Handmade Christmas

I've made it sort of a tradition to make the kids something home made every Christmas. It's usually always a doll, but sadly my sewing machine stopped working, so sewing was not an option this year. Sophia loves Tinkerbell movies and she's always wanted a fairy house so I made her just that. This project cost me less than $15 to make. Almost everything I used I either found in my craft room or found them out in nature walks with the kids. The base is made out of a target diaper box painted  with white acrylic paint which is surprisingly very sturdy. 
I used a ton of hot glue to put it all together. Sticks and branches to make all of the furniture. A napkin ring is what the outside wreath is made of. Aluminum foil covered in moss to make a little tree coming out of the side. Outside lamps are made out of wire, beads and the inside parts of flowers I got at the dollar tree. I had to get really creative and just work with what I had on hand. The outcome is amazing (at least to me) I absolutely love how it turned out. I can't wait to see Sophia's face when she gets this for Christmas. 

Aiden is two!

Aiden is TWO. My handsome little boy turned two over the weekend. I cannot believe how fast time is flying. He is growing up to be such a little goofball and we love him to pieces. 
Aiden at age two
Favorite food: Mac & Cheese
Favorite Toys: Trains, dinosaurs, cars and minions
Favorite Movie: Minions
Likes to play with rocks

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The kids visit St. Nick

One of the good things about living in military housing is having the luxury to a few things. Management here loves to cater to it's residents so they always try their best to have events for the us to enjoy with our families. This past weekend we were able to avoid long lines in the mall to take a picture with the jolly ol' dude. When we walked up we were literally the only people there so it was great to get it done in a flash. Aiden was definitely not walking up to Santa until he was bribed with candy. Sophia was really excited to see Father Christmas (we watch a lot of Peppa Pig lol) Sophia asked for a toy and I snapped the pictures trying to get a smile from Aiden but nope, this kid is not a people person. lol

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Christmas Tag Printables

In need of some Christmas tags? I made some darling ones a few years ago that you can find here

*these are for personal use only

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DIY no sew placemat pillow

With Christmas season here and lot's of parties and birthday happening in December money is pretty tight. I wish I could splurge and buy all things pretty for my home but I can't. A few days ago my 3 year old sewing machine decide to take a dump so I've been really limited to things I can make. So here we are with a very easy and inexpensive tutorial. I bought the cutest little placemat at Target and instantly knew it had to be turned into a pillow. I already had all the materials I needed so it was a quick and easy little project. Here's what you'll need 

1. Cut open a 5-6" seam rip along the bottom of the placemat
2. Fill with polyfill 
3. Close it back up with the fusible bonding tape
and DONE! 
So easy and inexpensive and a great addition to your home decor or even gifts. 

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'tis the season to spread cheer

'tis the season to spread cheer! So we are doing just that! I've teamed up with some amazing ladies and we are giving away some pretty awesome goodies. Guaranteed to make your day a little brighter!

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Christmas Home Tour Part 1

This year I'm keeping things pretty simple and not too overwhelming. I've kept things low cost by shopping at my favorite Target section previously known as the one spot and now known as Bullseye's  playground, shopping at thrift stores and using things I already had. One of my favorite things right now is my faux fireplace that I made out of a bookcase and wood I had in my garage. Which currently only houses one stocking since my sewing machine stopped working. My husband loves the simplicity of it all and has asked me multiple times if I could leave it like this year round, which is tempting lol. We have so many fun things planned for December, our advent calendar is full of so many fun activities! What are your plans for December?

Christmas Tree

This year my husband suggested we get a fake tree, which was surprising because he's always been against it lol. This past Saturday I went on a hint for one at Target (5 Targets to be exact) and they were all sold out! I wanted to take advantage of their great Christmas tree deal going on (trees as low as $30) but by the time I went it was too late and there were no more. So I went online and and was able to score this one for $87 (I know, pricey right?) 

Our Thanksgiving Tablescape

Our 2015 Thanksgiving Tablescape. I actually wanted something really glamorous but as always, I suck a preparing so I whipped this up the night before using things I already had minus the gold round plate place mats that I purchased for $7 at Tj Maxx. I actually love how it all came together, not too overwhelming but still super cute.