Dec 18, 2014


This year I kept the holiday decor pretty simple. I decorated with a lot of pine branches. Luckily, I have a pine tree in my yard that needed a lot of trimming because our Christmas tree was exactly the right height. It's usually a foot or so too big so I can use all the branches we cut off.
 I added pine branches and bulbs I spray painted gold to my floating shelves.
I made these little candle holders by glueing the candle to the tree stump then hot glued moss around the top. You could also drill a hole in the top of the tree stump that fits the candle.
I love decorating for the holidays! And Christmas is next week! So exciting.

Dec 17, 2014


While at Target the other day I saw these peppermint stir sticks. I love peppermint in my hot cocoa so I had to get them. I thought I could take the yumminess to the next level and douse the peppermint in chocolate.
I used a silicone mold I got from WholePort and simply added some melted chocolate. I let the chocolate sit for about 15 minutes for it to cool down and then stuck the stir sticks in the mold.
I sprinkled some crushed peppermint on the chocolate.
I put them in a little plastic gift bag and tied them to a mason jar filled with hot chocolate mix and some marshmallows. They make the perfect little gift for someone who enjoys a little peppermint and added chocolate in their hot chocolate.
Check out this little mason jar hot chocolate I also made for another idea.

Dec 16, 2014


Hello and welcome to this week's link party! Hey don't forget to check out this week's giveaway: one of you will win dress of your choice from eShakti. Go here for the details.
Here are some of my favorites from last week's party:
Easy Christmas Cake Pops from Pint Sized Baker

Frozen Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Couponing n Cooking

 White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge from My Organized Chaos

Holiday Pillow Slip-Cover from Lemon Thistle

 Let It Snow Mantel from Vintage, Paint and more
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This link party is for crafts, recipes or diy projects that YOU made. 

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Dec 15, 2014


I hope you guys had a great weekend. I feel like every weekend in December is packed with fun holiday things to do. This is the last full week before Christmas so it will be a rush to get everything done. But I love this time of year and love being busy with Christmas traditions and activities. Another thing I love is holiday get togethers and parties because it means you can get all dressed up! Today I have a giveaway for you from eShakti and they have the perfect selection of holiday attire. I just love their customizable clothing. It's often hard to find a piece of clothing that has the sleeve length and skirt length that you want. And with eShakti you can do that. I am always checking their New Arrivals because they continually have new stock. 
{heels: Gordmans, skirt: eShakti (I chose the knee length option)}
Today eShakti is offering one of you any dress of your choice. Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
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Dec 12, 2014


Here is another ornament I made this year. This time I enlisted the kids to help me. I used some clear glass bulbs leftover from ornaments I made a few years ago. All you do is gather up some broken Crayola crayons-never a hard task with toddlers around. I let the kids each pick out the colors they wanted to use and had them take off the paper wrapper on each crayon. Then we broke them in to littler bits (you need about 2-3 crayons total but it can be pieces of lots of crayons). Then put the pieces in a ziplock bag and use your weapon of choice-a rolling pin, meat pounder, etc. Hammer the crayons in to tiny little bits. Then carefully pour the little bits into the bulb. Then use a hair dryer on high heat, and hold it about an inch away from the outside of the bulb and start melting the crayons. Yes, your fingers will get really hot so be careful! I let the kids pick the crayons and smash the crayons, but this part was way to hot for them to be involved. You will find that you just need to hold the hairdryer on one spot for a few seconds and the crayons will start to melt. So then shake it around, and point the hairdryer on a different area of the bulb. And that's it!
I loved doing this craft with the kids. I'm so obsessed with making things perfect sometimes it's hard for me to just let go and let them do whatever they want. And when all was said and done, my husband guessed the boys bulbs correctly but couldn't tell the difference between mine and my three-year-olds... hmmm... I guess my attention to detail doesn't always pay off haha!
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