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DIY Christmas Wreath Trio

Monday, November 16, 2015

With the holidays approaching, I have been in full planning mode. I have been looking for ways to create neutral and non- traditional color pallets into my holiday décor, while keeping in mind my busy schedule. I teamed up with the Home Depot for their DIY Virtual Party and I made this super easy DIY Christmas Wreath Trio with simple materials purchased from The Home Depot, and you can too with their DIY Christmas Wreath Trio workshop! You can register here to attend a workshop in your local area on November 21.
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Haven't attended one of The Home Depot workshops yet? Well, here is a bit of info to get you excited!  I have been to several and had a blast each time. The Home Depot offers Workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. There are three types of workshops offered – Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) and Kids. At the workshops customers can learn how to build décor projects, how to make easy home repairs and how to operate tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. Visit to learn more.

I created my DIY Christmas Wreath Trio using three Home Accents Holiday 24in. LED Pre-Lit Meadow Wreaths. Once I got them home, I fluffed them out a bit, as they tend to flatten while hung in the store. No big deal... they are flexible and easy to manipulate.

To customize my wreath trio and incorporate the natural and neutral elements I long for in my holiday décor, I opted to keep my design simple, with a touch of glitz by adding the Home Accents Holiday 48-Pack Gold Pinecones and two Home Accents Holiday 20 in. Decorative Spray. For my decorative bow, I used the Home Accents Holiday Handmade Designer Bow in a gold and burlap material.

I attached my wreaths together using Hobby Wire.

I just love how the lights on my pre-lit wreath sparkle and add warmth, plus saved me some time by not having to add the lights myself! I also love how the pinecones add natural elements and the gold spray add sparkle.

Even without the lights, the wreath is still beautiful.

The Home Accents Holiday 24in. LED Pre-Lit Meadow Wreath comes with a battery operated timer with 6 hours ON/18 hours OF, again making less work for me. I can set the timer and go. Now that we have less sunlight during the day, it's nice to come home to a bit of warm glimmer, reminding me that the holidays are close. 

All of the materials used in my wreath can be purchased at The Home Depot. Now... are you pumped and ready to make your own? Don't forget to register here to attend a workshop at your local The Home Depot store on November 21!

I hope that you enjoy attending The Home Depot Christmas Wreath Trio Workshop in your area. Be sure to check out our other versions of the Christmas Wreath Trios from other bloggers participating in the Virtual Workshop Party. Their wreaths are awesome!

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time!  

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Budget Friendly Transitional Holiday Mantle

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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As Thanksgiving approaches, I am itching to get my home ready for the holidays.  In my normal decorating fashion, I started with my favorite focal area in my home--the fireplace mantle.

The holidays hold a special place in my heart, as I love how it brings family and friends together. I have fond memories of my family getting together at my Mom's house and the cozy aroma that filled the air. Now that I have a family of my own, I look forward to creating our own traditions.
This year, I designed my mantle to incorporate inviting, transitional, and non-traditional holiday décor.  Transitional was important because just like any other family, my family is super busy and budget conscience, so décor that translates from Thanksgiving to Christmas is a must!  I also opted for the non-traditional aspect by using simple and neutral colors, and bringing holiday scents into my home that make my family and friends feel welcomed, festive and nostalgic.

After heading to the store to grab some items to get started on my mantle, I checked out the new Glade® Limited Edition Winter collection and was super inspired by its messaging. The entire line wraps you in the spirit of the holidays and being with family and friends.  I knew that the simplicity and warmth of SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ which smells like a Vanilla Biscotti™ was the perfect accent to add not only to my mantle by infusing the light and sweet aroma throughout my entire home.

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I added the Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Jar Candle to my simple mantle and it complimented it perfectly.
Now my mantle is holiday ready--for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and includes this DIY reversible holiday banner that I created which will carry me through both seasons.

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and Christmas....
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It was super easy so I have a quick tutorial for you guys so that you can create your own in no time!

Supplies you will need:
  • glue gun (from craft store)
  • scissors
  • words printed out in black on printer paper
  • burlap banner (from any craft store)

First I printed out the words THANKFUL and JOYOUS in size 300 using the font Calibri on my computer. I am pretty sure that any font of your choice will work. You will have to play with the size.
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Next, I cut out the letters and placed them as I would like to have the look on the banner. Once I had my layout, I glued the letters on using my hot glue gun.
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I repeated this on the other side of the banner.
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Stick each side to the top of the mantle using clear tape, and that's all to it!

I also added a Glade® Wax Melts Warmer and the SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Wax Melts to my living room side table since it’s the first room that you encounter when you enter my home. The scent of this room sets the mood for the remainder of the holiday season.

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At my front door, I keep the Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ Premium Room Spray to give a spritz before someone visits:) I just love how this collection blends seamlessly with my décor!

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You can find the Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™  and other Limited Edition Winter Collection fragrances at any Kroger or one of its banner stores. Visit the Glade® for Holiday Social Hub for more info!

Do you have any ways that you like to bring in the holidays? Are there any specific scents that evoke a nostalgic feeling that you incorporate into your home? Please share in the comments below.

