Free Printable for New Years Eve

I love New Year's Eve!  I feel so motivated and everything feels possible.  Every year I like to make goals for the new year.  I put together this fun printable that I thought I'd share with you!

Free Christmas Tags

Well, the countdown is on!  I'm painfully aware that I only have a few more days to get Christmas shopping done.  I'm so bad at getting it all done in time.  Christmas tags are one of the only things I don't have to go out and buy still.  I made Christmas tags a couple years ago (see them HERE) but I thought I'd make some new ones this year.  

DIY Gingerbread House

Yay!! It's officially December!  I started decorating in the middle of November but I keep adding little things here and there.  I've wanted a little gingerbread house for a while now and I've been brainstorming how to put one together.  I considered building one, but than I thought, what if I used a bird house?!

Upbra Review

I don't usually do product reviews but when I try out something I like I'd like to share it with you guys.  I hate bra shopping.  I usually end up in a dressing room with a pile of bras that don't fit me right and I have to awkwardly tell the dressing room lady that I need another size.  Upbra, on the other hand, was a really positive experience for me.  All I did was click what I wanted and it showed up at my door.

Nutcracker Printable

Hey there!  Thank you for stopping by my blog on your tour of free Christmas Printables and Vignettes!  Thank you Kristen from Ella Claire Inspired for putting this together!  If this is you first time here, my name is Emmie and I love to share my crafty projects and my drawings and free prints.  This year I wanted to draw the Nutcracker characters for Christmas.

 If you're unfamiliar with The Nutcracker, the story is about a young girl named Clara who wakes up at midnight on Christmas Eve to find that she has shrunk down to the size of her beloved toy soldier Nutcracker.  The Nutcracker has come to life to save her from the Mouse King.  The Nutcracker defeats the Mouse King and turns into a handsome prince and takes Clara to a magical land ruled by the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.  

DIY Pumpkin Patch Sign

 My heart says that it's time to decorate for Christmas but my husband has forbidden me from getting out my tree yet, so I guess I'll hold onto my pumpkins a little bit longer.  I made this fun pumpkin patch sign and I thought I'd show you how I put it together.

My Favorite Spooky Movies

I'm the only one in my family that likes to watch scary movies.  I almost always have to sleep with the bathroom light on after but I love the thrill of it when I'm watching.  I have a few favorites that I watch over and over.  I'm a little picky about the scary movies I like though.  I hate gore and I don't care for guys in masks that chase people.  What I really love are ghost stories.  I like movies that make the hair on your neck stand up but doesn't make you watch somebody stick needles in their eyes or saw off a foot.  I like spooky movies that make you think.  I like scary movies that keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time but then it feels lighter at the end and almost happy.  These are my all time favorite scary movies.

Coordinates Sign and Gallery Wall

 Isn't it funny how a certain place can hold a special place in your heart?  Something amazing happened in that spot and then all of a sudden that place becomes special and you can't help feeling it's magic every time your there.  For me, that place was the temple where I was married and I wanted to make something crafty to remind myself of that place every time I look at it.

I Put A Spell On You

I just couldn't wait to get my Halloween decor out!  If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE Halloween.  I love it all... the costumes, the candy, and the movies!  My favorite Halloween movie is probably Hocus Pocus.  I've seen it so many times but I still love it!  It's a Halloween tradition for sure.  My favorite part is when Bette Midler sings "I Put a Spell on You."  I thought it would be fun to make a fun witch printable to add to my Halloween decor.

The Truth About Breastfeeding That No One Talks About

I'm a momma to two little girls and I've got to admit that I'm feeling a little baby hungry.  My husband and I want to start trying for a baby next year.  As I'm preparing myself to be pregnant again, I can't help thinking how far I've come as a mother.  I still remember the first time I was pregnant and being so nervous and scared.  I wished that I had an older sister to tell me what to expect about breastfeeding but I ended up figuring out everything on my own.  If you're pregnant for the first time and would like to know some details about breastfeeding, allow me to be your big sister for a minute and I'll tell you everything I've learned.

The Deer King Printable

It's fall again!  I love these fall blog hops and I look forward to it every year!  A huge thank you again to Kristen from Ella Claire Inspired for putting this together!  If you're new to my blog I'm a wife and mommy to two littles and I love to create fun printables and be crafty.  

When fall comes around there's only one thing on my husband's mind...... hunting season.  Yep, he lives for it.  Me, I'd rather watch deer than try to shoot at one.  They are such beautiful and graceful animals.  In Bambi, I love the buck that they call the prince of the forest.  He looks so majestic and gentle and I just love the part when all the other deer stop to watch him step out onto the meadow.  For my fall printable this year, I thought it would be fun to do my own version of the prince of the forest. 

Mom Confession: The Things I Do for Me.

I think we've all been there.  Dinner burning on the stove, the baby crying with a poopy diaper, and my 4 year old throwing an epic melt down because she can't have a cookie before dinner.  Yup, I have those days.  Being a mom is hard and sometimes I feel so burnt out and tired but there are a few little tricks that help me relax and refresh and I thought I'd share them with you.

