Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas! Cherish this time with your family and friends… Remember the true meaning of today, is our savior Jesus Christ was born. God bless you all!
Right now I am totally into Peacock anything! I really love Navy this season, and of course glamor!! How amazing would it be to have a Peacock inspired wedding? Totally incredible.. Navy, hunter green, ivory and gold. Check out some of these fabulous ideas I found on Pinterest!
For the bouquet, choose something subtle but breathtaking…
I love the look the peonies in the right and left picture, crazy beautiful! The color is soft and bright, yet full and bold! If you want to do something a little more vibrant and theme inspired, go for the picture in the middle, peacock feathers and calla lilies, wrapped with navy fabric and rhinestone studs would look perfect!
Choosing the right dress for you is key to fit in with the rest of your wedding theme. Opt for something that is fitted for the top half and puffy designed for the bottom. I really love the dress on the bottom left for this theme. Paired with the peonies bouquet from above, would be sure to take every guests’ breath away!
Truth is, one of the things your guests are looking forward to the most, or most opinionated on is the food, aka, the cake! Recommendations for a baker is pertinent. Come up with a shape you prefer, round is my preference, and perfect for the Peacock theme! Be sure to know a round- about head count before ordering your cake, keeping in mind you will be keeping the top tier to freeze for your first anniversary!
Woke up this morning with my baby doll, Isabella, feeling better!! She has been sick with a cold the last two days, and I hate to have a sick baby, it makes me sad… Anyways, today we are spending the entire day at home watching Christmas movies and resting up for this weekends Christmas festivities. What are your favorite Christmas movies? Two of my absolute favorites are Home Alone and The Santa Clause.. Make me feel like a kid again, every time I watch them 🙂
My sons top picks are, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Polar Express. I’m looking forward to a lazy day with my babies!
Again, thanks to my Pinterest addiction, I found a recipe I wanted to try to, pre-make and freeze, for Christmas morning breakfast. It’s just about the easiest recipe, anyone can do it! Here’s what you’ll need :
- Non-stick muffin pan
- Cooking spray
- A dozen and a half eggs
- Milk, to mix in eggs
- Your choice of veggies and/ or meats ( I used green peppers, onion, mushrooms, bacon, sausage)
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Salt and pepper
First, begin by cooking your sausage and bacon to ensure it’s finished in time. Conveniently, I have measuring cups that have a pour spout, so I just added my eggs and milk and mixed.
Pour egg mixture 3/4 full into muffin pan. Add a little salt and pepper to each. Add desired ingredients. Make a variety of mixtures. Top with sharp cheddar. Place in a pre- heated oven to 375 for 30 minutes. And voila, super yummy egg muffins! That’s what’s for breakfast 🙂 The great thing about these, are you can add anything you like for your (and your families) preference, and you can bag and freeze these for a quick, easy breakfast on the go!
Today is officially the first day of Winter. I know here in Ohio, it doesn’t feel a bit like Winter; it’s 63 and sunny. I’m not a huge fan of snow, but I love snow on my birthday (December 16th), Christmas Eve and Christmas. That’s just wishful thinking for this year, I’m sure.. Speaking of Winter, what an incredible time of the year to get married! So many color options to chose from. Some prefer bright traditional holiday colors, while others prefer toned down, light colors.
I am crazy about the color combination shown above. Bright white, off-white (ivory), and silver. This makes for a truly magical setting. Whether or not there is snow on the ground, using these colors together could create your own Winter Wonderland!
For a Winter Wedding dress, opt for something elegant and sparkly, and not so revealing. For a cover-up or Shaw, use a mink or fur piece with unique brooch (also shown above), or a dressy sweater in the exact color as your wedding dress. Below is a elegant, bright white wedding dress with exquisite sparkling detail over the shoulder. This would be a breath-taking gown for your Winter dream wedding.
When it comes to jewelry, flashy is not attractive. And you’re already the “star” of the show, being the bride, all eyes are on you! WOW your guests with elegance. Go for something like these oval and pear shaped diamond studded drops. Remember, less is best. No necklace is needed when you have a crystal or diamond detail from belly button up. Choose a piece to borrow from you Grandmother or Mother, like a beautiful diamond bracelet. Your wedding and engagement ring, of course! And leave it at that!
