Everything CHRISTMAS {all posts in one place}

November 26, 2014

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Another Holiday season is upon us!  I didn't want to bombard you with Christmas posts before celebrating Thanksgiving, but I couldn't hold off anymore.  Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought some of you would be starting the holiday decorating over the long weekend and could use some inspiration.  To make it easier and be inspired by all the Christmas creations that I've made over the years, I am putting this post together with EVERYTHING CHRISTMAS.  All the posts I've ever shared pertaining to Christmas will be in one spot.  How great + easy?! Christmas Buffet & Tips for Holiday … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 15 ideas under $15

November 17, 2014

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The Holiday season is fast approaching.  This time of year is ideal to show your appreciation for those that are apart of your life in some way.  Whether a teacher, bus driver, hair dresser, or mailman, it's nice to give a little something to show thanks.  But is an affordable, but pretty (and useful) gift possible to find?  YES! I have found 15 perfect gifts for under $15... 1 - Kate Spade Set of 2 Notebooks >$12 2 - Fur Ear Muffs > $10.39 / Cable Knit Ear Warmers > $11.99 3 - Nose Eyglass Holder > $5.99 4 - Wax Seal Kit > $15 5 - Gold Earrings > $7.99 6 - Totes … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Holiday Decorating: Countdown to Christmas

November 7, 2014

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Do I dare say it...???  Christmas is less than 7 weeks away.  Happy about that or not so much? I am excited about the coming Holiday season (especially since last year I was in my 1st trimester and feeling sick as a dog), but I am certainly not rushing the time away.  The Holidays are not only a time for gathering & giving, it's also about being thankful and reflecting on all our blessings (hence my latest DIY creation that I shared yesterday - Chalkboard Wood Garland). As the seasonal decorating fairies start to take over my brain, I am really feeling the urge to bring the outdoors … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Wood Garland

November 6, 2014

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Can you believe it's November?  I'm breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor. Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown).  Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes before Thanksgiving arrives, we certainly don't overlook the beautiful Holiday of giving.  For that tricky time when we're transitioning from one … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Holiday YOUR WAY

December 23, 2013

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This post brought to you by Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are 100% mine. Christmas is just days away whether you're ready or not.   I think I feel ready, but I'm sure there will be some last minute preparation angst. From making sure all the gifts are wrapped to hoping that every ingredient was bought, this time of year can often be filled with stressful feelings.  A motto I always try to live by - take one moment at a time.  I feel if you believe it, it will somehow happen. As we're all prepping for this special day of celebration, Bed Bath & Beyond has created a dedicated … [Read more...]

LEGO Minifigure Holiday Card

December 19, 2013

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This post brought to you by LEGO. All opinions are 100% mine. Numero Uno on my daughter's Christmas list this year is the LEGO Friends Bakery Shop. Top of my boys list is LEGO Chima. To say they l-o-v-e LEGO is an understatement.  They are obsessed.  But what kid isn't?! The creative and on-the-cutting-edge LEGO empire recently reached out to me with something new and fun for the holidays.  This holiday season, LEGO has created an online experience called “Minifigure Family”, which enables you to create your own custom LEGO Minifigure Family holiday card. How cool? It has … [Read more...]

DIY: Personalized Word Christmas Ornament

December 18, 2013

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One week to go and Christmas will be here. Can you believe it? As you know, my home has been decorated for quite a few weeks, but I have still been working on new holiday projects here and there to add to this years decor.   Once the house is 'set', I still enjoy adding new and unique touches for the season. Since adding in a second tree this year, which is more of a pretty tree versus the sentimental traditional tree we decorate as a family, I've had fun with the gold + brown theme.  Along with the ball ornaments, I've added in some gold feathers (yes gold + feather in one combo: … [Read more...]

Cozy Adirondack Christmas Porch

December 12, 2013

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Christmas is officially less than 2 weeks away.  It's crazy how the season is passing us by so quickly.  Are you ready? So I've got another surprise for you today...  Yes, another secret! Since I shared a tour of the inside of my home last week, it's time to take you outdoors... to my newly decorated Cozy Christmas Adirondack Porch. Welcome... I'm usually so focused on decorating the interior for the Holidays, that the porch often gets little thought and sadly neglected - are you like that?  Well not this year! On a way-too-cold-to-be-outside day a few weeks ago, myself and the … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour 2013

December 4, 2013

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Surprise! A secret that I've been keeping for too long can now be shouted from the rooftops. I am one (#17 to be exact) of the 25 homes on the amazing Jennifer Rizzo Holiday House Tour.  I am so excited not only to show you around my home but to be amongst a great group of Bloggers who are opening their doors this Holiday season. If you're new here, you just headed over from the house tour by Vanessa of At the Picket Fence.  Wasn't it amazing?!  She has a beautiful home and opened her doors for all to see in the Creating a Meaningful Home series earlier this year.  She is just the … [Read more...]

Holiday Buffet + Tips for Entertaining

December 2, 2013

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Did you opt to shop or sleep?  I didn't do either, but had an enjoyable few days putting the final finishing touches on the Christmas decor.  And this week is going to be all about showcasing and sharing my home decorated for the holiday season.  Boy, do I have some surprises up my sleeve for you... To start off the week, I'm excited to give you a tour of my newly decorated Christmas buffet ... One of my favorite parts of the Holiday season is hosting a brunch for our family and friends.  Filled with muffins, sconces, egg tarts, and … [Read more...]