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The Halloween Candy

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This is just a simple way to display the office candy or treats. It is very easy to do and requires little to no extra purchases.

Here’s What you need:

  • candy (your choice)
  • vase or glass container (ideally you want it to be clear so everyone can what’s in it)
  • decor (if you like, though not required)

Here’s What You Do:

  • place the goodies in the container
  • decorate with ribbon or other themed decorations
  • enjoy!

I love ideas like this one because it’s not specifically tied to one holiday or time of the year. This works year-round and is very easy to do. Even the kiddos can help!

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Survival Package

I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

Don’t let the name of this post fool you. It’s sounds neat, but it’s really more of a thank you package. As part of our Christmas card  this year we handed out “survival packages” at the office. The package included the following:

  • a handful of peppermints – because you (or someone near) may need a breath of fresh air
  • a handful of Kisses, Rolos, or both – because everyone needs chocolate in their lives
  • a package of Advil – for those everyday headaches even — or especially — this time of year
  • a pack of Kleenex – because you are human and sneeze or may need to wipe something off
  • hand sanitizer – because it’s just handy to have around
  • a package of Swiss Miss hot chocolate – because life needs a little of flavor from time to time.

These types of kits are very easy to create. The ones we created at work couldn’t be gender or themed specific because of the variety of people we gave these to. The kits are great for themed or gender ideas. For example, if you have an all ladies book club to give you can create a fingernail themed kit with polish, file, remover, clippers, cuticle cutters, toe separators, etc. You get the idea. For men it’s the same way you can create a shaving kit, food related kit, sports kit. That list goes on and on as well.

These are really good if you are on a budget as well. There are a few things you should keep in mind. Listed below are some tips I provided based on my experience gathering everything for our survival package.

  • Know your audience. Is it a mixture of ages? Is your group all men or all women?
  • Create a list. You will need to know what you are going to put in the kit before you ever purchase a single item. This include the final package. You need to what you are going to put the kit in. We started with plastic container, moved to a glass container, and decided on cellophane bags wrapped with ribbon. It was shipped in a USPS small flat rate box.
  • Know how you are going to distribute these items. Are you mailing or shipping anything? There’s a cost there too. Make sure you include shipping in your budget. We choose to USPS flat rate small boxes. Are you going to hand deliver these kits? Think about the gas it will take to get from place to another and all over town.
  • Be willing to adjust your list based on availability, cost, and ease of purchase. Initially, we wanted to include band-aids and dental floss in the kits. The floss was too expensive. We considered for a brief moment the floss sticks , but who wants to use it knowing someone else may or may not have touched the floss sticks. Pass. We didn’t use band-aids for presentation reasons.
  • Buy in bulk. Unless you are creating less than five of these kits the cost of purchasing everything not in bulk will get expensive quick. Buying as many items as you can in bulk will assist in keeping the costs down. The peppermints, Kisses, Rolos, Advil, and hot chocolate were all purchased in bulk. I’m not saying go to your local warehouse store and buy it all there in 20-pound bags. No. Let’s say you want to include Hershey bars. Instead of buying 20 at the checkout line in individually wrapped bars for a $1 go to the candy aisle and price check the multi-pack. That’s what I mean by buy in bulk.
  • Price check. Everything. Do the math. You may think it’s a great idea to include a newly released cookbook from your favorite chef in the kit, but if that cookbook is $15.99 and you’ve got 20 kits to gather that’s $319.80 already spent. Research everything. I spent about 30 minutes looking up prices and availability on the items we choose before I presented it for approval from co-workers and bosses. That help me set my budget and know what I could purchase.
  • Check out the dollar stores around you. It most likely won’t be name brand items, but you will be able to find more than you expected in these stores. I purchased the hand sanitizer and cellophane bags from The Dollar Tree and spent less $40. Browse the aisles you may even be inspired.
  • Have fun. If you have fun then other people have fun. Fun spreads. Share the fun!

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Christmas Candy Flower Pot

The Christmas Candy Flower Pot from www.hannahandharley.com

The Christmas Candy Flower Pot

I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

This was a such a cute idea I decided to do it again for Christmas. You can find my original post here on The Halloween Candy Flower Pot. I did the exact same thing here except it’s Christmas themed. The Halloween Candy Flower Pot was such a success even my local UPS guy enjoyed a few Tootsie Pops. He’s welcome to these as well.

Here’s What You Need:

A flower pot, a bucket, vase (You choose. The bucket you see is the very same bucket from the Halloween post with wrapping around it. There’s no need to purchase anything new if you can help it.)

Candy (Suckers are much easier to use, but any individually wrapped candy will work. Think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Trust me when I say Rolos are too small.) The suckers I used for this post are candy cane flavored Tootsie Pops and they taste much better than they sound.

Styrofoam  ball. (Make sure it will fit the base of your choosing.)

Here’s What You Do:

Place the Styrofoam ball in the base.

Start from either the top of the ball or the bottom (your choice) and work your way up or down placing the candy in the ball. (You could randomly place the candy in the ball, but you might end up with gaps.) I started from the bottom and made layers working my way up. I tried to make sure there were no gaps.

Enjoy! :)

PS: I took the photo using the night scene setting on my camera. I used an 18-70 mm (for tech folks it was a 3.5-5.6 aperture) lens with the camera’s pop up flash. As I pushed the shutter button I moved the lens in and out to create movement. The flash stops what’s still and gives you the idea of movement with everything else. You should take as many photos as possible to make sure you get the effect you want. I took at least 50 photos. Seriously.

