Christmas Sugar Cookies (with a Twist): Raspberry and Matcha Sugar Cookies Recipe

Christmas sugar cookies with a twist!

Stacked Christmas sugar cookies in marbled red and green

These raspberry and matcha sugar cookies are just what the standard Christmas cookie needed. The raspberry adds a freshness to the cookies that you normally just don’t get from a sugar cookie and the matcha cookie is subtle and delicious.

Oh, and did I mention they’re also marbled?

Click through for the Christmas sugar cookie recipe details AND be sure to scroll down to the bottom for more holiday recipes like this one. I teamed up with some of my blogging buds for a virtual cookie exchange and everyone has a different Christmas cookie recipe to share.

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3 (Easy) DIY Hostess Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Looking for a thoughtful hostess gift you can make quick and easy before headed out to holiday parties? Check out my list of DIY hostess gift ideas!

Stenciled holiday greeting cards (DIY) as a simple hostess gift idea

If there’s one thing I know about the holidays, it’s that this is the busiest time of year for entertaining! There are parties galore this time of year, so I partnered with Martha Stewart Crafts® to create 3 hostess gift ideas that are easy to make and awesome to receive.

If you don’t have time to make a full blown gift from scratch, which few people do this time of year, you can embellish a store-bought (or handmade) item and still have that special DIY touch. No need to reinvent the wheel. These DIY hostess gift ideas teeter the line between full blown handmade gifts and store-bought goodies. You in?

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Making Christmas Throw Pillows (DIY Star Pillows)

Is there anything more festive than metallic star pillows during the holidays? TBD. But either way, these Christmas throw pillows are too fun to pass up.

Making Christmas Throw Pillows (DIY Star Pillows)

I’ve made plenty of DIY pillows over the years, but none as shiny as this one, until now. If you’re into metallics, the holidays, or star shapes in general, this one is for you!

And once the holiday season is over (this pillow works for Christmas and New Year’s), you can repurpose the (free) star template download I’ve included in this post for a less flashy option. Maybe a stone washed linen or cool pattern fabric?

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Holiday Decorating in a Nursery + A Huge Baby / Kids Holiday Gift Guide

a gender-neutral nursery gets the holiday treatment - with classic nutcrackers, bottle brush trees, stockings, and a Christmas tree!

Last year, I didn’t do much in the way of holiday decorating. I did a fresh garland for the staircase and we found a tree that I absolutely loved, but other than that and a DIY Christmas wreath, I was too tired to do much more. We had a two month old after all.

This year though, I have so much energy for the holidays. I’m v excited. Hayes is at a really fun age and I want to make the holidays special (for him and for us). So, I’m full speed ahead on holiday decorating (and present searching). So, I teamed up with Crate and Barrel to do a little of both: decorating Hayes’ nursery for Christmas AND a huge shopping guide of baby and kid gifts for every budget. Crate and Kids (Crate and Barrel’s kids brand) has ALL the good stuff!

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3 DIY Gifts for Babies and Kids with Cricut Maker

Handmade holiday baby gifts for the win! These DIY gift ideas are perfect for the kids and babies in your life.

A picture of colorful baby toys scattered throughout the floor

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

When it comes to receiving presents, handmade and DIY gifts are generally the things that I love most (and keep the longest). There’s just something about getting a gift from someone that they actually made that makes it feel more special, right?

Which is why I also love, love, LOVE making gifts for other people for the holidays. It especially comes in handy for close friends / family and that person on your list that ‘has everything’.

This year though, the first thing that came to mind when brainstorming DIY gift ideas for the holidays was a few fun things for kids and babies.

Hayes is getting to an age now where he really loves playing with little toys, having people read to him, etc. So, I wanted to create a few things that he can enjoy now and later: a soft baby book, a patterned swaddle blanket, and a kids memory game. I used my Cricut Maker for all 3 projects and am sharing the tutorials today. Click through for the tutorials.

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(Christmas) Cookie Monster: An Easy Gingerbread Egg Nog Xmas Cookie Recipe

This Xmas cookie recipe is a must-try, especially if you’re a fan of egg nog. 

Christmas cookie sandwiches stacked on top of each other with crushed up peppermints surrounding them.

I’m dusting off my baking skills this week with a Christmas cookie recipe that screams holiday vibes. It’s a gingerbread cookie sandwich with homemade egg nog icing sandwiches in between. A Christmas cookie sandwich!

This recipe is super easy to make and tastes amazingly rich (in a good way). Plus, they’re so pretty, you can wrap them up as gifts for friends, family, or the hostess of that upcoming holiday party you’re headed to.

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3 Natural Cleaning Products you Can DIY at Home Today (That Actually Work)

Spraying homemade glass cleaner onto a window and wiping it clean.

The other day, I went to clean off the kitchen counters and realized we were out of our normal cleaner. No big deal, but I knew the cleaning mood I was in wouldn’t last long enough for a trip to the store and back. So, I looked through the house for a few household items I could use instead.

Well, it turns out, they not only work really well, they’re also very, very affordable. AND all natural…you can even make them organic. So, I wanted to share 3 DIYs for natural cleaning products you can make today (that actually clean!). There’s a natural glass cleaner, a natural all-purpose cleaner, and a natural room spray.

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