Printable Calendars


I am not one for making new years resolutions. I always break them a week in and then feel guilty about not being able to keep a promise to myself.

So for years I have not made a single resolution, but that streak of care free behaviour is over.

I am a fairly organized person and for the most part I always know what is on the daily schedule, trouble is no one else is aware of the information.

With Chris travelling for work , the kid’s activities, and the appointments that I book for work, some at the last minute, it seems like no one has any idea of what is going on until the last minute. It is beyond frustrating to say the least.

My resolution for the year is to make the entire family more organized and in the loop as to what is going from day to day.

I have found some great printable calendars that can help any family keep on top of all the chaos.

Click on the picture to take you to the site

Vintage Style Wood Teal Blue color





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Hopefully having a few of these calendars around the house will help everyone to be on the same page!





Gift wrapping ideas for Christmas

PicMonkey Collage

Wrapping paper is my arch nemesis. I always cut it too big and then have to hack away at it once I have already started folding

The paper is easily ripped so I need to patch it

I can’t cut a straight line either so everything is wonky and crooked

By the end it looks as though my five year old wrapped the present

Actually Callum would probably do a better job than I would

So in an attempt to avoid wrapping shame this year I decided to use brown craft paper to disguise my inability to keep a pattern straight. It is also harder to tear which is a bonus.

I wrapped all the presents this way and wrapped them in red ribbon that I got from the dollar store or red and white twine that I got from Ikea.


I am trying to steer clear of gift tags as well so I wrote the names on the paper with a metallic Sharpie.

I think it looks classic and still very Christmasy

The kids made the ornaments for all the presents using this recipe

They decorated them with glitter glue


I put together a collection of what I think are amazing ways to wrap presents. This is what I aspire to!

Simple White Christmas Gift Wrap 3w

Simple and elegant from Love That Party

chalk board wrapping

Amazing idea from Going Home to Roost


A good way to put the Scrabble game to use from Craftionary


This is a great way to use up scraps of yarn and doilies that you may have laying around from HGTV


Brown paper packages tied up with string and candy! Yes please. Great idea from Crafting in the Rain


Love this idea from New Nostalgia


Simple and sweet from Apartment Therapy


I could never pull it off but I think it is a great idea from Craftionary

Maybe one day when I get some patience I will be able to wrap presents as creatively as these bloggers did. Until then I will continue to fake it with my craft paper and ribbon.

DIY Head Board


I have the best husband! He has been so busy with work and making a very large harvest table for a friend and yet he still carved out time to make a beautiful headboard just so I would be happy

He’s pretty awesome

This is what our old headboard looked like


It was okay but we were looking for something a bit more stylish


As I mentioned in a previous post I got the fabric from Tonic Living



The nail head trim is from Joann Fabrics

nail heads

We weren’t going to remove the current headboard as it keeps the bed from falling apart

Chris came up with a plan to cover the front and the sides so you couldn’t tell that the original headboard was still there

He started by cutting out a very large piece of ply wood and attaching 1×2 pieces of wood to the top and sides


We attached the foam with a staple gun

As you can see the foam looks like a disaster. We couldn’t find a piece that was large enough so we made do with what we had


When the foam was covered by the batting you couldn’t tell that it was made up of several different pieces.

Then we put the fabric on. I love working with solid fabric because if your fabric isn’t perfectly straight you can’t tell

Finally it was time to add the nail head trim

I started by drawing a chalk line on the fabric to mark where the trim would go


This stuff is genius! It only took about 5 minutes to put all the trim on. It comes in a 5 yard length and is easy to turn and cut.

I have gone the individual nail head route before and it is tedious and painful to say the least. Any time I have a project that involves nail heads I will use this.


This is the final result





I am in love with it!

This head board from Restoration Hardware was our inspiration and I think Chris did a pretty great job of matching it


Cost break down:

Fabric – $42 from Tonic Living

Ply wood and wood trim – $45

Nail head trim – $12 with a 60% off coupon at Joann Fabric

Foam and batting -$50

Total cost:$149.00

It wasn’t as cheap as I would have liked but it is better then spending $1800 at Restoration Hardware!



Faux Fur Tree Skirt

tree skirt

Every year I get more and more frustrated by the amount of cat fur left behind on our tree skirt

As soon as the tree goes up the cats immediately gravitate to it and refuse to leave for the next month.

I am getting pretty sick of the clumps of hair


I decided that this year I would stop fighting it and make a tree skirt that could conceal their mess

Faux Fur is easy to work with, inexpensive and looks and feels snuggly warm

I bought the fur from Joann Fabrics it was only $6.49 a yard!

I used two yards

I used my old tree skirt as a template.


Fold in half once and then fold in half again so it looks like this


Fold the fur the same way and cut out around the template


As you can see the cats are already obsessed with the fur

Cut up one side so you can wrap the skirt around the tree

This whole project took a grand total of 3 minutes

I stuck some Velcro on the sides so it wouldn’t slide around as soon as the cats were on it


As you can tell the cats are big fans of their new comfy spot





Holiday Traditions



When I was growing up we always had a real Christmas tree.

My parents would drag me and my brother out to a Christmas tree farm so we could experience the joy of picking out our own tree and cutting it down.

What usually happened was that my parents would find a tree they thought was okay but they weren’t sure if it was the best one so they would ask me to stand guard while they kept looking. My brother would end up standing guard next to another tree.

It seemed like hours until they finally returned announcing they had found the best tree. In reality it was probably only 5 or 10 minutes.

When we got home my brother and I were always eager to decorate the tree right away, but we had to wait until my parents leveled the bottom, put the tree in a bucket, knocked the tree over and spilled all the water out of the bucket, exchange a few interesting words with each other and then finally put bricks in it to keep it from toppling over again.

Then the decorating would begin.

Decorating with my family while listening to Christmas carols was our family tradition.

It’s those traditions that make each year exciting.

I have started some new traditions with my kids

Due to Sofie’s pine allergy we always have a fake tree. I love it. Easy set up, no pine needles giving me hives and the tree is pre lit so I don’t have to worry about stringing lights.

Every year I tape the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the kids so they can watch it while we decorate.

We sing and dance with the performers and the kids are always thrilled to see Santa at the end of the Parade.

We also try and make out own ornaments each year.

This year we used cinnamon scented pine cones and glitter to create some real beauties.

Callum’s use of glitter has been restricted due to his urge to spill everything that is incredibly hard to clean up so he used glitter glue instead.


We started with pinecones from Michaels. It was $5.99 for a bag of 20 but I had a 40% off coupon.

The glitter, glue and jute twine came from the dollar store.

Grand total for the ornaments was $6.59!

We started by hot gluing the twine to the top of the pine cone


Sofie was in charge of smearing white craft glue on the edges of the pine cones with a foam brush


Then we sprinkled the glitter all over

I left them to dry over night

In the morning I tied a bow onto them for a little extra cuteness

The kids are so thrilled with how they turned out

Extra bonus, the whole house smells like cinnamon goodness



We started a new tradition this year. I’m not sure how long it will last but for now it is pretty fun to see the kid’s reactions.

While scrolling through Pinterest one day I found a link to grow your own candy canes. I was intrigued to say the least.

I told the kids that about it and they were sceptical but willing to give it a try.

We started by planting our peppermint seeds


We watered them every day and they started to grow

Every day the kids were amazed at the changes and that their candy canes were actually growing.


Her reaction was priceless!


This is what the holidays are about. Watching kids experience the magic and joy of something so simple.