2015 Holiday Home Tours Day 1: Tidbits

Welcome to the 2015 Holiday Home Tours!  I've got a great lineup of homes for you to see over the next few days, so sit back, relax and enjoy the show.  To kick things off, here is Cami from TIDBITS to show you around her incredible holiday home. Hello! I am Cami, and I am so thrilled to be here today and so thrilled sweet Beth would let me be a part of her week of tours. I love every single one of these gals she has lined up - so it is sure to be an inspirational week. If you haven't … [Read more...]

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How to DIY a Giant Wooden Star for the Christmas Mantel

When it came time to decorate my Christmas mantel this year, there was absolutely no doubt about what I wanted to create for it.  Remember my late summer mantel post when I showed y’all the scrap wood star that everyone raved about?  I just couldn’t get that pretty little star out of my mind, so I decided to recreate it in a BIG way for my Christmas mantel this year.   Here is my version of the scrap wood star… standing 42 inches high, looking totally chippy and marvelous … [Read more...]

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How to turn your home into a personalized Christmas ornament

Many Pinterest moons ago I spied with my little eye this personalized Christmas ornament that was an exact replica of a house.  The link took me to an etsy shop that listed the ornaments for about $1,000 a pop, and stated that she was booked out until 2057 or sometime in the distant future.  I was so sad, because that personalized ornament was just about the most perfect gift for my sister (and myself) that I had ever seen. Of course now that I check etsy I see that there are plenty of options … [Read more...]

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Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Gift Card Giveaway

This is an exciting day!  After all the Christmas decorating and holiday house walk posts last week, I now get the pleasure of giving YOU the chance to win something for your own holiday decorating at home!  Balsam Hill has agreed to give away not one, not two, not three or four or eight… but TWELVE gift cards to TWELVE lucky blog readers!   We are SO excited about this one!  First, let's show you a round up of all of the beautiful Balsam Hill Christmas trees that were decorated by the 12 … [Read more...]

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Stop 29: Holiday House Walk Tour at Unskinny Boppy

 It's the final day of the 2013 Holiday Housewalk, and I'm SUPER honored to be a part of this outstanding group of talented women for another year of holiday home tours.  I am Stop #29 on the tour today. Welcome to my home everyone!  The front porch is always fun to decorate, and this year I made a magnolia swag to surround the front door.  For those who asked, we used Heavy Duty Suction Cup hooks like these to get the garland to stay in place.  It's been up for weeks and still holding … [Read more...]

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Oh Christmas Tree! How Lovely are Thy Branches

Nearly ten years ago we purchased our very first Christmas tree together as a married couple.  I have to admit that I have always pined for a real Christmas tree with thick branches and the heady smell of evergreen filling my house, but there is one thing standing in the way of my dream.  My husband’s allergies and his memories of many years spent running the Boyscout Christmas tree sale left him very jaded about putting a live tree inside the house.  So, instead of having the sap and the … [Read more...]

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Have yourself a Junky Little Christmas

What an amazingly awesome weekend it has been!  Between all the food at our Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shopping and Auburn winning the Iron Bowl in the very last second of the game with a 109 yard field goal return that left me screaming so loudly I nearly passed out from glee, I feel like I need to book a weekend at a spa just to get my blood pressure to come down. I have also been working like Buddy the Elf on speed to get my house decorated for Christmas so that I can begin sharing my … [Read more...]

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A Handmade Christmas: 10 DIY Christmas gifts you can make from scratch

I don't know about you, but when I see all the stores opening their doors for their "Black Friday" sales on Thanksgiving Day this year--making their workers take time away from their families and friends on a holiday to come in and work so the store can earn more profits--it kinda makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.   Can we not wait ONE day? Just one day before the pushing and shoving and trampling begins?  Really, 'Murica? So, instead of standing in the long lines on … [Read more...]

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Christmas in a Minute: Pumpkin Seed Christmas Trees

Guess what? DIY Christmas project time is upon us!  If you're searching for an easy Christmas craft project, you came to the right place. These cute pumpkin seed Christmas trees are quick and fun to make at home with a few simple supplies.  Have you guys ever gone into Costco and gotten sucked into buying something that you totally don’t need because you just KNEW you could use it?  That is what happened with me and these pumpkin seeds.  Standing in Costco one day I spotted this GIGANTIC bag … [Read more...]

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How to make DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

  For years I have been buying sugar scrubs from the bath and body aisle of various big box stores, but one day I decided to read the ingredients list on the back.  That list went on and on with super long hard to pronounce chemically sounding words.  WHAT was I putting on my body?  I wasn’t really sure.  I realized that doesn’t have to be the case, though.  A quick and easy sugar scrub recipe really only needs three ingredients. Are you ready for the ingredient list? Don’t blink, … [Read more...]

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