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Table for two!

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When my mom got a new table a few years ago, she passed down her old kitchen table.  It was in good condition, but only had two chairs left.  This has worked fine in our kitchen, because we have limited “eat-in” space and there’s only been 2 of us needing chairs.  Whenever we have more family over for dinner, we eat at the dining room table, which fits 6.  So anyways, this table was a lighter wood color, and although it wasn’t ever my first choice of color, it was free and it worked.  Both are HUGE checks in my box.  Lately, though, because I love a project, I decided it was time to spruce the table up.  It needed a refresher and so did our kitchen.

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UNO! (Part uno…)

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Better late than never, right?! I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things.  It seems as though there’s always some barrier between me and blogging right now! But I’m ready to get out of that funk… starting with Cohen’s birthday party, which we held at our house in early December.  It was absolutely amazing!  Couldn’t have turned out more perfect – and we put some serious time into the details, because hey, our first child only turns 1 once…and it is all about the details. So read on for millions of pics…and loads of fun!

Tim and I wanted to create a super fun backdrop for the party – and many of our details were homemade – those that weren’t, were simple and easy to interpret. What I loved so much about the UNO theme was not having to buy 200 Mickey Mouse plates.  We were able to stick to bright, primary colors and it was still fun and young!  So anyways, about the party…we had it in the basement.  I decided it was best to split this post into 2 parts (much like our party – more on that later).  The first being all the details pertaining to the party (the decorations, food, etc.) and then I’ll have a part deux, which will be party, party, party, in full glory!

Here’s a little warm up…during the decorating process! And yes, that’s a tent/tunnel.  We had to keep the birthday boy occupied during set up, naturally!


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Crawling out of the Black Hole

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It may seem as though we’ve fallen into a black hole…but I suppose it’s the exact opposite.  We’ve been living…a lot.  We have been crazy.  I realize I got some serious blogging momentum in November, and then the holidays surrounded us, and blogging had to play second fiddle to living…and I’m ok with that.  As much as we love sharing, it’s been nice for both of us to take some time away from the computer, and just log some serious hours sitting on the floor, playing with Cohen, hanging out and doing all things Christmas-y!

So bear with me as I backtrack a bit to get you all up to speed to our lives in December!  I figured I would start off with my simple and awesome Advent Calendar I made in early December! It was fun and something we all got excited about!  We are busy editing photos and all that good stuff from all our other adventures last month.  It’s really crazy just how quickly December went.  I barely even had time to see it fly past.

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Christmas Craft-mas

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As I said previously, I have been making some Christmas crafts as of late.  It’s really helped spruce up our decor and has certainly helped me get in the Christmas spirit.

I thought I’d share how I made a few of my new decorations/accessories.

The first is a few new ornaments I crafted! For this, you’ll need clear glass ornaments (or you could even use colored ornaments you already have if you prefer to have the color show through!), mosaic pieces and glue (I used my trusty hot glue gun).

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on spreading the holiday cheer around our house!  I love when our house is decorated for Christmas – I think it’s the coziest time of year at Casa de Seidler and I look forward to it all year long!  This year felt very reminiscent of last…I really wanted to get the holiday decorations up in time for Thanksgiving.  Yeah, I know that the Pilgrims should have their time and all, but what can I say, I really love me some Christmas decorations.  Last year, I wanted to get them up before Baby Seidler was born, and actually be able to enjoy them without feeling the pressure to get the house decorated while in the early stages of labor (because yes, I am that crazy and would have made Tim decorate the house with me while contracting!).  And notice in the photos below, we used the small white tree upstairs last year because we decided not to decorate the basement since we wouldn’t be hosting any get togethers in December…but boy, it looked so bare in the family room (compared to this year, where it’s wayyyy cozier!).  This photo couldn’t have been more than a few weeks before having Cohen – crazy how it’s almost been a year now!  AH!


This year, we were hosting Thanksgiving, and I knew the coming weeks would be crazy, so it seemed appropriate and necessary to deck the halls early!  We have definitely made some changes to the family room since this time last year, and I’ve also been crafting away to add some new decor to our holiday repertoire this year.

This includes::

Mosaic ornaments – which I displayed in my new blue dish!











An updated version of my oh-so-hideous tree skirt!


Why is it so difficult to take a nice picture of a tree? I swear, it’s much more beautiful than this picture lets on…7-8′ Frasier Fir! My fav!

A homemade Advent Calendar – complete with an ornament to hang each day and an activity to complete! 🙂 I can’t wait to start this tonight! 



And lastly – a new way to display the Christmas cards we receive!  We got our first one today!  Yay for Kelly Bols – making the rest of us look like slackers!

Can’t forget my yarn wreath, too, on the front door!  I love this because it was great for fall and now for winter!  How wonderful!  I love how the Christmas spirit and coziness is all through our house now!  Hopefully I’ll be able to break down how I completed some of these projects over the next few days!  They were all so super simple – and most were zero dinero!

We are now in birthday party planning mode!  Cohen will be 1 in less than 2 weeks and we have his party the weekend after next!  Today I made my master list of TO DO and TO BUY so tomorrow I must get going on that.  Luckily we are keeping it simple with an UNO theme – so I’ll be sticking to primary colored decorations with bright pops everywhere in the balloons, poofs, tableware etc!  I can’t wait!  But at the same time I can…because it means my Bubba Scoobs is 1…holy moly!

More on the Christmas decorations and party planning later!  Happy December everyone!