Things aren’t like they used to be. Once upon a time, we used to get tons of Christmas card from friends and family members. Today, we get a handful of cards from a handful of people every year. I’ve always thought we should do something to display the cards we do receive, but I could never come up with a good way to do it. Until now.
With this awesome project, you can display your favorite holiday cards and even photo cards featuring your own family. And the best part? It’s super simple. :: READ THE FULL POST
Every year, my husband and I (ie. mostly me) pick a color scheme for our Christmas decor. This year, we chose turquoise and gold (with a tiny bit of lime green added for a little extra pizzazz). The problem? We owned exactly two ornaments in any of those colors. In years past, we have always incorporated silver into our Christmas color palette. Not a speck of gold. Ever. So what’s a girl to do? Buy a whole tree’s worth of ornaments? You know me better than that :: READ THE FULL POST
It seems like I just put my daughter on the bus for the first day of school, and already Thanksgiving is near. Where did the time go?
My husband and I cook every year, but we usually don’t have any company. This year, my little brother (who’s not so little any more) and a couple of other family members will be spending the holiday with us so I feel challenged to really put on a good show, complete with a wonderful meal and beautiful decor. Of course, there are some things that won’t change, including my intention to make the holiday as eco-friendly as possible. :: READ THE FULL POST
Last year, my husband and I went to a local Christmas tree farm to cut down our own tree. This year, however, we live in a different city, and the farm that is closest to us ran out of trees really early. The next nearest farm was a half hour away via the Interstate, and the idea of lugging a tree on top of our tiny Honda Accord for a half hour didn’t sit well with us. So we got real tree from Whole Foods instead. I was hoping we could find a retailer selling Georgia trees, but EVERY retailer we asked had had their trees delivered from farms in North Carolina. Not quite “local,” but apparently as good as it was going to get. And a real tree, as a general rule, is better than a fake one — particularly if it comes from a tree farm where the trees are replanted every year. :: READ THE FULL POST
This year, for the first time ever, we have a fireplace and a mantel where we can hang our Christmas stockings. In years past, we’ve used ledges, wall hooks and even window sills since we never had a mantel. Last year, we bought two stockings from Amenity in their silver print for my husband and I. But the kids were still using cheap felt stockings we’d gotten from a dollar store years before. This year, I was determined to give them better stockings. I was also determined to get far, far away from the traditional red, white and green color scheme that I can’t seem to avoid, no matter what I do. :: READ THE FULL POST