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December 9, 2013

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Sunoco Gift Card Review & Giveaway

I love spending the holidays with family but for us that means hours on the road making the rounds. During the hustle and bustle of the holiday, I like to use gift cards to help keep my spending in check and my credit cards safe. In the past I have used them for restaurants, retail and even the grocery store. It wasn’t until recently that I found out gas stations also offer gift cards. 

After being approach to do this review, I started doing my research. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that you can use the Sunoco gifts cards for more that just filling up your tank. They can be used to purchase convenience items like a jumbo Diet Coke for that late night trip or even in their service center.  
Sunoco offers gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations that make the perfect stocking stuffer for just about anyone on your list. It will be sure to put a smile on their face. The Gas Station Locator makes it really easy to find a station with your specific needs. 

Now, who is ready for some free gas?!? Keep it for yourself or give it to someone on your list. 

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Candy Cane Centerpiece

There has been one particular pin going around this season that I fell in love with right away. The only trouble is I can’t find the original source. I really wanted it as the centerpiece for our table this year and decided to take on the challenge of recreating it myself.

I got all of my supplies from Jo Ann Fabrics and the candy canes from Target. This is a little more than I usually spend on supplies for a centerpiece but I can reuse this from year to year. The project took about 30 minutes from start to finish. 
The first step was gluing all of the candy canes onto the foam piece. Have you ever paid attention to how uneven candy canes are? I hadn’t until I started this project. With this project it is more important to keep them even on the top which leaves this mess on the bottom. I decided to switch out the ribbon and instead wrap some garland around the bottom to cover it up. 

After all the candy canes were on I cut all of the flowers off the stems. It makes it easier to place them in the foam. I always try to leave as much of the stem as I can and then trim down what I need as I place each one.

The flowers take a lot of trial and error which is nice because they Styrofoam is pretty forgiving. Just balance the height and type of each piece. Some of the green and smaller flowers make great fillers for all of the holes.

The last step was the garland to cover up the uneven candy canes. I just used a few dabs of glue to keep it in place. A nice thin strand of garland worked perfect and didn’t take away from the rest of the piece.

This makes me smile and I can’t wait to host dinner!

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