November 2012

Felt “Paper” Chain Garland {DiY}

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I think I might have a slight felt problem.  I love it almost as much as I love ModPodge, and so far this year it has played a starring role in many a Christmas decoration.  But seriously folks, what's not to love?  It is super cheap (only $0.20 a sheet when it goes on sale), [...]

30 Minute Felt Appliquéd Burlap Pillow {DiY}

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 Much to Husband's chagrin, I insist on filling our sofas with pretty throw pillows.  And despite how many times a day I am forced to rearrange, re-fluff, and pick them up off the floor, I refuse to give in.  I love them.  Without them, the room just doesn't feel finished. I wanted some pretty new [...]

DiY ornament wreath {handmade holidays}

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My family is on a mission to worry less about stuff and instead craft our way to Christmas this year!  We are sharing some of our DiY projects & ideas throughout the next month in a casual series called "Handmade Holidays"  You can check out the rest of our projects here. I have been wanting to make an [...]

Easy DiY Cake Stand

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I first tried making my own cake stands for Trouble's let them eat CAKE party earlier this year.  They were so easy that I thought it would be a fun way to deliver holiday goodies this year.  It was another great project for the girls to help with and they were received to rave reviews. [...]

All The Things I’m Thankful For Gratitude Journal

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The girls and I have spent a lot of time this month talking about  having an "attitude of gratitude" and what it means to be thankful for all that we have.  Honestly there are many times a day when it seems like they just don't get it and I frequently wonder if I am expecting to [...]

if you have to shop this year…. {a few of my favorite deals}

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I'm interrupting my normal posting schedule to bring you this little Public Service Announcement :-) While this year I am perfectly content to stay home and make pretty things, I do realize that not everyone has the time or desire to get all crafty around the holidays.  I totally get it; in fact, I was [...]

DiY scalloped felt & jute christmas tree display {handmade holidays}

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As I shared last week, our family's goal for the holidays this year is to worry less about stuff and more about giving from the heart, spending quality time together, & serving others.  The girls and I are on a mission to not only make all our gifts this year, but to also create many [...]

What I Won’t Give My Kids For Christmas This Year

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A couple of months ago I wrote about taking all my kids' toys away, and how that experience has fundamentally changed our family and the way we look at stuff.  The response from that post--both positive and negative--was completely overwhelming, like nothing I have every experienced before while writing this blog.  Who knew I could [...]

the chicken mummy {the grossest thing we’ve ever done}

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We finally finished our Chicken Mummy. Finally. It took FOREVER. The Ancient Egyptians could crank out one of those puppies in about 40 days; ours took at least twice that long.  It was by far the grossest thing we've ever done.  I can't even tell you how gross it was.  And stinky.  It reeked.  The [...]

The Very Best Fish Recipe Ever

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I was always intimidated by fish until I stumbled upon this amazing recipe, and I have been meaning to share it for ages.  I got the original version from my dear friend Jenny during a mom's night out recipe swap back when we both lived in Seattle.  We were so chatty that night that I [...]

How to Save on Food for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving.  Christmas Dinner.  Holiday Parties.  Seasonal baking.  For most of us, food plays a starring roll in our holiday festivities.  We all have our favorites, that certain special dish we only eat once a year.  Without it Christmas or Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same. Oh, the pressure. And while our mouths start watering at [...]

operation christmas child 2012 {the power of a simple gift}

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It has always been important to us to teach our kids to appreciate what they have and to give to others who have less, but it seems like that lesson is so easily lost.  This year, in the wake of our big toy purge, we are even more committed to making this holiday season about giving [...]

Better Christmas Card Photos {8 Tips for Getting Shots You Love}

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The act of sending and receiving Christmas cards might be my favorite of all holiday traditions.   I just love seeing how my friends & family have changed and grown, and reading what they have been up to throughout the year.  It reminds me that even in the midst of all this busyness, even when [...]

How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

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Food is expensive.  The average family spends just over 10% of their household income buying groceries--over $6,000 a year--and even while average wages have gone down, the price of food keeps going up.   When you are just trying to feed your family, that is a pretty scary prospect. That said, as more and more [...]

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