Looking Back at 2014: 10 Favorite Projects

When is Thanksgiving next year? Has anyone checked? Because it was far too late this year, and I feel like the Christmas season got all compressed in an unpleasant way, causing me to feel rushed while it was happening, and emotionally overwhelmed when it was over. I took the ornaments off the tree today and nearly had a breakdown looking … Continue reading

Recapping Christmas, 2014

I know I said stuff about not being back until after the 1st, but it looks like I lied. I just can’t stay away! I’m going to do all the end of the year kind of posts this week, because I have other exciting things to talk about next week. I mean, not THAT exciting. Just new things that have … Continue reading

Squirrel Chairs!

Just an FYI before I get to the squirrel chairs: this will be my last post of 2014. I decided to take my first ever break from blogging (I mean, since I started this blog anyway) while Dave’s out for winter break. (I looked back at the week after Abe was born, and I posted FIVE times in those seven … Continue reading

Dino-Christmas! Make Ornaments from Plastic Animals

Last year, I spray painted a bunch of plastic dinosaurs to use for our Advent calendar. If there’s one thing that experience taught me, it’s that nothing screams “CHRISTMAS!!!!!” like glittery blue dinosaurs: So this year I knew the dinosaurs needed a place in the Christmas spotlight again, even though they were displaced from their Advent calendaring job by our … Continue reading

Hot Cocoa Station with Upcycled Vintage Santa Tray

Setting up our hot cocoa station has been the first activity on our Advent calendar two years in a row now (which means it won’t be much of a surprise if I do it again next year). The glass jars are Anchor Hocking from Target that I picked up last year. This year I made the (too big! oops!) tags … Continue reading

Sugar-Free Hot Cocoa Mix

Going into the weekend, I wasn’t sure I would be able to get a Dare to Give Handmade post up at all. Every year (you know, all three of them that I’ve been linking up with Dare to DIY), this is the hardest week for me. I guess maybe it says something about my character that I don’t have any … Continue reading

A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour

Whoo hoo! Christmas Tour post day is here! I love Christmas! And, because of this love of Christmas, I’m excited to be joining in on the A Very Merry Christmas Home Tour, hosted by Carrie at Lovely, Etc. More than 30 bloggers have participated, with tours posted throughout the week. If you’ve landed here from one of the other blogs … Continue reading

20 Gift Ideas for the Discerning Teen

    *post contains affiliate links I almost said Gift Ideas for the Difficult teen up there, but I decided that wasn’t really fair. It’s not Ari’s fault he has such good taste that he doesn’t like most things. Last year the only post like this I did was for older babies/young toddlers, but this year I decided to take … Continue reading

Dare to Entertain: This Year’s Woodland Animal Holiday Table

It’s Dare to Entertain week at the Dare to DIY link party, hosted this week by Michelle at Decor and the Dog! Today you get another post that’s mostly pictures and not nearly as many millions of words as I usually throw in, for three reasons: 1. We were really busy daring to entertain my in-laws all last week 2. … Continue reading