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My Christmas Decorations!

By RaddestMom

Here are some photos of my Christmas decorations this year. I didn’t’ go all out because I barely got this much done with a sick toddler. It took me a week to decorate the tree, only. Lots of people ask me about the “fake snow” on my tree. It’s called “flocking”. When you get your Christmas tree, ask the seller if they do flocking. Most of them do. When you are choosing your tree for flocking, choose a tree that has more flat branches with some “gaps” and spaces. The snow looks better on them than a tree that is super full. My tree was custom flocked, so I asked for heavy on the top and medium-light towards the bottom, so it looks like natural snow fall. I used different ornaments that I’ve collected over the years. I prefer an array of ornaments rather than having everything match. I love a more homemade look rather than having something that looks like it’s in a department store. It’s just a preference for my own home, but I do enjoy all sorts of tree decorations! We also set up a smaller fake tree in the living room since we already had it. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to those of you who celebrate other traditions!

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2 Cheap & Easy Holiday Candle Decor Tricks!

By RaddestMom

Looking for some cheap, quick, and cute ways to dress up your house for the holidays? These two ideas involving ribbon and candles are just for you. I’ve included step by step pictures. It took me 5 minutes to do, and you could make several of these and have them be your centerpieces…and you don’t have to be crafty to accomplish these!

1. Simple Ribbon Wrapped Candle

All you need for this is a candle in a jar & some holiday ribbon. It’s so easy to dress up those plain candles, here is how to to do it.

First start out with a plain holiday candle. This one is pine scented.

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Next, pick your ribbon. I chose a medium width ribbon for this one because I wanted it to cover most of the glass. I also chose a ribbon with wired edges because it’s easier to straighten the bow after.

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Tie the ribbon in a bow, and straighten out the edges with your fingers until it looks good! My bows never look good at first, I always go back and perfect them after.

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Voila! Now you have a dressed up candle for the holidays.

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2. Two Layer Ribbon Candle In a Jar

This project includes a mason jar, or any other glass jar you have. It’s basically just some baking soda in the jar to look like snow, with a candle (any holiday color of choice), and some ribbons wrapped around it. You can use any size jar or candle in any color for this! I chose white with peppermint style ribbon.

Firstly, fill the jar about half way with baking soda, or salt, whichever you have. I used baking soda.

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Next, you’ll need a plain or colored pillar candle in any size that will fit in your jar. I also chose some peppermint striped ribbon in a thin width.

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Apply some school glue (I used a glue stick) to the cut end of the ribbon, and apply it to the base of the candle. If you press down for a few seconds it will stick enough to hold but not ruin the candle if you want to re-use it later. (The glue is purple but it dries clear!)

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Wrap the other end of the ribbon around the candle, and cut. Glue the other side down as well.

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Now, put the candle in the jar & follow the same cutting and glueing instructions on the jar as we did on the candle, wrapping the bottom of the jar in ribbon.

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That’s it! It looks like this when finished.

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Let me know what you think of these in the comments and what are some of your favorite easy holiday decorations!

XO

Lisa O

Halloween Baby Bump Contest Winner!

By RaddestMom

Congrats to Meghan in California for winning this year’s baby bump contest! There was some really stiff competition this year and it was close. Really love how she went all out and painted her WHOLE body for an awesome preggo halloween look. It looks amazing! Congrats on your $300 gift card to Little Woolf’s Etsy shop where you can find all things organic baby bedding. Thanks to all who submitted and participated, you all did a great job! See ya next year, guys!

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XO

Lisa O

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