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Dec 19

Holiday Giveaway – 5 Awesome Prizes

 

Hello friends!  Today I am beyond excited to be partnering with Cristy Mishkula at Pretty My Party and some awesome fellow bloggers to bring you a holiday giveaway.  I’ve worked with Cristy before on some projects and am honored to be one of the sponsors for this give away….

 

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Christmas is almost here and we’re celebrating the holiday season with a fun Pick Your Prize Holiday Giveaway! Pretty My Party has teamed up with some awesome blogs and businesses to bring you this awesome giveaway (Go check them out. I promise you will want to!) The full list of sponsors can be seen on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Dec 18

Why it’s Better to Organize Now for Next Christmas



I know what you are thinking… Holly my dear… have you lost your rocker… next Christmas?  Once all of the craziness is over and you are ready to box up all of your decorations, a little planning now will save you many headaches later.  Five easy steps.  Trust me.

 

Why it's Better to Organize Now for Next Christmas

 

I’ve learned a lot over the last couple of years, and let me share with you… it’s worth it to take the time now to organize, because Christmas next year will be much smoother.  MUCH.  SMOOTHER.

 

  1.  Make an inventory list of items that you need for next year.  Start your list now, and keep it going until you are boxing everything up.  Whether you are out of wrapping paper, your red bows are worn, you need new lights, new cards… this way you can hit the after Christmas sales at your leisure, and know exactly what you need to buy when it comes time for next year.  Staple or paper clip your list into your 2015 calendar in November, so it’s there exactly where and when you need it.
  2. Don’t be afraid to purge.  If you haven’t used it, it’s not sentimental, and you don’t like it… donate it or toss it.
  3. Organize your boxes by room or space.  All of your outside decorations and lights go into one box.  Your living room decorations go into one box.  Your wrapping supplies in one box.  This way is different than the traditional way of packing everything up by category.  Next year, you pull out the box, and all of the items for that specific location are all in the same box.
  4. Label your boxes, and even better if you can use seasonal colors like red or green.  This is common sense, but I still had to go there.
  5. Reverse order how you put away the boxes.  For example, if wrapping presents is the last thing you do, then it will be the first to put away.  If you write your cards or put up your outside decorations first, then put them away last, so they are right up front.  This requires a little bit of thinking and planning, but we are all creatures of habit, and I guarantee you decorate the same way every year.  Line up your boxes in reverse order and be sure to have the labels sticking out so you can see them.

 

When you need storage for all of your holiday decorations, The Container Store has a robust selection!

 

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Love, hugs, and making life a little easier, one piece of tinsel at a time.

 

Holly

 

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Dec 17

Christmas 2014 Tour of the Homestead



Yes, folks… it’s time for the Christmas 2014 tour of the homestead.  You’ve seen bits and pieces of the decorations all month long, but today we are going on a private tour.  This way, please…

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Outside

We start the tour with the outdoor decorations.  We keep the decorations in the front of the house very simple and traditional with wreaths and garland.  Seriously.  Simple.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The front portico is very Pottery Barn-esque with the evergreen garland and red and silver ornaments.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

You can read MORE about the rustic vignette in the corner.

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

On the back porch, we continue with the rustic theme.  I would guess about 90% of the ornaments on this tree were purchased at Target.  I love their rustic collection.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Here’s a close up of some of the ornaments.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Dining Room

You may or may not have seen the beautiful Christmas tablescapes in the dining room, so I will only stop here for a minute.  I love how we can enjoy our Christmas time dinners with the warmth of the fireplace.

 

Red and Retro Tablescape

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Holly and Ivy Tablescape

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 

Bonus Rooms

 

The keeping room is decorated in a winter wonderland theme with all white and silver.  The strategy behind this room is that when all of the other Christmas decorations get put away, this room will remain decorated as-is, and then I can just add a bunch of pink to the white and silver for the fundraiser in February.  It’s all about efficiency, my friends.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I love these monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

A Christmas tree in the last room you would expect – my boudoir.  It’s a very glammy tree to match the decor of the room.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Tiffany style silver bows, pearl strands, purple ornaments… it’s too girly and glammy for words.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The Christmas tree in the bedroom is decorated in an Americana theme with all red, white, and blue, including the patriotic Santa tree topper.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

