Every year I see everyone decorating their mantle in their home. However, I live in apartment my entire life and I have only once had one with a fireplace, mostly because we have always lived in very warm states. I decided this year to make hanging faux fireplace for myself kinda, hehe. I had a birch wood in the closet waiting around for me do something with it for about a year. I finally found a new way to bring life to it this Christmas.
I decided to use white yarn to hold up the birch wood stocking holder. I tied each end to my shutters or you can use an empty wall.
I then used white yarn to also tie the stockings to the wood. Its that simple and fast to do.
I wanted to cover up the sections to were I tied the birch to the shutters. I used two of my wooden deer stencils I made last year. Click here to see the full tutorial.
Of course we can’t forget about my 25 days of Christmas advent tag calendar. Today is day two and here it is!
Every year I always have the intention of making an advent calendar however, I always seem to run out of time. Of course we all know the holiday season seems to be the busiest of very mommy out there. It seems like I always get a little bit to ambitions in decorating and just can’t get everything done on time. I decided this year to take make it a simple Christmas and minimal was key. Well as minimal as I would I allow myself to get.
Once all the decor was up I saw that I actually could have time to make an advent calendar. The question was what kind should I make? Everyone has their own ideas. I definitely did not want to make a candy or present advent. I believe no present should arrive until Santa comes to visit. Candy just make the kiddos sugar happy, so I started to think what makes me happy. All year I always worry about everyone and I try to make Christmas as magical as I can for the kiddos. So the Christmas advent tag calendar garland was created. I love making tags for the holidays and they all represent the how I am feeling on that particular day.
I began by taking a little trip to Trader Joe, which has the best flower and fresh fruits around here and their prices are good. I love stopping by during the holidays for my mini Christmas trees but this year I went a little early and found that they had garlands and mini wreaths. I’ve never had real garlands or wreaths but decided to make it an adventure.
As soon as I got home I hanged them up on the wall. I had chalkboard frame that I got from decor steal the previous year. However, they are so popular that they keep bringing them back during the year. I attached my wreath to it and placed it on the wall.
I then went ahead and ordered 25 clipboard to be able to hang my tags from them for everyone to see. Its a simple and fast Christmas advent tag calendar garland.
My tag I used a pictures that I just took this past Thanksgiving weekend. Its was a very special moment between my hubby and the kiddos. I then went ahead and printed them out and used a few embellishment to make it pop.
It the season for plaid and I just love everything plaid. I have purchased every fabric I can get my hands on in plaid. I have also made sure all of my family have red and black plaid shirts. So its no surprise when I just could not help myself and decided to plaid my chair cushions. The chairs or stool were originally hot pink and were in my daughters room but we have been needing more seating in the living so they need a makeover.
Reupholstering a chair or stool is super easy. I am going to give you a fast and dirty way to upcycle a plaid chair cushion and get it done in under 15 minutes.
I placed the fabric on the floor to get a idea of how much fabric to cut around the cushion. I also removed the legs.
Once I cut the fabric I went ahead and folded the fabric over and stapled it to the back of the cushion.
You are pretty much done! All you have to do is place the legs back. Ta-Da! You are completely done with plaid chair cushions.
If you have not guessed it yet, I had the opportunity to go to Hallmark before the whole Christmas rush and get my hands on some itty bitty Star Wars blush toys. My kiddos had so much fun picking out the decorations which I hope to use on my Christmas tree. I have been refraining from taking out the Christmas tree before Thanksgiving because I do believe on one holiday at a time. However, I do like getting a few new ornaments each year to make out Christmas tree that more especial.
As most mom get to realize out kiddos seem to grow that much faster each passing year. I always say before we know it they will be off to college and you are standing there wondering where did the time go? Hallmark help me keep out traditions and memories a live with picking out new ornaments at their stores. The Kiddos are so excited about the new Star Wars movie coming out which I thought it would be fun to have a few Star wars Ornaments.
The Hallmark Star Wars Ornaments are perfect for decorations for the holidays and also for the kiddos to play with once the tree gets put away in January. Come and watch a small video about the cute itty bitty Hallmark Star Wars blush and my kitty decided to make an appearance too!
