How to Survive Christmas: 101

Good morning!  How strange to be posting on a Wednesday! We haven’t posted on Wednesdays for a while now but here we go! Remember to head over to the original 12 Days of Christmas post here to look at all the other hosts and their ideas, to print out calendars and to enter the giveaway! Also, there is an inlinkz at the bottom of the post where you can add your ideas of how to survive the holidays!

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We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  This is day 2 of 12 and we are talking about the best tips on Surviving Christmas!  Christmas is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year and this year will be no different.  While everyone is trying to complete their Christmas list (for themselves and shopping for others), here is a short list of things you can do to make your Christmas go smoothly.

Order All of Your Gifts Early and Keep a Checklist


I think this is probably the biggest thing to help keep you sanity during Christmas.  I like to write down everything that I want to get for people and mark it off when I have received the item.  So for my checklist this year, I wrote down my sister, my mom, my dad, my Secret Santa for work, and my cats (you can’t forget them).  Under each person I put what I am planning on getting them and put a check mark next to it when I have purchased the item.  If you have a price limit for the gift, I like to write the price next to their name so I don’t overspend.  And don’t forget to order way ahead of time!  If you are planning on getting gifts from websites like Amazon, make sure you order them early so they have time to arrive.  You would hate to order a very important Christmas gift a week before Christmas and it not arrive on time!

Set Up a Time to Wrap All of the Presents

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This is something that my mom does every year.  Once she has collected all of the gifts, she finds a day where she isn’t doing too much and wraps ALL of them.  When my sister and I lived at home, mom would lock herself in her bedroom to wrap all of the presents.  But make sure you have all of the things you would need to wrap.  Paper, tape, ribbon, scissors, tags, boxes, bags, and tissue paper.  Make sure you have all of your stuff so you don’t have to keep leaving the room.   Make sure you have some water and a possible snack and some good music to listen to!

Make a Checklist of Christmas Activities You Want to Do

More checklists!  Personally, I love making checklists or to do lists so this is definitely something I do.  Your checklist can be as big or small as you would like.  You can add things like visit a nativity, bake cookies, watch a Christmas movie, go caroling, and many many more.  You can add as many or as few things as you would like to your list.  This year, my Christmas list actually looks like a Christmas tree coloring page.  All of the things I want to are ornaments on the tree and I get to color one in when I’ve completed it.  And guess what?  You can use it too!  I placed it below so you can print out your own Christmas Tree Checklist!

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Christmas To Do Coloring Page

Pick One or Two Days to Stay Home

With all of the craziness of the Christmas season, it is easy to get stressed out from going places and doing things.  Take some time for yourself and stay home.  Plan a day to stay home and bake Christmas cookies, watch Christmas movies, read Christmas stories, stay in Christmas pajamas all day, drink hot cocoa, among other things.  You don’t always have to be crazy busy.  Make sure you take time for yourself and relax for a day.

If You are Hosting, Enlist Help

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During the crazy Christmas season we are always attending parties.  If it’s just hosting Christmas at your house or hosting a Christmas Cookie Exchange, it can still take a lot of work.  And it’s tiring to do it all yourself.  Don’t forget to enlist the help of others to prepare for your party.  Have your family help you clean (even if that means getting the kids to just tidy up their toys), ask some friends or family who are attending if they would be willing to help you prep, and asking others to help supply food.  For our families Christmas, we separate the food duties out between all of the families attending.  It makes life just a little easier when it comes to the actual day of the party.  That it one less thing you have to worry about the day of the party.  It makes the day less stressful and the party easier to enjoy!

Buy Wrapping Paper WAY Ahead of Time

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Something my mom and I do is we actually buy wrapping paper AFTER Christmas.  This is the perfect time get huge discounts on wrapping paper and other supplies for your Christmas presents.  Ribbon, bows, paper, boxes, bags, you name it you can get it discounted.  Now, I know it’s too late now, but I highly recommend buying your wrapping paper sooner rather than later.  The sooner that you have your wrapping paper, the sooner you will feel less stressed.

And that’s it!  These are just a couple ideas on how you survive the Christmas holiday season.  There are more things you can do to help make the season less stressful.  But these are my top things to help keep my sanity.  So I hope you enjoy and let me know if you are going to try any of these this season!

