Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day

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Dear Diet Sign

Available in the shoppe!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year I thought it’d be fun to combine creativity with confection. Heck with diets!

I started cruising around the Internet, and I’d like to share some neat ideas I found. If you test them out, please be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook!

I placed the ideas into categories, but honestly… what’s hard for me may be a breeze for you or vice versa! Check them out, and pick your favorite one to try.

Chocolate Covered Valentine Pretzels via Sheek Shindigs
Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treat on a Stick via Sheek Shindigs

Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes via Martha Stewart
Strawberry Valentine Cookies via Taste of Home

Meringue Love Letters and Hearts via Martha Stewart
Red Velvet Cheesecake via Better Homes & Gardens

Happy Valentine’s Day!

P.S. If you have any of your own Valentine’s Day recipes you’d like to share, leave them in the comments!

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

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DSC02433It seems like we’ve been waiting all season for snow, and now it’s finally in the forecast. Lots of it! It’s kind of a love/hate thing: snow on Christmas makes my heart merry, but then the logistics of a snow storm and all the things I have left on my to-do list crowd into my whimsical thoughts.

For those of you who haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, you should really stop in tomorrow before the storm hits! You never know when you’ll get out again! Ok, you’ll probably be shoveled out by Saturday, but why wait until the last minute, right?

Much of our Christmas stock is 30% off! You can shop for those people on your list who haven’t been 30% offcrossed off yet or wrap yourself up something from Santa! We’re happy to help those elves that need some shopping advice too. Just send them in with instructions to ask for Julie!

Wishing you a white Christmas!

13 Reasons Candles Make the Perfect Gift

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Sometimes you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your Christmas list. No wait… usually you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your list.

Candles make great gifts for a number of reasons. Here are thirteen:

    1. Women and men both enjoy fragrant aromas – hence perfume AND cologne.
    2. Candles bring a sense of warmth into a place. And who doesn’t need warmth during our Iowa winters?
    3. Batteries not included, and that’s ok! Most candles don’t need anything more than a flame.
    4. However, if safer is what you’re looking for, we do have a variety of newer types of candles that run on power.
    5. Candles are calming. A calming aroma can soothe the heart and relieve tension.
    6. The sense of smell is highly related to memory. Smells bring back memories.
    7. Smells can help create new memories too! What tradition do you want to carry on with the help of scents?
    8. You can match a person’s candle to their favorite food showing them that you really know them.
    9. Aroma and dim lighting are totally unconscious relaxation mechanisms that go back to when we were able to light a fire in the mouth of a cave and see if it was safe to go inside. Apparently candle relaxation is ingrained in our brains.
    10. You can add a candle to just about any gift basket and make it better – bath basket, reading basket, cooking basket — you name it, there’s a candle for it.
    11. If you want the smell without the smoke, you can opt for wax melters.
    12. If you want the smell without any heat at all, there are reed diffusers.
    13. Candles make good decor – it’s like two gifts in one!

Do you have any other great reasons candles make great gifts? Please share!

Happy Gifting! – Julie

Shoppe Surprises – Sparkle and Yarn Bows

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Christmas has arrived at the shoppe, and we had a wonderful holiday open house this past weekend. Thanks to all of you who came out and visited us on the grey winter day.

Some of my favorite things in the shoppe this season are the sparkly ‘bows’, for lack of a better word. The bows magically appeared via my right-hand woman, Gayle. She whipped them up just like you would a normal bow, but they just seem more festive than the traditional ribbon.Sparkly bow in silver

You could probably make these in a smaller format with sparkle stems, but we have rolls of sparkle wire in the store, if you’d like to try making a larger one for yourself. I think they have much more impact if they are a bit bigger.Sparkly bow in red

We also experimented with some yarn bows, and I love how they turned out – amazing! I always love trying old tricks with new materials. It’s pure Christmas joy! (Ok, that may be stretching it… but still, they are my favorites in the store right now.)Red yarn bow

Either of these bows would be a great addition to your holiday decor, a big gift or perhaps the top of your tree!

Welcome to the holidays! -Julie

Jewelry Organization

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I love jewelry and I love what it does for an outfit. Many of our customers buy necklaces and other pieces as gifts, but honestly, I think every woman needs a new accessory every now and then. Jewelry can change an entire outfit – what was old is new again! Here are some fun ways to store your new jewelry. DIY with a mix of Second Chances-type finds and accessories from Julieann’s.

Source: etsy.com via Lolly on Pinterest