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    Sandra

     

    Amy

     

    Antonella

    Don't expect perfect..things will happen the right way, things will happen the wrong way.... At the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love, and that's ALL the really matters!!!

    Good Luck & Good Love

    Xo

    A

     

    Stacey

    Eat a good breakfast, Put away the cell phone and Don't sweat the small stuff! 

     

    Jill

    Dear Courtney and Aaron,

    Take time to step away from the wedding events and festivities to really SEE what is happening around you.  As the bride and groom, it's so easy to get caught up in all the fun and before you know it, the evening will be over, you won't have really seen everyone and everything, and you can't go back!  It's YOUR first celebration as husband and wife....make sure you're really able to have a birds eye view to enjoy the day and each other!

     

    Jane

    Jacque

    Carolyn

    Kerstin


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    If you have been looking at my recipes you have probably noticed a theme in my cooking.  I love spinach & mushrooms.  I try to incorporate them in as many dishes as possible.  This recipe has a bright fresh flavor.  I prefer the boneless chicken thighs (a little less fat). Brown & bake, so it is pretty simple. Enjoy!

     

    Chicken Mushrooms in White Wine & Lemon Sauce

    Ingredients:

    6-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

    1 cup slices mushrooms

    1 cup chopped spinach

    1 cup dry white wine

    1 cup chicken stock

    2 cloves fresh chopped garlic

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    flour

    1 tsp. dried thyme

    olive oil

    seasoned salt 

    pepper

    Directions:

    Season chicken thighs with seasoned salt & pepper.  Coat seasoned thighs in flour.  Saute in olive oil until brown on both sides, remove from the pan & place in a casserole dish.  Deglaze the pan with white wine & chicken stock,  Add lemon juice, mushrooms, spinach, garlic & thyme.  Bring to a boil.  Pour the sauce over the chicken, bake covered for 25 minutes.  I served mine with mashed potatoes but rice or noodles would be good too.  Enjoy!

     

    You can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/JayneBrownQVC

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaynebrown1

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    Since you were so kind in helping me choose which dress to wear to Linda's daughter's wedding before, I'm asking for your help once again.

    Which dress do you think I should wear to Courtney's, evening wedding? I love them both and I'm having a hard time deciding. P.S. These pictures were taken pre-jewelry.

    Thanking you in advance!

    Counting our blessings,

    Mary Beth Roe

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    North of Dublin, in the valley of the river Boyne, lies the Newgrange Monument.

    Built over 5,000 years ago, it is the world's oldest covered building and pre-dates the Pyramids and Stonehenge.

     

    It is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside, and the outside and interior are richly decorated with mysterious triple circle designs carved into the stones.

     

    What is truly special is that on only one day a year, on the morning of the winter solstice, a ray of sun lights the passageway and illuminates the inner chamber completely, throwing the sun’s light on this triple spiral design on the wall of the chamber.

    This ritualistic capturing of the sun is a feat of astronomy, engineering, geometry and mythology, and the significance of the triple spiral designs still remains a mystery to this very day. We can be sure it was an important part of this ancient  and sophisticated culture.

    Inspired by this awesome place, we have designed the new Artisan Crafted Sterling Connemara Marble Newgrange Ring (J294774) that will air on Thursday, September 18th between 4 – 6 AM and 1 – 3 PM ET.

    I look forward to sharing more stories with you then.

    Also, we will have the Artisan Crafted Sterling Silver and Connemara Marble Rosary Bracelet (J294479).

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

    Stephen

     

     

    Shop Connemara Marble jewelry and Stephen’s book The History of Connemara Marble on QVC.com.


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    This Saturday is the big day: Courtney and Aaron's wedding!!!

     

    I cannot imagine two people being more perfect for each other. Courtney is this natural, adorable, quirky individual. She is a gem who is always happy. Aaron is a sweet-natured soul who starts out quietly, then has a ridiculously great sense of humor. I am so happy for both of them.

    I have two amazing sisters, but feel that Courtney is "a sister from a different mother." She makes me laugh more than anyone else I can think of. She's also one of the only people who can get me out on the dance floor!

