Friday, December 14, 2012

Gifts of Love (and Putz Houses!) Blog Hop

Welcome to the Holiday Gifts of Love blog hop sponsored by Carrie Ann Ryan Blog Hops

It's a Happy Holiday from your favorite Authors and Bloggers. While we know everyone celebrates a different way, we wanted to make sure that you guys knew how much we treasure you all. So from Dec 14th to Dec 17th, all 200 or so of us will be blogging about the holidays and what they mean to us. We may talk about our favorite holiday traditions, recipes, gifts, reads, heroes, and so much more. We want to hear about what you do for the holidays, what you read, and who you'll spend it with. We hope to see you here and happy hopping!

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

One of my new Christmas traditions is making putz houses from vintage Christmas cards.

I buy old Christmas cards off of ebay, cut them out using patterns from Little Glitter Houses (the free print-outs are perfect scale for these tiny houses, but can be enlarged for bigger sizes), then decorate with glitter (Martha Stewart glitter is my fav). A hole is cut into the back of the house and you can nestle it into the boughs of the Christmas tree, fitting a light into the back hole. Looks like someone is home!

The prize I'm giving away is a $10 Amazon or Nook gift card, and if you like, I'll make 3 little house ornaments for your tree (I'll need your snail mail addy). 

What's one of your favorite holiday traditions? Enter by the 17th.

Remember to leave a comment with your email to be entered in the grand prize! PS I'm having another contest ending on 12/21/12 called Rock A Juicy For The Apocalypse. The grand prize is a Juicy Couture pink velour tracksuit. Check it out here.


  1. We open one present on Christmas eve and the rest on Christmas day! :D

    Thanks for doing the hop!

  2. Putz houses are new to me! We eat amazing homemade tamales friends bring on Christmas Eve, and open presents that night.


  3. Oh I love those little houses! How cute! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. Those are cute little houses! As for favorite tradition we gather, the extended family on Christmas eve, watch movies, eat and open presents that we drew names for. the kids get to open presents from their aunt's and uncles then too.

    Dawna N.


  5. Open gifts and simply waiting to see what we will do for the rest of the day ^^

  6. One of my favorite Christmas Romance Books is The Untamable Rogue by Annette Blair! The story is about Ashford Blackburne Fifth Earl and he has to get married and get his willing bride pregnant before Christmas or his grandfather won’t let him inherit his money. Ash truly needs to inherit the money because his late father squandered it all away and he is taking care of his mother. After getting stood up at the alter, again, Ash and his friends go to the local pub where the owner plays a drunken Ash in a card game…his consolation prize is the pubs daughter Larkin, who he wants to get ride of. Ash has to learn to forgive…Larkin has to learn how to trust…can two completely different people find love together. This is a cute, extremely funny, romantic story with a surprise Christmas ending!

  7. How wonderful. I collect ornaments so I'd love to win. Thank you for participating. My favorite part of the holiday is the lights on the tree and the houses. Beautiful.

  8. Very cute ornaments!

    krystalshannan @

  9. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  10. My favorite traditions are decorating, baking, & spending time with the family :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  11. I like to bake with my kids, waiting for Santa with them on midnight and open their gifts and seeing if Santa brought what they have asked.

    Happy Holidays!

  12. I love the christmas holidays. I love singing the songs, baking, eating great family meals and just spending time with family and friends. I can't think of any holiday books I've read, but my favorite holiday movie is Die Hard! :) hthurmeier @ gmail . com

  13. I don't really have any holiday Christmas traditions. I just enjoy spending time with family! Thanks for participating in the hop!


  14. We officially kick of Christmas by watching Christmas Vacation-with the subtitles on. You catch so much more of what they're saying that way. Goes well with hot chocolate with marshmallows.


  15. My holday tradition is watch as many of the Christmas tv movies I can. Drives the hubby crazy. I really enjoy the holiday season. I enjoy the smells, the food and lights. Oh and the music too. Not much into baking anymore. But I do enjoy tasting, ask my scales. Tee Hee. Great blog.

  16. What a wonderful way to end the year!
    Thanks for the holiday giveaway :)

    My favorite holiday tradition, is of course, opening the gifts and knowing who my secret Santa is!! :)

    Rachel Ramos

  17. Christmas dinner with my family.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  18. One of my favorite traditions is getting the women in the family together and doing our Italian Cookie baking. We listen to Christmas music and have a great time. Something that has been going on for over 0 years. :)
    I think these Putz houses are wonderful. I'd love to make them. Beautiful houses. Thank you for sharing this with us and the opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  19. I love the little houses you make! I love doing crafts, so I would love to see how you make them. Now that our children are adults we don't really have any traditions that we do, but our children are now doing the things we did with them, with their children. Thanks for such a great giveaway!


  20. I love watching a new Christmas movie with my family on Christmas Eve night.

    I would LOVE to have one of the houses!!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  21. I bake cookies and listen to Springsteen! Happy Holidays.

    mslasha at gmail dot com

  22. Christmas is my favorite holiday! Here we have snow every year during the holidays, so it's really beautiful! And of course I love spending time with my family!
    Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for the giveaway!

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. I love to bake.

