December 12, 2014

5 Ways to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget

Christmas is my most favorite holiday. I tend to love the season more than the actual day. This season always feels so magical and full of promise. Aaron and I are both currently job hunting and with money being tight, we wanted to try to decorate on a budget, as well as with a handmade touch!

1. Garland
Garland is so simple and cheap to make, it can be used in so many different ways to spice up your home for the holidays. I went to Michaels with a coupon and was able to get a bunch of red, green and white felt for next to nothing. I put on one of my favorite Christmas movies, made some hot chocolate and cut strips of felt, which I then simply tied around a piece of yarn to make a garland runner for the dining room table.

2. Use those holiday cards you get! 
Giving and receiving holiday cards are probably one of my favorite things about the season. I have a tough time every year picking one out and this year was no different. I order our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints this year and it took me about a week to narrow down my choice and finally pick one. Their selection is just beautiful and adorable. I am so happy with how they came out. But what do I do with all of my holiday cards? Well normally I just put them on the fridge but I felt like it was time to get a little more creative and display all the wonderful cards (including our own!)
I made a card wreath and I originally had it on the wall, but it looks so much better as a centerpiece at our table. Now everyone can admire the cards!
Can you find our Christmas card from Tiny Prints in there?!
All you need is some double sided tape and the cards you received in the mail! The best part is you can make it as small or as big as you want depending on the amount of cards you have received.

3. Candles
Nothing says warm and cozy like candles. This is probably my favorite winter/holiday decor because you get both a nice scent and that warm glow in the house. We have candles EVERYWHERE, seriously I have a bad candle addiction. You can get candles almost anywhere and dress them up for the holidays with a cute topper or simply put a holiday colored candle in a simple glass holder to add some color. We have an adorable topper on the kitchen table and my favorite silver reindeer holder on the dining room table.

4. Candy
Holiday candy and cookies, is there anything better? I could eat anything peppermint for days and peanut butter cookies with the Hershey kisses in the middle, those are my most favorite. Why not pick up a festive bowl to throw some of that candy in, it adds such a nice festive touch to any table.
5. Decorate the door
Wreaths are such wonderful decorations for the season. If you are looking for something you could use year after year, rather than forking out money for one each year, why not make your own! I used some yarn, a foam core, a sparkly bow and some sequined balls for this one. Simple wrap the yarn around the foam and use some hot glue to decorate it! Simple and wallet friendly. Plus, you can just pack it away and take it out again next year!
I feel like the season is flying by, I am doing my best to soak up every single day and cherish this time. Have you decorated for the holidays yet?

December 2, 2014

Hello, December.

December is here! It is crazy to me that we are already in December and about to be approaching a new year. If you asked me a year ago if I thought my life would look like it does now, I would have said no. So much has changed this year and we are definitelyW in an area of transition. We just made the move from our apartment in Portsmouth to my moms house. As we job hunt and try to save up some money she graciously offered us to stay with her. We are happy to have a place to stay, but will certainly miss our place in Portsmouth. I am hoping we can unpack in the next few days so I can fully enjoy the Christmas season, it is my favorite!!

I wanted to share a few posts that will be popping up the next few days, I've got some good ones lined up!

+ How to decorate for Christmas on a budget
+ A 2014 Project Life wrap up
+ The plan for 2015
+ December Daily updates

Even with all the chaos of life lately, I am excited for this season and this month.

Bring it on, December!

November 14, 2014

why I love blogging & a life update

Blogging lately has been a struggle. I've been enjoying my time with Aaron, my family, and my friends that it just has not been a top priority. I miss it & this morning it kind of hit me. This whole blogging thing, people don't tend to get it, but this morning I found that spark I have needed these past couple months, the spark that gets me back to this space, the spark that gets the words out of my head and into their own little space. So why do I love it so much? Because its such a great memory keeping tool. This morning I went back to this time last year, I wanted to remember how I felt around November 14th last year & I wanted to know what we were doing around this time last year. 

Was I not adjusting to the time change? Because I certainly am not this year.

Did I feel sad that the holidays were approaching and I felt like it was all passing by too fast? Because we haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet this year and I feel like life is so busy its hard to soak in the magic and goodness of this season. 

Were we packing to move? Or had we not decided on an apartment yet? Because right now our lease is up at the end of the month and we haven't started packing.

I love being able to look back, I love reading about the moments big and small. My favorite are the real life moments that I wrote strait from the heart. I blog as a creative outlet & as a way to remember the good and the bad. 

So what does life look like right now? 

It looks like a chaotic mess. 
We didn't resign our lease and it ends at the end of this month. We are currently working on a plan for our living situation.
We also are both working crazy hours and job hunting at the same time. We should be packing, but I seriously have no motivation for it. 
We are listening to Christmas music and enjoying every second of it. 
We are soaking in our last few week in Portsmouth, we love it and I am SO sad to be leaving. 
We are hoping 2015 brings jobs we love, a home we love, and the ability to settle down for more than a year in some place.