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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Easiest Way to Repurpose Faux Wreaths

Hey guys!

I'm here today to show you the quickest and easiest way to repurpose any faux wreaths you may have lying around.  I've had these little wreaths for years and for some reason, I can never discard of them.  I decided this year that they needed new life.

We went and cut down a tree this year and once it was set up in our living room, I gave it a little trim, luckily I had held onto the clippings to use as decor throughout our home.  

Once I had other bins of Christmas decorations out and about, it occurred to me how I could use the clippings, along with how I could give my tired wreaths new life.

Are you ready for the easiest DIY EVER?!

All I did was wrap the little faux branches around the clippings...

That was it!

I repeated this several times until it looked right and then I decided on a place to hang them.

The back of my new chairs seemed fitting and lovely.

Easiest DIY ever, right?!  Have you ever done this?  I'd love to hear what you do with older wreaths and tree clippings!  There are so many possibilities!

Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

Cheers, my friends!

Marie :)

Prime Purchases

Hello, hello, hello!

Phew!  Anyone else starting to really feel the hustle and bustle that is the holidays?!?  I'm over here already out of breath and it's only December 6th!  Wowza!  I'm linking up today and sharing our Prime Purchases.  Most of it has been Christmas and then an unfortunate amount includes Jon's sardines...Ewww!!!  He loves his sardines.  Ugh!  LOL!

I'll get right to it!

For Teachers...

For Jane...

For Eliza...

For Henry...

For Henry and Eliza...

For Me...


For Jon...

Wouldn't be an Amazon order without sardines.  Yuck!
 For our home...

Oh boy!  I have a feeling I'll be making more purchases in the coming days...I'm really behind this holiday season...Okay, back to running around I go!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I truly appreciate each and every visit, comment and purchase.  :) :) :)

Marie :)

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Hello Monday

Hello Monday!

This Hello Monday is going to be a little bit of everything!

Last week Jane and I crafted our hearts out!

Jane worked on painting this taped Christmas tree...

She also made this hat!  I was so surprised.  I've been letting her "wrap" anything she wants to let her work on her cutting and taping skills and she's really enjoying it.  I just bought her another roll of wrapping paper over the weekend just for her to use for "wrapping" ...  I love it so much!

I made this vintage Christmas Countdown...

The elves have started to become more mischevious...

I made these melted candy covered strawberry lights...

Jon and I attended his office party and I have zero pictures from the event.  Oops.  My mom was here to watch the kids and after the office party, this table, chairs and bench arrived!  I've been looking for a new table and chairs, but I wasn't ready to spend a couple thousand dollars doing so.  This set cost me $200 and it's in impeccable condition!!!

These pieces were for sale through a local business that supports our schools through donations from the community.  I found out the woman who owned this set passed away on Wednesday of last week and was a vital member in our community; she gave so much AND she loved children.  I loved knowing all of this and it gives us further reason to really take care of and maintain the condition of this set!

Eliza dressed up for "bells" day at school, but she also opted to wear an entire Christmas ensemble and, to be honest, I'm here for it!

I made these brown paper bag snowflakes.  They're not posted to the blog yet, but I plan to get them up later today!

The girls have been playing a little bit!  Hallelujah!  Henry and Eliza have always been such good friends and have always gotten along so well, but Eliza and Jane...well, that's always been a different story and I truly think it's the age difference.  It truly makes my heart so happy when they play together...

I threw together another little craft - this faux wreath turned fancy!  I'll be posting about this soon, too!

I got in a much needed workout amongst the Christmas decor!

Henry had another basketball game!  They lost to an amazing team.  Henry is in the blue and the guy sitting at the scoreboard table is a Michigan Dearborn basketball player!  He was super tall!!!  It was cool he came to watch!

My niece, Aurora, turned 21 on Sunday which officially makes me old.  Ha!  This is her when she was five or six while we visited at my parents' house...oh to go back to this time...  

Our Christmas cards arrived and they turned out beautiful!

The back is bittersweet, but Jane described our year perfectly...

I ran to the store over the weekend and when I came back, I found Jon all dressed up in the basement!  LOL!  Jon and Jane were having a blast!

Henry made signs for the Michigan game on Saturday night and we let him stay up to watch!  Gosh, that was a long game - it ended just before midnight, but we came out with a huge win!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eliza and Jane and I made pipe cleaner crowns...

Henry and Eliza practiced their piano duet...

We settled in on Sunday night for dinner and a movie, Mary Poppins Returns!  I love all the warmth in this picture...

Janie loved it, too!

That was our week/weekend and it was a good one!  This week is going to be super busy!  Time to get after it!

Happy Monday, friends!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with Hello Monday.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Melted Chocolate Covered Strawberry Christmas Light Treats

Okay, sooo let me completely transparent here.

Martha Stewart I am not...and these melted chocolate covered strawberries had be questioning my baking and crafting and decorating abilities- BUT - I did it, I finished it and guess what?  The kids absolutely devoured these special little beastly ;) treats!

If anyone out there knows how to work with melted chocolate in a professional manner, please - I'm begging you, please DM me.  LOL!  ;)

Okay, so, if you're wanting to make these, and you should because they truly are cute and delicious, here's what you'll need:

Candy Melts of your choice
Mini Marshmallows

First up, wash the strawberries thoroughly and let them dry.  Then, cut off the tops and let the top part of the strawberries dry - pat them dry if needed.

Next, melt some green candy either on the stovetop or in the microwave and put a little dab of green at the top of the strawberry.  This will act as your glue for the marshmallow.

Add the marshmallow...

Next, carefully add the green melted chocolate around the marshmallow.  I used a knife for this part.

Once the marshmallows are covered and dried, I then took them off and dipped the strawberries into the other colors.  

I used anything I could find on hand so that I wouldn't get my fingers all messy - trust me on this part...seriously...just trust me.  ;)  LOL!

Once the strawberries were covered, I then reattached the green covered marshmallow with another dab of melted chocolate.

Adding glitter as the melted chocolate dried could help cover up any imperfections, but with that being said, they still turned out cute and like I mentioned before, the kids really, REALLY loved these!

I definitely learned some things, but now I know, you know? ;)

Ya live and ya learn!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

I appreciate each and every view and comment!

Marie :)

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