Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome Year of the Horse!

YOTHTomorrow marks the first day of the 2014 Chinese New Year. This year is the Year of the Horse, one of the 12 different Chinese Zodiac cycles. Those born in the year of the horse are traditionally said to be cheerful, perceptive, witty, talented, and good with money. The Year of the Horse is also said to be a good year for marriage and having babies. According to an article by the International Business Times, this is prompting a huge rise in jewelry sales in China, as many people are snatching up horse jewelry left and right! Happy Chinese New Year to you if you celebrate it!

Hello, 2014!

2014heartsDo you have a New Year’s resolution? We have one major one that we have every intention of sticking with! That is, do all things with love. Most importantly, love yourself. Whether this means taking care of your body or mind, or treating yourself to remind you that you are beautiful every day, living with love makes you a better version of you!

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Do you think you can make it last the whole year? We know you can!

Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies

It’s almost Christmas! And if you live on the East coast, you know we’ve gotten a fair share of snow in the past week or so. So while you’re cooped up in your house as the roads slowly get plowed, here’s a delicious looking recipe you can make with red velvet ingredients and a snowflake shaped cookie cutter: red velvet snowflake cookies.

Red-Velvet-Christmas-Snowflake-CookiesThis deliciously festive Christmas cookie recipe is brought to you by Created by Diane, where you can see the full instructions for these pretty and edible snowflakes. Go grab some red velvet emulsion and gather up your on-hand baking supplies and get prepped to make the most colorful snowflakes around!

If you’re planning to gift these cookies, why not pair them with a pretty snowflake necklace that will sparkle on long after the cookies are gone?
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E-Secret Santa

Do you and your family, friends, or co-workers participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange each year? Online Secret Santa sites like Elfster are making name drawing easier than ever. Picking paper slips out of a hat is so 2012.

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With these online Secret Santa generators, you can put in your name and email address to register for your Secret Santa exchange, and with the click of a mouse you’re automatically given the name of someone else in your exchange to get a gift for! Some sites are very simple, and only used for name generators, like http://secretsantagenerator.net. Others, like Elfster, let you not only draw the name of a friend or colleague, but you can curate your own wishlist and view the wishlist of the person you picked. You can even anonymously ask questions about that person’s tastes, if you don’t know them very well or want to pick an extra-personal gift. You can even set a spending limit on your gift exchange all from within the website! Secret Santa exchanges have never been easier, and now there’s no need to worry about buying or receiving a crappy gift at a Yankee swap. All the legwork is done for you on sites like these; all you have to do is assemble your virtual wishlist.

EvesAddiction.com is the perfect resource for generating a Secret Santa wishlist, as you can link straight to products and also shop gifts by price range for an even more simplified shopping experience.

Will you try an E-Secret Santa exchange this year?

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Top Gifts Under $30

The only thing more satisfying than buying the perfect gift is buying the perfect gift at a steal of a price. We totally get it, and that’s why we’ve put together a gift guide featuring our top 10 gift picks, each under $30.

Under-30Click here to visit the Eve’s Addiction blog and get all the details on these trendy, affordable pieces. Your gift recipients (and your wallet) will thank you!

 

Great Gift Idea: Personalized Jewelry Box

monogrammed-jewelry-box-400If you’re giving monogram jewelry as a gift this year, here’s another great supplemental gift! If you or someone you know has a great deal of personalized or monogrammed jewelry, but no place to store it all, this pretty and affordable gift sounds just right for you! This engraved jewelry box from Beau Coup can be personalized with a name, script monogram or block monogram, and it shines in a beautiful metallic silver.

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It’s smart to have a jewelry box dedicated to protecting and maintaining the shine of your sterling silver jewelry. It gives you somewhere to keep your treasured pieces where they won’t get banged around or left exposed to the air to tarnish. A jewelry box is a great gift for someone who owns lots of jewelry, and why not give an extra special gift and include a piece of monogrammed jewelry inside the jewelry box? Now there’s an awesome Christmas gift! Give your loved one a full monogram experience for the holidays.

Corny Cookies for Thanksgiving

Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert outside of the traditional pumpkin pie? Try your hand at these “corny” cookies from Spoonful.com.

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A simple sugar cookie topped with scale-like layers of Reese’s pieces or M&Ms candy and wrapped in green fruit leather makes a sweet maize lookalike dessert. Maybe these won’t replace your pumpkin pie, but they’d certainly be a nice addition to any Thanksgiving tablescape!

Head over to Spoonful.com for the step-by-step instructions to make this Thanksgiving treat.