The most wonderful time of year is upon is, but also the most stressful right?!
1. Out-of-the-ordinary special treats. Jelly Belly’s are always a good idea. Watch out for them on coupon at Costco.
2. Awkward teenagers? They won’t be able to resist joining in when everyone else is having fun working on a puzzle. We love festive ones like THIS one.
3. A framed family picture is the perfect gift! Getting an actual print into a frame isn’t so easy when you are busy all-day, every-day with little ones! This is a super inexpensive gift when using frames like THIS.
4. Good old fashioned fun like THIS bocce set are great to gather a family of all ages. Only $7!!! Really?!!!
5. Gift cards for a family outing are always great. A favorite ice-cream or doughnut shop, a museum, the zoo or movies tickets.
6. Kids love a hot cup of cocoa, especially with their own special mug. Monogrammed mugs from HERE.
7. How about a Christmas-themed movie set like THIS?
8. I remember been enthralled by a massive barrel of popcorn when we were kids (see HERE).
9. We love the idea of having a family tree on the wall. Kids love seeing their names on it too! Learn how to make your own HERE.
10. We love family board games. THIS one is easy, fast and hilarious. Win, win!
Did you see Target is offering free shipping on everything for the holidays?!
We like the idea of avoiding the cold and crowds by shopping online…just need to make sure to order nice and early!
Do you give group gifts? We’d love to hear your ideas!!!
Today’s wrapping idea came from our dad, who requested our help putting together a bright and shiny pile of presents for our Mum a few Christmases ago!
Great idea, Johnny boy!
We used colored tissue paper, clear cello wrap over the top and coordinating ribbons tied in a simple bow.
For large presents, you can always use plastic table cloths (see HERE), in lieu of the tissue paper.
Wouldn’t these make stunning presents for kiddies?!
I always see lovely wreaths around town, but I can’t get over how expensive they are.
I was inspired by a couple of items at the Dollar Tree, and created this natural beauty.
I’m in love with the simplicity, and it was so fun to make.
To Make You Will Need:
A grapevine wreath
About 120 clothespins
Hot glue gun and glue
First, pull apart all the clothespins (the ones from the Dollar Tree were REALLY easy).
Then you simply start gluing a clothespin anywhere on your wreath, then glue one next to that one, then another next to that and so forth.
Glue each pin individually and build the layers.
This is a little time consuming, but very therapeutic!
I found the results very beautiful, and quite Scandinavian looking!
To me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies.
I know lots of you American’s have a bad impression of these little yummies, but I’m here to tell you they are a must try, and not scary at all!
Topped with a healthy amount of whipped cream, they are to die for. A perfect, rich treat for a festive evening.
To make, simply whip up a batch of your favorite pie crust (l like an all butter one like THIS).
Roll, and cut out the pastry. I used a large glass to cut the base. Then gently place in greased cup cake tin.
Add a teaspoon or so of filling (I used THIS one). Then use a smaller glass or mold for lid. Top with an egg wash.
Cook until golden brown.
For decoration I used some pastry cutters similar to THIS, left some plain, and some a basket weave effect. This is the fun part, so it’s nice to have an extra minute and have some creative fun. I loved it when my mum would recruit us for this job when we were little.
The smell alone will convince you they are the ultimate dessert for this season.
We are so excited for Thanksgiving next week! It is a great time to reflect on all the blessings in life and officially starts off the holiday season, which we are especially excited for the babies to experience for the first time!
Here’s a few projects from years past that are perfect for Thanksgiving….
feather place setting HERE
scrabble place settings HERE
gratitude books HERE
easy banner HERE
Happy (early) Thanksgiving! We are so very grateful to each and every one of you and for your support of our little blog!
We were floored when we saw this pretty dishware at The Dollar Store!
Sure it’s not bone china, but for a dollar a piece it is pretty amazing!
Paired with a simple evergreen clipping from the yard and a little treat for after dinner it makes a lovely holiday setting!
Dinner plate HERE
How are you dressing up your table for the holidays?
The season of food is here, and we already can’t get enough.
We’ve posted about THIS meringue recipe several times, but we just love how simple and to-die-for delicious they are.
This time we topped them off with the usual whipped cream and seasonal pears + peaches. We added just a light dusting of ground cinnamon, which really gave a festive zing
We swear by meringues because they are the perfect light dessert after a big meal. We’re even having them as part of the Thanksgiving line up this year.
But the really good part is that they can be made up to a week or more in advance and stored in a tin, so there’s very little prep day of consumption…LOVE THAT!
(PS. They are naturally gluten free too, which is a double win win for us!)
The time of year to sparkle is quickly approaching and Walmart has you covered in the jewelry department!
You will not believe the deals to be had! These studs earrings were only $2.88!
Just when we thought THIS necklace was a deal, Walmart released a huge selection of statement necklaces for only $5!!!
There is no excuse not to shine this season with prices like this, so while you’re picking up your turkey make sure to steer your cart into the jewelry dept too!
How about some costume jewelry for all the ladies on your Christmas list? We love the idea!
Can you believe the stores are full of Christmas? On one hand we don’t want to be sick of Christmas by the time it arrives, but on the other we can’t help but get excited when see such new and exciting things for our favorite season!
Here are a few faves from the one and only….
5. ceramic stag
Which is your favorite?
Happy Monday y’all, we hope you had a lovely weekend!
Today we’re sharing how we glammed up our normal gold Christmas wrap by adding grey!!!
