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Christmas Decorations with a Toddler

Christmas Decorations with a Toddler

Tweet Christmas is a beautiful time especially when you have kids around. The trouble is, however, that toddlers LOVE to get their pudgy little hands in everything, which is why I’m on the fence this year about a Christmas tree. While you have to judge […]

A DIY Christmas

A DIY Christmas

Tweet I went all out this year. Maybe I’m a overly enthusiastic about  celebrating our baby’s first Christmas. So even though he could care less if I was popping a zit or hanging a garland, I still wanted to go over-the-top with as much DIY […]

Easy Christmas Garland

Easy Christmas Garland

Our holiday decorations were looking mighty bare without a Christmas tree. So I went on a hunt for another easy Christmas decorating idea that I could do without leaving the kiddo and the hubby at home.

Enter in this:

 DIY garland

This string of holly leaves took just a few minutes to do and needed just a few ingredients.

Leaf garland

Take a hole puncher, construction paper, ribbon, scissors, tape and a leaf template.

DIY Holly leaves

I just found a holly leaf template online and used it as my outline. I even skipped a step by cutting the construction paper directly instead of outlining the paper with pen first. Then, I punched holes in the leaves and threaded the ribbon through each. The hardest part was figuring out how to keep the leaves spaced out from each other instead of folding together like cards. An easy remedy? Tie a loose knot around each leaf for an imperfectly perfectly easy holiday garland.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Tweet Well turkey day is finally over and I’m happy to say I survived the gluttonous holiday with my waistline and sanity in check. I even managed to fit in moments of gratitude. It was no small feat, when you consider the common woes of […]

Catching Up to Christmas: More Wrapping Paper Ideas

Catching Up to Christmas: More Wrapping Paper Ideas

Tweet UpDaTe: One more gift came in. Scroll down to see how I used leftover craft paper and tissue to wrap the last gift. Well I finally caught up to all my Christmas tasks. I blame it on the Hawaii culture. Makes me slow and […]

Holiday Creative Friday: DIY Christmas Trees

Holiday Creative Friday: DIY Christmas Trees

I vowed to be as present as possible this holiday. Mostly because ever since I was a child, Christmas would fly by so quick that I never quite enjoyed it.

I would be excited about Christmas Eve and look forward to Christmas day and then anticipated the moment when I would open every one of my presents. And then sitting in crumpled wrapping paper and torn off ribbons I’d ask: “Is that all?”

This year, I am taking it all in. Appreciating the lights, the presents and especially the decorations, as gifts to be unwrapped carefully.

I taught myself how to make my own snow globes. {The how-to is here.}

Filled an old mason jar with last year’s Target Christmas ornaments:

Put peace in a bowl. Thereby doing my part to contain peace.

Contained peace

And made my own Christmas trees this year with foam and pipe cleaners.

It’s probably my most favorite craft. I love the way it sparkles at night almost as much as I loved how quick and cheap they were to make. Basically all I did was buy silver pipe cleaners from Target and wrapped them around the foam. To get them to stay, I poked a hole in the Christmas tree shaped foam with and at the start of and at the end of the pipe clear.

Will definitely be saving these for next year.

The one that was a little harder to love, however, was my feather Christmas tree…Truthfully, they were not easy to do and did not come out as pretty as this blogger’s one. I laughed at them through my hot glue burns. They looked a little like a messed up chicken. And my bunny was not amused.

But I grew to love it. After slapping hot glue on the foam and stuffing feathers around them, I came out with this perfectly imperfect product:


I could have tossed it, chalked it up to another failed project. But I realized I had an opportunity here. Either I could abandon it, like we abandon the things about us we don’t like-our nose, our thighs, our imperfect handwriting scrawl or we could embrace it.

Don’t we all have a little imperfect feather tree in our lives? And are we going to continue to toss it, ignore it or fully embrace and love it for what it is? I chose the latter.

What will you choose in 2012?

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On the 12th Day of Christmas…

On the 12th Day of Christmas…

Tweet {photo credit} My loved ones gave to me, Five Christmas Parties Four disagreements Three overcommitments Two tantrums And a disappointed holiday. Is that how your holiday season is feeling these days? It’s funny how this time of year is supposed to promote merry days […]

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