Archive for December, 2011

New Years 2012 Free Printable

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I’m really excited for 2012, how about you guys?

This year I have lots of little goals, (such as reading 2 books a month), which if I didn’t write down I’m likely to forget. Therefore, I thought I’d update last year’s letterhead (seen HERE) for 2012. Please feel free to DOWNLOAD IT HERE and print IT for yourself, and lets make this year a rich and productive one!

Also, don’t forget about this other little free printable. Perfect for sending out a festive thank you for all the little treasures you received this season. See original post HERE.

See you in 2012!

Reminder: HGTV Dream House Sweepstakes

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Just a reminder that it’s officially time to enter the HGTV 2012 Dream House Sweepstakes.

Read all about it HERE and head over HERE to enter twice a day, through Feb 17th for your chance to win.

The home is located in beautiful Midway, Utah, only about a mile from Brad’s parents house.  I’m pretty sure it’s destiny!  If one of you wins, we’re coming over to visit!

World Market Christmas Clearance

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Sar and I stopped by World Market yesterday to check out their 50% off Christmas clearance.  Not only did we find great deals on Christmas things, but also discovered most of their furniture was on sale.  This beauty was the show stopper:

The Hayden Dining Banquette priced at only $200!!!!

This bench is usually $450 and is only on sale in stores while supplies last.  We love the idea of a soft seat at the dining table to induce long hours of chatting after dinner:

We also think this little banquette would look great in an entryway or at the foot of a bed:

Add a few pillows to this guy and you’re set.  This deal is a amazing!!!  I am still in awe at the price and potential of this piece!  What do you guys think of it?


Tin TIn the Movie

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and are still enjoying the season. Both of us have been camped out at our parents the past few days with the siblings, having lots of fun, and eating way too much.

Yesterday we ventured out to watch the new Tin Tin Movie. Having been a huge fan when I was little, I was both excited and nervous to see the results of the film. I’m pleased to say it was incredible. The animation was insanely brilliant, and the story and characters followed true to the books. It’s a sure winner for both the kiddies and adults.

There’s a list of good movies I’m excited to see this season, what have you guys been watching?

Emily’s Christmas Decorations

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

This year I wanted to keep my decorations as simple as possible. Our little apartment gets cramped up so easily I decided to keep my 7ft tree in storage (aka Sarah’s basement). It wasn’t until I went down into that basement that I found all my lost beauties! I had to try very hard to choose only my favorites and not to go overboard like I usually do!

It has been hard trying to get the place to feel festive and cozy without a tree and garlands galore, but I finally think I’m getting there…  This twiggy, gold thingy is the only thing I purchased this year.  I’m not sure exactly what it’s supposed to be but I had to have it!  The simple bead garland was inspired by the one in Sar’s kitchen that looks so beautiful.

I’ve also been trying to personalize our home more…love the gold letters found HERE, but not sure if I like our name plastered on the walls?! Thank you mammy for the amazing glittered pine cones from Gatehouse. I LOVE them!

Gold sprays found last January at Michaels for $.19 each. Gold wreath $1.49 from Roberts a few years back after Christmas clearance.

Another attempt at trying to keep it simple with my favorite champagne decorations.

Do any of you live in a little place like mine? How do you manage to decorate and get festive?

We cannot believe how quickly Christmas is upon us.  We wish you all a most wonderful Christmas!!!


Sarah’s Christmas Decorations

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Every year I debate going all sliver and white (like I did in my kitchen) in my whole house, but as soon as I pull out the gold decorations I’m quickly convinced to go more traditional.

 The colours are so warm and inviting that I find myself cuddled up on the couch enjoying it all.

Happy Christmas Everyone!

Last Minute Gift Ideas at Nordstrom

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Do you guys know about Dogeared? We love, love this jewelry line! We were in Nordstrom a few weeks ago and were browsing around the jewelry section. We both saw this and our eyes almost filled with tears it was so cute…no joke.

We are pretty sure, you could give this to any special lady and make her Christmas!

Another favorite:

Wishbone Necklace $50

Pearls of…Necklace $48

They have SO many necklaces to choose from around the $50 price point.

If a necklace isn’t going to cut it, most women’s coats are on sale now.  Remember how I am loving a good duffel coat this winter? Well look at this Calvin Klein beauty at Nordies, which is currently 50% off:


We think Toms are a great idea for Christmas. We love how with every pair purchased, a pair is given to a child in need. What a perfect present! We like this shiny pair:

Classic Glitter Slip-On $53.95

Lastly, we think a Nordies gift card is one of the best presents EVER. Don’t underestimate a gift card.  Nothing beats a shopping trip with a gift card! And for those shopping at home, don’t forget they now offers FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders…doesn’t get much better than that, but check dates if you need something fast:)

Most Nordstrom are open until 10pm until Christmas Eve, don’t forget to ask for complimentary gift wrap.