We bought grey butcher paper for $.59 yard from Zurchers, and love how the matte finish looks next to the shiny gold.
Butcher paper is perfect for large presents and so much cheaper than traditional wrapping paper. Win, win!
We are so addicted to these amazing oat bars…
Butter (and lots of it! 1 cup)
2 c flour (depending on your gf mix you may need more, we used THIS)
3/4 c brown sugar
1 1/4 oats (we used THESE ones)
1 cup chocolate chips (our fav HERE)
1 cup caramels (THESE ones are GF)
Stir together softened butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and eggs until mixture looks like crumbs. This is when the amount of flour can fluctuate. If mixture is too sticky and won’t crumb, just add a tbsp of flour at a time until it will.
Use half of the mixture to press into a greased baking dish (we used a 13×9) and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
Sprinkle chocolate and caramels over cooked base and top with remaining crumb mixture and cook for 30 mins until golden brown again.
Refrigerate for 2 hours to set before serving.
I have been dying over THIS Michael Kors structured tote for months, but now that my go-to bag is a diaper bag I haven’t been able to justify such a splurge!
I can however spend $20 on a similar tote, for the occasional night out with the hubs or any sans Jane outing!
I feel like most of my handbags are over-sized and slouchy, and this medium-size and structured tote is just what I needed to help this momma feel a little more up-to-date!
We were super stoked to find these totally adorable gift tags at Ikea last week…10 for a buck!
Ikea has really expanded their gift wrapping selection and it is all fantastic! (see HERE).
This is our new favorite holler dollar at Ikea, but we may have momentarily forgotten about those yummy cinamon rolls. What’s your favorite?
We know it’s a little early for Christmas, but it’s never too early to get you inspired, right?
We received our first snow this week, which spurred us to play around with one of our favorite color combos!
TOP: Left – classic paper bow. Middle – thin ribbon + teeny shatterproof bauble. Right – tulle bow.
MIDDLE: Left – white paper fringe + thin ribbon. Middle – paper bow cut open. Right – satin bow.
BOTTOM: Left – felt + thin ribbon. Middle – different layered ribbons tied in knots. Right – white paper fan.
Oh, we can’t help it. We’re feeling Chrismassy already!
Last week we blessed Jane, which is a special prayer to put her name on the records of our church and bless her with things to help throughout her life.
Here’s Jane in her little white dress and bonnet, doesn’t she look hilarious?!
It was a great day with some of our special friends and family and was the largest party we’ve planned in a while.
Here are five ways we kept it super easy!
1. KEEP DECOR SIMPLE AND SEASONAL
We spent nothing on decorations and pulled items around the house that were white, brown and gold. We used gold Christmas paper as a table runner, a simple bronze Christmas garland draped by itself, hung pine cones from the chandelier and personalized the chalkboard and banner.
2. CHOOSE AN EASY FOOD THEME
We chose a soup and bread bar which turned out perfect for this time of year. I asked a few people to bring a soup and the variety ended up being amazing. We had chili, Italian sausage, mushroom (pic below), cauliflower and spicy carrot. Soups can be prepared ahead, aren’t too expensive, and can easily be transported.
3. USE DISPOSABLE ITEMS
We rarely use disposible items when entertaining, but when entertating a large crowd it is a must!! We headed to Gygi to pick up items that were clear and white so disposable bowls (above) etc would just blend and not distract. How cute are these little cups we used for milk to serve with cookies for dessert?
4. MAKE SOMETHING ORDINARY, SPECIAL!
We picked up a tin of shortbread cookies from Costco and garnished them with chocolate. This was a huge hit and literally took 30 mins. We used our favorite chocolate, Guittard that is available in bulk at Gygi.
5. PREP AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
We wanted to serve another fall favorite, caramel apples. Although these are super easy, they are a little time consuming, so we made sure to schedule prep time before the party. We were thrilled with how they turned out. See directions HERE.
Honestly, with these tips this event was zero stress! The soups were warmed, and everything was ready to go for when guests arrived. No fussing about food and washing dishes etc.
Our little pioneer baby with Nanny and Grandma.
A big thanks to Gygi and for everyone who made this such a special day to remember!
We are being featured on Gygi’s blog today talking about all of their products we used! Please hop over to see us HERE.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Today we’re sharing this delicious side dish for when you want to take your taters up a notch!
What You’ll Need:
2 lbs potatoes
2 lbs butternut squash
2 c cheddar cheese
2 c cream (half and half would work too)
4 large sage sprigs
3 cloves of garlic (smashed)
First makes your sauce by slowly bringing cream, garlic cloves and sage sprigs to a boil over medium heat. As soon as it starts to bubble remove from heat and set aside. Next peel and slice potatoes and butternut squash, toss with 1 cup of cheese and salt and paper and place in greased baking dish.
Remove sage and garlic cloves from sauce and pour over potatoes and squash. Top with remaining cheese. Bake at 400, for 45 mins until veggies are tender.
Two words: COMFORT FOOD!
We love this for a special occasion like today, a Sunday meal or Thanksgiving. Hope you love it too!
Adapted from THIS Rachael Ray recipe.
We can spot Pendleton a mile away! Are you the same?
The graphic Native-American style prints and classic plaids and tartans get us giddy this time of year, we want it all!
Oh man…they even make notebooks.
We are obsessed! Brad surprised Emily with THIS classic throw for her B-day and we are in love!
For a ticket to Pendleton wanderlust see their full site HERE.
Pendleton’s Pinterest page is pretty phenomenal too! (see HERE)