Christmas gifts DIY ideas + creative ways to wrap your Christmas presents


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Happy holidays guys.I hope you enjoyed my first Christmas article http://unsmileys.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/christmas-diyideastreats-giftshacks-christmas-tag/ & today I have decided to do another Christmas tag :) Im having a lot of fun writing those Christmas articles & I worked hard at it. I hope you like it.Please do leave your feedback & if you have also a christmas article,do leave the link below so that I can check out your article.Follow my blog for more such aticles :)
So lets get started xD

Creative ways to wrap your Christmas presents
Using your creativity,you can impress your friends & family this Christmas with your wonderfully-wrapped and unique-looking cute gifts. Here are some ideas

1.Pringles boxes

Pringles boxes can make a great recycled wrapping choice. Simply cover with paper, then stick the ribbon to the top and bottom of the can
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2.Paper Gift Packets

Let soft goods shine—sans box—by layering two pieces of kraft paper together and drawing your chosen shape
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3.100 % natural gift

Just add some fresh rosemary and pepperberry or other to make your gift look totally natural. Easy,simple but nice.
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You can also use feathers which look nice too.

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4. Cute gift boxes

Create cute boxes out of index cards [or other..] to make your gifts look totally unique. Make use of your imagination & some home materials to make really different pretty gifts boxes and drop your gift in :D Your relatives/friends will be amazed.Girls will love it the most!

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5.Tag Team

Include a cookie in your gift tag for an unexpected treat. Simply write a message on a piece of card stock cut to size, and insert the card and a cookie in the cellophane envelope. Punch two holes through the envelope with a hole puncher, and loop a ribbon through and tie.
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6.Photo gift wrapper

Add some real character and individuality to your gifts by adding a fun photograph of the recipient.
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7.Christmas inspired gift wrapping.

Customize your gift with some Christmas trees,deers..other fun christmas stuff etc

#Deer Silhouettes

Materials: Butcher paper + construction paper + newsprint + twine

Butcher paper becomes the perfect backdrop for stag silhouettes. Print and cut out our templates, then trace onto newsprint or construction paper and cut out. Tape in place and finish with twine.
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#Musical

“Jingle Bells” sheet music to create a whimsical package with festive cheer
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#Gift Toppers

These colorful creations add wow factor to humble brown paper packages.

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8.Ribbons! Bows !

Ribbons is a must have christmas accessory.Spice up your gifts with all types of ribbons & bows as you like.

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9.Newspapers

Forgot to buy your wrapping? Well, don’t worry! You can create the most amazing and funky-looking gift bows and wrapping from the pages of magazines or old maps
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Making a gift bow from magazines/newsapers
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10.Cute message.
This is the easiest but I think its cute & I really love this idea.What you gonna do is you insert/write/stick a cute message on the person gift.Avoid nametags & Merry Christmas,just write something you like about the person.The person receiving the gift will surely love it & appreciate the mesage especially children

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Now Im going to give you some DIY affordable gifts ideas for Christmas.This section is mostly for teens/children who don’t want to spend so much of money buying gifts, for whose who are busy,waiting for the last minute to buy Christmas gifts and for people who likes homemade DIY gifts :D Here are some very simple gifts that you may like :)

DIY Holiday Gift Guide

# For Mom

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I looks super difficult but its really easy to do using nuts,glitters,ribbons,and a small souvenir inside.

# For friends/Girlfriends,boyfriends/brothers sisters
I really love those messages that say ‘ Things I like about you’. My sister gave me one last year & I really like it. Suitable for everyone

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Try any gifts that you like. You can also gift chocolates,candy ..

#For Dad
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#For kids

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Merry christmas :D let me know if you want more :)

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Christmas DIY,Ideas,Treats & gifts,Hacks :) | Christmas tag |


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Christmas is on the way :D it’s nearly that time of year again! If you just don’t have enough hours in the day to prepare for the holiday season then this article will help you in making your Christmas festive and merrier.

