Christmas in the Kitchen

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I have never given a tour of our new kitchen on the blog. When we moved in this past summer…I just sort of dumped things wherever they landed. It still needs a good organizing…but I have all winter for that right? :) It is the heart of this home. We spend 75% of our time just hanging out in here. We love that it is connected closely with the family … [Read more...]

Casual Christmas Decor

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It really feels like Christmas has snuck up on us this year. I probably say that every year…but with moving and a very busy beginning of school year it just seems that it's hard to believe that we are midway into December. I share these pictures with you to inspire you….not to stress you out. Please know that when you see all the fabulous blog home … [Read more...]

Free Christmas Music Playlist

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Earlier this week I was sharing some of my party tips that I've used in the past. I mentioned how important music is to a party. It's kind of a no brainer but I have been to several parties where there have been no music playing. And I think it's the easiest thing to do to change a mood. I have music on in the background most days. Especially if … [Read more...]

Traditional Outdoor Christmas Decorations

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What a week we have ahead of us….sadly my husband’s grandfather passed away last week. We have his funeral tomorrow. He was probably the kindest man I will ever know…and his grandson surely takes after him. He lived a full life and for that we are all very thankful. I wanted to share our Christmas porch in case you wanted some ideas for your … [Read more...]

DIY New Year’s Eve Ball

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I shared this last week over at my girl Jen's at Tattertots and Jello...but in case you missed it there....here ya go... We will most likely be in our pj's all day on New Year's Eve....I don't know about you....but this December kicked my butt! I am ready for the silence that January brings. But if you are having friends over...this would be a … [Read more...]

Make a Wish Lantern on New Year’s Eve

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On Thanksgiving evening this year I pulled out some of these sky lanterns that I had purchased on Amazon. The kids had fun writing a wish on the lantern with a sharpie before we lit them up in the air. This was the first time I had used a sky lantern…and I wanted to share with you some tips in case you would like to send a wish up on New Years….By … [Read more...]

10 Gifts you won’t find in the stores

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I hope you have had a lazy, cozy winter weekend....wanted to pop in and share some fun last minute gift ideas that I have found in my online travels. Shopping from the couch is so choice...(in my best Ferris Bueller voice...) A thoughtful gift….has nothing to do with money spent…and everything to do with time spent. I have rounded up a few … [Read more...]

My Holiday House Tour and a bit-o-blog stuff

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My mission remains the same….share clever ideas that inspire you to be clever in your home. Blogging has given me so many amazing gifts….that I really never considered when I first began this little blog over 3 years ago. I didn’t start it to get rich, I didn’t start it to be featured in any magazine, I didn’t start it to be anything other than … [Read more...]

Big Wreath for Little Money

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  Most of you probably already have your wreath out on your door….but I thought I would share this just incase (and you can really use this little trick all year long...with any old wreath:). I was in need of dressing two doors this year since we have the double doors now. I had a few strands of a heavy garland that I wanted to use outside … [Read more...]

Nature Inspired Christmas Mantle (Simple Holiday Mantle)

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  A few other options for the title of this post: One Mantle, Two Ways to decorate Fresh greens….not so fresh…. Girl goes bat-**** crazy about her Christmas Mantle Oh hey, there’s a tree limb…. I could go on…and on…..Point is this….I had my mantle all decorated and looking fab. Like this…..(I even wrote a post up about it … [Read more...]