  24. I love the houses that would be something fun to do with kids to. We go every year and drive around looking at all the Christmas Lights and then come home and have Cocoa and Cookies it's always alot of fun
    Thanks for the giveaway Merry Christmas
    crystaley73 at

  25. Watching Christmas in Connecticut with my mom, late on Christmas Eve, after everyone else goes to sleep


  26. Our tradition is just baking cookies christmas eve, I love your little houses so cool

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  27. Dinner, games and opening presents on Christmas Eve.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  28. I have never heard of Putz Houses but that's a great idea for holiday cards. Might have to try that when this season is over. Thanks for the idea.
    bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

  29. Hello, thanks for the giveaway!

  30. look forward to having the kids decorate the tree. never looks "perfect" like in a magazine, but to me its perfect because the kids put it together.

  31. Hubby and I have no hand in decorating our tree. We leave that to our three sons. Some people have a theme for their trees. Not us. It's ornaments that we've saved over the course of their years. Some that they made and some bought. Hubby and I will set up the tree and bring out the ornaments. The boys hang all the decoration up. It's fun watching thenm

    Raonaid at gmail dot com

  32. I always love to decorate the Christmas tree & house. Your little house ornaments are very beautiful & clever.


  33. My favorite tradition is christmas eve, we go out for a nice dinner then church service and then to see friends and celebrate with more food and drink!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    kacidesigns AT yahoo DOT com

  34. What's one of your favorite holiday traditions?

    On Christmas Eve I started a Tradition with my daughters that we take turns reading reading the Polar Express together.

    Happy Holidays

  35. Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway!
    My fav thing about the holidays are the awesome sparkly lights! We drive around on Christmas Eve and see them all while singing along with carols on the radio!

  36. decorating the tree the day after thanksgiving with the whole family
    kaholgate at ymail dot com

  37. Buying Christmas ornaments with my hubby and driving around to look at Christmas lights. jenalang(at)live(dot)com

  38. Those are the cutest ornaments ever! How creative. I wish I could ever think of something super cool to do! LOL My favorite holiday tradition is watching National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving evening with my boyfriend. My daughter is all grown up now so the holidays just are not the same.

    Thanks so much for the amazing giveaway and being a part of this Christmas Hop.

    Merry Christmas,

  39. Besides cooking cookies... I'd have to say riding around looking at the christmas lights...

  40. Decorating while watching Christmas Vacation!!

  41. Those houses are so cute. I wish I was still into crafting stuff, but I just don't have the time anymore. I love to take the kids and grandkids out to look at the lights every year.


  42. I love the ornaments! My favorite thing about the holidays is spending time baking and watching movies with family.
    Thanks for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!

  43. Wow your ornaments are beautiful. What a great idea. My favorite holiday tradition is baking.

  44. Happy Holidays! Great giveaway!


  45. What a gorgeous house ornament! It looks so cozy and I love handmade Christmas decorations. While I'm not too crafty myself, I do enjoy baking. Baking Christmas cookies with my loved ones is my favorite holiday tradition.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  46. baking cookies with my kids will always be my fav tradition, we have so much fun together, then give them to people that have made a difference in our lives that past year.

    Merry Christmas!~ Kym

  47. I love just getting together with family and friends and exchanging gifts! :)

  48. Favorite tradition is spending the day making Christmas cookies/candy with my sister-in-law the week before Christmas and now my girls are old enough to join in - so much fun!

  49. The houses are so cute, I just make nut-roll, so nothing fancy on my end.


  50. I just love being able to spend time with my family on the holidays! We always make goodies this time of year!

    snhoveln (at) gmail (dot) com

  51. My favorite tradition is cookie making with my kids and candy making with my mom...yum!
    Sheri -

  52. oh wow those houses are adorable,,have you thought of selling them? We try to make sweets and give our neighbors and close friends a plate each.We also get new jammies on Christmas eve,,,sometimes slippers too.

  53. What an awesome idea!
    A favorite tradition of mine is going to cut down our Christmas tree every year!
    Thanks for the chance to win :)
    raynman1979 at yahoo dot com

  54. Your ornaments are absolutely adorable! We open presents with family on Christmas Eve then get together on Christmas Day to see what Santa brings everyone. Have a blessed Christmas!

  55. We open our gifts on Christmas Eve. Have a Merry Christmas.


  56. decorating the house

    Thank you for the chance!

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  57. Happy Holidays, Big Hugs
    Missie Jones
    missie25524@netzero .com

  58. What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!

  59. Baking with the kids!
    Happy Holidays!

  60. I'm spending this holiday season with my family and hoping to win so I can read more romances. I don't have an ereader. Happy Holidays! lisarayns at gmail dot com

  61. My favorite thing about this season is cookies; I love making and eating them. Everyone is so willing to share.
    planterofhope at aol dot com

  62. Merry Christmas and thanks for the blog stop.

    Bookworm (dot) judy (at) gmail (dot) com

  63. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast!
    smoofrog at gmail dot com

  64. I love those little houses and would love some if I'm your winner. too cool.
    I love this time of the year and seeing my kids so happy watching movies. We do movies and games for Christmas.
    Seawitchreviews at yahoo .com

  65. My favorite thing is getting together with the women in my family to make cookies and candy!

    Thanks for participating in the hop!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (or whatever Holidays you celebrate between now and then).