How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests

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Tomorrow will officially begin Christmas at my house because my whole family will all be here! Between JP being off school and the festive feel in the air, it’s finally hitting us that it’s finally here. I’ve known for the longest time that I would have house guests this year, so I’ve been preparing and putting alot of thought into how I will make it the best possible experience. One of the ways I’ve come up with is putting together a nice basket of toiletries with everything you could possibly need in it.

Isin’t it the worst when you go to a friends home, use their bathroom and find out there’s no toilet paper after you’ve done your business? My first instinct is to look in the cabinet under the sink, but nobody really wants to feel like they’re snooping so it’s a little awkward to poke your head out of the bathroom and ask, “hey, can I have a roll of toilet paper?”

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To avoid putting my guests in that situation, I have come up with a hospitality basket that includes everything I could possibly think of. I went to Walmart and loaded up on Cottonelle®, Kleenex®, Scott®, and Viva® products because I was able to use their ibotta app to save some money! I also passed through the travel item section and found some other great knicknacks to include.Using the ibotta app, I was able to save $1 off Cottonelle® (12-ct or larger), $1 off Scott® (12-ct or larger) $1 off Viva® (6-ct or larger) and finally –  Buy two products and get an extra dollar back!

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With 7 adults and a child, we’ll definitely be using some toilet paper, kleenex® and Viva® paper towels. Viva® is one of my favorites because it is so strong and absorbent. If I use it to wipe up water, I almost always wring it out, let it dry and use it again. Since we’ll be cooking up a holiday feast, there’s some messes that are sure to get made.

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Kleenex® is great to have around too, so I always keep a box on the back of my toilet for convenience. I love that they come in these cool looking oval shaped boxes too! Toilet paper comes in all varieties too – I bought Cottonelle® for its softness and Scott for its value

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So let the countdown begin! I’m ready for all the festivities to begin!! I put this little basket in the bathroom so my guests will have everything they need at their fingertips and not have to awkwardly poke their head out to ask.

In the basket I put travel size toiletries just like a hotel!

1 roll of Cottonelle® Toilet Paper, shampoo & conditioner, bar soap, bath gel, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes (incase they forgot), bath sponge, shave cream and makeup wipes.

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Cool Brands games – A great crafty gift for crafty DIY kids

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Do you have a crafty little kid on your Christmas list this year? If you do, I know exactly what they would love this year for Christmas. Have you ever seen your little crafter try to make their own gifts? The Knits Cool would be the perfect toy – It’s designed to teach anyone how to knit with it’s detailed but simple instructions. What’s awesome is that it’s all encompassing – all the needles store inside the kit and snap in easily so nothing gets lost.

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My little crafter showed preference to the Text Cool Bracelet Studio. The fact that this toy was more of a girl’s type of thing completely escaped him. When I pulled these out of the box to try, I didn’t really want to point out the girlieness factor because it was an activity I wanted us to do.. Instead I asked him, “Are you sure you want to play with these?” I looked at him, expecting him to reject both Cool Brands games and instead he gushed excitedly, “Yes, I don’t care if it’s a girl’s toy. Who cares! It looks like fun!”

Right away he dove in and wanted to know how to set it up so he could start making bracelets. With minimal help, I was able to get him started and figure how it worked.

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There was so many colorful bracelets that came included – he picked the rainbow ones for his masterpiece.

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My little bracelet maker was busy for hours coming up with new messages and wearing them as he went along.

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Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS

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Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

As often as possible, we do family movie nights on the weekends because it’s a fun and entertaining way to spend time with each other. It goes without saying that there’s usually a batch of yummy treats that go with it! Popcorn is always a favorite, but I’ve grown bored of just plain straight up popcorn from the microwave bag. Since caramel coated is one of my personal favorites, I decided to put a little spin on my own version and see if I could make a batch of my own.

I was shopping at Sam’s club last week gathering some staples when I came across the demo station giving out cups of ACTII Microwaved Popcorn mixed with crushed OREO cookies. JP was instantly in love and asked if we could buy the big carton of popcorn.

Sure.. Why not – we’ll definitely get through it!

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #adSo when I got home, I thought about how I wanted to dress mine up. I couldn’t get the idea of crushed cookies out of my mind, so I pulled out my maple creme sandwich cookies and some caramel bits to make it my own.

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

I melted the caramel bits according to the directions on the package, and crushed up 5-6 cookies in a ziplock bag with a meat tenderizer. And most importantly, popped the popcorn in the microwave.

I love the convenience and taste of microwaved popcorn, but there’s nothing more disgusting than burned microwaved popcorn. I avoid this by listening carefully to the popping to judge when its time to pull it out.

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

With the melted caramel and the cookie crumbles, I mixed it all up in a large bowl.

A sticky, delicious mess!

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

The other night was rainy – complete with thunder! It was the perfect night to pop in a movie and get cozy – so I made us a bowl, got a blanket and rented something from the on-demand movies on our TV. I cherish times like these!

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

Enjoying a movie night with ACTII Maple Butter Crunch popcorn #PopIntoSAMS #ad

What are some of your family time tradition? I’d love to hear! If you’re a Sam’s Club shopper, enjoy a $2.00 off coupon for ACT II popcorn from the ibotta app!

 

 

 

 

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