Vintage London Ice Skates

A few years back we were in London during the Christmas holidays. London in gorgeous year round but at Christmas is absolutely stunning. The window displays at Harrods sparkled with Swarovski crystals but it was the window in the little shop down the lane that I fell in love with. I bet these old worn vintage London ice skates have stories to tell!

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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

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Our current giveaways:

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$110 Safeway Gift Card ends 12/22

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$100 Target Gift Card ends 12/29

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The Magic of Christmas

The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence.

The Magic of Christmas

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Hair Fairy Satin Pillowcases – Giveaway!

I’ve been using a satin pillowcase for years. Besides the cool feeling it produces in the heat of summertime, it also keeps me from waking with morning bed head. That’s what the Hair Fairy Satin Pillowcase is all about. Tangle-free dreams!

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The tight weave and sheen of Hair Fairy Pillowcases eliminates friction from sleep movement that can cause hair to become tangled and damaged. Hair Fairly Pillowcases are made with luxurious medium-weight satin. They’re machine washable and fit a standard size pillow. I was very impressed with the fit too. I thought I was going to have to stretch the pillowcase over Kennedy’s over-sized memory pillow. But I didn’t. The pillow slipped into the pillowcase without any difficulty at all.
 

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Each pillowcase has piping detail and a pocket in front lower right corner that holds Harriet or favorite treasures. Harriet the Hair Fairy, wearing her sweet little white nightie, is included with each pillowcase.

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Hair Fairy Pillowcases are available in, Cloud White, Cotton Candy Pink and Preppy Polka Dot, on the Hair Fairy website. You can also follow them on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Google+ and You Tube. I just love companies that are on social media! 

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And now a little bit about the company’s history:  “The idea of sleeping on a satin pillowcase to prevent hair from tangling came to Eliza Kelly from a sympathetic mom after a particularly stressful morning brushing her daughter’s hair before preschool.

Unable to find a quality machine washable satin soft enough, the earliest Hair Fairy pillowcase was created and put an end to tearful brushing and hair tangles. Knowing other parents could benefit, Eliza launched Hair Fairy Bedding Company.”

So … how about you? Do you have a little princess that wakes in the morning with bed head? Does she loathe having her hair brushed because of hurtful tangles? 

We’ve partnered with Hair Fairy Satin Pillowcases for a …

Giveaway!

One person Simple Sojourns fan will win a Hair Fairy Satin Pillowcase for Tangle-free Dreams!

  •  This giveaway will close at 11:59 pm Monday December 15, 2014 
  • The giveaway is open to US residents only 
  • One set of entries per household 
  • ***Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment answering this question: Who will be sleeping on your Hair Fairy Satin pillowcase?  

 

This review/giveaway is a partnership between Simple Sojourns and Hair Fairy. The product reviewed and the giveaway product have both been provided by Hair Fairy. All photos are our own with the exception of the Hair Fairy logo and may not be used without written permission. 

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Canon is a great family gift from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Photography is more than a hobby at our house. Capturing moments of our life together, as well as moments with our children and grandchildren, is a way of life. Have camera, will travel. We don’t leave home without one. Just last night we were snapping away at our grandson’s high school wrestling meet. Great memories!! And now, through December 20, you can save $150 on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at Best Buy. Wouldn’t that be a great family gift?

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Best Buy is the one stop shopping destination for many things we use in our everyday life. It’s also the ultimate go-to store for the latest in cameras. The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is one of the best-selling DSLRs. With good reason too!

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The Canon EOS Rebel T5i is the way to capture all your holiday memories. I’ve been a bit scared at times with advanced photography, but Canon makes it easy and fun. You get exceptional image quality along with:

•      Capture Hollywood caliber full HD video  
•      Continuous autofocus while taking HD video
•      Features an 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor to ensure vivid, crystal-clear images.
•      The 3″ vari-angle touch screen simplifies navigation.

How’s that for holiday magic?!

Don’t forget … now through 12/20 you can save $150 at Best Buy on the Canon EOS Rebel T5i!

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Disneyland Poinsettias

Disney at Christmas is magical. From the festive parades to the beautiful Disneyland poinsettias on Main Street. Magic, I tell you!

Disneyland Main Street Poinsettias

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$100 Amazon GC 12/15

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O Come, Emmanuel

O Come, Emmanuel.

