2015 has been a big year for our family. Not only did we welcome our second son into the world in early Spring, but a few months following his birth, we purchased our very first home. In addition to these two major life events, I also decided to start up a personal lifestyle and parenting blog (because I had so much free time on my hands…clearly).
Creating Amber Lately has opened more doors than I ever thought imaginable. It has also introduced me to some of the most incredibly talented, hardworking, driven women that I have ever met.
That being said, when Laura Cadenhead from The Avery Grace asked if I would like to participate in her first annual Holiday Home Tour, I graciously
jumped at accepted the invitation.
Truth time: I am not the most crafty individual you will ever meet. Sure, I enjoy doing crafts, but more times than not I would rather pay for someone else’s time and effort than labor for hours only to find myself with a product I’m less than thrilled with.
I did make an exception though when it came to the wreath that’s hanging on our front door this Christmas. I would like to say that this project was truly gratifying once completed, but the reality is, I only took the time to work on it because I simply can’t rationalize spending the cash on a pre-made wreath…even if they are half off at Hobby Lobby.
Either way, I don’t think this sweet little addition to our Christmas decor is half bad! (insert horn toot here.)
This will be our first Christmas in our new home, which left me feeling like a kid in a candy shop when it came to decorating. Our rent house didn’t have a banister, so stocking up on half priced garlands made for a fun and festive vibe leading up to the boy’s playroom. Every day when we walk down the stairs, Noah will point to the garland and say, “Pretty tree!” Which is practically right. So not only is he a genius, but he’s got good taste.
My most favorite part of decorating, however, would have to be putting our tree together. Growing up, I couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving to pass, because I knew my mom would finally let me put up the tree; and by put up, I mean she would put it together and fan out all of the limbs, and I would put the ornaments on.
While I have to fan out the leaves on my own now, I can also choose to set up the Christmas tree whenever my little heart desires. This year that bad boy went up in the middle of November, and I don’t feel slightly ashamed.
I normally don’t put our tree together that early, but since my husband was having his tonsillectomy before Thanksgiving, I wanted to get as much out of the way while I still had two sets of hands on deck with the kiddos.
If you can’t tell by the picture, our Christmas tree is definitely on the rustic side. I love the burlap, plaids, and woodland creatures. Not to mention those ridiculously adorable old-fashioned sleds.
I think it goes without saying, our tree has a “theme” – and I like it that way. However, when Noah’s first Christmas came around, I silenced my OCD tendencies and we started a tradition with our family that hopefully carries on until we can no longer visibly see our tree (in other words, forever). The past two years, we have loaded up as a family and headed to Hobby Lobby where we could each pick whatever ornament we would like to add to our newly established collection. Below are this year’s winners.
I love adding Christmas details around our home. It creates almost a permanent cheery feeling. And while decorating is great, in my opinion, nothing compares to the activities we fill our time with during the season.
Ever since I was a little girl, I have been baking cookies for the holidays – any holiday and all holidays. Heck, I’ll use any reason as an excuse to bake cookies. Paid off some debt: cookies. Potty training my toddler: cookies. Bachelor premiere: cookies. But my favorite time to bake cookies is most definitely Christmas!
Now that Noah is old enough to practice his hand at a cookie cutter, I love that I am able to pass this tradition down to him, and the next year on to Emmett.
Seriously though, the kid has some mad cookie cutter skills.
This may sound strange, but these are my favorite family heirlooms. These little gems have been in my family for generations, and once our children have children, I will pass them down to the next generation and hopefully they too will have joy using them to make their own Christmas cookies.
Truth time #2: I have never iced a cookie in my life. It was actually my husband who encouraged me to get the supplies to ice our sugar cookies this year. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but it sure did make for a fun and colorful activity not just for Noah, but for me and JD as well!
Clearly, we need to open our own bake shop and sell these masterpieces.
Now that you’ve had the chance to get a brief behind the scenes look at how the Hills enjoy the holidays at home, then you have to check out my fellow bloggers on this super cozy virtual blog hop!
The Avery Grace | The H is For | Inspire and Instyle | Design Roots | Etcetera Studio
Superfluous Fabulous| Little Branches | Call me Ang
Life as a Rambling Redhead | Cupcakes and Coffee Grounds | Maison de Cinq | Windgate Lane
The Everyday Hostess | Oh Deery Floral | Life as a Mrs.
Happily Hayley | Steel Southern Pretty | ABS Home Styling