Holiday Inspiration

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Oh, and happy Friday, too! A day of love on a Friday. There’s not a single thing to hate about that, now is there? I couldn’t resist sharing one last handful of Valentine’s Day ideas. From super easy decor to yummy treats and printable cards, there’s still time to pull off a little something fun for your sweetheart today if you’re in a pinch. When in doubt? A really sweet card with a little love note …

A Tasteful Holiday Giveaway with Nespresso

A Tasteful Holiday Giveaway with Nespresso

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The Sweetest Occasion keep the jingle bells a-ringin’ all season long!

I’m probably not alone when I say that my favorite part of the holidays is spending time with family and friends. Whether it be fixing a feast for sixteen of our nearest and dearest (which is going down Christmas day at our house) or a flurry of little hands constructing gingerbread houses, it’s …

10 Best DIY Christmas Ornaments

10 Best DIY Christmas Ornaments

Last night we finally got around to decorating our tree, which we cut down this past weekend on our trip to the Christmas tree farm. I dug through boxes of ornaments and baubles, unwrapping each of them in turn while the boys scrambled to find the perfect perch on the tree for each one. Of course we couldn’t skip out on hanging the gingerbread ornaments we made over the weekend. Homemade ornaments are my favorite! My mom always busted out …

Holiday Cards from Pinhole Press

Holiday Cards from Pinhole Press

I’m having to pinch myself over this one, but ready or not holiday card time is officially here! Tis the season to dust off those awkward family photos (or your newlywed photos or photos of your dog…whatever works for you) and get ready to send them off to your nearest and dearest to spread a little holiday cheer. This year, the fine folks at Pinhole Press asked if I’d like to give their holiday cards a little test drive. I’ve …

Favorites: DIY Easter Eggs

Favorites: DIY Easter Eggs

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By now I’m sure you know all about my Easter egg debacle. That said, the truth of the matter is I still love awesomely decorated eggs. I mean, have you seen the ideas people are coming up with lately? From richly colored dyes to Sharpie markers at their finest, I have found myself pinning Easter eggs like crazy in the last few weeks. What I love most? All of these ideas are so low cost that it’s no big deal …

Favorites: Valentine’s Day DIY + Printables

Favorites: Valentine’s Day DIY + Printables

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so let’s talk crafts, shall we? I know I’ve lamented before about really not being a huge fan of the commercialized version of Valentine’s Day. Overpriced red roses and big boxes of chocolate? Completed overrated if you ask me. That said, I love the sentiment of Valentine’s Day and taking a day to show a little love and appreciation for the people you love most in your life. So handmade gestures of the …

DIY Hearts Galore

DIY Hearts Galore

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Friends, I have hearts on the brain big time this week. You’ve heard me say before that I don’t love the super commercialized version of Valentines Day that I think mention of the holiday brings to mind for most of us. However, I totally love sweet, homemade Valentines Day gestures to show a bit of love to your favorite people. This morning at Babble, I’m sharing ten super cute heart-shaped DIY projects all sure to add a little love to …

Christmas Snippets

Christmas Snippets

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I thought I would take a quick moment today to share with you a few Christmas snippets, Instagram style of course. My holidays involved lots of time with family and loved ones, more than my fair share of Tom and Jerrys, and lots and lots of snow. Add in copious amounts of coffee, mountains of presents to wrap, baking cookies, prepping photo shoots and spying on Christmas lights through the neighborhood and December turned out to be a pretty amazing …

Vintage Holiday Decor from ethanollie

Vintage Holiday Decor from ethanollie

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I have this thing about decorating for the holidays. I feel like as much as you can muster should be handmade or old. I have no idea why I hold this conviction so firmly, but I am guessing it has to do with spending hours making ornaments with my mom or delighting year after year over the same old ornaments on my grandmother’s tiny tabletop tree. Whatever the case may be, I need you to know that I’m hopelessly in …

The Woollen Family Christmas Story

The Woollen Family Christmas Story

I am really charmed today to be able to share this beautiful shoot with you. Captured by my lovely friends from The Why We Love and featuring the Woollen family, this shoot is just as sweet and lovely as it gets. You see, Audrey of Urbanic fame is also a friend of mine. She’s one of those talented people with an infectious smile that just gets you every time. Her husband Joshua and their adorable sons? Well, they’re just that. …

Pinterest for the Holidays

Pinterest for the Holidays

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I hope everyone is enjoying their long holiday weekend with family and friends! Just a quick note to let you know that I was thrilled to have the folks at Etsy ask me to guest pin for them for the holidays. For a pretty awesome number of holiday ideas (we’re talking DIY ideas and gifts galore), pop over and follow me on Pinterest and be sure to check out my Etsy/Pinterest collaboration where I’ll be pinning away! The holidays are …

Loving Advent Calendars

Loving Advent Calendars

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As a kid, the countdown to Christmas was a big big deal in our house. Us kids squabbled over who got to move Santa in our countdown calendar every morning and would race to be the first one up for breakfast in order to be the winner. Our Advent calendar was also a big deal every year. Just that building of excitement and sheer little kid joy. Maybe that’s why this time of year is still one that just fills …