 Traditional Living Room

I’ve had this wreath forever.  As in… forever.  I love it and it’s timeless, especially hanging on the french door against the exposed brick.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

All seven (yes, you read correctly) of our Christmas trees are artificial.  This was the first tree that Hubby and I bought together as a couple and it has great sentimental value to it.  The front room of our house isn’t designed to have the big tree in the window, so it goes against the wall and french door.  Large red poinsettias flank the tree.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I was going to place the poinsettias on either side of the fireplace, but they were so big, we didn’t have room.  I love them by the tree.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

And finally… the presents.  Red and white and silver with ribbons and bows.  Always.

 

Homestead Christmas Tour 2014 by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

This concludes our Christmas tour of the Homestead.  I hope you enjoyed it!

 

Love, hugs, and wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas.

 

Holly

 

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Dec 16

The Holly and Ivy Christmas Tablescape



Today’s Christmas tablescape is reminiscent of a time gone by with holly and ivy patterns, traditional china, and traditional Christmas green.

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The tablecloth was handmade (remember when people actually made what they needed?!?!?) and was vintage from my Mother.  I used a combination of red and white candles to line the table for a beautiful centerpiece.

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

A warm fire in the background makes this formal Christmas extra cozy.

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I’ve been on this kick lately where instead of a traditional centerpiece, I’ve been using a several candles down the middle of the table.

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The China pattern is Royal’s Holly Holidays.  Which of course I love.  Because yeah… oh and in case you are wondering… I was born in the summer, not at Christmastime.  I didn’t have chargers nor placemats that were appropriate for this tablescape, so I layered the good china on top of every day place settings.  Who says there is a rule about what goes under your plates, right?

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Even if my name wasn’t Holly, I would still be in love with this China pattern.  Isn’t it stunning?

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Who will join me for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner with this beautiful and timeless tablescape?

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The table is set, all we need is to fill it with family and friends and food and love.

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I leave you with one last pinnable picture for your Christmas or Tablescape board.

 

The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

In case you missed it, last week was the Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape.

 

Love, hugs, and Merry Christmas.

 

Holly

 

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Dec 15

Fragrant and Festive Pomander Tutorial



The pomander has it’s origins back to the Middle Ages.  Today, the Pomander is more associated with Colonial times, however research varies if they were made mostly with apples or oranges.  Nonetheless, a Pomander is a fragrant and festive decoration you can display at home, or give as a gift.

 

Fragrant and Festive Pomander Tutorial by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #DIY #craft #Christmas #colonial

 

You know those recipes that call for whole cloves, and then you have an entire container left minus a few?  This is a great way to get rid of them!   You. Are. Welcome.  I’ve seen tutorials that say to use a pencil to trace your design, and Martha says to use a rubber band.  I just winged it.  Because that is how I roll.

 

What you need:

  • Orange
  • Whole Cloves
  • Ribbon
  • Something pointy (like a kabob skewer)

 

Pomander 1

 

The design I made is a pretty traditional design, alternating between the cloves and the ribbon.  You can make faces, or pretty much the possibilities are endless.  Use the skewer to make a slight puncture into the orange so that you can place the cloves without any trouble.

 

Pomander 2

 

Add a pretty ribbon and you are done.  I like using checks or plaid as a nod to the Colonial times, but any festive ribbon will work.  I started at the top, came around to the bottom, twisted it, and then tied the bow at the top.

 

Fragrant and Festive Pomander Tutorial by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #DIY #craft #Christmas #colonial

 

This kind of pomander will last about a week, maybe two before starting to go bad.  Until then, it will be very fragrant!  There is a different kind of way to make pomanders if you want to keep it longer – by covering the entire orange with cloves and using various spices.  This type is more seasonal.  You can hang it on a tree like an ornament, place it in a dish, give it to a friend… there are many ways to enjoy it!

 

Fragrant and Festive Pomander Tutorial by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #DIY #craft #Christmas #colonial

 

 

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Love, hugs, and smelling good.

 

Holly

 

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Dec 12

Recycle Old Christmas Cards with a Cutie Crate DIY



Do you keep old Christmas cards every year?  This is an easy way to recycle those cards and make a DIY that will be a big hit with this year’s decorations.

