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DIY Secret Book Safe

It's time for our monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge!

I gotta tell you though... after participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop my creativity is a little zapped... naaahhhh, not really but I do need a little break!😊

I really look forward to our Thrifty Chicks challenge though so I wouldn't miss that!!

Today's challenge is books! There are so many things you can do with old books... like read them!!! Ha Ha!

I decided to make a little secret book safe!

How to make a secret safe from an old book!

My Vintage & Handmade Christmas Tree

Today is the final day of the blog hop, it's been a lot of work but so rewarding and fun at the same time... and my house now looks spectacular with all the new decor!

I hope you've enjoyed all the decor, craft projects, and recipes 😊 Today we are sharing our Christmas trees!

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After


My Christmas tree has always been and will continue to be filled with a mix of handmade and vintage ornaments with some thrifted and clearance priced new ones thrown in here and there!

I have some of the ornaments my mom made when she was younger, some that we made together when I was a little girl and some that my daughter made when she was little.

Every year I try to add some new ornaments.

A vintage, handmade, and thrifted Christmas tree

Holiday Front Porch

Ok, I want you to sing this like the song... 

♬♫ on the eleventh day of Christmas, the blog hop brought to me... maaannyy hooollliiidddaaayy pppooorrrcchheesss ♩♪😁


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After

Holiday porch decor

Winter White Holiday Table

Day 10! Day 10! Only two more days in the blog hop after today. We are sharing our Christmas or holiday table settings today.


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After

I wanted to create a dreamy, neutral table setting. I think I accomplished what I set out to do but you can let me know what you think!

Winter White Holiday Table

Chillin' with my Gnomies Holiday Wreath

We are all the way to Day 9 of the blog hop, can you believe it?! It's flying by! Today we are sharing a DIY wreath!


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After


Today I'm sharing a wreath I just came up with yesterday! I totally didn't have a plan for a wreath and I was beginning to panic a little bit so I did what I always do when I'm having a creative block... I started cruising Pinterest for some... pinspiration😁 and finally an idea sparked!

Chillin' with my Gnomies Holiday Wreath

Cookies in Honor of Grandmas

Day Eight of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop has us sharing a cookie recipe... or three!


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After

I decided to share three cookie recipes in honor of my grandmas 😊

Easy cookie recipes in honor of my grandmas!

Christmas Hot Cocoa Bar

Day Seven! Woot, woot!! It's Day seven of the hop and today we are sharing our hot cocoa bars!


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After


Have you ever set up a hot cocoa bar? This was my first time and it was so much fun to set up and organize!

Create a hot cocoa bar for a fun holiday party!

5 Fun Holiday Party Games!

Well, we are halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop, today is Day 6 and we are sharing holiday party games!

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After I Dru~Polka Dot Poplars


5 Fun Holiday Party Games

I put together a roundup of 5 fun and easy holiday party games that you can play at your next party.
Whether it be an office party or a get together of family and friends, these games will be sure to put everyone in a good mood!

A roundup of fun holiday party games to play!

Dollar Store Nutcracker Makeover

Welcome back, it's day five of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop! Today we are sharing a Dollar Store craft!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After


For my project, I gave some Dollar Store nutcrackers a whimsical makeover!

Make some ugly Dollar Store nutcrackers over into whimsical little soldiers!

Easy Holiday Party Food - Tortilla Pinwheels

Welcome back to the blog hop, today is Day 4 and we are sharing our favorite holiday party food!


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After I Dru~Polka Dot Poplars


Tortilla Pinwheels

I'm sharing a simple recipe for one of my favorite holiday appetizers today... and simple is great this time of year right? 

These little bundles of yumminess are Tortilla Pinwheels!

Whip up these easy holiday appetizers - tortilla pinwheels!

DIY Felted Snowman

It's day 3 of the blog hop! Have you been having fun checking out everyone's great projects? I sure have!

Today's theme is a snowman craft! I'm excited to share what I've created!

Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties 

DIY Felted Snowman!


Grinch Popcorn Movie Snack Recipe

Today is Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop and today we are sharing our favorite Christmas movie and a craft or recipe!


Welcome to the third annual 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

Stop by every day from December first through the twelfth for new ideas you can use to make your season brighter!

Meet Your Hosts

They have all been busy as Elves creating, decorating, cooking and crafting tons of new ideas for you to try this holiday season!
 Lauren~Wonderfully Made I Vanessa~DIY 180 I Kimberly~A Wonderful Thought I Kim~Everyday Parties I Erica~Erica Ever After I Dru~Polka Dot Poplars


My favorite Christmas Movie

You probably guessed by the title of this post but my favorite Christmas movie of all time is The Grinch... the Dr. Seuss cartoon version. I mean, just look at that face... how can you not love him?!

Maybe that's just me... does this say something about my personality? 😳