Valentines 2017

I can't believe its February!!! 

Things around here are buzzing. The kids have been missing school like crazy this winter due to snow days! I am still shocked by how much SNOW we have had this year!!! 

I seriously just put away my last bin full of Christmas, I have also been de-junking like CRAZY and selling everything I own. Changes are on the horizon, and I can't seem to keep up. Good things.. scary things, exciting things. We will see how life plays out ;)

When I say I am getting rid of everything I mean it...a red dresser, a huge armoire I bought when we were first married, a table, chairs, tons of home decor, rugs, my front room ottoman etc... etc....Things I have been storing for 10 plus years! It feels soooo great to have it gone.

I am also embarking on a new color scheme in my home.  I am switching out kelly green for Navy.
I am LOVING how it is coming alone. If you want...follow along on Instagram

I am sad to say, But this year I am not going to pull out my Valentines decor. Dance season is here and that seems to take over my ENTIRE life :) as well as all the other things my other kids are involved with.

So no Valentines mantle ... But I do want to share a valentine I crafted a few years ago. Its super easy and darling for those class valentine parties! Hope you like it!!


Over the years we have had some fun with our Valentine's for the kids see HERE and HERE
As well as this fun Kissing Booth Valentine.



Supplies Needed
-Box of Candy Hearts
-Printable
-Hot Glue
-Straws Cut in Half
-Wrapping Paper
-Double Stick Tape

Wrap a box of Candy Hearts with wrapping paper. Use double stick tape to add the bottom printable. Then hot glue the straw to the box. I also hot glued the straw to the top printable.
Fast, simple and adorable :)

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Christmas Trees, and More Christmas Trees

I Love Christmas trees!!! 

I love to decorate them and come up with fun ways to make them unique and interesting!  Today I wanted to share all my past Christmas Trees. A quick and fun trip down memory lane.


I mentioned this last week on my Instagram post...

Hey friends! 😘 I was going through old Christmas pictures and I ran into this picture of my Christmas tree when we first moved into our home 9 years ago. I hear from a lot of friends and clients that they just aren't very "good" at decorating. This picture is proof that with a bit of interest and time, that a skill can be developed. My first tree was the best I knew how to do at the time. Over the years I would look at many Christmas Trees for ideas, and would dissect all the professionals' trees I saw during the Christmas Season. I've come up with a system that works for me and I'm happy with it. And who knew that years later my tree would end up in a magazine. Goals are real! Shoot for your dreams!!!! 😘❤️🎄 Thank you to all my social media friends, friends around me, and family for all the amazing support you've been to me over the years! ❤️

...The Beginning...
This was our very first tree in our new home. 

I still own this tree, it has been transformed over the years. I bought this tree from Tai Pan Trading. At that point Tai Pan was a little company. Nothing like it is today :) 

When we lived In Utah, while going to college we used fresh, short little trees, so buying a fake tall tree was a big deal. Those early years of life were so sweet and less complicated. 16 years later, 4 kids and a household to run, life is so BUSY! 

Fast forward a few years and we upgraded to a 9 foot Christmas tree and chose a flocked one. YES...Flocked is MESSY, I won't deny that. .. but it's sooo worth the finished look. The first few years with this new tree, I went with a gold and green theme. I loved it, and I really enjoyed the style while I had it!

 at the arrival of the flocked tree, I then had an extra christmas tree (my original green one) so I used the 7.5 foot tree in the basement. It turned into the "Kids" tree. I went with something more whimsy and kid-friendly. I came up with a fun Candy Cane theme. I have done this Candy cane tree the last few years, adding a few new elements each year.  But...I have to say, this year's Candy Cane tree (2016) is my favorite.  I used a 7.5 flocked tree from Treetopia. All the red and white elements pop even more. You might see it published in Better Homes and Garden Christmas 2017. 
NEXT year...I have something else in mind. Can't wait to execute my plan!!!