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

All you need is one of those Cutie Crates, Halo Crates, Clementine Crates… whatever name you call them.  PS – the kids will eat the clementines and they are healthy for them!!!  Oh and your old Christmas cards, some Mod Podge and a sponge or brush.  And scissors of course.

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

Separate the cards into those with “bigger” scenery pictures, and those with smaller pictures.  Cut out the smaller pictures and “guess-place” them around the outside of the crate.  Use the bigger cards for the inside.

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

Once you have the cards in the place you want them, use the Mod Podge on both sides to glue and secure the cards.  You will need a little extra finesse to glue over the staples.  If the card is not sticking to the crate, use gentle pressure to ease the Mod Podge into the nooks and it will eventually meld into each other.

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

I tried to keep a consistent theme on each side.  I also used a large wreath to stand a little higher in the front.  If you are super crafty and want to go a step further, you can easily decorate the wood pieces on each of the corners.

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

I even provided you with four great ideas of how to use your new fabulous crate!  First, you can use it as decorations for Christmas ball ornaments….

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

… or maybe some pine cones… bonus points if they are gilded.

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

Here’s a novel idea…. how about a container to hold your new Christmas cards!  I know, right?!?!?

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

And finally, it can hold your Christmas CD’s.  What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?  Mine is the Carol of the Bell.

 

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

And there you have it.  Easy, right?  Trust me, I don’t do complicated.  Especially this time of year!

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

Too busy or too late for this year?  Pin it on your Christmas Pinterest board and save your cards for next year!

 

Christmas Cutie Crate DIY by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com Recycle last year's Christmas cards into this year's decorations

 

 But Wait!  There’s More!

Inspired by the Cutie Crate DIY?  Have you seen the Cutie Crate turned Vintage Trunk?  Or the Cutie Crate turned Herb Garden?

 

 

Love, hugs, and wondering what the next Cutie DIY will be..

 

Holly

 

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Dec 11

Peppermint Bark – Gourmet Frugal Gift


Last I checked, peppermint bark is sold in the stores for around $10.00 a bag.  This is one of those perfect gifts to make for friends, neighbors, and folks who deserve a nice gesture around the holidays.  You can make it yourself for between $2.00-$3.00, which makes it much more economical… and it’s such the decadent gourmet gift!

 

Peppermint Bark Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #christmas #candy

 

PREPARE:

1.  Unwrap 24 Starlite mints and place them in 2 plastic sandwich bags.  Use a mallet to break into pieces.  (Great project for a bad day… just sayin’)

2.  Layer a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.

 

MAKE:

3.  Melt one bag of white chocolate chips in the microwave at half power and 30 second intervals, stirring in between.  You shouldn’t have to heat it more than 60-90 seconds total.

4.  Stir in 2-3 drops of Peppermint Extract, and the broken peppermint pieces.

5.  Spread over parchment paper in pan.  Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes until hardened, and then break into bite-sized pieces.

6.  Use creative and/or frugal gift wrapping, whether it’s a mason jar or other re-purposed container.  I purchase my containers after Christmas when they are 50%-75% off.

 

Peppermint Bark Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #christmas #candy

 

It’s so easy to make and so inexpensive, there should be no reason to have to buy it… unless there is a Peppermint Bark emergency or something.

 

Peppermint Bark Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #christmas #candy

 

Love, hugs, and sharing the frugal sweetness!

 

Holly

 

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Dec 10

Gingerbread French Toast for Your Christmas Brunch



How many of you are making French Toast for your Christmas brunch this year?  Why not put a seasonal flavor to it, and make this insanely delicious Gingerbread French Toast!

 

Gingerbread French Toast Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #brunch

 

This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Pepperidge Farm.  I found this bread at the Commissary, fell in love with it and want to share it with you.  The Pepperidge Farm Gingerbread… bread is a sliced bread in the bread aisle, just like any other normal sandwich bread you would buy.  It’s seasonal so don’t wait too long to check if your supermarket has it.

 

Gingerbread French Toast Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #brunch

 

I used a traditional French Toast recipe with milk and eggs, added a touch of cinnamon, and let the bread handle all of the flavor itself.  Sometimes in life, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be good.

