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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