One of the reasons I love Winter so much is because I can wear my UGGs all the time!! I’ve had a two pair for a few years now and they really need cleaned. My local Nordstroms has the option of dropping your boots off to be cleaned and pick them up a couple days later for $25. Sounds like a great idea, but I’m looking for an easy way to do it myself and save some money! I googled and found a good, detailed video on About.com. Seems pretty simple! I’m going to do this as my weekend project.. I’ll let you know how it works out on my Chesnut and Black colored UGGs. Have a great weekend 🙂
I always look forward to taking the kids to see Santa each year; well now both kids!! It’s always so fun to see their reactions.. Christian is normally very shy, even though he rehearses what he is going to ask for in the car on our way to see him… Today he told Santa he would just write or call him to tell him, hahaha.. Isabella just sat there and stared at him, soo cute!
I am a huge fan of decorating for the holidays, and I can’t wait to start this year! I know some people that have already setup and decorated their house for Christmas; I personally, think that’s too soon, but to each is their own.. I like to decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving! I posted a picture the other day of our Christmas tree last year.. I can’t wait to get it up! This year I am going to do some fun activities with my son to incorporate into decorating the house. I got a 8 pack of green glitter felt Christmas trees and we are going to either use yarn or fish line (haven’t decided which yet) and make it into a “banner” style decor over my lit up garland over the fireplace. Can’t wait to see how it turns out, how I’m picturing it will be adorable. Also, I’m going to have him make and decorate gingerbread men out of felt, glitter, googly eyes, etc. and hand out with our Christmas gifts this year! We are trying to focus more on gifts for our children and each other, rather than everyone else. It might seem sort of selfish, but we don’t have much extra to spend anyways and why struggle? I’m not going to… in fact I would much rather make my kids happy! I am putting together little gifts for each of our aunts and uncles, mother and father in-law, my mom and Nana, that’s it! It really adds up when you do a little here and a little there for so many people in the family. We are trying to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, rather than just the “stuff”. My son mentioned to me today when we heard Christmas music on the radio, that he couldn’t wait for Christmas so he could get presents… I know as a kid that is what you look forward to most, but I had to explain the meaning to him. I want to make it a time where as a family we spend extra time together and have a lot of fun! Every year as a family we look forward to making our own creative masterpieces, and this year we’re going to do gingerbread trains. We didn’t get to build a snow man last year, so my son is really hoping for a lot of snow, I must say, I am too 🙂 Especially on my birthday (Dec. 16th) and Christmas!
I think these days, more than ever, it is crucial to distill the meaning of FAMILY. Having routines and looking forward to spending time together. I didn’t have a whole lot of structure when I was growing up, and although holidays were fun, they could have really been memorable.. I want to make those lasting impressions on my children and create traditions that they pass on to their kids.
Yesterday my husband had the day off for Veteran’s Day, so we decided to take advantage and do a little early Christmas shopping while our little guy was at school! We weren’t alone.. Stores were packed! We were shocked at some of the great deals we got at stores like Kohl’s and Target. We’re card members to both stores and saved much more than we spent! I figured starting early would be a good idea so we could make sure we got the toys we wanted, but we were surprised to find three toys which we wanted most were gone.
How early do you begin Christmas shopping? Do you wait until last minute?….
I’ve seen numerous ads this year for stores such as Best Buy and Walmart, beginning their Black Friday sales starting the evening of Thanksgiving starting at 10 p.m. Will you be there? Honestly, I always thought the people that got out at that time to Christmas shopping, were ridiculous, but this year I’m thinking I’m going to be one of those people… Some of the stores are letting you preview their Black Friday specials and they are really good deals. If I wait til’ later, I’m sure they will be gone.. I can’t stand waiting in long lines of people but will it be worth the savings?! What do you think?
The holiday season is the perfect time to host a party, whether it be just to hang out with the girls or to encourage a little early Christmas shopping! This year, more than any other, I have been invited to in-home consultant parties; including Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, and Tastefully Simple. Not only is it a great time to catch up with friends and socialize a little during this busy time of year, but it opens up the opportunity to get some really unique gifts out of the way, maybe a few things for yourself too 😉
My favorite so far this year is Thirty-One. Thirty-One is a Christian based organization that is designed to let women work from home, hosting parties and earning an income based on the effort they put in. I’ve not used the products yet, but I’ve heard great things about them and after attending my first party, I’m still waiting to receive my order; any day now!! I can’t wait to get organized with style…
This Sunday, November 13th, I am hosting a Jewelry Party for LaRae’s Sterling Treasures, owned and operated by my dear Aunt, LaRae Smith. This will be an Open house- style party beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. This gives the guest a three hour time period to attend, staying any amount of time they desire. I really hope it goes well, people are terrible at RSV Ping these days, ha ha.
If you have a friend or family member that sells for an organization, you should consider hosting a party! Not only does it benefit them, but most of the companies offer perks for the host, some even free things! Happy holidays 🙂
So my husband and I have been house hunting what seems to be like forever… I’ve begin to wonder, will we ever find “the one”?! I just feel like this is such a huge life decision, I want it to be the right one.. But what is the “right” decision? Is there ever one? It seems like we give ourselves goals to work towards, once we achieve them, all of a sudden we want more; does it end? Well, for now, we have our list of criteria that we want, and as soon as we find something we like something comes up and it doesn’t end up working out.
