The holidays get hectic, their is no doubt about it, and if you are in charge of feeding the family, or entertaining – planning ahead is key to you enjoying your holiday. One of the things that I love most about Christmas morning is our leisurely morning in our pajamas huddled around the Christmas tree. Here is a great way to avoid spending those precious moments in the kitchen and still serve your family a warm and tasty breakfast on Christmas morning. This quick, easy recipe for cinnamon french toast bakes up in the oven so you don’t have to stand flipping toast on the griddle. Throw it together, and get back to your family while it bakes.
Last week I shared with you the first three out of four DIY Christmas projects that I have been working on that involve burlap. Something about the simple natural texture of burlap, makes me want to create everything that I can with it. With my leftover yard or so of burlap I created three very simple, but pretty decorative pillows to add to our Christmas decor. Burlap, stuffing, thread and a sewing machine were all I needed to make these pillows, but some red craft paint and a stencil of the words Peace, Love, and Joy transformed them into a special addition to our home for the holidays.
Photo ornaments are a perfect way to add a special ornament to the tree each year to commemorate each Christmas. They also make a fabulous gift for the people that you are closest too. I have been creating an ornament each year to add to our own tree, and for the kids to give to their Grandmas, Grandpas, Aunts, and Uncles for their trees too. Buying personalized ornaments from stores or photo labs can be really expensive, especially if you are buying a lot of them at once. Here is a great way to create personalized photo ornaments at home for a fraction of the cost that are just as beautiful.
Happy Wednesday! This addition of What I wore Wednesday includes 2 easy outfits as well as an awesomely easy DIY ruffled scarf tutorial. A quick and easy project that leaves you with a fun and feminine scarf for you or anybody on your gift giving list this winter. Don’t worry if you don’t sew… all you need to make this great scarf is some fabric (or an old t-shirt) and a pair of scissors. Anybody can make these and I suggest you make a few in several different colors, because you are going to love them.
The holidays are quickly approaching and I am always thinking of ways that I can help them “give” to the people that they love the most. My hope is to teach my children the importance of thinking of others this time of the year, and that the simplest gifts are often the most precious to the people that love them most. This year we are making personalized mugs that include the kids handwriting and something that they love to do with that family member on it. Dollar store mugs turn into a sweet sentiment and a special personalized gift for the kids to give this Christmas.
Here is a quick trick I use around the holidays to transform framed pictures into temporary holiday decorations. Making those framed pictures fit in with your holiday decor is super simple, and it takes just minutes to transform them to fit the season. Pieces of fabric inserted into a frame can be as simple or festive as you like and make a big impact without a lot of money or time. You can then add window clings, or wall decals to make your frame sparkle and shine with Christmas flare without damaging the glass. It is a totally temporary solution for the holidays, super inexpensive, and easy too!
I officially have two kids and school, and I love the idea of them helping make little gifts to give the kids in their class during the holiday season. I like the idea of them making something that they can give that is simple, and inexpensive, and most importantly gives them the experience of giving! These little Reindeer noses treat bags are as adorable as can be and are not only fun to make, but fun for the kids to give as well. Some free printables, small gift bags and whoppers candies make this gift kid friendly and fun!
Well last weekend was eventful in our house, as I’m sure it was in lots of yours too. After a couple days of food and family, we got the house all decked out for Christmas. It is one of my favorite family activities of the year, and the kids love everything about it too! This year I added a few new Christmas decorations that I made myself with a few simple, and inexpensive supplies. This one includes a scrap piece of burlap, some red craft paint, glitter, and a thrifted embroidery hoop. This project was super cheap but has a big impact in our living room. A simple, sweet message in glitter to remind us what the season is all about.
Do you have a little one in your house that would redecorate the Christmas tree every single day until Christmas? If so, here is a great idea to let those little hands get creative with their very own little Christmas tree. Using a dollar store cone and some felt you can create them their very own Christmas Tree that they can decorate over and over again, any way they would like, all season long! Felt ornaments, lights and garland allow them to move things around and change things up without breaking the real ornaments on the tree.
Hope Everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday with their families! Now that Christmas is just around the corner it is time to think about gift giving and holiday festivities. When it comes to giving gifts I love to give things that are homemade with love. One of the gifts that I have given in the past is canned goods made from things that we grew in our garden our apple trees. Here is a beautiful way to package those homemade canned goods so that they look as good as they taste! What a great gift to give the people that you love most this holiday.