the easiest (no bake!) holiday appetizers

easiest (no bake!) holiday appetizers

Hi friends! Can you believe it’s already December? In the year 2014? I just can’t get over how fast this year has gone. I swear, we just got off the plane from our summer visit to the states last week…and now it’s DECEMBER. The best part of December? The holiday parties have begun. I LOVE […]

how to make metallic alphabet blocks

DIY metallic alphabet blocks

As we stumble into the land of December frenzy, I thought I’d share a couple of really (really!) simple, but still handmade gift ideas that are tried and true and also easy enough to still pull off in the next couple weeks. First up- these metallic alphabet wooden blocks. These hit the trifecta of gift […]

ornament advent countdown

An advent countdown, but with a twist- each ornament has a name of God written on it (there are accompanying devotions using the Jesus Storybook Bible for the names they chose)

December has snuck up on me this year. I finished up our advent ornament countdown this afternoon in fact. This is one of our favorite traditions, though, and we’re so excited to have a set of names of Christ advent ornaments here in Saipan. To make a new set, we cut a piece of drift wood into rounds, […]

caramel apple cider recipe

caramel apple cider recipe

This first far-far-away-from-home holiday season has been, well, a little hard to describe, actually. It’s been homesick, and quiet, and far, and tropical (which is both amazing for this summer-loving mama and also more than a bit weird since we’re used to a Rocky Mountain fall), and a little more homesick. In fact, usually Thanksgiving […]

30 minute advent calendar

the simplest-ever advent calendar (make a countdown using bags, free printable labels, and a tray)

It’s a little bittersweet to head into this holiday season without any of our normal ‘Christmas stuff.’ I do think that unpacking familiar boxes of ornaments, wreaths, and décor might help offset a little of the weirdness and homesickness that is settling in. But I also kind of like the way that having nothing is […]

how to spray paint an artificial christmas tree

This is the perfect way to give an old fake tree a new look (how to spray paint an artificial christmas tree)!

When we moved to Saipan in June, we brought six trunks of stuff with us. Things that made the bring-with-us cut? Clothes (not many, but I still wish I would’ve pared even more), Legos, a few of Piper’s dolls and purses, my sewing machine, a small bundle of fabric and a few party supplies. Nothing […]

DIY printable cameras

free printable play cameras

Are your kids as enthralled with taking pictures as mine are? They’re obsessed. In fact, my camera roll is filled with selfies of two small blondies. And pictures of every piece of furniture in our house. And also pictures of our cat Tiger (who I don’t even really like). While I love their interest, I […]

DIY ‘everything is awesome’ lego shirt

DIY 'everything is awesome' Lego shirt (with free printable template)

I will sound like such a snob for saying this, but I hate ‘character clothing.’ Light up My Little Pony shoes? Ninjago shirts? So not my style. But, guys, my kids would wear clothing with characters splashed all over it every day if I let them (#ugh). In an effort to recognize their interests (and […]

DIY glitter confetti packets (and two other sparkly projects)

DIY glitter confetti packets

We’re so excited for the last installment of Season to Sparkle glittery-ness today! First up, our very own tutorial for glitter confetti sparkle scatter-ers. Y’all, I am smitten with these little gems (especially since I firmly believe that all occasions are better with confetti… and glitter). To make glitter confetti packets for your party guests, […]