fans, this album is for you. While I can’t speak for all Downton Abbey fans, this girl is in love with this album. It’s classic Christmas with a little English flare! Plus, the reading of Night Before Christmas by Jim Carter was so fantastic. And you get 45 songs on this album. Score!

pentatonixThat’s Christmas to Me by Pentatonix: I first discovered this group through a Facebook link someone shared, and I was blown away. Their rendition of “Mary, Did You Know” just might make you cry. It’s that amazing. As is the entire album. Their arrangements are unique and stunning all at the same time, and they are totally talented.

josh grobans noelNoel by Josh Groban: This still remains, hands-down, my favorite Christmas album. I’ve even been known to  listen to it when it’s not near the holidays {Christmas in July anyone?}. Does anybody do it better than Josh? I’d argue no. It’s a good thing I have this digital album now, because if it were an old-school CD, it would be tortured by now from all the play time!

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A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him: This album came out a few years ago and instantly became a favorite. If your only experience with Zooey Dechanel’s voice is when she sang with Will Ferrell in that bathroom scene in Elf, you won’t be disappointed. It really is as magical on this whole album as it was in that scene!

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Christmas Portrait by The Carpenters: We listened to this album all the time when I was growing up and it just stuck. Now it’s a Christmas album staple around here. I even find my kids humming it from time to time!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio: If you like jazz and/or if you like Charlie Borwn, you’ll like this album. I’m not sure how they do it, but this jazzy trio somehow manages to put Charlie Brown’s crew to music perfectly. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz said it best when he said, “The way they walk and bounce a little bit – he captured that in his music.”
41GD7SMT3ELMannheim Steamroller Christmas by Mannheim Steamroller: You can’t really go wrong with Mannheim Steamroller and this revamped take on their classic songs is amazing. It’s newly recorded using an actual full sized orchestra: The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. And the music they made together is the perfect little holiday treat for your ears!
81iD7pu1zCL._SL1500_Christmas by Michael Bublé: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I don’t actually care about the quality of music on this album {although it’s awesome by the way}, but I totally suggest you go and buy the physical album and not download it. Because just that picture of him on the cover makes your entire purchase worth it. He is more than welcome to come serenade me with Christmas songs anytime he wants! ;)

Honorable Mention:
When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Connick, Jr
The Lost Christmas Eve by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
The Gift by Susan Boyle
Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey
These Are Special Times by Celine Dion

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How to Make Sure Your Candle Burns Evenly

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How to Make Sure Your Candle Burns Evenly

I have to admit, I don’t typically light candles much, except for when the holidays roll around.  In the interest of full disclosure, I feel like I need to also admit that I am kind of OCD about my candles burning evenly.  Good candles ain’t cheap, ya know?  So,  I like to make sure I get the most out of those babies.  If a candle starts to tunnel, all that smelly goodness on the sides will never burn.  No bueno, my friends.

Here’s a couple of tips to make sure you get the most out of your candles this season:

  1. Commit.  It’s best to let them burn for 2-3 hours at a time.  It allows the candle to burn evenly all the way across the top.  If you burn it for twenty minutes at a time, you will start to get tunneling.  Don’t blow them out until the candle has melted all the way to edge on each time.
  2. You know how the directions on pretty much every candle say to trim the wick to 1/4″.  Seriously, do that.  Otherwise, the candle will start to smoke and throw off soot.  That’s bad for business–your walls will start to show the signs.
  3. Keep candles away from drafty areas.  A draft will cause tunneling.  Again, tunneling will lead to unused side wax.  Unused side wax will lead to OCD overload.  It’s a vicious cycle.
  4. Pillar candles will not light all they way to the edges.  So, when you blow them out, gently fold in the edges.  They will melt into the candle the next time you light it.

That’s it.  If you follow these little tips, you too can satisfy your candle OCD. :)

~Mavis

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 11/29/14

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Turkey Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

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Turkey Casserole with Mashed Potato ToppingI’m all about using up the crazy amount of turkey we have leftover so I can get it out of my fridge. My family loves this chicken casserole so much I decided to adapt it and make it a turkey casserole. Sometimes I’m a genius. This was one of those times. It was so freakin good! It’s up there as one of my all-time favorite leftover recipes.

So go open your fridge, pull out these ingredients you probably have shoved in there and make this magic happen.

Turkey Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

Ingredients

3 cups leftover turkey, shredded
2 cups corn kernels {I used frozen}
2 cups carrots, chopped
2 medium potatoes, cubed {you could also use cubed sweet potatoes instead}
2 cups leftover gravy
1 cup leftover green beans
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups leftover mashed potatoes

Turkey Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping

Directions

In a large skillet, saute the potatoes and carrots in olive oil over low heat until fork tender. Cool and set aside.

Place all the ingredients, except the mashed potatoes in a large bowl and mix well.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and add turkey mixture. Top with mashed potatoes and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned.

Serve warm.

Good luck with leftovers on these leftovers! We ate the whole pan!

