• Celebrate - Tablescapes

    Winter Wonderland Tablescape 2015

    Last year we created a cozy warm burgundy Christmas decor to welcome home our Evie who had been in the hospital for 4 months. We wanted it warm and inviting as a big welcome home. This year we went in a completely different direction, creating a winter wonderland look full of frosty snowflakes and sparkling silver. Both the table and the sideboard are decked out with pine bough garlands, with silver balls and snowflake accents. We spent forever polishing every piece of silver in the house so that everything would sparkle in our frosty wonderland.(Once again, please ignore the empty picture frames…

  • Celebrate - Photography

    Super Easy Trick: Adorable Christmas Pics

    A Super Easy Trick for the Most Adorable Christmas Pictures!   I was photographing some Christmas decorating ideas when a little elf photobombed my pictures! The results were so adorable that I immediately knew I had to share the idea. All you need is an adorable baby, an adorable child, adorable pet, or your adorable self and a shiny reflective Christmas ball for the cutest and silliest pictures or video you’ve ever seen. The giggles will abound and the memories will last a lifetime. SPECIAL TIPS! If the Christmas ball is on the tree you’ll have a lovely pine background, but…

  • Celebrate - Holidays

    Holiday Candy Hacks

    Creative Holiday Candy hack! Catch the after Christmas sales for red and green mixed chocolates like M&M’s and Hershey Kisses.Sort the candies by color and store them away (so you won’t be tempted to eat them!).Now you have both Valentine’s Day AND St. Patrick’s day covered! You are covering two holidays at once, and your holiday chocolate needs through mid-March while getting deep discounts from after Christmas Sales. ‘True Love Kisses’ and red M&M’s for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. ‘Kiss-Me-I’m-Irish Kisses’ and green M&M’s for the leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Decorating - Holidays

    Holiday Home Tour 2014 – Better Late than never!

    As I mentioned in a previous post, home renovations and stressful events had delayed the start of our holiday decorating until mid-to-late December.We’ve got our Evie Bird home now after a nearly 4 month hospital stay. Though most people have taken down their Christmas decorations by now, we’ve extended the season a bit so that she can enjoy that home-for-the-holidays feel a bit before we move on to the next holiday.So, though it’s late for a holiday home tour, we’re on our own holiday schedule this year and it’s still Christmas at our house!With the snow coming down for Winter Storm…

  • Decorating - DIY

    Last Minute Christmas Decorating and a Flooring Update!

    I promised frequent updates on the hardwood flooring restoration project, but unfortunately there have been no updates to report.  Due to some big-time stressful life events, we decided it would be best for all of us to put this project on hold and avoid adding to our stress. We had planned on finishing this project before Thanksgiving, and it is now rapidly approaching Christmas. Anyone who knows me knows, I LOVE decorating for Christmas. I look forward to it all year – I am always trying to extend the season by starting earlier and leaving the decorations up a little longer than…

  • Celebrate - Food - Holidays

    Peppermint Eggnog — Candy Crushing it for Christmas

    It’s officially the Christmas Season — time for fun and festive food and drink. I don’t know about you, but I am just too busy to go out gathering eggs and nogs to make eggnog from scratch. We buy a jug of it at the supermarket  — but just because it isn’t home-made doesn’t mean it can’t look and taste like it is!We topped it with a swirl of whipped cream and a bit of crushed candy cane — then tossed in a whole candy cane as a festive swirly stick. It’s not all about looks though, (♪♫ It’s all about that bass, ’bout that bass, ’bout that…

  • Food - Holidays

    Cranberry Sauce!

    If your family is like mine, and wants the jellied cranberry sauce from the can — jazz up that oh-so-classy can shape with a few fresh cranberries on the side as garnish. I think I’ll tuck a few fresh mint leaves among the cranberries next time as well! ♫ I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly…cranberries’s too foodilicious for ya babe♫Please accept my apologies for putting the song Bootilicious in your head, but my thought is that maybe if it transfers to your head it will stop being in mine!Silliness aside, I hope you had a happy, healthy and beautiful Thanksgiving.…