These easy holiday decorating ideas will turn your home into a magical wonderland for Christmas while keeping you on a budget.


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We can all agree that December is going to be the best month 2020 has to offer. There’s nothing like the joy that the holidays bring! For the first time in my adult life, I am putting up and decorating a large faux Christmas Tree. Every year I either have not had the space or time to get a Christmas tree. But I have always decorated for Christmas and I like to bring a touch of the holidays into each room.

Here are 10 simple creative ways to decorate your home for Christmas while still staying on a budget:




1. Garlands


Use Garlands to quickly and easily transform your house. I recommend using fresh ones from Trader Joe’s ($7!) to give you the fresh pine smell that is synonymous to Christmas. Get creative and use it anywhere such as draped over doorways or your banister and as part of your centerpiece on your table. Try hanging your garlands in an asymmetrical look to get a completely different aesthetic. And add layers using this pom pom garland ($10) or beads ($11).




2. Add Holiday Cheer To Your Pet's Area


While decorating your home, don't forget about your pet's space. I decorate a small 3ft Christmas tree for Teddy along with adding lots of lights on his teepee.



3. DIY Christmas Tree Using Lights


Last year I did not have the space or time to get a tree and decorate but I still wanted my place to look festive. You can easily use a string of lights and command hooks to create a Christmas tree. The best part is that you can use it to hold all the holiday cards you may receive. The string of lights at Target cost $5.



4. Hang Stockings In Unexpected Places


If you do not have a fireplace or a mantle like me you can still hang your stockings in new places such as a blanket ladder or a console table. My Christmas stockings are from Target for $5-$10.


5. Use Ornaments or Pinecones to decorate


The easiest way to decorate for Christmas is to fill up a bowl or vase with ornaments or pinecones. Another creative way is to hang them on a simple branch.




6. Add Small Live Christmas Trees


You may or may not have a large center tree. Try adding a smaller pine tree that’s either real or faux around your house. This Live Christmas tree from Home Depot was about $20.


7. Faux Presents


Every tree needs presents underneath them! It’s easy to create DIY presents using an Amazon box.




8. Lights & Candles


I find that lights and candles truly turn your place into a magical wonderland at night.



9. Brush Bottle Trees


I absolutely love this trend! It’s so easy to transform a shelf or mantle by adding a few brush bottle trees. Or heck get crazy and make a full forest! The larger brush bottle trees are about $10-$15 at Target and the smaller brush bottle trees came in a set for $15.



10. Christmas Houses or Village


Just like the brush bottle trees, you can create a whole Christmas village (city) or use a few to decorate a shelf. I found these decorative figurines at the dollar section at Target.


I hope these easy Christmas decoration ideas have inspired you to decorate your home for the holidays this year!



Updated: Dec 14, 2020


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It can be a struggle to find the perfect gift for your co-worker, friend, sister or significant other. To help, I have put together many gift guides for the holiday season that will inspire you to find the right gift for every person. You may even find a few gifts for yourself and your home!




