Christmas Lights at Night

Here we are just days away from Christmas, and I find myself wanting to savor every moment of families gathering and evenings around the Christmas tree and holiday traditions and the joy on my boys’ sweet faces. The holidays can be hectic and at times stressful, but I think there is nothing more peaceful and serene than our little farmhouse all lit up on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to arrive. The glow of the tree and candles burning all around as we set out sugar cookies and milk and read The Polar Express and snuggle into bed… Christmas music softly playing in the background… I wish we could bottle up the feeling of those moments to remember all year round.

Each year I join a group of friends to share a little tour of our homes at nighttime and try to capture the magic of Christmas Eve for you to enjoy. If you are here from Thistlewood Farms, welcome! I hope you feel the warmth of our home, the smiles on our faces, and the peace and beauty of this wonderful season. Step inside our farmhouse, sweet friends.

The magic and serenity of Christmas lights at night in this beautiful farmhouse [Read more…]

Christmas Entryway

It’s hard to believe that we’re less than a week away from Christmas now, but I think I’m just about ready. I have a few stocking stuffers to pick up, my mom and I are going to have our annual cookie baking day, and then we’re ready for the big day! I’m sure you’re busy finishing up your Christmas to-do lists too, but I wanted to stop in real quick and share one last space in our home decorated for the holidays.

A simple winter white entryway decorated for the holidays in a beautiful farmhouse [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide no. 4 – Kitchen Gifts

If you love to cook and bake or even just like pretty kitchens, this gift guide might be your favorite yet! All these pretty dishes and linens make my heart so happy, and can we just talk about that gorgeous white Keurig for a second? I’m obsessed! Many of these items are from Hearth & Hand, which a line created for Target by a gal we all know and love, Joanna Gaines. I adore a ton of products from this line, but I’m pretty sure the kitchen ones are my favorite! I think these would all be great gifts for anyone on your list, and with prices ranging from just $4 for kitchen towels to $63 for a marble and wood cutting board and $90 for the coffee maker, there are plenty of options! Don’t forget to check out the other gift guides I shared this week too: Gifts For Her Under $30 + Gifts to Really Spoil Her + Gifts for the Home

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Holiday Gift Guide no. 3 – Gifts for the Home

Today’s gift guide is something I’m pretty sure you guys are going to love because it’s all about decorating and home! I know I sometimes feel guilty spending money on new pillows or decor for the house, so the holidays are the perfect time to ask for or give the items we’ve been dreaming of! These are all things I would definitely use in my own home, but I think they’re also neutral enough that they would work well with just about any decorating style! Products to make your house look good, smell amazing, and even resources to give you new decorating ideas. Don’t forget to check out the other gift guides I shared this week too: Gifts For Her Under $30 + Gifts to Really Spoil Her

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How to Make a Donut Hole Tree

Now that the house is decorated and the presents are bought and wrapped, I’m starting to plan for our holiday gatherings, and in my family, food is always the first thing we think about. What yummy things are we going to eat? When I posted our Christmas dessert table a few weeks ago, the biggest question I got was how I made the glorious donut hole tree that became the centerpiece of our table, so today I’m going to show you how I did it!

The holidays can be such a busy time, so I’m all about anything I can do to make our Christmas special and fun without taking a ton of time or money, and this donut hole tree is absolutely perfect for that! You just need a few supplies and some delicious donut holes, and in about 20 minutes you can have a big, beautiful, edible decoration that will really wow your friends and family!

How to make stunning, whimsical donut hole tree for your next special gathering! So simple and fun! [Read more…]

Holiday Gift Guide no. 2 – Gifts to Really Spoil Her

Hi, friends! If you enjoyed the last gift guide with Gifts For Her Under $30, you are definitely going to enjoy today’s post! We all need affordable gift ideas, especially when there’s a lot of people to buy for on your Christmas list, but every once in awhile you want a special gift to really spoil someone! Or if you’ve been an extra good girl this year, you definitely deserve to be spoiled with gifts like these! I found everything from cute boots and beauty products to cozy clothes and tech accessories, with prices starting around $35. I hope these gift guides are helping you finish up your shopping, and I have gift ideas for the home coming up in the tomorrow’s post!

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Holiday Gift Guide no. 1 – Gifts For Her Under $30

Hi, sweet friends! Are you enjoying the holiday season so far? I have a good start on my holiday shopping, but as I was trying to come up with ideas for cute, affordable gifts, I decided I would share some of my favorite finds with you! Women can be hard to buy for because we either have everything or are super picky, but I found some great options that are stylish, functional, and UNDER $30! I think you guys know me pretty well by now, so it’s probably no surprise that there’s a bit of a theme going on with my picks… cozy neutrals, a little feminine, and rustic mixed with a touch of glam. I know I would love opening up any of these gifts on Christmas morning, and I’m pretty sure any of the women in your life would too… moms, sisters, girlfriends, daughters… there’s something for everyone! And just in case you’re worried about receiving something you’ll want to re-gift later, this is an easy way to show your sweetie or family what to get you too!

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