First off, please excuse the extremely wonky photo. It’s been raining non-stop for the last week and I haven’t been able to snap a good picture of this project all week.

Ok, bad photo disclaimer aside, I wanted to share a little advent calendar that I made for my hubby. I’ve been wanting to make an advent calendar for years, but I somehow always lost track of time and December would always sneak right up on me. Inspired by this pin, I decided to whip this one up and it really only took a couple of hours from start to finish. I had all the supplies already, so it came together pretty quickly.

If you’d like to make one, here’s what you will need:

25 coin envelopes or other small envelope of your choice
25 small pieces of colored paper cut to fit inside your envelope (I used extra old stationery that I had in my craft closet)
1 sheet of sticker paper printed with 25 numbers. You can download the one I made here in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE.
1″ craft punch. I used a scalloped one from Martha Stewart
Washi tape in a variety of colors ( I got mine from Target)


Print out your numbered template on your sticker paper and cut out each number using your craft punch. Place the numbered stickers on your envelopes. Write nice notes on your pieces of cut colored paper/insert prizes or gifts/insert gift cards and put them inside of your envelopes. You can seal your envelopes or leave them open, it’s up to you. Arrange your envelopes on a wall in a grid/tree shape/heart shape and affix each envelope to the wall with washi tape. Watch as your kids/spouse/friend lights up when they see what you made for them!

I also made a little wall tassel-y thing to hang along side. For this I just put together some teal and white ribbon, and some gold sequin ribbon and stuck them on the wall with washi tape. I cut some paper feathers out of extra kraft paper and hung those on the ribbon. My gold metallic pom was staring at me, so I stuck it to the wall to cover up the washi mess holding the ribbon. Then I added an air plant for good measure (because air plants work with everything, don’t they?).

It’s pretty girly, but we have this huge blank wall in our entry, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to jazz it up (jazz hands!) for the holidays. And you can never really go wrong with gold sparkle during the holidays, right?

CLICK HERE to download the free color dots advent calendar printable!

CLICK HERE to download the free black and white dots advent calendar printable!

Please feel free to share this project, but as always, I would appreciate a link back to this original post.


by Kayla on 12/03/2012


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  My favorite holiday is upon us and I’m going to eat as much as I can without throwing up.  I’ll try and avoid the meat sweats, though.  Gotta keep it classy.  Hope you have a great one!

P.S. I totally get this article.  I’m team Thanksgiving!

Image via here from this episode of Friends.


by Kayla on 11/22/2012

tagged as , in INSPIRATION

It’s Tuesday.  It’s two days until Thanksgiving.  And I’m SO. EXCITED!  I daresay that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all time.  Christmas is a close second, what with all the twinkly lights and the holiday cheer, but I find Thanksgiving to be a less stressful version of it.  One filled with all the food and family and friends, but without the consumerism and stress of Christmas.

Usually, my husband and I go to one of our family’ houses for Thanksgiving, but this year everyone will be out of town, so this is my first year cooking a Thanksgiving dinner.  It will just be John and I with a few friends, but I could not be more excited (plus, that fact that we don’t have a dishwasher means less people = less time spent hand-washing dishes).  I’m doing a ham instead of turkey (to ease myself into cooking this bonkers huge meal), with the classic sides.  Fun fact: John is THE BEST mashed potato maker I’ve ever seen. My mom taught him long ago and now he’s my go-to tater guy. Love him.

My favorite part is the stuffing.  Honestly, is there anything more worthy of busting out your Thanksgiving Pants than gravy soaked bread?  I think not.

Here are a few of the recipes I will be making this year.  Fingers crossed it comes out well!



by Kayla on 11/20/2012

tagged as , , , in FOOD + DRINK,MY LIFE