Some of us feel pressured or encouraged to do more and more every year with all new great ideas for Christmas. And that is ok, but know it’s also ok if we aren’t up to 100% with everyone else as far as how they are decorating, what they are doing to decorate, or how much they are fully decorating.
So, this year we changed up the decor outside our home for Christmas, and I love it!!! We changed our wreaths this year to something more neutral, and honestly, I like it so much better specifically for our home.
On black Friday we zipped down to Kmart, and they had a great selection of ribbon and bows! Nine bows, and 2 spools of ribbon (I could not locate online the exact color, but it’s this exact thing but in white) for $21.44!!! That is 50% off what we would have spent. We simply attached the bows to the wreaths by using the attached wire already there and looping it around and then twisting like, a thousand times! The ribbon I cut to length and then looped around the wreaths and held through the window at the top to hold. Just the extra ribbon being held inside at the top by the window keeps them very secure during weather conditions.
The Front Porch
I will say one thing, I wish so badly that what I had was a big wrap around porch. I have probably said that in so many blogs, but it’s true! My husband and I said if we decide to stay (since we love this area so much) then we would add on, this is a must! One day!!!
Our sweet little porch looks a little different this year! Last year I added a metal bucket and placed some wood pieces in it with a lantern aside. This year I took the metal bucket away and added a super cute petite 2.5 ft, flocked tree in my barn bucket on legs. That is one that I just absolutely adore since I’ve bought it at a barn sale. Aside is a lantern with outdoor, waterproof remote controlled candles that I purchased from amazon! I’ve always had bad luck with candles going bad with weather conditions. But so far so good, they are holding strong!
A Quick Side Note!
The lantern previously was so rusted and faded from hard use. So instead of going out and buying a new one, I simply taped off the glass and used black exterior spray paint that we already had on hand.
And instead of placing the wreath on the sled this year, I just left the skates. And I am so thankful I did! It’s more simple and doesn’t look overbearing as much. I like how much more visible the skates are now too.
This year I am just so happy with how everything turned out for our porch. It’s simplicity and cuteness in one just makes me feel at ease and giddy on the inside! 🙂
Our side tree, front and side bushes have lighting on and the deer were placed.
Deer – As much as I love the deer, I didn’t like the lighting on them…. It was like a led blue undertone and it just didn’t go with the rest of our warm white lighting. So this year Peter took all those lights off and added white lighting, it made a big difference, and was easier than what we anticipated.
What’s missing??? We excluded the lit walkway this year. As much as I love it, sometimes it can be a pain. The walkway included stakes in the ground that held strands of lights that formed the brick pathway. It’s actually funny because when the dogs were let out, they would either trip or have to find a way to hop over them. So not only the time it took to put them up, but they were in the way for the dogs, so we decided to not put them up this year.
I hope you enjoyed our “Simple outdoor Christmas 2019”, thanks for reading!! Stay tuned for another blog coming your way on our indoor decor:)
It’s been a while, that I have been on here, I’m sorry! But I am excited to share with you, I finally found the duo for our bed! I will be completely honest, I struggled with knowing how to get that “fluffy” look, like Brooke w/ “nesting with grace” had. After reading her blog and doing more research we found an affordable queen sized duvet cover and added a king sized insert inside the cover… DONE!!! That did the trick!
And guess what?! They both were purchased off Amazon! Talk about affordable!!! Here is the link to the duvet cover. When we first received it, and I saw the package, I was dissapointed… I was like “it has to be bigger than this.” But opening it and feeling the material, was ah so soothing! It was so soft, and pure white with cute buttons across the whole bottom and ties at the corners to enclose the insert. The duvet insert was huge out of the package, at first I wasn’t sure that it was going to fit inside our queen cover. But it did, and I am so glad it did!!! Once the insert was placed inside the cover, it was perfect! The comforter is so fluffy on our bed and instead of it looking like there isn’t much, and super flat… It has more dimension! The cover set included 2 shams which are currently not being used, and that is because: 1. We don’t feel we need more pillows right now. 2. We need 2 bigger pillows to accurately fill the sham size.
I promise you, there are sneaky ways to purchase bigger items like this for a better price! It isn’t always about the big companies, stores etc. It’s about creating a space that you envision, within a budget! When I was doing my research a lot of the covers and inserts I found higher interest in were on amazon. They have a vast selection and you can’t beat their prices! Any questions or thoughts on purchasing similar items? Please contact me!
Thanks for reading, Happy Friday!!!
Hello friends, I wanted to share something that has been on my heart, and I hope that you find this just as encouraging as I do. “Choose Joy” is thrown around a lot. It’s not truly explained as to what it looks like or how to apply it…
I’m currently in the midst of studying to retest for the 3rd time my Boards Exam. So many questions are constantly going through my mind… “why did God allow me to get through 2 yrs of school, and now I can’t pass? Am I supposed to be a PTA? How am I supposed to be joyful about this? Why should I be thankful for this? Does God have a different plan for me?“
Though there are so many trials and good, we need to see the good in EVERYTHING, each and every day. We need to dig into the word through every cry and praise, we need to fully trust because HE DOES have a plan for us. Instead of carrying the burdens and worries, God wants us to give that to him to FIGHT for, and fully take care of.
While in situations, we are told to “choose joy“, instantly we think this is impossible. Choosing joy even in the midst of trials, is choosing to see the goodness God has done and will do in the middle of a dark storm. Joy doesn’t always mean laughter and big smiles. Instead it‘s a deep seated fastener that keeps our heart safe and prevent getting swallowed into darkness.
Satan LOVES when he sees us broken, sad, angry, frustrated, stressed, it‘s an easy access for him to get us. When we allow those things to start, it‘s so easy for them to quickly grow and grow till eventually we can’t get ahead of it. When we give thanks through each up and down Satan does not like that, he backs away. He doesn’t know what to do, because YOU have taken that thing away that Satan meant to destroy you with.
Though I continue to question the trials, I am thankful to be alive and live through this trial knowing God has a bigger and better plan ahead of me. I am also thankful for the amt of love and support that I have been given by him. I am thankful for what God has given me, and there is always joy to be chosen, thankfulness to be spoken, and all that goodness cannot be taken away.
So I encourage y’all to choose each and everyday even in the small things.