Holiday Home Tour 2014

I finally had a little time to photograph and edit my Christmas decorations, better late than never!  The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for us, as I am sure they have been for most people.  It has been so nice to slow down at night and sit on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa watching the lights twinkle!

We kept things very simple this year with our holiday decor.  We are traveling quite a bit, and we have a toddler who is into absolutely everything.  Instead of stressing to keep things safe from him and vice versa, I just modified everything for safety and also chose some fun elements especially for him.

holiday home tour wreath

I didn’t decorate my whole porch, but instead just hung a cheerful wreath.  I found this stick wreath at HomeGoods and added these two red burlap poinsettias that I found at Target to help it show up better from the street.  I plan to remove them and add something wintery to keep the wreath going through February.

holiday home tour tree

As for the tree, we went with the extremely toddler friendly tabletop tree.  I saw so many fun ideas for table trees, ones in paper bags, wooden crates and even ones that spin.  Ultimately I went with the old galvanized bucket, and I love the way it turned out!  I bought this cypress tree in a pot that I can plant in my yard after Christmas.  The leaves are fluffy and smell amazing, but they didn’t support the weight of the lights very well.  That’s why they look a little funny, but I think it is totally okay on this whimsical little tree!

holiday home tour ornaments

I decided to go with a nature theme for this tree to tie in with the pine cone garland on the mantel and also because our little guy is very into birds right now.  He has loved finding them on the tree!  I hung all my bird ornaments, along with a few other favorites that have a bit of a natural vibe.  I took the leftover spray painted pine cones from this project, tied twine around them and hung them all over the tree.

holiday home tour presents

Somebody gave us an Elf on the Shelf last year.  Even though he doesn’t actually “do” anything at our house, he is pretty darn cute, so we let him hang out at the bottom of the tree.  I like how he coordinates with the red and white wrapping paper and ribbon.

holiday home tour fireplace

On the mantle, I really wanted to use fresh garland for the scent.  I love that warm and cozy Christmas tree smell!  I just picked up some of the free tree trimmings from the hardware store and piled them up there.  I added one strand of battery powered lights so I wouldn’t have to hide the cord.  Next year I will add one more for extra brightness.

holiday home tour stockings

The pine cone garland was a simple DIY that you can read more about here.  Our stockings were wedding gifts, and my mom got this fun elfish one for our son last year.  We added a fourth for my brother this year.

holiday home tour joy to the world

This little chalkboard is up year round, I just changed the message for Christmas and added this fun garland underneath.  It was on our mantel last year along with these bright bells and ornaments.

holiday home tour fun garland

Little Bit can reach this table, so I didn’t add anything breakable or complicated to assemble.  He has pulled this stuff down a million times already, but it is no problem to just toss it back up there.

holiday home tour centerpiece

In the dining room, I simply spruced up our fall centerpiece with a red candle and some mercury glass trees.

holiday home tour countdown

I really wanted to deck out my kitchen for Christmas since I spend so much time in there during the holidays, but it is still undergoing a mini makeover.  We currently have a ripped out backsplash and all sorts of misplaced and plastic covered items.  I just added these little bits of cheer to the armoire in the breakfast area since the mess doesn’t extend to that area.

I told you I kept it simple!  We are completely loving it though, and it will all be a breeze to pack up and put away… in mid January because I am definitely one of those people who likes to keep the Christmas magic going as long as possible!

Nashville Weekend : Part 2 – ICE!

We recently visited Nashville for a weekend of Christmas fun!  We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland hotel where they have so many holiday events and exhibits to choose from.  One of the things I definitely wanted to check out was the ICE show.  My brothers and I had the best time experiencing ICE when we were kids!

ICE frostbite factory

It is a walk through exhibit of HUGE holiday themed ice sculptures.  Two million pounds of ice are carved into whimsical scenes and all lit up for viewing!  It really is a magical sight!

ICE nativity

My favorite sculpture group is this gorgeous nativity scene carved from clear ice and backed with twinkling stars and a night sky.  It is the last stop on the walk and the perfect image to end the tour with.

ICE tunnel

This ice tunnel is tons of fun too.  I mean it’s the closest I have ever come to being inside an igloo!  There is also a huge slide carved from ice and a kid sized one too!

ICE bundled up

It is a frigid nine degrees inside the exhibit, so you have to really bundle up!  They provide parkas and blankets, but I recommend wearing your own heavy layers in addition to that.  You want to really take your time and enjoy the sights and sounds, and I saw too many racing through to the end because they were just too cold.

We also attended the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at The Grand Ole Opry.  It was an amazing show full of music, dancing and gorgeous costumes.  My friend Brooke lives in Nashville and met us for the show.  It was so fun to catch up and make a fun Christmas memory together!  This is their last year to perform in Nashville.  If you are close by, you better get your tickets ASAP!

rockettes

Unfortunately, they don’t allow photos at the show, so here is one from their official website.

Little Friday Link Party!

Happy Friday!!! We have had a week full of decorating, gift wrapping and holiday parties! This really is the most wonderful time of the year! I am looking forward to a low key weekend after the busy week though. We are planning to stay in our pajamas until noon sipping hot chocolate in front of the fire tomorrow. That’s my favorite kind of Saturday!
I hope you have had a great week, and if it has been a tough one, I definitely hope you will get a nice long break this weekend!  I am excited to be kicking off the weekend by co-hosting a fun rules free link up with Ashley from The Grits Blog! She has such a fun blog, and I love the “anything goes” mentality behind this link party!  Show us what you’ve been up to this week!
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