Reader Favorite Posts of the Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top-Viewed Posts

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I hope you all had a great Christmas with your family and friends! I took a long break from blogging and social media in general, and went a whole 5 days without it! It felt great. And I survived!

Now that the New Year is upon us, I find I have all kinds of new ideas swirling around in my head and I'm motivated to DO stuff...move furniture around, organize and de-clutter, and start some new, big projects. Do any of you feel that urge?

It must be a female thing because I know Mr DIY sure doesn't feel it. Unfortunately, ha, he's my muscle and I will need his full cooperation to bring my 'crazy-scheme' ideas to fruition.

And of course, being the ever-impatient gal that I am...I want it done, like, yesterday!

So I'm trying to slow down, calm down and enjoy the process!

Today we're going to take a little look back at my top 10 posts of the year...these aren't necessarily my favorite posts, but they were the top clicked and pinned posts from this year.

So grab a drink and some leftover Christmas goodies (or a plate of veggies if you're trying to be good), settle in and let's take a closer look at what I was up to this year...

Almond Bark

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A decadent treat of bittersweet, white chocolate and toasted almonds that takes just minutes to make !

Gift giving at its finest ~ almond bark ~ DIY beautify

Christmas Snack Mix (and free printable labels)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas snack mix

I just had to share this Christmas snack mix with you because it's so good!

Better yet, it's last minute gift-giving at its finest!

Christmas Table Setting (Plaid and Polka Dots)

Friday, December 19, 2014

plaid and polka dots Christmas table

Some designs are classics...they stand the test of time.

Plaid and Polka Dots are two of my favorites, and I decided to combine them to set a pretty Christmas table, paying special attention to my thrifty budget and using many items that I already had on hand.

How to Build the Perfect Hot Cocoa Bar

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

hot cocoa bar

Hot cocoa is the iconic hot beverage that can be enjoyed by both young and old.

Every winter I put together a self-serve hot cocoa bar so that it can be enjoyed anytime of the day (or night).

It's easy...and just takes minutes. Here's how to make your own:

Christmas Giveaway

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Merry Little Christmas Giveaway

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Let your heart be light

Christmas giveaway DIY beautify blog

Homemade Gingersnap Cookies

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Favorite Gingersnap Cookies

Friends, I can't wait to share this family recipe with you. My mom made them when I was a little girl, and now I make them for my kids....

homemade gingersnaps

How to Make a Berry Monogram Wreath

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How to make a Christmas berry monogram wreath

Christmas Decorating on a Budget

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm sharing my Holiday Home Tour and tips for getting the most out of your Christmas decor

 I'm sure a lot of you are like me... have lots and lots of Christmas bins in your attic.

And while shopping for new Christmas decor is very enticing...'re really better off to just shop the attic!

Parade of Homes Sneak Peek

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Nashville Parade of Homes Blogger Tour

While writing and maintaining a blog has definitely made me question my sanity any number of times, there are definite perks!

I was blessed to be invited to participate in the Nashville Parade of Homes sneak peek with other area bloggers. The four homes are located in the exclusive Kings Chapel community in Arrington, TN.

This was my first-ever blogger meet up and I'll admit I was a little nervous because I didn't know anyone. I was a little star struck, not just because the homes were so amazing, but because I was meeting some bloggers that I've been following for quite awhile and it felt like a celebrity sighting, over and over! But everyone was so nice and I had a great time!

The Kings Chapel Holiday Tour of Homes was a collaboration with Make-A-Wish Foundation and Kirklands, with all proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Middle TN. Our sweet hosts were Nancy and Dana of Forest Home Media.

I'll keep my commentary brief as this post is photo-heavy. You are in for some serious eye candy!

Tips for Decorating a Christmas Tree

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree (and a Christmas garland tutorial)

DIY Christmas Tree Garland idea at DIY beautify blog

I'm dying to tell you a story! It's a true story, which makes it even better.

Picture this..

Newlyweds living in an upstairs apartment filled with ugly shag carpeting...

a dried-out Christmas tree that has barely survived their very first Christmas together...

Decorating a Flocked Tree

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nature-inspired tree

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

That  means you're going to see more from me in the days leading up to Christmas because I have SO many creative ideas to share with you!

Let's start with this tree, shall we? I've wanted a flocked tree for a long time.

When I stumbled across a small one at my local thrift store, I was beyond excited!

After removing all the outdated tinsel, I realized I had a problem....the tree stand was broken.

Vintage Inspired Christmas Cloche

Monday, December 1, 2014

DIY tree on truck at

One of my favorite memories from my childhood (growing up in Canada) is getting snowed in one Christmas. We lived on 20 acres of land on the Bow River in Alberta where the snowplows rarely ventured.

I don't remember the cold. I remember all the fun we had.

My brothers and I played outside for hours, building snow forts, sledding and having snowball fights.

But my very best memory of that snowy Christmas?...