tissue pom wreath {tutorial}

Here’s a festive wreath that is fun to make and can be displayed beyond this holiday season.


Isn’t it cute?! Funky and vintage-y and pretty. Here’s how to make one:



3 packages of tissue paper / wire wreath form / fringe scissors / scissors / hot glue gun



1 / cut 5 layers of tissue into a 4 inch strip.
2 / cut fringe along one side using fringe scissors
3 / roll tightly from one end
4 / hot glue to hold pom in place


You’ll need a bunch of these, so just make a million while watching your favorite christmas movie.



5 / attach poms to wire wreath form with hot glue. Arrange the poms closely together, filling in your entire wreath form.

Hang with a pretty ribbon tied in a bow.


I cut a long piece of striped fabric on the bias {diagonal} to make this striped ‘ribbon’.


More holiday wreath ideas coming soon!

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what we’ll wear for family photos

We’re having family photos taken this week for the first time in way too long. We’ll use one for our Christmas card, but we also just hope to capture us being us during this slightly chaotic, but also really fun time in our family’s life.

What it means for me is that I get to choose coordinating {but not too matchy} outfits for our whole crew and they’ll actually wear them. Love this.

So here’s what I’m thinking:


With three boys {plus dad}, navy is a pretty obvious choice, but it also works well because of its timelessness and the fact that it is sort of season-neutral. Plus, everyone in my family except for me have really striking blue eyes and they look good in blue. We’ll add in a few hints of orange just for fun.

Most of these items are the actual clothes the kids will wear. Some we already had, some were purchased especially for photos.

Here’s a close-up of each outfit:


Our oldest is almost 10, not a fan of anything but athletic shorts and hooded sweatshirts, so he’ll probably not love me for making him wear a button-up or jeans, but he’ll look cute and preppy like his mama likes. {sources: jcrew factory, abercrombie, gap, crocs shoes}.


No. 2 is eight and has a thing for dressing up. He doesn’t do it often, but he likes to look nice and so I thought a tie would be fun to show a little bit of his personality. Still sporty, but a little bit fancier. {sources: jcrew factory, gap, old navy}


No. 3 is six and would wear shorts, no shirt and flip flops every day of his life if he could {and if it was not 40 outside}. I would have loved to put him in a cute chunky knit fisherman sweater, but my baby would have been terribly uncomfortable and I think we would miss his super sweet/spunky personality in the photos if he was pulling at his sweater the whole time. {sources: gap, old navy, target}


Audrey is happy in anything that spins or is sparkly. It may be too cold outside to go without tights, so her outfit may change a little – maybe her navy rain boots instead of the sweet striped shoes. {sources: joyfolie, target, old navy, jcrew}

So, obviously, I’m a little crazy to create a design board for what my kids will wear for photos. But I was sick in bed and it was fun. And now I don’t have to think about it on the day of photos.

But here’s one thing we need to decide: since this is the first year we’ve had a dog … are we a family that includes Atlas in our photos? {we’re thinking probably yes – at least for some}. And then, when we send our christmas cards, do we include our pup’s name on it? Is that what you do? Or is that super dorky? Advice, please …

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a little bit of this and that

I’m a self-professed Instagram-lover. I love challenging myself to take interesting/pretty/story-telling photos with my phone, I love the wittiness and encouragement and smiles that come through the captions and comments and I really love seeing behind-the-scenes look at real life photos of the talented ladies I follow.  You won’t find me tweeting much or regularly updating my facebook status because instagram has my whole social-media heart.  My IG friend Mary Beth has a fun and informative series on her pretty blog called The Everyday Project that focuses on phone photography. I just did a little interview with her professing my love for instagram if you’d like to hear some more.

Today, I thought I’d feature a few of my most recent ig photos and share some random thoughts about them …

First up, Paperwhites.


They are so pretty. They are fun to watch grow. They are wintery and Christmasy and fresh. But they stink.  We endure it because of their beauty and the tradition, but goodness, I sure wish they would lose their smell.

Now let’s talk about this foamy cup of deliciousness.


My darling husband bought me a milk frother last year for valentine’s day and it is the best gift ever.  I don’t drink coffee in the morning, but an afternoon decaf eggnog latte or mocha is often part of my days. Here’s how I make mine at home.

At night, I prefer a cozy cup of tea. My best friend introduced me to this most enjoyable cinnamon tea.


It’s spicy and flavorful and makes the perfect late night cup of tea.

And with that cup of tea, a fresh molasses cookie sounds great.


My good friend Dee is an expert baker and she called me over this week to share these fresh-from-the-oven cookies. I’ll have to get her recipe, because they were so good. Tis the season for holiday baking and decorating and I’ve been pinning ideas like crazy lately. Kinda getting excited for the Christmas season.

Totally off the subject, but let’s discuss:


These monstrous carts at target.

My kids call them ‘fun carts’ but I find them to be very un-fun. I bang into end-caps, it corners like a boat and the kids never stay seated in them. BUT, they do have fun and so every once in a while {when I’m feeling particularly kind and generous}, I say yes to the fun cart.  The conversation about these carts on IG was pretty entertaining. Always fun to know I’m not alone in my mothering madness.

Okay, one last thing to share. Last saturday morning, my No.2 asked to do watercolor-decoding art. It was one of those moments when all of us sat around the table peacefully creating and smiling and all was good.


It’s a super easy project – just write a secret message with white crayon on white paper and then pass it to your friend {or brother or mom} to decode by watercoloring over top and revealing the secret message.  Perhaps a craft to try this weekend?

I’m off today to help move my grandparents into their new assisted living home. It’s been a long and emotional process to get to this point and so if you think about it, say a little prayer for our family. I’m excited for this new phase for my grandparents, but transitions are always hard and we’re all hoping they get settled and feel at home quickly.

So there you go. Randomness for today. As always, I am so thankful for fun blog reader-friends like you. xo.

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