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12 Best Wooden Toys for Christmas

November 23, 2015

With my oldest being eight years old, I feel like we have gone through just about every toy on the market.  Many don’t last and hour, and some we have had an enjoyed for years.  My favorite toys are the ones that both look great and are fun for my kids to play with.  I enjoy well designed toys that when they are out, don’t look like an eye sore.
Room Sources:  Velvet Sofa: West Elm Henry Sofa | Polka Dot Pillows: Ikea |  Rug: West Elm Wool Bullseye Rug | TV Console: West Elm Modern Media Console | White Bookshelf: Ikea | Globes: Thrifted | Wire Baskets: Urban Outfitters | Modern Rocking Chair: Overstock | Hape Toys Rocket Ship | Doug Fold and Go Barn |  Hape Toys Fire Station | Hape Toys Wooden All Seasons Furnished Doll House | Kid Kraft Kitchen | Plan Toys Parking Garage | Barbarossa Wooden Pirate Ship | Art Prints and Frames: Ikea
I wanted to pass along a few of our very favorite toys that we have had for years that we love.
With Christmas around the corner, I hope this will help you in making some easy decisions, plus many of the toys are currently on sale!
12 best wooden toys for children Hape Toys Melissa & Doug
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Wooden Toys  Rocket Ship Pretend Play Play Kitchen
Plan Toys Melissa & Doug
I hope you enjoyed my top picks for wooden toys.  Hopefully this will help you with your Christmas shopping and you can give some Christmas gifts that will last for years like ours have!

How To // Hang Christmas Wreaths on Outdoor Windows

November 10, 2015

Christmas Wreath Holiday Window
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I always knew that our home would look amazing with Christmas wreaths in the windows.  But, last year being my first year to hang them, I was left scratching my head wondering exactly how I was going to securely hang them.
command strips
After asking around, and googling “How to Hang Wreaths on Outdoor Windows.”  I found some ideas, but none of them seemed like simple ideas that actually worked.  When I was wondering around the Home Depot, I found these Command Brand Strips that are made especially for the outdoors, and especially for windows.  Finally, an easy solution that isn’t permanent and really worked!
holiday wreath pine wreath red bow
This is what you will need to hang Christmas wreaths on your windows: (affiliate links used)
step by step instructions on how to hang wreaths on windows
Step One
Clean your windows well.  Take the Rubbing alcohol and put some on a cloth or paper towel.  Rub around the entire area where you will hang your hook.
Step Two 
Remove the black and white liner side that says window or wall side and apply it to the window where you would like your hook to hang.  Press the entire strip for a full 30 seconds pressing up and down on the strip. (be sure to place the hook in the same area on each window so they are uniform) 
Step Three
Remove the blue liner.  Press the hook to the wall stripe and hold firmly for 30 seconds.
Step Four 
Wait at least one hour before hanging anything on the hook.  This is a very important step.  The adhesive needs time to bond or it will not hold the weight of the wreaths.
Step Five
After at least one hour, hang the wreaths on the hooks.
Step Six
When you would like to remove the hook, stretch the strip slowly against the window at least 12 inches to release it.  Always pull straight down not towards you or it will break!
Pretty simple, and it doesn’t damage your windows.  They hold up very nicely in the wind as well.  With the kind of wreaths I had they have wire as the base and were able to hook on nicely.  They stayed put really well.  I think one may have fallen off in some really high winds, but that was it!
The command strips are very easy to remove and made it really easy to make my home festive for the holidays.
I loved how it looked on Christmas morning in the snow! My family during our magical snow storm on Christmas morning 2014!
Colonial Christmas House
I hope this helps if you are looking to hang holiday wreaths on your windows this year!  
Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?!
{all photos by me}

Home Decor // Living Room Progress + Minted Art

May 13, 2015

Minted Art Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
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Moving into a new home has been so exciting, but also so overwhelming.  I have a hard time living in the now, when I have so many plans for our house, and so many things I would like to do.  But, it obviously takes a lot of time and patience (and lets be honest, money too). 
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
So, I’ve come to terms, with the fact that our home will be a constant work in progress, and things are going to take a while to get to where I would like them.  For this room, I am thinking so beautiful finish work that will frame out certain walls, crown molding, and perhaps some wall sconce lighting around the Minted Art work.
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
So, while I still have a lot of vision for this room, I wanted to start sharing photos of our home and the progress.
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
Our living room is one of the first rooms that you see when you enter our home.  It gets amazing light, and is a room that I try to keep clean and picked up at all times just in case a visitor stops by.  I’ve always wanted a room like this, so therefore it is off limit to my kids so I know it is always in order.  They don’t always listen, wink.
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
 I fell in love with Emily Jeffords art, and when I heard that Minted was selling her art prints, I knew that her Land of Plenty print would be the centerpiece to our living room.  I also was able to draw color inspiration from it as well!
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
When The Minted Art print was sent over, it came framed and ready to hang.  The quality is amazing, and colors are beautiful.
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
When I realized the color scheme I wanted, I knew that Caitlin Wilson Textiles and Lemmonlane pillows would be perfect for the room. 
We currently have a little love seat in there, but we will be moving our larger tufted linen sofa into this room when we find the right furniture for another part of the house that it is being used in.
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
I would also like to add another arm chair, a floor lamp, and a few side tables to make it more cosy and useable.
Minted Art Emily Jeffords Caitlin Wilson Textiles Pillow Lemmonlane Pillows West Elm Curtains West Elm Coffee Table
This was my inspiration board for the room.  I like how it is a touch feminine, traditional, colorful, and classic!
Sources:
Beige Arm Chair – Similar
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{all photos by me}