Elfster Recommends: Body Products!

Elfster Recommends: Body Products!

Celebrate your next event with these natural citrus Bohbon soap stacks! They are vegan friendly and make a great eco-friendly favor that your guests will really use. Photo courtesy of Bohbon Soap . . . . . April Rain uses powerful age-fighting HydroPeptides to defend against all facets of skin aging and set a new standard in anti-aging skin care. It deeply hydrates cells, plumping them for a more lifted appearance, and relaxing wrinkle-causing facial expressions. Photo courtesy of The Beauty Counter . . ….

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Save the Leftovers!

Save the Leftovers!

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but the festivities are still in full swing! Lots of us are still taking advantage of the long weekend with shopping, spending time with those we love, and more feasting! If you have leftovers from last night but need a fabulous “new” dish to whip up for another complete meal, try this Asian-inspired pasta dish ! It uses leftover poultry and cucumbers, or any raw veggies you want to toss in, and guarantees a unique and light dressing…

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Elfster Recommends: Tastes of the Holidays!

Elfster Recommends: Tastes of the Holidays!

Bring the delicious taste of grandma’s garden into your kitchen with Dolce Nonna’s canned organic vegetables! Eggplants, peppers and string beans are canned in traditional herb and vinegar concoctions, giving them a concentrated and pungent taste that is delicious right out of the jar or as a spread. Photo courtesy of Foodoro . . . s How often you get a box of cereal and end up picking out all the marshmallows, or mixing in several other ingredients before digging in? MojaMix lets you…

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Pies That Are Good For Your Body!

Pies That Are Good For Your Body!

I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like. Whether savory or sweet, the combination of flavorful filling packaged in a hot, buttery crust has never gone wrong! Though edible pies will always be number one, here are some delicious body products that are created by and for pie lovers just like me! After all, one can’t always be eating pie 24/7 – though one may try! Now you can show your love for pie in four new ways, while also…

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A Classic Thanksgiving Meal Perfected!

A Classic Thanksgiving Meal Perfected!

Only one more day before we gather around the dining table and remember all that we have to be thankful for! Whether it’s grandma’s top secret stuffing recipe or fancy fusion turkey dumplings, there are so many recipes to choose from every year that it can be more overwhelming than anything. We’ve compiled a classic assortment of Autumn recipes that keep it simple while still being delicious! Have you ever really enjoyed green bean casserole, or had mashed potatoes that…

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Elfster Recommends: Gadgets and Gizmos

Elfster Recommends: Gadgets and Gizmos

Whether you’re baking a croissant or building a Swedish birdhouse, converting different measurements can be pesky and overwhelming! With this 1-step metric conversion calculator, you’ll no longer be running to the computer to crank out those numbers. It converts U.S. to Metric and vice versa with a press of a button, and is also a full 4-function, 10 digit dual-powered calculator. A handy stocking stuffer for travelers, students and professionals! Photo courtesy of 1-Step Why rely on batteries or outlets when…

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Decorative and Delicious Cider Beetles

Decorative and Delicious Cider Beetles

Photo and recipe courtesy of Chaos in the Kitchen It’s so easy to spend tons of money at the cafes on hot drinks like cider. Making it on your own is cheaper, simpler than driving to the store, and it will fill your house with delicious Fall scents of bubbling apples and spices! This quick kitchen project for cider beetles makes a bundle of everything you need for the perfect cider – just drop a beetle it in a pot of boiling apple juice and let…

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Elfster Recommends: Accessories To Make Your Life Easier!

Elfster Recommends: Accessories To Make Your Life Easier!

.With so many expensive, high tech appliances at our fingertips, it’s so easy to damage them with the slip of a hand. The Mobigrip provides a micro bungee that sticks easily to any surface and giving you a loop to secure over your fingers – like a safety belt for your gadgets! Now those MP3 players, phones, and cameras will stay safely in your hands. Image courtesy of Mobigrip . . PortaPocket carrying cases are carry all your little necessities like…

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Everything’s Better With Crumb Topping!

Everything’s Better With Crumb Topping!

When I think about my favorite desserts, most of them all have one thing in common: crumb topping. Apple pies are good, but Dutch apple pies are amazing. Cinnamon pound cake is fine, but add the topping and suddenly it’s a scrumptious coffee cake! Many of us are whipping out our favorite dessert recipes this month, and might want to add a little something to make it extra special. This easy three-ingredient topping will add another layer of texture and…

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Simple Yet Stunning DIY Walnut Charms

Simple Yet Stunning DIY Walnut Charms

Photos and instructions courtesy of Design Sponge The season of plenty is upon us! When I think of autumn, I imagine families and friends gathering in the evenings, snacking on the bounty of fruits and nuts that are appearing more and more in markets and kitchens. The nutritious nut is certainly something to be thankful for – so hearty, healthy, and simple! These gorgeous charms are just as easy to make, and look like they were plucked out of an antique jewelry…

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Elfster Recommends: Bagrationi Wine

Elfster Recommends: Bagrationi Wine

In 1882, Georgian Prince Ivane Bagrationi-Mukhraneli dug thousands of years into his ancestry and began producing their renowned sparkling wine. Even today, Bagrationi brings us this cherished collection, widely popular in Europe. Bagrationi wine is made from indigenous grapes from the best winegrowing regions of Georgia. The non-vintage sparklers are comparable in flavor and style with Spanish Cava and Italian Prosecco, while the vintage wines are complex and layered like their New World counterparts. They are clean-tasting, with medium complexity…

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Bring In the Birds!

