24 Days of Christmas: Christmas Trees from Styrofoam Cones


I found some of these Styrofoam cones on clearance at Michael’s and I wondered what I could make with them.


I quickly started perusing Pinterest and I found a host of awesome ideas, like this one:


While I liked this idea, I decided to go with something I already had in my stash.


I used hot glue to secure the edges to the cone, and then I just wrapped it around. When I finished, this is what I had:


I put them in my daughter’s room. These sweater trees are so cute, and the pink is so perfect in my girls’ room.

What Christmas DIY have you done lately?

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24 Days of Christmas: 2017 Christmas Home Tour

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I am so excited to share the 2017 Christmas Home Tour with you this year! I feel like this is honestly our prettiest Christmas ever. It hasn’t been the best of years, so I did more this year than I usually do.

This is our main tree, in our living room. I used the same red and gold ornaments as always, but this year, we added some gold ribbon.

This lovely tree lives in our dining room and has ornaments from my childhood on it.

My girls have white trees with pink and purple ornaments. Here is my oldest daughter’s tree.

Each year, we get them a new ornament for their trees. Some of our favorite “Emorie inspired” ornaments are on the tree.

Aubrey’s tree sits atop her end table to discourage her from messing with it. It doesn’t help- she still messes with it.

Like her sister, she gets a new ornament each year.

Our tree in the office contains all of our personal ornaments as a family. We buy a new ornament each year and put it on this tree. Nothing on this tree looks alike or matches at all. It’s random, it’s crazy looking, but it’s my favorite. Lots of memories on this tree.

In our room, we added a tiny little tree this year and this cute terrarium I found at JoAnn’s.

This cozy corner of our bedroom is decked out with a Christmas throw and a pillow with the famous red truck.

Our nativity lives in the living room. It’s even more special to me this year as my grandpa built the manger and he died this year.

This red berry wreath lives on our front entry mirror.

Our living room couch (soon to be replaced) has these super cute Christmas pillows in it:

Including this one I made last year from placemats:

Our office, Home of the random tree, also features this “Christmas art,” which is really just some gift bags that I framed last year.

This galvanized pail Of ornaments lives here, too.

Our other nativity scene lives here as well. My grandma bought me this one and I think they’re lovely.

Our faux mantle is looking extra cute in our dining room.

I found this cute battery operated lantern at Walgreens:

I changed up our fall vignette just a little for Christmas:

And decked out our China cabinet like this:

I hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Home Tour this year! Join us this week for handmade ornaments and more.

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24 Days of Christmas: Wood Slice ornaments, a Christmas roundup

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I am loving the rustic charm of wood slice ornaments lately. There are so many of them out there, and they’re actually pretty easy to make. I decided today I’d share a Pinterest round-up of my favorite wood slice ornaments from Pinterest.

  1. I love this one from A Muse Studio because it’s so simple and cute.

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These ornaments are actually embossed. I would put these on a tree with some cute little woodland creatures and white lights. Aren’t they cute?

2. These snowman faces would be perfect to make with kids. Actually, everything at Made to Be a Momma is perfect to do with your kids.

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How cute would these snowman ornaments be on a tree with white lights and some silver and blue glass balls? I love them! I also love her idea of using them as gift tags on presents.

3. These photo transfer wood slices from Landeelu are great, and they’d be an awesome grandparent gift.

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4. How about these custom ornaments from Forage Workshop on Etsy? I am thinking of ordering a few of these myself.

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I hope you have enjoyed this Pinterest round up. I cannot wait to show you which wood slice ornaments I decide to make.

And P.S.: Home tour coming tomorrow!!!!

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24 Days of Christmas: Christmas ornaments buy RIGHT NOW from Dollar Tree


I don’t know if you all have been in Dollar Tree lately, but if you haven’t, there are sooooo many cute Christmas decorations right now. 

How cute are these tiny little owls?


Or maybe these little mittens? They have them in white and red.


These wooden snowmen are cute, and so are these little top hats.


In addition to ornaments, there’s also a great selection of wrapping paper, bags and ribbon.

So if you haven’t gone to Dollar Tree, I suggest you make the trip. 

I bought a huge haul of cheap, cute Christmas goodness there today. Tune in next week for a look at my Dollar Tree Christmas tree. 

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First Sunday of Advent


For today’s installment of the 24 Days of Christmas, I am going to share with you the first Sunday of Advent.  Yesterday, I created an advent wreath, which is so easy and simple to do. 

Plus, it’s a completely open-ended project, and you can customize your wreath anyway you like.

