{Day 3} Apothecary Jars and Glass Vases

Apothecary fillers

I LOVE Apothecary jars and use them around my home all year long. The only thing that changes throughout the year is what I put inside them. When it comes time to decorate for Christmas, I simply just swap out the items that are in them and replace it with items for the holiday. Perhaps you also love the look of them, but struggle with what to fill them with. Hopefully after this read, you will be able to use at least one of the ideas that I am going to share with you. If you have never invested in any Apothecary jars, I will share with you where I bought mine for minimal cost. However, most of the tips that I am going to share with you can also be put inside a glass vase or cylinder to get the same effect. It’s best to use a few different shapes and sizes. If all the jars are the exactRead more …

{Day 2} Faux Fur & Pillows

Christmas Decor

Faux fur and pillows are a simple, inexpensive way to add warmth and coziness to your living room this Christmas. Choose a faux fur throw that compliments your color scheme and then add in different metallic pillows and textures to create an inviting living space. You can either drape your faux fur throw over an arm of your sofa or place a wicker basket near your fireplace and keep some of your pillows and fur throws in it. Not only will it look pretty but it’s practical, too! A majority of the items I am showing in the photo were purchased at Home Goods. Sure, I love the faux fur that Pottery Barn is offering this season, but you can get the same effect without spending a lot of money. Pottery Barn’s fur ruched throw retails for $149 and I purchased mine at Home Goods for 24.99! You can’t beat that! No item pictured here cost me more than $30Read more …

{Day 1} Trimming the Tree

Holiday Decorating Ideas

Trimming the tree. It’s important that you begin this process by choosing either a theme or color scheme for your tree. If you choose a particular theme (i.e. hallmark ornaments, Disney theme, ect.) you more than likely will have a wide variety of colors throughout your tree. If you want a particular color scheme, pick one that flows with the colors that you already have established as part of your decor in your home. Once you have determined the look that you are trying to achieve on your tree, you can start the fun part. Trimming your tree! If you do not have a pre-lit artificial tree (like me), stringing the lights on your tree will be your first step. It’s always best to test your light strings prior to hanging them on your tree. Once you have your lights on the tree, you are ready to move on to the next step: hanging garland, ribbon, or netting. One ofRead more …

12 Days of Decorating for Christmas

Holiday Decor Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of year! I love everything about Christmas. I love the music, the decorations, the lights, the time spent with loved ones, and most of all, the significance of what Christmas truly means for each and every one of us. I also love transforming my home into a glittery, winter wonderland. I love the way that a room can feel so warm and inviting by the soft glow of candle light or the crackling of a fire. It really is a magical time of year.   I thought it would be fun to kick off the month of December with twelve days of my favorite decorating tips for Christmas. Each day I will share with you a different “look” or idea that I use in my home and hopefully it will inspire a little creativity for you, too! Thank you for joining me and I hope that you enjoy these next 12 days of decorating ideas!

Parenting During the Teen Years

Aug 11, 2017 | Posted by in Mom Life, My Beautiful Mess | 0

There’s no doubt about it, parenting is hard. Parenting during the teen years…now THAT is a whole ‘nother beast entirely. And I admit, I have not always done it with grace. There was a time, about a year ago, I felt like I was failing. Trying to connect to my teenage daughter seemed almost impossible. I felt as if I was losing her. Then, during that time, my eleven year old son began to show “the signs.” I could barely handle one hormone raging teen in my home, but two? I seriously felt like I was on the verge of a mental breakdown. I bought books, searched the internet for relative articles, cried a ton, and desperately sought out other girlfriends that had already walked through the thick of it. I knew if things didn’t change with my daughter, she would slip away even further and I was terrified. My daughter is so much like me and, at times, IRead more …

Money Saving Tips on Your Next Hawaiian Vacation

Jan 22, 2017 | Posted by in Life Hacks, Money Saving Tips, Travel | 0
sandy beaches in hawaii

