Snow in the Midwest

Tonight is Christmas Eve Eve, or as my husband likes to call it, Christmas Adam… And tonight we fly to my homeland in Wisconsin. Last year, our first married Christmas together, we spent in Tennessee, and promised this year would be Wisconsin. Next year? Who knows. One thing at a time!

But in honor of our trip even further north in the midwest than we already are, I’m reposting this little picture post from four years ago. I can’t help but love the pretty little details of the yard I grew up in. If you don’t see me for the next few days, I’ll be watching Christmas movies and drinking cocoa, without a care in the world! Merry Christmas, y’all!!

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Christmas Tree Decorating {an art}

Below, you will find my opinion about decorating Christmas trees. I do not have photos to share of this year’s tree quite yet, but it’s not so different from last year’s, to be honest. Enjoy! Just a few more days until Christmas!!

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There is something my mother can do with a Christmas Tree that I can only hope to replicate someday.

The lights, the decorations…it is truly an art in our home. Today I want to share with you a few tips I’ve picked up from my mother over the years… Let me warn you that these photos do not do it justice. In real life, this tree twinkles and glows. It simply cannot be beat!

1. Not multi-colored, but not monochrome. Rather…two colors. White & Red. (can you see the colors in here?)

2. Ornaments must go deep into the tree, not just along the edges.

3. Some should be homemade…

4….and some should simply be beautiful.

5. The topper does not need to be a star – bows will do.

6. Not only should you have ornaments, but you should have sparkling birds, twigs, and other squiggly garnishes.

7. Decorating…

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Felt Christmas Stockings

This was one of my favorite little projects last year, for our very first Christmas together. Later that Christmas, we received beautiful monogrammed stockings from Pottery Barn, so the felt stockings you see here will be retired. I just love the touch of gold on the green and red. Navy blue and/or plaid colors would be so pretty too! Be adventurous – make some new stockings with your family this year.

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Of course, I ALWAYS love this time of year. But there is definitely something special about our first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs., especially being in a new home in a new city. We have really made our house feel like home over the last several months, and Christmas is no exception. This week, I will share with you my favorite Christmas decorations, starting with these simple felt stockings I whipped up over Thanksgiving weekend. I used a patter I still had from my sweet friend Julia, and after a little experimenting with the cuff, finally sewed the pieces together to get a few simple stockings for our fire place!stockings1

I hand stitched each of the letters on for a little extra homemade look (as if they weren’t already obviously homemade), and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! They may not hold up more than a couple…

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Christmas Countdown

We are T-9 days until Christmas! With the start of a new job, I admittedly have not had as much time to think about homemade Christmas gifts or new Christmas decor. My house looks almost identical to last year. My presents are mostly being bought on Amazon. But in honor of counting down to Christmas, I will spend the rest of this week and the beginning of next week re-blogging a few of my favorite Christmas posts from past years. I hope you feel inspired, and enjoy!

Let me start by sharing this lovely gem with you…an all-girls-cheesy-staircase-ugly-sweater photo. Merry almost Christmas!!

Checking In: Intra-Holiday Challenge

Hey everyone! We are just about half way through the 21-Day Intra-Holiday Challenge. How are you doing with it? I admit to you, my invisible friends, I have definitely strayed. I will spare you the details, mostly because I’m a little ashamed of it!

But hey, things happen, and every day – nay, every moment – is a chance for a fresh start. Did you utterly fall off the wagon? Don’t through away all of your GOOD work! Just jump back on. Do your best.

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{Photo from Lauren Conrad}

If you need a little encouragement, check out this great article from Lauren Conrad: Survival Guide: 6 Tips for Staying Slim During the Holidays. She makes some great points, the best of which is that you can still be merry – just try to find a balance that works for you.

The biggest thing: forgive yourself, and get back on track! And have a very, MERRY Christmas!

Christmas Tree Decorating {an art}

There is something my mother can do with a Christmas Tree that I can only hope to replicate someday.

The lights, the decorations…it is truly an art in our home. Today I want to share with you a few tips I’ve picked up from my mother over the years… Let me warn you that these photos do not do it justice. In real life, this tree twinkles and glows. It simply cannot be beat!

1. Not multi-colored, but not monochrome. Rather…two colors. White & Red. (can you see the colors in here?)

2. Ornaments must go deep into the tree, not just along the edges.

3. Some should be homemade…

4….and some should simply be beautiful.

5. The topper does not need to be a star – bows will do.

6. Not only should you have ornaments, but you should have sparkling birds, twigs, and other squiggly garnishes.

7. Decorating goes beyond the tree – you must have special Christmas knick-knacks all throughout the room.

Like this guy.

Megster’s 101 in 1001

THE LIST ended on September 7, 2011. Check out my post to wrap it all up here.

I am not known as a fabulous goal-setter, and this list was particularly hard to make because I’ve spent my months since graduating college checking off a mental list of accomplishments. So there are probably 10-20 items I could not put on here because I have very recently completed them! If only I had known about this project in May…

If you aren’t familiar with the 101 in 1001 project, read about it here! Basically, it is a list of 101 goals to be completed in 1001 days. They must be specific so that there is no ambiguity in their completion. My hope for this list is that I can focus on small successes, and will be able to look back at how they’ve helped lead to larger accomplishments. Some are serious goals, and some are more fun things I would like to experience. We all need some experiences just for fun!  Items in white have yet to be started; items in blue are in progress; items crossed off in blue are COMPLETE.

My start date is December 10, 2008

My end date is September 7, 2011 — My 26th Birthday!

