Friday, December 23, 2016

Outdoor Christmas Decor & Porch 2016

Merry almost Christmas! Steve and I just got back from a quick trip to NYC. There's nothing like it this time of year and it definitely put me even more in the spirit! A separate post to come all about our trip, but for now I wanted to share the exterior of our home all decked out for Christmas!
I was actually able to capture a few photos when we had a little snow this past weekend! It's supposed to be 60 degrees on Christmas day here, so this is about as festive as it's going to get as far as the snow goes!

I decided I wanted to do something classic this year with our home, so wreaths on every window for the win! I absolutely LOVE this look and will be doing it every year!

Steve is the real MVP here. I have the vision, Steve executes! The wreaths are all hung from Command Hooks, the kind with a metal hook. We cleaned the window with alcohol before adhering the strips. The wreaths have a metal base, so they are easy to hook right onto the Command Hooks. We have had not one issue with them falling down. We have crazy winds here in Kansas and have also had a few rainfalls, and these wreaths are hanging tough!
The wreaths are cheapies from Hobby Lobby. I think they were $5 each since all of their Christmas stuff is always 50% off. Why not just price everything the cheaper price?? I will never understand it! Anyway, the red bows are really what make these wreaths pop, and they are also cheapies from HL. I think I paid less than $2 each for one. Now that I've made the small investment, I will have them every year.
I decided to leave the rockers out this year since we never really seem to get that much snow. I'm sure I just jinxed it, but that's okay, my kids want to sled this year!!! The black and white pillows are cheap covers from IKEA. They are not outdoor pillows, but they are washable. I rectify them not being "outdoor"  by stuffing outdoor pillows as the inserts so they never get moldy! It's my favorite hack. The gold garden stool is from Homegoods from a few years ago. The touch of gold is nice this time of year, or always in my book!
I have a thing for fresh garland this time of year. I buy this at either Costco or Home Depot. It's easy to string around the door and it is just so classic looking, I love it. I kept the wreath on the door the same as the windows, added a red tassel on the door handle, and some birch sticks to complete this simple look. We placed a strand of string lights around the garland to light it up at night. The string lights add more punch with the large bulbs than regular Christmas lights.
I also made some DIY outdoor containers using tree trimmings and some red/gold/silver sticks shoved in our black urns. I made two and they flank the garage doors. Can't do much better than free, right?! I made some of these last year too!
You just can't go wrong with a classic look for Christmas!

I hope you are all enjoying some downtime with your family and friends. Having a warm, cozy, and festive home filled with people I love is something I will never take for granted! xoxo

Monday, December 12, 2016

Winter Chalkboard 2016

Hi friends! It's been whirlwind couple of weeks, but all fun stuff, so I can't complain! It's become a lot colder the last few weeks and it really is starting to feel like winter is approaching. We even had a little dusting of snow. Our winter bucket list chalkboard is now up! Bucket lists are easy for this large wall because I only have to change it out every few months. It's fun and it cures my chalkboard cleaning laziness...
I love to get cozy this time of year, and let's be honest, I'm usually ready for bed around 9pm since it gets dark so early. A good time to hunker down and snuggle. It's on the list. :)
We will fill in the stars as we get to the activities on the list. The kids love this part! I've said it before, we never get to everything, but it's a fun blueprint. We reference this list often and it's a good reminder of all the things we have on our to-do wishlist.
Here is the view from our kitchen into the mudroom. This chalk wall connects the two, and I love how it's visible from both spaces. Also, I have a thing for fresh garland.
And here a view from the mudroom side.
I hope your bucket is being filled every day, especially this time of year! xo

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fall Recap

Before another season gets completely behind me, I wanted to catch up on all things fall that happened around here! Anyone else's life flashing before their eyes??? It's finally getting cold here in KC, we got our tree and the house is decorated, so it's feeling a lot more like Christmas around here! We had an absolutely AMAZING fall! The weather has been gorgeous and the Cubs won the World Series. We couldn't be happier!

This is our house post-Halloween. My pumpkins lasted forever this year because we never carved any and those huge Costco mums were so pretty. Of course, I chose pink. And the grass has been so green with cooler temps!
Speaking of Halloween, these two crazy kids had a ball this year. They stayed out longer than ever before and ran around the neighborhood with their friends. Our neighborhood is so fun and full of kids, and it's so fun to see everyone out and about.
We only accomplished about half of our fall bucket list this year. We certainly don't stress about it, it's meant to be fun, and who cares if we don't get to everything. We have so much to be thankful for.
We did manage to squeeze in a hike...a favorite among the kids...
And ate our fair share of cider donuts...
And finally, after living here for 5 years, we made it to the Nelson Atkins Museum. I loved the abstract art the most. And the grounds could not be prettier.
Steve and I had a long weekend in Chicago together. He was the best man in a wedding and the Cubs were playing that weekend. We had a ball! 
And thank goodness for retired grandparents who love to babysit. We are blessed and happy when they agree to watch the kiddos so we can get away! My mom snapped this photo of the kids while they were fishing and we were gone. Kansas sunsets in the fall are just gorgeous.
We hosted Steve's family for Thanksgiving again this year. The visit is always filled with laughter, relaxation, and good food! I always gussy up the bar cart and use our china for special occasions. We don't use the dining room table much, but I always love moments when we do.

And little miss just turned 8 years old! I know I'm not old enough to have an 8 & 9 year old!! :) She is so full of life and spunk and is caring and mature and a little smartypants. I just love her spirit.
Thanksgiving this year marked 5 years of living in Kansas City. This is a big deal when you've lived in 6 states and none of them were longer than 3 years! 
This is our home. We love it here. So happy life brought us here. Hope your fall was wonderful! xo

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