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Round-up :: Advent Calendars

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advent calendar 2015 // via @simplifiedbeeHappy December! The first day of the month is always exciting for me, but I’m especially loving this first day of December. It marks the beginning of advent. A count down to Christmas Day. Advent calendars have been a family tradition that I’ve passed down to my own family. This year we even have two advent calendars – one that hangs on the wall that doesn’t have any treats and another my girls talked me into getting at Starbucks  seen above (I’m such a sucker!). Here are some other fun advent calendars to buy or make!

knit stocking garland // advent calendar ideas // via @simplifiedbee

How cute is this knit stocking garland idea from Pottery Barn? Such a fun way to decorate the mantel while counting down the days?

paper village // advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Create a tiny holiday village for the tabletop or mantel with this whimsical kit that includes folding houses, festive jokes & facts inside, and embellishments. A simply adorable way to celebrate advent! It’s also on sale here.

colorful advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

This colorful advent calendar gives a modern twist on the traditional tradition. I also love that it allows you to tuck away love notes, tasty treats and small trinkets. So fun!

DIY present advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Making your own advent calendar doesn’t have to be overly complicated either. I love this version by Oh Happy Day using non-traditional bright neon ribbons!

modern christmas advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

Crafty and have the time? Here’s an advent calendar pattern features stunning wool felt you hand stitch to complete. Loving all of the vintage ornaments on this modern Christmas countdown.

DIY advent calendar // christmas tree // via @simplifiedbee

This DIY advent calendar also looks like some work to achieve, but boy is it cute!

DIY plastic animal advent calendar

And how adorable is this DIY plastic animal advent calendar by A Bubbly Life? I’m sure Rudolph is honored.

truffle advent calendar // via @simplifiedbee

If you’re just about the treats, you’ll have to consider this decadent box of truffles for every day of the Christmas countdown. Yum!
The Land of Nod, design for kids and people that used to be kids

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Read full story By on December 1, 2015 in Christmas, craft, DIY, Holiday, holiday decor, Tips/Tricks

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 :: For the Hostess

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chic thanksgiving table setting

image via sarah sherman samuel

My head has been down as I’ve been focusing on the One Room Challenge, so I’m a little behind the eight ball in terms of holiday planning! I can’t believe that in just a few days the holiday season will be in full swing and so will the family dinners and holiday parties. When attending one of these holiday soirees it’s always a good thing to bring a little something for the hostess. When considering hostess gifts, it’s best to give a gift that you would like to receive yourself. If you love it, they will too! Here’s a few of my favorite hostess gift ideas for the 2015 holidays – and I know you’ll find one your hostess will love!

holiday gift guide 2015 // hostess gift ideas // via @simplifiedbee

1 black & white vase // 2 mini carmel apples // 3 backgammon set // 4 hand-painted water bottle// 5 marble & wood serving board // 6 pendleton blanket // 7 wire ornaments // 8 peony & blush suede candle// 9 copper ice bucket // 10 faux fur wine bag

 

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Read full story By on November 18, 2015 in Entertaining, Features, gift guide, Holiday, Parties, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas

DIY alternative Christmas tree

One trend I’ve been noticing this year is the alternative Christmas tree like the one above. Perfect for urban dwellers and folks that won’t be at home over the holidays. I’m not sure if I’ll be trading in my traditional (even if artificial) tree anytime soon, but I’ve come to love the creativity of these alternative holiday trees.

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

Cristin

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Read full story By on December 23, 2014 in Christmas, Entertaining, Holiday

5 Faves :: Holiday Ideas Pinterest

With Christmas just a few days away, you may still be looking for a festive cookie recipe, clever craft for the kids or ideas for trimming the tree. As you may know, Pinterest is one of my favorite go to spots to get inspired and my HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS board is one of my most active these days. From clever ways to wrap gifts to adorable holiday crafts, I’ve been pinning some fabulous holiday ideas that are guaranteed to inspire all. Take a look at my five of my most recent faves:
pink holiday tabletop decor // coco + kelley #holiday #pinknon-traditional Christmas treeDIY gingerbread pinata // holiday crafthot chocolate toppings // holiday party ideasmouse box // Christmas gift wrapping idea

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Also, there is one more day to enter to win a $100 gift card to Target! Who couldn’t use an extra $100 for Christmas gifts?!

happy holidays,

cristin

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Read full story By on December 15, 2014 in 5 favorites, Christmas, craft, DIY, Entertaining, Features, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, pinterest, tabletop