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Fun Holiday Gift + Craft Ideas {DIY}

Trying to pull together some last-minute decor or gifts for the holiday season??

{Of course, this has never happened to us… we’ve never, ever waited until the final moment to get working on something we had been putting off since Thanksgiving… 😉  …amiright?!}

Here are some holiday crafts you can throw together with most of the items being from the dollar store, and whatever else you might have lying around your house.  Ok, you miiiight have to take a quick trip to a local craft store, but you can totally squeeze it into your busy schedule.

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DIY Holiday Gift Ideas for your Host(ess)

I mean, tis the season for festivities and giving, right? The holiday season is the most wonderful time of year for many reasons — some of which include all of the fun festivities with friends, co-workers and family! Which means weekends are jammed packed with holiday events and the hustle begins before you know it.

What we sometimes forget (or at least, what I tend to forget during this busy time of year), is bringing a gift for your host(ess) as a small token of your gratitude.

Our sister-in-law, Mandy, threw yet another amazing party (she’s also the one who threw this adorable Red Truck Garage themed …

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Let It Snow at Four Seasons Westlake Village! {local events}

I don’t know about you, but I’m just a little obsessed with Christmas.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year and now that I have a family of my own with two little girls, I love it even more.  I especially love that the holiday season focuses on spending time with friends, family and loved ones.  I’m always on the look out for festive activities and events to take my daughters to celebrate the season and we’ve heard such great things about the Let It Snow event at the Four Seasons Westlake Village — so that was on the top of my list this …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Every Fall, without fail, I get an intense urge to go to Paris.  Yup — just sell my worldly possessions, buy a one-way ticket, and live in the City of Light.

Since I don’t plan on doing that (yet), I should probably just head to Chocolatine French Café in Thousand Oaks for a crêpe and café au lait, take a chill pill, and pretend I’m sitting at a sidewalk cafe.

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You’re In Luck: St. Patrick’s Day Events

Yes, St. Patty’s Day is tomorrow and no, you’re not too old to celebrate. Lucky for you, we highlighted some of our favorite local spots who are getting festive this week – so grab something green and join in the good ol’ Irish fun!

 

Cisco’s [Westlake Village & Thousand Oaks]: giveaways for Lakers and Kings tickets, green margaritas and beer, beer towers, and happy hour 2-7pm on March 17th!

 

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company

[Westlake Village]: 15{fd7f0a6624fbd2224f3c60e3404acbd2207eb416c38268e7e97265ebe361b912} off if you’re wearing green, and special discounts if you find a gold number under your pint glass!

[Santa Barbara]: find a gold chocolate coin, win a …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. You will no doubt be attending tons of parties + dinners over the next week — don’t show up empty-handed!  We have some easy tutorials for great hostess gifts that will cost you pennies [let’s face it — Christmas time gets a liiiiittle expensive!].

Mulling spice bags hung on a bottle of wine are perfect for getting people into the Christmas “spirit” (see what I did there?), and Chocolate Stir Spoons are a crowd-pleaser!

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Chocolate Stir Spoons: Holiday Gifting {DIY}

When it comes to the holidays, it’s often overwhelming to think of how many people there are to buy for — especially if you work in an office with a ton of coworkers!

There are a ton of great DIY gifts floating around the cyber-verse (ahem, Pinterest), but here is one of my new favorite gifts that you can give to bosses, co-workers, administrative assistants, your mail carrier, your child’s teacher, and anyone else that unexpectedly gave you a gift but you awkwardly didn’t get them ANYTHING.

I made a grip of these chocolate stir spoons as a party favor for last year’s Fakesgiving event, and people …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. Interested in throwing a fun and easy Christmas get together?? We recently sat down with Kristine Bocchino from The Tasting Room at the Four Seasons Westlake Village on how to host the perfect wine pairing event and you can read all about it here.  We guarantee your friends will be wanting your party to become an annual event.

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Nailing That Holiday Party Look {Tater & Tot Style}

We love holiday parties {I mean, who doesn’t!?}, but the endless trying-on-of-clothes-to-pick-out-the-perfect-outfit is something we most definitely do not love.  That’s where Tater & Tot Style, a Seattle-based fashion blog {and lovely friends of ours} comes in.  Nicole and Jenna are sharing some of their holiday attire inspiration with us 805-ers! We know you will enjoy these tips, and we hope they save you from sending a bazillion texts of your outfit options to your friends  {ahem, Hayley! ;)}.  And now, we pass it off to the experts! Need some inspiration on how to dress for the holidays? Look no further… …

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Five Friday Faves {This Week’s Edition}

1. We really really like Christmas and therefore we’ve already got our Christmas trees up, lit and decorated.  But if you’re still searching for the perfect Christmas tree, check out our post on Local Christmas Tree Lots.

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2. There are a ton of holiday events happening all over the 805 this weekend and here are just a few of our faves…

65th Annual Oxnard Christmas Tree …

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