I love giving gifts!!! But lets face it, this time of the year can get pretty pricy if you have to buy a gift for everyone you care about. That is why I am all about DIY presents. If you can buy in bulk and make multiple gifts at once, gifting doesn’t have to be exhausting or expensive. Remember, it’s not the cost of the item that makes it special, it is the thought and care behind the gift that really matters.
This Christmas “S’MORES In A Jar” DIY gift tutorial is perfect for anyone in your life that likes chocolate, campfire S’MORES or mason jars. It is easy to make, filled with yummy goodies and will bring S’MORE love to your Christmas season!
I don’t know about you, but thinking of a new and unique creative way to make a gift for a loved one for Christmas is exhausting! I love getting crafty, and putting my DIY-thinking cap on, but sometimes life gets in the way and we are too busy when it comes time to executing our amazing and complex ideas. If this hasn’t happened to you, that is amazing, but true confession… it definitely has happened to me! This time of year can be very overwhelming thanks to Pinterest. To help you out this year, I made an easy-to-do, very inexpensive and simple photo craft for all of the grandparents in our lives. Trust me, very little creative skills are needed for this one! I hope this adorable and easy-to-make tutorial brings you peace in this crazy-busy time and allows you to impress your loved ones. Are you ready to get crafty???
Every year we take the girls all dressed up in their matching Christmas dresses to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop for their annual Christmas photo with Santa. Truth moment… every visit I hope for at least one crying girl; I adore a good cry face! This year proved to be almost identical to last year with an extremely sad face from my sweet 1.5 year old who still doesn’t love the idea of sitting on some strange man’s lap! And for the second year in a row, my four year old was beyond excited to greet Santa with a smile and proceed to tell him what she would like for Christmas. If you are wondering what she asked for, I learned that she wants purple glass slippers and a pink wand; good to know!
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December 1st is tomorrow, and you know what that means… Elf on the Shelf returns!
If you are looking for some Elf on the Shelf inspiration, then search no further! I have compiled my 25 favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas for you to use, so that you don’t spend all of December trying to think about where to place your elf next. Below you will find my 3-part series highlighting 25 creative ways to bring the spirit of Christmas to your home with the help of the Elf!
The way to my heart is through a personalized gift. I am all about the sentiment behind a well thought out and creatively unique gift. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, to me, it’s the little touches that go along way. So I have teamed up with Shutterfly, the master of everything personalized, to guide you through some of my favorite personalized gifts to help you give the gift of PERSONALIZATION this year! With Shutterfly, personalized gift giving is so easy and definitely the way to go this holiday season.
:: GIVE THE GIFT OF PERSONALIZATION WITH SHUTTERFLY ::
I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for the holidays this year. I love decorating the house, the chilly weather and the cozy and snuggly times shared with my family. One of our favorite holiday traditions is cuddling up with the girls, and watching our favorite holiday movies. We love to put on our favorite pajamas, snack on goodies and get into the holiday spirit. It is a tradition that my girls have come to love and look forward to, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
This year I decided I was going to go all out and surprise the girls with matching pajamas, and I found the perfect shop to get them at. If you haven’t heard of Gentry California, you are in for a treat. When I came across this mom-owned adorable shop, I fell in love! Gentry California specialized in monogrammed and personalized apparel for babies, children and women and everything is beyond fabulous!
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away… Which means Christmas is right around the corner??!! Where has 2016 gone?! Since December is almost here, you know what that means… Time to order Christmas Cards! Every year I order our family Christmas Cards through Shutterfly because they have the biggest selection and I am always happy with their backgrounds, colors and options. Their website is so user-friendly and within a few minutes you can have a picture perfect card.
If you’re not familiar with Shutterfly let me explain. Shutterfly is an online photo and personalization company that I have been using for over 12 years. Let’s just say I’m a big fan of Shutterfly! Every November, with the click of a button, I upload my family photos into their website and create a unique and special Christmas Card to send out to my family and friends.
Shutterfly does an amazing job of coming out with new designs, creative photo layouts, well-thoughtout holiday taglines and colorful touches that make our holiday cards so beautiful; and this years selection does not disappoint!
Not only are the selections amazing, but so are the prices. Shutterfly always offers amazing discount codes and you get so much bang for your buck when you order through them online. (Keep reading… There are fabulous Shutterfly discounts at the end of this post – Your welcome!)
I absolutely love picking out costumes for my girls every year. Now that Paisley is 4.5 years old, she definitely knows what she likes and it was so much fun hearing her ideas. She told me that she wanted a costume that she could coordinate with her little sister, and she told me exactly what her sister should be. Good thing Payton can’t talk yet, or I’m sure we wouldn’t hear the end of it! The final outcome is absolutely adorable and I am so excited for Trick Or Treating this year. But first… A recap.
Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet for me, in a time that I have needed it the most … mommyhood! I am so thankful that over the last year through blogging I have been given the opportunity to do what I love and to grow as a wife, mom, friend, and writer through Espresso Ever After. I am so thankful to you, for following along, encouraging me and and supporting me through this blogging adventure! Cheers to 1 year and to many more to come!
In honor of my 1 Year BLOGiversary, I wanted to give you a behind the scenes Espresso Ever After tour of my 5 favorite blog posts from the last year. This tour includes my vision as well as my mental and emotional states at the time of creation and reveals the WHY behind the content of each post. I hope you enjoy the tour, and thank you for your love and support in my blogging journey! As usual, grab a latte, get cozy and enjoy!
:Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After : My 5 Favorite Blog Posts:
When you make this recipe, be ready for your home to be filled with the true smells of fall; sugar and spice and everything nice. It is beyond fabulous!
Now that the sweet fall chill is in the air, it’s time for some cookie baking! I love this oatmeal cookie recipe because of my super sweet ingredient surprise; butterscotch. Now, I recognize that “Butterscotch” doesn’t exactly make most people begin salivating, but the right amount in the right recipe can be magical! It is the perfect surprise ingredient. If you are simply not a butterscotch person, then feel free to get creative with your add-in items and switch it up with chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, nuts, raisins, or even cinnamon chips. Since it is fall, I also sprinkled in a little splash of fall colors with edible confetti leaves. This cookie is an easy bake, full of fall love and will be enjoyed by everyone. My kids and husband approve!