Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ribbon Tree Ornaments and Meal Plan Week 39 and 40

So, its been really busy... and, I am still trying to whip some Christmas crafts out... this one and I have one last craft I'll be sharing next week. I am not sure why I didn't start all of my Christmas crafts in the beginning of November! LOL! Whew... I am also sharing the last two weeks of Meal Plans, because I thought it wouldn't hurt to just stick them at the bottom of this post. But, yes... we are still meal planning around here and it really helps during this busy holiday season! I do want to call out one recipe I made that was AWESOME, one of the top recipes I've made this year... THIS lasagna soup is to die for!!! It makes a big batch so you can even freeze half of it.

OK, so... today I am sharing an ornament craft that Miss Autumn and I did together while she was home sick from school last Monday. Every year I do a new homemade ornament on the tree and I usually have one or both kids help me. I look forward to giving these ornaments to the kids when they venture off on their own someday for their very own Christmas trees.

We decided upon ribbon tree ornaments and used twigs we found in the backyard.

Here are the supplies... pretty simple. I selected ribbons in natural colors with a pop of gold, however you could do green ribbon or even Christmas colors. I also purchased some garland pipe cleaners. The twigs we found in our backyard, but you could also use cinnamon sticks (and they would smell good, too!). I didn't show this in the photo, but you'll need some twine or extra ribbon to make a loop so you can hang the ornament on the tree.

First you want to twist the garland pipe cleaners onto some of the twigs, leaving room in-between each one, so that you can add a stand of ribbon. You can see my little helper had fun with this part of the craft. (She also told me that she wants to do more crafts during Christmas break. Oh boy, what did I start?! ;) )

This is what they looked like after she was done with them... not too impressive, but we have more work to do!

Next, decorate the trees with the ribbon! We did this several different ways and the possibilities were endless... it was so fun! Here are some of the trees I decorated...

Autumn's trees... she did these all on her own, didn't want my help.

Just make sure you cut the ribbon and garland a little as you reach the top, so it has a tree shape.





These ornaments would love really pretty together on a smaller tree, such as this smaller topiary on my front porch.

These would make a great project to do on your own at home, with your children, for scouts or even as a craft at a school Christmas party.

Now are you ready for the meal plans from the last two weeks?!

Meal Plan Week 39:

Sunday - Order In
I am thinking our usual salad and soup combo from 54th Street sounds good tonight!

Monday - Appreciation Dinner with Brian's Colleagues 
My mom is watching the kids tonight, so Brian and I can go out for a work dinner. I still need to figure out my outfit, but I am excited to try a new outfit and to meet some of his co-workers. I will probably let my mom feed the kids chicken nugs or a lunch-able. :)

Tuesday - Lasagna Soup and Garlic Bread, recipe HERE
I have been wanting to try a lasagna soup recipe for awhile and decided to try this sort of time consuming recipe that Dixie Delights shared for a Disney themed dinner. It just looks so DANG good! She mentions freezing half of it, too, since it makes SO much soup.

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza

The weeks leading up to Christmas are going to be HECTIC. Autumn has a watch week at dance tonight AND then Nathan has his Christmas musical at school. I am going to have to feed them before both... wish me luck! 

Thursday - Lasagna Soup and Garlic Bread (Leftovers from Tuesday)

Friday - Hot Dogs and Chips

Saturday - Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, recipe HERE

Meal Plan Week 40:

Sunday - Dinner on the Go!
We have our very first carriage ride at Tilles Park to see the Christmas lights, so we are going to have dinner on the go tonight.

Monday - Kids Choice 
Brian has a work dinner, SO... we will probably just have chicken nuggets or something really simple and easy tonight since I'll be manning the house on my own.

Tuesday - Lasagna Soup and Garlic Bread, recipe HERE
I was going to make this LAST week, but never did... SO, going to try out Dixie Delights Lasagna Soup this week.

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza

Autumn has her dance Christmas party AND her Christmas play after that... sooo. frozen pizza it is! 

Thursday - Tortellini Pasta in Crock Pot, recipe HERE

Friday - BLT's and Chips

Saturday - Dinner Out with Brian

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What Wives Wear Link Up #33 - Oh Deer Outfit with Striped Blazer

Welcome to the
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Week 33
I have seen a couple of bloggers with this 'Oh Deer' shirt on from Old Navy. When I had some extra Old Navy cash a little over a month ago, this was one of the first items that went in my basket. I couldn't wait to style it when it arrived in the mail. I also received this fun little striped blazer and decided to style it with and without the Oh Deer shirt.

First, with the blazer...







Secondly, without the blazer.





I decided to add some hints of leopard to this outfit to make it more playful and I loved the end result. So, do you like the outfit with the striped blazer, without or both? I am looking forward to finding more ways to style this Oh Deer tee AND the striped blazer. The 'Oh Deer' is a metallic foil and really stands out on the shirt, so of course I'll be styling this tee with lots of gold.

