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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Inspiration Monday

We're so happy you're here to join us for some inspiration at this week's party. Today's party is full of some lovin' from the oven...all perfect for your holiday baking! Preheat to 350 and enjoy the party. ;)

Welcome to the popular Inspiration Monday Party! Come visit and be inspired with fabulous home decor, crafts, recipes and more!
Have you started any holiday baking, yet? We've done a few favorite recipes here and there, but can't wait to really get our baking going once the kids are out for school. Today's features are sure to make our baking list a bit longer. 
This week's selection of cookie features were selected by our hostess, Laura, from Inspiration for Moms. Check out all of the deliciousness below.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Travel Tea Bag Caddy

This Travel Tea Bag Caddy and its shop have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias

I made a travel tea bag caddy for all of my tea-loving family members for Christmas. These make great gifts...and I made one for myself, too. Because I just can't travel without my tea, y'all.
Travel Tea Bag Caddy | Sew this sweet little "tea wallet" to take your tea bags along every where you go.
Do you travel with tea? I have to. I feel like it's bringing a small comfort of home with me. I've made a friend or two on an airplane when I share one of my bags of tea...flight attendants are always happy to bring a hot cup of water for steeping a bag. This little travel tea bag caddy keeps me well stocked with my bags of Bigelow (and a couple of my sweeteners...since I use a kind that isn't always readily available). See how to make one of these below (your tea-loving friends will adore these!).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Gallery Wall

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I've always wanted a holiday gallery wall. I tend to go all out with Christmas decor, why not add to the fun with the artwork, too? I worked with my friends at Minted to put together the festive new wall art in the living area. Check it out below.

Holiday Gallery Wall Ideas
I have always displayed Christmas cards from friends as artwork throughout the season. I wanted to expand on that this year. While I love our flea market gallery wall that usually hangs in here, it didn't coordinate with the direction this room took this year with our bright and bold mantel. This new holiday gallery wall helped to pull the entire space together and added such a playful touch.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fabric Gift Bags

These Fabric Gift Bags and their shop have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC. All opinions are mine alone. #SweetnessToShare #CollectiveBias

It's fabric gift bag week here on the blog (or so it seems, right?). Today's tutorial is for these fun bottle-sized bags that have ribbons to tie them closed. They're so versatile and lined, too. Check out the tutorial below.

Lined Fabric Gift Bags are perfect for gifting this season...and resemble a fun Santa sack!
I struggle with mom guilt, y'all. I am kind of an extreme introvert and, well, a bit of a workaholic, too. Because of this, I'm not a room mom, or a team mom, or a school volunteer. Don't get me wrong, I'm at all of my kids' activities, etc., but I hung up the PTA hat a few years ago. I tend to compensate by buying my kids' teachers and the other volunteers of their school and organizations fun gifts year round (and especially this time of the year). It somewhat serves as a way to ease my guilt...plus, let's face it, who doesn't love a nice treat? It's a nice way to say thank you. I put together gifts for everyone with my load of mom guilt hanging over my head. These fun fabric gift bags are filled with the cutest MARS® Celebrations® candy-filled bottles...they're for my youngest's dance teachers. He's been in hip hop classes for three years, but I may or may not be the mom who sits in her car in the parking lot during rehearsals. To actually say thanks face-to-face, I feel like I better not come in empty-handed, right? These candy-filled bottles are perfection for this. See how I made their fabric gift bags below.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Snowman Honey Jars

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These Snowman Honey Jars are going to make great gifts for my neighbors this year. This is a fun little Christmas craft that is perfect for all ages. Plus, the contents are delicious.

Snowman Honey Jars are a fun and easy holiday craft for all ages. Makes a cute teacher or neighbor gift.
I like to give little gifts to our neighbors every holiday season. Since moving here a year and a half ago, we have realized the folks on our street are truly the best. Everyone is kind and thoughtful...and brings our trash cans up to our house when we forget (doh!). These sweet lil' Snowman Honey Jars are perfect as holiday gifts for neighbors (or teachers, co-workers, friends, etc.). Long after the Christmas season is over, the delicious Don Victor® Honey will be there for their treats and teas. See how to make these below.