As always, thanks for stopping by. Until next time!

First Flight? Yeah, Right!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

If you guys follow me on Instagram, then you may remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted about my baby boys first airplane ride to Orlando! Well, I hope you got some time because this is a loooong post...

I was heading to Orlando to attend a conference for work and I figured that this was the perfect time for my husband and baby boy to tag along, because they could enjoy the pool at the hotel during the day, and we can hang out for dinner in the evening. I am a professional Meeting & Event Manager, so I literally plan everything. This trip was no different. I went and bought a bunch of snacks, including gummy bears to help with the popping of his ears upon takeoff, packed his carry-on book bag and prepped his clothes for our early morning flight.

At 4:30am the morning of our flight, we woke got dressed and headed out by 5:40am for our 8am flight. Making good time, about 15 minutes into our drive to the airport,  I realized that we had forgot to leave a spare key for a friend who was going to be watching our dogs for us while we were gone. Shoot! We made a quick U-turn, dropped off the key and were back on our way. By this time, it was around 6:10am. Now I felt like we were rushing, but I knew we would still make it on time.

About 10 minutes into our drive (the 2nd time around), I hear a quick gag, get to a stop sign, turn around and boom--projectile vomiting coming from the little person in the back car seat. Huh?? What?? What the? Oh my goodness. Yes, projectile vomit. I immediately put the car in park, me and my husband jumped out and my baby boy had vomit from his chin to his ankles...nothing on his shoes:)

I turn to my husband and say "I really can't believe all of this is happening. I just wanna get to the airport." So we head back home and give ourselves about about 20 min to quickly clean my baby, clean his car seat, because mind you...we had to take it with us to Florida because we were going to have a rental.

So we clean the seat as much as possible, change baby boy's clothes, clean the backseat, and hop back in the car and head to the airport. The car seat still had a vomitty smell, but we just covered it with a towel and planned to take care of it in Orlando. By this time, it was about 6:45am, and I live approx. 30 minutes from the airport.

My husband drove and we arrived to the airport around 7:10am. We still had to park, and of course there were no parking spots in site! We circled a few times and eventually found a spot. We hop out, grab everything and run to the terminal to check-in.

We get to check in and the and the lady at the Southwest gates checks us in and says we just made it. Whew!! Great.

We run to to security where there is a stroller line, it was going super slow. We finally get to the front and the man in front of us has a problem with his ID and has to pull his other one which seemed like forever--I am sure it was because every second counted at this time. But get through it. If you live in Atlanta, then you know that there is a train to get to your gate and this alone takes several minutes.

We make it to the train and to our gate....and guess what...we missed the boarding by 7 minutes! 7 MINUTES! I could have fallen out. But the nice people at Southwest inform us that they would gladly place us on another flight at no charge. Great!! Not really. several flights go by and we couldnt get on any of them. Every flight to Orlando, or Florida for that matter was overbooked to the point that they were asking ticket holders to get off for an airline voucher and a ticket for tomorrow.

Lets fast forward past the HOURS (approx 9 hours) of waiting in the airport...past how COLD it was in the airport...past the fact that my baby had grown restless and wouldn't sit still for all the snacks in the world...past the fact that I HAD to make it to my conference that had been paid for by my EMPLOYER...past the fact that I HAD to figure out a way to get to Orlando that day and as much as I am solution driven...I had no solution for this problem.

Okay, so as we were sitting in the gate trying to figure out a solution, I was on the phone with my mom and she suggests renting a car and dropping it off in Orlando to pick up the car that my job had rented for me in Orlando. Okay, that could work. I mean it is only a 6 hour drive and by this time it was 4'oclock yall! 4pm! We had been there since around 7am, and at this point we were just ready to go.

We head to the rental counter.. and every company said the same pick up and drop off a car in a different location would be around $250. That was absurd to me, especially because I was onlu going to need the car for around 6 hours.

So we begin thinking again...and my husband says "lets go, we are taking our car." I didn't argue and the next thing you know we are on the road to Orlando. It was after 5 o'clock in the evening. I was dead tired and couldn't believe how this day had gone:(

About 6 hours later, we are in Orlando. Oh wait, we gotta go to the airport and pick up our bags that we checked and that had made it to Orlando safely by plane:) We had to get to the airport before midnight or we would not be able to get the bags until tomorrow morning. No, I wanted my stuff now. We get to the bags around 11:40pm and head to our hotel...finally!

We ended up enjoying our trip even though it started off rough. We got to go to Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, eat at Tommy Bahamas at Pointe Orlando and just have fun.

I also enjoyed my conference and we could see Disney World from our hotel, It rained the day my husband was gonna take the baby to the pool, but its okay. They still got out to explore the property of the hotel while I was in my conference sessions.

Plus, my baby never threw up again, so it was weird as to why he vomited anyway. Oh well, I guess everything happens for a reason, but I thought it would be fun to walk you through the day that my baby almost had his first flight.

We are traveling again in December, so we will try this "first flight" thing all over again!

Thanks so much for stopping by and sticking through this long post! Until next time.