Blue, White & Sliver Christmas

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If you haven’t noticed by now, blue is my favorite color. I tend to incorporate the color into just about anything and everything that I can. From my wedding, to my clothes, to my the walls around my home, blue is definitely my signature color.

Over the past few years, I have been on a mission to collect blue decorations to add to my stash. The shades of blue that I look for are not always easy to find. Teal is a popular color during the season along with the reds and the greens. It may be a bit crazy to some, but I just love, love, love Cobalt, Royal, and Navy blues hues. So, much so that I started a tradition years ago, when my kids were young,  to decorate a beautiful blue, white, and sliver Christmas around our home.

My Centerpiece, Vase, and Sand Art. 

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  • I made this centerpiece by putting some smaller decorations like pine cones and leaves that were sliver and blue inside big vase. I found the blue poinsettias at Michael’s Craft Store. Then, I wrapped it with the ribbon I had left from my tree stand.
  • My blue and white peppermint bottle is just blue and white sand I bought from the Dollar Tree Store. I found the bottle at Ross, and it actually has the letter B on it in gold, I just turned it around because it didn’t match the color scheme.

My Snow globe, Hurricane Vase, Snowman stand. 

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  • I found a huge, gallon-sized mason jar at a thrift store for just $2.00 buck! I decided to add some fake snow, a small tree, a little house, and a miniature Santa Claus inside to make a huge snow globe. All little props were found at the Dollar Tree Store. Then I topped it with a tree I made out of sliver garland and tree shaped foam. Both also from the Dollar Tree Store.
  • I made a cute little tulle ball to place on top of my beautiful sliver candle holder that I found at Ross Department store. 
  • I filled up a hurricane vase (Learn how to make one Here), with little ornaments and bells. Then I put a sliver pine cone on top.
  • I got the little snowmen from the Dollar Tree Store a few years back. I put a martini glass upside down onto the mantle, and placed a snowman on top. Around my mantle are decals found at Big Lots. I just stuck them on because I thought they added a nice, little touch to the fireplace area.  

Merry Christmas!

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I love this time of year! One of the best thing about the Christmas holiday season is the decorating! I truly enjoy it, and am in awe of other people’s amazing creativity and hard work.

How about you? Do you like to decorate big or small during the Christmas holidays? Do you have a theme? Share with me some of your favorite decorating ideas below in the comment section.

Christmas Decorations On A Budget + 5 DIY Wreath Ideas

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I’ve shared how I made my awesome tree stand. Now, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite decorating ideas that I have used in the past. Inexpensive ideas that you can easily do in the comfort of you own home for little to no cost.   

Presents Props

I’ve been making Present Props for a few years now. I love that it adds a bit of fun to my front door. This decorating idea is so easy that it really doesn’t need any instructions. However, I’m just going to go ahead, and share them with you anyway.

You Will Need:

  • Boxes (As many or as little as you want, different sizes)
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Bows
Step 1: Wrap you boxes up like presents.

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Step 2: Decorate them with bows and ribbons
Step 3: Place outside your front door, or around your home.

That is it! A piece of cake, right?

Ornament Wreath

I know you have seen ornament wreaths all over the internet. I made my first one a few years back, and loved how it turned out. Just a few weeks ago, I went to retrieve my wreath from my garage, and right when I grabbed it of the it’s hook, I dropped it, and it broke. I was devastated.  Hubby seen what had happened, and joked that I had broke it on purpose so that I could have a reason to craft, and make a new one 😀 I promise you, that was not my intention. However, I am known for always trying to find an excuse or reason to create something new. Having my old wreath broken, is the perfect reason to make new and improved one.

You will need:

  • Ornament Balls
  • Foam ring
  • Hot Glue
  • Pines cones, flowers, snowflakes, or anything else you may want to add to your wreath.
  • Ribbon or Bow
Step 1: Hot glue your ornaments and other small decorations pieces onto your foam right.

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Step 2: Let it dry
Step 3: Hang it!

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Still looking for some inexpensive decorating ideas for your front door?

Check out Paging Fun Mums where they have a tutorial on how to make Disney’s Frozen Wreath.

I love the Candy Cane Wreath that was made over at Learning, Creating, Living. Such a brilliant idea! 

Do you love peppermint? A tutorial for a super, cute Peppermint Candy Wreath is over at Serendipity Refined. 

