Festive Ways for Warm-Weather Families to Have a Cold-Weather Christmas

Okay, okay, calm down, calm down. I’m not “starting in on Christmas” already. Well, not really. But y’all know that here in Florida, it does NOT feel like Fall quite yet. Even though yesterday WAS the first day of Fall, the temperature on my back deck read 91 degrees, with a “feels-like” temperature of 95. I kid you not. Does that give you festive warm Fall fuzzies? Yeah, me neither.

FESTIVE WAYS

But there ARE things I do this time of the year to try and help it FEEL more like Fall in Florida. Fall foods. Fall scents. Fall decor. You’ll actually get to see lots of that here on the blog over the next few weeks.

And all this “trying to make it feel like Fall” got me thinking. When it’s 70 degrees in Florida in December and we’re “trying to get it to feel like Christmas”, what on earth will we do then?! So when Lauren from Click Intelligence shot me over a post with a few ideas for just that, well. I decided just this once to let Christmas come to the blog a little bit early!

If you live in a warm-weather state like California, Arizona, Hawaii or Florida, you may gaze wistfully at your friends’ winter time photos on social media of their snow-covered lawns and their rosy-faced kids making snowmen.

While you are eager to get into the holiday spirit, you find yourself wishing that the weather would magically cool off in Tucson or Tampa and that you could experience a true White Christmas.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can create a festive and chilly Christmas season — at least one that looks that way. 

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Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Any Room Better

Ever get the feeling that you will just NEVER be finishing decorating your home? I hope it’s not just me!

We’ve been in this home for almost 4 months now, and every day I’m still putting decor together. And moving it. And replacing it. And putting it back where it was to start out with. Considering the fact that when we moved from our last house I still didn’t have THAT one the way I wanted it…well…I think decorating is just part of life for me these days. 

And I guess that’s okay. Because if I finally get the house exactly the way I want it…well, then what?!

So when Tabitha Gits sent me over this post, I was ready! I’ll take all the tips I can get! How about you?

As you probably know, designers do not follow rule books to achieve great results. As humans, we are creative by nature and love to follow our intuition. That being said, when it comes to home decor, you SHOULD follow SOME rough guidelines to get a great result every time.

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Here are some decorating tips that will work for every room in your house:

Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe

Resist the urge to overcrowd any room in your home. If you are working on a tight budget, this is very good news for you. Spend your money on fewer quality pieces if you want a room to look better. For instance, a few high-backed chairs will make a room look more elegant.

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Backyard Renovation Ideas for Your Home!

Well, folks, we survived Hurricane Irma! Thank God! (And I’m not saying that jokingly at all – there were many who did not. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the families of those who were lost!)

We took an almost-direct hit from the storm – the worst Central Florida has seen since 2004. It packed quite a punch. I won’t lie, as I was sitting against a barricaded window in the twins’ room while they slept and the storm roared outside, for a minute or two, I started to panic. But we were very very blessed. The worst we had to deal with was our power being out for 4 days. (And can I just say that I do NOT recommend camping with 1-year-old twins?! MERCY!)

Anyhoo, trying to get back to normal over here. One of the negative effects of the storm has been a LOT of standing water on our property. We live on just over an acre, and about 25% of it is under water right now, so that’s a little bit of a concern for us. The hubby and I were outside brainstorming the other day, trying to think of something that could help with the water. I stand by my idea that creating a “dry creek bed” element in the backyard would help to funnel some of the water out, and LOOK pretty neat, too! Something like this…

HE thinks that will probably mean a lot of work for him…so he’s hesitant. (He’s probably right.)

So when Zachary Whatule sent me over a post chock full of backyard renovation ideas, I really got to dreamin’! You’ve got to see what he suggested!

The backyard to any home can hold a lot of potential. Maybe you would like yours to be an oasis of relaxation, or maybe you like to entertain a crowd. Either way, there are plenty of things you can do to turn a plain backyard into something wonderful.

Check out these renovation ideas for a little inspiration!

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Scented Candles for Every Room – and Every Mood!

If there’s one thing I LOVE around my house, it’s a good smell. When I come home, or even just when I’m walking from one room to another, I enjoy smelling something nice. It brings a certain amount of satisfaction to me, for some reason. 

So when Jane Dizon asked to share a post here on the blog about scented candles, I was all about it! I love her idea for having different scents for different rooms and different moods. Check it out!

When your friends walk into your house, how do you want them to feel? Impressed by the fresh aroma of a clean house? Maybe an instant comforting vibe from the décor? How about both?

Scented candles are more than just freshening up your living space. Aromatherapy through scented candles can dramatically change one’s mood based on the scent.

Aromatherapy dates back thousands of years to the Egyptian era. Chemicals in the brain react depending on the smells, which have mental and physical effects. It can even help with insomnia, muscle pain, and reducing stress.

We came up with a list of best scents for each room of your home. From relaxing in the bedroom to studying in the office, your mood, and your nose will thank you.

Bedroom

Your bedroom is a place to relax, spend quality time with your significant other, and sleep. Certain fragrances aid in those feelings.

Lavender is an excellent choice to promote sleep. The smell can reduce your heart rate and blood pressure which slows the body down. Vanilla is another great option to induce sleep.

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The Great Faucet Conundrum

I’ve been wearing my aprons in the kitchen a lot more recently. 

Ah, because you’ve had a chance to start cooking more now that the twins are a bit bigger, you say?

Um, no. 

Because I have a faucet in the kitchen that I HATE.

Why do I hate my faucet, you ask?

The Great Faucet Conundrum

Because it’s not well-suited for the sink!

On a daily basis, I walk away from my sink soaked in water after rinsing up a few dishes, or sometimes even after just washing my hands. 

See, I’m only five feet four inches tall, and I really think the counter tops in our new kitchen are higher than the counter tops in our old kitchen. When I stand and lean up against the counter or the sink, it hits me just above the waist. 

And somehow, when the water from the faucet that I hate in the kitchen hits the kitchen sink, it splashes up and hits ME right above the waist. Soaked, I say. SOAKED. So I’ve been wearing aprons a lot if I’m going to be by the sink. They do a pretty good job of keeping me mostly dry. 

But I got to thinking, it’s probably a good idea to replace the faucet.

Since I’m not ready to replace the sink yet, I know I want to stick with something that coordinates decently with what’s already there. My husband suggested something like this:

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