Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Gingerbread House Secret

I've made one proper gingerbread house from scratch in my lifetime and that was enough for me. Since then, I'm all about the kits (bout the kits, no baking) and hot gluing the suckers together so the walls don't fall down. 
Trust me. No one will know the difference. 
If any hot glue drips down, then you've made icicles. Bonus!
Know going in that it will get messy. Take a deep breath, roll up your sleeves, and grab a tube of icing. The fun and memories will outweigh the mess. (Which applies to most everything, right?)
It's also a good way to get rid of lingering Halloween candy. 

To you and me this looks like a hot mess, but to the kids it's a masterpiece and that's what counts. 

Happy Gingerbreading!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to making the right decision of seeing the "kid friendly" version of The Nutcracker yet again this year. One day these Nuts will be ready for the real thing!

Here's to my little gymnast completing another session and earning another pin.

Here's to my math lover, double checking the cash register's math in the car after using his own money to buy a Christmas present for Vaughn. 

Here's to checking off a few more steps on Vaughn's stocking. That beaded garland on the tree? It will be the death of me. And my cramped hands. 

Here's to Winter Break and getting the blessed class parties over with today. Listen for the celebratory wah-hooing! around 12:30 this afternoon. 

And a bonus 6th picture! Here's to Santa (and to the local firemen that put this on each year) making a visit to our street. The kids look forward to this every year! 

What are you toasting to tonight?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vintage Flair

There's a new site that has been recently brought to my attention and I'm borderline hooked on it. Have you heard of Chairish? If not, it's a site where you can buy and sell vintage furniture, decor, and accessories. Think virtual estate sale. To make it even better, the items for sale must be approved, which means you just see the good stuff. 

I like to mix new and vintage items in a room because it's a great and easy way to add interest. Above are a few things that I found from the Chairish site that I'd love to mingle into my own space. 

So, tell me! What's your favorite vintage piece in your home? (My favorites are mid-century modern lamps that are white, ginger pot shaped, and feature bamboo details.)

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

No Chimney? No Problem! Leave Santa a Magic Key

No chimney? No problem! Ease those curious minds by leaving a magical key on the front door so Santa can let himself in on Christmas Eve.

Click HERE for the printable and print it out on the paper of your choice.

Cut along the edges of the tag,  punch a hole, 

and attach a key using ribbon, string, or twine. I found my magical key at a craft store.

Have your little one hang it on the outside door on Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Friday 5! It's Back!

It's been awhile, but it's time for the Friday 5 again! Here's 5 simple things from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to storm? Yes! This storm's silver lining was that the kids and I enjoyed the day in our jammies watching endless Christmas movies.

Here's to Target's $1 Spot once again. I'm going to use these to attach name tags to Christmas presents this year. 

Here's to making some headway on Vaughn's stocking. 

Here's to my tiny dancer starting classes again this week. 

What are you toasting to tonight?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Ice Storm!

Patio ice skating, anyone?
I had many plans today and none involved school being cancelled due to an ice storm. I had zero knowledge of even a chance for this and here I am now, iced inside with the kids, and no salsa...or juice, and only one egg, which makes it hard to have quiche for dinner and to make cookies, like I promised the kids we'd do after school today. They didn't know about the quiche, but it might be divine intervention since they didn't dig it the last time I sprung it on them.

At least I'll be home to celebrate one of the holiest of holidays, Cyber Monday. My email is buzzing with deals and hopefully I'll be able to get some shopping done today!

(Look at that! One day after NaBloPoMo and I'm still going. Who would have thought?!)

Happy December 1st! Question of the day - how's your weather?

Sunday, November 30, 2014

30 Days Down

Look at that! November 30th already. Last day of NaBloPoMo.

I feel as if I should finish this thing off with something deep and meaningful, like how it's changed me as a writer, but who has the time for that? Not this chica! It's the end of the day and I have zero desire to be on my computer right now. I just put one kid to bed, the other one is on his way, and I'm ready catch up on some TV with Justin.

What I do know, and this daily posting has reinforced, is what writing habits and environments work best for me. (Dead quiet and early mornings!) When those two things don't happen and I'm forced to squeeze it in, I struggle and the end result is blah.

Where do we go from here? I'll keep you on your toes with my regular, non-regular posting. I'll also be working away on Vaughn's new stocking. I know it doesn't look like much, but what you see has taken me many hours. It's definitely a love/hate relationship. Of course there's more that I'm working on but if I tell you now, we'll have nothing to talk about later on!

Until then! 


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