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I have decided that this week’s theme is “how to hide the pudge”. One advantage (disadvantage?) of hibernation mode winter is that we can bury ourselves under a bunch of layers. And these layers sure are pretty! Enjoy!

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Blanket coatblack and olive outfit

Black and olive outfitgreen and tan outfitGreen and tan outfitgray casualGray casualgray suedeGray suedewinter white outfitWinter white outfitPlaid wrapPlaid capeblack and leopardBlack and leopard outfitgray and pink plaidPink and gray plaid

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Oh man! I haven’t offered a large giveaway in quite some time, so…well, it’s time. It’s the new year; we’re all broke from the holidays. Who wouldn’t like some cold, hard cash, eh? Would a measly $600 be enough for you?!!

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Of course, big cash-o-lah doesn’t happen without some incredible fellow bloggers. Recognize any of these talented ladies? By all means, pay a visit to them, and you can thank me later for adding to your blog feed! I’m the one in the red who looks like a boy. Grow, hair, grow!

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Somewhat Simple | Lolly Jane | Kailo Chic

Now it’s time for the giveaway!!! You have 24 ways to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below! Yes, it says 24. Ay Chee-wah-wah. (How in the world do you spell that?)

The giveaway will run from February 1, 2016 at 12:00am to February 8, 2016 at 11:59pm. The giveaway is open to US Residents only and you must be 18 years of age or older to enter!

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A winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Now go out there and win yourself some cash! Good luck!

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Fashion Files http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-files/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/fashion-files/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:12:44 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9268 Author information
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Hello! If you follow any sort of news, you know that this side of the country has received a little bit of snow (insert sarcasm here). Michigan came out of that relatively unscathed, but it is freezing here nonetheless.

This week I’m featuring some fun winter outfits. And by winter, I don’t mean, “Oh burr. It’s chilly in this 40 degree weather.” I’m talking more about, “Oh my word. If I stand outside for more than three minutes, I might freeze to death”.

You may notice there’s a whole lotta layering going on. Enjoy!
buffalo check

Buffalo check outfit

gray toggle coat

Toggle coatelbow patch sweater
Classic black and camel outfit

gray denim casual outfit

Casual gray and denim outfit {source unknown}aztec outfit

Aztec aqua outfit

blue and plaid

Blue and plaid outfitberry winterBerry cold weather outfit

sorryimlatesweater_1024x1024And finally…anyone else feel like this? #homebodiesunite

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Hello! It was parent/teacher conference week for me, so the blog just had to suffer a bit. A girl only has so minutes in the day! We’ve got a few things happening around JaG’s house that I thought I’d share.

First up? This happened. I find it odd that I have a 16-year old driver when I’m clearly only 23, but whatever. He is free to drive, and more importantly, I am free to NOT drive him everywhere!

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It’s wrestling season. That means my entire Saturday is taken up with this stuff. Intense! How am I supposed to DIY when Sunday’s my only free day? Trying to figure that out still.

wrestling

And lastly, there is something going on at the house. We are starting to finish our basement (finally!), and we needed storage. The back room was literally vying for a spot on Hoarders, so it was time to figure something out.

basement shelves

I can’t wait to show you the final space! You’ll be running out to buy 2×4’s in an instant! Or not. Either way, it’s cool. And makes us look like normal people again.

how to build shelves

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Reindeer Coat Hooks http://www.justagirlblog.com/reindeer-coat-hooks/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:13:43 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9107 Author information
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It’s a blustery, cold snow day here (holla!!), so I’m hunkering down with some Days of our Lives and coffee. Don’t judge. I made this project several weeks ago to share with I Heart Naptime readers, but I thought you might appreciate it too!

reindeer coat rack

I used a piece of scrap wood from our wood shop class (perks of being a teacher) and measured out some holes for placement. I found these great deer hooks at Hobby Lobby for half off (!!).

flannel coat rack

To keep the cost down even more, I used a pair of men’s pajama pants from Salvation Army for $2.99. I decoupaged the fabric to the wood and wrapped the edges and clean as possible. Of course, the back doesn’t matter. Looks a little rough, eh?

flannel coat rack directions

Once it was on the wall, I just decorated it a bit and called it good. Cheap and easy! The perfect holiday decoration.

reindeer craft

Clearly, this is a bit Christmas-fied, but you could easily make it fit your space! Ours is currently housing a wrestling medal and a pair of headphones. Not quite how I would have styled it, but whatever.

