12 Strong In Theaters January 19th + Reader Giveaway

Just the other day I saw a commercial for 12 Strong and was instantly intrigued. I’m not usually into war movies, but this one sounds incredible. Plus, it’s a true story! It’s set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a U.S. Special Forces team was chosen to be the first U.S. troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. 12 Strong will be released this Friday, January 19th!

12 STRONG is one of the great unknown stories of American valor. Twelve brave U.S. soldiers dropped everything and ventured into an unknown land, outnumbered 5,000 to 1 to complete one of the most successful special forces missions of all time. However, they had to use the rudimentary tactics of the Afghan horse soldiers rather than state-of-the-art warfare to battle the heavily-armed Taliban. This is the amazing story of these 12 heroes and the families who wondered if they would come home alive.

I find it absolutely fascinating that these soldiers had to use horses instead of the technologically advanced vehicles we’re used to seeing the military use these days! This movie is rated R for war violence and language throughout.

Get a sneak peek with the official trailer:

 

 

Get your tickets HERE!

You can also check out the movie’s official pages:

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Giveaway: One lucky Chic ‘n Savvy reader will win 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers book and two (2) Fandango e-gift cards to see 12 Strong in theaters! If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 1/30/18. Gift card ticket value up to $12 each. Good luck!

12 Strong Book + Fandango e-Gift Card Giveaway

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Warner Bros. Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! DVD Giveaway

Hop inside the Mystery Machine and hit the road with Scooby-Doo and the gang, in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2 available in stores January 16, 2018 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. This DVD release features another exciting 13 episodes from the hit animated series!

In Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2, high school ends and summer vacation begins for the Scooby-Doo gang. Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred and Scooby-Doo set out on a road trip in search of fun and adventure. Along the way, they share plenty of laughs and good times but that’s not all! Scooby-Doo and his pals tackle some of the biggest and most baffling mysteries they’ve ever come across.

As their excursion continues, the Mystery Inc. gang stop at several spooky destinations. The teens visit an old prison known as “The Vault,” which is haunted by the ghost of a man who once tried to escape from its confines. They board a flight on Air Gigantica, a plane that’s tormented by a gremlin. The hijinks continue in the bayous of New Orleans, where the gang encounters a swamp monster. Next on the route is a visit to a ski resort where Scooby-Doo and his pals confront a snow monster. These and several other escapades are featured on this fun-filled release. It’s a memorable journey the Mystery Inc. gang won’t soon forget and fans won’t want to miss!

“Viewers love this fresh, new version of Scooby-Doo! It’s a clever and highly entertaining twist on the original. The show’s cutting-edge animation appeals to kids while adults enjoy its wit and humor. Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! offers something for everyone,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “We’re delighted to release more episodes of this fun, new series on DVD.”

Reader Giveaway: Three lucky Chic ‘n Savvy readers will each win Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Season 1 Part 2 on DVD. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 2/5/18. Good luck!

Be Cool, Scooby Doo! DVD Giveaway

Homemade Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

Homemade Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

There is a lot to wrap, label, and hang up around the holidays. We buy a lot of this around the holidays from gifts all the way down to the ornaments that we hang on our trees. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. You and your kids can make custom, homemade felt tree ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree.

These aren’t hard to make either. In fact, we are going to teach you how to make some simple felt ornaments below.

What Do You Need to Make Felt Ornaments?

The first thing you need to consider is what you will need to make these ornaments. Of course, you will need felt as well as some thread or embroidery floss, an embroidery needle, and cardboard. The exact instructions on how to use these will vary depending on the exact ornament you are crafting.

Each of these ornaments will also be stuffed with stuffing as well. You can choose to leave the cardboard template in instead but most people do not.

DIY Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments

How to Make a Felt Candy Cane Ornament

The first thing you will want to do is to make an ornament out of cardboard. This will serve as your template. Then, make a red candy cane and a white one. The white candy cane is your base but you will want to cut the red candy cane into strips.

You will want to sew the red strips – every other one to be exact – into place with red embroidery floss. This will keep them in place much easier and is far more reliable than glue would be. If you want, you can also sew the edges of the candy cane with red embroidery floss as well.

How to Make a Christmas Tree Ornament

The first thing you need to do is to make your template once again. For a Christmas tree, you have a couple choices. The simplest option is to make a triangle with a rectangle sticking out of it for the base. However, you can also use rounder and more detailed designs as well.

But what is a Christmas tree without decorations? You can use beads and embroidery floss to create the illusion of tinsel, decorations, and ornaments on your tree. You could even add some bows if you want!

How to Make a Mitten Felt Ornament

A mitten is another winter themed ornament that can be made to decorate your Christmas tree. Once again, you will need to take your cardboard and make a base. Of course, this will be simple as mittens have a uniform shape so you won’t have too much creativity to your ornament just yet.

You will then take whatever color felt you please and make the base of the mitten. Then you can attach a small, rectangular piece for the bottom of the mitten. Remember to use embroidery floss for this and not glue so that it stays on properly.

You can then decorate your mitten much like you did your tree. Use embroidery floss, buttons, bows, and beads to your heart’s content to make the perfect mitten in your mind.

How to Make a House Felt Ornament

This is probably the most complex option on this list but don’t worry! You start the same way as the others – with a cardboard base. Then you will want to cover the template with felt, attaching the colors to one another with embroidery floss.

You will also want to attach a door and window with embroidery floss as well. You can then decorate it as you please with embroidery floss, bows, buttons, and more.

How to Make a Basic Felt Ornament

From the most complex to the most simple; how do you make a simple Christmas ornament out of felt? To do this, you will want you to create a circular template from cardboard. Then, you can choose a color of felt you want your ornament to be.

