1. These sewing cards by Mr. Printables would make great DIY ornaments for kids!
2. I want to throw a fun present wrapping party just like Designlovefest‘s.
3. Smile and Wave‘s pipe cleaner ornaments are so fun.
4. Love these little cardboard Christmas trees on Julep.
5. Martha Stewart always has the best favor ideas!
It’s party dress time. My calendar is full over the next few weeks with just about every holiday party possible so now I have to figure what to wear. I’ve been using an awesome new website called Chippmunk to find the best deals. Basically, it’s a search engine just for online coupons. I put in my shopping budget, and it shows me how I can save money at the stores where I’d normally shop. I love that every code is verified so there aren’t any expired coupons on the site. And there are a ton of retailers that offer exclusive coupons just for Chippmunk. It’s really made shopping online during the holidays so much easier. All of the dresses below were found on sites with Chippmunk deals!
This post is sponsored by Chippmunk.
Woohoo! I’ve got some “after” pictures of our bedroom today. After renting apartments for years it feels pretty liberating to be able to do ANYTHING I want to the apartment. The front bedroom (that we are calling the Master bedroom) is a beautiful space with Bay Windows. The trim had been previously painted white and it had white walls. So it was definitely a blank slate. When I went looking for inspiration for our house I kept searching for “Modern Victorian” I want to keep all the amazing details that make me love the apartment, but I want the space to feel modern and fresh.
I kept coming back to Jenna Lyon’s Brownstone, probably my favorite example of this. What I like about the room is it still feels fresh several years later. They take risks (like painting everything black!) but there are a ton of architectural details and everything feels modern and a little sparse. I loved how they had painted their trim black too, not just the walls. It gives the room a whole different look than accenting the room with standard white moulding. After weighing my options I became obsessed with painting my whole bedroom black. This might not seem like a risk to some people but I have spent my whole life trying to figure out how to make my small cramped apartments feel “lighter” so to actually make some thing darker on purpose seemed scary to me. Coincidentally Valspar contacted me about the same time and I told them I would LOVE to work with them considering all I do is think about paint colors all day. So I started looking for the “perfect black.” Valspar has an awesome Love Your Color Guarantee where if you aren’t happy with your first color you can have another color “on them.” It’s a pretty amazing guarantee because anyone who paints a lot knows that sometimes, no matter what you do, the paint colors don’t turn out how you thought they would. It was so nice knowing I had the option of switching colors if I didn’t love the bold color I originally chose.
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Are there any Christmas specials that you watch on TV every year? For my family the answer to that is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Everything about it is just perfect – the story, the soundtrack, and the animation. These DIY cake toppers were inspired by the aluminum trees that surround the small evergreen that Charlie Brown and Linus pick. Since that tree has a happy home, why not give some love to the trees that, according to Linus, “fit the modern spirit”?
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One of my favorite evenings in December, is when all the family gathers together to trim the tree. We play Christmas music, or watch our favorite Christmas movie, drink hot chocolate, and we usually try out some new holiday recipe in the kitchen. Beginning traditions, like an Advent calendar, and starting those Christmas cards, make it a great family night, creating memories!