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Love these Items from DaySpring

Amazing Grace - Ceramic Coasters, Set of 4
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I have not posted in a while and neglected to make updates around here.  I have brought
new items to the shop section and hope that you check it out. There are several gift ideas
for Mother's Day that are currently available and you won't want to miss it. I have also added
these cute items from DaySpring Cards Inc which I love and will get it for my home as I
continue to make updates to my home.

Scripture - Ceramic Coasters, Set of 4
I have also had my eyes on this throw pillow.  I like the neutral colors of black and off
white, the message is perfect for our upcoming anniversary and it will look great in our
bedroom chair or over the bed. Such a great reminder of the vows we took years ago that
still hold true. I love that you can remove the cover in order to wash it, that is a plus.

We Still Do - Throw Pillow

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep - Wooden Plaque
This is perfect for a nursery or any child's room, this wooden plaque makes it easy to remember
to say your night prayers with your little ones.  It is a sweet gift for a mom to be.  It is one of my
favorite's here and hope that you click on the shop tab and view other little gift ideas for friends,
mothers and more.  Thank  you for sticking with me and visiting today.

Christmas Tree Storage with Tree Classics

*Disclosure: Tree Classics Sponsored the item on this post.  All views and opinions expressed are my honest 100% opinion.

I usually keep our Christmas tree up during the twelve days of Christmas.
It is at this time after the 12 days that I begin to put the decorations away. 
This year I was fortunate enough to have a tree storage bag from Tree Classics. 

In the past years, I stored my tree in its original box, but the box weakened and our tree broke. This year I have a better solution and that is to use a storage tree bag that will keep our tree in tip-top shape for years to come.

I received the storage bag after the tree was assembled.  I had to remove the base and place it in the bag.  I secured the legs of the base into the straps provided. I put the tree back on the base.  
The Tree Storage bag attaches to your tree stand and acts like a simple tree skirt during the 
Christmas season. 

When the holidays are over, open the tree skirt, grab the built in handles, and pull it upward. 
The bag compresses your hinged tree and gets it ready for storage in minutes. After you've compressed your tree, it's easy to pick it up and move it to a closet, basement or garage.  
When it's that time of year again, grab your tree from storage, unfasten the top zippers 
and straps, pull it down and your tree is ready to decorate.

The Deluxe Upright Tree Storage Bag is specially designed to provide our cherished Christmas tree with the care and protection it needs. Polyester fabric keeps out dust and dirt. The straps provide maximum support. This bag easily accommodates fully assembled trees measuring up to 7.5 feet tall, and features an extra pocket for stowing away extra ornaments and accessories, this was my favorite section. Durable side handles make moving your tree easy, and a clear tag holder allows you to identify the bag's contents quickly and conveniently.   They have storage bags for other tree sizes and for all your Christmas decorations.

When you receive your storage bag, just read the instructions carefully first and follow the directions, it is that simple.  If you skip reading the instructions, you will not know how to store your tree in this bag.  There are straps that keep the base in place.  You will also need another person to help you if you have a large tree.

I enjoyed using my new storage bag this year and look forward to using it for years to come. 
Do you want a storage tree bag too?  If you do, Tree Classics is 
having a sale and you can get one now before January 17th for the sale price on their site. 

Hurry on over, sale ends January 17th!


The word Christmas was derived from the Old English Cristes Maesse or 
"Mass of Christmas."  Over the centuries it has become a comprehensive word 
including both the religious traditions and the secular traditions.

In North America, the early immigrants brought their different Christmas traditions. 
The Germans brought the Christmas tree, the Irish contributed the lights in windows 
of homes, Catholic immigrants brought Midnight Mass and everyone had their own 
Christmas carols.

Many happy traditions revolve around the Yuletide season, but have you ever 
wondered when we started celebrating Christmas and how it came about? For a 
closer look at the origin of this beloved holiday visit the Tree Classics blog.

A Merry Christmas to you from our family to yours!

How do You Capture Memories

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be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

How do you capture family moments during the holiday season?
We have decorated at home for Christmas and have put up our tree
with its glistening ornaments, sparkling bright lights, and golden ribbon.
We have hung our homemade stockings by the fireplace, have put up our 
Jesse Tree and baked cookies that fill the air with goodness and we continue to
make family memories each day.  It all sounds so wonderful, but we want to
remember those lovely moments, and so this is where Blurb comes in.  I have made
photo books in the past and why not create one for the Holidays too.  

I enjoy looking back at our photos from previous family moments while curling 
up by the fireplace as I turn each page.  I love that Blurb makes their photo books 
look like storybooks, except that it is our story.  Not every moment is wonderful,
but I love to look at the changes of each year.

It is amazing how children change each year, how decorating styles change 
from season to season, and it is all captured by images in a book.  
The great thing is that we get to share it with our 
parents, they get to view the moments they have missed due to distance. 

I would not like you to miss an opportunity to make your own memories this year
and share it with loved ones, or even create your own cookbook with Blurb because
even that would make an awesome Christmas gift.  So I am sharing with you 
right now that today until December 12th everything is 35% off. So
you have all day today to get your memories into a book.  Use this code: AWE35

Hurry on over before the sale is over, remember it is only until 12/12/16.

Thank you for stopping by today!

How to Make an Advent Wreath

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Hello friends, I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
Today I want to share with you this year's Advent wreath.

Advent begins this Sunday, and each year I share with you the process of how I made my wreath so that you may be inspired to make your own.   

"Customarily the Advent Wreath is constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which are inserted four candles (Advent candles). According to tradition, three of the candles are violet and the fourth one is a rose. However, four violet or white candles (Advent Candles) may also be used".
The rose candle is lit the third Sunday of Advent, for this color anticipates and symbolizes the Christmas joy announced in the first word of the Entrance Antiphon: "Rejoice" (Latin, Gaudete). For this reason, the Third Sunday is also called Gaudete Sunday. 

Last year I used natural elements for our Advent Wreath.
In past posts, I have mentioned that I use whatever 
I have on hand at the moment, so with that said
here are the supplies that I used for today's wreath.
  • Four to five artificial pine needle branches 
  • Deer moss 
  • Floral wire 
  • Scissors
  • A decorative branch
  • Candle base
  • Four Advent candles

1 . The first thing I did was to tie each branch to the other using the
floral wire and bend each one to form a circle. I adjusted the diameter of my wreath so that it could fit around my candle holder. The branches are made of wire, so it was not difficult to form them into a circle.

2. I then added the large candle base to the center of the wreath.

3. Next, I placed the deer moss on the top of the candle holder to give
coverage to leave some space for the four candles.

4. After adding the moss, I placed the candles around the base.

5. The last step was to add my decorative piece, the pine cones and log branch.
That's it, create a wreath and then just put everything else into place.

For past Advent Wreaths, click here, here and here.

There you have it, our Advent Wreath this year.
Happy Advent!
Do you have Advent candles this year?

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