An Organized Holiday:Christmas planning binder

An Organized Holiday:Christmas planning binder

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Have you ever made lists for Christmas? Making lists is something most of us already do without even really thinking about it. But did you know you can create a binder to help you organize and simplify your Christmas season?

I keep a binder with a December calendar, shopping lists, recipes, grocery lists, address lists, and holiday to-do lists. I also include any pictures or magazine features I want to utilize. I use tab dividers to keep the binder organized and easier to use.

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$4 at Staples

I used this cute, green polka dot binder to store my Christmas printables and goodies.

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$25 on Zazzle.com

I decided I’d share my handy printables with you all today. Below you will find recipe cards, holiday planning checklists, contact lists, and more. All are available to you for free, but you may not use them for commercial use.

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Christmas checklist- BLANK

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Blank Christmas party planning template

Christmas Party Planner Sheet

Christmas party planner

Travel checklist

Traveling checklist

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Christmas contacts

recipe card

recipe card

I hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Check back Friday and Saturday for some wonderful Christmas-related goodies!

 

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Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Things you can do to prepare for Christmas RIGHT NOW!!

Christmas is now a little over a month away and while some of us think nothing of starting our Christmas decorating and planning, others feel as though we’ve just set out our fall decor.

For those of us who want to enjoy Christmas with less stress, here are a few ways to plan ahead for a more enjoyable Christmas season.

1. Inventory your Christmas decorations

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Take out all your Christmas decorations and sort them in three piles: use/keep, broken, and donate. If you’re like me, you buy a few things each year, and your Christmas decor can get out of hand. Go through your things and purge them before you decorate, so you won’t have to worry about it later.

2. Decide whom you’re shopping for and map out your Christmas budget

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Of course, the easiest way to manage Christmas gift shopping is to start early and plan a budget and stick to it. I like to write out a list with the name of each person I’m shopping for and a gift idea and suggested price. I don’t always stick with the gift idea, but I do usually stay within budget.

3. Plan tablescapes and menus ahead of time

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It may sound crazy to plan ahead how you’re going to set your table, but planning your table decor and securing all needed items ahead of time will make things much easier. Planning out menu items will also help you to stick to your budget and your shopping list as well.

4. Take your Christmas card photo and order cards now

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Take your photo now so you can get the Christmas cards ordered in plenty of time. Once your cards are ordered, you can address them a few at a time before dropping them in the mail, or for a little extra money, pay someone else to address them. It will be much less stressful!

What do you do to ensure a less stressful holiday season?

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

Farmhouse Friday: Christmas decor at Target!

I took the month of October off from blogging, as I was experiencing some difficulties. I felt I just needed to step back and pause for a bit. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I decided to dive back into our regular schedule.

Have you all been to Target lately? Between the Magnolia Hearth and Hand line and the Dollar Spot, I could get into some big trouble.

These cute little house lanterns are only $3 and they’d be adorable on my mantle.

These wooden stockings come with stickers for a unique, design your own advent calendar for $3. You can buy the stocking or the wooden tree. I want to buy these and just decorate with them, and not even use them as advent calendar.

This wooden star garland for $2 is simple and pretty!

And these “believe” plates are perfect for hostess gifts or cookie exchanges.

And these hat and glove ornaments for $1 are adorable!!

Everyone go hit up your nearest Target Dollar Spot right now!!

And have a wonderful weekend.

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

Dollar Store Crafts: Place Mat Pillows

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I have wanted some pretty seasonal pillows, but I don’t always love the price. I was at Dollar Tree when I spotted these pretty placemats.

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They were thin, as far as placemats go, but they were really pretty. Since they were at the Dollar Tree, I went ahead and bought four of them, with the intent of making two pillows from them.

I then took them home and pinned them together where I wanted to sew them. I then turned them inside out and sewed the edges together.

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And after I sewed the edges, I simply turned them right-side out and stuffed them with quilt batting.

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I then sewed the open end together.

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I absolutely love how these turned out! I am now looking for some napkins or tea towels that coordinate with these placemats so I can make some pillows from them!

What Dollar Store Upcycle have you completed lately?

Veteran’s Day

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Today is not just a day off work. It’s not a three day weekend, or an excuse to have cookouts and tailgate. Today is for celebrating our military personnel, both past and present.

Celebrate with parties, cookouts, or fireworks if you must, but remember that today is about the selfless sacrifices of many people on our behalf, for our benefit. As you spend time celebrating and being thankful for our military ladies and gentlemen today, remember to pay it forward and do something unexpectedly kind for someone else today.

Happy Veteran’s Day, all.

 

 

 

2018 Fall Home Tour

2018 Fall Home Tour

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This year, I opted to do a shortened and simplified fall home tour. We’ve had so many things to do lately, that I haven’t been able to give the blog its needed attention. This year, we opted to do a more simple fall decorating scheme, and I’m happy with how it turned out. We went with lots of candles and simple, natural decor.

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Our fake mantel has a red berry wreath, a white pumpkin, bittersweet and plenty of candlelight.  Simple, yet pretty.

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Our dining room hutch also got a little fall as well. Notice the typo art and the antique scale from my grandmother.

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And also the vintage milk glass and burlap sunflowers.

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Our dining room table features a burlap runner (to match the sunflowers) and a wooden box with candles and pumpkins.

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I’m planning to add some grapevine balls and greenery to this later on.

We also included a little fall display in our front entry.

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Fall pillows on the couch and a tray full of fall goodness on the coffee table in the living room.

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And finally, in our office, yet another tray, this one with sunflowers and a field guide that once belonged to my dad.

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Our seasonal tour this fall included lots of natural elements and lots of simple goodness. I also incorporated things that belonged to our family members, such as the field guide, antique scale, and milk glass. And lastly, I included a little typo art as well.

How have you decorated for fall this year?

Hiring a Company to Clean a Construction Site

Hiring a Company to Clean a Construction Site

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Are you planning on doing some renovating or remodeling to your home in the near future? If this is the case, you might want to consider hiring a company to pick up all of the garbage that is going to get spread all over your construction site. Renovation projects can get very messy. The demolition process always creates a large amount of debris. You might have lots of pieces of broken drywall and plaster that need to be disposed of. This will take a lot of time for you to pick up all of this trash and dispose of it yourself. Why not hire someone to do it for you? Here is how you can go about finding a company that specializes in cleaning up areas where construction has taken place.

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1. Talk to contractors to find out who they hire to clean up their construction sites.

You might be able to get some very useful references from people who work in the construction industry. There is a good chance that many of these people hire another company to clean up the mess that is left behind on their construction sites. Find out the names of the cleanup companies they deal with. How much do they charge for their services? How good is the quality of their work? Talking to contractors might give you the names of several companies that handle construction cleaning in Denver, CO.

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2. Get in touch with the Better Business Bureau to find out what they have to say.

The BBB is certain to have the names of many companies that clean up construction sites. They will have detailed profiles on all of them for you to read at your leisure. It would be in your best interests to take advantage of all the info that is at your disposal.

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3. Compare the prices that are charged by the various construction cleanup companies.

You owe it to yourself to get the best deal possible. This is why you should get price quotes from multiple companies. This will let you see what your options are.