Christmas home tour

We have only lived here about 8 months, but we’re loving settling in for our first Christmas at our home here in the desert of Phoenix. Today I’m sharing a look inside our house to give you a peek at how we decorated for Christmas this year. Come on in! I love our simple felt (read more…)

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A peek inside our scrappy Christmas home

Welcome to our home… We’ve lived here a little over four months, and our renovations still aren’t done. Downstairs half  bath? Still looks scary. Office? Barely set up. Baseboards throughout the house? Not even close. I’ve decided to stop caring, at least for the holidays. Home renovation is a long-term process, and as much as (read more…)

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DIY gift numbering

I wasn’t an overly sneaky kid, never once did I secretly unwrap gifts for a peek! Promise. I was however an eager gift-shaker. And a great guesser. By Christmas morning I had a pretty good idea of what treasures were coming my way. So my clever Mom came up with a plan: she numbered all (read more…)

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20 favorite monthly gift subscriptions

One of my favorite gifts is a really stellar monthly subscription box that will surprise me each time with fun, unexpected things. I’m not talking about fruit or cheese of the month (though those are arguably pretty awesome in their own right) but more along the lines of toys, beauty products, handmade gifts and goods (read more…)

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Shiny Brite vintage ornaments

6 steps to a relaxed Christmas: decorate simply

You might have already decorated your house for Christmas, but we’re just now in the thick of it. Our holiday gear is sorta all over the place, having moved a few months ago, so like every year, our overall goal is “simple and sane.” I like the personal challenge of upcycling, going handmade, and otherwise (read more…)

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