Spice and Everything Nice!

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Christmas is great, right!? Time with family and friends, good food, but most importantly I get a week off of work so I’m a pretty happy camper! 

I’m super excited to share my Christmas present DIY with everyone!

I know I know, this is a little late considering Christmas is over, but I had to wait until after present giving because I gave both my dad and my brother-in-law these cute spice ornaments for Christmas gifts this year! So don’t forget about it next year! 

I was in Hobby Lobby trying to strike an idea of something I could find/make my dad for his new shop he built on their farm, he mentioned putting a wood burning stove in for warmth and keeping the heat costs down so I contemplated buying a small Cast Iron Skillet he could cook something up quick in without having to head back to the house, but instead I came across a totally different idea walking down the 66% off Christmas items aisle!

I found these cute globe ornaments (pack of 6) originally $5.99 but got on sale. So super cheap! I also bought the gift box to put the ornaments in on sale! Score! 

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I decided to put dip mixes, meat seasoning and a popcorn flavor in mine. I found a few on Pinterest and mixed a few of what I thought sounded good also! I collected a bunch of spices from our local Super Saver – I read a lot of recipes that mentioned only using McCormick spices because of different grits, but I didn’t have a problem with this! To fill the ornaments I used a super small funnel and layered my spices to make them look fun! Tip: while filling ornaments don’t tap your ornaments on the counter to get the spices through the funnel faster! I did this, totally shattered one of my ornaments!

I was going to attach the spices I used for each one but I honestly kinda played with what I liked in my dips so there’s really no perfect way! If anyone is super interested I can try to send you exact spices I put in mine and how much! Pinterest and Google are great places for spice ideas! However here’s the spices I put in my ornaments! (Try to come up with some fun names for them too!)

•Spicy Fiesta Dip

• Dilly Dill Dip!

• Italian Dip or Meat Seasoning

• Cheddar and Butter flavor for Popcorn

• Best Bacon Dip Ever!

•Ranch Dip

•BLT Dip

I also added a little piece of foil to the top so that none of the spice mix would spill out of the top since it’s open a bit. To hide the foil I tied a bow around the top with a little twine since I have a ton of it laying around my house but ribbon would be really pretty and easy too.

I layered tissue paper and crinkle paper on the bottom of the box to give a little protection to the ornaments and also look fun! I wrote little cards to go with the spice name and what to mix with to make dip super good as well as directions!

To finish you’ll need a paper punch and tie around each ornament according to the correct spice ornament!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ❤️🎄

-My Cedar Chest

Happy Pawlidays!

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I first need to apologize for being MIA the last couple weeks as my entire life has been completely altered – we are now proud puppy parents of two English Cream Golden Retrievers!

Here’s the full story – I’ve been wanting a puppy for a really long time, I had his name picked out, his breed, even toys and treats in my cart on my amazon account just waiting to be purchased. I had been in contact with many breeders around the Midwest, but little did I know my husband had already went and picked out a puppy from a litter in Kearney! I think he panicked a bit when I told him we should go look at a few because then I probably would have wanted to bring one home and the surprise would have been totally ruined. I came home from work one day, and there was the sweetest little puppy I had ever seen just hanging out in my kitchen! He came a little earlier than expected – but I was over the moon in shock that I finally got my little Wesson puppy! 

Wesson at 8 weeks old!

A week after bringing Wesson home my husband and I had plans to take a trip to Las Vegas with my sister and her husband as well as some friends. This trip had been planned for months, plane tickets bought and hotel booked so there was no getting out of it! During our time in Vegas we became aware that Wesson’s brother was still available for adoption after many families fell through. How do you say no to that?!  So now we have sweet Smith! 

Smith at 10 weeks old!

Everyday we are learning new tricks to be better puppy parents, so help us out with a little advice! 

  • Have you ever raised two puppies at once?! 
  • What is your best advice for us during training?!
  • Would let them sleep in bed with you?!
  • What’s your pups favorite brand of food/treats?!

Happy Pawlidays! 

-My Cedar Chest

Healthy Journaling

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Did you know that journaling actually plays a positive role in your mental health? I figured this is the best time and place to open up about my own journey with mental health. The last 6 months or so I have struggled with anxiety and mild depression. After accepting the flaws I have – I decided I wanted to find healthy stimulates for my mental health. 

It’s so good to get emotions, feelings, whatever it may be off and out of your mind while having fun doing so. Journaling serves as a silver platter of stress relief, emotional support and light hearted fun. I started a bullet journal a few weeks ago to put science to the test (I’m kinda like myth busters!). I looked up so many ideas on Pinterest of positive vibes I could put on paper. 

Here are a few ideas for your bullet journal, or any kind of journal that appealed to me! 

  • Doodles
  • Verse of the day
  • Birthdays
  • Workouts
  • Favorite Foods
  • Mood Trackers for each Month
  • Our Puppy’s Firsts
  • My Christmas Wish List 
  • Books to Read/Movies to Watch
  • Calorie Counter
  • Goal of the Day/Month
  • Vacations

I purchsed my bullet (or dot) journal from Michaels for $5.00 – grey in color, of course. Although they have a varitey of colors and sizes. And attached is a couple bookmarks. It’s like 100 pages, actually I have no idea how many pages it is, I just made that up because it looks like a lot of pages to fill!

I’m still working on a list of my favorie pens to use. I did buy a few different brands including Sharpie’s, which are great for outlining colors but that’s about it since they bleed through to other pages. I tried out Faber-Castell Artist Pen, and I’m not a huge fan of it because it’s pretty thick and the end of the pen bends when I want small lines. So far, the best pens I have found (and they come in all sizes) are Millennium Zig pens. They’re especially great because the sizes are listed on the top of them! Highly recommend them! 

Oh yeah, journaling for your mental health isn’t just a myth! I would love to hear any feedback you may have! 

-My Cedar Chest

For the Love of a Tree

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I really wanted my Christmas tree to feel right at home, so i decided to decorate it a little different this year. 

I painted clothes pins white to match my other ornaments (Dollar-Tree has clothes pins for cheap) and pinned them to my tree with my most cherished moments that have been captured. I like things to match so I did all wedding photos.

Our tree includes ornaments from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby glittery flowers and white cotton balls. I added some texture with antlers and beaded garland. I also have random balls around my house that I use to decorate with, so i stuck them in my tree to make it more full.   

P.S. I take my ornaments and wrap the string of them around my branch several times so they don’t hang so low and then I can add more to my tree! Try it! 

Decorate your tree with love, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

-My Cedar Chest