20 Alternative Christmas Trees

Some Decembers an actual tree just isn’t feasible. Maybe you’ll be gone most of the month and it doesn’t seem worth the trouble. Maybe your place is on the small side and space is at a premium. Maybe money is tight and every dollar is going toward your bills. No matter the case there are plenty of options for making your home holiday ready! Have a look at the twenty options below for inspiration and DIY projects that think outside the tree. (Sorry, I had to.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy or DIY: Wreaths

 

Have you decorated your entire place or not even started? Are you going all out or keeping things simple? This year I find myself in the DONE and SIMPLE categories and I’m 100% find with it. The first thing I did the day after Thanksgiving was hang my favorite wreath on the front door… because last year’s decoration boxes never got put away but rather sat at the top of the cellar stairs. (How’s that for Insta ready?!) During the holidays it seems you have to pick your battles, and some of them include whether you want to spend hours crafting or would rather place an order online. I getcha and I’ve got your back with this selection of wreaths you can either buy or DIY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 Homemade Gifts + Foods to Give

Homemade gifts are so thoughtful, and they’re also great to have on hand for some other reasons. Unexpected guests, coworkers, and stockings to name a few! I’ve pulled together twelve simple DIY projects and twelve recipes that would make for great give, I’ve also shared what to pair them with to create and extra sweet and thoughtful gift!

 

 

PAIR WITH a bottle of wine or new book

 

PAIR WITH a set of vintage candleholders

 

PAIR WITH a bottle of lavender pillow spray (see below)

 

PAIR WITH a simple soap dish

 

PAIR WITH a pair of linen pillowcases

 

PAIR WITH a package of your favorite pasta and a jar of sauce

 

PAIR WITH a nice box of matches

 

PAIR WITH a bouquet of fresh eucalyptus

 

PAIR WITH a pretty candlesnuffer

 

PAIR WITH a tray to arrange them in

 

PAIR WITH a pottery dish to set it in

 

PAIR WITH a few tiny baskets to set them in drawers, closets, etc

 

 

PAIR WITH toothpicks and a large bowl

 

PAIR WITH a loaf of fresh local bread

 

PAIR WITH the recipe!

 

PAIR WITH quality hot chocolate mix

 

PAIR WITH a pair of small glass tumblers

 

PAIR WITH a wooden cutting board

 

PAIR WITH a nice candy dish

 

PAIR WITH a linen dish towel – tie them up in a bundle

 

PAIR WITH a small dish or cake stand that can be used year-round

 

PAIR WITH a recipe for English muffins or crumpets and a spreader

 

PAIR WITH a pair of new mugs and tea strainer

 

PAIR WITH an air-tight tin that can be reused again and again for storage

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Pajama Party

The holidays are the only time of year where I take stock of my pajama drawer. Bottoms with frayed hems, tops that have shrunk or just aren’t that cozy, all of it goes into either the trash or the donate bag. It’s also when I replace my slippers for winter and any other sleepwear that’s running low. There are so many great sales going on that it’s only good sense!

 

Brushed V-Neck Sleep Shirt // Maya Long Sleeve Teddy // Organic Cotton Jogger Set

 

Total Comfort Pajama Set // Patterned Flannel Sleep Pants // Tencel Pajama Set

 

The Oxford Pajama Tunic // Tipped Cotton Pajama Set // Vintage Pajama Set

 

Double Knit Robe // Floral Knit Robe // Fuzzy Hooded Robe

 

Jersey Robe // Organic Cotton Stripe Bath Robe // Reversible Sherpa Robe

 

Turkish Cotton Robe // Velvet Short Robe // Waffle Robe

 

Boucle Bootie Slipper // Faux Fur Slippers // Hand Knit Sock Slippers

 

Gemma Velvet Driving Slippers // Ivy Wool Mule Slipper // Cilla Slipper

 

Mill Fleece Scuff Slipper // Wrenlette Slipper // Velvet Scuff Slipper with Pom

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23 Calendars + 23 Planners for 2018

With only 30 days left in the year it’s time to start looking forward to 2018! I’m roughly 110% ready to put the past twelve months in my rearview mirror and make the most of what’s to come. That means picking out a solid wall calendar for my office and a planner that I’ll carry just about everywhere. (I’m a pen and paper person, I have to write things down to remember them.) Do you buy the same one every year without fail or are you constantly looking to try something different?

 

Fiercely Female 2018 Calendar
2018 Bingo Desktop Calendar // 2018 Wall Calendar

 

2018 Wall Calendar // 2018 Desk Calendar
2018 Inspirational Quote Wall Calendar // 2018 Stendig Wall Calendar

 

2018 Yearly Wall Calendar // Aurora Wall Planner
Big Letter 2018 Wall Calendar // Colorbloc Desk Calendar

 

Floral Quote 2018 Calendar // Gradient Calendar
Ladies of Literature 2018 Calendar // Make It Count 2018 Calendar

 

Maps of the World 2018 Calendar // Printable Minimal 2018 Calendar
Modern 2018 Office Calendar // Petite Places 2018 Desk Calendar

 

Tortoise 12-Month Desktop Calendar // Colors II 2018 Wall Calendar
XL 2018 Wall Calendar // XL 2018 Wall Calendar

 

17 Month Aurora Planner
2018 Composition Journal // 2018 Egyptian Rose Planner

 

2018 Green Floral Hard Cover Agenda // 2018 Linen Delfonics Diary
2018 Planning Book // 2018 Pocket Diary

 

2018 Weekly Simplified Planner // 2018 Wise Words Planner
2018 Year Task Planner // Blush 2018 Planner

 

Botanical Pocket Planner // Chambray 2018 Spiral Planner
Color Block Planner // Icon Hardcover 2018 Agenda

