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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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Christmas Party Drink Recipes- Cranberry Pomegranate Mocktail

If you’re entertaining this holiday season it’s always nice to have a few Christmas party drink recipes on hand.  Here’s one of my favorites.  In just a few minutes you can whip up something that looks beautiful and pleases a crowd. What you’ll need for this Christmas Party drink: 1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice, chilled … Read more

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Sparkling Cider Pound Cake with Cider Glaze

Who says sparkling cider is just for drinking and toasting? Why not for dessert too? I had so much fun trying out the recipe for this little Sparkling Cider pound cake created by Nikki from Chef In Training.  It’s perfect for a holiday party or to celebrate the New Year with! The glaze is deliciously … Read more

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DIY Christmas Crafts: Gift Card Holder

Are you giving gift cards this year for Christmas?  Here’s a quick and easy DIY Christmas Crafts Gift Card Holder that will make them look like something extra special.   MATERIALS Plain Bags Permanent Ink Rubber Stamp of Your Choice Crinkle Paper A gift Card I found this cute stamp at Michaels last year, but … 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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Delicious Peppermint Bark Recipe

Peppermint bark is one of the reasons I get up in the morning during the gloomy days of winter! Creamy white and milk chocolate topped with crisp and cool peppermint is a dreamy, delicious way to spread holiday cheer! This Peppermint Bark recipe is so simple to make, you don’t even need those tricky little … Read more

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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

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Heavenly Hot Chocolate with Candy Cane Stirring Sticks

Winter has arrived… even here is Southern California! If your family is anything like mine, hot chocolate is a big request… on repeat! A sweet, warm drink that just makes you feel good all the way down to your toes! If you have been serving hot chocolate from a prepackaged powder mix… do yourself and … Read more

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Christmas Printables Fat and Jolly Gift Tags

The countdown is on!  Only a few more short days and Christmas will be here!  I can’t believe it.  This month always goes by so quickly.  Will you be delivering treats to friends and neighbors this year?  If so, I’ve created a free Christmas printables gift tag for you hoping to make your life easier. 🙂  It is the … Read more

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Christmas Girl’s Night Party Ideas

Christmas is the season of celebrations and I’m always looking for a good excuse to get together and Christmas girl’s night party to celebrate with friends.  If you’re looking for some Christmas girls night ideas, here’s one for you…grab some pretty wrapping paper, great appetizers and some fun girlfriends, and turn what can otherwise feel like a … Read more

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DIY Kid’s Christmas Party Ideas

In case you haven’t noticed, I love these little bottles.  They are SO cute, the perfect size for drinks, super sturdy plastic (so you can wash and re-use if you want, but also don’t feel guilty throwing them away if you don’t want to wash them) that makes them great for kid’s party drinks…and my … Read more

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Christmas Gift Tags Printables

How many of you are headed out black Friday shopping tonight after the Thanksgiving festivities are over?  I wanted to help get you guys in the gift wrapping spirit!  Here are some free Christmas gift tag printables to get you started! 🙂 This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy. I like … Read more

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Shutterfly Holiday: Perfectly Personal™ Christmas Cards

Oh the weather outside is frightful…well at least here it is.  It is STILL 90 degrees!!  Ugh!  I’m starting to rebel by listening to Christmas music and decorating. 😉  A bright orange box of Shutterfly happiness arrived on my doorstep this week and made it a little easier to get into the “Christmas is coming soon” … Read more

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What to Wear: Kid’s Christmas Card Picture Outfits

Because I started out as a photographer, one of the questions I get asked most, is “What clothes look best in family pictures?” I know that there is a LOT of stress that goes into picking those outfits and pulling everything together. I just snapped some pictures of the kiddos last weekend for out Christmas … Read more

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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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FREEBIE: Free Printable Christmas Tags: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

How about another free printable y’all?? 😉 I hope you are having a merry start to your Christmas season! Here’s a little something that makes a GREAT teacher gift, neighbor gift, friends gift, etc. These take out boxes are filled with a little red crinkle (at Walmart for $1 a bag) and jolly ranchers…hence the … Read more

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FREEBIE: Free Printable Christmas Tag: We Wish You a Merry Kissmas

Happy Monday! Ok, so I know this might be a little bit early, but I couldn’t resist!! Let’s face it, I LOVE Thanksgiving, but we’re all secretly looking forward to Black Friday and the start of the Christmas rush, aren’t we?? 😉 The Halloween version of this was SO popular…(like 100,000+ downloads popular)…I thought 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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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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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

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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

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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 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

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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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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

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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

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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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