    Lisa & Courtney

    As with any big event, there have been a few moments of drama. We were texting back and forth when she was in New York and I was in the airport and they couldn't find her dress! We both had a cheeseburger for good luck and stress, and then it all worked out. Now that all the arrangements are done and everyone is on their way. I cannot wait to be there. I am so honored to be one of the people to celebrate their day with them. 

    Dress Shopping

    She has promised that there will be a lot of pictures for us to share, so you can be there with us in spirit. Congratulations Courtney and Aaron!

    Lisa, Courtney, Aaron


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  • 09/17/14--13:09: Holy Guacamole!
  • One of my favorite indulgences is Guacamole! I’ve loved it for as long as I can remember. If you’ve never made Guacamole, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is so easy to make and I have the recipe to prove it! : )

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  

     

    Guacamole Recipe

    2 Avocados

    2 tablespoons diced red onions

    2 tablespoons diced tomatoes

    1 tablespoon cilantro

    1/2 lime

    1 teaspoon salt

    Halve the avocados and score (cut diced) in the husk. Scoop the avocado from the husk into a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over avocado. Add all ingredients and mix with spoons to a chunky, smooth consistency. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Enjoy!


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    Hello Denim Divas,

    I sure hope you are enjoying the fall season that is upon us. There is something really special about a change in season…the air changes, the colors are new, and it always feels like a fresh start. It is also a time to refresh your wardrobe as the temperature cools down! I wanted to share with you a sneak peek at some great new items coming from Denim & Co. in the next several weeks. Check out the pictures below and stay tuned and let me know what you’re looking forward to wearing for fall!

    I have always wanted to go to New England for vacation, and finally this past August…I made it. What a beautiful part of the country and so much to do! Some of the many things I loved were…Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Bar Harbor and Arcadia Park, downtown Portland, Kennebunkport and Ogunquit. I ended my vacation in Salem, Massachusetts, which was very interesting and fun! This was definitely a whirlwind trip with so much to see and do that I know I missed a lot! I want to go back soon, but now I need a vacation from my vacation!!!!!! Smile

    Where did you go on vacation this past summer?

     

    P.S. I just wanted to let everyone know that I have joined toGather on QVC.com!!! It’s a great site and so much fun! Click here to check it out, and follow me to see new stories and ideas I will be sharing!

     

     

    Shop Denim & Co. on QVC.com.


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  • 09/18/14--08:24: Stunning Sapphires
  • Oooooh September Babies..... I envy you!  Your birthstone is my most favorite color - - Sapphire Blue!!!!  It's deep, it's rich, it's vibrant and regal!

    Long ago it was believed that sapphires represented "divine favor" so they were the gemstone of choice for kings and high priests.  The British Crown Jewels are filled with large, blue sapphires and of course, who could forget the sapphire engagement ring that Princess Diana received from Prince Charles?   {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

    Your birthstone is all about Truth, Sincerity and Faithfullness - three of my favorite qualities in a person.  It is strong and wearable for each and every day and rates a 9 on the Mohs hardness scale of gemstones.  Being corundum, it is the second hardest gemstone we have.... rating only slightly behind diamonds.    

    Sapphires - come in many different colors too - from the most popular blue to yellow, white, green and pink/orange which is called "padparadscha".  There is even a color changing variation that is very rare.  The only color that sapphires do NOT come in is red... because red corundum is a ruby.

    These exquisite gems have been prized for thousands of years.  The Ancient Persians believed the earth rested on a giant sapphire and it's reflection colored the sky... what an image!  {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes} 

     

     

     

    You are "true blue" and gorgeous September babies .... and you deserve your high ranking on the gemstone scale.

     

    Have a happy, healthy birthday fit for the regal beauties you are!

    Xoxo 

    A


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    Some of our hosts want to offer their wedding day (& life beyond!) advice to the beautiful bride-to-be. Peek at their wedding day pictures and read their messages to Courtney!

    Albany Irvin:

    "Learn to listen intently, be willing to compromise, say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong."

    Amy Stran:

    "Try your very best at some point during the ceremony to look out at all of your friends and family that are there to celebrate this special moment with you and Aaron!"

