Monday, December 26, 2016

Farmhouse style essentials under $50



Now that the holidays are coming to an end, its time to take down all of those christmas decorations. Often times I feel like my home looks blah after all the pretty twinkling lights and Christmas trees come down. When that happens I usually try to find a new piece or style to bring in to my home to liven it up. 

If any of you are thinking of transitioning your home to farmhouse style then you have come to the right place. I have put together 10 essential items to get you started, all for $50 or less! All of these items are available on Amazon.com. Links below the photo for each item,











Have a great day!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Last minute New Years Eve party ideas....




I have been searching the internet for the last few days to come up with some last minute New Years Eve party ideas for you so that you don't have to spend the time doing it yourself.

So here are a few ideas that I found and hope they are helpful to you for your party day!


Disclaimer: none of these photos or ideas are mine, please click the links below the photos to be redirected to the sites and blogs they belong to.

50+ Small Bite Party Appetizers ~ Get ready for holiday parties and New Year's Eve! This round up has over 50 recipes from the best bloggers via @julieseats:
Here are a bunch of good food options to get your party started. Click here to find out how to make them!


13 Champagne Drinks Perfect For Celebration Season <3 Champagne Punch Bellini <3 It's almost too pretty to drink. Get the recipe from Crazy For Crust.   - Delish.com:
Every party needs a signature cocktail. Click here for some more cocktail ideas.




These Happy New Year party and home decor printables are perfect for all of your New Year celebrations! Add some flare to your office parties and New Year's Eve celebrations with these fun printables! New Year's Eve party decor, New Year's Day, New Year's Eve decor, New Year's party, 2017 New year's eve:
Lots of cute printables to celebrate the new year. Click here to download yours.



New Year’s Eve is the last and also the biggest night of a year. You should gather your family and friends together and throw a big party to say farewell to this year. In order to make this night memorable, you should prepare some fabulous DIY decorating ideas to dress up your party to make […]:
Have a little fun making your own new years decorations. Click here for some fun and easy ideas.



Cookies & Milk | New Year's Eve Party Idea | simplykierste.com:
let the kiddies in on some of the fun with this milk and cookie idea. click here for some more family friendly ideas.



What are some of your favorite items to have at your new years eve party?

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Christmas tablescape...




This year I decided I was going to host Christmas eve - The whole thing, gifts, dinner and of course some props for a photo booth because lets be honest, it isn't a party unless you have props.
 
I have been super busy with work and trying to prepare for the holidays that I realized I am running out of time to get all my Christmas posts done. So tonight I played around with some table settings and I decided that the one I am about to show you is the one I like best. 



This year I decided to go with paper plates and plastic utensils. I was able to find these cute paper dinner plates at TJMaxx for about $4. I am having a lot of people this year and decided in order to make clean up super easy and be able to enjoy more time with my guests than in the kitchen, that paper was the way to go. The utensils are plastic but "silver" so they look like the real deal. 



The metal box in the center was also a TJMaxx find. I was originally going to use it in the spring as a planter outside, but then I got this idea to use it as my centerpiece. The evergreen picks I bought at Michael's and the pinecones I picked from outside then I added some candles. I love the way it turned out!


Thanks for stopping by! I would love to see some of your table settings that you have used throughout the years.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

budget friendly stocking stuffer ideas...





I love Christmas. I love giving and I always want everyone to have something to open and a full stocking.
I'm going to share with you some easy and cheap stocking stuffer ideas that you can do to fill up all of your stockings for christmas day.

Recently I was at dollar tree, I know I know it's becoming a theme around here, and I found some great finds for a dollar!

-adult style coloring books
-loofah
-nail polish
-nail files
-crossword books and other puzzle books
-matchbox cars
-cozy socks
-makeup for your little girls
-holiday scarves
-gloves
-hats


Another great place to find stocking stuffer gifts is in the Michael's dollar bins.
-small picture frames
-notepads
-compact mirrors
-soap
-gloves

Even Targets dollar bins have great options for stocking stuffers!

