Make-Ahead Holiday Gift: Melt-and-Pour Soap

Melt and Pour Soap

You've seen them everywhere from crafts fairs to bath boutiques: pretty handmade gift soaps. Clear and colorful or rich with natural additives for beautiful skin, they're a welcome holiday gift.

Best of all, they're easy to make using melt-and-pour soap. Heated in the microwave, clear or opaque glycerin soap base is combined with colorants and fragrances, then poured into molds to harden. When cool, soaps pop right out of the molds, ready to use.

Follow the soap-making tips and soap starter projects linked below to help you master this squeaky-clean craft.

Haystacks: No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Unbaked Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Each year, our family would wait eagerly for my grandparents' box of Christmas treats. This recipe was my grandfather's contribution: Haystacks. But we called these easy, unbaked chocolate-oatmeal cookies "Gramps Goodies"!

Chocolate bundles of crunchy rolled oats, crisp coconut and plump pecans, these traditional Christmas favorites are easy to make ... and this candy freezes well if properly packaged.

Easy Gift: Starry Night Melt-and-Pour Soap

Starry Night Soap

Transparent soap the color of the sky. A crescent moon and shining star glow through a sweep of glitter stars.

This project teaches how to add cut-out opaque soap inclusions to clear bars. A bonus: free printable gift tags make this a great gift for any occasion!

Makes 1 4-ounce bar.    Read More >>

Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for Time Change Sunday

Time Change Safety Sunday Checklist

Spring forward, Fall back: Time Change Sunday is on the way!

On Sunday, November 2, we come to the end of Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States. With an extra hour in the day--and winter on the way--it's time for a seasonal safety check!

As you circle the house, resetting clocks to Standard Time, make time for this short safety checklist from sister site, Organized Home. It'll see you into the winter from a safe--and organized--home:

Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for Time Change Sunday

Easy Craft Gift: Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Toppers

Jiffy Pop Popcorn Topper

It's a craft gift that's hot, fresh and easy to make: customized "popcorn topper" labels for pop-in-pan popcorn.

Better known as Jiffy Pop®, this perennial kids' treat is even more fun when spiffed up with a cheerful message and given as a gift for holidays, seasons or special occasions.

Free printable templates make it easy to make and give Jiffy Pop® Popcorn Toppers for holiday gifts throughout the year.

Use them for teacher gifts, secret sister exchanges or home teaching presents--and they're simple enough for children to make.    Read More >>

Ready for Christmas: Countdown Daily Messages Index

Will you follow the Christmas Countdown to prepare for Christmas?

Beginning in mid-October, we'll count down to an organized Christmas together. This six-week get organized plan helps you be ready for Christmas by the first weekend in December.

Bookmark this page to follow the 2018 daily messages day-by-day. Get ready for a great holidays!

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