 

Infinite 2018 Planner // January 2018 Daily Planner
Metallic 2018 Spiral Planner // Modern Petite 2017-2018 Planner

 

Penciled In 2018 Planner // Penned Posies 2017-2018 Planner
Unsolicited Advice 2018 Weekly Planner // Weekly 2018 Planner

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Mega Christmas Sweets Roundup

1/ Almond Buckwheat Chocolate Brittle
2/ Apple Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
3/ Belgium Waffle Maple Fudge
4/ Caramel and Cardamom Kisses
5/ Cardamom Cake Mix Cookies with Saffron Sugar
6/ Caramel Apple Spice Thumbprints
7/ Cashew Filled Baklava Rolls
8/ Carrot Cake Cookies
9/ Chai Spiced Salted Caramel Macarons
10/ Cherry & Lime Macaroons

 

11/ Cherry Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
12/ Chocolate Flecked Slice and Bake Cookies
13/ Chocolate Graham Crackers (GF)
14/ Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies
15/ Chocolate Tahini Fudge
16/ Chocolate-Peanut Butter Marbled Biscotti
17/ Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crust Cookies
18/ Cranberry and Almond Oatmeal Cookies
19/ Cranberry Cherry Ribbon Cookies
20/ Cranberry Wafer Cookies

 

21/ Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies
22/ Dulce de Leche Cookie Bars
23/ Easy No-Bake White Chocolate Thin Mints
24/ Espresso Caramel Shortbread Bites
25/ Fluffy Vanilla Nougat
26/ Frosted Soft Sugar Cookie Bars
27/ Gingerbread and Honey Jumbles
28/ Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps
29/ Hazelnut & Caramel Cookies
30/ Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars

 

31/ Homemade Chocolate Bars
32/ Lemon Cranberry Biscotti
33/ Malted Hazelnut & Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
34/ Christmas Maple Sugar Cookies
35/ Matcha Oreos
36/ Lemon Shortbread Cookies
37/ Meyer Lemon Pizzelle
38/ Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread
39/ Nutter Butters
40/ Oatmeal Chewies

 

41/ Orange Chocolate Cantucci Biscuits
42/ Pecan Praline Cookies
43/ Pumpkin Ginger Sandwich Cookies
44/ Rosemary Chocolate Biscotti
45/ S’mores Bites
46/ Salted Caramel Cookies + Coffee Chocolate Drizzle
47/ Salted Dark Chocolate Chip and Roasted Pecan Cookies
48/ Peppermint Bark Cannoli
49/ Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
50/ Walnut Mushroom Cookies

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Mega Holiday Card Roundup 2017

1/ Season’s Greetings Wreath
2/ Holiday Stamps Foil Card
3/ Peace to the World Holiday Card
4/Mid-Century Modern Joy! Holiday Card
5/ Festive Foliage
6/ Joyful Holiday
7/ Ding Dong Merrily
8/ Fox Holidays Card
9/ Spirit Lake Holidays Set
10/ Season’s Greetings Holiday Card

 

11/ Happy Holidays Party Food
12/ Holiday Shapes Card
13/ Peace On Earth
14/ Happy Christmas Time
15/ Embroidered Doves
16/ Santa’s Sleigh
17/ Evergreen Wreath
18/ Winter Wonderland Blind Impression Card
19/ Deck the Halls Card
20/ Merry + Bright Greeting Card

 

21/ Holiday Centerpiece
22/ Merry Holiday Ribbon Letterpress Greeting Card
23/ Merry Little Holiday Card
24/ Christmas Village Card
25/ Happy Holidays Kraft Card
26/ Oh What Fun Letterpress Greeting Card
27/ Potted Evergreens Holiday Card
28/ Season’s Greetings Holiday Card
29/ Foil Stamped Happy Holidays Card
30/ Cozy Cabin Card

 

31/ Holiday Santas
32/ Pink Christmas Present Card
33/ Festive Reindeer Card
34/ Love + Peace Holiday Card
35/ Joyful Circles
36/ Give Water
37/ The Big Bauble Note Card
38/ Noel Boat
39/ Enchanted
40/ Penguin

 

41/ Floral Detail Monogram
42/ Greetings from the North Pole Postcard
43/ Holiday Feast
44/ Have a Very Merry Christmas
45/ Birds of Cheer
46/ 2017 Holiday Cards
47/ Snow Globe Tree
48/ Happy Holiday Hibernation to You
49/ Feline Festive Risograph Card
50/ Christmas in the Village

 

51/ Frosty Leaves
52/ Tropic
53/ Gold Christmas Jumper Card
54/ Indigo Meowy Christmas Greeting Card
55/ Winter Shibori
56/ Foil-Stamped Gather Good Hearts Near Card
57/ Christmas Feast Greeting Card
58/ Snowy Owls
59/ Holiday Wreath Circle Letterpress Card
60/ Merry Bird Card

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Alcholidays Advent Calendar 2017

 

My right eyelid has been twitching since last Wednesday which can only mean one thing – the holidays are once again upon us. I put the tree up Saturday and decorated the inside of the house, but somehow only have 1.5 gifts bought. So, in an attempt to keep stress levels low and panic attacks at bay, I decided to put together one of my favorite annual posts a bit earlier than usual. This year’s Alcoholidays post is in the form of an advent calendar, guiding you gently through your liquor cabinet/bar cart/what have you all December long. And hey, if you need to get started a few days early who am I to judge? (past Alcoholidays 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy or DIY: Advent Calendars

 

It’s my favorite holiday tradition – the advent calendar! Whether you’re all in or just need to find one now we’ve got you covered. From free printables to DIY projects to buy it right off the shelf (or the screen). There might even be a few adult versions to help you make through to December 25th mixed in. *wink*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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