I made this!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is one of my favorite gifts to make and give during the holidays. It’s fun, easy, and lasts a long time. I like to personalize the bottles by creating my own handwritten labels and tags. Don’t forget to make an extra bottle to keep for yourself! Read more…

paper garland chain close up hanging on tree

Decorating for Christmas

When we downsized our living space a few years ago, we gave our ornaments away since there was no longer room for a christmas tree. This means we had to start from scratch this year. It’s hard to chose a theme or color scheme (Should I do a blue/green peacock colors? All felted animals and […] Read more…

close up of day 7 and day 2 gifts with corresponding bible verse

Starting a New Tradition

This year we decided to participate in an new, old tradition—the advent calendar. We decided to forgo the usual Christmas gifts on the 25th, and instead we take turns receiving a small, thoughtful gift every other day. I chose the gifts (around $10) to give Bobby on the odd numbered days, and he chose the […] Read more…