Monday, December 5, 2016


I've started making my list and checking it twice, and hands down, the guys in my family are ALWAYS the hardest to buy for.  But this year, I've found something to make my choice easy for all of them.  I'm picking up this Armor All Car Care Gift Pack for all of those hard to buy for names on my Christmas list.

The set comes in this handy reusable bucket (why can I never find one when I need it?) which contains premium formulations of Armor All's top car care products.  I located mine on an end cap in the Automotive Center at Walmart.

Inside you'll find everything needed to clean the car inside and out, including a Pro Secrets Booklet that has a coupon value of up to $13 off future Armor All Products purchased.  And, be sure to take advantage of the $3 off digital coupon offer for the Armor All Car Care Gift Pack from Walmart, while supplies last! The coupon makes the price well under $20, what a value for everything that is included!

I have one boy in particular who this gift will be going to soon- he just doesn't know it yet even though he helped me out with this post!  ;)  I can hardly believe it, but my son will be turning 16 in just a little over a month.  Waaahhhhh!!!

Actually, he's doing a fantastic job on all of his practice driving.  And, as many of you who have been in the same boat probably know, although we're sad about how quickly he's reached this big milestone and how fast time goes by, we are READY for him to be able to drive himself to 6:30 a.m. band practice, late night rehearsals, picking up his sister from basketball practice, etc., etc., etc.  Right???

So much responsibility comes along with that milestone, and one of those things will be taking good care of the vehicle he's driving.  He's had a great example watching his Dad do that, so I know he'll do a good job with the task of keeping things clean.  Even though he might not realize it now, this pack will give him everything he needs to do just that.

 So, consider the Armor All Car Care Gift Pack as you're making your gift list too.  And psst... I have a sneaking suspicion that guys aren't the only ones who would enjoy this gift pack ... great supplies make cleaning more enjoyable for everyone!  Who attends parties where you always have to bring a gift to exchange, and then they can get stolen and passed around?  I bet this one would be the hit of the party that everyone wants!

Do you have a go-to gift for those who are hard to buy for?  I'd love to hear about it!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Armor All but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ArmorAllGiftPack

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Friday, December 2, 2016


Goodness, did this week fly by or what?  I don't know why, but no matter how hard I try it still takes me at least a full week to decorate for Christmas.  That's a whole week of the house being a wreck (or more of a wreck than normal)!  Remember that mantel I showed you yesterday?  Well, if we had done a 180 with the camera you would have been shocked at the state of things around here.  Real life...  But, I'll get it wrapped up by tomorrow and be ready to share with you next week!

Today I'm excited to join in with some blogging pals as we each share an ornament with you.  Some are DIY projects, some are treasured vintage favorites, some are style statements.  I love how everyone's choices are so varied!

I chose to share a quick DIY ornament that my daughter and I put together in just a few minutes, they were so easy and fun!

I think when I made my snowman centerpieces it started the ball rolling on all things snowmen!  I found all of the parts at Hobby Lobby.  The "head" is actually a fake snowball that was in a pack of 4 in the Christmas section with the snowy batting and other snow accessories.  The top hats were with the Christmas crafts.  The eyes are small pom poms and the nose is a piece of pipe cleaner.  Hot glue held everything together, then we added a hanging loop to the back and tied ribbon around his neck for a scarf.

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out everyone else's ornament picks!  Here's a few more of my favorite DIY ornaments that I've made over the years.   Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016


When I shifted to using jewel tones on my tree this year, I knew I would continue that through the rest of my Christmas decor this year too.  Along with the tree, I feel like the mantel is the other major player in holiday decor.  If you have a tree and you're mantel is decorated, you don't need much more!  Once again, I found everything that I needed to spruce up my mantel from At Home Stores!

I started with my favorite chalkboard that I've had for years over the mantel.  In past years I've used a mirror there, but I'm liking this change this year.  Then,  I used a lighted star (how I added power to my mantel) and some paper decorations in my color palette that I already had to add some height, color, and fun to the top.  A few ornament clusters mixed in filled in empty spaces and added even more color, sparkle, and interest.