Christmas treats [Easy DIY’s]

1.CHRISTMAS MARSHMALLOWS

Dip jumbo marshmallows in melted chocolate, crushed graham crackers and candy cane crumbs, and other flavour you may like! You have yourself a simple and deliciously festive holiday treat.
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2.STRAWBERRY SANTAS
With only strawberries and black and white frosting, you can create these adorable Santa desserts

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3.CHRISTMAS COOKIE TREES

Gather together a couple of different-sized cookies, stack from largest to smallest using icing as an adhesive, and decorate to your heart’s content with more icing or sprinkles.

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4.HOT CHOCOLATE STIRRERS Christmas Edition

Simply dip any spoon in melted chocolate, top with desired treats such as mini marshmallows or sprinkles and let it harden. Add red sprinkles or M&Ms to make it look more festive!
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5. ICE CREAM CONE CHRISTMAS TREES

ce cream cone Christmas trees are super easy: just dip the cones into melted chocolate and decorate with any sprinkles, candies or icing you like.

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6.3D COOKIE CHRISTMAS TREE

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7.Turn candy into Christmas lights

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8. Christmas Cupcakes
Try using your creativity & cooking skills to create cute christmas cupcakes like

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9.Golden Santa Bread

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10.Christmas small cakes (Other)

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Layer mini marshmallow, strawberry, banana slice, and a grape on a small stick and you get Grinch Kabobs
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Create,cook & decorate your Christmas treats.Try different ones with your originality & creativity & have fun. Let me know in the comments your treats.Feel free to post photos :)

DIY decoration/,Organisation tips & more

1.Egg cartons make great containers for delicate ornaments.

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2.Chocolate bar tree!

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3.A burlap garland makes a tree look quaint and festive.

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4.Christmas Book-Tree

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Make sure the books do not catch fire. Artificial lights are a must

5.Old aluminum foil cartons make wonderful cookie gift containers.
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6.REPURPOSED PRINGLES CANS or DIY bottles

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7.Spice up your Christmas tree this year

Make a change xD Some very creative Christmas tree totally different

cool Pac Man tree.
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Turn those old newspapers into an eco friendly newspaper tree:
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The Portal upside down tree:
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Random stuffy tree
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8.Snow globe
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9.DIY Christmas cards

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10.And many people like to do advent calenders :D DIY calenders:
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You can modify the DIY & create a lot more :D Use your imagination & make your Christmas more interesting. You can also use DIY candles[Its good for Christmas] and if you will not use a natural christmas tree,you can use a pine perfume scent something like that to make your house smell good & natural :) merry Christmas to all of you. Enjoy

Like this article more Christmas tags. I hope you loved the ideas.I had a lot of fun making this article & do let me know if you tried these DIY’s

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10 Bad cooking habits+ Why you should change


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Have you ever done this? You find an awesome recipe & try to cook it.The food turns out to be good but you can’t figure out where you went wrong. Actually a lot of people are not aware of bad cooking habits that may be not good for their health. Check out this article to know more :)

10 Bad Cooking Habits You Should Break

1. Heating Oil Until It Smokes

Most recipes start with heating oil in a pan. It usually takes a little time for the stove to warm up, so we pour the oil and then turn our backs on the pan to do something else while it heats. Before you know it, you see wisps of smoke, which means the pan is hot and ready for cooking, right? Wrong! Not only do many oils taste bad once they have been heated to or past their smoke point, but when oils are heated to their smoke point or reheated repeatedly, they start to break down, destroying the oil’s beneficial antioxidants and forming harmful compounds.

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2.You don’t properly preheat your cooking surface

When you’re hungry, “Preheat the oven or grill” may seem like a step that most people miss. But it’s necessary. Baking or roasting in an oven that hasn’t been properly preheated will throw off the cooking time or may cause your food to cook unevenly or even burn.Eating uncooked food may cause food poisoning

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3. Stirring Your Food Too Much

stirring too much can be a bad thing. It prevents browning—a flavor booster you get by letting your food sit on a hot surface—and it breaks food apart, making your meal mushy. Resist the urge to stir constantly unless the recipe specifically tells you to do so.

