Friday Favorites

December 19, 2014

By this time next week, the packages will be unwrapped, the dinner guests will be gone, and the radio will be done playing Christmas carols.  Can you believe it?  We all spend so much time preparing for Christmas and then before you know it, the holiday is over.  I can honestly say that I've tried to slow down and take the season in this year.

Of course, that meant I kind of disappeared from here with any projects or recipes lately.  Believe me....I had plans.  But when it felt like the Christmas season was slipping away from me, I realized I needed to step back and enjoy my life.  There is always next year for those unfinished DIYs and cookies.  (And believe it or not, I already have the ENTIRE Christmas blog season planned for next year.  You'll just have to wait and be surprised!)

20 Inspiring Christmas Ideas || Your Turn to Shine Link Party #12

December 18, 2014

Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's

I practically squealed with joy the other day when I saw that our little party reached just under 200 link last week.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who shared something to make that happen.  I'm crossing my fingers that we reach that amazing number again this week.

You really have been sharing some fantastic posts these past few weeks.  I've really loved seeing all of the home tours and getting a glimpse at what your house looks like decorated for Christmas.   Today in addition to our group features that appear on all five of our blogs, I'm featuring TWENTY of the links from last week that I fell in love with.  There were so many more that I wanted to feature, but I had to limit myself.  (Otherwise you may never make it to the end of the post to share anything this week!)

Friday Favorites

December 12, 2014

It was a snowy day yesterday and something about the flakes coming down put me in a good Christmas mood.  Don't get me wrong....I'm not a fan of the snow or the cold.  But there are days when snow just seems appropriate.  You know what I mean?  

Whether you are watching the snow fall right now or not, I hope that these favorites of mine will put you in a good Christmas mood as well.  Enjoy!

DIY snowflakes made from old book pages from Tifani Lyn | Friday Christmas Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #11

December 11, 2014

Your Turn to Shine Link Party....Thursdays at 6AM EST | Hosted by anderson + grant, Bless'er House, Canary Street Craft, Joy in Our Home, and Meet the B's

Can you believe that it is just two weeks until Christmas?  The year has just been flying by.  My decorating and shopping is done, but there is still wrapping and baking to do.  More than anything, though, I'm trying hard to sit back and actually enjoy the season.  We all get so caught up in getting our Christmas to-do list done that we tend to miss what the holiday is actually about.

Did you get a chance to check out my Christmas home tour yesterday?  I really appreciate all the thoughtful comments that were left.  Those comments and emails are what make blogging worth all the work.  It really means a lot to know that my readers enjoy what I'm creating.

I must say that you all linked up some awesome projects last week!  It was so hard to choose favorites because I liked them all!  Christmas really seems to bring out such creativity and I can't hardly wait to see what projects, home tours, and recipes are added to the party this week!

Christmas House Tour | Home for the Holidays Open House

December 10, 2014

Today I'm sharing part of my home that has been decorated for Christmas as part of the Home for the Holidays open house tour.  It is a group of 25 amazing bloggers who are opening their houses for you to see throughout this whole week.  The links to the tour appear near at the end of this post.

Friday Favorites

December 5, 2014

Good Friday morning, friends.  I hope your week has been going well.  This past week has been busy, busy, busy decorating for Christmas.  It always seems to take me a while to get things just the way I want them.  Next Wednesday I will be participating with a great group of bloggers in my first ever Christmas house tour, so I'm being a bit more of a perfectionist than usual.  I hope you'll be back next week to see how everything turned out!

And now on to some more of my favorite Christmas pictures from the week.....

Chip and Joanna Gaines Living Room decorated for Christmas #fixerupper | Friday Christmas Favorites at

Your Turn to Shine Link Party #10

December 4, 2014

Thank you so much to those of you who took the time to link up to the party last week.  I know you were all busy with everything the Thanksgiving holiday entails so I really appreciate that so many of you still took the time to share.

In case you didn't notice in the graphic above, we have added a new co-host to our party! We are happy to welcome Lauren to our party!   She blogs over at Bless'er House where she shares some fantastic projects.  Her creative ideas have even been featured here at our party a few times in the past!  I'd love for you to take a look at her blog and share some love!

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