Easy Snowman Tealights Craft

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft

If you like making snowmen crafts, here are a few others you may enjoy:

Framed Button Snowman Craft – so easy to make!
DIY Wine Glass Snowman – super cute!
Snowman Mason Jar Craft DIY – super simple to make.
Snowman Garland Craft – cute on a mantel or across a window.
Make Your Own Snowman Window Cling – the kids will LOVE this one!

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Notes:

• Use a low-temp glue gun so as not to burn your fingers. You can also use goop.
• If you have children helping you, supervise the glue gun use (or use goop).
• This is a great dollar store craft! Get the battery operated tealights there, as well as the ribbon and sharpie. I’ve never seen a low-temp glue gun at a dollar store, but hey, you never know.
• In this craft, a 2 mm sized ribbon is the small ribbon used. A 3/8″ ribbon is the larger width ribbon.

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


• If you do not have ribbon (or do not wish to use ribbon), use a pipe cleaner!
• If you wish to make an ornament of these, hot glue some string or ribbon to the back of the tealight. Do not cover the battery-cover.

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


Easy Snowman Tealights Craft Materials:

Battery Operated Tealights
Low-temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks or Goop
10 mm White Pom Poms (2 per tealight)
• Ribbon
• Sharpie
• Scissors

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


Easy Snowman Tealights Craft Directions:

• Measure out 2 1/2″ of ribbon for the tealight headband. Cut.

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


• Hot glue ribbon in place as you would a headband.

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


• Hot glue two (2) white pom poms, one at each end of the cut ribbon for earmuffs.

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


• Using a sharpie, draw two eyes on the front of the tealight.
• Again using the sharpie, draw a mouth in dots.

Easy Snowman Tealights Craft. These cute little snowman tealights are simple to make, and wonderful decor for the winter months. This 15-minute-craft is simple to make, and come together quickly!


• Display as you like!

These are super cute for kids, just to set on an end table for decor, etc. I love snowmen crafts as that can take me from December 1st though Valentine’s day! Or, if I am skipping Valentine’s Day decor, through to March!


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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2018!


Good Morning!!! and welcome to 2018!!!

For the last nine years (geez that means I have been blogging for TEN years now!) I have written a New Year’s Day post filled with blog updates, new series ideas, and what to expect in the upcoming year, first on Coupons, Deals and More, and continuing the tradition on Ann’s Entitled Life. This year is no exception.

Note: next week I will post the 10 “best” (in other words most trafficked) posts of 2017.

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This past year was terrible for blog traffic, even as the blog made money (Hubby may never recover from this development!). My adnetwork (MediaVine) is fabulous and makes things easy to earn. I also did a few sponsored posts. These are difficult for me as I need to really love (or at least deeply like) the products I am being paid to highlight. Sponsored posts pay quite well (sometimes very, very well), so I make some pretty terrible faces when I am declining sponsored work where I do not love the product or service when I am offered mucho dinero for that post.

My Facebook 2017 traffic was horrible as Facebook is now strictly pay-for-play. I saw Facebook take a nosedive in 2016 as that model became clear, but in 2017 it was an even sharper decline. If you have a Facebook account where you follow business pages (a blog is considered a business), you probably noticed you see next to none of those brands in your stream these days. That is because if a brand is not paying Facebook to get into your stream, you will not see the brand’s content (not without designating favorites and liking EVERYTHING from that business that comes your way). Since I post recipes, gardening, crafts, and DIY, I cannot justify hundreds or thousands of dollars to boost posts and get into my follower’s streams. This blog just does not make that kind of money. So, I have a Facebook page to make the sponsored post people happy, but not for any other reason.

Pinterest was painful for 10.5 months of 2017 too. They were making tweaks and changes the whole year! (Full disclosure, I own Pinterest stock through a private raise a few years back – as an investor, I wasn’t happy with Pinterest-2017, as a user I was unhappy with Pinterest-2017, and as a content provider I was really unhappy with Pinterest-2017.) It wasn’t until November that I started seeing the return of traffic from Pinterest. My Pinterest page is still a top 10,000 account – out of 200M+ Pinterest accounts. That means that less than 10K Pinterest accounts have more followers than I do. Since I was a top 10K account in 2016, and basically held steady in growth, that tells me a lot of Pinterest accounts experienced Pinterest-pain in 2017.

My IG account grew a little bit in 2017, but since Facebook owns it I expect no traffic from it… and am rewarded accordingly!!! I just can’t get into Instagram. If I want to look at pretty pictures, I will go over to Pinterest. I am sure I am missing something on IG, but what, I do not know.

Twitter is still my first social media love. I had finally broken through and was getting decent traffic from Twitter in 2017 when they closed down the API for repeat-tweet schedulers. #@!*&% A tweet lasts approximately 8-10 minutes without a lot of retweets, so repeating the same tweet (a lot) was the only way I found to reach my followers. Since the repeating is dead, without hand tweeting all the time, Twitter is just gonna go back to being my playground, and not a source of “real” blog traffic. {sigh}

I plan on taking some content creation time off in 2018. The way blog traffic arrives these days is usually off social media or search. And, I have been a search-slacker on this blog since Day 1. A lot of it has to do with how I approached Ann’s Entitled Life – it was to be my hobby blog and cost me no more than $200 a month. At that rate, and as a hobby, I didn’t need to implement great (or even good) SEO.