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Cookie Decorating Party http://www.justagirlblog.com/cookie-decorating-party-2/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 04:34:36 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9231 Author information
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Hello and Happy New Year! After a nice two week break, it’s back to work for me. I’m not a morning person, so this is always a tough week back. Can I just say that it’s not normal for a human being to wake up before it’s actually light out?

I’ve thrown a cookie decorating party for my daughter and her girlfriends for the past few years now. Long story short, I couldn’t throw it before Christmas this year, so I thought I got away without having to host it. Then I heard, “Mom, my friends are asking when we’re going to have our cookie party.” And so it began.

cookie decorations

Now that she’s a teenager, she requested that I “not overdue it with the decorations.” After I put the shattered pieces of my crafty heart back together, I treaded lightly with decorating. How dare she stunt my creativity! I’m a peacock, Captain! You gotta let me fly! {Name that movie?}

 

I found a piece of buffalo check fleece at Wal-Mart for a few dollars, so that combined with a clearance poinsettia became my color inspiration.

cookie decorating

The good thing about throwing a cookie party after Christmas? Lots of clearance sprinkles–which I have a pantry full of by now–and decorations. The bad thing? NO shaped cookies. Like, within a 50-mile radius. Round cookies for everyone! Perhaps I should have called it an emoji party.

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How do I make it easy, you ask? Pre-made cookies, first of all. Then I make up a huge batch of frosting (powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla), add some food coloring, and pour it into these containers. This year, I also supplemented with some clearance pre-made frosting. Because I could.

frosting containers

I put allll the decorations in the middle of the table and just let the girls have at it.

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I also like to have a hot cocoa bar for the girls. And by hot cocoa bar, I mean a bunch of hot cocoa in a crock pot. Notice I offset all the sugar with crackers and cheese. I’m all about the well balanced meals around here.

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After 137 of the 164 cookies were decorated, I put each girls’ cookies in a personal tin for them. I find them at Gorton’s Food Service. I also cut the rest of the buffalo check fabric into strips and just tied a little bow for decoration. Ya know, ’cause I couldn’t “overdue it with the decorations.”

cookie container

And for entertainment? Well, they’re teenagers. I blasted some music so they could sing and dance, and then we had a photo shoot. Props, of course.

 

photo props

13, 13-year old girls and 6,000 pictures later, and I considered my job done.

prop photo

The idea of the party may seem intimidating, but after cutting some corners it’s completely feasible. And as long as you can sleep for three days straight afterwards, you’ll be fine. :) Plus, watching my little one and her friends bonding over something sweet (literally) is pretty darn cool.

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Christmas House Tour http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-house-tour/ Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:31:01 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9218 Author information
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Nope. You didn’t miss this post. It’s late. I’m actually showing my Christmas decorations after Christmas. I’ve been blogging for years, and these are the moments when I question my skills. And technically, I don’t know if it’s really a tour. More like “random pictures of places I Christmas-fied things” tour.

Christmas house tour

I went with fresh garland on the stairs this year, and man do I love it! It was a lot easier than past years’ Christmas garlands, but probably not the most cost-effective. I bought this for $11 though, so that’s not horrible.

Christmas house tour

I’ve had some people ask how I attach it to the stairs. In the past, I have used satin ribbon to tie them on, but this year, I just used some green twine. It works perfectly, and the garland hides it well enough.

Christmas garland

So, enough of the yammering. Here’s the living room.

Christmas house tour

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The tree has no star. It is sitting on the table next to the tree. My husband decided it was too time-consuming to put it on the tree. The end.

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The star.

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I found this cheap little wreath at a local garden store, but it was ugly. So I added some clippings from the stairwell garland.

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I had two huge poinsettias here, but I burned the other one up. They don’t like direct fire apparently. Duh. Sensitive little sucker.

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Not the fanciest or most timely Christmas house tour, but I did tell you I’d have one. No one can call me a liar! Procrastinator, yes. But liar I am not. (Yoda speak)

What’s that? You wanna see tours of Christmas past? Ok. Here you go.

Christmas Tour 2014

Another Christmas Tour 2014

Christmas Tour 2013

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Christmas Room Tour Recap http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-room-tour-recap-2/ Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9201 Author information
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Hi. I’m back. It’s another recap, and I’m thrilled. I keep thinking, “These people are my friends. I know them!” Day 3. You’re welcome.