One of my favorite destinations to vacation to is Hawaii. My husband and I have been going to the island of Maui every year since 1999. I love everything about it…the tropical weather, the ocean, the people, the pace, the “aloha” spirit. I’d say the only negative thing about it is the cost! Over the years I have learned some “savvy traveling tips” that have saved us a lot of money when traveling to Hawaii and I’d like to share them with you. Please keep in mind that I live in Southern California, so my experience and costs associated with airfare will be from that perspective. With that being said, here is what I have discovered. Although I love flying Hawaiian Air for the obvious reasons, they discontinued their “non-stop” flight from San Diego to Maui a few years ago. Once I make the decision to travel to Hawaii, I want to get there as fast as humanly possible. DirectRead more …

The Nitty Gritty of Owning a Timeshare

Jan 19, 2017 | Posted by in My Beautiful Mess, My Thoughts | Comments Off on The Nitty Gritty of Owning a Timeshare

My husband and I made the mistake of purchasing a timeshare. Twice. You’d think we would have learned from the first one, but unfortunately, we are slow learners. And it has been a very expensive learning curve! You’ve received those offers in the mail, right? The ones that seem too good to be true? The ones that offer you a 5 night, 6 day stay at a resort that looks so amazing, you wish you could be there right then! “What? Only 299 per COUPLE (as in TWO people!?) for the ENTIRE stay?” Too good to be true? That depends. If you can go, sacrifice 90+ minutes of your life that you will never get back to listen to their presentation, and stay true to the word “no”, then I say, go and enjoy an awesome discounted vacation! The problem is, most of us go with the intention of saying “no”, but after the 4 glasses of free champagne, all theRead more …

Allowing Your Kids to Experience Pain and Disappointment

Jun 12, 2016 | Posted by in Mom Life, My Beautiful Mess | 0

Pain and disappointment. Oh, how I wish that I could wrap my kids up and protect them from never experiencing its sting. I would say that allowing your child to experience pain and resisting the urge to not jump in and save them from disappointment is one of the hardest things to do as a parent. We see that all too often these days…kid’s athletic teams where the scoreboard always is “even”, award ceremonies where everyone is the “all star player”, competitions where there is no real “winner” or “loser”. But where exactly is the lesson in all of that? Because from my perspective, the message that we are getting across to these children is that there is no growth to be found in pain, loss, or defeat, which is just not true. In fact, I believe that we need those painful experiences as children to learn the coping skills that will come in handy when they grow up toRead more …

Why I’m Not Spending Mother’s Day With My Kids

May 8, 2016 | Posted by in Mom Life, My Beautiful Mess, My Thoughts | 0
mother's day

I love my kids. Really I do. But this Mother’s Day I am spending it away from them, rather than with them. Now, before you go and pass judgement on me that I would actually choose to not be with the two human beings that actually made me a mother, let me explain. Every year, my mom and I take a “mother/daughter” trip to Palm Springs. This year, when we were looking at dates, one of the only options for us to get away together was the week of Mother’s Day. With my daughter’s upcoming show rehearsal schedule, it was not an option for us to go as a family, so that meant if I left, my husband would need to stay back and handle all the responsibilities for the week. Not only that, but I would be gone on Mother’s Day…tough decision. Do I go away with my mother and celebrate her, leaving my family behind, or do I stay atRead more …

DIY Teacher Appreciation Poster Ideas

May 1, 2016 | Posted by in DIY / How To, Gifts | 0
Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Posters

Since this next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at our school, I thought I would share with you some simple, inexpensive ways to create a poster that pops! In the years past, we were able to decorate the teacher’s entire door with wrapping paper from top to bottom and really go all out. Recently, they changed the “rules” that it could only be on a poster, no greater than 22 X 28. I little boring if you ask me, so I went on a search for ideas on how to really jazz up poster! After “googling” fun ideas while enjoying a glass of red wine, these are a few of the posters that were inspired. My favorite posters are the ones that I made that resemble a “chalkboard”. Very easy to make with black poster board and a white gel pen! Each of these posters cost me under $3.00 to make and they were a lot of fun! If you have readRead more …