Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Home Tour

I love this season and I love finding fun ways to bring magical family fun into our home. 

This year, I teamed up with a few merry mamas to show you how we decked our halls. I’m so excited to share our home with you for this Christmas Home Tour! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do 🎄

When it comes to decorating, my style is SIMPLE. I love a clean look. There’s so much beauty in simplicity. 

Christmas Mantel
The mantel is decorated very simply. Christmas Trees, a beautiful reindeer, a sneaky elf, and just a sprinkle of color









The puff ball & wood bead garlands add just the right amount of merry to our living space. Throw in a basket of comfy blankets, a bin of holiday books, and you’ll be ready to snuggle the days away. 





And no home is ever complete without a beautiful tree, beautiful ornamentsstockings, and countdown to Christmas. 





Christmas in the Kitchen
A festive Graham Cracker House. A yummy candle. Winter florals. Delicious coffee. Christmas Heaven!









Christmas in the Playroom
My favorite room in the house! It’s holly. It’s jolly. It’s loads of fun!













This basket of ornaments holds all the magic of every Christmas past. Every year, our littles get a new ornament of something that is special to them that year. Needless to say, there are quite a few Elsa’s, Anna’s, & Ka-Chows!

Christmas in the Bedrooms
A few Christmas trees, a touch of merry, and twinkle lights...that’s it!






The most stunning prints of whimsical ballerinas!
















Added a few of my favorite holiday pillows and garlands to cozy up the space. 

Just adding a few little touches makes the holiday so magical and so much more fun! ❤️

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses with Honey Maid!

This post is sponsored by Honey Maid and all opinions are my own.

Holiday baking and decorating is my jam and making Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses are one of my favorite Family Traditions...and a jolly good time!


Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses are quick, easy, affordable, and yummy. 


These yummy houses are the perfect addition to your own traditions, to add to a play date, or to make with with a classroom of littles. 


This is the second year we are making them and my kids love it as much as I do!


Honey Maid Graham crackers are my go to. They are yummy, easy to cut, exceed the taste test, and are strong enough to withstand the yummiest of decorations!


Ingredients:
  • Honeymaid Graham Crackers 
  • 1 batch of icing 
  • Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles
  • Assorted Candy & Sprinkles for Decorating 





Step 1: Make the Icing!
You can’t put the cart before the horse...make the icing before you even think about assembling these bad boys. I use the Wilton Recipe

Step 2: Assemble!
With little ones, the best way to start is to assemble the house yourself (without kiddos) and let it dry over night. I find it makes the process less crazy and allows you to enjoy the fun part with your little without turning into a stressy momzilla. 






Step 3: Decorate, Eat, Repeat!
When it comes to decorating graham cracker houses, I like to use mini squeeze bottles. They are easier than piping bangs for little hands and a lot less messy for momma! 🙌🏼 A mini plastic painting palate is perfect for candy display and organization. We take these very seriously 😉 Plus it looks totally cute and let’s my littles concentrate on the important parts...eating and creating an edible work of art.



Aren’t these the best? 

I hope you have the best time making these houses with your family this season!










As always, tag me on Instagram (@justinevidovich) with your graham cracker house creations! I would love to feature them in my stories. 

Happy Eating...I mean decorating. 




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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Favorite Christmas Books

One of my favorite things to do with the kids over the years is snuggling up in my bed and reading our favorite Christmas books. 

Each year we add new holiday books to our collection and add to our list of holiday favorites.

I have collected these books over many years...as a little girl, then as a teacher, then a momma. I've always looked to read and been so drawn to the magic and beauty of children's books. From the illustrations to the message...there’s so much I love and it is something I love sharing with my littles. 

Today, I am sharing my round-up of Christmas storybook favorites.



The story of a sweet little field mouse who loves winter so much that she finds a creative way to get her friends to join her in the cold. Adorable story. Beautiful illustrations. 


The classic that forever takes me back to being a little girl and the excitement of Christmas Eve...the whimsical illustrations are pure magic. 


A lovely holiday story of a little girl and her friendship with a lost reindeer. Such a cute read with illustrations that are absolutely magical. 


The classic tale of the gingerbread man comes to life in this darling story. With vibrant illustrations and fun repetitive phrase, your littles will be begging you to read it over and over again. 


A darling read full of the joy and excitement of Christmas...starting with picking out a tree


The simple retelling of a beautiful classic with stunning and whimsical illustrations.


Simple lyrical text and the sweetest artwork. Perfect book for little hearts to embrace the wonder of the First Christmas.


The sweetest Christmas Story of how the animals prepare a their home and welcome baby Jesus.


What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. 
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
One of my favorite stories and favorite messages. 


The most beautiful book that captures the spirit of Christmas through cookie making and sharing. Defines tricky words like tradition in child-friendly ways and related to the theme of Christmas cookies! The sweetest read and perfect start to the season. 


This season, make time to slow down and read out loud to your littles. These memories of you reading to them will be something they treasure forever. 

Many of these can be found at your local library or purchase them for your own collection. ✨

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Halloween Home Tour

I love this season and I love finding fun ways to bring spooky family fun into our home. 

This year, I teamed up with a few faBOOlous other ghouls to show you how we spookified our homes. I’m so excited to share our home with you for this Halloween Home Tour! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do 👻

When it comes to decorating, my philosophy is keep it SIMPLE. There’s so much beauty in simplicity AND when it comes to bats, skeletons, & spiders...a little goes a long way. 

Halloween Porch
Heirloom pumpkins, cute runner, spider web rug, spider webs, and chalkboard sign with one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies....Halloween ready. 







Halloween Mantel
The mantel is decorated very simply. Fall florals, a sprinkle of color, and just a touch of Halloween!

The felt ball garlands add just the right pop of color. 
And no Halloween home is ever complete without a few skulls, cauldron, witches broom, and beautiful pumpkins!






“Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and caldron bubble.”

Halloween in the Kitchen
A few pumpkins. A yummy candle. Fall flowers. 







Halloween Playroom
My favorite room in the house! It’s spooky. It’s fun. It’s freaking cute. 

I love these paper bats. An inexpensive and festive way to decorate your space and add a little magic. 





The art display was a DIY from a few years ago...wooden frame, chicken wire, and a talented father in law created this guy. 

Now I can enjoy my favorite works of art by my favorite little artists!




Halloween Kids Rooms
A few spider webs, touch of black, and a skeleton...that’s it!

Added a few of my favorite black velvet pillows and added a faBOOlous new texture to my Halloween vibe. 










Incredible what a bag of spider webs and a few bats can do.

Just adding a few little touches makes the holiday so magical and so much more fun! 🖤 Sending you all the spooky vibes and wishing you and your little monsters the Happiest Halloween! 💀


Be sure to visit all my friends posts below:

Val – Lovely Lucky Life

Chrissy – Chrissy Marie Blog

Christina – Christina on the Daily




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