We had our weekly family bible study tonight, just my husband and I and our five year old son. The key bible verse from our study was ” Worry about NOTHING, pray about EVERYTHING”! What a great verse.. So often do I worry about too many things I don’t have control over. That is what I’m going to do with our ‘house hunting’; when it’s meant for us, it will happen!
I’ve been hearing, and seeing, soo much about ‘Cake Pops’ lately, so I decided to give it a try…
At first I went to Bed Bath & Beyond and bought the “cake pop” maker by Babycakes, included in the kit are short and long lollipop sticks, cake picker, and recipe book with great recipes for cake balls, donut holes, icings and glazes! I ended up making just white cake balls, but I added a little bit of nutmeg and pumpkin spice to accent the lovely Fall season 🙂 I made the basic glaze, often used on donut holes and I also bought Wilton candy melts, along with some sprinkles for decorating! Using the cake maker made the process extremely effortless! The most difficult part about it, is decorating with the candy melts at the end. They turned out good, but I wasn’t extremely impressed.
Upon posting about my recent purchase of the cake maker on Facebook, I had a friend tell me a super simple way to make the cake balls without a maker, so I decided to give that a try! I must say this way is much tastier and less expensive since you don’t have to buy the cake maker product. So to make the cake balls this way, you simply choose a cake mix of your choice, bake it as directed on the box, let it cool completely. Then you begin to crumble up the cake and mix in one spoon full of softened icing at a time. You will use at least half of a container of icing, but not all of it. Stop adding the icing once you are able to easily form a ball with the mixture. Continue to do this with the entire mixture, placing each ball on baking sheet. Once you’re done with that, place the baking pan, with balls, in the fridge to cool for about an hour. I’ve heard some people do it for as little as 25 minutes and some do it as long as 2 hours. Once your cake balls have chilled, melt your candy melts in a glass container according to the instructions listed on the bag, decorate however you want and ENJOY!!
These are such an adorable addition for any occasion! Birthdays, holidays, gifts, parties.. the opportunities are endless!
Photo courtesy of One Hungry Mama
I love love love korker bows!! Perfect any for any little princesses outfit.. Great gifts too! You can make korker bows in just a few simple steps!
Supplies you will need:
Grosgrain ribbon- 100% poleyster (other materials may catch fire)
Wooden dowel rods- 5/16th or other size depending on desired size
Small binder clips
Strong thread or dental floss
All supplies are easily found at craft supply stores, such as, Jo Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
Wrap desired ribbon (spiral motion) around dowel rods. Secure each end of cut ribbon with the binder clips once finished wrapping.
For one full korker bow, you will use aleast two dowel rods, cut to length. If you are wanting to do several bows you can bake all these at the same time.
Place covered dowel rods on a baking sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Simply remove the clips and unwrap ribbon. Any frayed or uneven ends, simply cut and burn the end with a lighter or wood burner.
Cut entire length of ribbon into 3 to 4 inch pieces. Gather all desired colors and/or ribbon and prepare strong thread.
Cut a piece of strong thread, or even dental floss, about 12 inches (that’s plenty to work with!). Place all desired ribbon in the center of the thread and tie a knot. Wrap thread once more and secure with another knot.
Use your ready glue gun to secure ribbon to the hair clip. Let cool. Flip bow over and trim anything you missed earlier, if any, and ENJOY!!
With the holidays quickly approaching, I want to coordinate the kids clothing to match. I love seeing siblings wearing matching outfits, or sets that match. I found Etsy.com when I was working on my wedding, and I continue to use it on a daily basis, I LOVE it!! There is the cutest sibling sets offered in a huge variety of designs. Check out Etsy : theblueladybug and snuggle bug baby boutique, a couple of my personal favorites!!
I am actually going to attempt to make my own shirts for Christmas morning! I am going to make a shirt for my husband and I that say ” Mom” and ” Dad”, and then the kids will have their name and a cute Christmas light decal 🙂 I’m super excited to make these, I really hope they work out! I absolutely love all of the options for making personalized sets. The matching tie t-shirts and skirt sets! I love to dress Isabella up in frilly tutu’s and bows and love the fact that I can incorporate Christian in it too!! This is so the craze right now, take part!
What is your take on sibling sets? Corny or Cute?!
In the month of September we got our family pics done at Slate Run Metro Park by our friend/amazing photographer, Rose DeVore. It was a gorgeous day, weather-wise and company-wise. My best friend Amanda came along with us to help make the kids smile and help out with our family dog, Lola… Our photog, Rose, had an incredible little scene set up for us under a tree! Despite discussing colors, everything we wore as a family and props she included, all matched.. it was perfect!
I love capturing my childrens’ moments on camera, it’s soo special to look back on! To be honest, I would love to get the kids’ pictures taken once a month, haha, they change so quickly, I want to cherish every new quality, look and feature of them!
Pictures capture a special moment, memories last a lifetime….