Irish Italian Blessings has a simple tutorial of how she made her Sparkly, Red and Sliver Garland Wreath

Are you of fan of snowflakes? The Craft In Me has an easy way to make your door sparkle with just a few Snowflakes

You see, there are some many ways to decorate your home, and make it your own without burning a hole in your pockets. I’m all for making beautiful decorations all while saving a few dollars.

How about you? Do you have any great decorating tips on a budget? 

DIY: Present Tree Stand

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I finally got around to working on my Christmas decorations for this holiday season. This year, I wanted to make something fun to go under my Christmas tree. I usually have a blue and white tree shirt, but it’s was getting pretty raggedy, and it was falling apart at the seams. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough time to sew up a new tree skirt, so I figured I would just plan ahead, and save that sewing project for next year. 

While I was wrapping up fake present props for my front door, I noticed that I had an extra box left to make one more present. I experiment with the box, and ended up making an awesome tree stand for my Christmas tree. Turned out to be a super cute, that matches perfectly with my front door decor. 

Present Tree Stand 

All you will need is:

  • A Box (one your tree stand can fit into)
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Tree Stand  
  • Hot Glue

Step 1: Find a box that will fit the size of your tree stand at the bottom, with enough room for your tree to come out at the top. The box I have is a bit tall, so I will have to accommodate later. 

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Step 2: Cut the flaps off. 

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Step 3: If your box is too tall, like mines, ad a couple of smaller boxes to help balance of the your tree stand. 

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Step 4: Now, start wrapping your box up just you would presents.

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Step 5: Cut a small hole for the top of your tree stand the come through.

Step 5 tree standStep 6: Get out your hot glue gun, and glue your ribbon around your box. Then you glue your bow onto your box. Step 6 tree stand That’s it! This project took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. 

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I absolutely love it! 

Stay Tuned! More budget decor ideas are on the way! 

Kale Quinoa Chicken Soup

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The winter season is just around the corner. With 40 degree weather temperatures and chilly winds, you know it’s time to switch things up for the cold season. I had to bring out the winter clothes, and footed pajamas to keep everyone warm. The fall/winter weather is perfect for eating soups, stews, and other comfort foods. I just love this time of year!

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With the holidays being here, I’m pretty busy getting preparations together for birthday events, crafting parties, and holidays dinners. I’m always prepping, baking, cooking, cutting, gluing, and planning. Time is not always on my side, and I tend to let the hours go by before I stop to make myself something to eat. By then, I’m usually starving, and end up grabbing something quick like the cookies I may have baked the night before.

I can’t live off of cookies forever, right? 

Or can I? Hmmmm……..

Either way, I’m really trying to be on my best behavior when it comes to food. So, I’ve decided try my hand at a little bit of meal prepping.
This Kale, Quinoa, Chicken Soup a is colorful and savory dish. I wrote this recipe a couple of years ago with just the items I had on hand in my kitchen. This stew is what I consider to be a flavorful experiment that turned out to be much better than I anticipated. 

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Slices of Bacon, diced
  • 1Lb Chicken breasts or Thighs, diced into small pieces
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup Onions, diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots, diced
  • 4 Cup Kale
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa, cooked (Recipe for quinoa Here)
  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic, Chopped (2 cloves)
  • 2 Tablespoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil 
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • *1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, (optional)

Directions:

Start with placing your bacon into your dutch oven or a big pot. Cook on medium heat until almost done. 
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Add the onions, celery, and carrots to your pot.

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Top it with 1/2  of your salt, pepper, and creole seasoning.

Sauté The vegetables and the seasoning for 5 minutes.

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Next, add the garlic to the pot. Then cook for 2 more minutes.

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Add the chicken, dried basil, and oregano to the pot.

*Add 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil if needed.
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Cook until the chicken is no longer pink. 

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Add the vegetable broth.

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Then, you add the the bacon and vegetables. 

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Next, add the quinoa to the soup, and let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.

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It’s coming together nicely 😛

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Last but not least, add the kale to the pot.

Let it sit for 5 minutes until the kale is soft. 

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Ready to feed my belly!

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This Kale, Quinoa, Chicken Soup is not only perfect on a chilly, winter day,

it’s a great addition to your meal prep menu.