    Carolyn Gracie:

    "Congratulations Courtney and Aaron!!  After 26 years together, my husband Mike, and I agree that three things are keys to a happy marriage (along with L-O-V-E of course!!) Compromise.....Teamwork....and Humor!!! Bend a little at times, help each other out without having to be asked, and make each other laugh!! The next 50 years will fly by!! Wishing you all the happiness in the world!!"

    Jill Bauer:

    "Take time to step away from the wedding events and festivities to really SEE what is happening around you.  As the bride and groom, it's so easy to get caught up in all the fun and before you know it, the evening will be over, you won't have really seen everyone and everything, and you can't go back!  It's YOUR first celebration as husband and wife....make sure you're really able to have a birds eye view to enjoy the day and each other!"

    Jane Treacy:

    "Remember to breathe and enjoy your day! Nothing goes exactly as planned, and those are usually the moments you will treasure forever!"

    Stacey Stauffer:

    "Eat a good breakfast, Put away the cell phone and Don't sweat the small stuff!"

    Antonella Nester:

    "Don't expect perfect..things will happen the right way, things will happen the wrong way.... At the end of the day, you will be married to the one you love, and that's ALL the really matters!!! Good Luck & Good Love."

    Jacque Gonzales:

    "Enjoy the day and all of the love that will surround you!  I'm sending you and Aaron blessings for the happiest and closest of marriages!  (Make sure Lisa catches the bouquet like we made happen in my wedding!) Also, stop and eat at your reception - most couples get too busy to stop, eat and enjoy the moment TOGETHER! :)  I can't wait to see pictures!  Love you!!!"

    Sharon Faetsch:

    "Don’t expect it to be too perfect. It just doesn’t exist, but remember it’s the little idiosyncrasies and the tiny imperfect moments that will make it your special day."

    Gabrielle Kerr:

    "Relax! Enjoy the party and appreciate everything! This is one of those rare happy occasions where you get to be with all of your friends and family in one place."

    Sandra Bennett:

    "After being with my husband for about a decade, I try to remember to treat him the way I treated him when we were first dating. It was so easy to be extra loving, kind, and a good listener. All relationships have their "ups" and "downs." The "up" times are easy. However, during the "down" periods, I make a conscious effort to turn on a little more "sparkle" by smiling at him more, giving more hugs, and making sure we are talking. It's that classic rule: Treat others like you want to be treated. I find it works wonders in a marriage."

    Kerstin Lindquist:

    "Never live parallel lives.  Despite having different careers and friends make sure you include your spouse in those at work events, happenings & relationships.  He should always be the one you want to tell everything first, no matter what the subject is."

     

    Leave your wedding day advice for Courtney Cason in the comments below!


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    Hello, foodies…

    Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown this Wednesday night and we wanted to wish all of our Jewish foodies a very happy new year! If you’re planning your big holiday meal, might I suggest a few recipes? Well, okay, eight??

     

    Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Cream of Mushroom Soup

     

     
    Herb-Rubbed Stuffed Chicken Breast with Rice, Cheddar & Mushrooms

    Herb-Rubbed Stuffed Chicken Breast with Rice, Cheddar & Mushrooms

     

     Chicken Breast with White Wine and Mushroom Cream Sauce

    Chicken Breast with White Wine and Mushroom Cream Sauce

     

     Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Baked Stuffed Acorn Squash

     

    Apple Cinnamon Cake

    Apple Cinnamon Cake

     

     Apple Brown Betty

    Apple Brown Betty

     

     Couscous with Edamame, Red Pepper and Basil

    Couscous with Edamame, Red Pepper and Basil

     

    Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

    Warm Butternut Squash Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

     

    I put all of these ideas on Pinterest so they’re easy to find. You can also check my recipe page on QVC.com or the QVC app for the iPhone® for more ideas!