First Day Free Printable

 My oldest baby is old enough to start Preschool and I'm a momma wreck over here!  I don't know what happened!  She was just a little baby a second ago and now she's growing up and leaving me! 

My New Gigantic Clock

I'm leaving for camping in the morning but I wanted to share this quick story about my brand new GIGANTIC CLOCK!!

DIY Entry Hooks

We've made some progress on our little home since we first moved in but we're going much slower than I had hoped.  We did finally get some entry hooks hung in our hallway and I'm really excited about it!

How To Make Felt Hanging Flowers

As promised, here's my step by step instructions for how I made these cute felt hanging flowers.  I said before (see original post HERE) that this wasn't hard to put together it was just time consuming to cut out all the pieces.  I thought it was so worth it.

DIY Hanging Felt Flowers

I finally finished my hanging flowers project for my daughters' room!  It turned out just like I hoped it would!  It wasn't a hard project but it was a little time consuming to cut out all the pieces.  It was totally worth it though!  I love the little shower of flowers it makes behind my baby's crib.  

Garden Fairy Birthday

This party has been a long time in the making.  Ever since I saw fairy parties on Pinterest I knew I HAD to do one.  I finally got my chance on my oldest baby's 4th birthday.  I'm lucky she likes fairies ;) haha.  First, I bought some fairy wings at Dollar Tree.  You've got to snag these when you see them because they only have them every once and a while.  I knew I wanted to do some type of wand and I thought bubbles would be fun.  I found this cute pack of colorful bubble wands at Walmart.  Our little fairy guests were free to pick their wings and wands as they came in.

Awesome Dad Card

I love celebrating the men in my life that I couldn't live without!  Father's Day is a week away and I love letting my husband and my dad know just how much they mean to me.  My dad can fix anything and is always there for me!  He is an awesome dad.  I really lucked out with my husband too.  I couldn't do this crazy parenting thing by myself.  Just when I think I'm going to lose my mind, he steps in and takes care of everything.  I'm so in love with him and our daughters just adore him.

America the Beautiful Free Printable

It's in the air, can you feel it?!  The smell of backyard barbecues and sunscreen, the taste of fresh pineapple, the feel of cool grass on your feet... guys, this is my favorite time of year!  The very beginning of summer when long lazy summer days stretch out in front of me and seem endless and I feel the anticipation of all the adventures we'll have!  Memorial day weekend is really when it hits me that summer is finally here!

Florida Room Style Board

I'm not a winter girl so in a perfect world I would live in a place that was never cold and was just a walk away from the ocean.  I'll probably never live in such a place but it is fun to decorate and bring a beachy feel to my Idaho home.   I was recently inspired by Douglas Elliman's Florida Real estate team to share my ideas for their Florida Room Style Board challenge.   A "Florida Room" is a room that is like a sunroom or screen room that is protected from the elements but feels like Florida all year long.

Free Printable Mother's Day Card

 If you're a mom, you know all about putting yourself last.  I worked really hard on this post but I didn't post when I wanted because I had other more important 'mom things' to get done and you know what, that's OK! Because my kids come first.  ALWAYS.  And that's what Mother's Day is all about isn't it?  Celebrating moms for the great sacrifices they make every day for their kids. 

DIY Window Trim

We've been in our new house for about a year and a half and we're finally getting some projects done and I'm so excited to show you the progress we've made!  None of our windows have window trim and that was one of the first things I wanted to work on because I knew it was going to make a huge difference.  Here's what our window looked like before.  

DIY Kitchen Island Plans

About a year and a half ago, my husband and I were sitting in front of a nice lady who was showing us all the upgrades we could add to the house we were building.  One of those expensive upgrades was a kitchen island.  I desperately wanted one but when we heard the cost we both got this panicked look in our eyes and shrugged our shoulders and decided we could build our own island when the time was right.  Fast forward a year and my parents decided to renovate their kitchen and get rid of all their old cabinets.  They graciously let us have their cast offs and we were so excited!
Those cabinets have been sitting in the middle of my kitchen and they may look dirty and sad right now but I know they're going to be beautiful when we are done with them.  Here's the low down on what we plan to do.

Dollar Spot Hack-Easter Egg Tree

I don't know about you, but I'm addicted to the Target Dollar Spot.  Every time I walk into Target that dang Dollar Spot sucks me in and I spend 15-20 minutes going through the bins.  Their Easter decor did not disappoint this year.  One of my Easter finds was this little Easter Egg tree.  It reminded me of an Easter egg tree that my mom used to have when we were kids.  I thought it looked a little sparse, but I bought it anyway thinking I could spruce it up a bit.

Watercolor Vegetables Printable

This warmer weather we've been having has made my heart so happy!  I wasn't made for cold weather so when spring finally arrives I'm like Julie Andrews singing and carefree spinning all over the place.  I'm so honored to be a part of this Spring printable blog hop and I'm so grateful to Kristen from Ella Claire Inspired for including me!

He is Risen, As He Said Printable

I love Blog Hops!  Thank you so much for joining me on this tour of free Easter printables!  I always a feel a little insecure being grouped with these amazing ladies!  Thank you to Kristen from Ella Claire Inspired for including me in this round up!  