When you’re making batter for baking (or anything with large amounts of flour) you want everything to be well combined. And to combine, you mix. But too much mixing isn’t good. The mechanical action of the mixing causes gluten to form in the flour, making baked goods tough. So gently mix until the batter is uniform, then put down your mixer.

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4.You crowd the pan

It may be faster to fill your pan to the brim with ingredients, but doing that can actually slow cooking and give you a big pile of mush at the end. Shoving too much meat in the pan lowers the temperature of the pan too quickly, which can cause sticking and a whole host of other problems

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5.You cook or store acidic food in reactive pans

Aluminum is often used in cookware because it’s a great conductor of heat, but isn’t so good in your food. How would it get there? Cooking or storing something acidic in reactive pans, such as aluminum and cast-iron, can eat away at the metal and impart an off color and/or off flavor in your food. Use a nonreactive pan (stainless-steel, enamel-coated or glass) when cooking with acidic foods

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6.You Don’t Let Your Meat Rest and rinse it before cooking

Rest:

Let your meat rest before you cut into it. By resting, the juices redistribute through the meat and you’ll get juicier results. Cut it too soon, and all the juice runs out on your cutting board and doesn’t end up in your meat.

Rinse:

Rinsing meat off in your sink may get rid of the slime factor, but it contaminates your sink with bacteria that could potentially cause foodborne illness. Pat your meat with a paper towel instead to remove any unwanted residue.

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7.Nonstick Pans & Using Metal Utensils on Nonstick Pans

High temperatures can cause the nonstick lining to release PFCs (perfluorocarbons) in the form of fumes. PFCs are linked to liver damage and developmental problems.

Using metal utensils in a nonstick pan is not a good idea. You can inadvertently scratch the surface of the pan, which could lead you to ingest the PFCs in the nonstick lining. Use wooden or heat-safe rubber utensils when using nonstick pans.

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8.You dip and sweep the flour

When measuring flour, plenty of people fill their measuring cup by dipping it into the bag, leveling it off and dumping it into the bowl. This is a common mistake. Here’s why it doesn’t work: The dipping motion packs the flour into the cup, giving you more than you really need. The result? Dense baked goods.
How to do it right: The correct way to measure flour is scooping it lightly into the measuring cup with a spoon and leveling it off at the top.

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9. Blending Hot Liquids (Without Removing the Stopper)

If you’ve ever been assaulted by hot liquids from your blender, it’s probably because you didn’t remove the stopper before you blended. Steam from the hot liquid creates pressure that literally blasts off the lid if the stopper is in place. To ease the pressure, remove the stopper and cover the hole with a folded towel to prevent a mess before blending.

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10.Enjoy cooking haha :P

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Which bad cooking habit you would break? Let me know in the comments & please dnt forget to share it so that others may also know their bad cooking habits. :) Thank you for reading :)

Paradise island [Mauritius] Summer tag


“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” – Mark Twain

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I’v been able to visit the Paradise island known as Mauritius & Mauritius is really a beautiful island. The nature view,the beach are really very inspiring and unique & I feel very lucky to be able to visit this wonderful pearl in the indian ocean :) This place is very popular among tourists who state that the beach are great,the sea is more blue & the sun is more sunnier :P And I completely agree :D Sparkling white beaches, turquoise sea, a warm climate throughout the year, and friendly people.