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Friday Night at the Movies – Burt’s Buzz

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I think everybody has at least seen Burt’s Bees in the store–even if you haven’t tried it before.  I really didn’t know much about the products or the company until the HH and I decided to watch Burt’s Buzz, a documentary about Burt Shavitz, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees.  The documentary looks at  a fun-loving hippy-ish, Burt, through the evolution of Burt’s Bees, the company, and re-caps his super interesting life.

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I love watching documentaries about eccentric people who are not full of themselves because of the amount of money in their bank account. Although I was really surprised to find out how little he profited from “Burt’s Bees.”

Grab a cup of tea and be prepared to smile.  Go Maine!

~Mavis

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Looking for more movies?

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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

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How to Make Scented Pine Cones

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would re-publish this easy peasy How to make scented pine cones tutorial in case you missed it last year.

I can always tell winter is coming when I start to see the scented pine cones popping up the the stores. They look so festive, and smell amazing, that it’s hard to resist not purchasing them.  Here in my neck of the woods though, paying for pine cones is like paying for air–they are everywhere and it just doesn’t make sense to pay for them. Making them scented is also pretty simple, so I thought I would make some to satisfy my winter nostalgia.

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You’ll Need:

Pine Cones
Essential Oil {I used Edens Garden Essential Oils}
Gallon Ziploc Bags

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

Directions:

Wash the pine cones in warm water to get ride of any debris, dirt, insects, etc.  Then, on a foil lined baking sheet, heat them at 250 degrees for 20 minutes.  Allow them to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Put pine cones into the zip baggie and put several drops of essential oil {I’m using cinnamon} into the bag.  Zip the bag and then gently toss around the pine cones and oil to mix thoroughly.  Leave the bag closed for 1 week to allow the scent to infuse the pine cones.

After a week, pop them open and place them in a bowl.  I think they make a really cool winter decoration and they smell amazing every time you walk passed them.  When they run out of scent, just repeat the process.

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

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Free Kindle Books, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Toys, 10% off Target Gift Cards, Sharpies, New Balance and More

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Ahh Friday, my favorite day of the week. ;) I hope you had a wonderful Turkey Day and your fridge is packed with leftovers so you don;t have to cook this weekend. :)  I know it’s black Friday today so I’ll be updating this post throughout the morning with more deals.

Have an awesome weekend everyone and stay out of trouble,

Mavis

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Nordstrom.com has 16 oz Bottles of Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel and Bubble Bath on sale for only $10 shipped! Time to stock up baby!!! {Cinnamon Buns is my favorite!} Update –> These are going quick! 

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - 45% off New Balance Running Shoes {as low as $24.74}

and save up to 65% Off Select Sennheiser & Bose Headphones as well.

online magazine deals

Amazon is having a rockin’ $5.00 Magazine Sale. I LOVE getting magazine subscriptions as gifts because they are the gift that keeps giving, all year long. Here are my favorite Deals:

Check out all the $5 Magazine Deals HERE.

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Attention Target Shoppers:

Target.com is offering up 10% off all Gift Cards through 12 noon Central Time today {no code needed the discount will be taken at checkout}.You can purchase up to $300 in Target Gift Cards and gift cards will be redeemable starting tomorrow 11/29/14.

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Get a 16 – Pack of LARABAR Fruit & Nut Food Bars {Blueberry Muffin} Gluten Free  for just $10.24 shipped when you clip the $4.00 off coupon and use the subscribe and save option at checkout.

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Amazon has the LEGO Kids’ Creator” Watch with Buildable Toy on sale for just $14!!! Regular price on this is $24.99

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Cent’s of Style is offering over 100 Winter Knit Scarves for $7.95 plus FREE Shipping when you use code BLACK at checkout.WAhooOO! Shop Cents of Style.

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Amazon has the Sharpie Fine-Tip Permanent Marker, 24-Pack Assorted Colors for just $7.61 and they ship free with Amazon Prime. Yes, I just grabbed a pack! ;)

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Buy One, Get One Free Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Toy!

For a limited time and while supplies last, buy one Fisher Price Laugh & Learn toy and get one free from Amazon.com at checkout. This applies to to items shipped and sold by Amazon.com and there’s a limit of one discount per account.

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After a long day in the kitchen yesterday, a nap is on my to-do list. Find out How to Power Nap Like a Pro. Find more cool tips and info on my Everyday Life Pinterest Board.

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Amazon has the Isotoner Women’s Microsuede Sherpasoft Hoodback Slipper on sale for $9.99. These ship FREE with Amazon Prime and there are 5 colors available to choose from.

Dansko Professional Patent Leather

One of my favorite sites 6PM.com is offering an extra 15% off your order when you use code 6PMEU112720141585 at checkout. That makes my favorite Dansko Pro XP Professional Shoes just $67.15 shipped! Wahooo.

Turkey Casserole with Sweet Potato Frosting

This Turkey Casserole with Sweet Potato Frosting proves that sometimes, the leftovers are better than the original. Get the recipe HERE or Pin for Later.

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Amazon has the Oster 58-Minute Expressbake Breadmaker on sale for $63.99 shipped and the reviews are great!