Happy last minute shopping!



My Favorite Crate & Barrel Pillow on Sale

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Do you remember my cream shaggy pillows?

I didn’t think so!

Well I purchased a them several years ago and I’m still happy. Thought you’d like to know they’re on sale at Crate & Barrel for $17 (see HERE), such a good deal considering they’re down from $29, and comes with a down insert too.

I promise they will look good anywhere in your house. Prove me wrong why don’t ya!

Christmas Decorations: Green Guest Bathroom

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Just a few pics of one of our bathrooms dressed for the season.

Does it get any fresher than white and green? I think not.

It smells good too!

Sometimes I ask myself if I go too far with the decorations, but then it makes me smile every time i go in there, so yup…worth it.

Anthropologie Gift Ideas

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A few awesome deals at Anthro right now:

Homegrown Monogram Mug was $8, now $4.

Lemon and Terragon Hand Soap was $22, now $13.20.

Lemon and Tarragon Hand Lotion was $22, now $13.20.

Grapefruit Hydrating Body Wash was $24, now $14.40.

AND…clearance items have an additional 30% off!!!


DownEast $5 Tees & Camis

Friday, December 16th, 2011

DownEast is currently having a crazy sale.  ALL tees and tanks regularly $10-$16 are only $5 until Saturday.

Also when you buy two the third is half price! $12.50 for three tees !!!  We heart these tees and wear them everyday.  We have NEVER seen them this cheap.

short sleeve crew $5

Head over to your nearest DownEast location or online to stock up!

Thanks DownEast for making our day ‘Merry and Bright.’  Happy shopping!



The Perfect White Pen

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

I’m delighted. I’ve found my match. The white pen of my dreams…I know I’m super melodramatic, but seriously this has been a long quest and now I have victory!

For years I’ve been looking for a while pen that is actually white. Most are thin and too light to see the letters especially on darker papers, but this one (Pentel Sunburst Gel Pen) is amazeballs.

The silver and gold are equally suburb, and I saw at my Target this week that they are on sale from $2.99 to $2.49 for a two pack. Just in time to write all those Christmas Cards.

Christmas Decorations: Adding an everyday twist

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

This year I couldn’t decide what ‘look’ I wanted to go for with my decorations, but I knew I was craving a change. By simply adding a few everyday items to my original pieces, I was able to do just that; and best of all…without spending a cent!

First, the icicle lights:

I thought it’d be fun to add lots of twinkle to our dinning area so I attached them to our molding and added some cupcake liners for variation. They’re so twinkly at night, but make the wall look so warm in the day too.

Next, the pendant lights and kitchen island:

For the lights I added a big white bow, instead of buying ribbon I found some scrap fabric, and ironed it to make it crisp. The pine cones and twigs were from a potpourri mix I got on clearance early this year.

For the island centerpiece, I used my three tier cake stand and simply stacked on the baubles. Then adding fake snow, feathers and a few fake flowers.

Although this was the least creative thing in the room, I’ve been enjoying it the most. I’ve had this garland for years and but I’ve never really known where to put it. This year I discovered it hangs beautifully on my blinds, and I can even clip the string into the blind cover without using anything additional…yippee!

Lastly, the centerpiece on the dinning room table. Like before, I simply dumped all my decorations into a mental tray (usually used for shoes), and added the snow, feathers and flowers.

So there you go, my kitchen and dinning room decorations with an everyday twist. But best of all, they’re so simple, fast and effective.

I hope you likey!

All Time Favorite Christmas Movies

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

There are so many Christmas movies out there, and I love a lot of them. Lets face it’s a great it’s a great subject, and I enjoy all the different takes on the season, but there are only a few movies that are a MUST watch this time of year, so here they are my six favs, will you join me for the countdown?

No. 6 Santa Clause the Movie: not to be confused with The Santa Clause, I’m talking Dudley Moore NOT Tim Allen. This was my childhood favorite, I’ve never seen a North Pole so magical it still makes me giddy:)

No. 5 The Family Man: I’ll love Nicolas Cage forever because of this role. An endearing story of past and present, and all that’s important in life.

No. 4: Little Women: An affectionate story about sisters, growing up, highs and lows. They had me at sisters, but add victorian scenery and fashion and I’m sold!

No. 3: The Holiday: A realistic observation of England vs. America, and the charm of both. Add a romantic Jude Law, and to die for set design, and you’ve made me a classic.

No.2 Elf: Hilarious, Movies don’t get much funnier than this. I’ll watch it any time of the year when I need a good giggle.

No 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol: Our Families all time Classic, is the twist on the old classic. Dicken’s story told true, with the humor of the Muppets. I’m not kidding when I say I’ve seen grown men cry watching this. The music with tug on your heart strings, it’s a goodie!