For your hairstyle, go with a clean, classic up-do.
This year, we went the little nontraditional route in gingerbread making; we bought a gingerbread house kit from Target. I figured it would make things much simpler and less expensive than buying all of the supplies needed.
I just couldn’t seem to get the walls to stay standing, and one piece ended up falling and breaking. This made my son upset, so I told him maybe daddy would be better at making it! So, daddy and Christian sat down at the table, and didn’t move for two hours.. They were soo excited about their finished product, and I was pretty impressed! Christian told me they made that house for ME with love 🙂 my boy!
My husband did say, he didn’t like the gingerbread kit idea; it takes the creativity away from making your own special house.. So, next year we will opt for our usual graham crackers, icing and goodies!
4 days until Christmas!!
We have a little snowman block calender that counts down to Christmas.. As Christian was changing the numbers tonight from 08 to 07, he realized that there was only 7 days until Christmas.. He said that means ONE WEEK! He’s soo sweet, and soo excited for Santa to come! We have a fun, busy week planned ahead, but we still intend to have lots of fun 🙂 Do you have any special countdown traditions?!
Some may say it’s cheesy, but I think it’s what makes family traditions special.. This year, and every year from here on, I will be making matching shirts for all of us to wear! It will be darling on Christmas morning for us to all be wearing the same shirt; pictures will be so memorable! I’ve already made them for this year, and it was extremely simple! I was looking into buying some off Etsy.com but I couldn’t find any that were under $20 a piece. I also looked at Land’s End, Crazy 8 and Gymboree offer matching adult and children pajama’s but they were super pricey. I decided to check out Jo Ann’s just to see what they had, and everything ended up being 50% off that day, so I went ahead and bought the iron-on transfers. I shopped around for the best white, long sleeve shirts, and just opted for Hanes. For the kids, I did each of their first names and a cute ornament. For my husband and I, I just put ‘Mom’ and ‘ Dad’. It was quick and easy to do and ended up getting them all made, including shirts and transfers, for just about $30!! I’m really pleased with how they turned out, especially since this is the first time I’ve done it, but I have some great ideas in mind for next year!
Doing simple little things like these makes children look forward to more than just gifts for the holidays. It’s the excitement of the surprise that makes it soo special! Take an hour of your time and create something for your family and that you can all enjoy!
Today my son, Christian chose to make glitter play-dough out of the ‘fun’ jar! So we headed off to the dollar store to get the glitter! I had all of the other ingredients needed… The only glitter colors the dollar store had that we went to were red, green and silver, but we were happy with that! The other day, I posted a link to the site that I found the recipe on, but I will go ahead and put it on here again anyways…
Glitter Play- dough:
- 1 Cup flour
- 1 Cup water
- 1/4 Cup salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- Food coloring or Kool-aid
- Pot and spatula
I doubled my recipe so that we could make a few different colors. Simply add everything to a mixing bowl, no specific order. Stir, making sure everything is completely mixed. Slightly warm a pot on medium to low heat, add mixture, then add food coloring (or kool-aid which makes it smell good and gives it color!), and lastly add a good amount of glitter. Stir, not letting it stick to the pan, and sort of flatten it with the spatula and flip over. Remove from heat, and let cool. I let mine cool on a plate. After a minute of it cooling, knead it a little to make sure it’s not too sticky or gooey. Let cool completely before letting your little ones play with. *If dough is still too gooey, just add back to the pot and cook a little bit longer. I also bought six small plastic containers with lids to store the play-dough in so it stays fresh!
We made purple-grape scented, red-cherry scented, yellow, green, blue and rainbow. This was extremely simple to do, quick and fun! It’s also by far the best play-dough I’ve ever played with. It doesn’t stick to anything and is very smooth! We will be making this again and again 🙂
Every year like most people, I get my sons picture taken for his birthday. I love looking back year after year to see the differences! I am in love with the idea of having his picture taken and including his name, age and favorite things. I will definitely be doing this for both of my children. What a precious keepsake 🙂
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Thank you to Pinterest for this adorable picture!