Stocking Stuffers

  1. Hair clip Set

  2. Scrunchie Set

  3. Capri Volcano Jar Candle

  4. Slippers

  5. Basket Woven Scarf

  6. Beanie- Pick a Pom

  7. Good Tidings Mug

  8. Paw Print Holiday Ornament

  9. Pet Paw Print Imprint Card

  10. Plush 2021 squeaky toy



Gifts for the BEST PUP

  1. Casper Dog Bed

  2. Si’s Pet Pantry 12 Days of Christmas Snack Box

  3. Real Dog Box Chew & Treat Box

  4. Vintage Aspen Ski Jumper

  5. Max-bone Ski Suit

  6. Wagwear Boat Canvas Carrier

  7. The Foggy Dog Window Pane Black Face Mask + Matching bandana Use Thanks15 for a discount

  8. Zippy Paws Burrow Toys

  9. Leshoob Custom Pet Harness

  10. Dukes dog scarves Collar & Leash

  11. High Wave Dog & Me Waterbottle

  12. Snuffle Mat $14 & Lick Mat $15

  13. K9 Sport Sack $50



Gifts For The ULTIMATE DOG MOM

  1. Nuggie’s Paw Shop Dog Mom Bundle

  2. Dapper Dexter Dog Mom Sweatshirt

  3. Woof Out West Matching Christmas Pajamas

  4. Clay Earrings By Cait

  5. Pop your pup Mug + Stickers

  6. Book- Dog Mama

  7. Ring Light

  8. Pet Paw Print Card $5

  9. Ground And Hounds Coffee

  10. Custom Breed Minimalist Dog Artwork


Gifts For The WANDERLUST

  1. Away The Bigger Carry-on

  2. The Bucket List $35

  3. Instapix Camera $60

  4. Diablo Snow Boots $120

  5. Rosetta Stone- Learn a new language

  6. Over the Door Travel Organizer + Jewelry Travel Case

  7. Light Weight Hammock $40

  8. Yeti Roade Cooler $200

  9. Go pro $190-$400

  10. Portable Phone Sanitizer + Charger $40

  11. Ciao! Passport Holder & Luggage tag




Gifts That INSPIRE

  1. Audible Subscription

  2. Kindle

  3. Apple Watch SE

  4. Air Pods

  5. Hoka Sneakers $130

  6. Water Bottle With Time Marker

  7. Watercolor Palette $34

  8. Book- Live Green $12

  9. Book- Home Edit $25

  10. Book- Healthier Together

  11. Hydroponic Garden Kit $100

  12. Roller Skates $139

  13. Bluetooth Record Player $99



Gifts For The HOSTESS

  1. Book- Love is Served

  2. Wine subscription- Clean Wine Starter Pack

  3. Cheese Board $58

  4. Book- That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life

  5. Bloody Mary Kit

  6. Portable projector

  7. Ember Heating Mug $180

  8. Custom Breed Minimalist Dog Artwork

  9. Chess game $58

  10. Connect 4 $130

  11. Jenga game $50


Gifts For The HOME

  1. Revlon Hair Dryer from Amazon is $29 You can find it at Target for $42

  2. Plant Subscription From Bloomscape

  3. Ecovacs DEEBOT Robot Vacuum Cleaner

  4. Insta Pot Duo $50

  5. Book: The Home Edit $25

  6. The Container Store Organizers + Clear Shelf Dividers

  7. Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee & Espresso Machine

  8. Apple Charging Station

  9. Portable Phone Sanitizer


Gifts That Bring PEACE

  1. Mindfulness cards $14

  2. Beau Candle Set

  3. Foot Massager

  4. Moon Salt Lamp

  5. Bath bombs gift set $35

  6. Slip Silk beauty sleep gift set $122

  7. Mug Positivity Please $12

  8. Book- Adaptogenic Herbal Kitchen $16

  9. Book- Little Book of Affirmations $13

  10. Book- 52 Lists Of Calm


Gifts For The SMART HOME

  1. Apple Charging Station $30

  2. Smart Plugs

  3. Smart Light Bulbs

  4. Echo Show 5

  5. Ring Door Bell

  6. Google Nest Thermostat

  7. Blink Indoor Wireless Camera System

  8. Schlage Smart Door Lock

Here's an easy Thanksgiving table setting that I created using neutral colors and pumpkins. Hope it inspires you to create a beautiful tablescape. Serve your guests these simple drink recipes that will add a touch of sparkle to your Thanksgiving Day!


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The holiday season this year will look very different from previous years. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make memories. If possible, I do recommend you air on the side of caution by having a smaller gathering and host outdoors. For the few close guests I plan to host, I will leave plenty of space between my place settings on my long table. Although I can’t host outside, I leave all my doors open to allow circulation of the air.


My Friendsgiving may be smaller this year but that doesn’t mean the food won’t be great or the drinks won’t be plenty! I have two easy holiday drink ideas that will go well with your Thanksgiving meal and carry you into the holidays. Both will add a touch of sparkle to your meal with sparkling apple cider and champagne! Scroll to the bottom of this post to get both recipes.

Easy Pumpkin Tablescape For Thanksgiving


I created an easy neutral tablescape that I can effortlessly take from Thanksgiving to Christmas overnight. I started with this table runner and garland as my base and added pumpkins I got from Trader Joe’s throughout the table. Whether you’re going to a pumpkin patch or your local grocery store, you’re bound to find a great collection of pumpkins during the Fall season. I recommend getting different sized pumpkins to mix and match. Lastly, I added touches of these red eucalyptus to places that looked bare and candle sticks to add height. To transition the tablescape to Christmas, I plan to remove the pumpkins and add pine needles and pinecones.





The Place Setting

I used @BarkleyDoodles recipe for the mini pumpkin pies! You can be find it here.





Easy Thanksgiving Drink Recipes That Sparkle




Cranberry 75


Ingredients


1 oz cranberry simple syrup** (See Notes Below)

1 oz gin

Chilled Prosecco/Champagne


Directions


Place simple syrup and gin in a glass and top with bubbles of your choice.

Garnish with lemon if desired.


Notes:

**To make Cranberry Simple Syrup simply add 1 cup cranberries, 1/2 cup water. 1/2 cup sugar to a sauce pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to strain and chill before using.


Sparkling Rosemary Cider


Ingredients


Rosemary springs

1.5oz Vodka

2 oz Sparkling Apple Cider (I used Martinelli’s)


Directions


Place rosemary in ice-filled glass after muddling and add Sparkling Apple cider to the Vodka.

Please Have A Safe And Enjoyable Thanksgiving!