This recipe makes enough soup to last you a whole week making your lunchtime, not only simple, but tasty too.

Kale Quinoa Chicken Soup

5 servings

Kale Quinoa Chicken Soup

A deliciously hearty stew perfect for the winter's cold days and nights.

Ingredients

  • 4 Slices of Bacon, diced
  • 1/2 Lb Chicken Breasts or Thighs, diced into small pieces.
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup Onions, diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots, diced
  • 4 Cups Kale
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic, Chopped (2 cloves)
  • 2 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • *1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Place your bacon into you dutch oven or big pot. Cooked until almost done.
  2. Add Onions, Carrots, celery, 1/2 salt, 1/2 pepper, and 1/2 of your creole seasoning to the pot. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from the pot, and set it aside.
  4. Add Chicken, oregano, basil, and the rest of the salt, pepper, and creole seasoning. (*Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil if needed.)
  5. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add the vegetable broth.
  6. Next, add the quinoa, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add the kale, let is sit for 5 minutes. Until the kale is soft.
  8. Serve!

Notes

You can try adding your favorite vegetables.

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What’s you favorite soup or stew to eat during the cold, winter months?

Thankful Thursday: Imperfection

Today I’m thankful for Imperfection!

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Freedom to be you! To be your unapologetic, authentic self. I’m loud at times. I’m big goofball with a big heart. I procrastinate. I cuss. I sing about dinner being ready, and I do cartwheels at any given moment. I take ownership of who I am, and I don’t apologize for being me. Those who know me, love me for who I am, Those who don’t… well you know how that goes 😉 

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Freedom to make mistakes! I am nowhere near perfect. I make mistakes. I slip up, and say the wrong things. I sometimes forget to do things my husband has asked of me. I’ve overcooked a dish so bad that we ended up eating ramen for dinner lol. Making mistakes is apart of life, and when you allow yourself the freedom to make them, you have the freedom to forgive, let go, and move on. 

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Freedom to forgive yourself! Forgiving yourself is one of the most important things you can do to set your soul free. I’ve had to forgive myself when I accidentally overslept, and ended up late picking my kids. I had to forgive myself when I had a bad moment that may have resulted in having a bad attitude not meant for my family. I have to forgive myself daily, so that I can let go, and move forward with a good heart, and my soul intact. 

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Freedom to Grow! Growth is part of life. You are not going to be the same person you were a 5 years ago, or even 1 year ago. Over time you may become more aware of your emotions. You may realize that what you thought was important in your 20s is no longer important in your 30s. I have had a tremendous amount of personal growth over the last 6 years or so. I can look back at old my journal writings, and see that I was in a different place at the time. I can see where my eyes started to open up, my awareness started to kick it, and my perspective started to change. I’m still in my process of growing. Growing personally, as well as spiritually. Focusing on being a better me than I was yesterday. 

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Freedom to follow your own path. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone’s path, aspirations, and goals are different from your own. As women, we should empower each other. Lift each other up. We truly believe that we all could make it far if we genuinely supported each other, and loved one another. 

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Freedom to love yourself. Every inch of yourself. From your head to your toes, Love YOU! When you love yourself unconditionally, you no longer care about what others may think of you. You’re free from restrictions and limits that you would have otherwise imposed on yourself. Practicing self love is the key to living in imperfect freedom. Love yourself, and set yourself free!

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Freedom to live your life how you see fit. This is your life. You are only give one to live, so I say live if to the fullest. Laugh so hard you cry. Go on an adventure! People are going to judge anyway so you might as well live for you, and do what makes you happy! 

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So today, with all of our flaws, all of our failures, and all of our mistakes, be thankful for them all. Thankful for your experiences. Thankful for the imperfections of every individuals. It’s what makes each of us beautiful in our own way. 

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing,

is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

-Anna Quindlen.

Frugal Fall Decorating Ideas

Goodbye Halloween, Hello Thanksgiving! 

I finally got around to switching my decorations for the holidays. I know, I know, we are already in the second week of the month, but that is besides the point. Better later than never, right? 🙂 
I wanted to share with you  few of my go-to fall decorating ideas that are not only easy to put together, but inexpensive too!  
I started out with my easiest decor item, my centerpiece. I found fall fillers to decorate with over at Big Lots. A bag with acorns, pine cones, and other fall related outdoorsy items. I poured the fillers into the vase, place the flowers on top, and then I added the ribbon. 
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For my next decoration, I worked on this leafed B letter hanging over top of the mantle.

