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25 Days of Christmas: Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Since we decided not to paint before moving in our walls are mostly a dim white – very light gray color. It’s a nice neutral tone that allows me to accent with lots of colors and patterns. The downside is the boring bare space we have on the second floor.

While looking through Pinterest I saw several ideas for popsicle stick snowflakes. It is a great way to dress up a bare wall for about $2.

I bought the popsicle sticks from the $1 store in two different sizes. Using hot glue I played around with some symmetrical designs. I decided a deep red would look good on the wall and then hot glued some wire on the back so I could hang them with small 3M hooks.

Full disclosure, the chair and Christmas tree belong in our guest room but I borrowed them to make the space in the hallway a little warmer for the holidays 🙂

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The littles were really interested in what we were doing so we decided to use the opportunity for a few photos. <3

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25 Days of Christmas: Gift Ideas

Although I love decorating, crafting, and baking during the holidays it’s gift giving that brings me the most cheer. I love spending months finding practical but fun gifts for everyone on my list. Usually I am so excited for everyone to open up their gifts I have to go first!

For Him

LifeStraw Water Filter  |  MasterBuilt Digital Smoker  |  Shave Set  |  Cashmere Scarf  |  Wooden Beer Totes

For Her

Thirty-One Fashion Games  |  Zumba Fitness  |  Hug Your Mug Cup Cozy  |  Cucumber Foot Lotion  |  Morgan & Taylor Well Spent  |  Hell’s Bells

 

For Them

Crayola My Way  |  Green Toys Helicopter  |  Lamaze My Friend Emily  |  Joovy Tricycoo  |  My Little Farm Stand  |  Dushi Doll Stroller  |  Girls PJs  |   Boy PJs  |  Lovable Labels ZipIt! Tags  |  Lostmy.name Book

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25 Days of Christmas: Simple Centerpiece

Today I wanted to share a project that I didn’t have planned but decided to do on a whim. It took me less than 10 minutes and instantly brought cheer to our living room nook.

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The weather here is unbelievably warm, around 50 today, so I decided to bundle the kids up and walk to Walmart for some fresh air. We needed bananas, milk, and bread so it was the perfect opportunity to get my exercise in for the day and cross something off my to-do list. Our living room nook needed a little more cheer so I decided to browse the craft and holiday section. I came across colored battery-operated timer lights and pine cones. I knew I still had some ornament balls and garland at home and decided to attempt a festive centerpiece for our ottoman.

Materials | tray, garland, pine cones, battery-operated timer lights, glass vase, and ornament balls

Time | about 10 minutes

Difficulty Level | Beginner

I can’t even begin to describe how easy this project was. I first placed the glass vase in the center of the tray. Then filled it with garland and placed the lights around making sure to hide the cord when possible. Finally I filled the holes with pine cones. I happen to grab cinnamon scented ones and the minute Rob got home he said the house smelled of Christmas. <3

This is great for a large kitchen island, ottoman, or even a centerpiece for a table.

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25 Days of Christmas: Snowman Slide

Today’s decor project was also our Elf On A Shelf photo! Have you been following #sammyandsophiameyer and all of their mischief?

When we started decorating for Christmas I knew we had to do something fun with our long curved banister. We found some adorable plush snowmen and decided to create a winter wonderland slide. We used snow batting and battery operated timer string lights. It’s a fun way to dress up the banister when you have kids.

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Materials | plush animals, batting (similar here), battery-operated timer lights, clear fishing wire, and scissors

Time | About 30 minutes start to finish

Difficulty Level | Beginner

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25 Days of Christmas: Story Time

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My kiddos LOVE books. It took Parker awhile to be able to sit down and listen to a whole story. Now he can’t seem to get enough of them at night. I love the idea of reading a different Christmas story each night leading up to Christmas Eve when Rob would read The Soldiers Night Before Christmas and I would read The Night Before Christmas. My Dad has read it every Christmas Eve to my sister and I, even when I wasn’t there.

Books don’t come cheap so I got creative when looking for 24 books. I found many of them at a local second hand book store and the rest were from consignment sales. On average I paid about 75% off retail value.

Some of my favorites in the collection are:

The Snowy Day
If You Take A Mouse To The Movies
Santa’s Toy Shop
Who’s Getting Ready For Christmas
Penguin And The Mystery Footprints
Corduroy’s Christmas
I Spy Little Christmas
The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree
Getting Ready For Christmas
Santa’s Littlest Helper Travels the World

Next year I was thinking of wrapping each story so Parker and Caity wouldn’t know which one they were choosing and it was more of a surprise. By then they will also be more efficient at opening wrapped items, right now it takes quite awhile.

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25 Days of Christmas: Snow Ball Fight

Just when I think I’ve gone a little overboard decorating I come across a blog like Cottage in the Oaks and Daune’s beautiful holiday decor style. Her front porch set ups for the seasons are absolutely breathtaking. I fell in love with one of her projects in her Christmas 2012 porch, a snow ball basket.

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Thanks to the Dollar Tree and about 45 minutes I was able to put this together and am absolutely giddy. It’s a playful spin on one of my favorite things about the winter, snow ball fights. The opportunity for everyone to fell like a kid again. Not to mention the hot coco you get to enjoy afterwards.

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Supplies | Basket ($1 from the Dollar Tree), Foam balls various sizes ($3 from the Dollar Tree) and a roll of crochet yarn $7 (similar here)

I wound the yarn around each of the balls covering them completely and securing with a knot. I love how the texture of the yarn gives a realistic effect. This is a great project to do in front of the TV catching up on your favorite shows. Rob loves when I can find projects to do while we cuddle on the couch. He doesn’t feel neglected and I feel productive, it’s a win win!

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Supplies | Wood $2 (similar here), chalkboard paint (similar here), chalk marker, twine, hot glue gun

For the sign I painted a wood card (3 1/2 x 4 1/2) with chalkboard paint and used a chalk marker. I glued twine to the back then weaved it through the basket and secured it with a knot.

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I LOVE the way it came out and how simple it was. It also looks cute in front of our pallet Christmas tree stocking holder (which I will be revealing later this month).

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