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The Simplest DIY Gift Wrap & Sarah’s Christmas Cards

Thursday, December 7th, 2017


When it’s time to order our Christmas cards, we are always inspired by so many design choices. We love browsing through all the options Shutterfly has to offer, and no doubt, we are always thrilled when our cards show up.

This year was no exception! Sarah chose candid photos from the year with a gate fold opening to a family photo. Making all the photos black and white is an easy way to give consistency to photos in any grouping, whether that be a gallery wall or a Christmas card. We just love the classic look of black and white (did you see that buffalo check envelope liner?!).

This idea inspired us to have some fun with gift wrap. Multiple designs with a simple palette of black and white. We used printer paper for small gifts and butcher paper from the craft store for larger gifts. A black coloring pencil, crayon, or marker is all you need to start doodling away.

In a matter of seconds you have your own unique gift wrap we know every one will love Christmas Day!

xoxo

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

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As we come to a close of this year these four cheeky monkeys remind us what happiness is all about!

2016 has been one of our hardest years yet, we miss our brother. Nothing can replace the hole he has left in our hearts, we feel older, and more vulnerable.  It’s hard not to dwell on sadness, but we are grateful of the light this season brings.

I read this week “The only way to take sorrow out of death is to take love out of life.”
– Russell M. Nelson

We have never been more grateful for all those we love!

We hope your Christmas is filled with love and peace, and busy making memories!

We’ll see you in 2017!

Sarah and Emily xx

The Easiest Way to make a Ginger Bread House

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

If you’re looking something fun and festive to do we have the best idea…

Gingerbread houses made from just two ingredients: graham crackers and chocolate!

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Graham crackers are one thousand times easier than trying to make your own gingerbread and getting your angles perfectly straight and chocolate is so much easier to work with than icing.

The best part is your house is made in five minutes and then you can really get to the fun of decorating!

We used a bread knife to cut our graham crackers and simply melted white chocolate in a Ziploc bag in the microwave.

It’s time to bring out your inner Buddy the Elf and get to work :)

Sarah x

Sarah’s Christmas Living Room

Friday, December 16th, 2016

I can’t believe it’s only 9 days until Christmas and I haven’t shared my living room yet! One of the great benefits of having a fake tree is that I can set it up early, so I’ve literally been enjoying it for more than a month already!

The girlies (as I’ve said before) are getting really into all the different holidays and things that change around the house. Last year I didn’t dare put up a full size tree, they were just at that age where they were into everything. This year to try and prevent them touching it I built a wall of boxes around the bottom to create some distance, it’s worked like a charm!

Like we shared last year (see HERE), I gave my clearance fake tree a bit of a makeover with some spray paint. I just love how it gives a hint of flocked but still has a lot of green coming through.

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I always look forward to stores getting in their Christmas goodies, yes…even if it is September! Although I have bins of decorations, I still like to buy one or two items each year to add to my collection. This year it was THIS garland from Target which now has 30% off!

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I’ve loved adding some lights on the other side of the room with this garland and nativity.

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I do miss having a real tree, and we’ll go back to that in the future, but for now bits of fresh greenery here and there will have to make do!

My mother-in-law gifted me THIS nativity the first Christmas we were married, I’m still in love eleven years later and hope I will be for a lifetime!

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Thanks for visiting my festive living room, I hope you enjoyed it!

Merry Christmas!

Sarah x

 

Sarah’s Winter Bedroom

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

For many it may not be worth while to decorate their bedroom for the holidays, but my bedroom is a central part of the house; lots of TV watching, book reading and laundry folding going on here. The light is so great that it’s often my favorite room to spend time in, and definitely my go-to heaven while the girls take their nap.

Our bed is from Pottery Barn, and I often switch out having the top bars on or not. It’s much cozier with them on, so for winter it’s perfect and a great frame for adding a lit garland.

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These oversized pinecones help make the corners pop. Topped off with a bit of white paint to mimic snow, and a few sprigs and ribbons from Hobby Lobby.

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This ‘Merry Christmas’ garland was one of my first decorations I purchased after we were married 11 years ago. It looks great where ever I hang it, I only wish the colors hadn’t faded with time.

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A seasonal accent pillow and winter greenery are always nice.

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My winter retreat is my favorite place on earth!

Hope you enjoyed visiting, I’m off to bed!

Good night. Sarah x