Easy & Inexpensive Holiday Cheer

There are few things I love more than Christmas decorations and one of those things is inexpensive Christmas decorations. I used to shop at the dollar store because I thought that was the only way to get the best bang for your buck. Then every year I’d pull out last years decorations and I would hate them, thrown them into the donation bin and then go spend more money.

So then I started getting crafty and I am NOT crafty.

Do you see all of those Christmas bulbs leftover from trimming the tree? Those are the centerpiece of this first craft. One day while I was at Walmart, I saw cute tree clips and I KNEW for what I have already lying around the house these cute clips would make amazing side table pieces.

You’ll need:

Ornaments
Tree Clip from Walmart $1.97 a piece
Any size of glass bowl/cylinder

What you get:

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and if you don’t have a clip… How about a cute bushel of flowers instead…

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I also have envisioned an elaborate stair railing piece and then the one year I went for it…I put normal garland on the stairs and the red seeped into the paint and I had a stripe of pink (yikes). So when I was at Michael’s I noticed these great long pieces of foliage and flowers and thought PERFECT. They were 60% off and I was able to use a coupon on Black Friday so I bought two of these for $11.00.

What you need:

Flower Vines (Mine was $5.50 a piece)

What you get:

Gorgeous (non-pink) railing

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I love my kitchen table, my husband convinced me to spend the extra money when we first moved in and I am so glad he did. The centerpiece is just that… it is what everyone sits around eating ham, turkey, and pie. So I love to get create without spending a lot.

What I did:

I bought two more strands of Christmas beauty from Michael’s (these ones were pricey at $9 a piece but they make it). Then I found some flameless candles at Kohl’s for $5.99. I had a couple more clips and a sled lying around (it had chocolate in it last year ;)).

So in total, this table top was around $25.

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Lastly, Candles do not work anymore and I can’t see spending a lot of money on a christmas themed scentsy I would only use for 45 days out of the year. So last year at the end of the season I grabbed this cute snowman from Bath and Body Works for $3… Now I plug-in smelly stuff and it’s safe for a two-year-old (i.e. no flames).

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How do you decorate on a dime?

Fog and Palm Trees

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This is what is happening, right now, outside. Beautiful isn’t it.

I love rainy weather. I know what you are thinking (it’s only because you do not live in rainy weather)…but that couldn’t be further from the truth. When it rains you have to slow down. You walk with more care and you can sip hot chocolate while listening to coffee-shop music and feel…new again. Does that make sense? Probably not, I could be the weirdo over here but I love the rain.

My grandparents lived in Olympia, Washington (Lacey to be exact) and visiting them was a trip I always looked forward too. Why? The rain and cookies (naturally). We would go fishing, hiking, shopping…all in the rain. There was something different about weathering the storm together and then coming inside to warm up and dry off….something that made you feel together.

So cheers to my odd love of rain, I’m off to drink cocoa and listen to christmas music (tis the season)

24 Days of Christmas

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Is it bizarre to say that? I mean there are only 24 days until we are unwrapping our gifts, sipping hot chocolate over a yule log (we don’t do fireplaces in Las Vegas, we do channel 803) and enjoying some delicious spiral ham and potatoes.

With Thanksgiving being so late in the month, I am almost feeling robbed of my Christmas preparation. So what is a girl to do…

Cram as much ho ho ho and jingle all the way with a side of sugar cookies and sprinkles as I can.  While they may not be the craziest posts you’ve ever seen, stick with me as I share my holidays with you!!

p.s. this snowman is real, it was made in the Zappos pop up shop (more on that later)

Thanksgiving…the best yet!

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Why three posts in one day?

Gratefulness – noun

acknowledgment of having received something good from another

This Thanksgiving I am so full of gratefulness. I have received so much love, support, and strength from my family and friends. Take a moment as the night ends and reflect on what you are truly thankful for and hold on to that for as long as you can. I can guarantee it isn’t something you will replace.

Now… Let’s enjoy a night-cap AND get ready for the season of giving… Christmas

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Being Thankful

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Today is the day we all get to slow down. The day we get to be thankful for what we have. It isn’t about the food you cook or the wine you drink, it’s about the memories you create.

This past week has been a whirlwind of emotions, and while we still have a long road ahead, today I am going to take a step back and hold my family a little tighter.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

p.s. Logan’s got his fancy shirt on for breakfast…we will have three outfit changes today before we break out the PJ’s… I love the holidays!

I’m a Wrapper

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There are two things that I love to do that drive most people crazy, painting walls and wrapping presents. Since it’s obvious we are talking about wrapping presents, hence the photos up above, let me tell you what saves my Christmas wrapping sanity.

Step One: Bottle of Wine

Step Two: Assigned Wrapping Paper

Step Three: Bows and Ribbon

Step Four: Tape

Let’s begin…

Step One: Simple people… Open some wine, put on some holiday music and relax. Pretty presents help initiate even more anticipation for what is inside…plus with everyone instagramming these days…you know you want to be known as #professionalwrapper

Step Two: This is my number one tip for wrapping presents… Assign Wrapping Paper. Pick your theme, buy your paper and then assign it as you see fit. I buy one general kind for misc. wrapping and then one for each member of my family. That way, when wrapping if step one gets in the way you at least know who’s present is who if you miss the tag.

Step Three: Do it. It is worth it. Don’t be stingy

Step Four: Tape… Look do not and I repeat, do not go stingy on the type of tape you buy. Get easy to pull, sticky, and easy to cut tape. This is not the time of year to buy that shitty tape that you can’t cut because it’s cheap. Oh and double-sided… Use more cautiously as you progress through your wrapping (if step one is involved for you).