Tag Archives: Holidays

Christmas Cards Made Easy

A long time ago before I was married and had children, sending Christmas cards to friends and family was no big deal.  The entire process took about 20 minutes.

Seventeen years and two children later, I find that the whole Christmas card routine is a much bigger ordeal.  And, yes, I do mean “ordeal.”

Up until a few years ago, I wrote a letter to friends updating them on all of our family happenings.  I took pictures of the kids, had photo cards made then tracked down current addresses while my husband fiddled on the computer to create a mail merge from his spreadsheet to mailing labels.  It always took a few tries to get the labels to line up just right so that was a job in and of itself.  When everything was good to go, we stuffed and sealed what seemed like a million envelopes and then put a stamp on them before they finally landed in the mail box.  See what I mean?  Ordeal.

Then last year, I teamed up with Minted.com for my Christmas cards and let me tell you, they changed my life!

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Well, not really but they simplified the process and that was a big deal!   (more…)


How to Make the Perfect Bow

I don’t know about you, but it takes me a long time to decorate my house for the Christmas season.  

I can’t just put everything in the same place as the year before.  Well, yes, I do put a few things in the same spots, but I always change things up a little. It’s what makes it fun to me!  Besides, who can remember each year where something went? Not me! 

This year I seem to be changing things up more than usual.  I’m fluffing and adjusting things trying to figure out how I want everything to look.

As a result, I am adding a lot of ribbon and making several bows.  I love how festive all the ribbon makes everything look.  It’s a simple way to add a little flair inexpensively.

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Friends and readers often ask me how I make my bows so I thought today would be the perfect time to share a quick video tutorial with you: (more…)


Creating a Fall Tablescape Without Breaking the Bank

One of my favorite things about fall is that it marks the beginning of the holiday cooking and entertaining season.  Yes, it can be a lot of work, but I just love welcoming family and friends in to our home to sit around the table and break bread together.  (Not to mention the fact that I love the food!)

Creating a beautiful fall tablescape is just one way I like to make my home feel cozy and welcoming.  But, let’s be real…it can get expensive buying floral arrangements, cloth napkins and matching place settings for every single occasion — especially if you want each table you set to be unique and creative.

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You’ll notice in my tablescape posts that I use a lot of the same things over and over again.   There’s a reason for that.  As much as I’d like to buy new for every table setting I create, it’s just too pricey and impractical so I try to create welcoming tables buying as little as possible. (more…)


Share it One More Time Inspiration Party #51

Happy Saturday, friends!  I am so happy it’s the weekend — things are busy, busy, busy with the school year now in full swing and the hub of all the activities in which my kids are active.  Life is hectic around here and sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going.

And, as a result, I’ve made the difficult decision to step down from co-hosting this weekly link party.  It has truly been an honor to be a part of this inspiration party — to get to know more of you talented bloggers who link up each week and to partner with this caring and creative Share it One More Time team.  

Going forward, I will post a link on my sidebar to Tammy and Barb’s blogs as they continue to co-host this party so if you forget and come here in error, you can easily click over to One More Time Events or The Everyday Home to link up your projects/decor/recipes.  

Thank you so much for coming here every Saturday — I have truly enjoyed being a part of this group!

Now — let’s get started on this week’s party!

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Welcome back to another Share it One More Time Inspiration Party #51

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Share it One More Time Link Party #10

Happy Saturday!

It’s time for another Share it One More Time Link Party!

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 Time is flying by and I’ve been dashing around trying to get a lot done in a short amount of time.  Anyone else feeling that way?

Nonetheless, I was able to get together with some great bloggers share a beautiful round-up of Christmas decor ideas.

Christmas decor ideas You can see that post here.

 

Now, let’s hear from this week’s party host! 

 

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