Flashback Friday {Valentine’s Day}

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For someone who doesn’t really decorate for Valentine’s Day, I have more V-day posts than I thought. My kids are getting older (sniff), so the cutesy projects are few and far between. So reminisce with me as we take a look back at some of my Valentine’s Day ideas! Valentine’s Day Mailboxes  Valenetine’s Ipod Box Valentine’s Cake Box Valentine’s Purse (from a cereal box!) Teachers’ Valentine’s … [Read more...]

Easy Hostess Gifts

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Are you tired of all the holiday parties yet? Well, with New Year’s Eve upon us, I imagine you’ve got one more in your schedule. We are hosting this year, but I have a cute and easy hostess gift for you from…..Lowes. Yup. Lowes’ monthly challenge was a hostess gift, and it wasn’t a difficult task.  I used a couple of dollar store vases (my favorite), but all the other supplies can be found at … [Read more...]

Cookie Decorating Party

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If you have no Christmas shopping done and pretty much no time to spare, might I suggest you throw a cookie decorating party for six 12-year olds? This is the second year we’ve hosted it, and it’s pretty smooth sailing once you figure out some short cuts.  I definitely suggest having everything ready before the guests arrive. Plastic tablecloths from the dollar store keep things inexpensive and … [Read more...]

Christmas for Teens

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Well apparently you guys like some Christmas ideas, eh? Thanks for the messages! The next most difficult group to buy for? Teens! Oh sure, money and gift cards are nice, but it’s always fun for kids to open presents too, don’t you think? And yes…teens are kids. Since I have a teen and a tween, and I’m surrounded by 675 teenagers every day, I think I have a good handle on what they like. Maybe? … [Read more...]

Christmas Tour {Part 2}

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Happy Friday! I am beyond thrilled to say those words ‘cause it’s been a loooong week. I’m super happy to be a part of Lindsay’s Christmas tour, and I’m glad I get to update you on some of the decorating around here. Of course, now that that’s done, I have to decorate for a cookie decorating party I’m hosting tomorrow. I know—glutton for punishment. If you’re coming from Roeshel at DIY Showoff, … [Read more...]

Holiday Home Tour

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It’s an exciting day, folks! The 2nd Annual Holiday Home Tour is here, and I’m first in line. Eeks! I’m so thrilled that these talented ladies have decided to join me this year. You’ll leave this tour with a whole lot of inspiration, that’s for sure. I had a particularly busy week with kids’ activities, so my plan was to decorate this weekend. ALL weekend. I got home from work on Friday and … [Read more...]

Handmade Christmas Cards

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The holidays are here and Christmas presents are on the brain! I made these oh-so-pretty cards last year, and I plan on making more. Perhaps this year I'll actually give them away to someone. Orrr just keep them for myself again. Who knows. I'm a big fan of stationery. I think the written word is dying on us, so I do my best to correspond with it. I especially believe in thank you notes! Even … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Outfits

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Happy Thanksgiving to you! I know this is a big travel time, so I found some outfits that are easy and can be mixed up throughout the weekend. Our family is quite casual at Thanksgiving—we eat, play games, and eat again. And then eat some more. These outfits aren’t your glitz and glam of Christmas, but they are cozy and ohhhhh so cute! Camel and navy plaid Neutral and gold outfit Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Fall Mantel

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Thanksgiving is nearly here—hooray!—so I thought it was about time I specify some things about the mantel. I had some inquiries about things, and I’m just now getting around to answering them. Bad blogger.  The zebra mirror was a homemade deal. My husband and I made it ourselves, and I still love it.  Luckily, the fabric has also held up to the fireplace heat that I have running all. the. time. … [Read more...]

Sharpie Mugs

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I'm not decorating for Christmas yet (Hello? Thanksgiving, anyone?), but I sure am thinking about Christmas presents already. I made these mugs last year, and they were a hit. Let's talk about easy directions first, shall we? Buy some mugs at the dollar store. Wipe the mugs down with rubbing alcohol (I don't know why--just do it), and either use a craft cutter or some shaped stickers to place … [Read more...]

Fall Table

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Well the fall decorating just doesn’t stop around these parts! My monthly challenge for Lowes was to decorate a fall tablescape. Don’t mind if I do!  We host Thanksgiving every year, and it’s time for a kid table. By kids, I mean tweens and teens, so it doesn’t need to be juvenile. However, I thought some brown paint paper (from Lowes!) would be an easy cleanup for it. They had some dusty orange … [Read more...]

Fall Home Tour

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Happy Fall to you! It’s officially here which means the pumpkins officially came out of storage. If you’re here from my friend Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, welcome! I hope you’re enjoying Lindsay’s fall blog hop. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of these tours.  I’ll keep the words to a minimum, but I’ve deemed this the year of the vignette. Seems I’ve implemented enough of them in … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Purse

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I'm pretty sure my Duck Brand® obsession is out of control.  Rolls and rolls around the house, and I don't see it getting any better anytime soon. I find it's especially fun with holiday items. I made a  Valentine’s Day craft with it this year, and it went … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas

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We are buried under inches of ice and snow here, and it's been absolutely breathtaking. Not so fun to drive in, mind you, but certainly gorgeous to look at it. As we pack our bags and load our car for the holiday, I wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.  From my home to yours, please be safe and enjoy all those moments with family and friends. I'll be signing off for a minute to … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Corkboard

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It's not Christmas yet, so I still have time to post about my daughter's Christmas cork board. I love it; she loves it. Win/win. Of course, I have no artistic skills whatsoever, so I relied on good ol' ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape to help with...well, basically everything. The supplies are easy enough. I used-- An inexpensive frame Some cork board (duh) Sparey adhesive A yardstick A … [Read more...]