There are four Sundays in the advent calendar, which are represented by the four candles in the advent wreath.

The first candle, known as the prophet’s candle, symbolizes hope and reminds us that Jesus is coming.


Today, we have lit the first candle and we are reading the related verses, Romans 15: 12-13: (NIV)

12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.



Today, as we read these verses and light our prophet’s candle, we pray the Lord will prepare our hearts for His coming and remind us we have hope in Him.
Aren’t you glad we have hope in Christ and in His return?

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24 Days of Christmas: An easy advent wreath

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On the second day of our 24 Days of Christmas series, I want to share the easiest advent wreath ever! I’ve actually never made an advent wreath before, and this is certainly an easy way to make one. It’s also a great tradition to start in your family, and a great way to teach your children the story of Christmas.

I made my advent wreath on a white Ikea tray that I already owned, so I could pick it up and move it.

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I also purchased four battery operated candles. You could use real candles if you want, but I have pets and small children, so it is much safer to use the faux flicker candles. I got mine from Dollar Tree, but you can find them almost anywhere.

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I then purchased several holiday floral picks from Walgreens

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and arranged them around the candles.

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I ended up with a cute advent wreath for only about $20.

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I would love to see your advent wreaths! Please share how you make them and include pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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24 Days of Christmas kick-off: Waterless Snowglobe Ornaments

Hooo boy, I can’t believe it’s already Christmas time. While this year will certainly be different and a little less joyous, we are going to try to make it a good one. 


How excited am I to bring you 24 Days of Christmas ideas, recipes, crafts, tours…oh yeah, did I mention the crafts? Hold on tight, ‘cause we are going to have some fun. 

Last year I showed you some DIY ornament ideas, but this one is my favorite. 


I love these “waterless snow globes” because they’re cute, easy, and cheap. 

First, buy some clear plastic ornaments, tacky glue, epsom salt and bottle brush trees. The teeny- tiny bottle brush trees. 


Put a dab of tacky glue on the base of your teeny tiny tree. 

Use Tweezers or long pliers to affix the tree base to the bottom of the Christmas ball. Let it dry for 24 hours.


Then, once the glue has dried, add the epsom salt.


I told you they were cute and easy. You could get creative with these and add tiny people, animals, or even add glitter or tinsel to the epsom salt. Anything that will fit into the tiny little opening at the ornament top. 


But I like them with just the tree and the snow. 

Have a great week! Up next: Making an advent wreath.

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Memorial Day

We are taking a break from our regular schedule to observe Memorial Day. May we all quietly reflect on the lives lost to protect the freedoms we so enjoy. “Make it Mondays” will resume next week.

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Valentine’s Gifts for Kids….That don’t involve candy

In our house, we allow our kids to have sweets, but we do try to limit their sugar intake for the sake of being healthy. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes the holidays can make that tough. Especially Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Easter.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate or buy your kids something for Valentine’s. It just means you have to get a bit creative. I have put together this super cute little list of things your kids will love for Valentine’s Day…that won’t give them cavities or sugar rushes. 🙂

 

  1. “I Chews You” classic stuffed dog, $14.95 at Hallmark

What a super cute little dog! And if that doesn’t float your boat, here’s an equally cute koala.

2. Recordable Storybooks, $20 at Amazon.com

These sweet, unique gifts would be great for your grandchild, your niece or nephew. We have one and our daughters just love it! Plus, you can find recordable storybooks at drug stores, Hallmark, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and many places 🙂

3. A personalized water bottle, $12.50 at ETSY

My daughter would love this. She would use it at gymnastics class or when she takes her lunch to school. This seller has lots of different colors and fonts available.

4. A free printable Valentine Heart Matching game from IHeartNaptime. 

 

5.  Valentines bubble kits, $12.95 from ETSY

These Valentine’s kits are perfect for a child to give their classmates. I may be doing something like this myself for my daughter’s class.

 

I hope you have enjoyed our Valentine’s round up. Stay tuned for some more Valentine’s ideas soon.

 

 

 

 

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Kids’ Valentine’s craft: fortune cookie crafts


Last weekend, the girls and I made these cute Valentines bookmarks.


This weekend, we took a different approach and made some super cute fortune cookie Valentines.


I got the idea from something I’d seen in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens.

First, get some pretty paper or foam sheets. We used foam.


Then, trace the bottom of a wine glass and cut out your circle.


Cut a pipe cleaner to the length of the circle and glue it in the middle.


Fold over your circle and crimp the pipe cleaner in the middle.


You can even tuck a cute little message in the “cookie.”


I hope you enjoy making these cute little Valentines.

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