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Some history about Mauritius Mauritius (Listeni/məˈrɪʃəs/; French: Maurice), officially the Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues (560 kilometres (350 mi) east), the islands of Agalega, and the archipelago of Saint Brandon. The islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Réunion 170 km (110 mi) southwest, form part of the Mascarene Islands. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis. Mauritius claims sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago (United Kingdom) and Tromelin Island (France)[wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritius ] http://mauritius.net/index.php .Mauritius is one of the world’s top luxury tourism destinations.It possesses a wide range of natural and man-made attractions, enjoys a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. .In the central part of the island, 600 metres above sea level, the average maximum day-time temperatures varies from 20 degrees C in August, to 26 degrees C in February. Along the coastal areas, where most of the holiday resorts are situated, the temperatures are generally 3 to 5 degrees higher.English is the official language but most Mauritius know french as well along with other languages . * large (1) large (2) large (3)large (4)large (5) Funny things to do if you spend your holidays in Mauritius Some tourist attractions are Mauritius Botanical Garden,Black River Gorges National Park,Île aux Cerfs Island,Port Louis,Grand Bassin,Chamarel park – 7 colored earth & Chamarel falls,Trou aux Cerfs,Ile aux Aigrettes,Gabriel Island,Euroka House,parks Casela Crocodile Park,Waterfalls like Rochester falls,amazing hotels & the beach,Horseriding,golf tennis safari,water sport & mountains,historical sites and many more .. http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Africa/Mauritius/Things_To_Do-Mauritius-MISC-BR-1.html

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In Mauritius,there are many variety of food.. Cuisine : Thai,Chinese,Indian,Italian,Continental,Fusion & Mauritian … Continue reading

Why you are always tired?


Getting plenty of sleep but still exhausted? Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing draining your energy. Little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you mentally and physically. Check out this article to know more :D

Possible reasons why you may be always tired

#1 You don’t drink enough water

It is medically shown that

Being even slightly dehydrated—as little as 2% of normal fluid loss—takes a toll on energy levels.
Neurons in your hypothalamus—the brain region responsible for controlling things like hydration and body temperature—send mood-altering messages to the rest of your brain as an early warning to drink more water.Dehydration causes a reduction in blood volume, which makes the blood thicker.

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#2 Eating too little,low on iron & vitamins

Anaemia is one of the top causes of feeling constantly tired . It happens as the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to carry sufficient oxygen to tissues and organs.To get more iron and also vitamin B12[Needed for formation of red cells],do try vitamins supplements(Consult doctor first) or food rich in iron such as kidney beans, tofu, eggs ( yolk), dark green leafy vegetables, nuts..
And if you don’t take a proper balanced diet or eat too little of energy giving food,protein..This might cause fatigue and makes you tired.
And if you live in junk food,then its really time to change because somewhere junk food are responsible for chronic fatigue

Foods loaded with sugar and simple carbs rank high on the glycemic index (GI), an indicator of how rapidly carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops cause fatigue over the course of the day.

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#3 Stress

Yes,the most common reason is stress. Everyone is stressed due to our heavy & busy schedules,Striving to be perfect, making mountains out of molehills(Its ok we’ll all like that),anxiety,health work emotional issues.And stress may lead to depression as well.We can’t always control the sources of stress, but we can change our reaction.There are many ways to fight stress like meditation,yoga,sports,positive thinking

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#4 You skip breakfast

Some people gets late for work/school & they forget the most important meal of the day.

The food you eat fuels your body, and when you sleep, your body continues using what you consumed at dinner the night before to keep your blood pumping and oxygen flowing. So, when you wake up in the morning, you need to refuel with breakfast.

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#5 Messy house,desk or office

Yes,it is said that having a messy place to work requires extra energy & by the end of the day feel tired & sluggish.

A cluttered desk mentally exhausts you by restricting your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information

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#6 Alchohol

Some people actually have a glass of wine (or more) before going bed. Wine makes us feel asleep more easily but it may drain all your energy

Alcohol initially depresses the central nervous system, producing a sedative effect.”But it ultimately sabotages sleep maintenance.” Alcohol creates a rebound effect as it’s metabolized, which creates an abrupt surge in the adrenaline system.This is why you’re more likely to wake up in the middle of the night after you’ve been drinking.

