i should be mopping the floor: December 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015

Free New Years Timeline Covers

These free New Years Timeline covers are the perfect touch for your profile this new year's season...and well into 2016. 

Free New Years Timeline Covers | 8 fun/inspirational designs  for your Facebook timeline | Instant Downloads
Some of these are inspirational...some just for fun! I basically just wanted to play around with cute fonts and pretty colors. I hope you enjoy these. And here's to a fabulous 2016. Grab your favorite below. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hi, friends! Hoping you all had a lovely holiday week...but the fun certainly isn't over with New Year's just around the corner. Today, at my home, we're having my entire family over to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday. I've been super excited about today for awhile...he's a pretty special guy! Hope you've had a chance to chat with and catch up with your friends and family, too. Wishing you each a wonderful 2016!

This weeks features are all about New Year's Recipes, Organizing and Decorating!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Free Printable 2016 Calendar At-a-Glance

This Free Printable 2016 Calendar At-a-Glance is a great printout for your office or kitchen.

Free Printable 2016 Calendar At-a-Glance | Instant Download | 8x10 page
Tomorrow starts my official Christmas break, y'all...or what I'm going to call "let's buckle down and finish the designs for the book that are due in a month". I'm sure it will be super relaxing and stress free. I'm going to be posting just a printable and the party from here until the end of January...just kind of to save my sanity with all that's going on with the book. 
But I can't close out the holiday fun without one last calendar to start the new year with. This one is perfect to add to a bulletin board by your desk...or in your kitchen. Download yours below.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Hey, friends! Merry, merry...it's almost here! Less than a week until Christmas. My kids and husband are off of school, but I still have a few days of work...but I really don't mind! The festiveness is everywhere and that just makes me happy. Hoping you and yours have the happiest of holidays, too. 


Friday, December 18, 2015

Free Printable Watercolor Santa Hat Gift Tags

These Free Printable Watercolor Santa Hat Gift Tags are perfect for your holiday gifting. Download, cut and attach to brown paper packages tied up with string...I'm sure it will be one of your favorite things. ;)

Free Printable Watercolor Santa Hat Gift Tags
One week, y'all. ONE WEEK. Deep breaths, anyone? No...just me? Goodness. I've got lots of fun free gift tags printed and ready...now to finish getting the gifts to tie them to! These are some of my faves...a sweet little Santa hat in watercolor. Download yours below.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Coffee and Pie Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #TryThePie #CollectiveBias

A simple Coffee & Pie Bar is perfect for all of your holiday entertaining needs. I’ve also included some free printable pie leftover covers to send pie with your guests...because who turns down leftover pie, y’all?


You guys know how much I love my little coffee station in my kitchen...it’s my hardest working area in the whole house. It brews all day and night at times. I thought it would be fun to make it into a fun Coffee and Pie Bar for the holiday entertaining season. Because...coffee and pie. AmIright?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Vintage Christmas Luncheon Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #MeAndMyTea #CollectiveBias

Put an eclectic spin on your holiday entertaining with these vintage Christmas luncheon ideas. They're a fun way to bring a casual touch to a tea party or luncheon for your friends and family. I've included free printable menu cards and tents to use at your own gathering.

Put an eclectic spin on your holiday entertaining with these vintage Christmas luncheon ideas. They're a fun way to bring a casual touch to a tea party or luncheon for your friends and family. Includes free printable menu cards, too.
Do you enjoy holiday entertaining? I love small things...like tea parties, luncheons, etc. This post has lots of fun ideas of those smaller affairs...with some easy, make-ahead tips and free printables, too. Check it all out below.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Free Printable Photo Calendar and DIY Display Board

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. 
All opinions are mine alone. #SaveYourMemories #CollectiveBias

This 2016 free Printable Photo Calendar and DIY Display Board would make a perfect holiday gift for anyone. Or just make one for yourself...who doesn't want a fun calendar and cute way to display it?

I've got 2017 calendars listed at the bottom of this post, too.

2016 Free Printable Photo Calendar and DIY Display Board | 12-month watercolor calendar perfect for your photos | Easily display on one of these boards.
I love sharing printables here on the blog, but today I'm sharing a tutorial for a DIY Display Board that you can use with all of your free printables. And I've got the calendar below for you to download, as well. Adding your own photos to it is such a fun way to personalize a gift or keepsake. 


I've got 2017 calendars listed at the bottom of this post, too.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Wowsa...only two weeks 'til the big day! How are we almost halfway through December? It's always such a busy month...I really look forward to the week of Christmas so we can slow down a bit and really enjoy the season and each other. Hope you can find some time to slow down a bit, too.





Friday, December 11, 2015

Free Christmas Tree Chalk Printable & Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

This Free Christmas Tree Chalk Printable is available for download below.
We're also got a $25 Amazon Card Giveaway for you, too.

This free Christmas Tree Chalk Printable is a fun addition to your holiday decor. It's an 8x10 chalkboard print (just print onto regular paper and the chalkboard background is already built in). Grab one for yourself below. 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gifts for Everyone with Free Printable Gift Tags

This blog post was sponsored by Godiva but the opinions are all my own. #GiftGodiva

Today, I'm sharing some easy and thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. They're perfect for last minute presents that still warm the heart (and tummy!). I'm also sharing some free printable gift tags for all of your holiday gifting needs.