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Fall Wreaths

Hello!  It’s Friday!  And you know what else is coming up?  Fall!  The first day of fall is around the corner and I could not be more ready for the weather to cool down.  Not that it gets super cool here in California until after Halloween, but it’s the thought that counts right?

This week since we are thinking about fall, I want to show off some of the pretty wreaths that I have seen around the internet.  Now, if you want to buy a wreath, they can be pretty expensive.  But a much cheaper option would be to make your own wreath.  So, here are some ideas that will help inspire you to make your own fall wreath.  Enjoy!

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Embroidery Hoop Wreath from The Pickled Rose 


Fall Wheat Wreath from On Sutton Place


Thrifted Picture Frame Wreath from Aubree Originals


5 Minute Easy Wreath from 2 Bees in a Pod

Indian Corn Wreath

Indian Corn Wreath from Stone Gable Blog


DIY Wood Wreath from Lovely Etc.


Dream Catcher Wreath from DIY Show Off

Coffee Filter Wreath

Coffee Filter Wreath from Recaptured Charm


Colorful Pine Cone Wreath from Sarah Hearts


Fall Burlap Wreath from Small Home Soul



Decorate Your Home for Free-or Almost Free

Good morning! I just had to show you pictures of our new floor in the living and dining rooms of our home. I’m so pleased with how it looks!! It’s exactly how I envisioned it! We still have the trim work to do and other small details, but it its moving along! I’m sure I will be posting pictures on my Instagram if you would like to follow along at @homeonthecorner.

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Today I thought I would share some ideas on how to decorate for little or no cost. When my girls were younger, we didn’t have much money for extras, so I had to get pretty creative. I loved making things to make my house feel homey. I still do a lot of the same things. There is no reason to spend  lot of money when you can decorate for less!

  • Garage sales, yard sales, thrift stores

    I still shop these sales!! This is such a great way to find new items for your home. Since you don’t spend a lot, it’s not so bad if you only use it for a little while. Thrift stores are my favorite. Goodwill gets new, returned merchandise from Target and have found some amazing pieces for half of the regular price. I think for me it’s the thrill of the hunt! You never know what you might find! I’ve been able to find home decor, dishes, throw blankets, quilts and so much more.

Finds and Fashions

Salvation Table


  • Craigslist, Facebook BuySellTrade, Auctions

    I’ve been able to find some great items on these sites too. Craigslist, in my area, seems to be a little more expensive, but there are still plenty of items to choose from.  We have a local online auction house and it’s so interesting to look through the items for sale. You never know what you might find. I always seem to find something I ‘need!’

    A New Dresser…Finally

  • Paint

    Never shy away from something just because the color is wrong for your home! Paint to the rescue! I can’t even tell you how many items I have painted-furniture, dishes, frames, file cabinets, baskets, and on and on. You do have to spend a little money on paint, but it can transform a piece of furniture into a showpiece! And don’t forget about spray paint. My mom always laughs when I say, “Just spray paint it!”

 Steps to Painting Farmhouse Chairs With a Brush

Robin Egg Blue Beachy File Cabinet

Blue and White Folding Chair Makeover

Springtime Concrete Painted Planter

Rattan Plate Holders


  • Shop Your Own House 

    It’s amazing what we already have in our own homes! Think of new ways to use things. Books are a great way to add interest. You can either use the colorful spines or turn them backwards if you want a more neutral look. Baskets look good and work hard to corral little stuff. Painting different baskets the same color will give them a more cohesive look. Pitchers, jars, bottles, and pretty glasses all make nice vases.

How to Style Your Bookshelves

Pink, Blue, and Gold Party Tablescape


  • Bring the Outdoors In

    Use plants in your yard to place in those pitchers, jars, bottles and pretty glasses. This is a great way to bring a touch of the different seasons into your home. You can use budding branches or fresh flowers in the spring, greenery in the summer, fall leaves and branches in the fall, and berries and pine in the winter. Fruits and vegetables can work grea

    Beachy Dining Room Refresh 

         Green Black and White in the Dining Room


  • Printables

    You can find free printables all over the internet, especially on Pinterest. There are so many out there, for every season, occasion, decorating style and holiday. I have a couple of clipboards I use with gallery walls and then I can just change out the printable for different times of year. I have used many from The Cottage Market over the years. Please go take a look!



