DIY Dollhouse Makeover

Thursday, December 7, 2017

There are those presents that the kids lose interest in right away (womp womp), and others that are still favorites years later (parenting WIN!). A few years ago, I did a last minute DIY dollhouse makeover for my boys, transforming an off-the-shelf dollhouse into a mini-me version of our own home, and years later, the boys (now 4.5 and almost 6) still play with it all the time and show it to everyone who comes over!

Christmas Tablescapes for Every Style

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

I love to set a pretty and festive table, but it's got to be easy and inexpensive! Oh, and modern. And colorful. I bet none of that surprises you at all!

Today I'm joining with a crazy talented group of bloggers to bring you a dozen holiday table setting ideas. You'll find inspiration for every style, and lots of tips for creative ways to repurpose the decor you already have to set a table that will wow you guests! 

Be Prepared with a Winter Car Kit

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I feel like the theme of this year has been finding simple solutions to problems we've been struggling with for far too long. You know - those solutions that make you say, if only I'd had this or done this years ago, I would have saved myself so much time or frustration. Today I'm talking about some of our former winter weather struggles, and how I've tackled them by creating an organized Winter Car Kit, complete with a major time-saver from sponsor FrostGuard®.   

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Last fall, we finally got our garage organized, making it possible to once again park both of our cars inside. But the reality is that our garage – despite looking big – is actually pretty hard to park two cars in because it’s narrow and located off of an alley. Most of the time, we end up parking one car in the garage and the other on the street in front of the house for ease. 

We are always watching the weather, and try to move the second car into the garage anytime the forecast predicts snow, but inevitably there are mornings when my husband gets ready to leave, only to discover that his windshield is covered in a layer of ice!

There’s nothing worse than walking out the door heading to a meeting, or to take the kids to school, only to find that your windshield is totally iced over and you’re going to have to spend the next 10 minutes chipping away at it before you can drive away. Cold, wet and late is really not the best way to start the day! 

My husband doesn’t have covered parking at work either, so he often ends up having to scrape snow and ice each time he leaves the office for a meeting, which is not really ideal in dress clothes and when you want to show up looking professional, rather than soggy and wet. 

Of course, dealing with an icy or snowy windshield is just one of the many winter driving challenges living in a cold climate, so this year we decided we should be a bit better prepared. We already have a box of supplies that we keep in the car year-round, which is focused on first aid, snacks and supplies for the kids, and other general necessities (read more about our year-round Car Kit here), but this year we’ve also added a “Winter Car Kit” full of additional supplies specific to the cold-weather months. 

Winter Car Kit - Winter Emergency Car Kit

I’ll show you everything we keep in our new Winter Car Kit in just a minute, but first I have to show you my very favorite addition – the one that’s going to save us from all those windshield-clearing, ice scraping, late to school and work, arriving cold and wet situations!

FrostGuard on windshield and side-view mirrors

This is seriously one of those, “where the heck have you been all my life?" solutions! Our new FrostGuard windshield cover takes just seconds to put on thanks to the elastic that easily secures over your side mirrors (called the Fit-Fast® attachment system), and it covers not only our windshield, but also our wipers, preventing snow and ice build-up!

FrostGuard on wind shield

You just cover the windshield with the FrostGuard when you get out of the car, closing the security panel in the driver-side door so that it’s there when you need it. The FrostGuard is made of a heavy-weight polyester with a weather-resistant PVC lining, so when you return to you car, you simply roll it up to uncover your clear windshield – no scraping or clearing required! 

We got the bundle that also includes matching mirror covers, which is such a great bonus because there’s nothing more tedious and awkward than trying to scrape ice of those side-view mirrors!

FrostGuard side view mirror

You can easily shake and snow of the FrostGuard before rolling it up, and placing it inside the quick-dry storage pouch means no soggy backseat.

I love the gray-blue snowflake pattern, but I think Scott might prefer something a bit more understated and masculine. Fortunately, the FrostGuard comes in multiple colors, prints and patterns to fit your taste, so I think I might steal this one for my car and get him a plain and simple black version to match his car. 

FrostGuard Windshield Cover

The FrostGuard has already prevented Scott from scraping ice a few mornings this winter, but since we’ve had a warmer than normal November, we haven’t yet had a big snow this season. The next time it snows, though, I’m going to take a quick video to show you how it works. Check back here and on social media for that video!

FrostGuard would make an awesome gift this holiday season! Get 20% off the FrostGuardSignature Bundle with the code winter17 before December 31, 2017 (some exclusions may apply).

