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Advent Calendar and focusing on the meaning of Christmas

I love the idea of counting down for Christmas and over the years have created various Advent Calendars for my kids. I think the first year was the most elaborate with multiple activities, outings and gifts. Needless to say by the time Christmas Day arrived I was exhausted! The following year knew I had to scale back on the activities. In addition, I wanted a way to bring Christ back >> Continue reading

“My first Christmas” ornament

Last year when I saw this hand-print ornament on Pinterest I knew I had to try it for the little one. Since I didn’t have any embossing tools I went with paint. [These were actually made last year… I never got around to posting about them and when I did it was way past Christmas! Baby was about 7 months at the time. Looking at the ornament this year, his >> Continue reading

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Halloween Subway Art – Free Download

October already! That means Halloween is coming. Fall seems to be the kick-off for themed decorations for me. How about an early treat? Enjoy this Halloween subway art printable! It is a PDF and approximately 8×10. Print on 8×11.5 paper. Click on the image to download.   Need some more Halloween inspiration? Check these out from our archives. Halloween bookmarks – free printable Halloween wreath – decor inspiration Halloween party >> Continue reading

Empty shelves need sprucing!

Our new home has these great built in shelves that surround the fireplace in our living room. Coming from a tiny one bedroom condo we have few decorative items to display. I’ve been on the hunt for unique looking vases, pots, statues… not exactly sure what but I keep telling my husband I’ll know it when I see it! The problem is there are 6 selves. Only two of which >> Continue reading

Last-minute handmade gift ideas – Part 2

You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to try this gift idea – homemade chocolate bark! I actually got the White Chocolate Peppermint bark recipe from Food Network’s Paula Deen, but I’m not a fan of white chocolate so I modified the recipe and also created other variations of it. This gift idea is ideal for friends, family, neighbors, teachers and co-workers because it’s quick, easy, inexpensive and >> Continue reading

Last-minute handmade gift ideas – Part 1

One of my nieces mentioned that she wanted a spa trip for Christmas. Well, I couldn’t buy her an actual trip but decided to give her (along with my other two nieces) a spa experience. So I’m putting together some spa bags filled with nail polish, manicure/pedicure accessories, facial masks and more! I wanted to personalize it as well so I included a personalized towel for each. Here’s what I >> Continue reading

Craft tip: Snowflake garland

The day after Thanksgiving, I went into full holiday decoration mode. I strung garland on the banister, the mantle, and put up my Christmas tree. I wasn’t sure what do with with the narrow window next to my front door until I came across some snowflake garland I made last year. It was a great way to recycle an existing item and add some whimsy to the window. All you >> Continue reading

Craft tip: Halloween wreath

Cathy and I are throwing a Halloween party for the kids this weekend, and we’re having a fun time planning it! One of the many decorations I have is a Halloween wreath. It’s a super easy way to change a regular autumn foliage wreath into somehing fun and cute for Halloween! All you need are: orange cardstock , string, glue/tape and of course, a wreath (NOTE: For the spiders/bats, cut them >> Continue reading

Happy New Year & Happy V-Day!

This weekend my family will be celebrating two occasions…Our Vietnamese New Year (a.k.a. Lunar New Year) and, of course, Valentine’s Day! This year is the Year of the Tiger which is one of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese calendar. Here’s a little description of those who are born in the Year of the Tiger: Tiger people are sensitive, given to deep thinking, capable of great >> Continue reading