Monday, December 22, 2014

Santa We are Ready...Outdoor Lights

Suffice to say, I think Santa will find our house this year, out here in the country, in the middle of nowhere, thanks to the bright LED glow that surrounds the house and along the driveway.

It seems like the arches that we typically do, were presenting some issues to the Fed Ex man, my kids the dogs and the wind. PVC pipes loaded with lights can get a bit wonky with a gust. Here's the lights from last year.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Simple Classic Holiday Entrance

I love simple, red and classic, and so do my front doors...obviously.

And side entrance

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekend Wow's

Well, at this point you are either running around like a wild women.... or man, finishing up any last minute shopping, baking or decorating.....or sitting back and happy that it's all done and ready. Don't be a hater. I promised myself that this would be the most stress free December ever, and it was.

Speaking of last minute, I pulled together some ideas to get you through the next week...if you didn't happen to make that same promise.

Quick and easy treat. I had a get together recently and someone brought these yummy bite size treats.

School got out yesterday for the holidays, so yesterday for the class parties I put together goodie bags using dollar store bags, candy that I froze after Halloween and these super cute tags from here.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Behind the Scenes of the Christmas Card 2014

Each year I look forward to planning and sending our Christmas card, so friends and family can get a chance to see the kids and how much they have grown over the year. The cards are important to me.... but not so much to my children. 
This year  to avoid the very predictable "oh mom, why, do we have to" I decided to come up with a clever way to get them more interested and excited about the good ole yearly photo.
Camo, backyard, tire swing.

I think Lily's face says it all. Don't you?

About 2 seconds after getting dressed and jumping on the backyard tire swing, I am thinking that maybe my camo idea was going to back fire. Did it just make the boy's want to play and...... be boys, all while sweet lily, donning the cutest camo skirt, stood perfectly poised while this was going on.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Breakfast Room and Mantel

It was hard not to mistake the drywall dust for snow flurries last time I showed you a glimpse of the breakfast room and mantel during my holiday tour here. It was because this was going on. And even though I covered the doorways with plastic, a million dust particles managed to find a way to escape and cause a mess. 

Now that the dust has settled, literally, I wanted to share our favorite area in the house, particularly at Christmas time. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I am in Love....With My Wood Plank Ceiling

I interrupt the slew of fabulous Christmas ideas, gorgeous home tours and recipes for yummy holiday treats to bring you new wood planked and beamed family room ceiling.