DIY Holiday Wood Centerpiece Planter

DIY Wooden Planter 2

It's been such a blessing to work with The Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation during their Celebration of Service Campaign, these last few months! From DIY American Flags to DIY Military Shadowboxes to this beautiful DIY Holiday Wood Planter, its been such a privilege to create one of a kind project to honor our veterans! I love Christmas and it was so much fun to present this Holiday Centerpiece to a precious widow of one of our nation's heroes. I'll be sharing more of my afternoon with … [Read more...]

How to Make an Appetizer Tree


Good morning, and Merry Christmas from! Last year, I tried something new for our annual Christmas appetizer party and I'm so excited to share it with you here today hoping maybe you will try it. Keep in mind, this is an appetizer you can use for any celebration. We don't usually have a large party, but we do invite our closest friends over, and everyone brings something to share. Then we all lounge around the fire in our kitchen chatting up a storm and sometimes even … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Box

molasses cookie recipe from

Every year around this time of the year we would watch for it. We would hear a delivery truck coming down the street and race to the window, our little faces pressed against the glass hoping, willing it to stop at our house. And then would come the day that the truck did finally pull up to the curb in front of our house. We held our breath as the delivery man rummaged through the back before emerging holding something...was it the right size? Was it the right shape? Was it THE … [Read more...]

A Simple Hot Cocoa Station

hot cocoa station with skis

When my kids were really little, the days spent at home with them were mostly awesome. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. But they were also exhausting. Really, really exhausting. Being home alone with young children day in and day out can be both very fulfilling and very isolating.   … [Read more...]

Paper Angels and Pretty Trees

Cottage style Christmas decor

I don't know about you, but it seems that beautifully decorated homes all dressed up for Christmas have taken over my social media accounts these days. In fact, this week I'm joining a group of bloggers who are going to be sharing some of their favorite holiday rooms. Hosted by The Everyday Home and Town and Country Living, each day we'll be bringing you loads of Christmas eye-candy. … [Read more...]

Glam-ish Christmas Entry Decor

christmas entry decor

*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I have partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. for this post.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.* There seems to be great debate out there about Christmas decorating. Frankly, I'm shocked at how vehement people get when discussing this 'issue'. And, I'm perplexed as to why it's an issue at all. You see, everyone seems to have strong opinions when it comes to whether or not it should be … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour 2015

Front door basket with greenery and ice skates

Welcome, welcome to new friends and old friends! I'm so thrilled that you stopped by today. If you are following along on the Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo (click here to start at the beginning of the tour) then you might be coming here after seeing the beautiful home belonging to my wonderfully talented friend Jenna Burger. We're also so excited because this year we're teaming up with Joss and Main and Good Housekeeping to bring you some truly inspiring Christmas ideas for … [Read more...]

DIY Mirrored Christmas Tree Stand

DIY Mirrored Christmas Tree Stand

  Have you ever dreamed up an idea and you just knew you were going to love it....if you could pull it off?  You could see it in your head.  Envisioned exactly what it would look like.   You might have even wondered why no one else had thought of this idea yet, and you smiled to yourself knowing you had come up with a brilliant idea. Then reality set in when you realized that for this marvelous, original idea to come to fruition, you would have to create it yourself. From scratch! … [Read more...]

Our Best Holiday Recipes

Favorite holiday recipe collection from

Does anyone else find themselves feeling so smug as you get everything checked off your grocery list for upcoming holiday meals only to get home and realize that while you may have the ingredients for a grand meal in a few days, somehow you've managed to make it home from the store without putting anything in your cart for the dinners you are expected to prepare leading up to that day! … [Read more...]

Our Family Christmas Tree

Christmas tree with family ornaments

Has anyone else looked at photos of beautiful Christmas trees in magazines or on Pinterest and wondered.. "Where on earth are all of the 'real' ornaments?" You know the ones I'm talking about, right? The paper angels, the picture frames made out of popsicle sticks and the cotton ball snowmen? I always wonder if they are frantically removed before the photo is taken or if they are hanging on the branches of the Christmas tree that gets relegated to the deep recesses of the house like … [Read more...]