DIY Advent Calendar

It's my absolute most favorite time of the year. For many reasons! Most of all is the memories and traditions my family has created over the years. One of our most favorite is Advent. I have created a super simple and budget friendly Advent for you to try! I've also teamed up with a few of my blogger friends who have also shared their Advent ideas. Be sure to check out their posts linked at the bottom of this post. They are all sooo great and inspiring. 

There are many ways people celebrate the season of Advent. Some open a small gift or chocolate each day in the countdown until Christmas and the birth of Jesus. At our home, my girls have a card they read with an activity each day. Some of the things are staples that I make a day of every year as tradition and some are simple things like watching a Christmas movie and having hot cocoa, or even reading a Christmas story. Along with this DIY, I have shared a list of ideas that our family does each year! 

For this DIY you will need:

  • Embroidery hoops (can be found at most craft stores) I used three sizes
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Small paper clips
  • Printer paper
  • Twine 
  • Glue gun 

I used three different size emroidery hoops for my calendar this year. I cut the ribbon to fit around the sides and hot glued it to the hoop. I used three strips for the large hoop and two strips for the medium size hoop and small hoop. I've linked some hoops that come in a pack with multiple sizes HERE.

 When all the strips are glued I simply cut small cards using the printer paper and numbered them 1 to 24. If you have a printer at home you could also print some cute numbers with font and use those instead.

I write all the activites inside the card. Sometimes life changes and plans come up... so If I know plans change for that day I can always cut a new card and change the activity. 

I made three small bows to glue to the tops of the hoops to give it an ornament feel. 

 Here is the finished look! I love how this turned out. I've linked the ribbon HERE.

 Here is a list of some of our favorite things to do with our girls. They look forward to these memories and family time every year! As do I. 

  1.  Read Christmas Book together
  2. Watch Elf
  3. Watch The Santa Claus
  4. Bubble Bath in the dark with Candles lit 
  5. Indoor Snowball fight (THESE are perfect for this)
  6. Baking Day (we use this day to bake all our favorite Holiday treats
  7. Write Christmas cards for the nursing home 
  8. Tell the Story of Jesus Birth
  9. Christmas Movie and hot cocoa 
  10. Scavenger hunt (my girls all time favorite)
  11. Christmas craft
  12. DIY ornament 
  13. Drive around in pajamas and look at Christmas lights 
  14. Write and mail lists to Santa
  15. Make paper snowflakes 
  16. Take Christmas treat to neighbor
  17. Go to a Christmas party 
  18. Wrap presents 
  19. Call a friend and sing a Christmas song to them
  20. Read The Night Before Christmas
  21. Watch The Polar Express 
  22. Have cocoa outside with blankets and tell favorite Christmas memories 
  23. Have dinner around the Christmas tree 
  24. Make Reindeer food
These are just some ideas to help plan your Advent. Be sure to check out my fellow blogger friends below to see what they have come up with. Thanks for stopping by!

The Homemaking Momma Ι Uniquely Taylor Made Ι The Tattered Pew Ι The Little by Little Home
White Arrows Home Ι Red Brick on the Lake Ι Crafting with Kids

Simple Fall Home Tour

Hi friends! I am so excited to share my simple, fall home tour with you! I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers and friends for a blog tour of all of our fall homes. There are links to all of them at the bottom of this post. Be sure to check them all out for some beautiful fall inspiration!

We recently built this coat rack in our entry and I couldn't wait to decorate it for fall! I mainly used cozy items like the striped blanket and scarf in fall colors to give it that fall feel.

These pumpkins here are made out of tree bark! How cool is that?!

I came across this chair on a local antique stores page and knew instantly that I had to have it! I went the next day and it was, luckily, still there. 

It instantly adds the cozy fall feeling into this space.

As many other bloggers, I love using amber bottles to my home for fall. The way the light hits it through the window is beautiful!

I changed up my curtains in my living room to some darker ones for the fall and winter months. I love the new contrast in here! 

 I have this gallery wall in my living room and added these bats to the antique circle frames. I found the frame at a garage sale for .50 cents! I simply sketched the bats and colored them in with a sharpie. I love this simple, cheap way to add some seasonal decor to my home!

I don't add much to my kitchen. Some small amber bottles and a couple faux corn stalks and that's about it!

Years ago, I found these primitive brooms at a garage sale and knew they would be perfect for fall decorating. I have had them in different spots over the years but this year I added them to my shutters in my dining room and I love how it turned out! 

Thanks for visiting my home for fall! Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers homes below!

Check out all the amazing fall decor in our cozy fall home tours!


Lighting under $150

How many of you feel like you would love to update your space but don't quite have the budget? I do for sure! The truth is there are many options out there to give your home and updated look without breaking the bank. Something as easy as switching out your dining room chandelier can instantly give it that updated look you've been wanting. I have rounded up eight chandeliers (above) in many different design styles that are under $150 that could be used in your dining room for instance. (some are even under $100!) I also came up with a list of lights that could be used in an entry, kitchen island, and flush mount lighting for those spaces that need a flush clearance. (see below)

  1. 6-light Bronze Chandelier
  2. Globe Electric Elena 5-light Brushed Brass Chandelier
  3. MoDRN Mid-Century Matte Black Rod Iron Chandelier 
  4. Better Homes and Gardens 5-light Wood and Metal Chandelier
  5. Kira Home 5-Light White Linen Drum Shade 
  6. Elegant Lighting Sputnik Chandelier  
  7. Vintage Style Chandelier with Beads
  8. CHLOE Lighting Industrial Style 5-light Rubbed Bronze

    I am actually looking for a new entry light for myself. Below are several semi-flush mount options in different styles and sizes that are very affordable. Most under $50!

    1. Globe Electric Harrow 1-light Matte Black Semi-flush Mount Ceiling Light 
    2. Regency Hill Schoolhouse Ceiling Light  
    3. Possini Euro Design Modern Ceiling Light
    4. Michael Milk Glass 3-light Semi-Flush Mount  
    5. Better Homes and Gardens Semi-flush Mount Modern Farmhouse
    6. Regency Hill Semi-flush Mount Matte Black and Gold  
    7. Michael Milk Glass 1 light Semi-flush Mount

    Last but not least...pendant lighting! Great for over your island or sink in the kitchen. I've rounded up several including the one I have in my kitchen. Of course, all at a great price!

    1. Cal lighting Webster Rust Finish Pendant Light
    2. Rabia Trellis Pendant in Gold
    3. Newhouse Lighting Rustic Vintage Edison Style 1-light Pendant 
    4. LEONLIGHT Industrial Hanging Pendant 
    5. CASAMOTION Mini Pendant Light Handblown Rustic 
    6. Kira Home Belle 9'' Contemporary Industrial 1-light Pendant 
    7. 12'' Pagoda 4 Bulb Lantern Metal LED Pendant Black Jonathan Y  

 Here is the pendant I have in my kitchen. You can find it above listed under number 3!