The 2017 First Birthday Holiday Shelf!

Well, I have no idea if this is going to become a regular thing…a birthday holiday shelf – for the twins, that is! But it’s a nice way to break up my decoration phases, and, since we just had a huge party for the girls first birthday, I included the shelf as part of the party decor. (More about the party later!) But for now…check out the 2017 First Birthday Holiday Shelf!

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New house and a new spot for the shelf, but still can be seen from the front door pretty easily, so that’s good!

The theme of the girls birthday party was, “Two Sweet Peas in a Pod”, so of course, I had to incorporate some Sweet Peas!

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Three Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas

As you might know, we are celebrating Baby’s First Christmas this year – times two! The twins will be just over four months old come Christmas, which kind of threw us for a loop. They won’t be too “into” it, and they definitely won’t remember it! What should we do to celebrate Christmas with them without going overboard? 

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Our goal was to celebrate together as a family, to avoid wearing them out with too many events, and to not spend a boatload of money!

With those things in mind, I narrowed it down to three P’s:

Photograph

Of course, living in our house everyone gets photos taken of them often. However, I’m talking about something a bit more formal. This year, we took the girls to see Santa and had some photos done that way. If you’d rather schedule a family photo shoot with a local photographer, that’s perfect, too! Choose to do something a bit more momentous to mark the season than just a selfie!

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The 2016 Spring Holiday Shelf!

Well, folks, by the calendar, it’s SPRING! 

I have a love/hate relationship with Spring, myself. I love it because everything starts going towards bright and cheerful and colorful. I hate it because I can’t stop sneezing, and normally develop some kind of sinus infection or bronchitis attack. Gotta take the good with the bad, I guess!

And one of the good things is, I can make it look like Spring INSIDE my house without sneezing a bit! Allow me to present to you…the 2016 Spring Holiday Shelf!

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The centerpiece of this design is clearly the glass milk jugs in the wire basket.

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5 Ways to Ensure You Have a More Fulfilling Holiday

We just came back from a quick getaway for Valentine’s Day, which has got me thinking of going on another trip already! You know the feeling? You get a taste of traveling and suddenly you want to go further and stay longer!

So, in lieu of that, I put together a few ideas for all of you as to how you can get the MOST out of your travels! 

Because it’s important to get value for money when you’re away. You want your break to run smoothly, so that you have as many positive and memorable experiences as possible. However, many people go to their travel destination and miss out on most of the amazing things these destinations have to offer. This doesn’t have to be the case. Here are five ways you can ensure you have more fulfilling holidays.

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Research Your Destination

Whether you’re travelling in your own country or going far away, it’s important to find out as much as possible about the place you will be visiting. There’s no excuse for not carrying out this research. There are countless tourist guides, books and online resource packed with information about almost every holiday location in the world. The most important details you need to find out about include information about travel, accommodation, local customs and culture, the cost of living, currency values, tourist attractions, shopping, entertainment venues and places to eat and drink. Once you do this groundwork before going on a holiday, it will be more likely that your stay will run more smoothly than not preparing for this event.

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A Guide to the Perfect Cheese Platter

Well, it’s the day before Christmas Eve, and I think I’m pretty much all set. I won’t lie, a few things didn’t work as I wanted them to, and I probably stayed up too late a few nights trying to pull things together, but that’s the excitement of Christmas, right?!
 
I mean, the holiday season is always an exciting time! You get to decorate your house with sparkling lights, sort through your ornament collection, and sing along to festive music. But more than that, you get to come together with friends and family to reflect on the past year and count your blessings.
 
If you’re planning on hosting a holiday get together this year and don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, there are plenty of options that will impress your guests. For example, a cheese platter.
 
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Cheese platters are versatile, allow you to get creative, and don’t have to be kept warm. To help you craft the perfect cheese platter, my friends at FTD created a guide detailing cheese types and cheese tools. The guide also gives suggestions for the best accompaniments, so you can make sure to create a platter that everyone will enjoy!
 
 
Check this out…

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