20 DIY Tree Skirt Tutorials

Christmas always makes me want to dust off the sewing machine and whip up something special.  I love gifting homemade goodness and adore having handmade touches in our holiday decor.  Several years ago, I made Christmas Stockings for the family, and I’ve been thinking about making a tree skirt this year.  There are some seriously brilliant, crafty ideas on the web – and after searching high and low for the best DIY Tree Skirt tutorials – we complied twenty incredible, fun, festive and modern tutorials to teach you exactly how to make the perfect tree skirt for your home.  From no-sew  – to crochet, quilted, fur-trimmed and more.  Check out these fantastic Christmas tree skirt ideas below.  DIY-Tree-Skirts-tutorial

Thinking Closet – DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

Almost Makes Perfect – DY No Sew Moroccan Blanket Tree Skirt

A Subtle Revelry – Patterned Rope Tree Skirt

DD Hines – Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt

Say Yes – DIY Peppermint Candy Tree Skirt

Pretty Prudent – Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt

Centsational Girl – Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt

View From the Fridge – Ruffles and Pom Poms Tree SKirt

Rustic Luxe – DIY Buffalo Plaid Tree Skirt

The Crafted Sparrow – Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Polka Dot Chair – Quilted Tree Skirt

Dream a Little Bigger – No Sew Tree Skirt Tutorial

Centsational Girl – Fur Trimmed Tree Skirt

It All Started With Paint – No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt

Little Red Window – DIY Snowflake Christmas Tree Skirt

Design Dazzle – No Sew 10 Minute Tree Skirt

I Heart Naptime – No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Make It Love It – Classy Christmas Tree Skirt

The Paper Mama – DIY Doughnut Tree Skirt

Jacey Craft – Hexagon Tree Skirt Turtorial

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A Holiday Tech Gift Mom Will Love

This post is sponsored by Intel. Product and compensation were provided.  Opinions, as always, are my own. 

Most mothers know what it’s like to have their belongings acquired by their children. Favorite pens disappear, heirlooms break, and one day your computer keyboard is found to be coated with an unknown sticky substance.  This holiday season, we’re all for gifting mom something that she really wants and something that she can rightfully claim as her own.  In my home, it’s due time to retire the antiquated desktop that takes forever to start up in the morning.  I continue to be amazed at the level of innovation in the popular 2-in-1 devices; specifically, the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 13.3″ 2-in-1 powered by Intel® Core i5™.

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At first glance, the modern, slim and sleek gun-metal gray design packs serious wow-factor right out of the packaging. I love the perfectly square corners and wide-angle screen – and after thoroughly testing it out, there are so many features to be excited about.

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For starters, it’s incredibly convenient to have a touch-screen tablet that doubles as a notebook – all in one device.  And the 360-degree hinge is perfect for mothers who wear many different hats.  With four different modes, I’m able to go from working at my desk in laptop mode, cooking with the family in tent mode, reading before bed in tablet mode, and enjoying movies in stand mode. And for the mom who frequently travels or is always on-the-go, the 13.3″ portable size fits nicely and comfortably into a bag, without the dreadful feeling of being weighed down.

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Mulitmedia on this 2-in-1 is super fun.  From watching 4K video on multiple screens – to editing photos and creating family videos – the intuitive system even provides automatic bursts of speed when you need it, with Intel® Turbo Boost (yes turbo boost!) Technology.  My whole family was super impressed with the speakers ability to blast enough rich audio to fill our living room – and I continue to note how fast the device functions – even with many different tabs open all at once.

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I surprisingly discovered one of my favorite features in a backlit keyboard.  As a work from home mother, I often plow through deadlines late at night or enjoy catching up on social media.  The functional design helps with accuracy in typing, especially during those particularly tired moments.

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Learn more about the Dell Inspiron 13 5000 13.3″ 2-in-1 powered by Intel® Core i5™  – and the great ways it will fit into any moms lifestyle.  She’ll be thrilled to receive one this holiday season – just please don’t ask her to share!

Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday.

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On Holiday Joy

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I had my heart set on our annual trip to the tree farm. Deep rooted in my own childhood, this holiday tradition of years past is one that we all look forward to.  This year, we were too late; the farms were already stripped of their Christmas trees available to cut down, and it seemed silly to drive so far for a pre-cut tree. My post-phone-call frustration had the potential to sour the day, but when I told the kids we were headed to Brooklyn instead,  they threw their joy around faster than my disappointment could surface. Kids are resilient.  They are natural joy spreaders, and their glimmering perspective is what holiday merriment is all about.

I’ve learned that holiday happiness is not determined by the flurry of activities and events that we do to keep the magic alive. It is built upon the pockets of meaningful time spent together.  And the letting go of an idealized vision of Christmas allowed me to see the everyday miracles around me.

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Inside the little Brooklyn tree stand, the children weaved in and out of the Christmas trees, holding hands, begging to take home all the Charlie-Brownish trees because “what if no one wants them”?  The shape of that Sunday was slow and subtle, much like the rhythm of our holiday season this year.  We agreed on a tree, stopped for hot cocoa and enjoyed the glorious imperfections in decorating.

