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home on the range {our baby boy’s nursery}

So now that I know we are having a boy I have been day dreaming, nesting &  planning ahead for our baby’s little space in the world. A place where I can rock him, feed him, hold him, swaddle him, wake him up and put him to sleep. Right now I am planning for a rustic/vintage room with western elements {think Southwest, Cowboys & Indians, Horses, Navajo, Antlers, Feathers, Boots…all that fun stuff}. A place where he can dream of the wild west and where we can pray over him. My prayers for him will be for his life, his heart, his mind and that he may be a little warrior that knows how to have fun & be adventurous…and most of all BRAVE. The Lord has really put it on my heart {in the last few years} to pray for my kids to be smart and strong and BRAVE! I do not want them to be afraid of this world that is filled with so much pain, but empowered by the strength of Jesus {knowing that “God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:17} God’s word tells us in Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be STRONG and COURAGEOUS. Do not be terrified; Do not be discouraged. FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL BE WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.” That is a verse I pray my children cling to their whole life {as I have}…I pray it will spur them on to do mighty things for God’s kingdom and for this hurting world. Be BRAVE my little one!
More on this to come as I nest and prepare for baby! In the meantime you can see what I have been up to. Check out the idea board I created below at Polyvore {see sources below} and click on over HERE to see what I have pinned on Pinterest!
vintage western nursery

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canvas fun {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101

My sweet friend Ann {and mentor mom at our MOPS} came up with this very creative project. Ann is the closest person to Martha Stewart that I know. She sews, cooks, bakes, crafts…she is an amazing Grandma and just knows how to do a lot of things that most of us cannot seem to get around to learning. I hope you enjoy this project she came up with. The possibilities are endless. Make them with holiday art, sheet music, family pictures…whatever you can imagine! This would make a great activity for older kids, a nice hostess gift or simply a nice way to decorate your own home. Have fun creating! HERE is another great canvas tutorial method with photos if you need further inspiration. {P.S. Be sure to print images from the internet that you have been given permission to print…there are several site like the graphics fairy that have tons of free vintage images. You just don’t want to “steal” someone original work…so just check your sources.}

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Canvas Fun: Make Your Own Holiday Wall Art

Mod Podge on Canvas

Materials needed:

White Artist Canvas 8 X 8 or size you prefer

Picture of your choice, printed on an ink jet or laser printer

{in the same size as your canvas}

Mod Podge (I use Matte finish)

Paint Brush or Foam Brush

Acrylic Paints

Glitter Glue

Embellishments

Directions:

  1. Using a paint brush or foam brush, lightly coat the surface of the canvas with Mod Podge. Be careful to completely cover the canvas, but don’t apply too thickly.
  2. Turn your picture over to the wrong side, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge. Again, do not apply too thickly but cover entire surface.
  3. Place wrong side of picture on top of canvas and smooth out with your fingers. Don’t press too hard as this can cause damage to the print, but try to get all of the bubbles out.
  4. WAIT! This is the hard part! You have to wait until your canvas is completely dry before you put your next coat of Mod Podge on. I usually wait at least 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Once canvas is dry, put a light coat of Mod Podge on the top. Let dry and repeat this process. Two to three coats will do the trick.
  6. Make sure your canvas is dry before you start embellishing. This is the fun part! Be creative and use whatever you want to enhance your picture.
  7. When you’re done embellishing you can apply a spray-on Acrylic finishing coat if you wish (EnviroTex High Gloss Sealer)

Homemade Glitter Glue

{that won’t flake off}

Materials needed:

1 T Mod Podge

1 T Glitter (I prefer the fine glitter, but both will work)

Popsicle stick

Directions:

Mix the Mod Podge and Glitter using a popsicle stick. It will look somewhat thick and opaque. Use a paintbrush and adhere to the surface you want to cover, as you would paint. Don’t worry about the opaqueness while applying. It will dry clear and sparkly!

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the HEART of hospitality {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101For me the HEART of hospitality is to simply welcome people into our life in a casual & cozy way. We love to have friends over and we love to make people feel at home. If someone helps themselves to a cup of water and gets right in there in the kitchen with me I am thrilled. Even if the floor is not as clean as I would like it to be or the sink is full of dishes { and it usually is} who really cares. Perfection is not my thing. The point of being hospitable is to make people feel welcome, to have fun, laugh, share old memories & make new memories…that is our goal. Our hope is that when people walk through our door for a party or family dinner they know that if something spills or we forgot the bread and it burns or we run out of food…all will be forgiven. I am a girl and I want my home to look great, my decor to be special and my food to comfort people while tasting delicious…but at the end of the night I know that the most important thing is for my friends to leave with their hearts encouraged & full {not just their bellies}. That is the HEART of hospitality for us. With that in mind here are some tips on how we decorate & plan our parties. Hope they inspire you to welcome friends into your home this holiday season {even if things around your home are not perfect}.

