Glitter Tree

We finally put our tree up on Monday. I usually have it up and fully decorated by Black Friday but I haven’t felt 100% this past week so I’m behind schedule. We live in an older apartment so there is no overhead light in the living room. I go through all of the that to say…the lighting is awful! Because the pictures didn’t turn out as I had hoped, I tried my hand at vlogging. Please try to keep the laughter to a minimum. I’m extremely awkward. Ha!
Apparently, I don’t know my animals. LOL.
Some snapshots…
I still have to make the wreath for the living room and I’d like to hang some garland. This is it for now!
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 Have you finished turning your house into a winter wonderland?


Inspiration Workshop: Holiday Tips

The prompt for this week of the Inspiration Workshop! was holiday tips and secrets. I don’t really have any tips or secrets because I’m new to the married lady thing, so i’m going to share some fun DIY projects.

I love this SO much! Mike and I are making/decorating ornaments tomorrow night, and this is on my list.

I changed my mind, here are my two “tips” (ha!):

1. Enjoy time spent with your family and friends.
2. If planning an event, remember to “roll with the punches”. You can’t plan for everything.

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Inspiration Workshop: Thanksgiving

Since I’ve been married, I have learned to compromise and split holidays between my family and Mike’s (if we don’t have a 2 person meal). When we first got engaged, I insisted on spending the holidays with my family. Period. End of discussion. We were living in the same city as his parents, so I thought that the only “fair thing” to do was to pack it up and go see my family. I was selfish. I didn’t think about his mom’s feelings at all. I was stuck on what “we” always did in Conway. There was a lot of “well, MY mom does xyz. Does YOUR mom?” *shame face*

My mom (thank God) is a sensible, caring woman so she called me a few weeks before Easter of 2009 for a “come to Jesus” meeting. She told me that she was happy that I wanted to take her feelings into account, but I needed to work more on bonding with my new family. And that included Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter dinners. You can’t continue traditions or make new ones if no one is around. I’m not going to say this is a seamless process but we’re working on it.

I love this cute, printable poster!

Chic flowers made from paper bags! Yes…paper bags.

We’re spending Thanksgiving Day at my mother-in-law’s house this year, so that means we’ll be singing karaoke.

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Does your family have a fun tradition or would you like to start a new one?



I wish that I could say my apartment had flowers in every room, but I can’t. I’ve been taken to the hospital twice because I’m extremely allergic to most flowers, so I have to look from a safe distance.

My mom got really sick a few years ago and one of the women’s groups at church gave her some beautiful Lilies. They were gor-geous! But they made me so sick, we couldn’t keep them in the house. My poor mom had to visit her flowers on the porch until I went back to school. You would think that she would go on a flower overload now that I’m out of the house…even though she has the opposite of a green thumb…but no. She has one cactus. Hmm…I may buy her a rose bush and google information on how to keep it alive.

Here are some lovelies that I’m admiring this week:

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Happy Thursday!!