Then, I started working on the mantel shelf itself.  I found the best faux long needled pine stems I've ever seen at At Home and used those as a base.  Then, I filled it in a little more by taking a basic mixed garland and cutting it up into smaller pieces (about 1 foot long each), then tucking those here and there.

Decorating tip:  Cut apart a large garland and use smaller sections to make it easier to work with and more manageable.   

When I saw these wire deer (actually labeled moose on the website, but I think they look like bucks!) at the store, I knew right away I had to use them!  Reindeer have always been one of my favorite accessories to use at Christmas, and I loved the modern take on these.  And of course they needed a bow around their necks.  :)

Lastly, I scooped up a bunch of these cute colored metallic tinsel trees, and I think they're my favorite new thing that I've added into the mix this year (I couldn't find them on the website, but there are tons in store).  I put a few of them on clear candlesticks hidden in the greenery to vary the height a little bit, and added a few more ornament clusters.   If you've never done that, I use a pipe cleaner and just thread 3-4 ornaments together on it, moving all of their tops really close together, then twisting the wire closed.  You can adjust them around a little until the cluster looks the way you want it to, and then use the remainder of the pipe cleaner to wire it onto your greenery.  Just be careful not to pull on them too tightly when you're twisting them together, or the tops of the ornaments will pop off.  #trustme

  After adding our family stockings, that's all there was to it!

Star Pillow || Greek Key Pillow- At Home in store

Variety of ornaments used:
Jewel Tone Vintage Look set || Jewel Tone with Silver Glitter set || Turquoise Matte || Turquoise Shiny & Matte Mix || Purple Mix || Silver Mirrored Balls- Mini or  Set of 3 || Lime Green Shiny or Glitter || Red Shiny or Matte || Mini Multi-Color 

I've been working on another area that got a little Christmas cheer that I wanted to share with you today, too.  After a good, long run, I've done away with the wall of mirrors in my back hallway.  It was fun while it lasted and resulted in my first magazine feature, but after years of having it up I was ready to simplify that area.  However, my original purpose for the mirrors in that spot was to bounce some light around in a dark hallway, so I still wanted to have one, large mirror there.  I found this mirror among the one million that they carry :) and it was a perfect fit.   Of course, it wasn't green and I liked that pop of color from the previous mirrors, so a quick coat of spray paint fixed that.

I love the look of sconces flanking a mirror or artwork, but we didn't have the electrical capabilities for that, so I came up with this DIY version of a faux sconce!

I started with a pair of vintage candelabra sconces that I already had and knew that the shades that I painted and used on various chandeliers off and on would be a cute touch with the green.  I contemplated several options for the shaft of the light, but when I ran across these LED Taper Candles I hit the jackpot!  They are wax so they fit nice and securely in the candle base, and the frame of the shade clips around the top of the candle.

And... bonus... they actually DO light up, making the "faux" sconce even more convincing!  They're not super bright, just enough to give a warm flickering glow.  Here's a little tip that I stumbled on... they turn on and off by pulling the flame tip out of the top, which is attached to a cylinder housing the battery and a push button on the bottom for the power.  Well, I had been removing the shade, pulling out the center, turning the button on, and then putting it all back together to turn them off and on.  But yesterday I had a happy accident when I was putting the shade back on and pushed it down a little too hard, the candle turned on by itself!  Duh!  Now I discovered that I don't have to remove the shade and cylinder to turn them off and on, I can just tap on them from the top.  Even better!

Here's the view from the other way toward the door leading into the garage.  I've desperately needed a new rug there, but couldn't find one I liked that was the right size.  At Home to the rescue!  This was available in store but here's a similar rug online.

The sconces and antlers over the door got a little festive touch with another sprig of garland and an ornament cluster, too!

I'll be sharing my mantel and the rest of the living room, along with the rest of my Christmas decor in a couple of different home tours next week, hope to see you back then!

I have partnered with At Home as a member of the At Home Inspiration Team for this sponsored post and am happy to share some of my favorite products provided for me with you!  All opinions are mine alone.

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