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Great Kids Books to Gift

Great Gifts to Read

We love giving the gift of reading during the holidays. I mean what could be more special than giving a young reader the chance to explore a new world, build confidence or open their mind to new possibilities? So we've rounded up a list of great kids books to gift for young readers. From toddlers through elementary school there is something that can appeal to every reader. I can't wait to give a few of these to special kids in my life this year. Great Kids Books to Gift I have so many great memories of finding...

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DIY Farmhouse Bucket and Reindeer Feed Craft

reindeer feed craft

Raise your hand if you love farmhouse and holiday anything. Then you're going to want to know how to make your own DIY farmhouse bucket and reindeer feed! Growing up one of the best parts of the holiday season was sitting down with my family to watch the Christmas specials, Rudolph being my favorite. Well, I carried that love for reindeer on into adulthood and when I started having my own kids, I couldn't wait to share that special experience with them. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree because they enjoy those old...

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How to Make A Baileys Martini

Baileys Martini

The holidays are still lingering in my house. After a wonderful holiday season with the boys, I'm just not ready to let go of all the twinkly lights and warm glow. It was our first year where both kids were REALLY into it and also each a little more self-sufficient. Having two kids born in December means that I've had a newborn or a one-year-old almost non-stop for the past 5 years of holidays. I too was very ready to kick back and truly revel in the holiday. One little way I like to soak it...

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DIY Holiday Banner

Holiday Banner

How do you decorate for the holidays? Do you go all crazy with cute kitchy things in every corner or are you more minimalistic? I tend to go classy Christmas with little touches throughout the house but with kids some of the nicer things are going to have to stay in their bins for a few years. We just trimmed the tree and the first few feet are pretty bare to keep Max's curious hands safe and sound. When I saw these supplies in the Target bargain aisle I just knew they would make a pretty...

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Christmas Mantle Decor, Two Ways

This holiday season I wanted to experiment with different decorating styles. I've always been torn between the traditional Christmas mantle decorations in classic colors like green and red and more of a sleek modern look in shades of silver and white. So, instead of choosing I decided to create mantle decor inspired by both styles. So, here is my take on each of them featuring our own fireplace mantle. First up is the traditional mantle. This garland actually came with lights and embellishments already attached for the bargain price of just $40 at Sam's club. Is...

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Kicking off the Holiday Decorating

After the whirlwind of family that hit our house this past weekend, the poor girl is looking a little rough.  And while we had a blast playing games and stuffing ourselves, the reality of laundry and dishes looms large.  Bleh.  So until I get my act together and get organized I can't really get all the decorations out.  However, I did pick up a few things at Michaels (with the help of two lovely ladies) to kick start the holiday season.  Here's what I've got so far. This champagne colored garland we all fell in love...

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One Glass Jar, Two Easy Holiday Centerpieces

I love entertaining and these easy holiday centerpieces are a perfect way to make the holidays so much easier for me!  With just a few simple adjustments, they go from Thanksgiving to Christmas in no time at all!  In fact, they are versatile enough you could use them or any number of holidays year round! I'm in a bit of a frenzy at the last minute every year trying to clean and make everything all warm and inviting for our house full of guests on their way.  Like all things I do in life, leaving things...

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