Hello, from melting Michigan! It’s me Julie from redheadcandecorate.com where the snow is finally melting! I have proof because a big chunk of ice just fell off of our roof and scared the heck out of my cats. Okay, to tell you the truth it rattled me as well, but I am so ready for some sun, how about you? With Spring upon us that means Easter is quickly approaching as well, and many of us enjoy celebrating with a nice family brunch. Or, maybe you’re looking for the perfect dish to share at church or at a friend’s house? If so, you’ve come to the perfect spot.
Welcome, welcome dear friends! My halls are decked and ready for you to come inside and make yourself at home. I’m so thrilled to be apart of the Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk again this year!
You will not want to miss all of the beautiful homes in this tour so be sure to start at the very beginning and catch up on all of the holiday eye candy. Click the image below to get started!
And if you are joining me from taking the tour of my dear friend Shannon’s gorgeous home, you did not have to travel far because we both have the privilege of residing in the beautiful state of Oregon.
You know, every year when I begin to decorate my home for Christmas, I am absolutely flooded with feelings of nostalgia. With each box that is pulled from the attic, I’m transported to another place in time.
There are the four stockings I bought when we were only a family of three but my heart longed and prayed for a sweet girl and by the very next Christmas she had arrived and that extra stocking was put to good use.
I’ve noticed a trend happening over the past few years. When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I always start with the hot cocoa bar.
Maybe it’s because my kids ask me umpteen times when it will make it’s appearance. Maybe it’s because I feel like I can set it up before Thanksgiving without people getting all judge-y and thinking that if I have even a hint of Christmas before turkey day I’m breaking some kind of sacred rule.
Because hot cocoa is really just winter-y right?!
Or, maybe it’s because dragging out the trees and the garlands and the lights always feels so daunting so starting with this one little area gently eases me into the season.
It’s simple and sweet…pun intended.
I don’t often get to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mother. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I did.
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As I sit hear writing to you, I am roasting a chicken in our oven early in the day so it’s ready for dinner tonight after I run some errands. Let me tell you…the aroma is totally putting me in the mood for Thanksgiving!
As a little girl I remember Thanksgiving well. My Dad did most of the cooking, and my Mom did most of the running around cleaning and preparing the odds and ends that go along with Thanksgiving dinner. I remember setting the table and writing everyone’s name on their napkin with marker. I may or may not have eaten an entire can of black olives while doing my decorating back then, but we will keep that part a secret.
It may be November, but we are getting patriotic around here in honor of Veteran’s Day! As the daughter-in-law and wife of veterans and the MOM of a United States Army soldier, anytime I can create something that honors their service, and the service of so many others, I jump at the chance!
This Saturday, November 7th, I am going to be partnering with The Home Depot, at their Buckhead, Georgia location, to celebrate our greatest heroes…American Veterans! Home Depots, by you, will be hosting a workshop where kids can create a special veteran’s day project, during the DIY Kid’s Workshop, for them to take home. Not only will our Home Depot location be creating fighter jets, they will also be helping me to create a special patriotic project that will be presented, the week of Veteran’s Day, to The Shepherd Center, a non-profit foundation committed to helping veterans recover from brain injuries and post traumatic stress syndrome. I feel so honored to be part of this celebration of service!
In the meantime, I’d like to share how YOU can create your own 3 FT BY 5 FT DIY Wooden Handprint American Flag!
It’s that time of the year again. When red, white and blue take center stage and we completely ignore the fact that the craft stores already have Christmas items on the shelves.
Because, we don’t want to rush through this season, do we? No way! This is the time when we celebrate longer days, warmer air and bare feet. And, more importantly, this is the season when we celebrate our great country and what a privilege it is to live here.
When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit. Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science.
Why limit yourself to a beaker and a test tube when you can use an empty bathtub at a friend’s house and a full bottle of shampoo? All in the name of science! So it was fitting that we celebrated her 6th birthday with a day full of messes and opportunities to blow her mind.
Ummm…yeah…please tell us that we are not the only ones who are completely and utterly shocked that Easter is THIS week! How did that happen? Wasn’t it just Christmas? For that matter, wasn’t it just last Easter??
Now granted, Easter is earlier this year than it was last year but still. These months are flying by and if you are anything like us, while you do want to enjoy celebrating these special days, you don’t want to be spending hours and hours preparing for them.
“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it’s mighty Founder was a child Himself.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet there was also something extraordinary about it.
What would seem like a lot of ‘nothing’ to some, felt like a whole lot of ‘something’ to us.