Hatchimal Flash Giveaway {Giveaway has ended}

This giveaway has ended- CONGRATULATIONS to Laurie A.! Check your email and respond back to me real quick so I can drop this in the mail this morning! :)  I hope your little someone enjoys the HECK outta this Hatchimal for Christmas. Thanks everyone, for entering!  Hey friends! I've been SO absent from all the typical Christmas hoopla this year because, well, 2016 has drop-kicked me and left me without much to give back to you, my patient readers. There will be no Christmas … [Read more...]

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All I Want for Christmas is Some New Shiplap

The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity around our house, with our attic remodel in full swing. Our awesome builder is Heath Pender of HP Painting and Remodeling from Hoover. He and his son, Nathan, have been knocking it out of the park up there!  At the end of two weeks, and SO much progress has been made on the room. It is moving right along, and I could not be happier with the way it's shaping up.  I've learned a few things along the way and thought I'd … [Read more...]

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The Gingerbread Tradition {and a Free Printable}

I will admit that I have never made a gingerbread house from scratch.   Wait... that's not true. I once made a giant haunted gingerbread mansion for Halloween but it was more like chocolate cookie than gingerbread so I'm not sure if that counts. It had Cheez-it roof tiles and candy corn turrets and I actually mixed and baked each piece of the house in my own oven so I'm calling that a yes. That sucker was a beast to assemble. I made a vow after that to never bake one from … [Read more...]

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Christmas Gifts For The Crafty Woman Who Has Everything

This post contains affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my links, at no additional cost to you. Christmas is almost here, and it's time to start scrambling around looking for gifts for all those hard-to-shop-for folks. You know those annoying people who already have everything they could possibly need and the money to buy the things they don't? Ok, I will admit it. I am one of those people.  But because I am one of these people, … [Read more...]

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Unfinished Attic Turned Office / Playroom: Construction Begins!

Construction is beginning TODAY on a very exciting project in our house. I've been planning this playroom since way before we moved into this house, and today is the day it begins. We are finally going to finish out the unfinished attic space over our garage and turn it into an office for me and playroom for the kids.  Yaaaassssss. Here is the current 10x20 attic room: PROPOSED SPACE TO BE FINISHED: Mood Board for the finished room: This is a way bigger job … [Read more...]

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The Easiest Essential Oil Christmas Gift Idea, Ever.

Ok, all you non-crafty, time-constrained shoppers out there...I have got a cute idea for you today!  It's a spa bath in a cup.  This is simply a layer of Epsom salt on the bottom with a shower poof for the "whipped cream" and a little bottle of essential oil tucked in the top! To use these, just add a few drops of essential oil into the Epsom salt, give it a quick shake and pour straight into a soaking tub for a relaxing spa bath. Be aware that citrus oils will melt … [Read more...]

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15 Tempting Thanksgiving Desserts

Ok guys. Less than one week until Thanksgiving. Time to start scanning Pinterest like a madwoman to figure out what we are taking to the potluck. Have you made your game plan yet?  In the past few years, my husband has developed a severe peanut/tree nut allergy, so Thanksgiving is like walking through a land-mine for him. I've been looking around on Pinterest for nut-free Thanksgiving desserts that will not cause him any issues. It's way harder than it looks because nuts and … [Read more...]

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A Very Vintage Advent Calendar {#DIHWorkshop}

Today I'm teaming up with The Home Depot to show you how you can make a pretty ornament display at their upcoming DIH Workshop this week!   If you haven't heard, Home Depot offers do-it-HERself (DIH) workshops for women of all experience levels to come in and create cool projects for their homes.   This month they are making these Holiday Ornament Displays at all their stores.  To kick-start the workshop, they asked us to build the project ourselves, then put … [Read more...]

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Countdown to {a Simple} Christmas

Garrett found out the truth about Santa Claus this year. He's eight, and apparently the Thing To Do in 3rd grade is spoil the fun for other kids about the man in the big red suit. So, a few months ago he came to me and asked me straight up if Santa was real. And I answered honestly, because I could see in his eyes that he already knew and to lie about it would just delay the inevitable. He took the news in stride, and promised not to tell Caroline the truth once she was old enough to … [Read more...]

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You’re invited to a DIH Virtual Party!

Some of my blog buddies are getting together next week for a fun DIH party. What is a DIH party, you ask?  Well, if DIY means Do-it-Yourself, DIH means Do-it-HERself! Did y'all know that Home Depot hosts fun workshops that teach women how to use power tools and make really cool things while doing it?  Click here to check them out! I learned about this a few years ago, and thought it was such a great idea. I've been wielding my dad's circular saw since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, … [Read more...]

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