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Peppermint Scrub

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

I am very excited to bring to you the second annual 12 Days of Christmas. This project began last year as a last-minute gift idea guide and because it was so successful it started this very blog you are reading now! I will feature 12 different holiday gift ideas and/or recipes with instructions. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Hannah and Harley.

Sugar scrubs are great gift ideas. They make several containers full usually, are super easy to make, and there are so many different variations that you could make several kinds and package them together as one. The ideas for sugar scrubs are endless. (On a side note this recipe calls for red food dye. So if you have issues using the red food dye you can make it without it. It just won’t have the contrasting colors in the scrub.)

 Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 cups of sugar divided into separate cups
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Carrier Oil of your choice (I used an almond carrier oil.)
  • red food dye
  • plastic or glass containers to put the mixture in (the photo above those are 4-ounce containers.)

 Here’s What You Do:

  • Add about 3-6 drops of food coloring into one of the cups of sugar. (The food coloring will go a long way. So if you don’t want a strong red color in your scrub go light on the dye. I went heavy on the dye because I wanted a strong contrast between the colors.)
  • Stir the sugar and food dye until it’s blended to your liking.
  • Add about 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and the carrier oil to the other cup of sugar and mix well. The amount of carrier oil you use will depend on the consistency you’d like the scrub to be. I went with a thicker scrub.
  • Start layering the scrub. You can start with either color. There’s no science to it, just make sure you alternate layers to give it the pepperminty look. Layer until the container is full.
  • You may want to press each firmly before moving to the next layer. This will help to keep it from settling too much later.

Enjoy.

If you use a Popsicle stick or spoon to dispense the scrub it will last a little longer. Depending upon the size of the container, the scrub is good for about 4-6 weeks. Also please make sure and use caution when in the shower or tub. There is oil in it so it may be a little slick when you are done.

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

Peppermint made with sugar and peppermint essential oil.

The Halloween Candy Flower Pot

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The Halloween candy flower pot? What?!? Huh? OK, it’s not really a flower pot. It just looks like a lot of bloomed flowers so I went with it. I hope you will too!

I’m not big on decorating for Halloween or most other holidays except Christmas, but I was inspired by Pinterest (of course) to try this little piece of decor. You can find my inspiration here. She used her “Lollipop Tree” for a birthday party. I changed it up to match the holiday of my choice and so can you.

It’s super easy to make. I found it so easy, I made two.

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Here’s What You Need:

A flower pot, a bucket, vase (You choose.)

Candy (Suckers are much easier to use, but any individually wrapped candy will work. I used toothpicks to secure the Reese’s cup to the Styrofoam ball. Also make sure you have enough candy to cover the ball.)

Styrofoam  ball. (Make sure it will fit the base of your choosing.)

Here’s What You Do:

Place the Styrofoam ball in the base.

Start from either the top of the ball or the bottom (your choice) and work your way up or down placing the candy in the ball. (You could randomly place the candy in the ball, but you might end up with gaps.) I started from the bottom and made layers working my way up. I tried to make sure there were no gaps. It was easier to do with the suckers than the Reese’s.

Enjoy! 🙂

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The Sugar Scrub

Here’s a nice recipe for a body scrub that works! It’s not my own creation so I won’t take credit for it, but I didn’t pull it off of someone’s else blog or page. It is a combination of at least two different scrubs that I’ve found. My favorite part of the recipe is if you don’t like it change it to something you do like or works better for you! It’s extremely flexible.

Sugar Scrub:

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Mix in a bowl until you reach your desired texture

If you want more (for gift purposes or more than one person) doubling the ingredients  will make roughly 8 ounces of the scrub. I used 1/2 cup (possibly less, I was eyeballing it and not measuring) because I only wanted enough for my hands, face, and (hopefully) my feet.

The desired texture is really up to you. The more olive oil added the thinner the product gets. I wanted a rough texture so I went light on the olive oil. By the time it was done, I added a little more honey for the soft scent and even added some more olive oil because the mixture was a bit too rough for me.

The product will settle and moisten up a little bit if you let it set. So if you don’t like  the way it feels after mixing but aren’t sure if you want to add more more honey and/or olive oil, let it sit for 15-20 minutes. See how you like it then and then if it still doesn’t meet your expectations start adding then.

If you have sensitive skin please use caution! This is scrubby scrub!!! HUH? It works! It’s rough and tough so please be careful when using this if you have sensitive skin. (Go light on the sugar and little more on the olive oil.)

Is this recipe similar to what you use with your DIY scrub? Do you  add anything to your mixture? Let me know. I’d love to hear your own creation if you are willing to share.

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The Mat Frame

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Hannah and Harley wishes everyone a loving and peaceful day filled with what or who brings happiness to your world.

I am a practical person. I love practical ideas that can be slightly altered for a personal and unique touch especially for gift ideas. Everyone knows at least one or two people that are suckers for ideas like this one. For those on a budget this idea is refreshing.

Not only am I practical, but I also love photos. Any time I get the opportunity to give or receive a photo I love it!

Here’s the idea: take those blank, dull, and boring mats add some of your decoration using a sharpie or marker(s), place your favorite photo in it, and you’ve got an original mat (made with love) as a setting for a framed gift.

How is that practical? This is what I love about ideas like this one: it’s great for any occasion and it creates unique and one-of-kind pieces of décor. This is a great idea for children to give gifts to mom and dad or teenagers with a creative flair on a budget. The mat you see in the photo was purchased for $1.50 from Wal-Mart and the metal stand (optional, but make sure the mat will stand on it’s own) was $.97.