DIY or Buy: Cozy Kindling Mini Tree

I know it’s still November and Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet, but if you’re gonna start DIYing the Christmas decor, then you have to get started now so it’ll be ready to put up the weekend after Thanksgiving, right?  Right.

I love love love the look of this little tree for an entryway or desk, or even kitchen table! but at $88, it’s a little pricey for a stack of twigs and colored thread. How about an easy DIY?! I think it’d be fairly simple to wrap the twigs with cotton (sort of like batting cushion for the thread), wrap with colored thread, yarn, twine – whatever you choose!), and then stack and glue the sticks on top of each other. You may need to use supports to get them highly stacked. Or just really strong glue. I wonder if it’d be easy to drill a small hole through the sticks and use a dowel? Worth a try, right?

diy or buy cozy kindling mini tree via Anthropologie

I have some left over eucalyptus branches from Declan’s Lumberjack Lunch that are pretty big (too big to stack like this) but they’d be really cute and festive wrapped in fun colors laying in our unused fireplace!  I just may give it a go.

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

I’m not one for practical jokes on April Fool’s Day but I am a fan of cleverness and Mario Kart so I found this video to be quite entertaining. I can only imagine how funny it would be to see a guy dressed in a Mario costume driving around in a go kart. It would’ve been even better if he got Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, and Toad in on it too.

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What’s the most clever April Fool’s joke you’ve heard of?

Happy Christmas!

Hi, friends! I hope you’re enjoying this Christmas and celebrating with special people in your life.  I’ve been listening to this Christmas Party Playlist from last year on repeat so thought I’d share it again in case you’re looking for some last-minute Christmas music.  Don’t forget my new favorite Christmas tune from Grace Potter and take a few moments to watch the incredible stomp-style performance of Little Drummer Boy below — it’s one of my absolute favorites!

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Christmas Party Playlist

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas She & Him
  2. No Christmas for Me Zee Avi
  3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jack Johnson
  4. Santa Baby Kellie Pickler
  5. All I Want for Christmas Matt Costa
  6. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
  7. Let It Be Christmas Alan Jackson
  8. All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey
  9. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Dean Martin
  10. How Great Thou Art Carrie Underwood

Also, I really wanted to share this video from Saddleback Church.  Mumbles and I saw this performed live at church a few years ago – it gave me chills to watch and hear and sing and I feel the same way everytime I watch it now (which is often).  I love the stillness and innocence of the song paired with the stomp-style dramatic rhythym.  Please enjoy Little Drummer Boy:

From my family to yours: Merry Christmas!

Holiday in Hawaii

Mumbles and I have just returned from a lovely holiday getaway in Hawaii. Perfectly timed, it was right after my birthday and now we’re back for all the fun family festivities. The last time we were in Hawaii we did a cruise to all the islands with just an afternoon to enjoy excursions, tours and sightseeing, plus a few extra days in Waikiki. We were eager for a week of lounging and quality time together and were lucky enough to stay at a friend’s family home in Kona. Just what we needed to recharge!

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Do you spend the holidays at home or take a trip to get away and celebrate the end of the year?

I hate Halloween

Really, I do. I can’t help it. I hate Halloween. I loathe the costumes, I curse the doorbell every time it rings and causes the dog to bark, I cringe at the thought of spiders and their webs (real and fake), I despise zombies and monsters (except of the Pixar sort), and candy corns are just gross. There! I said it!

Except for the thought of dressing Baxter up as Elf or Santa (because I LOVE Christmas!), there’s nothing that excites me. Except maybe the movie Hocus Pocus. That’s just magnificently awesome. The only truly redeeming thing about Halloween is…you guessed it! Candy! I am definitely a lady that can appreciate an abundance of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups around the office in the weeks following the dreadful holiday. Other than that, though, I’ll be switching off the lights, curling up on the couch and watching a decidedly non-scary movie this October 31.

What about you? Dressing up? Going to a spooky party or those awful horror houses and theme parks (ick!)?

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This is about as Halloween as I get.