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In typical Chris fashion, I am still decorating days before Christmas. The good thing about this room is that it will be able to last through winter–which happens to be about half the year for us. Ugh.

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HomeGoods is my absolutel go-to when it comes to pillows. They never disappoint! They were able to quickly turn my son’s rustic room into a little more holiday vibe.

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I can’t say how long my son will let me keep the furry wreath on the wall, but so far so good. By now, he just knows to let mom do her thing. #welltrained

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Oddly enough the room goes very well with the view of nothing but snow. Cozy, warm, and masculine–perfect for my teenager!

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Hopefully, your Christmas shopping is done (mine isn’t) and you’re ready to relax for the holiday season (I’m not).

Well, just in case, HomeGoods is offering one lucky person a $100 gift card to help you through! Simply leave a comment. What are your favorite things to shop for at HomeGoods? I’m not missing something, am I?! :)

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Christmas Family Room http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-family-room/ Sat, 17 Dec 2016 16:43:49 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10170 Author information
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Family room? Living room? What’s the difference? It’s a room that my family lives in. So there’s that.

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After painting the room recently and buying a new rug, I let those colors dictate the decor. Luckily, I’ve held onto all my Christmas decorations since 1873, so it didn’t cost me much. #hoarderperks

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Since I always like my tree to look a little wild, I stuck some twigs in there to match all the little birds I have. Me likey the birds.

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I looked everywhere for some inexpensive fur to bring some creamy texture to the tree. Yeah, that didn’t go so well. The next best option? Cut up an old, furry throw blanket. The kids had a moment of freakazoid as they looked on, but they could not break me! It looks great, and no one has any idea what weird lengths I’ll go to to get the look I want.

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This is our view as we watch Elf for the 36th time this season. Pretty amazing at night with the tree twinkling.

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The gold stocking letters are from Target, and I’d say they fit pretty perfectly.

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Today is our first day of Christmas break, so you can imagine me sitting in this room for the next 17 days. No complaints here!

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Christmas Tour http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-tour-2/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:44:41 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10150 Author information
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Well, hello. We left off on Monday with showing what we did to the front porch. And thank you so very much for your kind response to it!

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Today I figure I’ll show what I did on the inside. As usual, I kept it simple with fresh greenery–my favorite.

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I purchased a bay leaf garland from Williams Sonoma this year, and it’s the best purchase I’ve made! I’ve wanted one for years, but they were never long enough. This one is 12 feet long and perfect for the banister! #firstworldexcitement

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I left the garland alone other than using black and cream ribbon to accent.

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I found these lanterns at Kirklands to flank the newly painted front door (more on that later), and I should have picked up 10 more. I have a bit of an obsession with lanterns.

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I hot glued some ribbon and sprigs from the backyard, and it was done. Yay for easy!

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Nothing elaborate, mind you, but oh so festive! It sure doesn’t take much to get your house into the festive spirit, ya know? I find that sugar cookies in the oven really help with that too.

I’ll be back tomorrow (I think) to share another room for you. I’m usually decorating until Christmas Eve, and I never feel like I’m done. Tell me I’m not alone.

Wanna check out the front porch? Here’s a sneak of what you missed.

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Welcome Home Christmas Porch http://www.justagirlblog.com/welcome-home-christmas-porch/ Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:00:48 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10122 Author information
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Happy Monday, and more importantly, happy first day of the Welcome Home Tour! I’ve been doing this tour for several years now, and I wanted to do something different. Something we don’t always see a lot of is the exterior of bloggers’ homes. And what says “welcome home” better than an inviting and festive entry? If you said chocolate chip cookies, you’re my kind of person.

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I won’t get too wordy on you here, but you should know that I planned to paint my front door back in September. And I painted it yesterday. It was 21 degrees outside. That meant ONE day to get the pictures right, and it decided to pour down 8 inches of snow on us. #polkadothouse

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I always make my own porch urns with branches in our backyard, and I decided to keep the wreath natural this year. Kinda diggin’ the black and green.

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How about you come inside and get out from that cold? And the snow that is now running down your back because you forgot to put on your scarf.

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Come back on Wednesday to see the inside entry! Until then, here’s a shot of some of that white stuff I stood in today! Cold but plenty beautiful!

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Ready for the best part? Head over to visit my dear friend Courtney at A Thoughtful Place to see her lovely porch. And while you’re there, take a look at her ga-gorgeous new home! I’m not even kidding. Two things I don’t joke about–dear friends and ga-gorgeous homes.

Check out this lineup! I mean, seriously?

