• DIY,  Holidays

    My Rustic Easter Table

    Confession time everyone – as much as I like decorating, I have never been great at putting together a tablescape.  Whenever I host a big dinner or party, I always put a lot of time into planning and preparing the menu, but run out of time or energy before I ever get something cute on the table.  But this year, after a combination of Instagram inspiration and winter boredom, I decided to challenge myself!   We eat Easter dinner at my mom’s house each year, but I’ve been trying to make sure that for every holiday we have some sort of meal at home so I will be cooking Saturday…

  • Holidays

    Christmas Living Room Tour

    Only 16 days to go folks!  Our weekends are pretty much packed solid until the big day so I wanted to get done decorating early enough to actually be able to enjoy all the holiday feelings.  I mentioned before that I had done a big cleanse earlier in the season, and while I put out some of our usual decor in the rest of the house I tried to only add new stuff to the living room this year (you can check out the full living room reveal here) Maybe it comes from the house I grew up in, but I like to feel like Christmas has exploded onto every…

  • Holidays

    Christmas Time Starts…..NOW!

    Happy Black Friday everyone!  I usually spend the day shopping by myself but I’m actually pretty much done my Christmas list so today I am going to switch over the house from Thanksgiving to Christmas (and then possibly go shopping tomorrow LOL).  I really enjoyed pushing myself to blog weekly during the One Room Challenge (you can check out my final Guest Bedroom reveal here) so I’m going to try to keep the momentum going and do a Friday post each week if I have something fun to share. To kick off the season I’m sharing a few pics of my mantel decked out for the holidays – which I…

  • Blake,  Holidays

    A New Christmas Tradition……

    Happy Holidays everyone!  I have been working feverishly on my laundry room for the last two weeks and now that the washer/dryer are FINALLY IN I plan to put on the finishing touches before the New Year and then will share all of that project….BUT FIRST – I wanted to share a special “project” that put together for my oldest son that I’m hoping will turn into a new Christmas tradition at our house. Last year the lead up to Christmas was honestly terrible at our house.  My youngest son was still too little to really get into the holiday spirit beyond just decorating the tree, but my oldest son…

  • Crafts,  Holidays

    Spread the LOVE

    Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!! I was going to get a December/January round-up blog posted first (cross my fingers that I get to that tomorrow) but thought it would be more fun to share what me and the monster’s have been up to for Valentine’s Day First. Valentine’s Day Dessert – Chocolate Mousse with Puffed Pastry Hearts I found this really easy idea on Pinterest to just take a toilet paper roll and turn it into a heart stamp with a simple piece of scotch tape – easy peasy right!   I bought some pre-cut hearts and gave the boys some pink, purple and red paint and thought this would be the…

  • Crafts,  Holidays

    Thanksgiving Craft time with Blake

    Getting this one up before I have a chance to forget!  Since it’s been way too cold to go anywhere, Blake and I took Tuesday to work on our Thanksgiving craft (before, you know, Thanksgiving).  I wanted something pretty simple, so I settled on this easy painted tree from Pinterest.  We traced Blake’s arm in the morning, and then he actually was good long enough for me to paint the tree (!!), before he got to fingerpaint the leaves after lunchtime. As you can see, Blake is more of a “march to your own drummer” kinda painter, so it didn’t turn out exactly as I was thinking but hey –…

  • Crafts,  Holidays

    Getting Crafty

    A big part of my New Year’s March resolution was to start crafting things again.  It’s been too long since I’ve sunk my teeth into these fun projects and it’s time to start again.  I know it’s not everyone’s thing, but for me it’s a real stress relief and gives me a much needed dose of self-accomplishment.So I’ve set two goals for myself that I got to take for a spin over the last few months:Goal #1:  Start to give people more hand-made presents.My mom saw these cute pottery barn chalk tags in their catalog one day, so I thought – “Hey self, you can probably make those!” and got…

  • Holidays

    The Easter Bunny Odyssey

    We were hoping that Blake might be old enough this year to sit happily on the Easter Bunnies lap….we were sorely mistaken.  Here is a snapshot of our Easter Bunny saga this year…..it took about 20 minutes to get him to sit on my lap next to the Easter Bunny, after he proceeded to try to pick up all of the fake carrots and eggs in the “garden” and give them to the Bunny.  Once he did make it onto my lap, the camera man had to actually hit himself on the head with a plastic egg (Mike Wasowski style) to get him to smile.  Needless to say, the KOP…

  • Holidays,  Top 10

    Top Ten Favorite Things…Christmas Time Edition!

    Top Row:1 – Cash the Dog getting tangled behind the Christmas tree.  He doesn’t panic though, just sits there and quietly wines until someone notices him2 – Blake “singing” Jingle Bells at his school pageant3 – Yummy French Toast Casserole on Christmas morning – best part, made it the night before4 – Color-coordinated Christmas wrapping paper – this year’s theme, blue and silver5 – Blake’s letter from Hershey Santa….he requested Thomas the Tank Engine toys and Pizza Bottom Row:6 – EW’s End of the Year Issues….this is why I got nothing done the Friday before Christmas7 – Waking up to White Christmas Morning8 – Spending time with the best boys…

  • Holidays

    Finally…Christmas Time!

    And now for our main event…Christmas Morning!  Spent the morning at home and then headed off to North Wales to spend the day with my family.  Very long day, but what a great day hanging out with my favorite little man and lady.  Maybe next year we’ll be more interested in the toys then the boxes : )