diy wine bottle tote bag {with free printable}

DIY {double} Wine Bottle Tote Bag

I love this gift and it can be used for so many people - a hostess, friend, coworker, babysitter (if they're of age!) and more. Wine is another gift that is easy to give and often well received, but can be a tad boring because it's not usually wrapped. However, by making a quick, DIY wine tote you can jazz up your wine gift giving instantly! I picked up a tote bag at the craft store for a few dollars and some printable iron transfer paper. Using PicMonkey I created the images I wanted to read more this way >>>

a christmas eve gift for children

Gift for Kids on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is an exciting night for children of all ages. This is an easy gift to get them excited and in the spirit. You can really add to it however you'd like and alter it for different ages. I took a basket that was Christmas themed and lined it with tissue paper. I then added some cozy pajamas, a holiday book, popcorn, hot cocoa and candy canes. You could also add holiday movies, small games, toys or really anything you'd like. You can make it themed or not. Either way, it's read more this way >>>

creatively gifting money

creative ways to gift money

Giving money related gifts can be awfully boring, but incredibly well received. I always like to jazz up the way I give gift cards so why not do the same with money? This was a simple solution that was easy to accomplish and didn't cost a lot in the making. Start with colored M&M's, a toilet paper tube and a jar. Put the toilet paper tube in the middle of the jar and fill the M&M's around the tube. Once filled add the money to the middle of the tube. Put the lid on, add a read more this way >>>

hot cocoa & bailey’s mason jar gift

hot cocoa & bailey's gift

Hot cocoa in a mason jar is a tried and true holiday gift, for sure. For all ages and any recipient really. It's especially great when you need multiple gifts and want to stick with a budget. It's as simple as filling a mason jar, whatever size you'd like, 3/4 of the way full with hot cocoa mix and then topping off with mini marshmallows. Using a festive ribbon I tied a Bailey's shooter around the top. You can also add a cute mug or candy canes as an added touch. And just like that you have read more this way >>>

high five for friday!

PicMonkey Collage

Happy Friday! There's only one thing to talk about new niece made her big debut this week and I am so overjoyed. She came into this world on Tuesday and I am so in love with her. I'm so thankful for this time to be with her and my sister. And I'm thankful to work for a great company that allows me the time to do so. For your viewing pleasure, the most perfect little girl, Claire Ellie. Plus a few photos of leaving for the hospital at midnight! Have a great weekend! read more this way >>>

decorative christmas votives

christmas votives

Keeping with the simple theme, this is another that'll will take you minutes to put together. It's similar to my Christmas centerpiece from earlier this week. Use can use any votive candles you have, whether they're in a holder thing (technical term) like these or not. I added a few cranberries to the bottom of each votive and then placed the candle on top. I pushed on the candle gently  to get the cranberries to fall into place. I then placed them on a tray and added sprigs from read more this way >>>

simple holiday decor {for kid rooms}

decorating a kids room for christmas

As I've mentioned a million times, I have a niece due to arrive any day now. I decided to give her nursery a little holiday touch by using things we already had on hand. I added a pre-lit christmas tree, and a small vase filled with ornaments. You can pick up all of these items at a craft store for fairly inexpensive.   I also stacked up a few holiday books to add some height to the vase. I love small decor items in kid's rooms, as long as the items are safe for littles. You can really read more this way >>>

{5 minute} christmas centerpiece

five minute christmas centerpiece

This is likely the easiest centerpiece you'll ever make. Most of the supplies you probably have in your house already. Though, if you have to purchase supplies, it should only cost you about $10 or so. I used three drinking glasses but you could use vases or mason jars as well. I filled each glass about half way full with table salt. They weren't perfectly even, but close enough. I then topped each with cranberries, almost filled to the top of the glass. I cut a few small pieces from read more this way >>>

diy holiday pom pom garland

holiday pom pom garland

In keeping with the stress free and simple theme for holiday decor this project most definitely wins the prize. Pom pom garland adds the sweetest touch to any space or celebration. It cost me a total of about $4 and adds some cheer to a holiday mantle. To make the garland I used the following: embroidery thread holiday colored pom poms yarn needle You simply thread the needle with the embroidery thread and then string the pom poms on. The pom poms stay put and slide easily so you read more this way >>>

12 days to {a stress free} holiday

12 Days to a Stress Free Holiday

Today kicks off our 12 Days of Christmas series and I'm psyched about it! This is post 1 of 2 today, so stay tuned for the second. The theme this year is Stress Free Holidays focusing on holiday decor, DIY gifts and food & drink recipes. Not sure about you guys but each year the holidays roll around, and it brings me joy, but it's also always SO stressful. And really it's not about stress. It's about being with family and friends, giving to others and enjoying the time together. This read more this way >>>