Traditional Red Tartan Plaid Christmas Tree | 2016 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Traditional Red Tartan Plaid Christmas Tree | 2016 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Traditional Red Tartan Plaid Christmas Tree - 2016 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge #Michaelsmakers The last seven weeks of the year are packed with so much wonder and excitement. There are so many things to love about this time of year! Michaels Dream Tree Challenge has become our favorite way to kick off the season. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this annual event each November and look forward to seeing all of the latest holiday ideas, trends, and inspiration. I also can't help but get excited bringing the Continue reading

Gingerbread House Decorating Party | kids graham cracker holiday houses

Gingerbread House Decorating Party | kids graham cracker holiday houses

Gingerbread House Decorating Party - kids graham cracker holiday houses #snackpackmixins | This shop is #sponsored by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. The story and opinions read here are entirely my own ~ #SnackPackMixIns For many families, the age-old tradition of decorating a gingerbread house is a staple of the holiday season. Captivating miniature works of art - mounds of icing and sugared candies - creativity only limited to the imagination. Over the years we have turned this traditional family affair into a fun-filled celebration, Continue reading

Winter Hot Chocolate Bar | holiday entertaining

Winter Hot Chocolate Bar | holiday entertaining

Winter Hot Chocolate Bar - Holiday Entertaining | This shop is #sponsored by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. The story and opinions read here are entirely my own ~ #BigLots #BIGSeason Although winter is still a couple weeks away, that gentle chill in the air has already begun to turn a bit bitter.  The fall and winter months are a natural match for everything warm, comforting, and cozy.  Whether we are enjoying the festive outdoor activities of the season, or welcoming guests coming in from the cold, a Hot Chocolate Bar has become an Continue reading

Christmas Table Setting Ideas | refreshed holiday decor #michaelsmakers

Christmas Table Setting Ideas | refreshed holiday decor #michaelsmakers

Christmas Table Setting Ideas | refreshed holiday decor #michaelsmakers It's really hard resisting the urge to purchase new holiday decor this time of year. Even though I have several containers packed full of decorations, I still catch myself browsing the seasonal aisles in hopes of finding something different and exciting. As much as I love refreshing my home with brand new items, it can be tough justifying those purchases with so many items in storage. This month Michaels challenged the Michaels Makers blogging team to come up with some Continue reading

Pancake Bar Party | simple breakfast & brunch recipes

Pancake Bar Party | simple breakfast & brunch recipes

Pancake Bar Party | simple breakfast & brunch recipes | This shop is #sponsored by #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. The story and opinions read here are entirely my own ~ #12DaysofPancakes It's that time of year again to start planning our holiday parties and get togethers. There are so many special people in our lives that we love to celebrate the season with - though so little time. The four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to fly by so quickly. Traditionally, I've always hosted evening get togethers, though this year Continue reading

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree | 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree | 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Black and White Plaid Buffalo Check Christmas Tree ~ 2015 Michaels Dream Tree Challenge #michaelsmakers Once November arrives, I get pretty excited thinking about the last 8 weeks of the year. Thanksgiving and Christmas, intimate gatherings and frivolous soirees, thoughtful gifts and selfless giving. There are so many things to love about this time of year and for me it all begins by filling our home with the magic of the season. As a member of the Michaels Makers Blogging Team, November marks the month of the Dream Tree Continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark Recipe | I'm always looking for simple handmade gifts that can be put together quite quickly - especially gifts that I can have, on- hand, for hostess gifts or unexpected visitors during the holidays. Today I have an easy bark recipe to share that takes just minutes to whip up and requires just a few key ingredients. The best thing about chocolate bark is that it can customized with just about any toppings you have available in your pantry. Cookies, candy, candy canes - you can't really go wrong crushing Continue reading

Maryland Flag Christmas Tree in honor of Pathfinders for Autism | #christmasinthecommunity

Maryland Flag Christmas Tree in honor of Pathfinders for Autism | #christmasinthecommunity

Maryland Flag Christmas Tree in honor of Pathfinders for Autism #christmasinthecommunity | Our holiday season was extra special this year as we had the opportunity to take part in Christmas Tree Market's Christmas in the Community Campaign. Christmas Tree Market selected thirteen bloggers across the United States to participate in sharing the beauty of the season by giving them the chance to give back to organizations within their communities. We choose an organization very near and dear to our heart - Pathfinders for Autism. Pathfinders Continue reading

Gift Wrapping Ideas | nine easy gift toppers #michaelsmakers

Gift Wrapping Ideas | nine easy gift toppers #michaelsmakers

Gift Wrapping Ideas - nine easy gift toppers #michaelsmakers | The holidays are all about giving and nothing makes me more excited this time of year than the anticipation of handing out gifts. I love the whole entire process. I really enjoy putting some thought and meaning into each gift we give, so for me, the wrapping presentation is just as important as the special present inside. The Michaels Makers Blogging Team theme for December is all about creative holiday gifts and wrapping - so today I'll be sharing some gift wrapping Continue reading

Printable Handmade Holiday Tags | bake, craft, sew series

Printable Handmade Holiday Tags | bake, craft, sew series

Printable Handmade Holiday Tags - Bake, Craft, Sew Series | Today I'm over at Your Homebased Mom joining Leigh Anne, Mique, and Cindy for this year's Bake, Craft, Sew Handmade Holiday Series. I just adore the holidays and love everything about this time of year - especially giving little gifts to all of the special people in our life. Each year I like to make and keep a few extra handmade gifts on hand - and this series always has some wonderful ideas! This year I'm sharing an incredibly easy recipe for Chocolate Bark. I made ours with Continue reading