Monday

Just a Girl
A Thoughtful Place
Yellow Prairie Interiors
Haneen’s Haven

Tuesday
Hi Sugarplum
Brooklyn Limestone
320 Sycamore
Southern Hospitality

Wednesday
Sunny Side Up
Marie Flanigan Interiors
The House of Silver Lining
Bower Power

Thursday
Erin Spain
Honey We’re Home
Beneath My Heart
Home Made By Carmona
Decor Gold Designs

Friday
Centsational Girl
Thrifty Decor Chick
Tatertots and Jello

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DIY Christmas Star http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-christmas-star/ Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:03 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10095 Author information
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Hey hey! Things are happening around here (follow on IG and IG stories to see what I mean!), so I couldn’t post a lot last week. BUT I’m back with some Christmas updates I’ve been working on! Christmas/winter in Michigan means taking advantage of all the evergreens in my backyard! So…I made a Christmas star with them.

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My favorite part is that it cost me $2.94! The supplies you’ll need are as follows:

  • 5 yardsticks (I bought mine for .98 cents at Lowes)
  • Staples
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Evergreen branches
  • Dark stain or paint (optional)

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The directions are quite simple. Form your yardsticks into a star shape. I am just challenged enough that I needed my husband’s help with this. Don’t judge. It took some small tweaking/adjusting to get it just right, and I glued the points in place. Once the glue dried a bit, I used my staple gun to secure the ends just a bit more. I stained my yardsticks with black stain (what I had on hand), but you don’t necessarily need to. I just preferred it.

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After cutting a bunch of branches from a tree in our forest, I laid out the largest ones first so I could get a clear shape of the star. I then tweaked/added as needed in order to fill in all the holes. I used floral wire to secure the branches at the tips. I also tied a couple of bottom branches in the middle as well to keep it from shifting too much. Advice numero uno? USE GLOVES. I just used some cheap work ones I found lying around. Anything to keep the sharp pine needles from stabbing your fingers to death.

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I just kept layering and trimming until it took the shape I liked. I used some ribbon I had on hand to make a bow and wired it onto the star. Voila!

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It’s super festive, will last me all winter, and it was super easy! Give it a try!

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DIY Christmas Swag http://www.justagirlblog.com/diy-christmas-swag/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:53:07 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10060 Author information
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Happy “it’s almost Christmas” Monday! That may sound dramatic, but it’s true. The season is upon us, and I’m scrambling to decorate as usual. My first project of the season is ready! Just don’t look at the rest of my house. Until February.

I present to you….the Christmas swag.

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It took me maybe 20 minutes to put this together? And if you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by some evergreens, then this is just the project for you. I would advise getting as many different varieties as possible. I went with darker green colors, but you could certainly use a bunch of blue hues too! (Hmmm…next project, perhaps?)

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I just kind of layered them on top of one another–trying to switch up the variations as I layered. My biggest advice is to use floral wire to gather a few branches at a time. Don’t wait until all of it is bundled, or you may lose some branches when you hang it up.

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I found all my decorations at Hobby Lobby (half off!). These cost me $15 total. The bells were $12, and I could easily make another swag with them. In my mind, this means it’s $7.50 a swag. I’m very good at rationalizing expenses.

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I draped the bells around the branches because this door is protected in my garage. I would secure it a little better if you make one exposed to some wind. Same for the ribbon–it’s not intended for the elements, so I simply hot glued it to the branches.

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It’s so festive against the black door, and it should last for months. One of the few perks of a freezing cold winter, I guess.

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Go on a little evergreen hunt and see what you can come up with! It’s fun and– more importantly–it’s free!

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Favorite Things 2016 http://www.justagirlblog.com/favorite-things-2016/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=10103 Author information
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Happy Monday–otherwise known as the first day of my two-day week. Woop! #teacherperk My bestie Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick is hosting her Stuff We Love tour again this year, and I’m here to share my list! If you’re here from In My Own Style, then welcome!

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1. The leggings! So I’m 5’9, and my legs are about 5’6 of that. Well, it feels like it anyway. I have THEE hardest time finding leggings that are long enough for me, and I finally found them. My only complaint? They only come in black. Come on, NYandCo!

2. I actually talked about this in my post about my makeup bag, but I have to repeat it. Too Faced Milk Chocolate bronzer is one of the only ones I’ve found that doesn’t have an orange tint to it. The fact that it smells like chocolate is a bonus. Or a curse if you’re applying it and you’re craving chocolate.

3. So I recently upgraded my camera to a Canon 6D full frame. Yeah…it’s pretty incredible. I’m still such an amateur at this stuff, but it takes some gorgeous shots! I wavered for quite a while on getting the full frame, but it was the best decision! It makes much more sense when using my prime lens now!

4. I recently purchased these silver coffee mugs, and I can’t get over how pretty they are! They’re for the basement (a more modern and manly space in the making), so I’m excited to see them get put to use. I actually purchased them for much less at HomeGoods, but they do sell them at Target!

5. I’m not a huge game person. I get bored easily and would rather just sit and visit. Until I played Cards Against Humanity, of course. It should be known. It’s ADULT. It’s offensive and vile and immature–right up my ally. I have never laughed so hard at a game in my life.

6. I can’t even. You need to know that I missed my calling in life. I was meant to be a royal. I’m sure of it. If nothing else, I was meant to have a British accent. The Crown is my current obsession on Netflix. If you don’t have Netflix, order it now. Just for this show.