Thanks for visiting and Happy Holiday’s
This post is sponsored by Hallmark but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Today was very interesting to say the least. Lets just say every time I have a race things never go as planned and things always get interesting. I always have the kiddos waking me up a few times at night. However, when the hubby gets home, he notices our puppy (which he is not for being 60 pounds and 6 years old) has a swollen lips which mean our furry child was sick. I was so surprises because I had not noticed all day and I was home. In turn the night already begins with worry, we both though maybe he got an insect bite and it might be gone by morning but our puppy seemed to be in a little of discomfort so we give him some benadryl.
Of course the hubby is telling me to get ready for my run after the kiddos go down for bed late and could not really sleep very well through the night due to excitement and because our puppy kept shaking his head all night. So I am up at 3 am getting ready and head out to Disneyland.
Once I arrive at Disneyland everything seems to be going okay, however I did notice I got so lucky to get parked at the first row on the very very very last parking spot! I am like okay, it will help me get warmed up with all the walking. Then I get to the waiting area before we are placed in our corral. I found this to be very different from my first ever race with RunDisney which was the Tinkerbell 5k in May. They placed us in random corral as soon as we got there. I did not submit my run time for avenger so of course I got stuck in the the last corral. If you think that’s the worst part let me tell you its not! The worst part is being the last corral and then having to be cold for 2 hours because they started 30 minutes late. As you can imagine trying to keep warm and then trying to warm up your muscles after 2 hours of being cold is no fun at all. They said the late start was due to safety issues. I could see maybe what they meant because the pavement was wet and some what slippery, which is no good for a 7 months pregnant runner as myself.
So my number one advice is that you should always keep in mind that you will be starting late and submit your time if you can! Due to starting in the last corral I was not able to stop by and get pictures with the avengers. They did have the black widow which is typically not out at Disneyland and a mile markers perfect for pictures. They did not have this for the Tinkerbell 5k. I kept wondering during the Tinkerbell 5k what mile I was on.
It was not all bad during the race the cast members try cheer you on and they do try to keep you entertained before the race begins but when their are 6,000 racers and you are all the way in the back barely able to see anything at all, its no longer enjoyable. One of the highlight is that I did see actor mostly known from the Goonies, Sean Astin.
Also the racers do not use what they call race etiquette. I got bumbed a few times and while running people who were walking crossed in front of me while knowing what they are doing. So that is my rant about my first RunDisney Avenger 5k and my second RunDisney race.
In conclusion if running a RunDisney be patient and know that a lot of waiting can happen and submit your time and remember you did this to yourself when you sign up for it. hehe. Also due to the race starting 30 minutes late I had to be stuck in traffic going home over and hour when I only live 15 minutes from the park.
One of the major holidays is on it way of course I am talking about Christmas which has been in much discussion after the whole Starbucks red cups. I am not against the red cups because I actually though they were very cute and since I don’t drink coffee I never knew they had snowflakes prior. Of course now I just want to go out and get a hot chocolate just so I can get a red cup but enough about the cups and lets talk about Christmas & Holiday decorating with mason jars. I love collecting mason jar and making new things with them for every holiday. I decided to do something simple for this holiday season especially since I have not started decorating yet due to I like to wait for Thanksgiving.
I found the beautiful stenciled mason jars at Target dollar bin from all places! They also have snowflakes but I found the Christmas sweater stencil more appealing.
I had tea light holders that I had previously purchased from my local craft store.
Ta-Da! You are done! Not much prepping and who would hate going to target to pick some mason jars.
The holiday of giving thanks is just around the corner. The truth of the manner is that the end of the year always seems to be the most stressful and busiest for me between holidays and birthdays I just can’t seem to be able to slow down. However, it never stops me from making a few new crafts for every holiday. After Halloween passed I just could not seem to have the heart to put my white pumpkins away. I usually don’t decorate much for Thanksgiving but this year I decided to use the white pumpkins and make it a little bit more festive. You can’t have enough ideas for Thanksgiving table setting, right?! ‘The good thing is that you can always find white pumpkins on sale at your local craft store for just a couple of dollars (wink, wink).
Of course antlers is still the thing to have for decor and I had a few so decided to use them with my white pumpkin. I cut out a hole on the side of the pumpkin and put them through.
Then I took my dried up flowers that I had received and hot glued them to the white pumpkin around the antlers. The pumpkin now looks like it has a cute little flower head dress.
