I love Aveda shampoo. I am a big fan of their stuff. Quality I tell you.
A fun thing you can do is make/buy a bag for someone as a gift and make it part of the gift. My Mom has sewed little fabric bags and then wrapped things up in ribbon.
Of course it is fun to take grocery sacks and turn them into gift wrap by stamping them and then you can recyle them.
I love the Aveda shampoo too. When I bought it I thought it was a big "splurge", but I need so little of it to wash my hair that really it lasts long enough to be worth the money.
I haven't stamped any of the other grocery sacks. If you do so, post a photo for me. :) I'm getting in to this reuse thing. I think it can be fun in addition to doing some good.
I have a friend who has a little girl and being a little kid she is invited to a number of birthday parties and so one thing she does is have her daughter draw on a piece of paper and decorate it to make wrapping paper. It is kind of a more personal approach. (they also make their own greeting cards)
I will try and get some pictures of done up home-made wrapping paper.
Another fun thing to do, make wrapping paper out of old calender prints. Obviously this would work best for small gifts but you can get double use out of the wall calender and often the prints are really pretty. I have a friend who makes envelopes out of them.
i too, am Swede!
I'll wait until I have the pictures to go with it! Photos and recipes soon. :) Ahhh, I love this part of the holidays.
Due to my emotional overeating and ongoing weight battles I have a holiday eating/cooking plan, so I don't make my cookies until 2 weeks before the real Christmas starts. That way they are fresh and tasty, but I'm not eating junk the entire month. I know some people have the restraint to just eat one and have a balanced meal, but I'm not there yet, so I have to work with a plan so I can enjoy the best parts of the holiday including the traditional food treats, but not end up making myself sick and crazy. It's hard to shop and decorate and spend time with friends/family when you are totally obsessed about eating another cookie (seriously, it's still that bad for me). Anyhow, yay Swedes! The red hair comes from my Swedish side. The great uncles had the red hair and blue/grey eyes that my brother and I got.
I absolutely could not handle Pan's Labyrinth...I was FULLY expecting something else. I knew I would hate it when the poacher scene came on. That movie literally made me sick to my stomach :(
It was terrible. Bleh. OMG. What a disturbing movie. It was a HORROR film. I can't believe they tried to pretend it wasn't.
Mmmmm, I love Lush. My skin loves Lush, too. Too bad there aren't any Lush stores in Austin. :-( I stocked the hell up at the St. Louis store before my move, but unfortunately the DreamTime bath melts all melted during the drive. The bath bombs made it, though.
I thought of you yesterday when I was flipping through the Lush Times newsletter and noticed all the bath bombs with glitter. :-)
You know, I love glitter, but I'm over bath bombs that relax me just to make me clean the tub. I'm into the bubble bars more now.
I really like the perfume solids too!
there was a scene involving someones head getting crushed with a flashlight..that literally made me sick to my stomach...i can't even think about it without wanting to the bathroom and hurl...i literally stopped watching it from there...after it was over i crawled out from behind my husband's shoulder and i probably went and watched one of my kids mvoies like Lilo and Stich to excorsize the demons that that film was putting in my head. My husband and brother watched it....they weren't terribly impressed either.
That was just GROSS, but not even the worst part. I kept my eyes shut during like half of the movie. It was so upsetting.
wowzers! If that WASNT the worse part then I'm REALLY glad I stopped watching it after that...cuz its been months and months since i saw it and it still gives me the willies.
I've been wanting to try mineral make-up but my skin is so picky I've been nervous. Perhaps we can make a girly make-up date?
That would be awesome! I can help you with the skin options. My skin is sensitive and peely sometimes too.
I kind of liked Pan's Labrynth. It was dark, and definitely had some horror elements. They do kind of leave you hanging at the end. Does the girl die or does she really go to live with the elves or whatever they were. There was the time Pan let her out of the locked room...but yeah, not for kids or squeemish people. The CG and makeup were amazing though. The most disturbing movie I've ever seen was 7. Holy crap! Talk about a psychological nightmare! After I watched that, suddenly horror movies weren't all that bad.
With you on that one! I didn't really LIKE pan's labrynth - I wanted more closure in the end, but the movie 7 totally freaked me out. Awesome movie - but I can't ever even THINK of watching it again.
I hate horror films, and the torture is just the WORST for me. I hate that stuff.
If you guys liked Pan's Labrynth, try The Pianist. They throw helpless old disabled guys over the balcony. I hate seeing the worst of human nature. I'm sensitive, so I don't need to see it to make sure it never happens again.
Oh! I'll swap my fudge recipe for your cookie recipe! I make big batches of fudge and as a family we walk around the neighborhood, Justin pulls Liam in the wagon and pass out plates of it on Christmas Eve (to those who are still home). I try to make divinity and cookies as well, but don't always manage.
I'll phost once I make them with the recipe. They are a major pain in the butt, but SO good.
Are you making the Swedish sandwich cookies or the Swedish potato starch cookies? Because both our mother and I will be making the sandwich cookies this year.
Remember, I'm not going to be here at Christmas. I'll be in Portland, so I'm making both. I'll be at the cabin just the night of the 21st and the day of the 22nd.
*pouts* Well we're not coming until Christmas night, so I'll miss you. So, maybe karaoke on the 20th? Amy and Angela are already invited and have said they're coming. I think I'll invite Kelley and Carla as well.