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12.18.2014

DIY WASHI TAPE JAR

Some of my favorite projects are created out of things I already have around the house. Today I have another last-minute Christmas gift idea for you! I'm always looking for little extras to put in with my gifts, and this simple DIY is the perfect addition! Samantha did this DIY recently and I was inspired to do the same as a fun addition to my #greatchristmas2014 package. :)

All you need is a jar of some kind, washi tape, and your gift recipient's favorite Christmas candy. It's that easy! It's a fun and tasty addition to any Christmas package that can be enjoyed over the holiday season. I love this washi tape decorating idea because it's not permanent. You can change the tape designs to your liking all throughout the year!










WHAT ARE YOUR LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS?

12.17.2014

CHRISTMAS FAVORITES

Oh hello, brave hearts! Today I'm sharing some of my Christmas favorites along with Sam and Beth. We all love to read Treasures and Travels, and their post of favorites was so fun that we decided to join in! Christmas is my favorite holiday, and it's full of some of my favorite things! Christmas trees, twinkly lights, time with friends and family, my grandmother's homemade fudge, gift giving, games, Christmas carols, traditions, Christmas movies, snowflakes, warm woolen mittens, celebrating Jesus' birth...the list goes on and on. I'm excited to share some of those things with you!




FAVORITE CHRISTMAS...

MOVIE: I have more than one favorite! Two of them are White Christmas and Elf (obvi.) I grew up watching White Christmas every single year with my family. I can quote the movie and sing all of the songs. :) The same goes for Elf. LOVE that movie. I laugh so much every single time. Also, a friend pointed out the other day that the Elf date where they get coffee and look at Christmas trees all night would probs be my favorite of all time. They were right.

DRINK: I'm a classic hot chocolate kind of girl. My mama makes the best homemade hot chocolate. It is rich and creamy and gets better with each sip. No lie! It is SO good. 

ALBUM: Music is my jam. I love the classic Bing Crosby Christmas album, A Johnnyswim Christmas, and I really love the new Rend Collective Campfire Christmas!

BAKING: Peanut butter balls. They are my favorite. Delicious, homemade chocolate and peanut butter goodness. They are so easy to make and a classic Christmas staple. Yum town.

TRADITION: My family loves traditions, and we have so many of them! For the past eight years, we have headed up to Nashville for Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb of God concert at The Ryman. It's my favorite tradition and one of the most beautiful days of my year. I missed it this year since I'm at Disneyworld, but there is always next year! :)

ORNAMENT: Hmmm. I have this one ornament that is a snowman s'more wrapped up in a sleeping bag. He's pretty cute. Another favorite is a beautiful star my parents brought home from their disaster response trip to the Philippines last year. I love the way the light shines through it.

MEMORY: Living in Tennessee, we don't typically have snow on Christmas. But a few years ago on Christmas morning, I woke up to over eight inches of snow (that's a lot for us!) and a world blanketed in white!! It was the perfect and most magical white Christmas.

FOOD: Does puppy chow count? I feel like it's a Christmas food. Also, if you can't tell, I love peanut butter and chocolate. And covered in powdered sugar ( AKA snow.)

SMELL: Christmas trees. I love the smell of Fraser Firs, and I wish I could keep that smell in my house all year long. If I had to pick between a bouquet of flowers and a bouquet of boughs of Fraser, Fraser would win every time.

VERSE: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. | Isaiah 9:6


WHAT ARE YOUR CHRISTMAS FAVORITES?

12.16.2014

DIY VANILLA SUGAR SCRUB

We are one week out from Christmas, and I'm sure some of you are still finishing up your Christmas shopping. At this point you are probably needing to find easy and quick gift ideas and stocking stuffers. I've got you covered! I whipped up this sugar scrub a couple of weeks ago and have given it out to several people as part of their Christmas gifts! It is super simple and inexpensive to make. Plus, it's a great exfoliant for the skin!















WHAT YOU NEED: 
2 cups of sugar in the raw
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of olive, almond, or coconut oil
4 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Pick a vessel of your choice (I went with mini-mason jars) and fill it with your yummy smelling sugar scrub! Stuff the stockings, wrap the gifts, spread the cheer, and enjoy!