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In order to make this leafed letter you will need:
Wooden letter
A bag of fake leaves
Tape
Step 1: Grab some of your tape, cut off a small piece, and fold it so that all sides are sticky.
Step: 2 Add the tape to the leaf, then you need to tape the leaf onto the letter. 
 Make sure to cover up any part of the letter that you can see.
That is pretty much all you will have to do. 

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*You can also use glue to better secure the leaves.
After I hung the leafed letter, I decided to use the leaves that I had leftover, and taped them to the walls to have a leaf falling effect around my mantle. 
Last, but not least, my biggest project was this Thankful sign. I using fabric I found on sale at Joann’s, letters I cut out using my Circuit machine, and modge podge to glue. 

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Step 1: Cut out the fabric to match the size of your picture frame. 

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Step 2: Glue your cut fabric onto the the backing of the picture frame using your modge podge. 

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Step 3: While your fabric is drying. Cut out your letters. I of course used my circuit, which is my lifesaver. If you don’t have one, you can go to your local craft store and purchase big letter stickers. You could always cut your letters out by hand.
Step 4: Once you are done cutting out your letters, start gluing them to your fabric frame backings. 

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Once everything is dry, put your frames back together, and find a home for your beautifully framed art!

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Looking warm and inviting, my Thanksgiving Decor came together nicely, and I am loving it!

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Still in need of more fall decorating ideas that won’t break the budget? Stop by some of these awesome blogs below for other great decorations that can be made with using items around your home or items you could find at your local Dollar Tree!

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The Passionate Penny Pincher shows you how to make a simple, yet beautiful centerpiece using items found at the dollar store. 
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I Heart Naptime has a awesome door wreath that cost just a few bucks to make. 

 

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 Check out this super cute Leaf Bowl done by Shelterness

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I love this Leaf and Twig Bouquet made by Rose Pete and Lolo Too

 

 Leaf-Garland

Over at Making Home Base, you can learn how to make a simple fall leave garland using your sewing machine,  

 

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Instructions on how to make this super cute fall owl is over at My Pinterventures!

 

 

 

There are so many good finds all over the web! All great ideas, that are fun to make, and easy on your wallet.

Tell me, Do you decorate your humble abode during Thanksgiving or do you wait until Christmas time?

Thankful Thursday: Creativity.

Tis’ the season to giving thanks!
We should all be thankful throughout the year, but I would like to take this time over the next month to share a few things that I’m thankful for. 
Today I am thankful for something I get to do everyday,

Being Creative!! 

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Being creative is apart of my being. It’s my life. It’s a part of who I am. Whether, it’s creating in the kitchen, putting a craft together, sewing an apron, working on my photography, or planning an event. I love that I have the opportunity to do what I love to do. The freedom to explore, create, and see my projects come together before my eyes. 

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When I was a little girl, I use to watch my mom create amazing things with her hands. She was an artist at heart. She could draw, and paint anything just by looking at it. That was her passion. I would watch her sew all the time. She would make home decor items to sale such as pillows, curtains, and blankets. I remember every year, just before Halloween, I would tell her what I wanted to be, she would sit at her sewing machine for about a month, and create me the most amazing costumes ever. I loved it! I also have many fond memories of her changing up our home decor all of the time. She would wake up one day with a vision, and within a week, she would have repainted, and upholstered all of the furniture in the house. It’s was like we lived in a new home every 6 months lol. My mom was great at what she did, and I remember being in awe of her, wanting to be a creative mommy,  just like her! She was my role model, (still is), she inspired me, and she nurtured my imagination. 

Creativity Sets My Soul On Fire! 

Being creative calms my nerves, and helps to keep my stress level in check. When I’m focused on a project, I’m in my own little world. I  get exciting while working, and am proud when I see my finished products. I also love to see the look on other people’s face when I have created something for them, and they like it. It’s brings my joy to make others happy, with things that make me happy.

Creativity is Therapeutic to Me.

Creativity is my Passion.

Creativity runs through my veins. 

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How about you?

Are you a creative person? Do you sew? Craft? Make Music? Cook?

Comment below, and share with me what you love to create.