Black Cat Halloween Boo Printables

Halloween BOO Printables

Will your family surprise neighbors or co-workers with a Halloween BOO this year?

Create a BOO of a different--and pretty--stripe with the free printable template offered by blogger Cindy from the SkipToMyLou blog.

Her "pumpkin all dressed up" BOO container wins the creative cake--and she shares the fun with a printable Black Cat BOO template and instructions for a BOO tag. Good job!

Ready? Set? BOO!

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Haunted Gingerbread House: Patterns, Instructions and Inspiration from the Web

haunted gingerbread house

Will you bake a haunted gingerbread house this Halloween?

Whether you're a gingerbread house novice or a seasoned pro, the Web has recipes, patterns, templates and ideas galore to inspire your spooky creation.

Try these links for fantastic, fearsome Halloween gingerbread creations from the Web:

Make a Haunted Gingerbread House

Haunted Gingerbread House

Gingerbread Haunted Mansion

Haunted Mansion (includes recipe and templates)

Ready to try baking a gingerbread house for the first time? Find a complete guide here:

Build A Gingerbread House (.PDF format)    Read More >>

S'Mores In A Jar: Seasonal Holiday Gift

S'Mores in a Jar

S'Mores In A Jar! What could be better? Combining the flavors of the familiar campfire treat with the seasonal sweetness of Peeps ® brand marshmallow candies, this recipe creates easy holiday gifts in a jar for all occasions. Choose your Peeps to match the season!

This gifts in a jar recipe is easy enough for children to make. To create this Mason jar gift, you'll layer crushed graham crackers, Marshmallow Peeps, brown sugar and chocolate pieces in a clear glass canning jar.

Spiffed up with a fabric topper, pretty ribbon and free printable gift tags, S'Mores In A Jar make a happy holiday treat for holidays throughout the year.

Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar: Make an Easter Treat!

Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar

Look what's hoppin'! It's Easter Bunny S'Mores in a Jar!

Add Peeps-brand Easter Bunny marshmallow candies to our S'Mores In A Jar recipe for a sweet Easter treat that's fun to make, fun to give.

Layering graham cracker crumbs, Peeps-brand candies, brown sugar and chocolate chips, it's easy to create this Spring gift in a jar.

Printable egg-shaped gift tags with recipe instructions make a pretty seasonal craft.

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Warning! Site Updates Underway

Under Construction

Our site network is undergoing a major upgrade; if you can read this, you've reached the new version of Organized Christmas.

As part of the upgrade, we've weeded out stale pages, reorganized the entire printables library, and consolidated many pages so it's easier to find the information you need.

While we've done our best to get things tidy and squared away, expect to see a few rough edges over the next few days. Behind the scenes, we're working fast and furiously to mop up the last loose ends--so thanks for your patience!

Stress Free Holiday Guide--In The News!

Cut Holiday Stress

Ready to cut stress for the holidays? Now on newsstands, get great tips (from somebody you know!) in the current issue of Woman's Day magazine.

Our editor, Cynthia Ewer, is featured for the cover story--but don't miss great ideas from other sources.

They'll help you cut holiday stress as you prepare for an organized Christmas:

Stress-Free Holiday Guide from Woman's Day

Black Friday Creep: Will You Change Your Shopping Plans?

Veterans Day Tribute: Thanking Our Veterans and Service Members

My Marine Son

As the mother of a U.S. Marine, and mother-in-law to a sailor in the U.S. Navy, Veterans Day has special meaning for me. Today, I would like to thank my son Ryan and my daughter-in-law Elizabeth for their service to our country--and extend that gratitude to all America's veterans and active duty service members.

From the mom's chair, I've had a close-up view of the very special strains and stresses encountered by our young people in service, and by the family members who support them as they serve.

Over the years, I've watched my son progress from recruit to Staff Sergeant, and held him close in my heart as he went through two overseas deployments.

On September 11, 2001, Ryan called me from his barracks before dawn to let me know his unit had been placed on high alert--and that call led to this writer's most-read, most-published piece of work: My Child, My Home, My Country: A Marine Mom Speaks. That essay still speaks for my feelings today.    Read More >>

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