Monthly Archives: October 2013

Shop, Save & Share

Junior League Birmingham Shop Save Share


We are so excited to be participating in the Junior League of Birmingham’s Shop Save and Share event this week! You still have through Sunday to use the Shop, Save & Share card for 20% off your entire online order! The Card is still available at some Birmingham area locations. Go HERE for an entire retailer list as well as where to purchase your card. It’s a great cause and a great deal to your Christmas shopping done early!

JLB has been in operation for 92 years and last year alone provided over 50,000 hours of direct community service to 34 community projects.




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Halloween Flash Sale + Giveaway Winner

We’ve got a few remaining non-personalized Halloween Stickers and Tags on Sale on our Facebook page! Only $6 for a set of 12 with FREE shipping!

Halloween Tags & Stickers

Also, a BIG congratulations to Kelly Caldwell for winning our Coton Colors Giveaway! She’s the winner of a $50 Gift Card to Coton Colors. For those of you who still need some cute Halloween goodies for your home, check out their website today for 50% off their Halloween products, just use code SKULLY at checkout!

One more thing, today is the last day to order personalized Halloween Tags & Stickers from our website for guaranteed Pre-Halloween delivery! Happy Shopping!


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Coton Colors Halloween + a Giveaway

If you are familiar with HollyDays, you know we love all things cute and polka dots! So it probably won’t come as a surprise to you that we love Coton Colors goodies! A family-based business, Coton Colors produces handcrafted items for tabletop and celebratory products.

Coton Colors Happy Everything


We’ve used some of their products to display our Halloween goodies. Now, I am not a lover of spooky stuff, so these Skully prints are the perfect amount of spooky cute!

Coton Colors Happy Everything

Laura Johnson started her company in her garage hand-painting cotton clothing (I love that she’s a fellow mom with a passion to create). This year, they introduced Swap Textiles, a collection of tabletop linens that reflects their textile roots. I am using their super cute Skully Towels (retail $14.95+$18.95) at our house for our Halloween decor.

Coton Colors Swap Textiles

I absolutely love their “Happy Everything” Platters. I have the mini platter ($44.95 retail) and plate stand ($15.95). They have removable attachments so you can leave them up year-round and change them out with each season/holiday. Our passion at HollyDays is to help families celebrate and find joy in the everyday and I love how this platter is a precious daily reminder. 

Coton Colors Happy Everything

Ok, so now for the HAPPY news…

We are SO excited to be giving away a $50 Coton Colors Gift Card!
Comment below so you will be registered to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sign up to receive Coton Colors’ Special Offers:

 We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, October 23rd.

You’ll see more of Coton Colors’ cute goodies when we introduce our Christmas Collections next week!

Good Luck!


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Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

Halloween is approaching and I wanted to share an easy and super cute spider cupcake tutorial. Last weekend, I was invited to a Halloween party and I thought it would be fun to make some cupcakes with a little Halloween twist. This one is really easy and a fun one to do with the kids.

HollyDays Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

Halloween Spider Cupcakes Tutorial

Here’s what you will need for the cupcakes:

- Boxed cupcake mix + ingredients (I don’t make homemade cupcakes, you can, though!)
- Icing (I did make buttercream – 1 cup butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond flavoring + 2 TBSP milk) + food coloring
- Sour Punch Straws (in the candy aisle – I happened to find them at the checkout of Hobby Lobby)
- Candy Eyeballs (you can get these online or at your local craft store or bakery store)
- Sprinkles (of course!)
- Cupcake Wrappers (I think they really finish off the cute look – you can get ours HERE)

Halloween Spider Cupcakes

First, bake your cupcakes (chocolate, yellow, whatever flavor you wish) and make the icing. My recipe is add 2 sticks butter (unsalted real butter, yes) softened. (I always forget to leave out on the counter to soften and yes, even when I did this tutorial, I had to pop them in the microwave for a few seconds.) Then, cream the butter with the vanilla and almond flavoring. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time so you don’t get a big poof of white stuff in your face (highly recommend not doing that) then add the milk 1 TBSP at a time to reach the desired consistency. When I made mine, I used the full 2 TBSP. Add the food coloring, just a couple drops will do. I wanted to do my spiders blue because I just think they are cuter that way and not nearly as messy as a black spider could be (seriously think about that before you jump at making them look really realistic – your couch and anything else little fingers will touch and stain will thank you).

HollyDays Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

Then, put the cupcakes in the wrappers. I recommend putting the cupcakes in prior to decorating so you will not mess up the icing when you are picking them up to drop in the wrappers. Now, frost those cupcakes! This is the fun part and thank you to a sweet friend who was helping me. She decorated them beautifully. I like to use a 1M tip to decorate cupcakes. It is a large one, so this is how you achieve a nicely decorated cupcake.

Spider Cupcakes Tutorial

Ok, now cut all the Sour Punch Straws in thirds. This will give you 3 legs per straw and ultimately a lot of spider lets. Don’t forget, each spider takes 8 legs!

Spider Cupcakes Tutorial

Then, add the eyes and stick the legs in the icing and a little into the cupcake so they will stay and not fall out… and don’t forget about the sprinkles!

Halloween Spider Cupcake Tutorial

There you have it! Halloween spider cupcakes! Oh, and did you see the adorable Happy Everything Mini Platter and Halloween towels? We have an exciting giveaway coming on Friday!







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It’s Not About the Flowers

The Best Things in Life Aren't Things

I ordered flowers through a website in my childhood hometown early last week for my mom, only to find out they were never delivered. Later in the week, I called the flower shop to find out they sent an email a couple hours after I ordered saying basically, “Sorry, we don’t have those flowers today, we can’t fulfill your order, so it is cancelled. Contact us if you’d like to order more flowers.” I totally missed the email… Totally missed it. I was so very disappointed.

It occurred to me during the call that it’s not even about the flowers (although I love flowers!) I just wanted to send an unexpected surprise a couple of days earlier when it would have meant something special.

Yes, to answer the question, they did do an arrangement of flowers. I didn’t even ask what kind they were.

At HollyDays, you are our business: it’s about helping you, busy Mama, create special memories for your family, it’s about connection – so much more than paper. Just like the floral arrangement for my mom: It’s so much more than what kind of flower was in the bouquet.

HollyDays Interview on Sugar Studios

Today, I was able to share my story on a super cute blog, Sugar Studios. Casey does a really neat series on Work at Home Moms. I shared my heart. My Mom was a Stay at Home/Work at Home Mom, doing crafts to make extra money while I was little and she inspired me to do the same. I always knew when I grew up, I wanted to be just like her. Thanks, Casey, for letting me share.

Sending you ALL a big ol’ bouquet of hugs today!


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Printable October 2013 Calendar

Free Printable October 2013 Calendar


Happy October 1st! If you haven’t printed out our October calendar, here it is!


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