Visiting the Texas Hill Country

Happy 2022! It’s hard to believe that this next year has come so soon . . . the years seem to fly by faster and faster. Cheers to new beginnings and the freshly-sharpened-pencil feeling of a new year. We rang in the new year in Texas with John’s family. They live near Dallas, but we met them and some of John’s childhood friends in the Hill Country, a collection of small, picturesque towns west of Austin and north of San Antonio. The area was absolutely lovely, and the trip exceeded my expectations in every way…

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Gift idea: framed vacation map and photos

Happy holidays! I hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday, however you celebrate. Taking a break from the holiday content over here to share an easy DIY I made for my dad’s birthday. As I wrote about in this post, we spent a week in Glacier National Park this past August. It was really a dream come true for me (as corny as that sounds!), and I felt so lucky to spend that time with him. When his birthday rolled around in late November, I wanted to give him something to remember the trip, but I didn&#8217…

easy DIY pine cone photo Christmas ornaments

I love to make things this time of year, but I also get overwhelmed easily. Are you the same way?? After seeing the idea below in a magazine (I can’t remember which one), I figured I could handle this type of craft — it’s almost foolproof, and it looked really fun! Here are the steps I followed. I promise, it was really easy! First, choose some old photos that make you feel happy and loved! I found pictures of me as a baby with each of my parents. (Can you handle the 70’s decor…

easy and fun decorating ideas for the holidays

I love this time of year so much! Like, really a lot. We have bins and bins of old Christmas decorations, and I can’t bear to part with any of them because they hold memories of past Christmases. And yet each year we seem to buy more lights, more garland. In sum: I’ve tried lots of different decorations for Christmas, and I’ve found a few special things that make our house feel cozy, warm, and filled with love. Here’s a quick list of the fun, easy ideas I’m using this…

Gift ideas for her — moms, girlfriends, sisters, friends

I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving! In case you’re scouring the internet for gifts, like I am, I thought it might be helpful to share some fun gift ideas for the ladies in your life! Except for the slippers, which I’m hoping to receive this year, all of these items are things I own and love. 100% recommend! Quay sunglasses (I ordered an extra pair so I’m never without these sunglasses — they’re that good) | leopard-print slippers | sunscreen | apron (I ordered this for my sister!) | nail polish clear coat (Amazon…

gift wrapping ideas

Do you love giving gifts? It’s one of my favorite things about the holidays — I love shopping for gifts that I think my family will love. When I find something that’s just right, I relish wrapping the gift, thinking about how the recipient will (hopefully) enjoy what’s inside. I guess it’s cheesy, but the whole process is such a tangible expression of love, and it brings me joy! While I’ve always enjoyed shopping, the wrapping process used to be a chore. Over the years I’ve come up…

Gifts for tween boys and girls

It can be so hard to buy gifts for tweens! They’re too old for toys, too young for more grown-up stuff. They’re growing into their own people, which is exciting, but during this time of change it can be hard for parents to find the perfect gift that suits tweens where they are right now. We’ve got four tween kids in our house — two boys and two girls — and we’re in full-on Christmas mode. If you’re shopping for tweens, too, maybe some of these ideas will…

even more hostess gifts, all $30 and under!

I have parties on the brain, I think! I find myself looking for hostess gifts all the time lately, so I thought I’d share some more suggestions with you. None of these are affiliate links. In fact, several are items I already own or plan on giving as gifts. I’ve already purchased a Virginia cutting board as a gift for some dear friends who’ve invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. City Skyline Slate Cheese Board State Dish Towel Large Sloth Hanging Planter State Cutting Board Girl’s Face Planter Candlesticks (candles not included) If…

Hostess gifts from Amazon — all $30 or under!

Now that the holiday season is on its way, I’ve been thinking about hostess gifts! After the last year and a half, I’m SO happy to get back in the swing of socializing and spending time with dear friends. I’m always on the hunt for hostess gifts beyond the regular bottle of wine, so I put together some ideas for you. All are $30 or under and will arrive to your door quickly! Many of these are items I’ve purchased in the past and have absolutely loved. (Please note that the links…

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4 easy ways to make your home more enjoyable

During the past year and a half, our family has spent so much time in our house. So. Much. Time. And it’s got me thinking about the easy ways we can make our homes more enjoyable. I’ve noticed I feel more relaxed and less anxious when at least one room in the house is put-together and relatively clear of clutter. Anyone else feel that way? 1. fancy soap dispensers I probably use more soap than anyone else in the house (go figure), and these dispensers (affiliate link) are a silly little thing, but they never…