Bring In the Birds!

Photos and instructions courtesy of Design Sponge The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and the animals are running around everywhere gathering food for the months to come! Bird feeders are such an easy way to draw nature right to your own yard, and this acorn bird-feeder is a piece of art within itself! The creative use of a wood bowl for the acorn cap makes it look like it was bought at a design store! On top of that, the slippery surface…

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Elf Costume Contest Winner: Lisa M.!

Elf Costume Contest Winner: Lisa M.!

A hearty congratulations to Lisa M. for being the winner of Elfster’s first costume contest! She is truly bedecked from head to toe with Christmas elf cheer – we especially love the rosy cheeks and jingly green hat! Your bear collection is also quite adorable! Lisa will receive a 12-piece luxury bar gift box from Tcho Chocolate, with three bars each of their four signature flavors. We got so many impressive submissions that it took several rounds of voting to finally make the decision. Here…

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Brighten Your Day With Bunting

Brighten Your Day With Bunting

Photos and instructions courtesy of Project Wedding What’s “bunting” and how can it easily transform a simple room into a celebration? It’s named after a lightweight fabric that was used to make flags, but today, it’s a quick and inexpensive way to string together textiles to add a splash of color to your event! With three steps , decorating is really as easy as 1-2-3! All it takes is some materials around the house and some patience, and you’ll soon have an adornment that’s…

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Mushroom Risotto: A Warm Bowl of Autumn

Mushroom Risotto: A Warm Bowl of Autumn

Photo and recipe courtesy of Dinner Diary With the weather turning colder and the holiday season officially upon us, all we want to do is tuck into some hearty comfort food! Risotto is one of those perfect dishes that are sophisticated, warm, and surprisingly easy to whip up – even the name is fun to say! It sounds intimidating at first, but it’s really a one-pot meal. You can take this opportunity to highlight seasonal produce, since everything is delicious with rice…

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DIY Knotted Trivet

DIY Knotted Trivet

Photo and instructions courtesy of Design Sponge This simple project is so intricately beautiful, people won’t believe that’s it DIY, or that it’s made from a recycled jump rope! The whole project takes under half an hour, and would make a wonderful gift. I’m already thinking of making a dozen and finding countless uses for them – coasters, decorative hangings, maybe even jewelry! Best of all, you decide its size based on the length and thickness of the rope. Knotted Rope Trivet 14 feet…

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Nature Walk Mobile

Nature Walk Mobile

The author of the Resurrection Fern is truly a inspiration for craftsters! The blog melds beautiful photography and stories of her neighborhood, craft tutorials, and shares her unique handcrafted pieces which can be purchased online. The crafts are heavily influenced by the plants and animals in natural surroundings, and manifest in the beauties she creates with crochet, fabric and paint,  just to name a few! One of the simpler tutorials she has, that nature-lovers of any age can enjoy, is this nature mobile ….

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Halloween Candy That Keeps Giving Back!

Halloween Candy That Keeps Giving Back!

Did your kids bring home a lot of loot this Halloween? Still have a few buckets left that trick-or-treaters never got to? A little too much? As you’re polishing off some of your favorite treats, consider selling the extra candy to dentists! That’s right, dentists from Halloween Candy Buy Back will buy leftover candy for $1 per pound and ship them to U.S. troops serving overseas. That way, you’ll save yourself some tummy-aches and cavities while bringing fond memories and a smile to troops….

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GameStop Holiday Video Game Q&A

GameStop Holiday Video Game Q&A

  If you have kids that love video games, you’ve surely got a lot of questions as we approach the holidays.  Today we had a chance to catch up with Betty Shock.  She is Regional Vice President at GameStop, and we asked her some questions that are probably on your mind.  Many thanks to Betty for taking the time to lend us her expert opinion and make our last minute game shopping a bit easier! – What will be most…

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Memories Under the Tree

Memories Under the Tree

This is a story by Elfster contributing writer Mary Ann Romans. ————— My fondest Christmas memories took place under the tree in a small apartment in New York. Oh it wasn’t the presents I was after, but that magical space that was laid out on the tree skirt. There under a canopy of colored lights reflecting off of the polyvinyl needles was an incredible world filled with all of the glitter of the imagined North Pole. You see, we didn’t…

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Tips for Military Families at Christmas

Tips for Military Families at Christmas

  This is a guest blog post of tips for Military Families during the holidays by Tara Crooks.  Tara Crooks is the woman behind two popular military websites, www.ArmyWifeTalkRadio.com and www.FieldProblems.com . Featured at CinCHouse.com, Military Spouse Magazine, ClubMom.com, Military.com, Army.com and more, Army Wife Talk Radio is the original internet talk radio program for military wives. The tagline, Our Life, Our Family, Our Soldier, says it all. Tara does a weekly internet talk radio broadcast from the website that features up…

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Santa’s Sangria

Santa’s Sangria

Santa’s Sangria Ingredients: 1 Bottle Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja, Zinfandel, Shiraz) 1 Lemon cut into wedges 1 Orange cut into wedges 1 Lime cut into wedges 2 Tbsp Sugar 1 Splash Orange Juice 2 Shots Gin 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries or Raspberries (may use thawed or frozen) 1 Small Can of Diced Pineapples (with juice) 4 Cup(s) Ginger Ale Steps Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon, orange and lime into the…

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