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 ::a few decorating tips::

USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE:

There are often things already around your house or in your backyard that can work. Use ornaments, your favorite nativity scene, candles, kids crafts & even food {like fruit, cranberries or popcorn kernels} for centerpieces & table settings. Branches, evergreens, acorns, fall leaves, pine cones and flowers from your backyard work great too. Scatter on the table or arrange in a vase. Sometimes the Christmas tree lots will give their scrap branches away for free. Think outside the box. Wrapping paper is one of my all-time favorite table runners. Find something that matches your decor and can be easily discarded at the end of the party. My favorite things is a large roll of craft paper {it can be found at the Dollar Tree most of the year}. This works great on a buffet as well {use sharpies to write on the paper & point to what each dish has}. It’s cute and practical.

KEEP IT SIMPLE:

If you are fancy and like using china dishes and sleek stemware than do it. If you are not into fancy and would prefer paper plates~ do it. Make it fit for your season of life and your style. And consider your guests {if you are having a kid party you can get out your finest china and grandma’s tea-pot if you don’t mind them getting broken…or just use plastic and call it good}. There is no right or wrong way to do it. If you are at ease about the decorations and setting you will make your guests feel more at ease. Buffets, Brunches and Appetizer Parties tend to be more simple. It’s difficult to do fancy food and fancy decorations so pick one and do it well. If you want fancy decorations consider a menu that can be mostly made ahead or cater it. Potlucks can make things more simple as well. To make the day-of easier, set out and set up as many serving dishes & decorations the day or night before as is possible. If you are having a more elaborate party you need to ask for help {there are only so many things you can do on your own}. Also, don’t spend a ton of money. Borrow from friends {between all the ladies in my life there are a lot of nice entertaining dishes, coffee makers, mason jars, drink containers, tables, chairs, coolers and decorations…the list goes on}.

DETAILS GO A LONG WAY:

Small details can make all the difference {even while keeping things simple}. A nice scented candle, music that fits the setting, place cards, cloth napkins, framed photos or printed quotes celebrating the occasion are a few examples. Pandora has great “radio” stations for any occasion {Christmas Carols, Disney Music for a kids party, Classical Music for an intimate dinner}. Pinterest and many blogs have free printables of cool quotes that are both beautiful and fitting for every occasion. Place-cards are a breeze to make for place settings & to mark food.

A few examples of how I have decorated following these rules click on the partyTIME drop down above or check out some ideas HERE, HERE & HERE.

Oh and one more HERE.

::a few entertaining tips from my mom::

::plan ahead::

-Make a lot of LISTS

-Prep menu & shopping lists a few days before

-Make sure you have the right serving dishes, napkins, drinks, silverware, coffee and pantry staples a few days before your event {shop for or borrow what you need}

-Shop for food & decor

-Decorate, arrange flowers, clean house and set out platters and serving items the day/night before event

-Set table or set up the buffet the day/night before

-Check your lists again

-Purchase ice & any other last-minute items the day of the event

 ::a simple party idea::

One simple way to throw a New Years Eve Party {my mom has done this a few times} is to have each guest bring a dessert or appetizer. You can just give them an idea of what to bring {or ask them to sign up via an Evite or email} so the responsibilities are spread out and you don’t get too many of the same items {for example you can specify savory appetizers or dessert or a salad/veggie tray}. This makes planning and clean-up so simple. All you have to prepare is your home, some drinks and snacks. Providing games/activities is an added bonus. If it’s a New Years party be sure to remember some party hats & noisemakers and remember that decorating is simple because your Christmas decor is already up.These ideas can obviously be used for any holiday party or throughout the year {think evening baby showers or adult birthday parties}.

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What is the HEART of hospitality for you and your family? How do you like to entertain? What are some of your best tips? Share your ideas on Instagram with me. Just add the hash-tag #holidayhospitality and see what others are up to as well.

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nail & yarn pumpkin board {holiday hospitality 101}

holiday hospitality 101

Remember that cute nail & yarn pumpkin board that I decorated with this year? Check it out HERE. My sweet friend Jessica {from DIY Swenson Style} was inspired by some ideas she saw on pinterest to create this great craft.  With the help of her creative team she compiled and created this great craft for MOPS recently.

This is a great DIY project to make for:

Yourself: It’s simple to make for yourself if you don’t have very many holiday decor items to decorate your home.

A Hostess Gift: Maybe you need to make it for a nice hostess gift this Thanksgiving. Simple and unique

Christmas Gifts: Or you may just need this idea to inspire you to do a twist on the pumpkin and make some Christmas gifts {think monogram letter or Christmas tree}.

A Quick Craft with Kids: Kids can help with some of the steps {depending on their age and patience level}. What boy doesn’t love to hammer! This took around 20-30 minutes {not including the prep for the wood…the lovely Jessica did this for us ahead of time}. Grant only helped me hammer a few nails but he felt very proud of his work.

