♪ 17th day of BlogMas ♪
 Fool-Proof EASY Christmas Cookies!

Today I'm sharing with you my family's go-to super easy Christmas cookie recipe . . .

. . . It's essentially 3 main ingredients and is always a crowd favorite. Keep scrolling to see how to make these fool-proof cookies!


Ingredients 

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  • Premium Saltine Crackers - Around one sleeve of crackers per tray.
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter - quartered for easy melting
  • Nestle Semisweet morsels chocolate chips
  • Holiday sprinkles (optional)


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♪ 7th day of BlogMas ♪
Secret Santa Gift Guide
Home Decor Under $50

If you're anything like me . . .

. . . you're probably scrambling the day of your Christmas party to find a great gift for your Secret Santa. I said I would be better this year, and here we are (our Christmas party is in two days and I still don't have my gift) so please, don't be like me this year. Order your Secret Santa one of these awesome under $50 Amazon Home Decor gift options right now for every special person on your list. Best part is they are all PRIME 2-Day Shipping. Why didn't I do this sooner?

Next year I'll be better I promise... 


For the Botanist ...

Geometric Wall Vase Set of 2 • $24.99

The simple, elegant and modern design of these wall planters are a sure fire win for your plant loving friend. 

 


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For the Artist ...

Shibori Indigo Throw Blanket • $21.90

Any artist would appreciate the handmade delicate quality of shibori fabric. This piece can double as a throw blanket on an accent chair or bed, or be used as a tapestry adorned on the wall.


For the Foodie ... 

Calabash Bowls Set of 4 • $24.95

Hand crafted and hand turned from one solid piece of Acacia hardwood, these bowls are sure to wow your foodie friend. Wood version ramekins, they're perfect for cheeses, dips, or serving food to the kiddos.

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For the Dog Lover ...

Ceramic Dog Treat Jar • $32.99

Go against the grain for your dog loving friend this year. This modern take on the classic cookie jar will have your friend wondering if they should stock it with human treats instead! 


For the Minimalist ... 

Rose Gold 12" Wall Clock • $44.99

This elegantly designed clock is sure to fit in with any minimalist design theme. The polished rose gold frame adds that metallic element making it the most perfect festive gift!

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Have you snagged any great Amazon deals this x-mas season? Let me know in the comments section!

♪ 5th day of BlogMas ♪
Small Apartment, how should I decorate?

When scrolling through Pinterest, Houzz . . .

. . . even Google Images in search of holiday decor inspiration, we're immediately shown breathtaking homes with staircases draped in garland, fireplace mantels decked to the 9's and of course massive, grandeur 12 foot Christmas trees just drenched in holiday charm. What about the little guys? The 800-SQ foot studios? The 1-bedroom apartments? In this BlogMas post, I'm narrowing in on the top 2 elements to focus on while decorating your small space. 


Focus No. 1 : Height


If your apartment is lacking in with, look up! Bring the eye upwards towards your ceiling. Utilizing the ceiling as a decor focal point will free up floor space, and create the feeling of a larger & taller room. Using decor with a designated color palette (primarily light) will help keep the decor feel cohesive and organized. 

Another great small space saving tip is to use your open walls for your holiday decor. In Image 3, we see a fantastic use of an empty wall space by creating a DIY christmas tree with natural garland and ornaments. This frees up floor space in a tiny aparment, and can be completely customized with a minimalist look, or a full, bushy feel you'd get with a real x-mas tree!


Focus No. 2 : Light


I'm a huge fan of ambient light - (hardly ever use the ceiling fixtures in my apartment) - especially string lights during the holiday season (shh -- I keep them up year 'round). The warm casted light of twinkling christmas strands warms up any small space immediately. Ambient lighting is so important to creating a cozy and comfortable space during the holiday season - and utilizing it in windows, and on walls in small apartment spaces helps to make the space feel larger.

A combination of height & light is a no-brainer in a small space. Again, this draws the eye upwards, accentuating the height of the space - eliminates floor obstruction and provides additonal ambient lighting that always makes a space feel bigger.


Do you have any fool-proof tips for decorating in a small space? Let me know in the comments section! Happy Decorating!