Welllllll fast forward a few years and this blog is hurting due to that approach. Google doesn’t really like my blog, Bing barely tolerates my blog, and DuckDuckGo just isn’t that big yet. So, I need to rework some old posts, tweak my SEO a bit and hope to get into Google’s good graces this year.

I have purchased a bazillion blogging classes (you laugh! It is true! (not really but feels like it is true)), and I want to finish them. Blogging is always changing and it is one continuing-ed class behind the scenes. I need to finish two of the courses I bought in 2017 that I actually learned a few things from (when you have been blogging 10 years, it is difficult to find classes or courses where people are reinventing the blogging-wheel), and work on that SEO.

So, while I don’t expect to not post for weeks or months at a time, I do plan on cutting back days in the summer to get some of that blogging “to do” list finished.

I do not expect to start any new features this year. Blogging “experts” recommend tightening your niche, not expanding it. Since I am a rebel, I am going to keep Ann’s Entitled Life wild and free, but will stick with the recipes (which drive most of the blog traffic), crafts (which pays for most of my costs), DIY beauty, gardening (because I like it!) and cocktails (my oh my, do people like cocktails and jello shots!!) My weekly newsletter has become the place where I yap about myself, Mr. Max, Sonny-boy, and Hubby. I do want to do more yappy posts on the blog as I got away from that in 2017.

Now in the beginning of this post, I mentioned that the blog now makes money. You may wonder what type of bills a blog incurs that it needs to raise cash. Well, everyone wants a piece of the blogger-dollar-pie. Basically, EVERYTHING costs money to blog! The hosting, newsletter, VAs (virtual assistants), programmer, plugins, designers, schedulers … I could keep going and going… and going. Blogging has not been “free” for a long time, hence why you see ads, sponsored posts, social media ads, people selling e-books, classes and courses, merchandise, etc.

Many bloggers dream of the day where they can quit their day job and blog fulltime. How many hours do people blog per week? That varies by the blog of course. When I was a deal-blogger I never worked less than 60 hours a week. Complete nonsense for a “retired” person, but I did like to help people save money.

These days, I blog as little as 10 hours a week while some weeks I blog as many as 40 hours per week. Most of my time is spent on the social-media treadmill after the content is created and posted.

That’s about it for now. I want to thank you all for reading Ann’s Entitled Life. I wouldn’t mind if you all commented a bit (ok a lot) more. I love interacting with people who read Ann’s Entitled Life. I’d like to get to know you all too. So please feel free to comment on the blog!!

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I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Fulfilling New Year. May 2018 be a year of much happiness and joy for you and yours!


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100 Christmas Cookies and Sweets Recipes

100 Christmas Cookies and Sweets Recipes. Here is a great list of 100 Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets recipes which are perfect for a holiday party, Christmas dessert, or even a cookie exchange! There is a delicious dessert recipe on this list just waiting to be served at your holiday function, so be sure to check out this long list of holiday treats.


100 Christmas Cookies and Sweets Recipes

Here is a great list of 100 Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets recipes which are perfect for a holiday party, Christmas dessert, or even a cookie exchange! There is a delicious dessert recipe on this list just waiting to be served at your holiday function, so be sure to check out this long list of holiday treats.


Whatever you are looking for be it Traditional Christmas Cookies Recipes, Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies recipe, No-Bake Christmas Cookies recipes, Easy Christmas Cookies (ok, most of my recipes are pretty easy), Kid-centric Christmas Cookies, Christmas Cake recipes, Christmas Pie recipes, and more, this list has it!! I have also included nice, rich recipes that can be used for any occasion – including a holiday party, Christmas party, New Year’s Eve party and ummm well, parties and gatherings in general.

Stackable Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe. These adorable stackable Christmas tree cookies are easy to make, and a lot of fun to decorate! If you want to make special holiday 3-D cookies this year, give this Stackable Christmas Tree Cookies recipe a try.


Do you like to make homemade cookies during the holidays? Do you gift cookies to people for the holidays? What about leaving a plate out for good old St. Nick? If you need a new Christmas cookie recipe or Christmas sweet recipe, this list has a wide range of dessert and party options: Cake recipes, pudding recipes, candy recipes, fudge recipes (mmmm fudge!), cookie bars (I love easy to make bars!), tarts, and more. Something traditional like a Kris Kringle Cookies, or perhaps newer cookie ideas such as a 3-D Christmas Tree? There’s everything from cherry based cookies to cranberry and pumpkin recipes (yes, pumpkin is also a Christmas go-to for many people!) to no-bake cookies to gluten-free holiday cookies! This list has it all!

If you need a frosting, I highly recommend this Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe which you can make any color (using food coloring or food gel) or any flavor. the base recipe is vanilla, but you could make it peppermint, anise, rum, root beer – truly any flavor you like.

