One of our favorite family games is called "Don't Eat Pete". We love to play it on Family Night, which we have once a week on Monday evenings. It's a very simple but super fun game, and my kids especially love that they get candy. (Or mini marshmallows if I don't have any candy on hand!) This week I'm helping with one of my kindergartner's Valentine's Day party, and I knew this would be a perfect Valentine's Day game!
Any excuse I can get to combine three things that I love--milk bottles, chocolate, and baker's twine--I take full advantage of it. These Valentine treat jars do just that, and they're the most darling way to tell someone "you're sweet". They're super easy to make, and the peek-a-boo heart is absolutely adorable!
I'm going to have to have the most gigantic garage sale this summer when we move into our new house. I can't tell you how many things I've bought or made to replace that very same or similar item that's in storage. We even have two trampolines! (The kids have big plans for them both...we'll see.) It holds true for holiday decor, too, but with one major difference--I don't believe in having too much!
I recently came across the most fabulous red and white striped pitcher, and being enormously obsessed with both red and stripes, I felt as if it was fate. The best part? It was only $10! It was a good day. I had packed it away for next Christmas, but then I realized how perfect it would be for Valentine's Day. With a little card stock, twine, and a few branches, an adorable Valentine Tree was born!
I can never resist a really cute serving platter, but when you add adorable little thumbprints, there really is nothing cuter! I absolutely adore my Heart Thumbprint Platter, and it makes me happy every time I look at it!
What a year! 2015 was very different than I expected it to be. I thought we would be in our house by now, but due to unforeseen circumstances well outside of our control, instead we are still very cozy in our little temporary apartment. So much has happened to our family over the last twelve months, and while things have been really hard at times, I've come into 2016 feeling very grateful for all of the things that we do have. And...come summer of this year, Old Salt Farm will finally be built!
2015 was also a very different year for me when it came to blogging. Because I wasn't in a home that we could decorate in any way, and because all of our things were (and still are) in storage, so many projects and ideas have been placed on the back burner, and I'm REALLY looking forward to tackling them in 2016. I've missed that part of me--and I'll be so glad to have it back. That said, I was able to to try new projects this year that I might not have otherwise, and I learned to be more creative with the things I had around me. I'm glad for that, and I'm so excited to present not only my top posts of 2015, but also the top posts of six other fabulous bloggers!
Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderfully merry Christmas with your family and friends! We've had such a lovely holiday, and received such thoughtful gifts from family and friends. On our list this week is sending thank you letters, and I created some adorable Christmas thank you stationery for my kids to use. They love having a fun template, and I wanted to share it with all of you too!
My girls were looking for something to fun to give to their friends for Christmas, and I immediately knew just what to do! Bottles of nail polish make the perfect gift--add a cute tag, and you're set to go!
Just down the street from us, there is a house that has the best musical Christmas lights show around. So much so, in fact, that my little kids, who rarely can sit still for anything longer than 10 minutes, sit in rapture watching the lights dance to the music as it streams through the speakers into our car. They beg to stay "just a little bit longer", and that little bit soon turns into an hour. There is just so magical about Christmas lights, and taking a night to drive around and look at them is one of our favorite Christmas traditions.
We cozy up in our pajamas, take along bags of popcorn, turn up the Christmas music, and head off to see homes and neighborhoods transformed into lighted wonderlands. Something that's really fun to do is a Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt, and I created a super cute printable to take along with you!
You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!! With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl!
I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn't. I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that's perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!