DIY Winter Wreath

 

DIY Winter Wreath

Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Crazy! 

As many of you may already know, Baby Cian arrived November 29th. He is an absolute blessing and joy and our lives have been changed in such an amazing way. As I’m sure you can imagine, the blog had to take a backseat for the past couple of weeks. I’m finally feeling more like myself again and also finally got around to decorating the house for Christmas. We decided to keep it simple this year as neither Brian nor I have the energy to decorate for days on end. 

One project that I completed before Baby arrived was this Winter Wreath. It took me less than an hour and I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out. It’s festive enough for Christmas but will continue to work throughout the winter season. 

 DIY Winter Wreath

What You’ll Need:

  • Wreath Form (straw, foam, etc.)
  • Yarn (I used soft fleecy yarn)
  • Decorative accents (I got mine at AC Moore for 50 cents a piece)
  • Bells

Directions:

winter wreath 1. Wrap the wreath with the yarn until it’s completely covered.

wool wrapped wreath

wool wrapped wreath

2. Hot glue your decorative pieces to one side making sure to layer them. I picked shade of white, gold, silver and green but you can customize this part with whatever colors you like.

wreath accent pieces

winter wreath closeup

3. Hot glue a few bells and a foam snowflake for an extra festive touch.

DIY winter wreath

4. Hang up and enjoy the compliments all your visitors will give you!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back during the week with my 2014 Christmas Home Tour! (albeit probably an abbreviated version!) For now, how about checking out last year’s Christmas decor

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Enchiladas

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turkey enchiladas

With a newborn baby comes sleepless nights and days with little time to spare thinking about creative meals.  Not only is time limited but tight budgets become essential.  Eating leftovers or whatever happens to be in your pantry becomes the norm but doesn’t have to mean the quality of you meal is sacrificed.  

kraft shreds

  With this in mind Thanksgiving leftovers can create wonderful meals in minutes.  Using turkey and Kraft Shreds Mexican cheese as my basic ingredients I whipped up these delicious turkey enchiladas the night before I went into labor.

ingredients

Ingredients:

1. Leftover turkey

2. Kraft Shreds Mexican cheese

3. Enchilada kit (or Enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, tortillas)

4. Optional:  Bell peppers and/or onions

sauce

1.  Put leftover turkey in a pan along with onions and peppers.  Add taco seasoning and some water and simmer until thick.

enchiladas1

 2.  Lay tortillas out flat and spoon the turkey mix into the center of the tortilla and be careful not to fill in excess.  Fold the tortilla and place in a casserole dish – seam down.  Repeat until the casserole dish is full (and eat remaining turkey mix with a spoon :) )

3.  Spoon enchilada sauce over tortillas and generously disburse the Kraft Shreds Mexican cheese over the tortillas until covered.  

enchiladas2

 4.  Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place in oven and bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  

5.  Remove aluminum foil and place under the broiler until the sauce and cheese are bubbly.

enchiladas3

 6.  Serve with sour cream and guacamole!

enchiladas4

If you need more inspiration, check out the Cooking Up Good website. It has recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

A Clean House for Our Big Arrival!

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cleaning an epic church

 

As my due date steadily approaches (T minus 6 days!!!), Hubby and I have been super busy trying to finish up several DIY projects, including the nursery – more on that soon! – and trying to get the house clean and the fridge fully stocked. 

Have you ever noticed how much new rugs shed? The one in our nursery is out of control! We also recently had to repair several holes in the ceilings and walls and the house seems to be covered in sanding dust. Speaking of dust, the dust bunnies around this house are epic. With all this in mind our new vacuum cleaner, the Eureka Suction Seal 2.0 has really been a life saver. See, it turns out that our old vacuum was no longer actually well, vacuuming. It never had much suction power to it but the rugs and carpets seemed to be clean after using it.

Well, we were wrong. Immediately after purchasing the Eureka from our local Walmart  (where it’s on rollback from $148.88 to $129 – holla!) Brian wanted to try it out. Just a quick once over off the rug in the living room, that mind you, had been “vacuumed” the prior day.

walmart aisle

OMG. You would not believe the amount of dust and dirt that came out of that rug! Brian was instantly impressed with the suction seal capabilities too – going from rug to hardwood it didn’t lose any power whatsoever.

full vacuum

Brian’s strangely addicted to vacuuming now. He said he’s “results oriented”, i.e. because the vacuum is bagless and he can see every speck of dirt and dust that it’s sucking up that he’s just obsessed with vacuuming every crevice of our home. Thank god he seems to be experiencing some of this nesting business that hasn’t hit me yet! I’m certainly not complaining. Every inch of my body hurts from carrying this massive baby (did I mention he’s estimated to be 9lb+??). YIKES.

Enough of my blabbering, take a look at the video below to learn more about this fab new vacuum!

Now that our house looks spick and span for baby’s arrival he’s welcome to come any day. I’m ready. Or as ready as I can possibly be! I’m so excited to share the baby’s nursery with you. We just have a couple more minor things to finish up in there! It has turned out even better than I had imagined :-)

Wish me luck in the coming week!!!

 

*Update: I’m posting this from the hospital…Baby Shaughnessy arrived late Saturday night! More details and pictures to follow in the coming week!

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