The Ultimate Best Time To Buy Anything List

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The ultimate best time to buy anything listAre there best times in the year to buy things? You bet! I have pulled to together my Ultimate Best Times To Buy List for you.

As you are going through this list remember that I am writing for my particular area, that has cold weather November through March and school starts in September. If you live in a region that is different from mine then your best sales might be the month before or after I have listed here.

The best thing about knowing when sales will be on is how you can plan to use a sale item from one season and repurpose it for another (flip flops bought on clearance in August and Champagne bought on sale in December can be used for a Spa Party you hold in February) . You save money by planning and thinking outside the box.

So here is my list and if you have anything you would like to add I would love to hear from you!

How To Make An Easy Vodka (or Wine) Ice Bucket

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how to make an easy vodka or wine ice bucketServing Vodka in an ice bucket is a very traditional way to keep it cold so you can serve it in shot glasses for toasts.

Chilling Vodka takes the harshness out of the alcohol and an ice bucket is a very elegant way to present it.

While some instructions to make an ice bucket stress the need to have crystal clear water which can take time to distill and boil it, I have a faster method that gives a different effect.

How To Use The 2014 Color of the Year

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Color of the Year 2014
The 2014 color of the year was announced as Radiant Orchid.

Describe by Pantone as: 

"an expressive, creative and embracing purple--one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones".

But what does the color of the year mean to you and how can you use it to your advantage?

Printable Number Birthday Cards for Children

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Printable number birthday cards for childrenFree Printable Number Birthday Cards are design so that you can easily and quickly download the PDF, fold, cut, sign your name and your done.

These cute little cards are ideal when you have several nieces/nephews or if you are a teacher/Sunday school teacher who likes to acknowledge birthdays or if you find that your own children are going to many classmates birthday parties. 

You know that the cost of cards can start really adding up but these bright happy number cards are great and depending on the paper you use will cost from about 2 cent to 10 cents each.

While I had designed something similar before having this is as a printable makes it  a quick and easy craft. Fun to receive these printable number birthday cards for children are perfect! 

Ten Ways to Bring More Luxury Into Your Life This Year

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ten ways to bring luxury  into your lifeEveryone deserves some luxury in their lives. We all have those things that just make us sigh and realize that life is wonderful.

Why not make it a goal to have more luxury in your life this years. 

Luxury doesn't necessarily mean expensive - some of the best luxuries just need a bit of planning.

So how about this year you tweak your thinking a little bit. Make luxury more of a priority in your life. 

Here is ten ideas of how to do it.

Christmas Treat Bags - Printable

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Christmas treat bags - printable
Just in time for your small Christmas items I have for you Christmas Treat Bags that are printable.

These are a good size to put in things like baking treats, ornaments or small toys.

Christmas Treat Bags Printable come in three different designs to suit the people that you are giving them to.

Simple to make with a printer and a glue stick you can make dozens of these in an hour.

Amazing Gifts For Men Under $5

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amazing gifts for men under $5Tricky to buy for at the best of times, throw in a tight budget and you can be pulling on your hair trying to think what to get for the men in your life.

You can get gifts for men for under $5 that are fun, interesting and something that they will actually want and use.

You can use these gifts for men under $5 as the main gift at say an office party or for a casual friend or as a stocking stuffer.

So what great gifts can you get for men under $5 for the 2013 season? Read on.

Lego Christmas Tree - Decorating with Lego and Knex

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Lego Christmas Tree Decorating with Lego and Knex
Lego is such a great toy. My son loved it when he was young and we have boxes and boxes of it stored away.

While my other trees tend to be more formal I wanted to do something fun for this one.

I took my inspiration from Lego this year to decorate the tree in the TV room.

As you can see the wall in that room are a vibrant yellow so something that is bright and cheery (like Lego) really pops.

It was a lot of fun going through his old sets deciding what should go on the tree.

I also added pieces from his Knex sets for some added interest.

From Lego I made a garland, hung up sets and Lego men. From the Knex I put up snowflakes and bells.

Here is a closer look at what I did.

Easy Writing With Chocolate

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Easy writing with chocolateWriting with chocolate is surprisingly easy and can give you amazing results.

It is a way to turn a simple dessert into something that looks absolutely stunning.

You can write a person's name, as I did here, or a greeting like Happy Birthday or just an expression, like Enjoy.

The best thing about this is that you can write what you need a few days before and just plate your dessert and apply it.

At a recent dinner party I wrote all the guests names on their dessert plates.
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