What I'm Wearing
Oh Deer Shirt - Old Navy
Chambray Shirt - Old Navy
Distressed Jeans - The Gap Outlet
Leopard Shoes - The Gap Outlet
Leopard Print Belt - Target
Leopard Print Bracelet - Molly Suzanne
Gold Bracelet & Earrings - Charming Charlie
Watch - MK
Knotted Headband - Sadie Sky Boutique

I also wanted to mention that I have a GIVEAWAY going on right now for a free Datevitation Coupon Book! See the book I made HERE and enter the giveaway below... this is a cute little book you can make for your spouse that gives them coupons for over 200 different activities (Wine date, movie date, etc.). 

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Rachel is sharing a navy & white striped shirt

 under a green quilted vest.

She is mixing her patterns by adding a tan, 

green, and red plaid scarf.

She keeps it casual with jeans and a pair of

black & brown boots.

Dawn Lucy is looking good in this trendy EShakti poncho.

This company is known for their beautiful dresses, but 

Dawn Lucy is looking chic in a grey poncho.

The black leather piping is the perfect touch.

She is also wearing dark denim jeans and 

black buckled booties.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Scrappy Rosette Christmas Trees

Every Christmas I enjoy making a different kind of mini-Christmas tree. This year I knew I wanted to make something metallic/gold with greys... I was in Hobby Lobby and came across a beautiful gold chevron striped fabric and matched it with another fabric that was grey. I have always loved rosettes and decided to make some scrappy rosette trees. The second tree has less rosettes and more 'scraps' on it. I really love how these two trees compliment each other really well, but each have their own look and feel. I took some photos of these trees outside, because the lighting was poor in the house today. I will let the photos do the talking... 









For these trees, I knew I wanted them to be gold with grey... I selected the fabric from Hobby Lobby with two different patterns. I originally was going to make two trees with rosettes, but after spending over an hour making rosettes, I realized I only had enough to put on one of the trees with a few leftovers... SO, I decided to make the second tree a little different with scraps of fabric and I love how it turned out. For the base of the trees I used wine corks. Didn't these trees turn out adorable?

The supplies were really simple for this craft. Two styrofoam trees (they sold them in 2-packs at Hobby Lobby), wine corks, burlap (optional) and fabric scissors.

First I glued a set of three wine corks onto the bottom of each 'tree'.

Then I cut the fabric into 22" x 3" strips.

I've been rosetting my heart out this morning... And, no, I'm not day drinking... Those wine corks are part of the craft I'm working on, too! Don't you just adore this gold metallic chevron fabric?! Now off to start a big batch of pumpkin chili and cornbr
Then I spent the next hour making rosettes. I have a great tutorial on how to make rosettes on another blog post I did, which you can see by clicking HERE. Then, just hot glue the rosettes to the tree! I put a rosette on the top of each tree as a topper, but you could also make a bow. For the scrappy tree, I wrapped it with burlap and then wrapped the scraps of fabric around it (hot glued them on each end) and added a rosette to the top and side of it. I was really happy with how both of these trees came out and I may incorporate them into my coffee table tray decor for Christmas if they work.

I hope you enjoyed this craft. If you interested in seeing more of my Christmas crafts or my Holiday Home Tour with several other bloggers this Wednesday, I would love to have you stop by Curly Crafty Mom. I also have two link ups each week, a fashion one called What Wives Wear and a craft/DIY link up called Motivational Monday. Hope you have a blessed Christmas and thanks for reading along with me today!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Motivational Monday Link Up Party - 12/15/14

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Welcome back to another week of our Motivational Monday Link Up Party! This has been a busy week with Christmas being only 11 days away. Thanks for all of your prayers, my mom continues to get better every day since the accident... but, still has a long road of recovery ahead of her. She saw a physical therapist this week and has some exercises to do in bed and has been getting around to walk more. However, they still want her to lay in bed with her legs propped up for most of the day, so she is getting a little stir crazy. 

We've also been really busy now that all of the Christmas festivities have been happening at school... we had a Daisy AND Cub Scout Christmas party, Autumn had a dance watch week  and we also had Nathan's Christmas play at school the same exact evening! This week is filled to the brim... we have our carriage ride through Tilles park, but Autumn has come down with a cold... not sure if it will happen now and we already paid 2 months ago. :( We also have Autumn's Christmas party at dance, which we may have to skip, because her Christmas play at school is the same night and cuts into half of her dance class. Then, there is the kids Christmas parties on Friday and an early release at 1 p.m. Then... it is CHRISTMAS BREAK for two weeks. Lets hope they don't get 6 snow days at the end of it like last year... it was actually 63 for the high in St. Louis today, so lets hope this is a MILD winter. I have some fun activities planned for the kids during Christmas break, but we are going to miss my mom, since she can't get out with us. :(

I also wanted to mention that I have a GIVEAWAY going on right now for a free Datevitation Coupon Book! See the book I made HERE and enter the giveaway below... this is a cute little book you can make for your spouse that gives them coupons for over 200 different activities (Wine date, movie date, etc.). 

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