The Nester shows off her neutral and classic family room.

family-room

Cassie-Hi Sugarplum! My person; my love; my fellow funny girl. Her festive dining room is perfection!

Christmas dining room

Myra’s tree (My Blessed Life) is one of my favorites! I love the traditional look!

Christmas-Living-Room

Cozy up and read a book in this quaint Christmas nook at Bethany’s from House of Figs.

Christmas-Decor

Red, white, and green–such a Christmas classic, eh? Visit Emily at Decor Chick to see more!

Red-White-Christmas-Tree

Check out the rest of the tour here!

Monday

Just a Girl Thistlewood Farm Whimsy Girl French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello My Sweet Savannah

Tuesday

Thrifty Decor Chick Sunny Side Up 320 Sycamore

Home Stories A to Z Decor Gold A House and a Dog

Wednesday

The Nester Hi Sugarplum My Blessed Life

The House of Figs Decor Chick

Thursday

Miss Mustard Seed Bliss at Home Southern Hospitality

A Thoughtful Place Yellow Prairie Interiors Eleven Gables

Friday

Fox Hollow Cottage Lindsay Hill Interiors I Don’t Know How She Does It

Pretty Handy Girl Not Just A Housewife Kindred Vintage

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Christmas Room Tour Recap http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-room-tour-recap/ http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-room-tour-recap/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 04:36:42 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9188 Author information
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Ok, we’re back with another day of features from the Christmas Room Tour, and they do not disappoint. Each space has it’s own original stamp of Christmas, and they are just stunning.

Festive Christmas kitchen from Thrifty Decor Chick

Christmas kitchen

Classic Christmas living room at Sunny Side Up

Christmas living room tour

Cozy Christmas kitchen (that range hood!) from 320 Sycamore

White Christmas kitchen

The prettiest Christmas porch I ever did see at Home Stores A to Z

Christmas porch

A luxe and classy Christmas bedroom at Decor Gold

gray velvet bedroom
Such a warm and festive dining room from A House and a Dog

Christmas dining table

Of course, if you’d like to see all the pictures from the whole tour now, click on the links below!

Monday

Just a Girl Thistlewood Farm Whimsy Girl French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello My Sweet Savannah

Tuesday

Thrifty Decor Chick Sunny Side Up 320 Sycamore

Home Stories A to Z Decor Gold A House and a Dog

Wednesday

The Nester Hi Sugarplum My Blessed Life

The House of Figs Decor Chick

Thursday

Miss Mustard Seed Bliss at Home Southern Hospitality

A Thoughtful Place Yellow Prairie Interiors Eleven Gables

Friday

Fox Hollow Cottage Lindsay Hill Interiors I Don’t Know How She Does It

Pretty Handy Girl Not Just A Housewife Kindred Vintage

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Christmas Tours Recap http://www.justagirlblog.com/christmas-tours-recap/ Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:57:43 +0000 http://www.justagirlblog.com/?p=9150 Author information
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Happy Monday! Happy “week after amazing room tours” Monday! I now want to decorate every room in my house. What inspiration, eh? In case you missed it, I’m going to offer some recaps of the tour. Head over to each blog and drool over their beautiful design talents!. (Please Pin from original source.)

A beautiful kitchen with rustic touches at Thistlewood Farms.

Christmas-galvanized-shelf

A warm Christmas space at Whimsy Girl Design

Christmas fireplace
White and floral Christmas with French Country Cottage.

French Country Cottage Christmas

Colorful Christmas entry at Tatertots and Jello.

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Cozy Christmas (that sign!) at My Sweet Savannah.

my sweet savannah christmas

If you’d like to pop over to all the tours now, here are the links. Tell my friends I say hi!

Monday

Just a Girl Thistlewood Farm Whimsy Girl French Country Cottage

Tatertots and Jello My Sweet Savannah

Tuesday

Thrifty Decor Chick Sunny Side Up 320 Sycamore

Home Stories A to Z Decor Gold A House and a Dog

Wednesday

The Nester Hi Sugarplum My Blessed Life

The House of Figs Decor Chick

Thursday

Miss Mustard Seed Bliss at Home Southern Hospitality

A Thoughtful Place Yellow Prairie Interiors Eleven Gables

Friday

Fox Hollow Cottage Lindsay Hill Interiors I Don’t Know How She Does It

Pretty Handy Girl Not Just A Housewife Kindred Vintage

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