Get Artsy…

1. T-shirt quilt (4/26/10)

2. Crochet an entire scarf

3. Learn to knit or crochet a hat (turns out sewing is more my forte)

4. Make a dress (check me out!)

5. Get 20 pages into making my joy book

6. Start a photo journal (picturing nashville series)

7. Put together a portfolio (M.E. Photography)

8. Make a purse

9. Memorize five songs on piano (1/5)

10. Take voice lessons for twelve months

11. Audition for a show (1/12/09) (Results)

12. Give homemade Christmas gifts each year (2008; 2009; 2010)

13. Begin organizing thoughts and ideas in writing

14. Paint a small canvas, just for myself (1/17/11)

 

Hopeful purchases…

15. One nice piece of furniture  (6/2/2010)

16. An electric keyboard (2/8/09)

17. Real estate

18. Cheesehead (it’s a magnet, but it’s a cheesehead…)

19. An impulse buy from Williams and Sonoma, for myself

 

Big goals can be important…

20. Apply for graduate school(12/23/08 )–admitted!

21. Earn a promotion (9/18/09) See?

22. Get off my family phone plan (after grad school)

23. Get off my parents’ car insurance (after grad school)

24. Save $5,000 in a savings account only for emergencies

25. Let myself fall in love

 

But it’s truly the little things that brighten life…

26. Let my hair grow out

27. Chop my hair off (as short as I will ever have it–1/12/10)

28. Be a bridesmaid for a friend (Mandy, Summer 2012!)

29. Write my life story in one day (6/11/11)

30. Host a wine and cheese party (9/11/09)

31. Add five movies to my collection

32. Throw a surprise party (For Katy 10/18/10)

33. Send in a PostSecret (4/24/09)

34. Write a love letter

35. Complete two puzzles (proof)

36. Pay for someone behind me in a drive through (4/16/09)

37. Give up gossip for one week

38. Take a sewing class (2/3/20)

39. Try on beautiful dresses for no reason with friends (here)

40. Write down something I am grateful for everyday for a month (September 2010)

41. Tell a loved one that I love them…while I’m mad at them

42. Read four books from my collection

43. Read a children’s book with someone (1/8/11)

44. Watch Casablanca (3/13/10)

45. Send flowers to two people for no reason

46. Get an office plant (Adopted a plant on 12/7/09)

47. Bake something with Grandma (11/25/09)

48. Go shooting with dad

49. Visit Door County with mom (9/6/09-9/8/09)

50. Meet Jolynn

 

Food because I love it, and health because I should…

51. Convince my dad to give me his chocolate icebox cake recipe (12/16/2008–he loves me so much!!)

52. Take a cooking class (9/19/09) For Spence and Carli’s engagement!

53. Try twenty new recipes (20/20) (See them all here!)

54. Create a signature pizza recipe (Trader Joe’s Dough + carmelized onions, mushrooms, and goat cheese)

55. Go apple picking and bake! (11/16/10 – well, sort of...)

56. Find my favorite red wine and white wine (Red: Stumpjump. White: anything sparkly. like champagne. yum.)

57. Spend a whole day in bed when I am not sick (6/11/11)

58. Get my first real massage (in Guatemala, May 2010!)

59. Whiten my teeth three times 

60. Stay under 140 pounds

61. Work out 5 days a week for 4 weeks in a row and repeat…

62. Take a dance class (bought a “living social” 10/18/10)

63. Give up caffeine for a week (1/3/09-1/9/09)

64. Run a 5K without walking (see post here, 6/13/09)

65. Stop biting my fingers for good

 

Strengthening my faith as best as I can…

(this is a hard one to define, so I’m starting with some numbers)

66. Lead a small group six times

67. Read one book of the Bible each month (Favorite Verses)

68. Participate in a weekly small group for at least six months

69. Put myself in five uncomfortable conversations about faith

70. Pray with someone who has never prayed before

71. Read Case for Christ–everyone is always talking about it!

72. Buy someone a bible

73. Join the worship team in any capacity (6/21/09 read here)

  

GO…

74. wine tasting (Bellmeade Plantation 9/11/10)

75. to the symphony or an opera (1/8/09)

76. to five benefits

77. sledding (12/13/10 read here)

78. ice skating (2/28/11)

79. on an adventure out of my comfort zone (Urban Dare 10/17/10)

80. line dancing at the Wildhorse (1/24/09)

81. to a Predator’s game (3/18/10)

 

Trips and adventures to be had…

82. Europe (preferably France to visit friends)

83. Take a road trip to the beach (Seaside?)

84. Visit friends in NY… (10/22/09-10/25/09)

85. …and see a show IN NY! (10/24/09)

86. Enjoy a day at six flags (any) with friends

87. Take a long-weekend camping trip

88. Hike somewhere beautiful (Radnor 10/10/10)

89. Visit Houston (12/29/08-1/4/09 )

90. Go clear water kayaking (again!)

91. Learn to roll a kayak

92. Turn my cell phone off for a weekend (hopefully while out of town) (10/9/09-10/11/09)

93. Stay in a nice hotel alone for a night (8/5/09)

 

Ahhhh the holidays…

94. Have a romantic Valentine’s dinner–in or out! (2/14/09) (Story!)

95. Spend every 4th of July in Wisconsin (Glow stick, parade, fireworks, Hometown Celebration)

96. Suck it up and go to a Haunted House (Monster Mountain 10/16/10)

97. Host a Thanksgiving or Easter dinner (Easter–4/12/09)

98. Make a gingerbread house (11/15/10, a little bit early, I know)

99. Decorate my Christmas tree with my ornament collection! (12/09)

100. Host a Christmas party (12/12/09) Pictures here

101. Attend a fancy New Year’s party or dinner (12/31/09)