Christmas Break To-Do List

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I’m officially on Christmas Break for the next two weeks! I’m so excited!

As I have in the past, today I’m sharing my to-do list for the break (you can see the previous lists here). I’m hoping that putting this out there will motivate me to actually finish some of these projects. Of course the chances I’ll finish all of them are slim to none, but I purposely make my list long so I’ll have projects to choose from based on my mood. For example, obviously I’m not going to get my entire backyard landscaped in two weeks, but I’m hoping to finally get some estimates and a crew started on landscaping back there. I also have some serious weeds growing in the seams of my concrete patio, so I’d like to take care of those too. If I can get that done, we’ll call that one a success.

OK, let’s take a look at my Christmas Break to-do list:

Install Baseboards in Living Room
Build Laundry Room Countertop

Re-caulk Master Bathroom Shower
Refresh Guest Bathroom

Replace Office Outlets and Switches
Touch-up Paint Around the House
Landscape the Backyard

Update Office Gallery Wall

Finish Pantry
Hang Travel Art Gallery Wall in Master Bedroom

Should we take bets on how many I’ll actually finish? Based on past years, I’d say 3-4 is a safe bet. Anyway, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. I’ll be back in 2016 to share my finished Christmas Break projects and other fun projects!

Christmas Home Tour 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

I’m sure you’re all sick on seeing Christmas posts by now, but I promise this will be the only one and it won’t have multiple pictures of decorations from just slightly different angles. Honestly, I almost didn’t share my decorations this year because it all looks pretty similar to last year (see last year’s decorations here). I mean, I’m using the exact same decorations, so I’m not sure how different it could possibly look. I just don’t see the point in buying all new decorations every year. Ain’t nobody got money/storage for all of that!

Anyway, let’s start with the mantle. I used the same stockings, glitter letters, garland and twig snowflake as last year. The angel candleholders are from Wal-Mart like 4-5 years ago. I spray painted them white a few years ago and they are still a couple of my favorite decorations.

OK, let’s talk tree:

There are a lot of similarities from last year, but I did add the wooden bead garland (from Michael’s) plus some additional ornaments that I bought after Christmas last year. I also skipped the poinsettia blooms this year.

I love how the tree turned out, but I think I’m most excited about my new angel ornament. I bought it at a Vatican gift shop while we were in Italy. For no additional charge, they’ll have your item blessed (by a member of the Vatican clergy I assume) and delivered to your hotel later that night/next day.

I do want to brag a bit and say that I had all of my Christmas shopping done and everything wrapped two weeks ago. That’s definitely a record for me! 

One of my favorite and easiest Christmas decorations this year is my chalkboard. I used this picture as inspiration for drawing the ornaments and I love how it all turned out. I’m not very artistic, but I think it looks pretty cute! 

Other than that I just have random decorations around the house. I love decorating for Christmas and having all the festive decorations around me (especially the lights outside and on the tree), but I’m already getting sick of the clutter. I think I’m going to go on cleaning/organizing spree once the holidays are over.

Of course I have to end this post on a cheery Christmas note, so here’s a picture of Ringo and Abby in front of our tree! You don't want to know how many treats it took to get this picture...

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