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We’ve had beautiful weekends doing no more than simply being together as a family.  It’s just what we need right now, and we’ve been taking advantage of being outdoors as much as possible in this unusually mild NYC December.  We’ve always believed in investing in solid winter gear to conquer the cold as it’s settling in.  The kids need warm coats and boots, as do the parents – to keep us all happy during the winter months.

Over the past few years, we’ve found a family favorite in UGG Australia.  We all crave the feeling of toasty toes cocooned in comfy sheepskin warmth. And I happen to find parenting MUCH easier when not having to deal with children’s socks.

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The new UGG Classic Slim collection fits my style perfectly. The boots are incredibly chic and versatile, with a moderate wedge and sleeker shape – without sacrificing the iconic comfort that UGG is famous for.

The boys went for a matchy-matchy father and son look from the Pendelton collection, with a Classic Mini from the men’s collection and the Kids’ Classic Short for little boys.  I wasn’t surprised when my daughter chose the Kids’ Classic Short Sparkle for girls.  They couldn’t be more perfect for an almost 8-year-old with her own unique fashion sense.

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We’ll be wearing our boots all season long – and if you’re pressed for a last-minute amazing gift – take advantage or their free 2-day shipping.

Cheers to merry making and comfort too.

Boots c/o Ugg Australia.  Opinions as always, are my own.

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Cultivating Our Future: Educational Gifts For Kids

It’s that time of year again – the house is decorated, the kids are pinning for snow, and signs of the Holidays are everywhere. The kids crayon inscribed holiday wish list is being tweaked and prodded, and now we’re counting down the days until Christmas.  I can’t help but become overwhelmed by a healthy mix of joy and stress. Between finding great gifts for all our loved ones and plans to host Christmas day, it’s a whirlwind of to-dos.

The good news is that we have another great holiday gift list to share.  As I could be raising a potential future stunt double or an aspiring novelist, I want to continue to motivate and inspire our children’s passions through learning. So, here’s a peek at some of our favorite holiday educational gifts.

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1. The Giant Book of Creativity for Kids $21.95

Recommended for: future artists
Ages: Ages 2–12

2. Zycom Cruz Scooter $69.99

Recommended for: future stunt doubles
Ages: 3–8

3. Maker Studio: Winches Set $19.99

Recommended for: future engineers
Ages: 8+

4. Build & Imagine StoryWalls $49.00; prices vary by set

Recommended for: future novelist
Ages: 4–8

5. New Sprouts Stir Fry $24.99

Recommended for: future chef
Ages: 2+

6. Clifford Water Science $19.00

Recommended for: future scientist
Ages: 3–10

4. Guidecraft PowerClix Organics 74 Piece Set $109.95

Recommended for: future architect
Ages: 5+

8. Zoomer Kitty $99.99

Recommended for: future vet
Ages: 5+

9. LeapFrog Epic $139.99

Recommended for: future filmmaker
Ages: 3–9

Looking for an educational toy for your kiddo? Check out this toy guide created by Noodle and Parents’ Choice Foundation.

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Holiday Cards: There’s Still Time!

Receiving actual cards in this digital era is a thoughtful tradition that we all look forward to. Especially during the holidays.  Every envelope that trickles in feels like a little gift, and the collective display from our friends and family is a tangible reminder of what the Holiday Season is all about.  But if the influx of holiday cards from your more organized friends is making you feel like like you dropped the Christmas card ball this year – have no fear – there’s still time!

We just place our Minted Holiday Card order today (hang in there friends – our cards are on their way!) with added coupon codes and promotions to help us meet the time crunch.

With fresh and modern design, beautiful typography and options including Foil-Pressed Holiday Cards, Ornament Holiday Cards and so much more – Minted shares Holiday Wishes in the most lovely and original ways – sourced from their talented community of independent designers.

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And let’s not overlook the beauty of the ‘Happy New Year’ card especially amidst the whirlwind that is the month of December! Brimming with hope and possibility – it’s lovely (and perfectly acceptable) to approach the New Year with a thoughtful greeting.

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And as you may already know, Minted has moved beyond custom cards with beautiful gifting options including Custom Photo Art, Baby & Kids Products, Wall Art, Party Decor and more.  We’re happy to add those last minute gifts to our order!

Wishing you all a beautiful Holiday. xo

This post is sponsored by Minted and contains affiliate links.  Opinions, as always, are my own.

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The Best Gifts For People Who Lose Things

Everyday forgetfulness can happen to the best of us, but some of us seem to chronically misplace our keys and other necessary items more often than others.  If frequently losing things like keys, passwords, important documents, sunglasses or your purse is bringing you or someone you know down – our recent story on MODE is for you!  Our unique gift list is catered to the forgetful folks with seven products to help up that organizational game. From a stylish leather bangle to hold your keys to a key-less door entry every single time, this gift round up will help to diminish those scatterbrain moments that interfere with daily life.

Check out Chronic Losers: The Best Gifts for People Who Lose Stuff

by Monica Marino at Mode

This post is sponsored by Mode.

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