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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  • 09/19/14--09:13: O Christmas Tree!
  • Do you remember the tree your family had growing up? Probably had one like ours! No one did a theme, or color scheme, just family heirlooms and new additions added every year! When I was little, we had to have a double needle Canadian balsam. Dad insisted! And sometimes, when the tree was a little sparse, he would stop the complaining by saying, "God made that tree!" and of course the groaning would end!  My parents would put the tree on a platform made by Dad (that lives on in my sister Chrissy's house today!) and we would go to bed. The next morning, Santa not only left gifts for the five of us, but had decorated the tree and the platform as well!  The platform was filled with little houses and people, and the train would be running when we came down the stairs. My Grandmother made a flannel runner that got stapled around the edge of the platform, and it still is decorating the platform today!


    Our family tree is a lot like the one we had growing up.  We've collected ornaments through the years, reflecting our love of Disney, Dickens, Dance and more! I love putting some of my childhood ornaments on the tree too.  

    We used to carefully place tinsel on each branch, until a little furry baby named Kiki came into our lives! Since tinsel isn't good for kitties, we changed to hanging clear icicle ornaments on each branch. 

    Kiki doesn't pay any attention to the tree or the ornaments, but loves when we get out the ladder to put the star on the top of the tree!

    I hope your tree this season is filled with happy memories and new traditions!

    -Jane


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    I like most vegetables, but I am always looking for different ways to serve them other than steamed. The following recipe is an easy way to jazz up peas and might just better your chances at getting your children to try them. My friend, Erika doesn't even like peas, but she said she likes my "baked frozen peas".

    I hope you and your family will too! 

    Counting our blessings,

    Mary Beth Roe


    Baked Frozen Peas

    • 18 - 20 oz. frozen peas
    • 1 can of cream of celery soup
    • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
    • 4 tablespoons melted butter
    Butter a casserole pan. Separate frozen peas and place in pan and mix in soup. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle evenly over peas and bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. 
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    A week ago, Nancy Hornback and I spent an amazing weekend together, walking 60 miles over 3 days for breast cancer.  We walked ALL over Philadelphia, through beautiful neighborhoods where schoolchildren came out to cheer us on, to the historic sights of downtown, and ending at the majestic Navy Yard.  The official cheering stations, as well as the countless signs and decorations on private homes and businesses, often brought tears to my eyes.  We met so many wonderful people along the way.  I am proud to say this was my 8th walk; however, that is nothing compared to Jim from San Jose.  While he walked for a few miles with us, we learned that this was his 31st 3Day 60 mile walk, and that he plans to do all 7 across the country this year!  In fact, he’s walking in Seattle this weekend.  Jim walks for his mother.  We met another gentleman who calls himself the Pink Fireman.  He followed the course in his custom painted truck that is dedicated to fighting breast cancer in honor of his three sisters.  There were many moving stories, and we met so many brave and passionate women along the way.  Yes, 60 miles is a long and painful walk, especially during the 10 miles it down poured.  But a few blisters are nothing compared to the battle so many face against this awful disease.  I will do it again next year.  Thank you for your love and support, Nancy and I truly felt it along the way.

    I hope you will join me for two Carolyn Pollack Sterling Jewelry shows on Monday, September 21st.  I’ll be with Carolyn at 10:00am ET for two hours, and with Jennifer for a quick one hour at 5:00pm ET.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen these two good friends, it’s going to be a blast!  And I can’t wait to see how our lovely models Deanna and Susanne accessorize their fall fashion with the rich and radiant gemstones in these two shows!  It’s my favorite season, let’s celebrate together!

    Sincerely,

    Carolyn


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    Summer is a wonderful season….warmth, sun, colorful clothing, beaches + BBQ’s, yet, I have to admit that I LOVE transitioning into Fall…warm days with a chill in the air, and cool, crisp evenings.  Plus it’s the perfect season for Marvelush!

    Marvelush is a 12 season fiber.  Our lives are so hectic; we’re always looking for double duty wardrobe enhancers.  As a Mom, wife and business woman, I’m always on the go, and never without Marvelush. 

    I keep wraps on chairs and beds in our home, in the car for long rides when the AC is too high, or it’s too cold out, and in my tote bag, even in the summer.  Office buildings + theaters are always freezing, and supermarkets can be giant refrigerators. Its cloud like loft insures warmth without the weight.  And with predictions of another bitter cold winter, who wouldn’t want to be cozy in front of the fire or snuggled in a comfy spot reading or relaxing?  It’s my personal adult blankie.

