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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 Home

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holiday decor prep // via @simplifiedbee

Decking the halls this week like me? We don’t have our tree yet, but I’m still starting to decorate our home for the holidays. Felt snowflakes, vintage-style ornaments and delicious scent candles are all part of the mix to make our home merry and bright this season.
holiday gift guide 2015 // for home // via @simplifiedbee

Gifts for the home are always a welcome sight for all of the discerning chefs, stylish entertainers and decor lovers on your holiday list. With these folks in mind, I’ve hand-picked some fabulous items that I’ve been loving this season perfect for adding a chic touch to just about any room. From a stunning gray rope chair (splurge) to darling gold pineapple shot glasses (super affordable), there’s a variety of gift ideas ranging in price. I’m crossing my fingers Santa brings me one or two of these lovely items for my home!

links to holiday gift guide 2015 – for home:

brass pendant light // gilded bamboo mirror // leopard linen throw pillow // hex serving board // staub mini cast-iron cocette // pinecone wreath // moroccan rug // cashmere throw blanket // pineapple shot glass // smeg tea kettle // gray rope armchair // bengal bazaar gray throw pillow //

and even more fave home decor finds!

It’s also Cyber Monday!!! (I’ve already hit One King’s Lane holiday decor sale!) Here’s an updated Black Friday & Cyber Monday list of some fabulous deals for you to take advantage of. Happy shopping!

Shutterfly - Cyber Monday

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Read full story By on November 30, 2015 in brass, Christmas, Entertaining, gift guide, Holiday, home accessories

Halloween Ideas :: Pinterest Favorites

With October’s arrival all eyes point to Halloween. My kiddos are busy fine tuning their costumes and strategically planning neighborhood routes for the most treats. Meanwhile, I’m a little behind the eight ball in terms of planning the decor, so have turned to Pinterest (to no surprise I’m sure!) for inspiration. Here are a few recent spook-filled pins that caught my eye.
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Be sure to drop by my Halloween board on Pinterest for more spooky ideas!

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Read full story By on October 5, 2015 in Entertaining, Halloween, Holiday, Parties, pinterest

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