Gifts for Everyone with Free Printable Gift Tags
Today marks exactly 15 days until Christmas. I give you permission to have a small freak out. Are you ready? Yeah, me either. BUT, I did cross off five names from my list with a quick trip to Target (since I'm there at least once a week anyway...they miss me when I'm not). Check out these easy gift ideas, a great Cartwheel offer, and free printable gift tags below.

Monday, December 7, 2015

2015 Christmas Home Tour

I've brought a quirky, vintage vibe into our decor this year. 
Come check out our 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

Fun and eclectic Christmas home tour with loads of vintage charm.
I've added a lot of homemade signs, crafts, and a few junk store finds to this year's decor. 
Check it all out below.>>>

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Inspiration Monday

Heyyyyyy, friend! It's our favorite day of the week. Kick back with a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy LOADS of inspiration from all over the blogosphere. We've even got a SPECIAL treat for you below, too...like to the tune of one hundred big ones! ;)

Giving a Meaningful Gift this Season

We're shifting gears a bit and giving a meaningful gift this season. 
Check out how you can, too.

Y'all, I'm going to be a bit of a mess throughout this post, so just bear with me, k? Sometimes I look around and wonder, "Why are we blessed? Why not everyone?" While I certainly can't answer these questions, I can start a conversation with my own kiddos with how to help others that aren't as fortunate. This year, we're changing up Christmas a bit. I'm a bit over the commercialism and mass amounts of materialistic expectations that tend to surface this time of the year...I'm certainly guilty of that, too. I get on social media and immediately start with the "my house isn't as Christmas pretty as hers..." or, "gosh, I need just one (more) pair of perfect boots to complete that Christmas outfit..." or, "wow, Christmas cards...mine are never as fancy as everyone else's,"...I could go on and on. But, then, I see these photos on the CARE site and am humbled to my core. Why do I even give a flip about a pair of pretty boots when all these sweet faces would just give anything for one single meal? One. I mean, really, y'all? I'm rallying the troops and we're doing things a bit different this year. Check out how we're picking out gifts from this CARE catalog this year>>> 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Free Joy to the World Printable

This free Joy to the World printable is available in four different colors below.
It's the perfect addition to your Christmas decor. 

Free Joy to the World Printable available in four colors | Instant Downloads
Sometimes a simple printable is my favorite. I actually created this design back in October for use on another site that I contribute to. But, I loved it so much that I kept it for here (I can be a bit selfish at times. True story.). Today was the first chance I've had to share it with you. There are four different color options to coordinate with your decor (and ink levels...ha!). Download your favorite below. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

How to Make a Weathered JOY Sign

Today, I'm sharing a simple tutorial for how to make a weathered JOY sign. I almost didn't post this, y'all. But after sharing a photo on social media earlier this week where this sign was captured, a few of you asked me where to buy it. It was all kinds of free (hoarding paint works to my advantage sometimes). Check out the tutorial below. 

How to Make a Weathered JOY Sign with PERFECT Lettering | Options to make without a vinyl machine, too.
J-O-Y, J-O-Y, this is what it means...Jesus first, Yourself last, and Others in between (hey!)...anyone else singing that old Sunday school song right about now? No? Just me? Ah well, if you know it, it's now in your head (you're welcome). I keep seeing everyone's cute JOY porch signs all over the interwebs and thought it was about time to create one for my house. I already have my big NOEL sign on my porch (or sitting next to my front door, inside the house, patiently waiting for me to move it for the last week...ahem), so I wanted to create a JOY sign for my fireplace hearth. I kind of did a bit of a Christmas decor tweak (okay, overhaul) this year...after thirteen years of marriage, a lot of our stuff was falling apart (we got married right before the holidays...so we bought a little bit of super cheap decor that year for our first little Christmas. It's served us well, but...the time had come). When I set out for a new holiday look, I wanted to keep my budget in check(ish), so I actually made a boatload of stuff myself. It's my own form of procrastinating on my book manuscript that's due next month (#ahhhfreakout). Check out how I made this baby for zilch below. Nada. Zip. Zing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pineapple Cinnamon Cupcakes

Today's post is sponsored by EVITE® and Dole 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice
All opinions are mine.
#LifesBetterTogether, #BeThere, #Evite

I've never, (repeat: never), met a cupcake I didn't like. Okay, love. My youngest takes after me. We once went to a potluck where (under supervision of a preteen) he consumed five cupcakes in one sitting. I was stunned. And concerned...but you, know, it all ended well. These Pineapple Cinnamon Cupcakes from EVITE and Dole look like our kind of dessert.
Pineapple Cinnamon Cupcakes | These are made with a boxed yellow caked mix and several other yummy ingredients, including 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice.
I just love that these are made with a boxed yellow caked mix and several other yummy ingredients, including 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice. During the holidays, recipes like these are such timesavers...but also showstoppers! It's the perfect combination.