Thursday, December 11, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas + Little Kitchen Tour

It has been crazy around here. We have been sick plus sick some more but very blessed as well. We had a great Thanksgiving and we enjoyed our time off with family and good friends. After a GLORIOUS meal my BFF Emiley and I went shopping a little (we do it more for fun than we do it for shopping itself, just some girl night out time!) My husband and I usually go in the morning as our older boys sleep over at grandma's with the cousins.
We have been getting ready for Christmas and the kids could not wait one more second to decorate the house. However, we found a GREAT deal on the floors we wanted for our kitchen while we were at Home Depot...49 cents a square foot! Whaaaaat? so half the price. We went ahead and started working on tearing off carpet and old laminate and replacing the kitchen and  living room with new floors. To the kids disappointment, we all had to wait to put the Christmas tree until our floor was done. I will show you pictures of the before and after of that in another post. To top it off, our fridge started leaking like crazy as my husband was putting the new floor and we had to end up getting a new fridge (I know, darn it, right?). But it was pretty old and was not worth it to invest in fixing it.
I love decorating for Christmas since it is my favorite Holiday. I like simple things, and I did not want to spend money in the decorations. Homemade decorations, free printables, some stuff we already had and getting something new for this year was my goal.
Prepare for TONS of pictures...


The smaller pillows are placemats from Target that I opened up and stuffed up with batting... 3.99 each!


I found this garland in the dollar section at Target and I use it to display cards:


My beautiful friend Patricia

This deer was on sale for $8 I think...


I printed "Silent Night" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" from HERE and used frames that I already had.




Homemade ornaments, and some ornaments the kids have made during the years are so precious...



Dollar Tree ornament...




 Our first Christmas together...2003! Look how young we were!



We love to do our advent every night and read from the story of Luke in the Bible about the birth of our Savior. We enjoy hot cocoa and marshmallows by the tree since we do not have a fireplace.





My daughter loves her felt Christmas tree I made two years ago using my Silhouette Portrait machine for the ornaments plus some cheap snowflakes from the dollar store.




 We have a hot cocoa buffet with marshmallows and candy canes.


Hello there!


We have a collection of our favorite Christmas books. I will share them with you soon.



The kitchen


I have had a lot of you ask me when I was going to post pictures of our kitchen. I guess now is the time. We are actually pretty much done with the kitchen. We started back in February when our faucet broke. We got this one from Amazon and it has been great!. We then proceeded to change the sink that was all scratched and painted the countertops using Giani Granite Paint.
Then the hardest part of the whole makeover: painting the cabinets. You can click on the link for the tutorial. The hardware is from HERE and HERE.
Here are some more pictures of the kitchen decorated for Christmas...
These canisters are from Walmart, the chalkboard labels are from Hobby Lobby

This little Christmas tree is from the Goodwill, 2.99!


 My antique scale is from Etsy, the cheese thingy is from the Goodwill. The "rosemary" box is from TJMaxx.



Sorry about the crock pot, but dinner was in the making...chicken tacos!







More details...the "peace, love and joy" plates are from the Goodwill, the kitchen towel is from H&M Home. Have you checked their home stuff ? it is AWESOME!


It is all about family. 

Sneak Peaks from the boy's room:


Little Princess:


And some Christmas decor in our bedroom:

             


Hope you got enough pictures. We are having a great time this Christmastime remembering the birth of our Savior and creating memories. Have a Merry Christmas!

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3 comments:

  1. Hi! Visiting from The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday. Your countertops look amazing! I've been thinking about using the "granite" paint to transform mine. When I saw the first photo of your kitchen, I thought the counters WERE granite. Great job, and more inspiration to push me out of my decorating paralysis. Your tree is beautiful. The best ornaments are the ones with history :)

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  2. Jan, thanks for visiting and you kind comment. If you want to give Giani paint a try I highly recommend it!. It as been 10 months now that we did our countertops and they still look great! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  3. Your kitchen is awesome! I love the look of the dark floors with the white cabinets. You've inspired me to tackle my own kitchen. The hubs and I have been going round and round about the kitchen. He is an all or nothing kinda guy, and I just want to do what you did -- make beautiful upgrades that don't require a loan ;) Thanks again for the inspiration, from one Christ follower to another....

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