    That’s why I’m so excited about my new fall Marvelush collection…from the hottest fashion trend, the Eternity scarf to my new TSV Shrug.  This Shrug will quickly become your favorite new fall accessory!  It’s perfect no matter what climate you live in.  In cool climates it will be your new fashion layering piece. In the south, it will be your go to chill out of the air throw on.   And it’s ageless…my son’s friend Marianna is in love with it too!

    The wonderful color selection lets you expand your fashion wardrobe wherever you live.  With 7 choices, from Radiant Orchid to Ink Navy, there’s a right color choice for you!  Plus, it’s easy wear, + easy care.

    I’ve been living in this shrug for a few weeks now. This is the time of year I want to spend as much time as I can outside. I wear this Shrug for morning coffee on the deck; as soon as the sun starts setting, I pop one to extend my time outside and at the end of the day.

    It’s also the perfect choice for dinner on the patio. 

    I’m enjoying the versatility of the Shrug.  At 5’2 “, I can wear it belted with flats or sandals, or loose + flowing over a skirt or leggings with boots, wedges or heels. I know this will become a wardrobe staple for you! You can see it here http://qvc.co/LayersByLizdenTSV first.  Please join me at midnight + all day on September 22, and let me how your incorporating this in your fall wardrobe.

     


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    It never fails, no matter how many banana smoothies are made and no matter how many bananas head out for school lunches throughout the week, I end up with at least a few that are starting to look a little too ripe for snacking! So I often turn them into a breakfast bread. Thought I'd share the recipe for you in honor of "Cooking on Q" day today! Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you on air! Also, you can find a few of my other "go-to" recipes on my toGather page!

    Something good is about to happen in the Kitchen Aid!

    Clearly someone in the house wants in on the Banana Bread action...ha!

    Ingredients:

    1 cup all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

    1 tsp baking soda

    1/4 tsp salt

    1/2 tsp nutmeg

    1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

    1/2 cup sugar

    3 Tablespoons honey

    2 eggs

    1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

    3 large ripe bananas

    1 tsp vanilla

    1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (optional)

    Shredded coconut, to taste (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a loaf pan.
    2. Sift the flours, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
    3. In a bowl or a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer (as pictured, cream the butter and sugar a few minutes.
    4. Add the eggs, one at a time, then slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix in the bananas (you can mash them ahead of time, but in my Kitchen Aid I just throw them in whole!), vanilla, honey, nuts and coconut.
    5. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Let the bread cool then serve with a pat of butter, a cup of coffee or milk and enjoy!

     


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  • 09/19/14--13:58: Savor the Smoky Flavor
  • Hi Everyone!

    Our team is excited to bring you our Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smokehouse as the Today’s Special Value!  My favorite times are spent sharing good food with my family and friends.  We are all so busy, so we don’t have a lot of time to babysit a meal before it’s put on the table.  The perfect meal for us is Smoked Boston Butt with Smoked Mac n’ Cheese, paired with my wife Tonya's famous green bean casserole!  Check out some of my recipes on prodcut detail of the TSV!

     

    TSV

    Folks ask me all the time for smoking tips, and I’m glad to share them.  First, don’t be afraid to experiment with smoke flavor.  Different types of wood pair well with different types of food.  There’s a handy wood chip smoking guide available on the product info page.  Also, make sure you follow the rule of “cook to temp, not time” - meaning monitor the internal temp of your meat and when it reaches the desired result, your food is done.  If you follow a strict rule on cooking time you could run the risk of over or undercooking your food.

    Masterbuilt really has made the art of smoking simple, so there’s no need to be intimidated.  And our team is available all day to answer any questions you might have, so please feel free to ask-away in the comment section.  Here are a few frequently asked questions about our smokers.  I’d love to know – what’s your favorite smoked food?

     

    Q:Should I leave the air damper open or closed?

