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Festive, fun, and easy – 3 simple Christmas decorations

Christmas is a time, it seems, when everyone goes to great expense to make their homes festive and welcoming. Except for me. I’m not a Grinch, I just don’t have unlimited time, and I suspect you don’t either. I like to do what I can to make my home beautiful and elegant for the holidays, […]

diy holiday wreath completed

A festive DIY holiday wreath

Scott and I have always kept things fairly simple when it comes to holiday décor. (Our never-changing, always nostalgic Christmas tree comes to mind!) Last year our home was wrapping up a hefty renovation, so not a lot of decorating got done. And this is only the second holiday season that we’ve had our own […]

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That’s a wrap! 8 creative gift wrap ideas

I’ve always loved gift wrap…although I’m not the best at the wrapping process itself. (Crisp corners and neat edges tend to elude me.) But what I lack in precision, I make up for in embellishments. It’s so fun to make the package itself a special part of gift-giving! And those creative extras don’t have to […]

gourd centerpiece thanksfgiving

The centerpiece of the celebration – giving thanks

According to the dramatic programs performed by elementary school students everywhere, the original Thanksgiving was probably held in 1621 in the Plymouth Colony to mark the Pilgrims’ first harvest in the new world. There were guys in big black hats, Native Americans, turkeys, and piles of food on a large communal table. But I’m pretty […]

diy acron garland on mantel

Deck the halls with this DIY acorn garland

Last month, I wrote a post all about fall colors, but to be honest, my own house has very few typical autumn colors in it. I’m a sucker for pink, teal, mint green, and lavender all year round. If you’re like me, it is possible to update your décor for fall and get into the […]

5 entertaining tips

5 top tips for entertaining this holiday season

Ah, the holidays! It’s the time of the year when the temps are down, but the visitors tend to be up! Aside from the actual holidays, this time of year always includes lots of other festivities as well. Sometimes it’s a planned party, and sometimes people just drop by! Whatever the scenario, here are my […]

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Tips for a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape

With the holidays just a few weeks away, I’ve started thinking about how I will dress my table for Thanksgiving. My family loves all the traditional trappings; turkey and cornbread dressing, cranberry salad, and pumpkin pie. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. I usually know what I’ll be serving for dinner, but try to […]

magnolia leaves centerpiece

A terrific way to transition through the holidays

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to take down the jack o’lanterns and spiders! And…then what? Some people jump right into end-of-year holiday decorating after Halloween, but I like for my house to feel like fall all the way up until Thanksgiving. Still, it can be exhausting (and expensive) to switch out your décor […]

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‘Tis the season for bats, black cats, and things that go bump in the night!

Happy Halloween everyone! Tonight will be filled with ghouls, goblins, witches, and of course a myriad of Elsa and Anna costumes from the Disney mega-hit “Frozen.” But let’s not forget the most important part; the candy! Whether you’re venturing out, or admiring the costume parade from the comfort of your own home,  have a ghoulishly […]

homemade glass cleaner

Easy natural homemade glass cleaner

Fall is in full swing and with it come grayer days, earlier sunsets, and darker nights. Since the fall sun already has the added struggle of getting through some clouds, I don’t want to hinder it any more by having dingy windows, which I realized was the case in my house. I searched my cupboards […]