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Our Fourth Annual Holiday Party! (Or: We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends)

It really takes a village, you know? To raise a child, yes, and also to throw a successful holiday party.

Our fourth annual bash was Saturday night, and of course we spent days prepping. We did our once-annual December pilgrimage to Costco, and as is typical, it was a miserable experience involving tons of eye rolling and elbow throwing. (I swear, why do people love that place? It’s downright Dante-esque.) Read more…

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How to Make Totally Precious DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

Squee! I just think these mason jar snow globes are the most darling things. Shout out to Michaela Noelle Designs for the fabu project idea.

Here’s what you’ll need: mason jars, masking tape, flocking or glittery spray paint, fake snow, fake trees, hot glue, and glitter if you like (I like) Read more…

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Holiday Decor Inspiration: 3 Super Easy and Kind of Amazing Mason Jar D.I.Y. Projects

Here I reveal the secret* (*totally not a secret) that I’m really not a crafty person. Not yet, anyway. Moving into our first house has been such a great source of overall inspiration and motivation to attempt some of the amazing holiday craft projects I’ve been drooling over online. And if it ever stops being 80 degrees in Los Angeles this November, mark my words: I will get to festive crafting with gusto. I feel it coming on. (Note to self for future post: “How I Became a Mad Festive Crafter in 30 Days by Starting With Really Easy Projects I Couldn’t Mess Up for Positive Reinforcement.”)

This season, I’m starting with mason jars. Here, I bring you a trio of holiday craft ideas that seem to me fool proof. And they offer a huge impact for a small craft-store investment and a few minutes worth of time. Et voila: Read more…

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I Want This Now: 5 Splashy Z Gallerie Holiday Items

I’m a really big fan of Z Gallerie. In general this is because I am a more-is-more type girl, and I’m not much for subtlety. IMO, Z Gallerie is filled with things that pull off that look really stylishly and at a price point that’s accessible enough.

The retailer’s holiday products are out and they’re getting me in the mood for entertaining. In my mind, I’m going to buy all these things and set effortlessly chic tables to welcome guests while snow falls gracefully outside the window. In reality, I will probably buy the one or two items that eventually go on sale, and shower in a mild panic 15 minutes before guest arrival time after I somehow get behind on my timeline, and there will surely be no snow here in Los Angeles. But, ahem, you get the gist.

Without further ado, here are the 5 cool holiday-ish things I want from Z Gallerie right now. Read more…

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How to Make: Easy-Peasy D.I.Y. Halloween Lanterns for the Impatient and Borderline Disinterested

I’m not a crafty person, generally. I’m not trying to make a statement about being too busy to D.I.M. or anything. It’s more just that I’m selectively lazy, and also until now I lived in a very hodgepodge home. Our rented condo in Westwood was beautiful, but its inherent mid-century vibe combined with our hand-me-down-furniture from various eras, combined with our just-merged-two-households miscellany was just too random to motivate me to add any clever home-made holiday decor to the mix.

But! We’re homeowners as of this year — a fact we appreciate with an extremely dorky level of enthusiasm daily. And that enthusiasm (coupled with some inspiring story assignments about D.I.Y. holiday decor lately) has lit a crafty little fire under me.

And I do mean a little fire. While I loved the five jack-o-lanterns and minimal pre-fab Target decor we have out front, I felt we need a little extra je ne sais quoi — at 3 p.m. on Halloween. And I had about five minutes of attention span for it. Read more…

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