Either way it’s simple and cute.

So just go do it!

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::what you will need::

a small board {scrap wood, painted or stained}

a nail template printed on regular paper {print out a basic image and add “x” marks for the nail placement…see pictures for more ideas on how to do this yourself}

masking tape {to tape down template}

40-50 small nails {uniform in size}

hammer

yarn {color of choice}

::how to make it::

This is pretty basic. Print out a template, mark where the nails should go, tape to board that is already panted or stained, add nails 1/4 into board to make secure, pull off paper, add yarn in a uniform pattern to look like the pumpkin {see white version} or just make a crazy crisscross creation like we did {see orange version}. And the fun part is figuring out where wot display it in your home.

See my step by step pictures below:

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it’s a small world {after all}

Paigey’s 6th Birthday Party

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It was awesome.

Last weekend we hosted a “little” party for our Paigey’s birthday. She loves people, parties, Disneyland, costumes, the “it’s a small world” ride, cupcakes and lots of color…so with that in mind I was able to come up with a really fun shindig for our girl. The theme lent itself well to lots of playful color, Disney elements, world geography {which I love} and making a trip around the world in a whimsical way! It was a costume party and most of the kids dressed up {including Paige who was Merida for the evening}.

We had only 60+ people {around 30 kids} to feed & entertain…so it was a fun and creative challenge to put it all together. I decided to move it to our church so we would have enough room to let the kids run around. Here are some pictures of the party that my sweet friend Chrissie took for me. She captured the feel of it so well! So thankful! I will share more details soon.

Hope it inspires you to celebrate someone you love or take a trip to Disneyland!

::the decor::

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We set up six round tables and used lots of fun details as centerpieces. Pictures from Paige’s photo shoot with Jessica, succulents, trays with the names of each continent, and pages from a little “it’s a small world” book that I had in my stash. I collected things for months in preparation. The finger puppets were from Oriental Trading Company, the doilies were from Smart & Final {I just used a stamp for the wording} and I glittered the tea-light holders myself {and forgot to turn on the tea-lights for the party}!

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::the coloring table::

I found these fun printable coloring sheets on Spoonful…a great Disney craft resource.

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::the favors & goody bags::

I will talk more about the goodie bags another time. There were very fun to put together and Paige LOVED making them special and helping me put them together. I decided that since grown-ups never get goody bags it would be fun to make a favor for them. I made luggage tags that each “grown-up” lady {one per family} could take home. Each person got to choose the ribbon/string that they wanted to attach to it and bring it home for a suitcase, diaper bag, laptop bag…backpack…whatever they needed it for. More on how I made these another time.

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::the dessert table::

My goal was to have desserts from around the world and a beautiful cake. I found most of the desserts at World Market {swedish fish, hawaiian chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, green tea mochi, scottish shortbread} and my sister had the idea of setting them out in their packaging so that people could see where they were from. I added little trinkets that we had from around the world too.

Thanks to the help of my dear friend Stephanie I got a beautiful & delicious cake {along with tons of yummy cupcakes}. She is a pastry chef and totally made my vision for the cake a reality! I wanted a blue cake that looked like water so that I could float a picture of the little small world boat full of kids on top. I took a pictures {with my iphone} of the sign that is outside of the ride and just cut it out, added a doily and attached it to a stick. I also made a special candle {more on that another time}. It turned out so cute…don’t you think?

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::the food::

I made the food as simple as possible.We had several families with food allergies coming and I am trying to eat gluten-free these days. So I tried to find some foods that Paigey loved {sandwiches, pickles, veggies, strawberries} and that were okay to eat for most people. My mom helped me prep and chop for a few hours and my friend Stephanie helped me wash up all the dishes after the party.

Sandwich stuff with lots of fixin’s’ and different breads

{ham, salami, turkey, mustard, ranch, mayo, pesto, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cheese}

Veggies and Dip and Hummas

Chips and Pirates & Veggie Booty

Strawberry Salad

Water and Lemon/Orange San Pellegrino Sodas

All in all people seemed to eat most of the food…so it must have been okay!

Merida the little hostess and game warden!

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::the games::

I came up with a fun way for the kids to each get a passport and take a trip around the world with the games. It was a challenge because we were hosting 30 kids from ages 1 to 10. I recruited some dads and a few moms to help and we took over the multipurpose room at church {thanks goodness we had such a huge room to run around in}. I will post more on the games another day but here are a few pictures of the fun. Most of the kids participated {I actually bribed them by saying that they had to get a stamp in their passports…from all seven stations…in order to get their goody bags} so I call that a win/win! I also created a “fill-in-the-blank” trivia game for the adults that had questions about geography, the  “it’s a small world” ride at Disneyland and Paige. Papa was the winner of that one!

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kids around the world merida and friendsThe best costume may have been Aunt Fifi as Snow White {Laura was a close second and the kids all looked awesome}!

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