Friday, December 19, 2014

'Tis the Season to Rest

Rest. It's what we all long for. The thought of it is what gets us through our long week. Rest is a beautiful concept; work finished, and there is time for self and others.

I believe that Christmas should be a time of rest. If no other time of the year, than Christmas it should be. Is there no better time to rest than during the season in which we celebrate the birth of the One who said, "Come to me, all that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest"?

Christmas is crazy, exciting, and wonderful. And, dare I say, magical? It is a season of hustle and bustle. Shopping trips, road trips, kids tripping over the Christmas tree branches as they go by; it's so easy to get caught up in it. This year, on top of it all, I've had some majorly sick kiddos.

I had such high hopes for this Christmas. Little Man's at that wonderful age where he's really starting to get holidays and birthdays. I wanted this, his first memorable Christmas, to be magical and amazing.



But, ultimately, it is my attitude that can determine whether we have the magical Christmas or not. It's when I stepped back, realized how much I had to be thankful for, and got my priorities straight, that I really was able to let go. I was able to lavish grace and love on my sick family. I reevaluated my Christmas expectations and simplified.

Simple Christmases are my favorite anyway.

I still had my moments. I get overwhelmed and tired. But what Christmas memory do I want to make for my kids? Everyone was sick and Mommy was stressed over every Christmas cookie and broken light strand, or everybody was sick, the decor was simple, but Mommy was peaceful, loving, and gracious, even if the cinnamon rolls were store bought instead of homemade from scratch?




I choose to rest this year. To be thankful. To set my mind on things above, on the grace of God that reaches down to man. Because that is what we're celebrating anyway, right?

'Tis the season to rest.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY Winter Mason Jar Terrarium

I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas season! I am! Can you believe it's already only 9 days until Christmas? I like that Thanksgiving and Christmas are close but it can be hard to get all the decorations up in between. After all of us being sick the last couple weeks, I needed some quick, simple, and cheap Christmas decorations. This DIY winter Mason jar terrarium came together in 5 minutes!

DIY Winter Mason Jar Terrarium

Thanks to Pinterest, Mason jar crafts are the big thing. To be honest, I have never been a fan of the Mason jar fad. I love jars and all, but I just wasn't into it. BUT, I think the Mason jar snow globes and terrariums are adorable! So I made one.

I made a terrarium instead of a snow globe because I didn't have time to go looking for fake snow but I'm wanting to try one next! I already had a bunch of quart-size Mason jars that I bought in a pack at Walmart. They are very easy to find at thrift stores too. They might not have a lid, but those are easy to replace since lids can't be reused for canning anyway. I know our Walmart sells just the lids.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

I am happy to be a part of the "Christmas in the Country" Home Tour and Link Party 2014!  I am one of over 40 decorated homes participating in this two week event from November 28th till December 12th.  Please visit Creative Country Mom's to see all the new stops on the tour each day.  There is also a Holiday themed link party for the event where everyone can add their posts!  Let's enjoy a homespun, Country Christmas at www.creativecountrymom.com!


I'm finally back! And just in time to do the Christmas Home Tour 2014! I had to take a short hiatus because we all caught a respiratory virus that landed the baby in the ER for breathing trouble and both kids on antibiotics for ear infections. It's been a rough two weeks for sure. But hey, I got to ride in an ambulance for the first, and hopefully last, time!

Since I've been spending the majority of the time since Thanksgiving holding sick kids, this year's Christmas decorations are rather simple and thrown together. If it weren't for Hubby and my wonderful mother-in-law, they wouldn't be up at all. But lest you think that all the cleaned up photos are our real life, I've included some behind the scenes shots too. I hope you enjoy the tour!

Christmas Home Tour 2014

Welcome to our home! It's so nice to have you here to share the season with us! Don't mind my Christmas wreath. I made him last year and he seems to have suffered the loss of a few of his pinecones while in storage. Fixing him is on the agenda, but it probably won't happen this year. Do come in!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Never Miss A Blog Post!

Hello friends! Happy December to everyone! I am so excited about the holidays this year. I've been a little scarce this week because of Thanksgiving and sick kids. Here's hoping that I can get on the ball with Christmas decorations today!

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I'll be back later this week with more stuff and goings on. May your days be merry and bright this season! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



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Monday, November 24, 2014

DIY Christmas Ornament Craft

Welcome to the Blogger Christmas Series! For the next four weeks, I am teaming up with some other fabulous bloggers to bring you a variety of posts about Christmas stuff. Lights, decor, recipes, ideas...anything and everything related to Christmas! You can find the links to the other bloggers posts at the end of this post. Check them out when you get a chance!

Blogger Christmas Series: DIY Christmas Ornament Craft-realinspiredblog.com

Let the Christmas posts begin! I have a no Christmas anything before Thanksgiving rule. I've been ignoring the peppermint mochas at Starbucks for three weeks now. That's how hardcore I am. Since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I shall bend it ever so slightly and go ahead and post this Christmas ornament craft. You'll need a week or so of drinking frozen orange juice to be able to make it anyway!

Blogger Christmas Series: DIY Christmas Ornament Craft-realinspiredblog.com

I first made these ornaments with my Nana when I was a girl. She used to get me, my siblings, and our friends together every now and then for a craft day. We'd have a ton of silly fun while planning who we were going to give our crafts to for Christmas. I remember making these ornaments many times. She would cut the circles out of Christmas cards and let us paw through them to pick the ones we wanted.

We always had a few of these hanging on our Christmas tree growing up. It is such a simple craft for kids and a great gift they can make themselves for parents or grandparents! So let's get to it!

Blogger Christmas Series: DIY Christmas Ornament Craft-realinspiredblog.com

Friday, November 14, 2014

16 Craft and Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving

 It's been one crazy week around here lately! We started the week off with a sick kid and a clogged dishwasher and we're finishing the week off with a recovering kid and a clogged dishwasher. Hopefully this week will see the dishwasher fixed!

Today, I leave you with a little round-up of 16 Thanksgiving craft and decor ideas. Go forth and be creative!

16 Craft and Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving
(clockwise from top left corner)



Happy weekend!


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

20 Recycled Pillow Ideas

I've posted many small do-it-yourself(DIY) projects here on the blog over the last year and a half. The key word here being small. I'm not a DIY kind of person, believe it or not. Creative and a little crafty? Sure, but I'm just not into big DIY projects.

I'm quite happy letting someone else install my new floors, thanks.

I do love DIY projects if I can do it cheaply and I know what I am doing OR I can google it and figure it out in 15 minutes. Time is money. Many times I don't have either, but I figure it would take me just as much money to build a dresser as it would to buy one. And I wouldn't have a life until it was finished.

Not only do I want to save time and money with my projects, but I want to save resources. Recycling things is a great way to do that! And my absolute favorite DIY project to work recycling magic on? A project that is easy, fast, and cheap? One of my favoritest things ever?

Pillows!

I. love. pillows. Hubby wishes I didn't. A girl can never have enough pillows! Pillows can be expensive though so I love making my own from old things or by repurposing new things. I just finished putting together a recycled pillow idea board on Hometalk so I can keep track of new ideas!

If you haven't heard of it, Hometalk is similar to Pinterest only it's all home and garden. It's amazing! You can share your own projects or ask questions of the Hometalk community. You can follow Real Inspired on Hometalk and see the board by clicking the link or the picture below.

20 Recycled Pillow Ideas-Real Inspired on Hometalk

I'd love to hear your thoughts on these ideas! Which ones are your favorites? Do you have a massive pillow stash like me?


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