Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Decor by Home Bloggers

How are you doing friends?  Has this week been crazy for you too?  The last full week before Christmas has been jam packed over here with training workouts, classroom parties, karate finals, prepping for in-laws, cooking, cleaning, volunteer activities, and shopping!  Oh, the shopping.  As much as I love gift-giving (truly I do), so much buying all at once can be overwhelming.  And we're not even done yet!  Are you with me?  Are you done or do you have more to do?  I plan to finish up over the weekend so I can be done by Monday and really start relaxing!  And I better be, Christmas is next Thursday already!  Today is my son's last day of school until JANUARY 6 and we'll be going to church together this morning and then having a small party in his classroom.  This afternoon, the grandparents arrive and we're preparing a nice home-cooked meal for them tonight with other treats planned throughout the week.  Let the festivities begin!

In lieu of this week's Weekend Steals & Deals post, I'd rather share some of the gorgeous Christmas decor I've been seeing all across blogland lately. You're okay with a quick respite from shopping to look at pretty home pictures, right?! ;) It feels like, this year especially, there is so much creativity and simply beautiful Christmas home decor to be admired.  

I gathered some of my favorites (no way to include them all!) from my blog reader.  Honestly, I had a hard time choosing just one picture to share from each blog.  Please visit the links if you like what you see- this is just a wee bit of their full posts!  There's so much more at the original blog and bloggers love you to visit them directly!  I'm (still) so thankful for bloggers who open up their homes so that we get to peek in!  I'll be sharing more of our Christmas decor with you on Monday. 

Jen | With Heart
Isn't Jen's living room so bright and festive!  Go for it with those big ornaments!

Courtney | A Thoughtful Place
I'd love to take a holiday nap in Courtney's bedroom while the fresh air breezes in.  Is that weird?

Cassie | Hi Sugarplum
Leave it to Cassie to bring the Christmas energy with bright pops of color.  Pink and red and a  favorite combo of mine.

Emily | Emily A. Clark
Emily makes simple simply beautiful.  

Kristin, I love the pink satin ribbon hanging from your tree!  She always adds that unexpected touch.  And, YES, to disco ball ornaments! 

One of my favorite Canadian bloggers!  

How cute is this set up?!  And you know Jennifer makes those little kid club chairs right?  The one pictured here inspired her future creations. 

Kristin | Bliss At Home
Girly and glam all the way! 

Having had the pleasure of meeting Lucy this year, I can tell you her talent and genuineness is for real. 

Caitlin | Desert Domicile 
Caitlin is another cutie and I adore her whimsicial decor. 

Jen made that glittery red reindeer art and you can see how to make gold foil art at this post too. 

Such a cute way to display your cards Sarah!

Chris | Just A Girl
Metallics and greens look lovely together.  

Carmel | Our Fifth House
Carmel always delights with bold choices.  How about her cool white tree in the dining room?!

I seriously drool over everything Gwen does.  No exception above. 

Ah!!!!  That was nice!! I'll update my HWH Facebook page this weekend with any super deals I find while finishing up my Christmas shopping.  

I have a new post up at Honey We're Healthy too.  I'm sharing my 5 month post-bikini contest recap.  

Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday - Flats, Hats, Boots, and Scarves on Sale

As much as I'm a heels and wedges kind of girl, sometimes I just can't do it.  If I know I'm going to be doing a lot of running around, I'll wear flats and I always keep a pair in the car just in case.  I want to be comfortable and for my feet not to be killing me at the end of the day.  Until lately, the flats in my car were flip-flops, but it's too cold for that now.    

Today, I'm teaming up with Sole Society to share some of their adorable flats with you, which, by the way, are 40% off right now.  Their boots are also 40% off and hats and scarves are 30% off so you don't have to break the bank to look good.  You also don't have to sacrifice style for comfort. I remember working full-time and wanting to look nice, but putting on a pair of heels would be torture some days.  They would be slipped off under my desk as soon as I hit the chair.  I'd love to wear these to work or keep some comfy and cute flats at the office in case of emergency. :)  So many styles to choose from!  And all of these below are under $40.
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Below, I'm wearing the leopard print Kailista. Leopard print never goes out of style in my opinion and just a little goes a long way toward transforming an otherwise plain outfit into something special.  