I went to my local super market and got real small white pumpkins and added them to around the larger pumpkin. Easy and fast Thanksgiving table setting center piece is made for the holidays.
I had a larger antler which I placed around the other pumpkins to make the decor complete.
As mommies we learn pretty fast that having a bedtime routine for any child is key is having a successful quite bed time. I know that if I don’t talk, read and sing to my kiddos before bed that they will go down crying and sneaking out of their rooms. I always try my best to not disturb that routine even when daddy has to work late. At times not having daddy at bedtime can cause a little trouble in my home. Especially since daddy is the one who finishes getting the little energy they might have out of them before bed with playtime.
When it comes to bedtime “Talk Read Sing” is key to keeping everyone happy and mommy very sane. One of the thing I do with my kiddos before bed is reading their favorite books. Of course with the more kiddos you have the more books you end up reading. However, I could never say no when it comes to buying books or reading to them. You always want to expand their imagination and create wonderful memories especially since they won’t stay little for ever.
We also talk about what we read, I always want to make sure my kiddos understand the story and I like to ask questions about what happens in the story and why they think it happened. You can’t imagine the thing you might hear from your kiddos at times.
However, talk should also be happening during the day. I know when I was a new mommy it was hard to talk mostly to myself all day while my kiddo was a baby but they enjoy it so much. Don’t worry you are not the only crazy mommy out their talking to themselves, hehe. I especially like talking while we are gardening. If you don’t believe me doing these simple thing will help then go take a look at First 5 California to find out more.
Singing is my favorite part of the bedtime routine talk, read and sing. My kiddos will not go to bed happy and quietly with out having their song. My mommy was never a singer but my hubby was lucky enough to have a mommy who loved to sing. As a tradition we sing the same song that his mommy did. Each family has their own which will bring sentiment and mean more your family. You might think you don’t have a good singing voice and trust me I don’t either but your kiddos won’t care they will just remember the time you spent with them. They will always cherish those memories more than anything and so will you.
If you are looking for more ideas to share with you family try the First 5 California as a great resource for activities for newborns, babies, toddlers and preschoolers. There’s a whole section (Activity Center) on things that parents can do with their kids to help stimulate the mind.
How to make Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath is the theme of today. If you could have one craft item that will always come in handing it would be the Cameo. You have so many things you can do with it and making my Jack wreath. I could not wait to do my Halloween wreath this year and I went on the hunt for a couple of things to make this happen. I purchased white Christmas ornament , black vinyl, black, white ornaments, and ribbon.
I first went ahead and make the Jack faces with my cameo silhouette with my black vinyl. I attached the adhesive vinyl to the white ornaments.
Once I was done with attaching all the faces I went ahead and started to hot glue the hell out of everything onto the wreath. Oh before I forget since finding a black wreath is extremely difficult, I went ahead and spray painted the wreath black.
The last thing to do was to make the Jack inspired bow to go on my wreath. First I cut ribbon in various lengths.
Then I took the ribbon and folded one end to the center of the ribbon and hot glued it. I did the same to the other side. I continued to do this until I finished with all the ribbons. You can do as many or as little as you like for the ribbon. I took all the ribbon and stacked them on top of each other glued them.
I cut a smaller piece of ribbon and wrapped it around the center of my stacked ribbons and hot glued it.
I cut two ribbon pieces the same length to be the tale of the bow and I again hot glued everything together.
Ta-da! You will now see my, How to make Nightmare Before Christmas Wreath.
The best thing about the fall are pumpkins and deer antlers! I decided to combine both and a completely different way than everyone is doing this holiday season. I decided to combine them together and create monster looking pumpkins in a way. You will only need a few things fake pumpkins and antlers.
I went ahead and cut a top section of the fake pumpkins which I got from my local craft store and made sure the antlers could fit snugged. I used duct tape to secure the antlers to the pumpkin. Then you just have to hang it on the wall, however, I could not stop there.
I used another pumpkin and with hot glue and deer antler tips which I attached to the black pumpkin. It looks now that I have a devilish pumpkin this Halloween holiday.
Please don’t pay too much attention to my hot glue gun, you can see how much I do use it, hehe.
I also used one of the bigger white pumpkins and used a Halloween ribbon which I made a bow.
What will you do to your Halloween pumpkins this season?