We are getting ready for the holidays and making sure our family is safe and sound. So I am partnering with First Alert to discuss a very important topic. You can find more information here on winter safety.
Did you know that 50,000 people each year get sick from Carbon Monoxide poisoning? And it will take 400 of these individuals lives, half of which take place during November through February. It is called the Silent Killer because it is a gas that is invisible, odorless and deadly. The only way to detect it is the have a CO alarm in your home.
First Alert’s top priority is keeping families safe. So they invented a new CO alarm that has a 10 year battery life that can be set on a shelf. It is called the First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Carbon Monoxide Alarm. It is stylish design that shows the temperature, and will alarm you when CO levels are too high. The best part? There is no installation required!
Mine arrived in the mail this week and I was so excited to try it out. The directions were simple and easy to follow. The box was darling and reminded me of The Elf on The Shelf!
I couldn’t believe how simple it really was. I turned it on and followed the directions. Within minutes it was up and running.
I found a place in the kitchen that was far enough away from the appliances (they recommend 5 feet). My floating shelves were the perfect spot and the alarm hid nicely there.
This CO alarm by First Alert is so simple and so effective. Make sure to snag one here so you can rest assured that your family is safe this holiday season. We hope you have a Merry Christmas!
The post is sponsored and organized by Tree Classics. Their team supports and encourages family & friend gatherings and I am so excited to be connecting with them this holiday season.
This season of Thanksgiving has always been a special one for me. I love nothing more than sitting with my family in the kitchen, cooking together and visiting. Especially because we are all so spread out and far apart – it has become a cherished moment each year.
I am joining some other amazing bloggers to share simple ways to set the scene for these Treasured Celebrations. You will truly love this blog hop and I hope you enjoy the individuality of their homes!
The first thing that my friends and family see as they come to our home is our porch. It’s important to me that it is warm and inviting, that they know they are welcome there. We added some very simple touches this season to do just that, and it only took a few minutes.
I grew up in a home where my mother worked hard to create a simple but lovely home on a budget. Her creativity and work was such an example to me, so I carry on the tradition of celebrating holidays with a festive home.
Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop! I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season. If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here! Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour. And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!
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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look. I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.
Step One: Lighted Garland
I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30. I knew this would add a good base for me to start.
Step Two: Fresh Garland
Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16. I used it in many places in my home. Here I used about 8 feet of it. You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.
I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place. If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.
Step Three – Add LED Lights
I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery. These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver. You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.
Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees
I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.
I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!
This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.
Here are some close up photos of the mantel:
Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!
I am so excited to welcome you to today’s Holiday Vignette feature of the Christmas Festival Blog Tour hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog. Many of you might be joining me from Stacey at Poofing The Pillows Blog – isn’t she darling? Thank you for following us on this tour!
Do you often think about Christmas Decor and wonder how you can incorporate your every day items into this amazing holiday? I have come up with 8 fun ways to help you do just that. At the end of the blog, please share with me your ideas and creative ways of decorating your home for the holidays, I would love to hear from you!
First Tip: Use your chargers
I love DIY chargers and the versatility they bring. If you don’t use them for your place settings, add them under your tablescape for a simple addition to your decor.
Don’t know how to make them? Cut 12 inch strips of 14 inch wide wood. Sand and stain. As easy as that!
Second Tip: Add ball ornaments to empty spaces
If you have vases, baskets or lanterns lying around your home – add ball ornaments to fill them up for the Christmas season. Need to find a chunk for super cheap? Head to the The Dollar Tree!
Third Tip: Use pinecones
Pinecones aren’t expensive and look perfect with all types of decor styles for the holidays. You can keep them neutral or spray paint them any color. Hot glue them to a foam ball, add some ribbon and then place on top of a candle stick – so easy!
Another pinecone DIY idea is to fill them up in a basket and highlight them with ball ornaments and greenery. The Home Depot sells ones that are laced with cinnamon – your whole house will smell yummy!
Fourth Tip: Hang your ornament with fishing string
I love the look of ball ornaments hanging in mid air. I use fishing string to make a square knot at different lengths. You can add these to a chandelier or off of any shelf for a fun holiday twist.
Fifth Tip: BEADS!
String beads add such a fun flair to holiday decor. They come in so many colors and so many price points. Lately even wood beads have adorned feeds. Find decor around your home that needs a little spicing up and lace them over and under. There is no right or wrong way to add string beads!
Sixth Tip: Flower Sprays
I love adding different colors of flower sprays for each holiday. If you have vases, mason jars or any other bucket, add new flowers for each season! I wrap red sprays in burlap for Christmas, pink sprays in ribbon for Easter, and orange sprays in brown twisted paper for Thanksgiving. The Dollar Tree, Joann Fabrics and Michaels have an amazing selection for very inexpensive.
Seventh Tip: Use wooden trays
You can decorate wooden trays very easily during the holidays. Fill it with skulls for Halloween, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and pine needles for Christmas. This one I found at our local thrift store and sprayed it with Chalk Paint. You can read all about it in my tutorial here.
Eighth Tip: Use Ribbon
I love adding a splash of thick ribbon material to my chairs. I can’t move them out of the room so I might as well add some holiday love to them! Ribbon brightens up any normal decor you have and turns it into a holiday must have.
Now you have 8 more tips to add to your decor tool belt on ways to decorate your home for Christmas. I am so grateful you joined me today! Check out a few more of the places I love in my home this holiday season before you go:
I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned some new ways to add holiday decor to your home!