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7#Caffeine

Starting your morning with a java jolt is no big deal—in fact, studies show that up to three daily cups of coffee is good for you—but using caffeine improperly can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle,Caffeine blocks adenosine, the byproduct of active cells that drives you to sleep as it accumulates,affects sleep, so cut yourself off by mid-afternoon

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#8 Health problems

You might be suffering from some health problems and constant fatigue may be a symptom.
Some possible diseases are

->Glandular fever

Glandular fever is a common viral infection that causes tiredness as well as a fever, sore throat and swollen glands.

-> Heart disease

When everyday tasks like cleaning the house or climbing the stairs leave you feeling exhausted, it can be a sign that your heart is not up to the job. It could be an early sign of heart disease. Seek medical advice.

Do consult a doctor if you are not sure.

Simple ways to boost up your energy

1.Take gums

Gum doesn’t just refresh your breath—it can also revitalize your body.“Chewing gum increases heart rate, which increases blood flow to the brain.It also stimulates the autonomic nervous system, which can increase alertness.” Pick a mint-flavored pack: “Mint stimulates your nerve fibers—it’s kind of like splashing cold water on your face..

But don’t just eat gums all day,it contains lots of sugar & it does not replace a balanced diet.

2.Whole grains

whole grains give you real energy

3.Lighten up.

There’s a reason darkness and bedtime go hand-in-hand: Bright light awakens your brain. And may result in an energy rush !

4.Learn something new.

“The more actively you can engage your brain, the more alerting an activity is going to be,suppose it’s 3 pm on a workday. How do you beat the slump?
Well,keeping yourself busy,doing interesting challenging things can release adrenaline which raises glucose level providing us with a sudden energy boost

5.Music

Ever noticed how cranking up the radio makes you drive faster? That’s because music is energizing—especially if you sing along.Listening to music leads to an instant surge of energy.

6.Massage

Applying pressure to the outer rim of your ear may help invigorate your entire body, That’s because all of your body’s “acupressure meridians”—that is, your energy pathways—pass through your outer ear. “Massaging the ear unites all of the meridians, and gets the energy flowing,

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I hope that you guys liked this article & do comment and leave your feedback & tips. Thank you

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The fall tag ♥


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I hope that you liked this fall tag article & do leave your feedback :)

Autumn brings one of the most beautiful times of the year with colorful leaves and pumpkins littering the ground.
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“AUTUMN CARRIES MORE GOLD IN ITS POCKET THAN ALL THE OTHER SEASONS.” —JIM BISHOP
“AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST, LOVELIEST SMILE.” —WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
“AUTUMN SEEMED TO ARRIVE SUDDENLY THAT YEAR. THE MORNING OF THE FIRST SEPTEMBER WAS CRISP AND GOLDEN AS AN APPLE.” —J.K. ROWLING, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
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Hello guys :D

This is my first fall article & Its just a fall inspiration article with easy DIY & decoration + fall ideas:)
Happy belated Halloween :D
I hope that you had a great time :) AUTUMN :D


Here are some things I love about Autumn
Hot Chocolates
Halloween
Candles
Pumpkins and Pumpkin carving
Horror Films
Sparklers
Candy

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DIY Halloween Costumes, Snacks and Crafts


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Halloween soon :)

Originally posted on The BIG Blog:

Leaves are crunching underfoot, there’s a chill in the air, and jack-o-lanterns are decorating stoops across the cities… Halloween is right around the corner! We’ve got a few ideas for spooky fun to get you and your Little into the Halloween spirit.

1. Mini Donut Spiders

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This creepy crawly snack is easy to assemble and doesn’t require much prep work. You’ll need large pretzel twists, mini donuts, plain M&Ms, and a little frosting or melted chocolate. Get the complete instructions here.

2. Cardboard and Paper Masks

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You don’t have to spend a lot to impress everyone at your next costume party. With a few old boxes or paper plates, plus markers and glue, you can design and build a mask for any creature you imagine! For a little inspiration, check out these tutorials.

3. Slime!

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Let’s be honest – this oozy, gooey, make-at-home project is fun at any time of…

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