-gloves
-socks
-pencils
-pens
-candles
-crafts
-stickers


What are some of your favorite things to stuff your stockings with?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Winter classroom door




This month our building is having a completion on the best classroom door. When it comes to the winter holidays I always try to do something neutral. This year I went big. Here are some photos to help inspire you with your own classroom door. I decided to do the polar express.

Here are a few photos to help get your imagination going...






I made everything out of construction paper. Most of it was pretty simple. A little imagination goes a long way. Heres to hoping I we win the most creative door contest!

What are some of your favorite seasonal doors?


Friday, December 2, 2016

Lets talk Christmas trees...


I love Christmas trees. Any shape, any size, ornaments, natural, colored light or white lights.... I love it all. This year I have 5 trees up in my house. Today I am going to show you guys my main Christmas tree in our living room.

Every year I like to try a new theme. This year I decided to go with gold and white. That meant that I had to purchase a lot of new ornaments. I had some white from my turquoise and white tree from last year but I only had a couple of gold ornaments in my Christmas stash. Now I don't know about you but because I like to change things up a lot, I can usually spend a lot of money doing so. This time I was determined to stick to a budget. 

Welcome to the Dollar Tree everyone. I found all of my white ornaments there. packs of white snowflakes for a dollar, white poinsettas, and white star bursts. 



I love how all of my white ornaments have glitter on them and when the tree is lit they sparkle. It just goes to show you that you don't have to spend a ton of money to make your tree look expensive!

Next, I was on the hunt for gold balls. Unfortunately for me I was not able to find any at dollar tree BUT, marshalls and riteaid had some killer prices and sales and I was able to find all of my gold balls for a grand total of $16. 28 ornaments for 16 bucks is alright in my book!


The texture of these gold ornaments also helps the light bounce off of them which creates a beautiful glow in the room.


I am completely in love with my tree this year. The photos don't do it justice in my opinion but when I got home and turn it on it feels so cozy that I am glad I went with a new theme this year.



What are some of your favorite themes that you have done on your Christmas trees?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Another handprint thanksgiving craft



Sorry for the late post! I took some time out this weekend to take a little girls trip upstate and explore a new scenery! Now I'm back and have a new handprint thanksgiving craft to make with the kiddos.



Today we made handprint pilgrims and indians.
For the pilgrims we used a beige paint for the Palm and for only 4 fingers (leave out the thumb) we used black for the hat.



For the Indians we used a tan for the Palm and red, yellow, blue, and green on 4 fingers for the head dress.



When they dried I added the face details and the details on the hat and feathers. So easy and such a cute keepsake for years to come!





Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hand-print Turkey





We have been very busy in the classroom making our Thanksgiving crafts. One of my favorites that we like to do is a hand print turkey. Its super simple and a really cute keepsake. All you need is some paint, paper and a tiny little hand!



We chose paint colors that we felt we fallish... you can choose whatever 4 colors you'd like for the feathers.



We painted each of the fingers different colors and the thumb and palm brown for the turkey's body.




we made our hand print and then when it dried we wrote happy thanksgiving and the year on it. You can write anything you want from gobble, gobble to give thanks. Then I drew on the beak and the eye and voila! The simplest yet cutest craft for you toddlers for a thanksgiving keepsake!




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Curb side table makeover

I have been searching everywhere for a small table for my hallway for as long as I can remember. Just the other day when I was on my way to work I saw the perfect size table just sitting there on the curb. It wasnt the color I wanted but the size was just right. So I tossed it in the car and brought it home for a little makeover.

Here is what it looked like before.




I decided to go with white... I have been on a white kick for a while now and I am literally in the process of painting almost everything I own some shade of white.. so this table was not safe from white paint either.

Here is what it looks like after.... you also get a sneak peek at my hallway after which I will be doing a post on later this week. On a side note sorry for the terrible lighting... its not a very bright hallway which may be the next project on the list. 