Ok, now let’s talk about what else we’ve put in our Winter Car Kit to keep us warm and safe on the roads this season:

Winter Car Kit
  • Warm Blanket
  • FrostGuard windshield and side mirror covers
  • Ice-scraper and snow brush (for the other windows on the car)
  • Winter-formula windshield wiper fluid
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (I chose a flashlight that includes a red emergency flashing option, as well a built-in multi-tool)
  • Jumper cables
  • Gloves (water proof)
  • Warm Hat
These items are in addition to what we keep in the car all the time, like our first-aid kit, bottles of water, non-perishable snacks, and a back-up cell phone battery charger. If we decide to head out on a longer road trip, or up to the mountains, we may also add a few other precautionary items, but these basics should keep us covered for our day-to-day needs around town.

Organized Winter Car Kit - Winter Emergency Car Kit

This post is sponsored by FrostGuard, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Christmas Book Countdown & Reusable Gift Tags Made with Cricut

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Last week, I shared a post with some of our favorite family Christmas traditions, and at the top of the list is our Christmas Book Countdown. Each year, we create a calendar on the chalkboard wall in our kitchen, and the boys cross out a number each night to see how many days are left until Christmas.

Then they rush to the big pile of wrapped books in the living room to find the one with the matching number. This year the tradition got a major style upgrade, which will also be a huge time saver for mom, with the reusable number gift tags I made using my Cricut, who I'm excited to have sponsoring this post.

Gorgeous Christmas Mantel Ideas

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Today I've teamed up with a fun group of bloggers to share some Christmas mantel inspiration, and mine is of the very non-traditional variety! While most of our house is decked out in teal, red, black, and white for the holidays, in our basement family room, I'm always dreaming of an orange and white Christmas! 

100 Stylish DIY Christmas Tree, Ornament, and Wreath Ideas

Christmas trees, and ornaments, and wreaths, OH MY! Sorry, my kids have discovered The Wizard of Oz, so we've been watching it on loop. While the kids are cuddled up with this movie classic, I've been knee deep in holiday decorating, and I really love unpacking all the decor that I've made myself. I love that it's unique and personal, and it doesn't hurt that I saved a bundle by DIYing. 

Modern & Merry Christmas Home Tour

Monday, November 27, 2017

We started decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, and somewhere along the way we decided to rearrange the living room. The decorating is almost done, but the house is definitely in hot mess mode with fall decor piled on the stairs to be put away and boxes and bins waiting to be returned to the garage. I'll be taking more photos of our holiday decorations once I get everything cleaned up, but I get so excited about Christmas decor that I couldn't help but share some sneak peeks today!


Fun Family Christmas Traditions

Friday, November 24, 2017

I we could enjoy the Christmas season with our family year round! Of course, logically, I realize that what makes it special is that it's just one month each year... but it's such a magical and wonderful time, especially with young kids!

It was important to me that we start establishing holiday traditions with our boys from an early age, so that they would grow up with cherished memories of those traditions. I love hearing about other family's traditions, so today - as we officially start the Christmas season - I thought it would be fun to share some of ours with you!

Christmas Photo Booth Props Made with Cricut

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Playing dress up is one of my boys favorite ways to spend an afternoon - whether it's a super hero costume, a fireman coat and hat, or an animal mask and tail, it makes them giggle and they beg me to take photos. So for the holidays season, I thought it would be really fun to create some Christmas photo booth props for them and their friends to enjoy!

These adorable Christmas photo props were super quick and easy to make using my Cricut Expore Air, and they are definitely going to keep all the kids entertained at all of our Christmas parties and holiday gatherings this year! Thanks to Cricut for sponsoring this post and bringing some extra laughter to our house this season!

Color-Dipped Letter Ornaments + More DIY Christmas Ornaments

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Am I the only one who feels like unpacking the Christmas decorations is almost as good as opening presents on Christmas morning? It makes me so excited for all of the joy and magic of the season ahead! Maybe it's a sign that I have to many decorations, but each year I unpack a few decorations that I've completely forgotten about from the year before, and this time around one of those pleasant surprises was the set of color-dipped letter ornaments that I DIY'd for the skinny tree in our living room last season. 

Aren't these red and white DIY Christmas ornaments fun?! I shared a few photos of these on our tree last year, but I never showed you just how easy they were to make, so today I wanted to give you the quick and easy tutorial that saved me a bunch of money!