Friday, December 27, 2013

{FREE} New Years Printables!

Hi Loves! I pray that you all have a Blessed, Safe, Prosperous & Happy New Year!

We are celebrating from our home this year, so today, I got started early for next week's festivities!

I purchased the Happy New Year countdown champagne bag from TJ Maxx for $2.99. Food Lion currently has a 2/$5 Sale for Welch's Sparkling Cider. The New Years party supplies: eye mask, {plastic} champagne cups, colorful bead necklaces, party horns and purple & gold ribbons were purchased from The Dollar Tree ($1 ea.). You can also purchase a gold picture frame from The Dollar Tree to put these awesome printables (below!) in. Just right click on the photo, save to your computer and print!

See you next year! ; )

Linking up with:

Link Party Palooza!
Inspiration Monday Party!
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Saturday, December 7, 2013


Happy Saturday, friends!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far.

It's so hard to believe that Christmas is just 18 days away! Geez.

I don't know about you, but this time of the year can be quite stressful and chaotic, so I'm looking forward to getting together with some girlfriends next week and participating in a Cookie Exchange, and drinking wine. Lots. of. wine.

Are you hosting a Cookie Exchange? Participating in one?

Spruce up those cookie bags with some decorative tags. Here ya go, I made some just for you!


Happy Holidays!
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

DIY Dutch Door for your Toddler!

It's 1:33AM, the washer & dryer are still going, so let's just make this an all nighter, Mmmk?

While you're here, I've been meaning to share with you the DIY Dutch Door my husband and I completed last week. Yep, my Husband pretty much did this all on his own.

I was there for love & support, to hold this or that, and of course to snap photos throughout the entire process.

I think he was more excited to use his new Ryobi toys than I was to get a dutch door for our daughter's room!

After hours of labor, he went the extra mile and added a lock onto the door, which was genius! I'm sure our babygirl will appreciate it as she gets older. Also, I plan on adding a pull handle eventually, too.

This is a project we've been wanting to do for a while, so I'm stoked it's finally finished. For the most part.....

I haven't gotten around to it yet, but I want to prime the bottom half with some Magnetic Paint, then give it a coat of Turquoise paint. Her closet door was given a coat of Chalkboard paint and she enjoys drawing on it. I thought it would be even more fun {for her} to have an area where she can play with her alphabet and dress-up doll magnets if I'm busy upstairs and need her to stay in her room. Stay tuned for that reveal!

In the meantime, head on over to Unexpected Elegance to see her dutch door. Her post is where we found our Pinspiration! Her tutorial was very easy to follow, and budget friendly, too, as she provided us with tips on how to add the extra hinges without spending a lot of money for the tools.

As a Mama, I like to check on my daughter every now and then during naptime and/or bedtime, but sometimes getting her to stay in her bed during sleepytime is a hassle. She's mastered the baby gates and honestly, I'm glad because they're a pain in the butt, so she would just open it up and run out of the room! I have never closed her bedroom door since she was born and wasn't about to start, so this dutch door has been the best thing since sliced doors bread. It is not shown in the pics above, but we have added a childproof lock on her bedroom door, so she's not able to open it from inside her bedroom.

We are so pleased with this transformation!

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Earlier today, while scrolling through my Facebook feed, The Idea Room posted a link to her recent blog post for 12 Free Christmas Printables/Neighbor gift tags. It couldn't have come at a better time, considering the Neighbor Gift & Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix in a Jar I posted earlier this week.

Her post inspired me to search Pinterest in hopes to find more! Several downloads later, I was ready to put my laminated printables & tags to use. Check it out!

If you're traveling for the Holidays this year, this would be an awesome gift to let the ones you're leaving behind how "blue" you'll feel without them. ; )

Printables & Supplies used:
Find FREE printables here, here & here.
Gold Picture Frame ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Gold Lid Jars ($1.00 ea., Dollar Tree)
Christmas Linen Napkins ($1.00, Dollar Tree; used to decorate some of the jar lids)
Miniature Christmas Bells ($1.00, Dollar Tree)

Lindt Lindor Chocolate ($1.00, Target)
Decorative Ribbon ($1.00, Target)
Hershey's Kisses ($2.29, Target)
M&M's ($3.19, Target)
Chex Mix ($2.79, Target)
Jute twine (already had, but purchased from The Home Depot)
Red & White Christmas twine (already had, but purchased from Michaels)

Happy Holidays, friends!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Create your very own Christmas décor. The most you'll spend on these projects is your time

Visit your local Goodwill/CHKD thrift store, in hopes to find pillows.

DIY Plastic spoon (and fork!) Christmas trees. Inexpensive frames at your local thrift store can get a quick Chalkboard makeover too! Simply remove the glass and spray paint it Chalkboard ($3.67, The Home Depot)!

I used some pine tree scraps & $.50 - $1.00 (Dollar Tree!) Christmas embellishments to fill up my glass cake/punch bowl and its being used as a centerpiece on my dining room table.

Visit your local The Home Depot, or anyplace selling Christmas Trees. Ask for pine tree scraps and create your very own chair decor, like I did. Use glitter glue/glitter spray paint to decorate pine cones and purchase some Christmas embellishments at your local Dollar Tree! Chalkboard tags available at Target ($1.00!) Use burlap to tie around the chair.

All of these photos (and the links) can be found here on my Pinterest board.

Happy Holidays!

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DIY: Chocolate Chip Cookies Mix in a Jar!

This delicious gift would go perfectly with a gift card to that someone special. See how to make one below!


What You'll Need:
Gold lid "Mason" jars ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Christmas Linen Napkins ($1.00, Dollar Tree)
Christmas Twine (I already had some from Michaels, but Target's $1-$3 bin has some!)
Chalkboard Tags ($1.00, Target)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks

Ingredients in Jar:
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Light Brown Sugar
Chocolate Chip Morsels*

*Target currently has a special going on for baking morsels, $2.29 each!

Are you getting creative this year and giving homemade gifts?

Happy Holidays!

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