There you go, that’s my countdown…and I’m realizing there’s so many more I LOVE (Home Alone…hello!). I’m sure we have some faves in common, but have your own too. Now go snuggle up by your tree and turn on a good flick!

Holler Dollar: Stocking Stuffers

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Today I popped into the Dollar Tree for a couple of bits and noticed a couple of things that would be great in a stocking.

It may be a weird tradition, but in our family we always got soaps and bubble bath with our favorite characters on at Christmas, and we loved it. Our sister Hels Bells carry’s on this tradition by getting her kidos fun new toothbrushes and toothpaste. I also spied these little wooden mirrors and dolls…adorable!

For the boys I saw: magic card sets, silly string, silly putty and magnets.

It’s nice to know that you don’t have to spend a lot to fill a stocking; and little smiles are guaranteed!


Friday, December 9th, 2011

Brad and I are so cramped in our little apartment that there simply isn’t enough for a big tree this year.  I’m trying to add as much festive cheer as possible with garlands, candles, and ornaments.  Last weekend I visited the lovely Brambles and Blossoms in Provo, UT and found some paperwhite bulbs.  My parents grow paperwhites every Christmas so I thought it would be perfect in the apartment to make me feel more Christmas-y.

I was pleasantly surprised when the bulbs were wrapped in cellophane and twine, they were so cute I had to buy a few for Sarah.

This would be such a cute gift for neighbors,  just add a little gift tag.

Or make cute little muslin bags like this:

Oh, I’m so excited for them to grow! Apparently, paperwhites are pretty resilient and foolproof making them even more perfect for gifts.  Do you guys love paperwhites at Christmas?  Any ideas or growing tips that you’ve come across?

A Cozy Christmas: Gift Wrap

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

For this project I was excited to use some dated wooly sweaters on some of the packages.

Cozy Gift wrap:

I simply cut off the arm and slid the box thru so it was nice and snug. As you can see on the first picture I tied the remaining wool into a bow, and in the third picture just used a panel of the fabric for a different look.

Recycling can feel so good, thrifty and festive.

Do you have any tips for the season?

A Cozy Christmas: Garland + Wreath

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Earlier this year I fell head-over-heals for THIS wreath I saw in Sweet Paul. The next day I headed out to my local Dollar Tree, bought a vine wreath, and started making pom poms,. Instantly I felt I like a kid again.

Although I made this wreath more than 9 months ago, I’ve been waiting till this season on hang it, and thought I’d make a whole “Cozy Christmas” theme around it to share with you guys.

Here’s the garland and wreath:

I made it a challenge to use what I already had. By choosing a neutral colour scheme I was able to find lots of bits and pieces to make a garland. The wool balls were made by using used paper and rolling it into a ball, and then just wrapping the wool around and around. I did purchase the wooden spools, and vine wreath I mentioned earlier, so out of pocket I only spent about $4…can I hear a Holler?

I hope you all feel inspired that you don’t have to spend a lot decorate for the season. Just get your creative juices following!

Stay tuned for tomorrow, as I’ll be sharing our Cozy Christmas Gift Wrap.

Target Tuesday: Christmas

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

There are so many great things for Christmas this year at Target. I couldn’t help doing a board of my faves. I will be keeping a very close eye on the following in the after-Christmas sales!!!

4′  Pre-Lit Potted Cashmere Pine Tree $70, Mercury Glass Pinecone Ornament $8,  Sonia Kashuk Small Treasure Brush Set $15, Smith & Hawken Lantern String Lights $25, Smith & Hawken Pinecone Topiary $25, Mercury Glass Tea-Light Holder $.99, Antique Gold Pillar Candle Holder $16, DwellStudio Brown Napkins (set of 4) $10, Gold Beaded Napkin Ring (set of 8) $15.99.

I have also found a few great things in the Dollar section such as really great gift bags and a gold glitter nativity scene.  Have you found anything special this season at Target?

Happy Target Tuesday :)

Look for Less – J.Crew Sequin Skirt

Monday, December 5th, 2011

$44.99                         $328.00

I fell in love when I saw THIS skirt at J.Crew for the holidays.  I thought it was super fun and festive (minus the denim shirt and red heels) and just what I need for the Christmas parties and events. Price tag: a whopping $328 for this baby.  Ouch!

Browsing through the December issue of O magazine, I found THIS one at Downeast.  In the past I haven’t loved their skirts as I feel the quality of the pieces are clearly overpriced, but I decided to go and give this one a try on.  This skirt is so great!  It is the perfect length for a tall lady like myself, but could be worn higher on the waist if you’re not as tall.

I would highly recommend it in black for all holiday functions, and with a price tag of $44.99 the husband won’t have a heart attack!