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My husband and I do not host big holiday gatherings.

Our events are small, intimate, and easy going.

Even still, there are some things that can really make or break a holiday get together.

While our events may be small, we want them to be successful.

When I received a BabbleBoxx full of items that help through the holidays, I had to share them with you.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored article between Fashion Beyond Forty and BabbleBoxx. I only write about brands and products I have personally tested and love.

Holiday Details Matter And Make A Difference:

Castello Knows Holiday Details Matter

Nothing says holidays like good food.

I am a huge fan of a great cheese board.

You have probably seen me write about them in the past.

Castello cheese is a brand I purchase regularly.

Three types of Castello cheese were included in my BabbleBoxx, lucky me!

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Castello Aged Havarti

Castello Gouda


Castello Traditional Danish Blue

I already knew Castello makes some of the tastiest cheese.

What I was not aware of however that Castello has a cheese board builder tool!

You have to try it out.

Just answer a few easy questions.

The Cheese Board Builder creates the perfect spread based on your preferences and dietary restrictions.

It not only tells you which Castello cheese you would prefer but recommends other delicious ideas to incorporate into your board.

When I used the tool it even recommended merlot to be served with my spread.

They really know me.

I will be using the cheese board builder tool this holiday season and will be enjoying Castello gourmet cheese.

Cracker Barrell One Of My Favorite Shops For Those Holiday Details That Matter

If you haven’t shopped the Cracker Barrell Old Country Store, you are missing out!

I can’t even explain to you all of the old world charms you will find there.

If you are looking for that very special and unique gift, shop here!

I received these cute Christmas milk bottles and appetizer picks.

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The Christmas milk bottles are perfect for sitting next to the cookies left out for Santa this Christmas Eve.

These beautiful snowflake appetizer picks have already been joyfully used.

I created a small cheese and fruit tray using them with the Castello cheese.

Small Gatherings Still Deserve A Touch Of Elegance Because Holiday Details Matter.

It’s the details like these snowflake appetizer picks that truly make a difference.

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They are simply so pretty and you can find them in the Old Country Store.

Prices in the Cracker Barrell Old Country Store are already excellent but you can get a special discount.

Use Code SHOP30 for 30% off site-wide! 

Indeed, Holiday Details Matter, Like Discounts!

Speaking of food, we all do plenty of cooking during the holidays.

I have always used PAM Cooking Spray.

What I did not know is that PAM now has an alternative to aerosol!

I received two different PAM non-aerosol superior non-stick sprays to test out.

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My favorite Olive Oil and my second favorite Canola Oil.

Both are healthy oils for cooking.

I found that the non-aerosol sprays worked the same as my tested and true aerosol.

There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

I found this type of pump spray helps control how much is used with no overspray.

It’s also reduced fat and calorie which is a huge plus.

Also if you download the ibotta app you earn cash back on your purchase of PAM Spray Pump.

During the holidays it is so important that we do not forget our pets.

Being an animal advocate it is important to me that we understand that holidays can also add stress to our fur friends.

With guests coming and going they need extra TLC.

Make sure they have a healthy diet and remain on their regular schedule.

Wellness Core Petfood is a wholesome high protein diet for your dog.

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I have written about Wellness before and recommend it as a 100% grain-free recipe for pets.

It has freeze dried raw bites and is 100% meat with no fillers.

My dogs go crazy for it!

Because Our Pets And Holiday Details Matter We Need To Give More!

WHIMZEES Daily Dental Chews offer all natural ingredients.

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Only six primary ingredients, nothing artificial.

Dental care is vital for healthy pets and our pets just think Whimzees are a delicious treat!

For us, it gives our pets fresh breath and promotes gum health and healthy teeth.

Both of my dogs love WHIMZEES chews.

Below you can see Lyla chowing away on one!


No, it’s not a pretty sight.

My dog loving readers know how hard it is to get a pretty photo of a dog with a delicious treat!

I recommend WHIMZEES Dental Chews to all dog parents.

So happy to have been sent some for my dogs to try.

We All Know That When It Comes To Holiday Details Decor Is A Must!

Even if your gathering is small, like mine, you want to evoke a happy holiday spirit!

I found Christmas Central to be my one stop shop for all my holiday décor needs.

They have artificial Christmas trees, lighting, and so much more.

I have wanted a lovely holiday wreath for my front door for ages.

There are so many to choose from at Holiday Central!

I have it narrowed down to four:

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Which is your favorite?

I think I am leaning toward the one on the lower right.

It’s called Sugared Purple and Red Pine Cone.

It gives me that true woodland feeling I adore and it’s only $15.99!

As you can see, their prices are amazing!

You have to check Holiday Central for all your holiday décor needs.

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Yes, our holiday gatherings are humble.

We do not have a huge family but we still want to enjoy the holiday spirit.

What details do you consider that make a difference?

Did you find anything new in this article you want to try out?

Leave me a comment and let me know.

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  1. December 7, 2017 / 2:46 pm

    These all look like some great products. I’m all about that cheese. I love cheese! Those wreaths are pretty too. I’m with you, I like the one on the lower right.

    • December 7, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Right!? I am a cheese head myself haha. Yup you like the same wreath I do! Great minds as they say!

