Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Greetings, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some of my phone and Instagram pics in a Life Lately post. So today’s the day I will catch up a bit and invite you into our home with some behind the scenes photos.

We had family here over the Thanksgiving holiday so we’ve been totally living life to the full (and loving every minute of the crazy). With our work and projects and family and lots of family pups all gathered under our roof, it’s a little wild around here sometimes.

But savoring that wild and crazy life is what home and holidays are all about.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

If there ever was a time of the year to let go of stress and just enjoy the season, it’s this one.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, if I ever start feeling overwhelmed or Scrooge-like this time of  year, I remind myself to picture Christmas through the eyes of a child. Don’t overthink it. A tree with twinkling lights on the counter may not be practical, but that’s what makes it magical.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

My husband makes fun of all my furry blankies in every room, but hey, they make me feel snug and cozy. This is our guest room so we created a little winter retreat for visitors to enjoy.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)Kitchen Details

We do a lot of cooking now that we have our fully functioning kitchen! You might remember that last year we didn’t have a kitchen for Thanksgiving, so it was a special time this year.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

There’s no where we’d rather be than gathered together in our cozy little home.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We definitely feel blessed to be able to do so much together as a family right here in our home! We work, play, eat and repeat. This is our life and we are grateful for it.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Christmas Houses // Stockings Source // Stool Source

We’re always surrounded by projects in progress! For example, as we were cooking  Thanksgiving dinner we were preparing to pack up these gift boxes for our growing Pure & Lovely Tribe (y’all are invited to join us!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Jack was in his element on Thanksgiving, he loves the activity and commotion of people and pets gathering. He’s very much an extrovert. :)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

With friends and family around, there is always a lot of good food!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)
Goldendoodle Plate (this one may be sold out but hopefully will return soon!)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

And of course, we are fans of festive drinks! My sister’s special Spanish coffee has become a tradition. I’ll see if I can get a recipe from her, it was good!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We may have to squeeze in tables, chairs and pups but we always make room for more!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We are grateful for so much, so many blessings and a happy healthy family.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

This furry friend is my sister’s dog, Luna. They got to hang out together for a couple of days. Jack and Luna get along great and are good buds.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We had a camera crew here just before Thanksgiving to film videos for my books! I can’t wait to show you once they are complete.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Since our home is also like our studio and our warehouse (haha), rooms sometimes have to change from Christmas to spring or winter all in one day.

It can be a little chaotic at times. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about embracing change and going with the flow.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Speaking of going with the flow, Bella decided this table would make a comfy spot to curl up (on a backpack?!) even though we have a no dogs on the table rule (hahah, apparently I didn’t make that clear enough).

We were just as shocked as you probably are to see here there smiling like she was the most clever dog on the planet. You just never know what might happen when you have dogs. They they bring laughter to our home everyday.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

I also have a no TV in the living room rule (well, it’s more of a personal preference), but we set up a TV in our main room over Thanksgiving so our family could play the fun group game I told you about recently (called Drawful on the PS4–you can all play with your phones!).

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

We pulled up chairs, snuggled up and played for hours! I’m terrible at it, but it’s fun anyway.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

All the dogs were exhausted by the end of the day.

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

But the next day, everyone was up and out for more adventures!

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Life Lately (Behind the Scenes of our Wild & Crazy Home)

Hope you all are embracing all the simple joys in each season.

You can follow along with all of our Instagrams below:

The Inspired Room // Jack the Goldendoodle // Doodles at Home // Pure & Lovely // Kylee // Courtney

See more of my home here, and sources here.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour with Balsam Hill

Hey friends! Happy Monday after Thanksgiving to you! You do know what that means, don’t you? No, it’s not just time for the stretchy pants. It means you can start to go crazy adding Christmas trees in every room and no one should look at you funny.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I actually put up several trees around the house just before Thanksgiving. I don’t have my whole house decorated (ha, not even close) but the trees made the whole house so festive for our family gathering this past weekend.

I just love how magical Christmas trees make a house feel.

Right before our guests arrived we set up this lovely Balsam Hill European Fir Tree in our living room.

We are looking forward to both our tried and true and new traditions this year. We still love keeping our family tradition of cutting down a tree from a tree farm every year, but it’s fun to collect pretty trees we can enjoy for many Christmases to come.

My favorite thing about having beautiful artificial trees is that you can put them up early in the season and enjoy them longer! (And, no needles and sap end up on the floor.)

I love beautiful and realistic this tree is! I love its shape and that the branches have a light color under the underside, just like a real tree cut from the forest. It’s so pretty.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I generally keep our Christmas decor simple and uncluttered, but I do love to set up little trees all over the house. I sometimes don’t even decorate them, I think they are pretty as they are or with just white lights!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions
Balsam Fir Tabletop trees 

Especially in our kitchen I felt like a more streamlined and simple approach worked best.

We prepared a very tasty Thanksgiving dinner for twelve in our kitchen this past weekend! This was our first Thanksgiving in our kitchen. If you missed our remodel, you can find it here. These little trees made food prep and family time in the kitchen extra special and cozy. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of our family festivities in my Instagram stories!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

I thought it would be fun to have stockings for our guests this Christmas, so we hung these Chunky Knit stockings on our hooks in the guest room. Aren’t they cute?

For the past few years we’ve been doing a fun gift exchange with family and friends where we draw names and gift categories. Then we head off to a mall or shops together and each person looks for a gift within a designated period of time. At the end we meet up for dinner and do our gift exchange! It’s just a different twist on a white elephant party or gift exchange, but we’ve enjoyed it.

This year I think I’ll bring these stockings for people to stuff their gifts in so we don’t have to buy or bring wrapping supplies!

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

We’ll be using our Forest and Sea ornaments this year, too, but I really love these gorgeous ornaments (these are called the French Country ornaments). Each one is so pretty and shiny like mercury glass. I love all the shapes and textures. They definitely add a sparkle to our room.

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & TraditionsGalvanized Tree Collar

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions

Thank you for stopping by, friends!

So how many Christmas trees do you plan to have this year? I’ll be sharing more of my home decorated for Christmas soon, I have a few more trees to show you :).

Now you’re invited to visit the beautiful holiday decor from the ladies joining in on the Balsam Home for the Holidays tour! These bloggers always inspire me.

Courtney – French Country Cottage
Ashley – The Handmade Home
Marian – Miss Mustard Seed
Karianne – Thistlewood Farms

Sources (note Balsam Hill is having a Cyber Monday sale right now with up to 50% off and free shipping)

Chunky Knit Stockings

Galvanized Tree Collar

French Country Ornament Set

30 & 42″ Balsam Fir Tabletop Trees

European Fir Tree

Other sources:

Log Holder (black shelf on kitchen counter)

Guest Room Wood Beaded Chandelier

Velvet White Stockings

White Christmas Houses

Copper French Press

Kitchen Details and Sources

More sources here

Home for the Holidays: Christmas Trees & Traditions
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