Holiday Gift Ideas and The Life of Pi

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away we’re already in the full swing of this year’s holiday season!
The holidays are a very special time of year in my family. I have personally always loved seeing the decorations start to go up around town, to be able to decorate the inside of my own home and the holiday lights are a definite favorite!!!

Every single year the entire family gets together and exchanges gifts, enjoys a home cooked, extra special holiday meal and spends quality time together. And every single holiday season I promise myself that I won’t wait until the last minute to finish my holiday shopping…
Well, THIS year might finally be the one! I’ve been looking for a one stop shop to get the majority of my gifts, gifts that my loved ones will love and I’ve finally found it at World Market. Win-win, am I right!

I’ve even created an inspiration board of fun gifts that I know will be absolute crowd-pleasers at this year’s holiday celebrations!

World Market Gift Ideas

Light Natural Cowhide Rug | World Market / Faux Cowhide Toss Pillow / Owl Cookie Jars, Set of 2 | World Market / Hammered Copper Tea Kettle | World Market / Multicolor Stacking Mugs or Espresso Cups Sets of 6 | World Market / candles holders | World Market / 6 Bud Vases with Wire Caddy | World Market / Nico Nesting Tables, Set of 3

World Market has unique rustic items like the cowhide accessories, cute items like the cookie jars, bright colors for the bold ones in my life, and fun decorations for the world travelers, like the NY word sign! A gift for everyone on my h0liday shopping list all at one location! I’m excited to get my holiday shopping finished early and then have time for other fun holiday activities! Like going to the movies for example…

I am right in the middle of reading the book, The Life of Pi. The story is about a young Indian boy named Pi, of course, who through some tragic events ends up stranded in the ocean all alone except for a Bengal tiger!! Pi’s story will debut on the big screen starting November 21st (TOMORROW!) and I can’t wait to see it!

Now, how does the Life of Pi coincide with World Market you ask? Well, on Black Friday (November 23) the first 100 customers to shop, in store at World Market, will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

Holiday shopping done AND a FREE movie plus other fun goodies!?!? I’m sold!!!

They’re also hosting a HUGE Life of Pi Sweepstakes! Enter here on their sweepstakes site or here on their Facebook page.

Oh! And just a little heads up… If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. You can also enter daily for more chances to win!!

And while you’re getting entered, stay up to date with all future World Market fun all across the web!!!
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Disclosure: This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Renesmee Brownies

So unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably realized that the final ‘chapter’ of the Twilight movies will be out in theaters this month… November 16th to be exact. With the premier of Breaking Dawn 2, our friend Marissa of Raegun Ramblings asked us to create a Renesmee/Twilight post to celebrate!

 Breaking Dawn Party Peeps

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Kayli and I both really enjoyed the books and have made it a point to see all of the movies together. We even stood in line for Breaking Dawn Part 1, only to be the cut off for the next showing. That’s right… they let everyone before us in the theater… and we had to wait there for a whole showing before getting in…. haha. Guess the bright side was we were first in line for the next showing and got to choose the best seats… 😉

For my contribution to Marissa’s ‘party’, I created a recipe that would be fun to share with friends before heading out to see the movie!

Twilight Brownie Recipe

In the Breaking Dawn book, when Renesmee is first introduced she is described as having “chocolate brown eyes” and cheeks the color of rose petals. I don’t know about you, but when I hear chocolate brown, I think of… BROWNIES!
Brownies drizzled with a ‘rose’ colored sugar glaze; A treat with Renesmee written all over it!

ingredients for twilight brownies

The ingredients needed to make your own Renesmee Brownies are:

Brownies –

  • Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts

Pink Glaze –

  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1tbs melted butter
  • Red and yellow food coloring

Step 1: Make the brownie mix according to the instructions on the box. I substitute apple sauce for the oil called for on the box. It makes for a few less calories (which at this point, doesn’t really matter… haha) and more cake like brownies.

using a Ninja to chop walnuts

Step 2: Chop your walnuts and fold into the brownie mix.
(I think the walnuts add a fun twist to a normal brownie mix… Almost like the fun twist Renesmee adds to the story when she can share her thoughts with others.) Bake the brownies according to the box instructions.

Step 3: While your brownies are baking mix up your pink sugar glaze by combining all the ingredients mentioned above. I used two drops of red and one drop of yellow food coloring to get the sort of ‘rose petal’ pink color I wanted.  More powdered sugar will give you a thicker consistency, more milk will make it thinner.

pink sugar icing

Step 4: Once the brownies are done, let them cool completely then cut into squares. I piled mine on a cake plate and drizzled the pink glaze over each layer as I went. You could use a fork or something similar to drizzle the glaze, but I think it’s easiest to use a sandwich baggy with the tip cut off… Makes it easier to control, which then looks prettier… 😉

easy way to ice brownies

Step 5: Enjoy a Renesmee brownie with friends/family, then head out to watch Breaking Dawn Part 2!

Renesmee Dessert Idea

Thanks so much to Marissa for inviting me to be a part of her Breaking Dawn Party!
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Fancy This 68 and… THE HUNGER GAMES!!!

It’s here!!! It’s HERE!!! Oh my goodness you guys… So excited!

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Kayli and I are both self proclaimed Hunger Games nerds. Absolutely.
We may or may not have named one of my dad’s logging skidders Katniss because it was painted red at one point, then orange over the top… Now the orange is peeling and so it’s this reddish-orangish jumble of painted machine…
Get it… The girl on fire. Yep, Katniss it is.  😉

If you haven’t read the books, do. They are so good. Well written, captivating. You’ll like them. Promise.

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