  2. Candy
    December 7, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    Everything starts with good food. Love having cheese and different meals, veggies and fruits on hand. Can’t forget the baked goodies.

  3. December 7, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    Checking out the cheeseboard builder now! That’s awesome. I’m excited we are finally getting a Cracker Barrel, their old country store is the best.

    • December 7, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Isn’t it fun!! I am going to go play with it again myself! That’s awesome a Cracker Barrel is opening in your area! I do love the country store and of course their food haha!

  4. December 7, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    I think those appetizer picks are going to be amazing for parties. I’m definitely liking the cheeses too.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:50 pm

      The Castello cheese is so tasty for sure and I love their cheeseboard creator. These little appetizer picks, they really do bring the whole look up a level. So pretty!

  5. December 7, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    I totally agree that the little details make a big difference. I love those appetizer picks. They are so fun and festive for a party.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      I have to admit – I never thought of using appetizer picks but now, after seeing the special touch they give, I would not make a cheeseboard without them.

  6. December 7, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Food and holidays are so interconnected on holidays. It’s part of the memories we look forward too during the holidays.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:48 pm

      Indeed Franc! I think that we have to remember the pets and make the food look pretty and it’s so easy with a great cheeseboard.

  7. December 7, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    This is a perfect gift for my kiddos teacher! She LOVES chessboards! The holidays equal cheeseboards to me!

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      Right!? I mean they are really easy to make and look so special on the table!

  8. December 7, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    I love browsing around Cracker Barrell. I usually find the best stuff there. I even found my new grandson’s first Christmas outfit there. It’s adorable.

  9. Pam
    December 7, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    You had me at cheese! Aged havarti is one of my favorite types of cheese, so this BabbleBoxx looks awesome to me.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Oh I hear you I am a total cheese head! Only the good stuff though! I really love the Castello cheese! It’s amazing! BabbleBoxx always sends great products.

  10. December 7, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    You are so incredibly right that the holidays are all about the details. I typically make a ton of cheese boards, but I never knew there were cute cheese picks like this. Such a great way to combine cheese and fruit!

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:47 pm

      I think these picks just make a holiday cheese board for sure. They are so pretty – just to glam things up a bit.

  11. Our Family World
    December 8, 2017 / 6:09 am

    Cheeseboards are always my go to choice when entertaining guests, or family, or just to satisfy my own craving for delicious cheeses. I don’t think we have a Cracker Barrel nearby but I will be willing to drive down to where that shop is!

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Exactly! They are so easy to do – especially with the help of Castello’s cheeseboard creator! If you can’t find a Cracker Barrel near by you can shop online but I must say – their stores are something worth driving for to visit!

  12. December 8, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Same here, we don’t host big events either. I love to just relax at home and do what our family loves, lounging, talking to each other and listen to music.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Indeed it’s really so much more enjoyable that way. I remember having huge holiday gatherings and they can be so exhausting.

  13. December 8, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I need every one of these things! The cheese…the chocolate… yummy. I will have to check out our Cracker Barrel, ours is only 10min from us

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Oh wow! That IS close! I live about 20 mins from ours and love going there to look around. I usually always end up finding things I can’t live without lol

  14. December 8, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Cheese is so much so my favorite on the list. I used to eat blocks by myself and not think about it. Being home and with loved ones is what I like to do too.

    • December 9, 2017 / 12:07 am

      Serena I did the same! I am a huge cheese lover. This brand is super good!

  15. Debra Hawkins
    December 8, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I absolutely love the Cracker Barrel old country store. They always have some of the most unique things!

  16. December 8, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Oh my gosh. I love those appetizer picks. They have a perfect winter flare to them!
    I may have to get a babblebox in the near future.

    • December 9, 2017 / 12:05 am

      They do don’t they! I think they add just that small accent to make things go from a get together to a party!

  17. December 9, 2017 / 3:40 am

    The details are important and in many cases may be vital. In the hurry burry of the holiday season it is so natural to overlook something. But you have covered a lot of topics and these have inspired me to focus on a lot more things this season.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you Sandy I am so glad to have been somewhat of an inspiration. Thank you so much for checking it out!

  18. December 9, 2017 / 9:54 am

    This BabbleBox looks pretty cool. I no longer host Christmas dinners since Mom passed in 2015 but I love to make desserts and take cool items to my cousin’s house. The Cracker Barrell store is a really cool place. They always have the neatest gifts.

    • December 9, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Cracker Barrel is an amazing place to shop! I love it there! Yes since my grandmother passed we do not really do holidays like we did before. Kinda sad but I think these more intimate gatherings are lovely too.

  19. December 9, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    Oh wow, this are such amazing selections. I love your line here: “Being an animal advocate it is important to me that we understand that holidays can also add stress to our fur friends.” Couldn’t agree more on this. Indeed they should also be considered during the holidays.

    • December 10, 2017 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you Anosa! Pets truly do need to be thoughtfully cared for during holidays! Thank you for the validation on this!

  20. December 10, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Yes, holiday details matter and taking care of all small things is necessary when you are spending time with relatives and friends. They will appreciate the efforts.

    • December 10, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      I think they really do. It feels good when friends and family notice the details we put a little effort into.

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