Gingerbread French Toast Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #brunch

 

It might be so good, that you won’t be able to get your family to leave the kitchen table to open presents.  Ok, maybe not THAT good!  You can serve it with regular maple syrup, or if you want to kick it up even more, try the bourbon maple syrup I used on these pumpkin pancakes.

 

Gingerbread French Toast Recipe by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #brunch

 

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What about you?  Are you a gingerbread cookie fan?  Do you bite the head off first?  Be honest….!!!!!

 

Love, hugs, and now I’m looking for a gingerbread cookie.

 

Holly

 

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Dec 09

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape



I wanted to create a red themed Christmas tablescape, but this one took an unexpected turn.   In a good way.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I had to go digging in the back of where I keep my table linens for the red tablecloth, and instead found this red and retro table runner.  It belonged to my Auntie June, who passed away two years ago at Christmas time from ALS.  (and BTW – many thanks for all of you who #icebucketchallenge for ALS!).  I have such fond memories of Christmas with the entire family at June and Bob’s house… I had to create a special tablescape to honor her memory.  Since the runner had a little retro vibe to it, I went with it.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I used the red chargers which coincidentally had matching bling.  I was originally planning on using the Christmas place settings, but instead went with the standard white.  A little stocking with some bells makes for an adorable utensil holder.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

I kept the centerpiece simple, a mixture of red and white candles, and silver pine cones with red berries.  The fire and Christmas tree in the background make for a perfectly cozy Christmas dinner.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Auntie June would be proud of this table.  She was all about simple glam.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

One last pin-able picture for you… and not sure if you can see the pattern on the wine glasses, but they are also retro 1960’s, and from her wedding set.

 

Red and Retro Christmas Tablescape by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Every year, the family posed for pictures on her staircase.

 

Christmas at June

 

This was my scheduled post for today.  Last night, I found out that a childhood friend unexpectedly passed.  He leaves behind a loving wife and two beautiful daughters and many friends and family.  Please say an extra prayer for them.  And not just his family, this can be a tough time of year for those who have lost loved ones, and my prayer is for those who are grieving to find peace and comfort in fond memories.  In the middle of all of the holiday hustle and bustle, be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug and be extra kind to others.

 

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Love, hugs, and being nostalgic.

 

Holly

 

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Dec 08

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette


 

There is something so cozy and comforting about a rustic Christmas vignette, especially to greet you on the front porch.  Mine has some funky junk involved, and a pretty funny backstory.

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

When we moved to the Homestead in 2011, I was bound and determined to have a sled on my front porch at Christmas.  Hubby and I hit the antique stores and I found one at a good price.  I still need to pick up a pair of old skates.  In the meantime, I tied a bow with some holly themed burlap ribbon (holly… get it… snicker… snicker…) and added a um… no clue what those things are called… the decorative thingies you use to make wreaths.  Yeah, that’s it.

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

We picked up the galvanized steel bucket at an antique store on the way home from Snowsgiving with the family (awesome pics posted on Facebook BTW – we got about a foot of snow in the Hudson Valley).  It was pretty rusted, but cheap.  Hubby had an extra burlap sack that I tied with the same holly themed burlap ribbon and ornament thingy.

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

Ok, so the story.  Hubby and Stepson are working on the property one weekend morning.  I am inside and can hear the lawn mower and leaf blower and chain saw and they are working like rock stars.  Hubby cut down some branches that were a little too close to the power lines.  Stepson gathered them up and put them in a wheelbarrow and…. taking… them… away…. WWWWWAAAAAAIIIIIIITTTTT!!!!!  I go running outside at full speed and grabbed as many as I could while the boys stared at me and laughed.  They are used to all of the craziness involved in being family members of a mommy blogger.  But this was a new one for them.

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

I debated about adding lights to the vignette, but I think it’s fine the way it is.  Doesn’t it make you want to come inside and curl up by the fire?

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

Inspired by the rustic Christmas vignette?  I would love for you to pin and share!

 

Rustic Christmas Porch Vignette by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com #branches #galvanized #burlap

 

 

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Love, hugs, and branching out.

 

Holly

 

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