Now that the holidays are over (waa waaa waaa ūüôĀ¬†¬†)¬†¬† ¬†it’s time to box up all of the Christmas decorations and get back to reality.¬† BUT…¬† I still want things to feel a little festive around here & to make it pretty & wintry-feeling so we’ve been going around the house adding little touches of Winter here & there.¬† (This is partly because I’m still excited that it’s winter & partly¬† because Winter gets depressing towards the end so I’m trying to keep it fresh!!)

{our new fireplace!!}

I like to keep things natural & simple & fun (meaning it has to be easy & relatively quick) and I love involving my kids in decorating so they feel a part of things.

When we made snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School, we made a few for ourselves too and hung them on the kitchen doors:

I may have had more fun than the kids ūüėČ ūüėČ

We also went on a long walk around our woods & cut holly to put around the house.  I think cutting things from my yard and bringing them inside is one of my absolute favorite things on this planet to do.  I love being outside with my kids and they love coming on a mission with me to find just the right thing.

{I know I’ve shown you this picture before but it was such a good, quiet moment for me that I’m sharing it again}

They day we picked the holly it was snowing a little… (above)¬† The bigger boys (Christian 5, and¬†Justin now 3!!!) ¬†and I got all bundled up and went through the woods.¬† I cut and they carry.


{holly in the powder room}
My grandmother used to (and still does) constantly make arrangements around the house from things she or my grandfather picked up on their walks.  My mom and I lived with them when I was a little girl, and I remember before parties that an arrangement would always go in the guest bath.  I try to do do the same thing myself now at our place.
{my bathroom}
Holly lasts a really long time when you bring it in & we’ve found¬†a few¬†holly trees & bushes around our new house…
{in the kitchen}
Along with the snowflakes & holly we have another little addition to our family room:
{deer pillow}
It’s one of those kitchsy things¬†you love instantly and you know that you’re not supposed to like because it’s so kitschy-cute but you do anyway…¬†¬† (I have that feeling towards lots of Christmas things, like the big old vintage colored lights.)¬† Anyway, I saw them at Pottery Barn & loved them but they were all sold out so¬†my husband secretly¬†found one on Ebay for me & surprised me with it for Christmas.¬† (love him.) ¬†We have deer all over the place at our new house and so they fit perfectly.
So…¬† we’re still adding touches here and there (and dumping out water from stinky old plants/branches we’ve brought in) but I’m really enjoying having an (almost!) finished house!!¬† The majority of the construction on our first floor is finished and the layout of the house is working so well for us.¬† I looooooove having a kitchen that’s completely open to my living room.¬† Being able to add little pretty things around the house is like the icing on the cake.
Happy New Year to you & yours!!
What do you do at home to keep Winter feeling fresh &cozy?

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And, there’s still time to make snowflakes for Sandy Hook Elementary School.¬†
You can mail them to:
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12
Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514