I'm wearing this ring set too, but you can't see it very well in my picture.  It's getting dark so early here- but at least you get so see some of my hubby's Christmas light handiwork in the background! ;) 

And here are #17, the bright red Aamira.   A pop of color of your feet never hurt anyone.  

Sole Society also has scarves and accessories, and I adore this fair aisle lightweight scarf.  

You may have seen the scarf below everywhere you look this season, but that's because it's so dang cute!  I don't have it, but it would make a great Christmas gift!

It's the perfect time to take advantage of Sole Society's 40% off boots sale.  

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I'm a huge fan of hats for bad hair days or just for a different look.  The knitted beanie is my go-to for cold weather.  Too bad I didn't have this in time for our trip last weekend!

Hope y'all are staying warm! 

Thanks to Sole Society for sponsoring today's post and for keeping our feet comfy and cute! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Decor at Our House

This year, our holiday decor is taking place rather s-l-o-w-l-y.  I pulled out all of our Christmas bins, but so far, less than half have been unpacked.  The bits that did get unpacked or a few purchased new this year are making our home feel special for the holidays.  

My son is obsessed with the countdown to Christmas this year, so he loves our homemade Advent calendar and things like this nutcracker that lets him actively count down the days until Christmas.  He pulls the nutcracker down everyday as soon as he gets home from school and changes the wooden blocks to reflect how many more days.  

Our coffee station in the kitchen is what greets me each morning, so this festive little set up with the red berry wreath, red lacquer try and coffee mugs is a happy spot.  

Every year, we display a nativity scene and the one we've used in years past is awesome, but it's really large and takes up a lot of space. For a change, I like the small, simple wooden nativity scene with just a star, baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary.  I've got it nestled in a wooden tray with faux snow.  

Our 'drop zone' table got festive with a mini tree, sparkly nutcracker, fresh red roses and two garlands adorning the table.  

The red wooden star garland I picked up at World Market and they have another one that is red wooden hearts.  Super cute and different!  I just weaved this one into the faux greenery.  

In the kitchen (and the entryway), I put some faux branches and berries into my World Market vases, they are perfect because they have a small neck, so you only need a couple of branches to create a full look.  I sprayed the neck of this one gold awhile ago for bling.    

The "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" sign I picked up early this year and couldn't wait to display it!  

We're hosting Christmas dinner for 12 adults and 5 kids this year so our dining room will be put to good use! So often we don't use it, but it's right off of our entryway, so we see it all the time and I like to keep it looking pretty.  Right now, we've got a gold glittery snowflake thing happening and it's my favorite part of the house.  I'm always asked where our console table is from and it's this one but I added drawer pulls. 

Although I haven't totally planned the table yet, we'll go with a traditional theme and use this red plaid reindeer table runner.  Our table currently has the leaf in it, so if you have a shorter table, the cute burlap reindeer head would hang off the side (it's 16 x 90 inches). 

I was thinking of using a wreath and candle as the centerpiece of the table, but may change my mind before the time comes.  I loved this branch and feather wreath because I figured I could use it into the new year.  

Whenever I can, I like to incorporate candles into my decor because they give off such a nice ambiance in the evening.  And it's perfectly fine to mix metals!  We've got silver candleholders with gold candles and it looks lovely.  p.s. These 3x6 candles are on sale now 50% off (2 for $4.99).  

My Grandma sent our son a gift with instructions not to open until Christmas, so I wrapped it up and put it under our tree.  He's dying to open it now, but I told him he could open it on Christmas Eve;)  I remember always getting to unwrap one present on Christmas eve, so we'll continue that tradition here. 

Here's the other World Market vase I mentioned.  I use these throughout the year with faux branches.  I love the height they provide- this one is 18 inches tall and is sitting on our entryway table.  It looks doubley nice reflected in the mirror. 

Even though our decor is evolving slowly this year (still working on upstairs!), we are having a fun holiday season.  The kids' Christmas concert was the cutest thing ever!   Our son gets out of school next Friday for two weeks and my in-laws arrive too, so it will be fun to have a full house for a change. 


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