I hate winter so when it finally starts warming up, it's happy dance time over here.  I'm beyond excited that Easter is only a few weeks away!  Who doesn't like watching their kids hunt for eggs and stuffing their face with giant chocolate bunnies, right?! 

DIY Name Sign

As soon as we moved into our new house and I started thinking about how I wanted to decorate the girls' room, I had a vision of having their names above their beds.  I finally got around to getting it done and I'm loving how it has turned out!

My Favorite Free Fonts

When I figured out that you can download fonts for FREE to your computer, I was hooked!  I collect fonts like some people collect rocks or stamps.  I feel like Ariel swimming around singing "I want MORE!"  I'm always on the lookout for cute new fonts to add to my collection!

DIY Heart Banner

I have a fun little craft to share with you today!  I usually don't do any decorating for Valentine's Day but this year I decided to throw together something quick and easy.  It doesn't get any easier than this little banner and it didn't cost me anything! 

How To Do Your Own Baby Photo Shoot

Let me start off by saying I am not a photographer.  I have a nice camera (a Nikon D3200) but I'm really just learning to use it.  I've had no photography classes or training.  I've read one book that I definitely recommend called The Ultimate Photography Book for Bloggers by Anko Levai but other than that I'm just stumbling along and picking things up along the way.  I feel confident enough to share this post with you despite my lack of photography know-how because I'm willing to bet that there are moms out there just like me that want to take a few good looking pictures of their kids without spending a bunch of money on a photographer.  My baby just turned one and I wanted to take pictures of her to frame and put up on the wall, but money is tight and I just didn't have it in me to pay a photographer.   Well, here's how I did my very own baby photo shoot, by myself, in my house, with a three year old running around at the same time.

DIY 5 Minute Wreath

 Don't you love wreaths?  I want like 20 of them throughout my house.  I think every room needs a little bit of greenery and wreaths are so popular now.  They're not just on front doors these days.  They are on coat racks, mirrors, chalkboards, mantles, and window frames.  I love it!  Some wreaths can get really pricey though and I want to show you how I made these easy wreath in about 5 minutes!  All you need is a wreath and some fake greenery.  I got my wreath and greenery at Hobby Lobby (my favorite store).  I went when the wreath and the greenery were 50% off! If you don't know about Hobby Lobby, everything in the store goes on sale in a rotation.  If the wreaths aren't on sale one week, check the next week and they might be on sale!  Plus if you google "Hobby Lobby Coupon" there is a 40% off one item coupon that you can use every time you go!  OK enough about that... let's make this wreath!

Princess Valentines

I grew up a little Disney obsessed.  My sisters and I knew all the movies by heart.  We sang all the songs and we wore plastic tiaras and clopped around in dress up heels.  Disney princesses have a special place in my heart.  I know there is no shortage of Disney princess valentines out there but this is my version.  My simple, imperfect tribute to each of the princesses that I love.  

Lucy's Room and "I am a Child of God" Sign

I've wanted to work on my Lucy's room for a long time and I've finally made some progress that I want to share with you!  First, we got Lucy a new bed!  And by "new" I mean new for us.  I wonder how old it really is.  When I saw it on craigslist I was so excited.  Can you believe I scored this beautiful antique bed for $35?!  It pays off to be obsessive with your craigslist searches I guess.

My Word of the Year and My Top Posts of 2016

Sometimes putting away Christmas can be depressing. Winter feels like it will last forever without Christmas to cheer it up a bit.  This year I was so ready to put away my Christmas.  Down went the tree, ornaments, lights, and garland and I didn't even feel sad.  I'm so not a winter girl but I like January because it always feels like a fresh start, like anything can happen.

You might have seen other bloggers talk about their "word" for the new year.  Basically you pick one word that describes what you want to focus on in the new year or what will inspire you.  Last year I decided my word was "NEW".  Why?  Well we had just moved into our NEW house, had our brand NEW baby, got a NEW car, started getting to know our NEW neighbors and church members...etc.  You get the idea.  I've seen so many people gripe about 2016 but it was really good to my little family.  I'm so excited for this year though because unlike last year when we were really just settling in and taking our first wobbly steps as new homeowners, this year I really want to make some progress.  The word I've chosen for 2016 is "GROWTH". I want to grow as a mother.  I want to teach and laugh and play and inspire.  I want to really breathe in each precious second I get to spend with my babies. I want to grow as a wife.  Be there for him, listen to him, understand him better than I ever have.  I want to grow as a blogger/Etsy shop owner.  If you're a blogger than you know that blogging is HARD.  It is so easy to get sucked into the whirlpool of comparing yourself to those bloggers you want to be like and feeling yourself sink lower and lower until you don't even want to try anymore.  This is a daily struggle for me.  Sometimes my inner voice can be a real jerk and I can't tell you how many times I considered throwing in the towel.  I keep going because this is what inspires me and makes me truly happy.  To go totally cheesy on you... my heart is totally in-sync with Hillary Swank in P.S. I Love You when she says "My business is to create."  My little blog might not be making much money or be as beautiful as the bloggers I obsessively follow but it's my own little piece of the internet and each year I get better.