You can also make your own colored sugar easily with this How To Make Colored Sugar tutorial. It is so simple, my mother had me making it at 5 (not kidding!).

Now on to the Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets

100 Christmas Cookies and Christmas Sweets Recipes

Almond Doughnut Cookies Recipe
Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe
Baby Apple Walnut Pies Recipe
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Bear Claw Cookies Recipe
Black and White Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Blueberry Pie Recipe

Boozy Chocolate Christmas Mice. These Manhattan-inspired (that is the cocktail, not the place) boozy chocolate Christmas mice are fun and tasty. Place a few to nibble along your Christmas cookie platters!


Boozy Chocolate Christmas Mice Recipe
Boozy Chocolate Fudge Recipe
Candy Cane Brownie Recipe
Candy Cane Cookies Recipe
Chantilly Cake Recipe
Cherry Cordial Cookies Recipe
Cherry Meringue Cookie Recipe
Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe
Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Cashew Clusters
Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
Chocolate Chip Slice and Bake Cookies Recipe

Rudolph's Cherry Red Nose Pudding. A delicious pudding recipe that is great any time of year! Make ahead as pudding shots, or serve as a dessert. This amazing  pudding recipe is best reserved for adults.


Chocolate Christmas Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Bites Recipe
Chocolate Slush Cake Recipe
Chocolate Sundae Cookies Recipe
Chrusciki Recipe: Baked, Not Fried
Coconut Macaroons Recipe
Cranberry Noels Cookie Recipe
Cranberry Orange Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting
Danish Puff Recipe
Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Donut Hole Tree
Double Chocolate Blossom Cookies Recipe
Dutch Almond Bars

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe. These delicious, no bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls are simple to make! Your entire family will enjoy these simple candies. Indulge during the holidays, as a special treat, during snack time or anytime! This Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe will satisfy any sweet tooth.


Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Recipe
Easy Rum Cake Recipe
Edible Cereal Ornaments Recipe
Eggnog Bark Recipe
Eggnog Kaleidoscope Jello Recipe
English Trifle
Gingerbread Biscotti Recipe
Gingerbread Coffeecake Recipe
Gluten-Free Almond Holiday Drop Cookies Recipe
Gumdrop Cookie Bar Recipe
Hello Dolly Bars (7 layer cookies)
Holiday Butter Cookie Recipe
Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe
Hot Chocolate Cookies Recipe
How to Make a Christmas Cupcake Tree

How to Make a Toaster Pastry Christmas Train. This eatable Christmas Train made with toaster pastries is a fun alternative to a gingerbread house. Use it as your table decor, and then eat it for dessert. Follow these step-by-step tutorial instructions to learn how to assemble this adorable Christmas train.


How to Make a Toaster Pastry Christmas Train
Hungarian Christmas Cookies Recipe
Irish Cream Fudge Recipe
Jam Filled Cream Cheese Cutout Cookie Recipe
Kris Kringle Cookie and Frosting Recipe
Layered Mint Chocolate Brownies Recipe
Lemon Snowball Cookie Recipe
Maple Pumpkin Delight Pie Recipe
Mini Cranberry Orange Cake Recipe
Mini Raspberry French Vanilla Trifle Recipe
No Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
No Bake Coconut Balls Recipe
No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake Parfait Recipe
No Bake Marshmallow Christmas Squares Recipe

No Bake Pecan Praline Bourbon Balls Recipe. These crowd pleasing, easy to make No Bake Pecan Praline Bourbon Balls are a great cookie to make when you need a lot of cookies for a party or gathering. These delicious cookies are tasty treats that hold up well in the refrigerator.


No Bake Pecan Praline Bourbon Balls Recipe
Original Bacardi Rum Cake Recipe
Peanut Butter Lumps of Coal Recipe
Pecan Pie Bars
Pineapple Squares Recipe
Pizzelle Recipe
Pumpkin Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Pumpkin Icebox Cake Recipe
Pumpkin Nut Roll Recipe
Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe
Reindeer Grahams Cookie Recipe
Rocky Road Cookie Bars Recipe
Rudolph’s Cherry Red Nose Pudding
Rum Balls Recipe
Rum Logs Recipe
Salted Almond Roca Candy Recipe
Shortbread Recipe
Slice and Bake Trees Recipe
Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole

White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe. This no-egg, no-cooking, tiramisu recipe comes together quickly. It can be served immediately, or made the day before your special event or dinner. The melt-in-your mouth creamy, rich, coffee-cocoa goodness of this white Russian tiramisu will have your friends and family asking for seconds!


Snowman Cookie Balls Recipe
Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe
Sour Cream Pound Cake Recipe
Spiced Molasses Cookies Recipe
Spritz Cookie Recipe
Stackable Christmas Tree Cookies Recipe
Striped Sugar Cookies Recipe
Texas Sheet Cake
Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
Traditional Bread Pudding
Turtle Bites
Whiskey Sour Cookies Recipe
White Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti Recipe
White Russian Tiramisu Cake Recipe
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Recipe
White Christmas Pie Recipe

There really is something for everyone on this long list of Christmas Cookie Recipes and Christmas Sweets Recipes!


Cocktail Recipes
Holiday Decor
Recipes


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