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Friday, December 19, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Ornaments

Happy Friday all! And happy weekend before Christmas. I first want to thank everyone for their kind comments on our Christmas decorations and our Christmas card which I shared this week. These are two things I look forward to every year, and your comments just made my day.

Since today is Friday, and it's 5 on Friday, I thought I would share some (5 + a bonus) of the new ornaments we collected this year. Rick and I started a tradition our first Christmas of collecting ornaments based on our travels and other important events and milestones in our relationship. My favorite part of decorating our tree is pulling out these special ornaments and remembering all of the great memories we had while collecting them. 

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My favorite ornament last year was our Engaged ornament (which you can see a little of in the lower right-hand corner). This year my favorite is the Our First Married Christmas ornament. I searched all over Etsy and just loved this one the moment I saw it.

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Kelly at Whatchawant Design was great to work with, and she is willing to personalized anything in her shop to whatever colors or copy you want. I had her personalize the back with our names and wedding date. 

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This ornament was picked up during our trip to Williamsburg, VA, which was part of our honeymoon.


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This ornament was picked up during our trip to Virginia Beach, also part of our honeymoon.

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This ornament was picked up during our trip to Folly Beach, again part of our honeymoon. We missed out on a Charleston ornament, so this one is going to have to represent both the beach and Charleston.


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This is not part of our travels, but a tradition we wanted to start this year. I really wanted to start a special ornament collection to represent each year of our marriage. I just loved the Swarovski Crystal Snowflake collection, so Rick purchased the 2014 ornament for me. Right now it's hanging on my Favorite Things tree in our Master Bedroom, but I'm hoping someday to have a tree full of them.


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This ornament really has no significance to it, other than it's a dog and we love dogs. I just came across this one at Target a few weeks ago, and just had to add it to our collection. It looked to be a beagle to me, and you know how I love beagles :)

P.S. You can find last year's ornaments here.

And for more Friday fun, check out the Five on Friday linkup hosted by ChristinaDarciApril and Natasha.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Card

Today I'm super excited to share our 2014 Christmas card. Creating our Christmas cards every year is one of my favorite things to do. I actually started thinking about our cards back in October. I came across this cute design through an email from Minted, and then brainstormed the perfect set up for our pictures. It takes a lot of thought and planning to figure out how to pose 3 crazy dogs who couldn't focus if their life depended on it. But after taking about a thousand pictures, we finally got one that would work. So here it is...our 2014 Holmes Family Christmas Card.

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{ BACK }

Minted has been my go-to card source lately. I ordered last year's Christmas cards, as well as our wedding Save The Date postcards from Minted, and love their designs and their quality. Their customer service is very good as well. I was having some issues using a coupon code I received in the mail for our cards this year, and used the IM feature on the site to chat with a customer service representative. She was very helpful and friendly, and resolved my issue very quickly.

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I always love to use a cute picture of the pups on the front, and then a picture of us on the back. This year I used one of our wedding pictures with a burlap banner I made that says "Just Married."

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{ Festive collars from Bow Wow Couture }

And here is a close up of the final photo. The dogs look so thrilled to be having their picture taken. And Napoleon is so funny because he is sitting so far away from the girls. He's like "I'm too good for this!"

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I don't blame him considering Abby tried to sit on him earlier on in our shoot. Oh these pups...gotta love their quirky little personalities.

You can find or last 2 years cards here:

2013 Christmas Card

2012 Christmas Card

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our 2014 Holiday Home

Today is the final day of the holiday linkup, and I'm excited to share our 2014 Holiday Home. I love to decorate, and decorating for the holidays is always my favorite. I prefer more rustic and slightly traditional decorations, and love using traditional red and green colors.

Welcome to our home!

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{ Wreath was a purchase this year from Target }

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{ Our Entryway - DIY Ornament Tree found here }

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{ I love showing off the Christmas cards we receive with my DIY Christmas Card Wreath
and we have received even more since I took this pic! }

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{ Half bath off the entry }

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{ Our Christmas Tree, and my favorite beagle pillow;
DIY Christmas Tree skirt found here }

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{ Our holiday mantle }

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{ Stockings from Crate & Barrel; candle sticks and wooden trees from World Market }

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{ Deer from World Market & Christmas topiary from Marshalls }

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{ Christmas pillow from World Market }

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{ Nativity from World Market }

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{ Tree from Target and candle holders from Pottery Barn }

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{ A few festive accents in the kitchen, including our pup's Santa picture }

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{ My holiday chalk art and a few festive pictures }

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{ My Favorite Things Tree made it's way to the master bedroom this year }

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{ A few accents in the master bath }

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Monday, December 15, 2014


Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! Our puppies had a pretty good weekend because they finally got to go see Santa. I have been taking Abby to see Santa for about 10 years now, and the last 2 years we have taken Bren and Napoleon along as well.

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This year we took the pups to Petco for their picture. The Santa there didn't seem very thrilled, but we managed to get a decent picture. I just realized I don't have a digital version of the official Santa picture, but I'll be sure to share tomorrow during our Holiday tour reveal.

Speaking of previous years, here are a few pictures from previous Santa visits...

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This one was from last year at Petsmart, and Rick and I both took about a million pictures with our phones to finally get a somewhat decent one. Napoleon looks like he doesn't trust this Santa character.

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This one was from 2012. Napoleon looks like he hates the world, and Bren is getting ready to lick Santa's face.

This one was from 2011, back when Abby was an only child. She looks so sweet here, but don't let her fool you, she seems to always be on the naughty list.

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Also on the list of happenings this weekend, Bren and Napoleon were attempting to be festive this weekend and get everyone in the holiday spirit. Not sure how Abby got out of this, but there are still plenty of days left until Christmas for her to get in the holiday spirit.

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We also met up with my brother and the kiddos to see the Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo. I have a full post coming later this week with more pictures from my digital camera.

And as I mentioned earlier, tomorrow I'm hoping to share our Holiday Home Tour, and also later this week is our big Christmas Card reveal. So stop back soon for more Christmas fun!

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