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Christmas living room design plan

Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to unearth mounds of boxes and rubbermaid tubs full of sparkly decorations and transform the house into a wonderland.  I might like Christmas a little bit…can you tell? 😉 Last year we were still very much in transition into this house in UT.  Construction wasn’t even finished … Read more

Christmas living room design plan
Christmas pjs for the whole family

Cutest Christmas Pajamas for the Whole Family

Do you have a family Christmas pajamas tradition?  Every year I can’t wait to find the cutest Christmas pajamas…there is something about them that just seems cozy and wonderful.  We are in our Christmas pajamas every chance we get.  If it gets cloudy outside…time for Christmas pajamas…if we’re watching a Christmas movie…time for Christmas pajamas…you … Read more

Christmas pjs for the whole family
The coolest gifts for teen boys

The Coolest Gifts for Teen Boys Under $50

Let’s just say it out loud…boys are kind of hard to shop for.  I mean, they are easy in the sense that they really don’t want much more than a shirt or some sort of gadget, but when it comes to knowing what they really want and finding something kind of creative for them, I … Read more

The coolest gifts for teen boys
The giving manger

The Giving Manger: A Beautiful Christmas Tradition

Each year I really try to find  a way to help my kids and our family celebrate the true reason for the Christmas season.  It can be hard to get kids and even us adults sometimes to remember that Christmas is more than just pretty decorations, fun gift lists, parties and yummy food.  Affiliate links … Read more

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Christmas Bedroom Decor Ideas : A Holiday Bedroom

Decorating the family room for Christmas is fun, and we always buy Christmas jammies, but this year we took it one step further and added in some Christmas bedroom decor.  I always see the Christmas bedding when I’m out and about shopping each year and I have always thought it would be fun to decorate … Read more

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Holiday home decor tour

Meaningful Spaces Christmas Decor Home Tour

I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Meaningful Holiday Home Tour.  Laura from Meaningful Spaces is kind enough to put this together every year.  I was lucky enough to live just minutes from her in OC, one of the reasons I can’t wait to return home to So Cal before too … Read more

Holiday home decor tour
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Buffalo Plaid Black and White DIY Temporary Wallpaper

At the risk of looking like a crazy lady, I am going to show you my family room Christmas decor. 😉  I LOVE a ridiculous feature wall, some of my favorites are the Halloween wall I did out of old medicine book pages, and last year’s snowflake wall.  To create something fun doesn’t cost much … Read more

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Tips for hanging a garland

Tips for Hanging Garland

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…time to deck the halls! It is fun to have some new halls for me to deck, that’s for sure!  With everything freshly painted and new this year, I am extra sensitive about making sure I don’t damage anything while I’m having fun making things pretty.  You know … Read more

Tips for hanging a garland
Nine essential christmas albums

9 Christmas Albums that Will Make Your Days Merry and Bright

When do you start listening to Christmas music in your house?  Growing up my dad had a strict rule that there was no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving dinner was eaten.  It used to drive me crazy…especially since they started playing Christmas music on the radio in the middle of November!  It obviously wasn’t a … Read more

Nine essential christmas albums
Great ideas for setting a christmas table

Setting a Festive Christmas Table and a Giveaway

Are you hosting this Christmas?  I am and I’m pretty excited about it.  There will just be a small group of our family, but I love setting a pretty holiday table.  Can I share my absolute favorite tip with you for setting a pretty table?  Buy white plates.  Well, I guess there are really two … Read more

Great ideas for setting a christmas table
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DIY Gift Card Holder : Cute Santa Gift Card Bag Idea

I don’t know about you guys, but when I’m giving a gift card I am always looking for a clever way to wrap it up.  I am always on the hunt for a cute gift card holder or gift card bag ideas…something that makes a pint sized gift look fun and exciting.  I was at … Read more

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Christmas home decor tour

Christmas Home Decor : Our Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour!  I was so excited when Marty from A Stroll Thru Life invited me to participate in her wonderful Christmas home tour this year.  She is such a great hostess and I enjoy looking at everyone’s tours each season, so I am extra excited to be participating this year!  If you … Read more

Christmas home decor tour
Christmas tradition ideas

Children’s Christmas Books : A Family Tradition

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?  Do you have special rolls that your grandma used to make?  Driving through neighborhoods looking for Christmas lights?  Visiting Santa?  I love to hear about other people’s Christmas traditions…so I thought I’d share one family’s favorite Christmas traditions with you too! 🙂  Every year since the kids … Read more

Christmas tradition ideas
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DIY Teacher Christmas Gift Idea and Free Printable