    A: The air damper on your smoker controls the amount of smoke and/or moisture in the chamber. For chicken, ribs and most items, leave the damper open about halfway. For roasts or pork butts, leave the damper open about 1/4 of the way. When smoking fish, open the damper all the way to let the excess moisture escape. For jerky, close the damper all the way.

     

    Q:How do I clean my smoker?

    A: Keeping your smoker nice and clean actually starts before you use it. We recommend you wrap the water bowl and drip pan with heavy-duty foil before you smoke food to make cleanup a breeze afterward. Make sure you poke a hole through the foil in the hole in the drip pan. After use, unplug the smoker and make sure it completely cools. Remove and discard any ashes from the wood chips tray. All racks and pans are dishwasher safe, or you can wash with warm, soapy water. Never use harsh chemicals to clean your smoker. Use a spray bottle with 50/50 mixture of hot water and apple cider vinegar; shake to mix well. Spray the inside walls and door/window. Wipe down all surfaces with a soft sponge. Store smoker in a covered, dry area.

     

    Q:When I’m finished using my smoker, can I store it outside?

    A: The smoker is an electric appliance and should be stored in a covered, dry area to prolong the lifespan. Make sure it is unplugged after each use and stored properly.

     

    Q:Can I use an extension cord with my smoker?

    A: For best results, we recommend plugging the smoker directly into the outlet. If you must use an extension cord, use a heavy-duty cord (approved for outdoor use) with a ground.

     

    Q: Should I soak my wood chips?

    A: There is no need to soak your wood chips for our electric smokers – you can use dry chips.

     

    Q: What type of wood should I use in my smoker? How much?

    A: Our electric smokers are designed for use with wood chips only – do not use chunks, sawdust or pellets. Use only 1/2 cup of wood chips at a time and add chips about once per hour while smoking food. If you’re smoking a long recipe, adding chips more than 3 to 4 times to avoid overpowering the food with smoke flavor is not recommended. It’s a matter of taste preference, so experiment with different wood types and amounts.

     


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    Hi, everyone!

    When You’re Home with Jillis on this Wednesday night, we’ll be exactly three months away from Christmas. I've always been the kind of person who likes--and tries--to plan ahead and shop early. So, if you're like me, be sure to join me at 7pm ET.

    In today’s technology-driven world, it’s so nice to receive a hand-written letter, isn’t it? You can almost feel the time that the person spent writing it just by holding that note in your hand. For lots of us, the only time of year when we sit down to write friends and loved ones a hand-written note is in our holiday cards. I cherish the cards I receive every year and I really make an effort to take time to send hand-written cards to as many people as I can.

    At the end of last year I saw some of the cutest holiday cards ever. Imagine how special your recipients will feel if you send them these handmade cards and include a handwritten note! The kids will LOVE helping with this!

    Handmade Christmas Cards

    Handmade Christmas Cards

    It couldn’t be easier to make these...here’s what you need:

    • Box of craft cards, mixed colors
    • Multicolor stamp pads
    • White craft paint
    • Tiny googly eyes
    • Colored markers
    • Wipes

    Feel free to make any of the designs we featured here. Or, if you have another clever design idea, go for it! I highly recommend doing a few test runs on regular paper so you’ll feel confident when making your first card…I did!

    1. Have your child press his or her thumb/finger onto stamp pads according to the colors you have chosen. (I found the white stamp pad did not show up well at all and decided to use white craft paint for all the white finger print cards.)
    2. Help your child place his or her finger on the cards. (Before changing to a new color, it’s really important to wipe fingers clean so you can get a true color.)
    3. When you’re done stamping, let cards rest so the ink can completely dry.
    4. Add the googly eyes, as needed, then use markers to add details, borders, names, and holiday messages.

    Oh, and #5…make sure you have Christmas music playing, hot chocolate simmering on the stove, and your favorite holiday snack at the ready for your little worker elves.

    I’ll see you Wednesday at 7pm ET for You’re Home with Jill.

