Holiday Gift Wrapping Station


Gift wrapping is another holiday task that really takes up a good bit of time depending on how many gifts you have to wrap. To help keep gifts and gift wrap organized, I set up a gift wrap station each year. You can use something as big as a work table if you have room or something as small as a card table in your bedroom or home office. Setting up a gift wrapping station doesn’t have to be super elaborate and you can make it has festive as you want. Here are a few things to keep in mind when setting up your own gift wrapping station…

Christmas at Loblolly Manor Home Tour


If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve probably already noticed how differently Loblolly Manor is decorated from Bliss Barracks. It definitely feels like a celebration given this house had to be rehabbed from the studs. It was a ton of work but we rallied as a family and here we are almost a year to the day later, dressing her up for the holidays. Welcome to Christmas at Loblolly Manor…

Christmas Dining Room at Loblolly Manor


The week before Thanksgiving I took a few days off to help my mom put the finishing holiday touches on Loblolly Manor. As soon as I walked through the front door this wave of nostalgia totally hit me. It’s been almost a year to the day since we started moving all of the furnishings into Loblolly and making the jump from house to home. We were so swamped for time last year the only thing we put up was the tree but this year, it’s a bit more festive. Welcome to Christmas in the dining room at Loblolly Manor…

Christmas Bedroom at Loblolly Manor


this week I wanted to share my childhood home Loblolly Manor with you. It was my mom’s deepest heart’s desire to have both homes decorated before the Thanksgiving and we made with just a few days to spare. Here’s a peek at how we decorated one of the bedrooms at Loblolly Manor for Christmas…

From the Front Porch


How are you guys holding up this week? Are you back in the swing of things after a busy Thanksgiving weekend? I’m looking forward to a weekend filled with nothing but fun and I hope you guys are looking forward to the same. Here are a few things that caught my eye from around the web this week…

Traditional Christmas Home Tour at Bliss Barracks


If you’ve been following along this week, you’ve already gotten a glimpse of our traditional Christmas style at Bliss Barracks. It’s probably the place we celebrate as a family the most during the year so I’m definitely looking forward to our time there together in a just a few short weeks.

Traditional Christmas Dining Room at Bliss Barracks


As soon as you walk through the front door of Bliss Barracks, you can see the dining room. For this reason, my mom almost always keeps table set. Gathering around the table is one of our favorite activities no matter if we’re at Loblolly Manor or Bliss Barracks. Here’s a peek at how we’ve decorated the traditional dining room for Christmas at Bliss Barracks…

Traditional Christmas Living Room at Bliss Barracks


Christmas is always a big deal at Bliss Barracks. I would definitely say we have a very traditional celebration. Part of the big festivities are due to the fact the littles are totally excited about Santa. The other part is due to the fact my mom LOVES Christmas. Here’s peek at how she decorates the living room at Bliss Barracks in traditional Christmas style…

Christmas Inspired Bedroom at Bliss Barracks


Today, I want to share with you a Christmas inspired bedroom from Bliss Barracks. I’ve never shown this space before but it was decorated so beautifully for the holidays I knew I had to share it with you. Bliss Barracks is very traditional in that most of the finishes and furnishings are a nod to the past. My mom loves a great mix of European and Traditional styles so we’ll be celebrating them all week. Welcome to the Christmas Inspired Bedroom at Bliss Barracks…

2016 Holiday Gift Guide


At the beginning of October, my mom starts asking us for a Christmas list because according to her, “you’re never too old for Santa.” She is so serious about this list she gives a Starbucks gift card to the person that turns the list in first. We’ve compiled our holiday gift guides with a wide range of prices and picks for all the special ladies on your list including: the girly girl, the outdoorsy girl, the preppy girl and the sweetest girl (aka your mom). Here’s a look at what we’re loving this holiday season….

Happy Thanksgiving


I’ve been thinking about the importance of Thanksgiving over the past few days. It seems to be the one day we’re all intentional about showering each other with grace, love, and appreciation. The one day we celebrate gathering around the table to share a space with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers bringing the gift that only we can bring

North Pole Pops


If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post on creating an easy marshmallow bar then you already know we’re big fans of simple projects the whole family can enjoy. As with the marshmallow bar, these North Pole Pops are crazy easy to make and your family members can customize them with the “snow” they like best. Here are the details you need to know if you want to make a few North Pole Pops too…

Easy Marshmallow Bar


A few weeks ago we celebrated a special birthday. I knew we would have pie and coffee after dinner which meant we would also let the littles have a bit of hot chocolate. My mom and I had spent the day putting up holiday decorations and decided to create a simple marshmallow bar for the party. Here’s a look at what you’ll need to create an Easy Marshmallow Bar…

Gingerbread Inspired Breakfast Nook and Kitchen Tour


I’m planning to share more of both homes as well as my own in the coming weeks but I wanted to kick this week off with a gingerbread inspired tour of the kitchen and breakfast nook of Bliss Barracks. For as long as I can remember, my mom has had us in the kitchen baking all sorts of sweets and goodies. Here’s a peek at how we decorated the breakfast nook and kitchen areas with gingerbread men in mind…

From the Front Porch


By now you’re probably either in full Thanksgiving mode or you’ve seen so many gorgeous decorations on social media you’ve brought your trimmings down from the attic or up from the basement. Whatever stage of this process you’re in right now, I hope you’re taking extra special care of yourself. Holiday decorating takes so much longer than people ever admit, #amiright? Here are a few of my favorite things from around the web this week….