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My favorite seed company, Botanical Interests is offering FREE SHIPPING on all online orders over $50 through December 23rd, 2014. Sweey diggety!  Shop Botanical Interests.


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Check out the REI Black Friday Sale with deals up to 50% off!

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REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Get the Marmot Samantha Rain Jacket for just $69.73 shipped {was $225} when an additional 30% is taken off the $99.73 price at checkout.

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Get the Black & Decker Family Size Griddle for just $19 from Amazon {ships free with Amazon Prime}. I Have this same one and use it all the time for pancakes.

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Amazon has the Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat on sale for $29.99. This is an AWESOME deal!!

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$200 Bonus When You Open a Capital One 360 Savings and Checking Account

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As your shopping list grows, Capital One is ready to help put a little extra cash in your pockets for the holidays! How does an extra $200 sound? Open a new 360 Checking Account and a 360 Savings Account and you’ll get a bonus that will help you stuff those stocking just a little bit fuller this year.

This year you can dodge the crowds and the checking account fees with a Capital One 360 Checking Account and get a $100 bonus. Sound too good to be true?

How it works:
• Open a fee-free 360 Checking Account between Nov. 28th and Dec. 1st

• Make an initial deposit of at least $250

• Complete 5 Debit Card purchases, deposit checks from anywhere with CheckMate or any combo of both within 45 days

• Snag your $100 bonus on day 50

Go HERE for more information and to open a 360 Checking Account

The nitty gritty:
• This has to be your (or your joint account holder’s) first 360 Checking Account (including Electric Orange Checking Accounts)

• This account must be funded from a source outside of Capital One 360. In other words, your initial deposit can not be transferred from an existing Capital One 360 account.


Or maybe you’re looking for Peace on Earth and Peace of Mind this holiday season? Open a Capital One 360 Savings Account and get a $100 bonus.

How it works:
• Open a no-fee 360 Savings Account between Nov. 28th and Dec. 1st with an initial deposit of $1000 or more

• Snag a bonus of $100

• Enjoy the gift of saving

The nitty gritty:
• This has to be your (or your joint account holder’s) first 360 Savings Account (including Orange savings Accounts)

• The bonus starts earning interest on day 1, but you can’t take it our for at least 30 days

• This account must be funded from a source outside of Capital One 360, In other words, your initial deposit can not be transferred from an existing Capital One 360 account.

Go HERE for more information and to open a 360 Savings Account

So what are you waiting for? There’s a $200 bonus with your name on it just waiting to make your holidays a little more merry!

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Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

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Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Here’s another totally delicious recipe if you’re standing there staring at all that leftover turkey wondering what to do with it. I know turkey in an enchilada might seem a little out there, but holy cats it’s good!

You won’t even realize you’re eating leftover turkey, which is probably great because if you’re anything like me, you don’t want to even look at turkey anything right now. I ate so much of it, it hurt!

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Ingredients

2 cups shredded or coarsely chopped turkey {can sub chicken if you want}
1 cup corn {I used frozen and thawed it first}
1 bell pepper, diced
1 1/2 cups cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 small flour tortillas
1 cup enchilada sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro {optional}

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Directions

Preheat oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl, combine the turkey, corn, 1 cup of cheese, and salt and pepper.

Evenly fill the tortillas with the turkey mixture, roll and place seam-side down in a 9×13 baking dish. Cover with sauce and remaining cheese. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until starting to slightly brown. Sprinkle with the cilantro and enjoy.

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

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Thanksgiving Trivia

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Thanksgiving Trivia

Are  you ready to dazzle and amaze your Thanksgiving guests with holiday trivia?  I know what you are thinking…boring.  But, I think not, tell everyone a right answer will earn them pie, and you’ll be surprised at how suddenly Jeopardy-like competitive they get on you.

  1. Where was the first Thanksgiving celebrated?  {Plymouth, Massachusetts}
  2. How long did the first Thanksgiving celebration last?  {3 days}
  3. List the most common “Thanksgiving” foods that were NOT present at the first Thanksgiving.  {Mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, popcorn, milk, and corn on the cobb}
  4. Can you list foods that were thought to be present on the first Thanksgiving day feast? {Lobster–it was Massachusetts, afterall, rabbit, chicken, fish, squash, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, maple syrup, honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs and goat cheese}  I guess the Pilgrims had eating “seasonally” down :)
  5. In the U.S., 280 million turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving celebrations.
  6. Each year, the average American eats how many pounds of turkey?  {16-18 lbs}
  7. What year was the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade?  {1924}
  8. What year was the first thanksgiving?  {1621}
  9. Did you know that Thanksgiving is responsible for the invention of Swanson’s TV dinners?  After Thanksgiving in 1953, the company had tons of extra turkey.  Long story short, to use the turkey, they created the T.V. dinner.  It was immediately a hit, selling 10 million meals the first year.
  10. What Native American tribe did the Pilgrims celebrate Thanksgiving with?  {Wampanoag Tribe}

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Mavis

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