Bloggers Prepare to Celebrate the Season

Get Inspiration and Make Festive Memories (Presented By Starbucks)

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How do you get ready for the holidays?

In this three-part series, bloggers were invited by Starbucks and BlogHer to share their ideas and how to’s on holiday decorating, entertaining, activities and organizing. Click on the posts below to get some inspiration and enter for a chance to win a $50 Starbucks gift card!

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A Tradition of Giving

For part three of our series on ""Celebrating The Holidays"", we turn to my favorite part of the season -- giving. Specifically, though, I want to talk about the idea of giving ""presence"". Many of you may be familiar with a movement that launched in 2008 and has since swept across thousands of churches around the world called the Advent Conspiracy. At its core was a simple call -- to "spend less, worship more, give presence and love all"....more

A Tradition of Music

For part two of our series on celebrating the holidays, we turn to one of my family's favorite traditions around the holidays -- music! It's no secret that I love music, but I don't know if I've ever told you how much the rest of my family loves music. As you can see from the sweet photo above of my grandparents and their five kids (see my dad as the cutie in the bottom-right corner?), singing has been a part of our family for generations....more

Five Generation Family Tree

Every Christmas, I set up a small table-top tree in the master bedroom and decorate it with mementos of our three babies. Last summer, a fun family day of thrifting with my sisters, Buffy and Laura, my daughter, Hannah, and niece, Taylor, changed my baby table top tree forever. It is now a family tree representing five generations of our family. Here is how it happened…...more

Host a Cookie Exchange Party

I love baking cookies. It's one of the things I really look forward to each holiday season. I usually set aside a day or two and bake up a storm. Since it's just me here, this leaves me with a lot of cookies. Thankfully my mom and grandma are able to take some off my hands. Unfortunately, for some of you, this tradition of making a beautiful variety of cookies may have become a dreaded chore. Well, not any more!...more

Holiday Organization, Part 3

The aspect of Christmas that tends to be the most chaotic for me is shopping for and wrapping gifts. I tend to leave it to the last minute and part of that reason why is that I always think I may add just one more item to the gift. So I wait to wrap it until it's too late, and I end up throwing the whole gift in a bag with tissue paper. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, but my creative side enjoys the wrapping process and I always regret not leaving enough time for it....more

Making the Most of Your Holidays with Family & Friends

As some of you may or may not know, I'm heading east for the holidays! I grew up in the eastern part of Canada, went to school in the States, married an American and now live in Oregon -- over 2000 miles from home.Yes, that is my life in one sentence. We always try to get back to visit my family every other Christmas which seems fair, but really it's not a whole lot of time compared to all the months I'm NOT there....more

Family Traditions

This week, I am excited to be sharing a 3-part series with you devoted to celebrating the holidays. I don't know about you, but it doesn't matter how many holiday seasons I have lived through, how many conversations I've had over the years about how to "simplify" and slow things down, or what great intentions I may have. Decembers are simply always busy. Usually "good" busy. But busy nonetheless....more

The Family Menu Board

Today's DIY project tutorial is part two of a three-part series of holiday decor projects inspired by Starbucks. When I think about the holidays and my family getting together, the first thing that comes to mind is food. We are all about ""our food,"" so I knew right away my project was going to be about Christmas dinner. To get inspired for this post and to prepare for our Christmas dinner, I visited my local Starbucks....more

Celebrate the Holidays through Entertaining

Well folks, I think it's safe to say the holidays are upon us and it's time to prepare to celebrate with loved ones, even though it hasn't snowed here yet. Usually Portland only gets rain this time of year, and coming from a place where it always snows has been kind of a shock to my system. Perhaps this adds to my lack of decking of the halls. There are a few things that always bring me out of my funk....more

Favorite Ornaments

I love getting ready and having friends and family over for the holidays. Well, as much as I hate to say this, I don’t think my dreams of a felty Christmas are going to come true this year. I had the best of intentions, but it’s starting to become very stressful, and when that happens, I know I need to cool it. Has this ever happened to you?...more