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Happy Weekend!

Only 2 weeks until Christmas!!

Are you ready?

We finally went to our local farmers market and got our tree on Wednesday, when my son came home from college.

Oh boy, have the prices of real Christmas trees gone up around here…geez!

It’s a beautiful tree!

We decorated it together last night.

It’s so fun going through all the ornaments we’ve collected over the years and taking a walk down memory lane.

I buy each of my kids a new ornament every year and add their name and date on it.

Both Anne & I have meaningful trees in our homes.

Do you have a sentimental tree?

Anne came over Friday afternoon and helped me finally finish decorating my house.

I’ve had bins out all over the place since Thanksgiving but just hadn’t found the motivation to be creative and get everything done.

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with different ideas using the same Christmas decorations, so it’s really nice to have a friend look at your holiday décor with a fresh set of eyes.

Thank you Anne!

Next time you want to change up the look of your home décor, whether it’s holiday decorating or not, grab a friend and have them help you.

This Week On Our Blog

It’s been a busy week again around here with some fun stuff on Instagram.

Keep reading to find out what we’ve been up to!

I updated my outdoor decor again this year.

If you were here last year you may remember I made new super easy bows to update my 10 year old outdoor greenery & window swags for our house.

But since we got our house painted this summer and changed the color of our shutters, I felt like I needed different colored bows on my window swags.

So, I made new fluffy bows and they’re so pretty and simple to make!

More Christmas Craft & Decorating Ideas

These easy burlap, fringe, loopy yarn and chunky yarn trees. (we may have a thing for trees!)

And speaking of trees…check out all the ways we’ve decorated with small faux trees.

If you need more ornaments you may want to make these or these.

If you need some ideas to decorate your tree check this out!

Update your old Christmas tree collar with this easy idea.

Want to spruce up your old garland we have some great tips here and here for a gorgeous mantel.

12 Days of December Giveaway

Have you been following our giveaway on Instagram?

We’ve been hosting a giveaway for our followers every day and it’s been amazing!

It’s be so much fun giving back to all of you this holiday season to thank you for being a part of our journey.

We have three more days of giveaways so be sure to follow us on Instagram and enter to win!!!

The 12 Doors of December

We were chosen to participate in the 12 Doors of December which is hosted by Delaney Hardware and Ryobi Tools.

Both Anne & I had our doors featured…so exciting!

front porch with stone decorated for Christmas with vintage sled and skates, faux trees in wood planters and greenery on and around door
AnnMarie’s Front Door featured on December 5, 2021
front entryway decorated with greenery on lights, faux trees in diy planters and diy hoop wreath on front door
Anne’s Front Door was featured on December 6, 2021

Did we mention there’s a competition?

Go check out all the doors and vote for which one you like the best!

When you vote, you’re entered into a fantastic giveaway!

The winner gets a new Delaney handset of their choice (valued up to $500) and gets to pick out $500 of Ryobi tools!

We would love for one of you to walk away with the goodies.

So be sure to vote!

We hope you have a wonderful week and soak up the joy of the season!

Until next week!