taking down Christmas…

[box]It’s a sad day in our house today – we’re taking down the Christmas decorations.

Part of me wants to keep them up all year, but part of me is tired of telling the kids to leave the tree alone and is ready to have my living room back.

Here are some of my favs from around our house – one last glimpse before they get packed up and head to the garage.


It’s crazy how bare my house looks once I take it all down – makes me realize I need some more everyday decor. By the way, how do you decorate in January? Snow? Snowmen? It doesn’t snow where I live in Arizona, so it seems kinda funny to decorate with snowmen/snowflakes – it was almost 70 degrees here today!

Maybe I’ll go with a New Year theme – I could always use this printable I designed yesterday or some of the ones from my Etsy shop.


Are we the last ones to take our tree down?

How do you decorate for January?[/box]

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Friday Favorites – our Christmas!

This has been quite a different Christmas for us:

  • we just moved back to the U.S. only 1 month ago
  • we are living in someone else’s house
  • we don’t have any of our own Christmas decorations, etc.

In spite of all of these differences, we’ve tried really hard to make this a special holiday for our family.

Here are some of my favorite things we’ve done to make this a special Christmas:

1. We made salt dough ornaments (found the recipe here):

homemade salt dough ornaments
painting our ornaments

2. We decorated a gingerbread house (yes, we used a kit from the store) and I did let Zander decorate it. As much as I wanted to take over and make it super cute!

decorating gingerbread houses

3. We made candy – lots and lots of candy (and cookies). We started a tradition a few years ago of getting together to make sweets as a family. Each person brings a recipe and all of the ingredients to make it. Then we get together and make a ridiculous amount of candy, then everyone leaves with a variety of treats. This year we made whoopie pies, peanut butter fudge, puppy chow, caramel, candy sushi, peanut butter cookies, oreo truffles and much, much more.

annual candy-making night

It’s taken work, but we’ve managed to have a great Christmas season so far and are looking forward to Sunday!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? We are always looking to add more to ours!

No link party this weekend – enjoy your Christmas with your family! Put away your computer and spend some extra time just soaking up the season. Check back in a few weeks for the next link party. 

inspiration, my favs

Friday Favorites

Ok, so all of my favorites came from one source this week…the Christmas issue of Inspired Ideas. You’ve got to get over and browse through this free online magazine – it has so many great ideas. Trust me, browse through it…you’ll love it! Here are just a few of my favorites:

There are so many more I could’ve included, so make sure you click over and look through all of their awesome ideas! I’m so excited to be starting on Christmas crafts! It’s the best time of the year!

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Friday Favorites – the Holidays

  1. Pretty Paper Christmas Tree from Crate PaperI know it’s early for Christmas decor, but these are so cute and look so simple!
  2. Stuffed Caramel Apples from Chef Tess
    There’s nothing better than a caramel apple…except a caramel apple stuffed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!! I am so making these and eating them all myself!
  3. Pumpkin Cupcake Stand from Be Different…Act Normal
    Wish I was planning some sort of Halloween Party so I could use this…it is such a cute idea!