Finally, you can decorate the ornament how you want. This can be further felt decorations or, once again, beads, bows, embroidery floss and more.

How to Create a Hanger For Your Ornaments

Of course, each of these ornaments needs a hanger. This is rather simple, though, and can be done in a couple seconds. The loop can be made out of embroidery floss or yarn. You simply need to make a loop and attach it by sewing it into place.

Make sure that this loop is big enough to fit on a branch so the ornament can go on the tree. Remember, it’s okay if the loop is a little big but if it’s small it can be problematic.

Benefits of Using Felt Ornaments

There are some benefits of using felt ornaments around the holidays. Now that we have gone over how to make these ornaments, let’s take a look at how these ornaments can benefit you.

Easy for Kids and Adults

Young children may need help with the sewing but generally this is a great chance for the whole family to pitch in. With each member of the family helping out, you’ll have the whole tree decorated in no time.

A Great Outlet for Creativity

The great thing about felt ornaments is the fact that no two are exactly the same. So, you get the chance to be creative and make something all your own. This is great to see the ideas that you and your family will come up with.

Inexpensive Option

One benefit of making felt ornaments is that they are inexpensive. All the craft supplies that you need are relatively cheap and the entire project can cost you less than buying a new set of ornaments from the store.

Conclusion

Now that you know how to make these ornaments, it is easy to get started. You know the benefits, materials, and basic instructions to get you ready to go. So, go ahead and let your creativity fly and make some felt ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree.

Homemade Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments are a fun, pretty and easy-to-make Christmas craft project for both kids and adults!

Spread Holiday Cheer with Sweet’N Low’s Prize Pack Sweepstakes + Giveaway!

Holiday parties and gatherings typically mean lots of sweet treats, right? Of course, you can enjoy all of those fun goodies and keep your waistline in mind by using a zero-calorie sweetener like Sweet’N Low as you put together your favorite holiday beverages.

Sweet’N Low has also launched a national sweepstakes to spread holiday cheer! Enter the sweepstakes on Sweet’N Low’s Facebook page for a chance to win two prize packs – one for yourself and one for a loved one.

The sweepstakes has daily and weekly winners, plus one grand prize winner who will receive the ultimate holiday package for themselves and another to share with a lucky friend. Other prizes include gift cards, single brew Keurig coffee makers, premium glassware, smoothie makers, and much more.

You can also visit their Facebook page for some delicious seasonal recipes like these:

Gingerbread Coffee

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 2 packets Sweet’N Low zero calorie sweetener
  • ¼ cup fat-free half and half

Preparation:

In filter basket combine coffee, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and brew coffee with 4 cups water. Divide between 2 coffee cups and stir in Sweet’N Low and half and half.

Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients:

  • 5 packets Sweet’N Low zero calorie sweetener
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 6 oz. hot water

Preparation:

Combine 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, 1 cup powdered milk, and 5 packets Sweet’N Low in a small bowl; mix well. Pour into an 8-ounce mason jar. To prepare a cup, put 4 heaping teaspoons into a mug, add 6 oz. of hot water, and stir well.

Reader Giveaway: Enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card, courtesy of Sweet’N Low! To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59 pm ET on 12/11/17. Good luck!

$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Check out this delicious Gingerbread Coffee recipe! It's the perfect beverage for a cold winter morning!

Stick to Your Christmas Budget at DollarTree.com – Decorations and Supplies for $1

Christmas is coming soon, and I just can’t wait! (I know it’s not an original opinion, but Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday!) As you get ready for Christmas, know that you don’t have to bust your budget shopping for decorations, ornaments, treats, and/or party supplies.

DollarTree.com has a wide variety of $1 specials to make your Christmas absolutely delightful. There are several bonuses to buying online at DollarTree.com vs. shopping in the store:

1) No fighting the crowds – I hate crowds, especially around the holidays!
2) You’re buying in bulk, so you’re guaranteed to get as many as you need – no worrying about the store running out of stock
3) There are lots of ideas online for how to use Dollar Tree’s products to make your Christmas magical!

Here are some of their Christmas supplies that are catching my eye:

Crafter’s Square Paintable Clear Plastic Christmas Balls, 4 in.: $1 each (great for crafting!)

Have a ball decorating your own ornaments! Clear plastic Christmas balls are ready to be filled or painted for a personal touch. Perfect for a family activity, or for the kids to do on their own. These treasured keepsakes can be kept for yourself or given away to friends and family! You can use them to make these fun and easy Hard Candy Ornaments!

Christmas House Solar-Powered LED Window Candles, 6.25 in.: $1 each

Enjoy the tranquility of window candles without creating a fire hazard and without running up the power bill! Solar-powered candles are the perfect accent for window sills during the holiday season… plus, there are no cords to trip over. Also ideal for weddings, and as craft projects to decorate wreaths or centerpieces.

Christmas House Battery-Operated Large 6-Bulb Christmas Light Necklaces: $1 each (aren’t these fun?!)

Trees and wreaths are not the only place to hang Christmas lights! These fun necklaces have 6 HUGE colorful plastic Christmas bulbs, while the back of the necklace contains a module that holds the small included batteries and an on/off switch. Turn the necklaces on, and the LED lights turn you in to a well lit Christmas decoration. They make great Christmas party favors or stocking stuffers.

DollarTree.com also has some interesting Christmas craft project ideas, like this Christmas Candy Cane Wreath or these Poinsettia and Apple Bouquets. What Christmas decorations and supplies do you stock up on at Dollar Tree?

Get Halloween Decorations and Supplies for $1!