You all know that I can’t resist a great excuse to make a fun DIY teacher Christmas gift and fun printable.  This DIY Christmas gift idea isn’t just limited to teachers though!  It would make a fun DIY Christmas gift for just about anyone.  When I was at Michaels (same trip where I picked up … Read more

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Christmas girls night party

Christmas Party Ideas : Girls Night In

The Christmas season is SUCH a fun and busy time of year. Something about decking the halls makes us want to gather our friends and family and celebrate with good food, Christmas party games, Christmas cookies and hot cocoa.  I always like to get a chance to gather my girlfriends together and do something fun, … Read more

Christmas girls night party
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Mad for Plaid : Cutest Plaid Products for Your Home and Your Closet

When it comes to plaid anything, I *might* have a slight obsession. Plaid ties, plaid scarves, plaid throws, plaid pillows, plaid plates…I am a bit mad for plaid to say the least. Something about this time of year just makes me want to drape the house (and myself) in plaid. Remember the plaid wall from … Read more

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Diy christmas decor

DIY Christmas Decor : Make Art from Gift Bags

I was at Target the other day looking for Halloween clearance, and of course I was totally side tracked by the Christmas stuff that was going up. 😉  There were So many cute wrapping papers, gift bags and boxes that it got my creative juices flowing.  I wanted to figure out a way to use … Read more

Diy christmas decor
Complete gift guide for foodies

The Complete Gift Guide for Foodies

With cable channels dedicated to nothing but food and cooking, including shows for kids and teens, even my kids are quite knowledgeable about food. I think everyone considers themselves a bit of a foodie these days, but finding the perfect present for every foodie on your list can be a tough job. If you are … Read more

Complete gift guide for foodies
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Elf Movie Night Party – Christmas Traditions

Christmas time calls for the Elf movie to be on a continuous loop in our house.  It is just too funny and really brings the holiday spirit.  We like to kick off the holidays with an Elf movie night party.  (and we may or may not kick off the Christmas movie watching in October…eek!)  I … Read more

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Best toys for kids

The Best Toys for Kids: A Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…when Santa is making his list and checking it twice and you can hold every little thing that the kids do to misbehave over their heads with threats of Santa not paying them a visit this year. 😉  Probably the best 6 weeks as parents, am I right? … Read more

Best toys for kids
Washi tape christmas tree

Washi Tape Christmas Tree Cute DIY Cake Topper

Are you in charge of taking dessert to a Christmas party this year?  Well, here’s an easy DIY cake topper that will make any cake, homemade or store bought, look festive and fun in minutes.  These washi tape Christmas trees can be made with just a few supplies and you can make them in any … Read more

Washi tape christmas tree
Free printable christmas tags

Cute and Easy DIY Christmas Gift and Free Printable Gift Tags

If you are looking for a super cute and easy DIY Christmas gift for teachers, friends and neighbors that requires NO baking and takes only minutes to make…look no further!  It’s cute, useful and takes no time at all!  This time of year when everyone is wrapping gifts like crazy, this darling jar of twine … Read more

Free printable christmas tags
Diy christmas gift ideas

DIY Painted Wooden Utensils and a Cute Cutting Board to Match

Looking for a fun, easy and thoughtful gift this Christmas?  Here’s a perfect DIY for you.  These diy painted wooden utensils and cutting board set are inexpensive to buy and can be dressed up and customized to match your recipients home or favorite colors to make it a truly personal gift.  If you’re headed to … Read more

Diy christmas gift ideas
Christmas table setting ideas

How to set the perfect Christmas Table

Are you hosting Christmas dinner at your place this year?  Even if you aren’t, there is something fun about setting a perfect Christmas table.  We are not the most formal people at our house, we eat off of paper plates most of the time because I like to cut down on the number of dishes … Read more

Christmas table setting ideas
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Christmas Holiday Decorations Home Tour

I can’t believe the time is here!!  I feel like I was just putting all of these fun holiday decorations up and now it’s almost time to take them down.  Before I do, I thought I’d give you a peek at our holiday home tour.   In years past I’ve had green, brown and gold … Read more

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Incorporating your Everyday Decor into your Christmas Decor

Are you a traditional red and green Christmas decorator or do you tend to decorate to match your home’s colors?  I recently switched up my decor to a more traditional red and green, but I wanted to share my beachy decor here as well!  I love to pick up most of my decorations at HomeGoods … Read more

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Ideas for a beautiful Christmas Table Setting

Do you host for the holidays?  I have lucked out these last few years and not hosted Thanksgiving or Christmas.  It’s funny, because I love to host…don’t get me wrong, but there is something really nice about being able to truly relax and enjoy the holidays without the chaos of making everything.  Just because I … Read more

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Christmas Home Decorating Ideas – Home Tour