    From my home to yours,
    —Jill


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    If you watch me at all on the Q, I am sure you have heard me say “The family that prays together, stays together.”  I believe that very strongly and it is something that my family and I take very seriously.  The other side of that, I realized one day was that “The family that PLAYS together – makes amazing memories and has a boatload of fun along the way!!!!” {#emotions_dlg.w00t}

    I am a big proponent of having the littles “unplug” from video games and TV – and I find that the toys that they love the most were purchased right here at QVC.   So I decided to share some of their fun photos with you in a blog.  Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I and the Littles had making it for you! 

    I love throw-back toys too and this special edition Spirograph reminds me of when I used to be mesmerized by it as a child….It is still doing the same to the next generation.

    As you can see by this series of photos, not only is Twister Trax easy for the littles to put together themselves  (using those problem solving skills without even realizing it  ;-) 

     

    BUT – Middle Little was so interested in what Littlest was doing, he joined in the fun and they “upped the ante” by making obstacle courses and varying heights for the tracks  (P.S.  Don’t miss the things they used to shore up the track…. Like my Valerie Parr Hill Candle and some of the Flash Pads and game cases)  LOL  {#emotions_dlg.biggrin} (Imagination engaged as well!!!!)

     

    And, since they are so easy to take apart, roll-up and store, Middle Little did it without me even having to ask!!!  {#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

    When all wrapped up, the Twister Trax fits in the bag that is included for easy storage!

     The Laser Pegs were also a huge hit at our home:

     

    and they loved the light show they could put on with them AND the glowing Twister Trax!

    So, if you are looking for fabulous toys for this holiday season... look no further than QVC!  Little Tested ---- Little APPROVED!  {#emotions_dlg.thumbup1}

    All my best,

    Albany 


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    Hi friends! Mark and I are on our way to Courtney and Aaron's wedding and here I am in the dress you chose for me to wear.

    Thank you for your help! We'll be sure to cut a rug for you!

    Counting our blessings,

    Mary Beth (and Mark Roe)

    P.S. My dress is purple satin, but it appears sapphire blue in this lighting. : ) 

     

    Here I am with a couple of friends of Courtney's mom. 

     


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    The weather was perfect, the wedding was beautiful and Courtney looked gorgeous ....  like a magical Disney princess. Her husband, Aaron looked handsome and SO in love with Courtney! It was so much fun!!  

    Courtney shed a tear or two coming down the aisle and so did I.  I would guess there were about 200-250 guests there. The reception was held at a country club, which was a luscious green.

    Courtney's dad gave his "Father of the Bride" speech and said something like 'look how you've turned out; you're sweet and kind, you have a successful career and now you're a wife, but you'll always be my little girl!' Everybody sighed, "Awwwww!" It was quite touching .... so heartfelt.

    Courtney's dress was designed by Mark Zunino who worked with Nolan Miller. Half way through the reception, Courtney disappeared, and when she returned, she had removed the bottom skirt of the wedding dress and it became a sophisticated shorter dress! Great idea!! Leave it to an incredible designer to think of that!

    The food included shrimp n grits, chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes, southern Mac and cheese, sautéed veggies, rolls and salad. For dessert, there was something yummy one lady said was Mississippi mud cake (I just know it was heavenly) and some of the best cupcakes! I know one was called cookie dough cupcake, and another was called a s'mores cupcake. Yum! Of course, I had to have Sweet Tea!

    The guests danced for a long time and took pictures in a fun photo booth. Then you would get two copies of the 4 fun pics, and we put one strip of 4 in a scrapbook for Courtney and Aaron and wrote something fun beside them. We got to keep the other strip for ourselves. What a cute idea!  

    It was such a privilege and a blessing to attend Courtney and Aaron's wedding!
    I love Courtney so much that I so wanted to be there for her big day! Also, Mark and I got a little 3-day weekend get-a-away, and what's not to love about that!!??

    Counting our blessings,

    Mary Beth Roe


     Here I am with a couple of friends of Courtney's mom. 

     

     Gabrielle Kerr

     

    Gabrielle with her husband, Judson

    Lisa Robertson

    Lisa Robertson

     

    My handsome husband, Mark

     

    Jaclyn (Susan's daughter), me and Susan Graver

     

    Me, Gabrielle Kerr and Susan Graver

    The beautiful couple!

     

     

     

     


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