Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Advent Calendar

Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the twinkle lights and the coco, the cozy nights in and the corny movies, I just love it all. Every year I make a list of all the winter activities I want us to do leading up to Christmas, but as with most "to do" lists it gets pushed aside, and before I know it all the presents have been opened and we're packing up the tree. So to change this, I started making us an advent calendar. Scott and I split up the month and write a Christmas activity to do each day, this way we have a whole month filled up with holiday surprises. I thought I would share how I made our advent calendar this year since it's pretty cute!

What you'll need:
25 glass ornaments
paint pens
fake snow

*I used small sized glass globe ornaments which worked fine, but a larger size would be a lot easier to work with!

Start by putting the fake snow inside the ornaments with a funnel, you could also use tinsel or glitter if you prefer. Then use the paint pens to write out the days on each ornament, I used the gold pen to add some decoration and color. 

Then comes the fun part, think up all of the daily activities for the month and write them out on little scrolls of paper. I taped these up so that they wouldn't unroll inside the ornament and become impossible to get out...yes I had to get one stuck to find this out! After you add in all of the paper scrolls you can decorate the tree with all of the ornaments. 

Now comes the hardest part...waiting for December 1st! Happy Holidays!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Property Scaity

In our new apartment we have a spare room that up until now was working full-time as a junk room...most people just have a junk drawer, but we take it up a notch with an entire room. It is home to out of season clothing, empty boxes and a few things that have yet to be unpacked. Since we are having some visitors in the next few weeks we thought what better motivation to get this room in tip top shape. 

We talked about how we want this room to function and realized that most weeks out of the year this room will be guest free so it mainly needs to work for us and then the occasional visitor. This made getting a daybed over a full size bed an easy choice, it was the Hannah Montana of options...the best of both worlds. It can function as a couch when it's just me reading or working and when we have guests it can be a bed, with an additional pull out trundle bed.

I came up with a few room designs, and we ended up agreeing on this one. One design I came up with had a unicorn head to hang on the wall, that got a quick veto from Scott. Luckily it made the fox pillow look very cozy in comparison. Hopefully we will have the big pieces all set up in the next few weeks. Then I just have to work on sneaking a unicorn head in here...I'll keep you updated.

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Friday, September 12, 2014


These songs have been playing in my head all week, especially the Taylor Swift one... I've even caught Scott singing it! 

1. Shake It Off - Taylor Swift (I may also be mildly obsessed with the music video!)
2. Stolen Chance - Milky Chance
3. The Galway Girl - Steve Earle
4. Snap Out Of It - Arctic Monkeys
5. Just One Drink - Jack White

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Albus Mac

Al is the littlest one in the family and also the messiest. He likes shoes about as much as I do, except he prefers to eat them and I prefer to wear them. He loves to hide in the bathtub and would prefer to sleep on the coffee table if we'd let him. He's the funniest guy around and makes our family feel complete...even Fender agrees.

He's been asking for a wand, but Yoda will have to do for now.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fender Nox

Meet Fender, he is the most handsome pup I've ever seen. He likes leaves more than squirrels and could play with a shadow for hours on end. He loves to snuggle and sleeps with his head on a pillow in the exact middle of the bed. He is a crazy little guy and we love him so much!

Also, those puppy dog eyes are his specialty.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Is In The Air

Fall is my favorite time of year, and even though technically it is still summer, I can't help but get excited. I love the chilly breeze, apple cider, colorful leaves and pumpkin flavored everything. I also have an obsession with boots and scarves, so the cooler weather really agrees with my wardrobe. I've decided to make a bucket list of sorts for this fall. We know next to nothing about our town, literally I know how to get to work and how to get to Target, and that's about it. So it'd be a lot of fun to find some new places, not to mention driving around here is just about the prettiest thing ever with all of the trees and rolling hills (or maybe they're mountains, I'm not sure)

1. Go to the cider mill
2. A crunchy leaf walk with the pups
3. Lots of pumpkin and apple flavored drinks and sweets
4. Decorate pumpkins
5. Get some new tall boots
6. Cook some autumn meals
7. Eat a lot of Halloween candy (somehow I don't think that will be difficult)
8. Dye my hair darker
9. Do at least one of my pinned fall projects
10. Get cute costumes for the pups

This BuzzFeed article is spot on, considering almost my entire list is on there. And I agree, my favorite color is October.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

You're Golden

Our first anniversary has come and gone but I still have a few more posts to do on our wedding. It's been a year since then, but I am still obsessed with how pretty it was and how much I really ended up loving all of the little details.

One of the DIY projects that I had my heart set on were gold animal place card holders. I searched around and found lots of tutorials and ideas on how to make them. We took a few tips and tricks from different tutorials and did what worked best for us. We bought the animals at a local party store and then cut them all in half. Then we painted them with craft paint by hand... I wouldn't recommend painting them by hand, it took us F-O-R-E-V-E-R! Once it started getting a little too close for comfort to our wedding date and they still weren't done we enlisted the help of our friends, they were awesome.

After they were painted we glued mini magnets on the each side, so they would be able to hold our guests' place cards . Our wedding coordinator then placed an animal with the place card at each of our guests' seats. It all looked so magical and enchanting, if I do say so myself!

We made sure to save some for ourselves so we could use them as magnets at home. My brother and sister also may have gotten a few extra at our wedding, so they had enough of them to make an appearance at last years Thanksgiving dinner.

This was our invite, my friend Molly painted the picture and she did such a great job. I love little Fender! (check our her blog!)

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