A tour of my favorite Christmas decorations.

I hope everyone’s having a lovely holiday season! 🙂

Things here are great. I’ve spent most of the day baking cookies, which is always fun.

I thought I would take some time out to share a few of my favorite Christmas decorations with you all. I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s!

As with everything else, I try to keep things simple when it comes to how heavily we decorate around here. These days, we pretty much stick with just the tree and a few outdoor lights. The apartment we moved to this year doesn’t have a balcony, though, and our windows aren’t really visible, so…Steve strung the lights inside, instead. I love the effect, and kind of wish we could leave them up all year :).

Xmas lights 2017

Please pay no attention to the breakfast tacos and assorted clutter covering my coffee table. Thank you! 🙂

We’ve been using clothes pins to hang our Christmas cards from the lights as they arrive.

Christmas cards image 2017

Here’s our tree. It’s fake and I bought it at Target for twenty dollars seventeen years ago. I’d say I’ve gotten my money’s worth!

Xmas tree 2017

For minimalists, we sure do have a lot of presents under the tree :O.

And now for a few of my favorite ornaments.

A couple of cute Santas:

Winnie the Pooh is very popular around here.

I also have a lot of baking themed ornaments. A lot of these are from the Hallmark “Season’s Treatings” collection, but I don’t have the whole set.

measuring cup 2017

The world’s teeniest measuring cup, spatula, whisk, and measuring spoons.

gingerbread man 2017

I love gingerbread people and houses! I found this little fabric one at Target a few years ago. Isn’t he cute?

This year I also hung these pot-holders on the fridge. I’m not sure what year they’re from, but they’re pretty old. They were my grandmother’s.

potholders 2017

And last but not least, my star tree-topper, which came from the Dollar Store the same year as the tree, 2000. Not bad for a two dollar purchase!

star 2017

What are some of your favorite holiday decorations? Have you had them forever and a day, like I have? 😉

Happy holidays, y’all!



Christmas planner?

I really want to make one of these Christmas planners I keep seeing around online!

I’ve pinned a few ideas for them on my (surprisingly and oddly empty) “Christmas” Pinterest board but there are SO many other cute possibilities out there…so far this one seems to be the most comprehensive set of printables I’ve found.

I’m tempted to just try and design my own planner completely from scratch, though. That seems like it’d be fun :).

I sort of would like to have a green or red notebook for this project, but I also don’t like the idea of having to buy something else. Especially not when I already have a few empty notebooks lying around. Although…those old notebooks I have aren’t particularly cute :/.


I’ll obviously have to think about this some more :).

Do any of you use special notebooks for your holiday planning? Any printable packs you’d recommend?