A Gluten Free Thanksgiving




With Thanksgiving right around the corner I have started to put together gluten for options. Usually we end up with unexpected guests that stop by, so I always like to have options just in case they have a dietary restriction. I myself cannot have gluten so I always have to make alternatives to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

Today I am sharing with you some of my go to items for a gluten free Thanksgiving.



I used this stuffing for the first time last year. I was able to find it at our local Stop & Shop.
I thought it was a great option for a gluten free stuffing. You can add celery or craisins or whatever you choose to spice things up a bit.



Whats a turkey without some gravy?? McCormick makes a few gluten free mixes. I used this gravy last year even though the gravy my family makes does not have gluten in it I decided to try this one out anyway. I thought it was pretty good! 




My mom always makes a corn casserole. It used to be one of my favorites before I had to go gluten free. This mix is really good on its own, I like to make muffins out if it instead of a bread. This year I am going to try and make a casserole with it. I'll keep you posted with the outcome. This is definitely a favorite among gluten free and non gluten free folks!



I have not used this pie crust yet but I am going to make a gluten free pumpkin pie with it. Its a graham cracker crust and I am excited to mix it up with some pumpkin pie!



Last but not least, my all time favorite gluten free brownie mix! I actually use this mix all the time for all occasions and everyone loves it. I'm pretty sure most of my guests have no idea its gluten free.


I would love to hear from you about your favorite gluten free thanksgiving recipes and products!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

A Target Christmas....






I know we haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet but I always get super excited about Christmas decorations! I am always on the hunt for a good bargain... and when I see a good Christmas bargain I can't pass it up.

Today I made a quick trip to Target. I love browsing their dollar section. I always seem to find some really cute home decor items. Today I felt like I walked into a gold mine and I only spent $30! What did I get for that $30? I'll tell ya.... 4 Throw pillows, 4 Stockings, A mirrored tray, a table rumner, & the cutest red ceramic truck carrying a Christmas tree! Now I'd be all set if they had gold ornaments because I'm switching up my theme this year but you can't win em all.


How cute are these stockings?!? I seriously just can't get enough! And for three bucks a piece how could you say no??






 I think my favorite find is the little red ceramic truck that was only three bucks!


I'm trying to hold out with the Christmas decor until the day after Thanksgiving but I don't know if I can with all of these new finds.... have a look for yourself... but act quick & get yourself to target because I don't think they will be there for long!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

5 Favorites of November

I'm kicking this off with my 5 favorites of November! Lets get right to it...


  • Pumpkin Fireside: This is probably my favorite candle that I have lit all fall! If you are a fan of Bath and Body Works Marshmallow Fireside then you will surely love Pumpkin Fireside! There is nothing I love more than coming home from a long day of work and lighting a candle and kicking my feet up to relax! 





  • ZVE Cellphone Case: I ordered this case for my Samsung Galaxy s6 from Amazon not really knowing if I would love it. I'm glad I did! The little pocket on the back is perfect for your ID or credit cards and a small amount of cash. You'd be surprised by how much actually fits in there! I find it very useful if I have to run out real quick and I don't feel like bringing my big purse.



  • Better Than New: Nicole Curtis has always been someone that I admire. I love her work both on old homes and how she uses her platform to help others in need. I read this book in about 2 days. I loved it! It was a good read to "get to know" her a little more. If you enjoy her show you will enjoy her book! 




  • Luminara Candles: These flameless candles are everything! I got one as a gift and I can't wait to get more for my house. You can even purchase a remote separately and program them to it. They also have a timer feature. The flame flickers and its glow is exactly like an actual candle glow. It adds just the right cozy feel to any room!




  • Party Proof Lipstick: I had received this lipstick when I was getting my Birchboxes in the mail. This is by far the longest lasting lipstick I have ever worn in my life. I wore this to a party and fell asleep with all of my makeup on... when I woke up in the morning this lipstick was still on! I kid you not. So if you are looking for a lipstick that will outlast that long party you are attending, this is the one!

And there you have it, my 5 favorites for November! I would love to hear your feedback on any of these products if you have tried them yourself!