I could probably go on and on here, but this is a sampling of stuff I love right now! Head on over to the Christina at Remodelando la Casa to see what she’s loving now too! I’ll be right behind you.

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Fall Weekend Part 1 http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-weekend-part-1/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:33:41 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9979 Author information
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My husband and I went on a little weekend jaunt recently, and I thought I’d share our route. We (I) researched many sources throughout, so maybe someone will use my post as a resource in the future. Regardless, it’ll be a pretty tour for ya!

Last year USA Today voted M22 the best autumn scenic drive in the country. The country, yo! And yet we’ve never been there. And it’s only a couple of hours away. #shameful

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We started in Manistee (duh) and visited a stunning lookout point in Arcadia. It was pretty amazing.

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Then we drove north to Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort (I’ll get to the beauty of Frankfort in a minute).

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In the picture above, you will see the terrace I had to step up to in order to get a closer view of the lighthouse. The picture below will show you the reason I fell hard when trying to step up to said terrace. I have a bruise a little smaller than the state of Texas on my shin. #visitagym

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Next up? Frankfort. We didn’t spend nearly enough time here, but it left an impression! We both agreed we need to return in the summer to take advantage of the water.

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We shopped a couple of stores and had a couple of drinks before hitting the road.

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The brewery had a cool map for people to pin where they’re from. My pin is that little yellow one below.

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We jumped back on the road and visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Not to be outdone by M22, the Sleeping Bear Dunes were voted by Good Morning America as the most beautiful place in America. And I would argue that it is.

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We wrapped up the night just north of this area in Glen Arbor.  We had dinner, did a little bit of shopping, and stumbled upon this adorable place.

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It’s called Cherry Republic. It’s quite the cherry capital up north, so there are a few of these stores. This one, however, wins the cuteness award.

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Speaking of cuteness…

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We stayed at The Homestead which has some of the prettiest grounds I’ve ever stayed at. It was like a tiny town inside the complex, and we adored it. I didn’t get a picture of our room, but here’s our morning view.

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Restaurants and shops on the grounds…

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We woke up too early the next morning and headed out for the second day of our getaway. At least we got this gorgeous view.

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I’ll be back later with the other half of the trip. I have no idea how I’m going to cut out 782 pictures to keep the length down, but I’ll try.

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Fall Patio http://www.justagirlblog.com/fall-patio/ Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:08:51 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9967 Author information
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Ahhhh the patio. The ol’ project that never ends. We hurriedly built this patio in a matter of days, and it has taken us quite some time to get it just the way we want. I have lots of DIY tutorials to share with you on how we did things, but until then let’s just take in some pretty updates.

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We built a framing/retaining wall this summer (again–tutorial that needs to be posted), and I knew right away those columns deserved some corn stalks.

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Thanks to some good deals on pumpkins, flowers, and such, all the decorations cost $35.00. We’re lucky to live around a lot of corn. Like, a lot. So that was free!

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I threw on some comfy pillows and a throw to soften things up a bit, but they’re temporary–just a little color to spice things up a bit. ‘Cause that’s what bloggers do. We spice.

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Not too shabby even in its naked state though.

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Oh how I wish it could stay this colorful forever! We’ll be getting slammed with snow soon enough. Until then, I take in this view.

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Turn the camera 12 degrees, and this is happening. Yay for athletic girls, eh? Proud of my hard worker!

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Halloween Advent Sign http://www.justagirlblog.com/halloween-advent-sign/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:07:47 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9778 Author information
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I recently made a little project for Eighteen25 fans, and now I’m sharing it with MY fans (read: my mom).

This year, I decided to challenge myself to do two things. 1. Make it as inexpensive as possible. 2. Make it as “accessible” for others as possible. You don’t need any fancy supplies for this idea, and I hope you find yourself making one as well.

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For my Halloween advent calendar, I kept the supplies simple. I used a scrap piece of wood from the garage and painted it white. I also found some see through web fabric that really was the inspiration for this project and a cute hair clip–all from Hobby Lobby.

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Because I didn’t have a single paint brush (how does that happen?!), I used a food baster. You’d be amazed how much I “hack” my way through things. It’s embarrassing, really.

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After adhering everything onto the wood, I just printed out a little countdown on my computer. Nothing fancy! Really, you could just write the countdown on the paper. Kids don’t care!

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I used PicMonkey to make the countdown. They have such cute fonts and objects. Highly recommend.


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It’s such an easy and inexpensive project! I think I spent $5.67 on it! Not bad, eh?

Looking for some more Halloween inspiration? Perhaps you’d like some of my other projects!

Halloween Advent Board
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Halloween Clock

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Halloween Ghosts

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Well, hello. Ahem. Allow myself to introduce..my..self. My name is Chris! And I’m a blogger! I got into blogging after spending months reading all the inspiration that is found in blogland. I thought to myself, “Self, I can do this. I might have something to offer too!” And so it began...

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