Love Is DIY Valentine’s Day Ornaments

Love Is DIY Valentine’s Day Ornaments

The tree? Well, it was love at first sight. I saw it here at Bronner’s and I wanted it: the love child of a 1950s aluminum tree and a German feather tree. Priced at only $16.99.   But I have a rule. I have to know what I’m going to do with something and where I’m going to put it in my small house before I buy it. However … there are exceptions to every rule … and I decided

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When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

Psychologists tell us that folks who break out the Christmas lights and decorations early, like before (maybe well before) Thanksgiving, tend to be happier than the rest of us who think we have to wait.   Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown says people like to associate with things that make them happy. Since many folks associate Christmas decorations with happy childhood memories of the holiday, putting up the decorations early evokes those emotions and memories and extends the excitement of the season

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Countdown to Christmas!

Countdown to Christmas!

Anticipation … looking forward … it’s what the Christmas season is all about here at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland … and perhaps at your house, too! Many Christians observe Advent as a time of patient expectation, a celebration of the first coming of Christ the Savior to a manger in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago … and a look to His second coming. We love the tradition of Advent wreaths and candleholders, too. Perhaps your church and/or family lights a candle weekly

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Do the Monster Mash This Halloween!

Do the Monster Mash This Halloween!

Love to decorate for this holiday that brings out the sweet tooth 🍬 (and kid) in all of us, along with a few shivers and shrieks? Want to keep it simple and on a budget without having to purchase a whole Halloween village? You can do it!

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Bottle Brush Trees for That Vintage Christmas Look!

Bottle Brush Trees for That Vintage Christmas Look!

You’ll never look at a toilet-bowl brush the same way again! In the 1930s, Addis Brush Company, an American manufacturer of toilet bowl brushes, began dyeing bristles green and assembling them into artificial Christmas trees. These new artificial trees were especially popular in Britain, which had lost many of its trees during WWI. In 2017 Nielsen conducted a survey for the American Christmas Tree Association. Results? Of the about 95 million households in the United States planning to display a

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Bronner’s Best Take-along Treat for Back to School

Bronner’s Best Take-along Treat for Back to School

School is back in session (or will be soon)! Looking for a great take-along treat for lunch boxes, those after-school practices, weekend games and tailgate parties? Our Caramel Layer Choco-Squares combine bakers’ favorites: chocolate chips and nuts, and a fall favorite: caramels. In fact, it’s a delicious treat to offer all autumn long and right through the Christmas season! PRINT RECIPE CARAMEL LAYER CHOCO-SQUARES* Makes about 36 bars Ingredients: – 1 (14-oz.) bag caramels – 2/3 c. evaporated milk, divided

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Bronner’s Christmas Bedroom: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Bronner’s Christmas Bedroom: Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Is your Christmas season full of Go-Go-Go, but you wish it offered a little more Slow-Slow-Slow? We can help! Our Christmas-bedroom decorating ideas will make your bedroom a holiday retreat where you can “sleep in heavenly peace.” We started with a repurposed barn door for our headboard. The red patina of the rustic wood complemented both of our Christmas-bedroom themes: snowmen and the Nativity. You really can’t go wrong with recycled barnwood. We used more of it, along with a couple

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Long Live Michigan’s Comeback Cities

Long Live Michigan’s Comeback Cities

DETROIT The declining auto industry, corrupt leadership, high unemployment, poverty, a failing economy, plunging property values – all played a part in what some feared might be the final curtain for the drama that was Detroit. The fifth largest city in the United States in 1950. A twist in the plot brought Detroit to bankruptcy and emergency management in 2013.   Now the scene is changing. In 2010 billionaire Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, moved his

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Top 10 Names for Personalized Ornaments

Top 10 Names for Personalized Ornaments

Here’s a fun little challenge for you! Take out a piece of paper and a pencil (or your tablet) ;), and write down the names you think are the 10 names we personalize ornaments for most often here at Bronner’s. Here’s a little “Think” music from “Jeopardy” for you to play while you’re making your list. (You don’t have to write your answer as a question.)  😉 Final Jeopardy “Think” Music Here are the 10 names most often requested for

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