Pumpkin Carving 2019

For the first time in recent memory, pumpkin carving happened on Halloween. I took the day off from work and spent a few quiet hours turning these beautiful gourds into fun decorations.

Our theme this year was The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – which I sarcastically kept saying was the Great PLumpkin. Haha!

I carved a total of three pumpkins in record time. Truthfully, there were three factors at play with that.

  1. The pumpkins were crazy good quality. We got them from a local farm and they could not have been healthier!
  2. The designs were easier than I’ve done in recent years. You’ll notice there are not as detailed as I usually do. That’s just due to the nature of the design. I mean, it’s Charlie Brown.
  3. I was home alone – no interruptions!

So without further ado, I present to you the three pumpkins for 2019.

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Jolly Holiday Decorations

As much as I enjoy doing the big themes, the smaller “character” years are a welcome break from crazy holiday crafting. A year ago, after we found out I was pregnant, we knew the perfect theme would be simply Santa. With a little one joining the family, we couldn’t imagine doing any other character. Thankfully, we also made this decision while digging through the post-Christmas clearance bins at Target, so the Santa theme was also going to be wildly inexpensive. How convenient!

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Free Printable Santa and Candy Cane Gift Tags

I’m guessing if you landed on this post you’re having an “oh, crap!” moment as you realize you don’t have enough gift tags or simply forgot to buy them.

Have no fear! I have you covered with two options this year!

Option 1 features Jolly Old St Nick surrounded by colorful presents.

Option 2 will tickle your sweet tooth with adorable candy canes.

Click the links below to download, print, and save Christmas!

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Ho Ho Ho Christmas Sign

Ho Ho Ho! Meeeerry Christmas!

Carrying on with the “I need festive signs over my fireplace” project list this year, we created this super Ho Ho Ho sign for the holidays. I’m telling you, making your own signs is the way to go. The combined cost of our Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas sign was roughly $40.00. That’s a steal!

You can see a detailed tutorial on how to build your own sign in under 15 minutes here.

For this Ho Ho Ho sign, I painted the entire sign white first, placed the letters, and painted over the sign with red. Once dry, I outlined the letters with a very thin layer of glitter glue, because… why not? A little sparkle never hurt anyone.¬†

The result is a vibrant sign that makes me smile every time I walk through the front door. Especially since all I can picture is Santa’s bowl full of jelly belly jiggling with each joyous Ho-Ho-Ho!

Wishing you all a very happy holiday!

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Hot Chocolate Station

“I only drink hot chocolate in months with an ‘r’ in them. What’s life without a little whimsy.” – Dr. Sheldon Cooper

During the cooler months, we drink a LOT of hot chocolate. When I say a “lot”, I mean, the amount may actually compromise our health a little. But it’s sooo good.

We also don’t mess around when it comes to the hot chocolate fixings. Don’t even think of suggesting that we just heat up some water and add the packet of powdered mix. Oh, no no no. That’s blasphemy in this house.

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