The 2017 Valentine’s Day Holiday Shelf!

We’re already past the half-way point of January, y’all! Can you believe it?! Time is just a flyin’!

So I figured it was time to get a bit of Valentine’s Day decor up and running. May I present, the 2017 Valentine’s Day Holiday Shelf:

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As with everything else, my goal these days is always simplicity. But I wanted to mix a few different mediums on this one, as well.

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The 2016 Valentine’s Day Holiday Shelf!

Well, folks, this year I decided to take it super simple with Valentine’s Day, and I think my shelf reflects that! Here’s a few super-simple pics for you!

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I used all the red heart cards for a fun and messy little banner. I kinda like that they don’t all hang perfectly!

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Decorating Tips to Spruce up Your Home for Christmas – A Guest Post!

Well, we’re close, folks! Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and I want to make sure you stop by on Friday for TONS of resources to help you out with your plans for the big day! But, since we’re pretty close to another holiday soon after, I wanted to whet your appetite for a little bit of Christmas, too! So when Marie Nieves contacted me and asked if she could share some tips on prepping your home for Christmas, well, that was just perfect! So, here she is!

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Ho ho ho! Christmas is getting seriously close – are you ready for it? I don’t mean getting your holiday groove on – is your HOME jolly enough for this jolly occasion? You don’t want to disappoint Santa when he walks in for his milk and cookies! It is about time to decorate your home for the holiday, and that venture should go way beyond simply decorating the Christmas tree, while not crossing the line of over-the-top holiday kitsch. Instead of mixing all the sparkly things together, for years back, I have two basic colour palettes for Christmas which I never combine: blue-silver and gold-red. Here are my tips to make your home welcoming this holiday season.

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Fall Holiday Shelf! (With a Couple of New Decorations and a FREE PRINTABLE!)

So far this year, you’ve journeyed along with me as I tested five new Fall recipes (CLICK HERE IF YOU MISSED THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT NOW), and you’ve seen the outside of our home all decorated for Fall! (CLICK HERE IF YOU MISSED THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT NOW!)

I’ve had a few people ask me about the decor around the inside of the house, and specifically: the Holiday Shelf!

For those who are new around here, my Holiday Shelf is my weak attempt at pretending I have a mantle. Here in Florida, we don’t have too many fireplaces, meaning we don’t have too many mantels, meaning I can’t decorate a mantel for all the seasons and holidays that I enjoy decorating for. So I’ve substituted a shelf in our foyer for that…and the Holiday Shelf was born!

Anyhoo, this is old hat to most of you – so, may I present to you, the 2015 Fall Holiday Shelf!

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I know, I know what you’re thinking already. BLACK AND GOLD?! What on earth! Those aren’t FALL colors!

Well, here’s the thing. I’ve been itching to do some kind of decorating with black and gold for a while now, so I decided that now was as good a time as any. And mainly because…I found THIS:

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The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Christmas Lighting – A Guest Post!

Does that title not immediately make you think of Clark Griswold?!

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HA! “Joy to the world!” I could quote that movie all day, so we’ll move on from there!

But seriously, what if you could get awesome Christmas lights in just three simple steps? When Paris from All About Electrics contacted me and asked me that question, I was a bit skeptical! After all, I’ve never touched the Christmas lights OUTSIDE…and the tree inside is a pre-lit tree! It always just seemed too complicated for me.

But after I his post I actually started to think that I could do it! And I’ll bet you can, too! Let’s check out his tips! (Interspersed with just a couple pics of my own lights outside our home!)

We’ve all seen those YouTube videos of incredible home lighting for Christmas. You know the ones we mean; lights that dance to the music, ten foot illuminated snowmen, animated reindeer on the roof. So why is it, when it comes to decorating our own houses, the end result is usually more bore-some than awesome?

When it comes to Christmas, the average dad has a lot to live up to. The kids and the wife have suddenly decided that, yes, we are actually one of Santa’s elves and therefore should be able to illuminate the house with a cheeky wink of an eye. After all, Mr. Robinson manages to make his house look jaw dropping every year without fail. We all have a Mr. Robinson in our neighborhood. You know who we’re talking about.

Getting prepped for Christmas and giving the house the WOW factor requires three basic elements; good planning, good lights and a good ladder. Let’s discuss each of these in more depth.

1. Good planning

You don’t have to have a master’s degree in home lighting to put together a classy display for Christmas. Start by standing outside your home and seeing what sort of shapes, space and surroundings you have to base your design upon.

Consider the shape and size of your home, as well as any special features it may have that would lend themselves well to lighting. The garden can be a source of inspiration too. Outdoor bushes, trees and paths can all be a great spot for lights, and will keep your family safe on these dark evenings too.

Don’t forget to plan how you will power all these lights too. Having an outdoor socket installed can work out a lot less painful than having cables trailing in through open windows and doors, but make sure any power supply you plan to use is up to the job of the load you are going to place on it, as well as being suitably protected against water ingress from the outside.

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