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…holiday home tour season! Have you been following along with all of these beautiful tours the last few weeks? I just love Marty’s tour and I’m so glad it’s my last tour this year. Saving the biggest tour and biggest room for last! 🙂 If you are joining … Read more

gift wrapping ideas

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas for Kids (and everyone else)

It’s hard to believe that we are already getting down to the wire as far as buying our gifts for gift giving. I saw an email pop up in my inbox yesterday that said “Need a great last minute gift?!” I thought, what?! I haven’t even bought ONE gift yet and now it’s already last … Read more

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Modern christmas tree decor

Our Modern Christmas Tree : 30 Gorgeous Christmas Home Decor Tours

Happy Monday! I love kicking off the week with a Christmas Home Tour!  I look forward to Marty’s amazing tours every year. There are so many beautiful homes for you to see all week. If you are joining me from Rhoda’s stunning blog Southern Hospitality, welcome!  I just love her home and everything she shares. … Read more

Modern christmas tree decor
Christmas bedroom decorations

15 Beautiful Christmas Room Ideas : Our Christmas Bedroom Decor

I am SO excited to be sharing some of our Christmas home with you today! With Thanksgiving falling so much later this year, it has thrown me for a loop trying to hurry and get things ready for Christmas.  I don’t know about you guys, but I need that extra week in between Thanksgiving and … Read more

Christmas bedroom decorations

Cute and Cheerful Christmas Bedroom Decorating Ideas

As it gets closer to Christmas I keep finding new little spots I want to add a little Christmas cheer to.  One of our guest rooms is actually one of my favorite spots in the house because the beds just look so darn cute when they are all made up.  (Maybe it’s really because no … Read more

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Frozen Birthday Party Decorations : Frozen Party Ideas

My kids anticipate the holidays almost as much for the new kids movies that are coming out as the food and presents! Over the summer I took my kids to the movies. During the previews, they had the cutest digital short from Pixar. It was about a slightly funny looking, but adorable snowman. A few … Read more

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Ugly sweater party food ideas

Tacky Christmas Party Ideas : Ugly Sweater Party

It’s no secret that I love any excuse to party…we’re even known to have what has affectionately become known as “fake parties” here in our house just so I can have an excuse to set up something cute. HA! When Ashley mentioned getting a few girls from school together I immediately thought “PARTY!” but coming … Read more

Ugly sweater party food ideas
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27 Gorgeous Christmas Decorating Ideas

What a fun week!  I am so excited to be participating in the 2018 Holiday Home Tour with the talented ladies from 11 Magnolia Lane and Evolution of Style.  Lynch Creek Farm is sponsoring this tour and providing all of the homes with beautiful wreaths, garlands or centerpieces, so you are in for a real … Read more

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20 Beautiful Christmas Kitchen Decorating Ideas

It is time to deck the halls and I couldn’t more excited to kick off the Christmas decorating ideas with these 19 other talented bloggers to share all of our Christmas kitchen decorating ideas.  The kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and especially at the holidays when it is full of baked treats … Read more

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Diy felted garland

DIY Felted Garland Tutorial

I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the internet. The cute, DIY felted garlands using felted balls and fun shapes decorating kid’s rooms, mantels, Christmas trees…you name it. Did you know they are super easy to make? Well, I’m here to show you how you can make your own in minutes. Don’t buy a felted … Read more

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How to Create a Cheese Plate : An Easy and Beautiful Appetizer

Do you have company coming for New Years? It is SO easy to create a cheese plate that is a show stopping appetizer.  It is quick, tasty and beautiful…and it’s my go-to appetizer when I’m having company.  I love it because it’s SO easy to put together and looks like a million bucks.  Here are … Read more

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A Beautiful Christmas Holiday Home Tour with A Thoughtful Place Blog

I am SO excited to have Courtney from A Thoughtful Place blog here today sharing her Holiday Home and holiday decorations with us.  I feel so blessed to have had a chance meeting with Courtney earlier this year that has turned into a special friendship.  She is witty, a sweet and wonderful wife and momma, and an … Read more

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German glass glitter diy ornaments

German Glass Glitter DIY Monogram Ornaments

I have a new obsession.  Don’t worry.  It still involves glitter. 😉  I have been wanting to make something with German Glass Glitter for years now, but for whatever reason, I just haven’t gotten around to it.  I love the chunky-ness of it and the vintage feel.  As an added bonus, it catches the light … Read more

German glass glitter diy ornaments
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DIY: How to Make Glitter Votives Tutorial

You may have noticed that I love these little DIY glitter votives.  I use them ALL the time in my shoots and parties.  They add the perfect amount of sparkle.  The best part is they are easy to make and you can make them in any color!     You will need: (affiliate links provided) … Read more

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