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Simplified Bee Holiday Mantle
As we count down the days until Christmas, it’s hard not to reflect on how fast this year flew by. Slowing down and taking time to visit with family and friends is my priority these next few weeks. I hope you have the opportunity to spend time with loved ones too.

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Wishing you much joy, happiness and safe travels this holiday season!

Cristin

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Read full story By on December 21, 2012 in Christmas, Holiday, holiday decor, Uncategorized

Holiday Tradition :: Frosted Sugar Cookies

My grandmother always baked us cookies for the Christmas. It was a tradition we looked forward to year after year. Her frosted sugar cookies were the best of all.

 

Pink Holiday Sugar Cookies
Today, although not the baker my grandmother was, I enjoy baking and decorating sugar cookies with my daughters. This year we used Style at Home’s frosted ornament recipe. Using pink, green and white frosting and colorful sprinkles we decorated stars, trees and gingerbread men. Each delightful and unique. My girls were thrilled with their masterpieces and enjoyed eating them the most. I loved seeing the smiles on their faces and knew my grandmother would be proud that we were continuing the family tradition.
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Have you been baking?
Happy Holidays!
Cristin
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Read full story By on December 5, 2012 in baby and children, Christmas, food, Holiday

Friday Find: Christmas Photo Booth Props

Every good holiday party needs a photo booth! And the best photo booths have props so guests can have fun and be silly. How about a Santa hat, reindeer antlers or Rudolph’s red nose? Look no further than Paper & Cake where you can purchase these holiday printables for under $10 …

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Happy Friday & Happy Holidays!

Cristin

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Read full story By on November 30, 2012 in Christmas, event planning, friday find, Friday Finds, Holiday, holiday decor, Uncategorized

‘Tis the Season…

gorgeous diy holiday wreath

Ahh, it’s here. The holiday season has begun and I looove it. To get you in the spirit too, Rue Magazine released their inspirational holiday issue and I wanted to share some of my favorite images. The gorgeous wreath above was created by a San Francisco interior designer and friend, Scot Meacham Wood. It’s a beauty. He shows us how he made it step-by-step in Rue.

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I also thought this holiday cider cup (above) was so clever and would make a fun gift. Who doesn’t enjoy a hot cup of cider on a long winter’s day? Again, drop by Rue to see how to do this yourself!

Serena & Lily holiday gift guide - Simplified Bee

I’m also thrilled to be included in Serena & Lily’s Holiday Picks from the Pros! They had me pick some of my faves from their holiday collection which was super fun, but frankly hard to narrow down! They also had my reminiscing about my best gift ever… my powder blue ten-speed bike when I was ten. It was a complete surprise and brought me so much joy. I also remember counting down the days until spring when the snow melted away and  I could ride it!

xo

Cristin

 

 

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Read full story By on November 27, 2012 in Christmas, Entertaining, event planning, gift guide, Holiday, Uncategorized