  • Use mementos and family heirlooms

    Don’t forget those items you have picked up on family vacations or that just have a wonderful memory attached. I have a bowl full of rocks and shells we picked up at different places over the years. I wrote on each one where it was picked up and what year. What a great way to relive some of those great moments! Don’t forget family pictures! Pick up some simple frames and put them out on display. Keep frames in the same color for a clean look. if you have something special from a grandma or great aunt or other relative, find a way to get it out of your closet and display it!



  • Pillows and throws

    Pillows and throws are another great way to decorate for the seasons. Like I mentioned above, Goodwill usually have quite a few items from Target. You might find them in the wrong season, but hang onto them and you will be ready to decorate when that season comes again. I really love pillows, but they do take up quite a bit of space. I have found lots of pillow covers on Amazon at really good prices and they are much easier to store. You only need a few pillows and then slip on a new cover when you are ready for a new look!

Green, Black and White in the Living Room

Christmas in the Guest Room


  • Rearrange Furniture

    Try moving a small piece of furniture to another space! Maybe it will work better there and if not, you can always put it back. You can completely change the look of a space by switching out a chair, small table, or maybe artwork. You will feel like you have a whole new room!

Desk Chair Makeover

Dining Room Refresh


  • Have a Yard Sale

    Need some extra money to buy some new decor pieces? Have your own yard sale to get rid of the stuff you no longer want or don’t work with your decor. Other people are looking for those items just like you are! Try Craigslist or Facebook to sell some of the larger items. I have some great tips here for holding your yard sale.

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Well, I hope that gave you some new ideas to use around your home! I enjoy changing things up once in awhile, but don’t have a lot of money to spend, and these ideas really help to keep things fresh! I would love to hear what you do in your home to keep it fresh without spending a lot of money!




Parisian Style Brass Coffee Table From Chairish

Parisian Coffee Table


Hello everyone!  I hope you all have had a great week and are ready to take on the weekend.  Maybe it’s time for a change around your houses and you are redecorating, so hopefully this will give you some ideas!
You may remember that we did a post for Chairish showing how we would style an armoire.
It was so much fun to put together and imagine what it could look like! If you don’t remember, click here to read that post.  Well,  we were asked to do another post, so of course we said yes!

This time we worked with a coffee table.  We found this trunk that could function as a coffee table, and we loved it.  It is a brassy color which would work really well when it comes to decorating. This could add some sparkle to your room!


But what do you put on your coffee table to make it look nice, but also be functional?  I mean, your table could be your centerpiece of your living room, so why not make it look amazing!  One of the first things I do is decide the theme.  And, I love anything Parisian (this is a common known fact on this blog), so I went with a French theme.  I started with this bowl from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I love the look of the bowl, and it can be filled with many different things.  I decided that I would put pink and white beads in the bottom of the bowl and silk flowers to add some accents.  Bowls can be filled with whatever you like, so it is up to you! Trays would be a good choice too. Trays can hold lots of things, but keep them contained and looking neat.
The next thing that I went with was some boxes to hold items in.  This can be important when it comes to holding the precious TV remotes and maybe even some coasters.  The boxes that I found are actually jewelry boxes. They have interchangeable bottoms so you can change them with your theme or color scheme. How cool is that! This works perfectly to hold the Fleur de Lis coasters and make sure they don’t all get separated.
And finally, I added an Eiffel Tower statue.  This piece is to help add some height and interest to your decor, but it’s not too tall to get in the way.  I also added a pink candle to make your room smell nice.  This is important because your table will have decorations, but it won’t be too busy and take away from the beauty of the table.

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Here is the style board again just to remind you how beautiful it is!
Just a couple more tips-use odd numbers when displaying things on tables and use varying heights. This add more interest and is pleasing to the eye. But most of all, have fun with it! Keep playing with it until it pleases you. It’s your own design!
 Parisian Coffee Table
I hope you enjoyed reading about my coffee table that I designed.  If you want to check out any of the items that I put on this blog, click on the link by their pictures.  We are so happy to have the opportunity to work with Chairish again! Be sure to check out their website and tell them we said ‘Hello!’