The Piano Guys have partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to bring us the story of Christmas in this gorgeous and inspiring video.

Enjoy and Merry Merry Christmas!

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The Salvation Army’s #RedKettleReason

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

The Red Kettle Reason

I’m not a shopper. It simply isn’t one of my favorite things to do. But one of the things I do love (if I venture out shopping during the holiday season) is dropping donations into the red kettles found outside stores. The ringing bell of The Salvation Army is part of the season. This year is the Salvation Army’s 124th Red Kettle campaign and they would love to hear your reason for giving. That’s what the #RedKettleReason is all about: sharing your reason for helping bring the spirit of Christmas to those who may be forgotten the rest of the year.

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The Salvation Army is one of the world’s largest and oldest providers of social services. Originally established in 1865 in London, the Salvation Army has been doing good internationally for nearly 150 years and 130 years in the USA. In 2013 The Salvation Army served almost 30 million Americans in need. Their faith-based mission is to “meet human needs in His name without discrimination” regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, physical disability, age, creed or religion. They have centers of operation in nearly every zip code in the United States and a worldwide presence in more than 120 countries and territories around the globe. In the United States alone The Salvation Army has:

  • Served more than 58 million meals to the needy.
  • Provided rehabilitation services to 204,000 people through donations to Family Stores.
  • Provided day care services and summer day camps to over 203,000 underprivileged children.
  • Provided nearly 10 million nights of shelter.
  • Provided 324,000 people help during times of disaster.
  • Served more than 4 million families and children during the holidays.
  • Provided 1.8 million people help through senior, medical and institutional services.

Wow! I’ve known about the Salvation Army for as long as I can remember but had no idea how far their tender-hearted donations reached. I was also surprised to learn that all donations remain in the communities where they originate.

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Every year for as long as I can remember (and that’s a very long time I might add!), I’ve looked forward to the ringing bell of the Red Kettle. This year my grand-daughter enjoyed the spirit of Christmas by adding her donation. She experienced the special spirit of giving on her 9th birthday. I’m hoping the spirit of the Red Kettle becomes a tradition in her heart for many years to come. We called the local Salvation Army office to find out where our local Red Kettles were located.  To learn more about Red Kettles in your area, visit The Salvation Army online or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. 

#Red Kettle Reason

We’d love to have you join us and share your reason for giving by using the hashtag #RedKettleReason. You can view your #RedKettleReason on RedKettleReason.org. The website also features an interactive mosaic with a map of the conversations happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube, along with an easy way to donate directly to the Army. Easy peasy! Participate and give from your heart without even leaving home. Although … there’s something special about dropping donations in the actual kettle with the ever-present bell-ringer reminding us of the season.

Merry, Merry Christmas!!! 

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Pinterest in December

It’s December! I couldn’t be more excited. If I could have one wish … it would be for more time. I want to spend time baking Christmas treats with my grandchildren and making Christmas crafts. This year we have a very important time consuming commitment that I wouldn’t change for anything. But next year, next year, will be chock full of baking and crafting from Pinterest in December!

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Oh how grateful I am to Lindsey for her 2014 Holiday Television Specials Schedule!

Mint Meringue Kisses

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These Mint Meringue Kisses aren’t nearly as difficult to make as they look.

Three Wreath Snowman

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How adorable is this Three Wreath Snowman?

Snowball Christmas Tree Cookies

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Oh what fun it will be to make these Snowball Christmas Trees.

Sugared Cranberry Garland

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I’m in love with this Sugared Cranberry Garland.

North Pole Cupcakes

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Debra’s easy North Pole Cupcakes are perfect in the silver foil cupcake liners. 

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Simple and adorable! That’s what these Feathered Friends Tag Ornaments are!

 Rice Krispie Holiday Treats

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Debra’s Rice Krispie Holiday Treats are sure to be an all-time favorite!

Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornaments

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I can’t wait to make these Cookie Cutter and Ribbon Ornaments with my grand daughter!

Sugar Cookies

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You can’t go wrong with a good Sugar Cookie recipe.

M&M Christmas Poem Candy Jar Tutorial - Simple Sojourns

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Our M&M Christmas Poem Candy Jar is fun and easy to make with our step by step tutorial. 

Happy December and happy pinning!!

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