The 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf

Well, here we are, almost half-way through December, and I’m finally getting the chance to share my 2017 Christmas Holiday Shelf! Better late than never, right?!

This year, I had several large pieces I decided to use, instead of many smaller ones. I like the effect I ended up with! What do you think?

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So all in all, just five pieces that take up the entire shelf! 

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Making Use of Keepsakes

Our first set of dishes originally belonged to my Grandma.

My family had moved my grandma into an assisted living facility when I was in college, and she no longer had any use for her kitchenware or dishes or serving items. Instead of throwing everything away or searching for someone to go through and sell it, my family simply boxed it all up and stored it for me! When my hubby and I got married (just before my grandma passed away), I hardly registered for any kitchen items since I already had almost everything we needed! It was kinda neat! (SUPER neat when I would pull down a dish, flip it over and see her name written on the bottom in blue Sharpie pen with a smiley face included!) All the keepsakes made it seem like she was right there in my kitchen with me.

When we were gearing up to move to our current home, I realized that everything I had from her wouldn’t match my new kitchen. Not only that, but everything I had from her was at least 50 years old, and the wear and tear on her dishes, especially, was starting to show. I knew it was time for me to get a newer set of dishes. I did that, and then checked with the family to see if anyone wanted what I had of Grandma’s. After sharing most of the keepsakes with other family members, I had a few left over that I wanted to keep in use around my home. Three of those pieces were simple saucers – gray with a light blue pinstripe running their edges.

And I had an idea!

I picked up a couple of cute little jars from Michael’s…

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…and broke out my trusty Gorilla Glue!

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The 2017 Fall Holiday Shelf!

I. LOVE. FALL.

I always have, ever since I can remember. And I still love it this year, too. But for some reason, this year I had a really hard time decorating for the Fall season like I normally do! Maybe it’s that we’re in a new house, and I have to revamp where I’m putting everything. Maybe it’s because I have two toddling helpers who follow me everywhere I go. Maybe it’s because it’s still so dadgum HOT outside. I’m not sure.

But I finally got my Holiday Shelf done!!! Woot woot! So here it is!

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Can you tell I had trouble with it?! HA!

It’s a little bit different than normal…somehow. I still feel like it is. But I really wanted to use these sweet little deer because we kind of live in the country now, and I thought they were a neat reflection of that.

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The Pros and Cons of Bamboo Flooring

I’m a little bit obsessed with wood flooring.

The majority of our last home was filled with white ceramic tile. Our plan was to get rid of that and put down wood throughout, but we never got around to doing it before we moved to the current house.

In the current house, the majority of our home is filled with carpet. Now, granted, it’s brand new carpet. But it’s carpet nonetheless. The reason for that is, when we moved into this house, we had 2 8-month-old crawling babies. And right now we have 2 13-month-old toddling babies. And ceramic tile floors are SUPER HARD.

Eventually, once we’re done with the toddling, we WILL put down wood flooring throughout this house! But for now, I keep researching and looking at all types, so when it’s time, I’ll know exactly what I want. 

So when Suzanne from Discount Flooring Depot floated me a post on bamboo flooring (full of research that I didn’t have to do on my own) I was all about it! I know you’ll think so, too! 

In recent years, bamboo flooring has become more popular in the UK because although it’s actually a type of grass, the woody stem of the bamboo plant is as durable as many hardwoods. It’s also a cheaper option for many people, so if you’re looking to change your flooring, head on over to discountflooringdepot.co.uk to look at the options for bamboo flooring and underlays.

The advantages of bamboo

Bamboo is ecologically friendly

Bamboo is very renewable – it takes just five or six years for a bamboo plant to mature and once it’s been harvested, the stump stays in the ground, where it regenerates. Compare this to the 20 or 30 years for the average hardwood tree – and the stump doesn’t grow back.

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7 Air Freshening House Plants That Are Easy to Grow

This is a guest post by Michael from ThinkCrucial.com, a home improvement brand that helps people save money on replacement parts.

As we all learned in elementary school, plants play a crucial part in the planet’s ecosystem. As animals breathe in oxygen and let out carbon dioxide, plants absorb that carbon dioxide and process it back into oxygen. Plants within the home can be put to the same task, providing your home with fresher air. Not only that, but many plants can actually clean toxins out of the air, and make your home a better place to live and breathe in.

Of course, not everyone is a natural gardener, and some plants are harder to keep alive than others. Here is a list of seven plants that are not only best at keeping your home’s air clean, but are also the easiest to take care of!

Florist’s Chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium)

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In NASA studies, the florist’s chrysanthemum, also known as the garden mum, was the best performer out of all of the plants tested. The studies examined a number of plants in their effectiveness in removing five toxins:

  • Ammonia
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzene
  • Xylene

The garden mum was capable of dealing with all five in their experiments. Not only that, it’s very easy to tend to. Simply put it in direct sunlight and water it a light amount every other day. It is a perennial flower, however, so it only flowers for six weeks, and it only filters when it’s flowering. Once it is done, you’ll have to wait until next year, or else simply go out and get a fresh one. It is poisonous to pets, however, so be wary of keeping one in a home with pets, and take yours to the vet immediately if they consume any.

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