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

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

Christmas Decor Tips and Tricks!

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We can start decorating for Christmas now, right? Well, I am. What are a few of your favorite items to set out during the colder months?!

Here’s my DIY winter decorating colab!


-Do not be afraid, I repeat DO NOT be afraid to add lots of texture during the colder months. This brings a warmer feeling into your home.

-Drink peppermint/cinnamon flavored coffee and listen to Christmas music while decorating – get the creative juices flowing.

-In past years decorating I have had people ask me how I keep my “everyday” decor items and mix them with whatever season I’m in. This can be challenging since I love lambs ear, and mixing it with cotton and pine isn’t the easiest for winter, but honestly just roll with it. If it makes you happy, do it. And don’t think twice about it. Don’t be confused though, I do put away most of my lighter green items.

-Add red. Which is hard to believe I’m even suggesting red because usually my colors of choice are grey/white and wood. But during Christmas red brings a comfort feeling. Add red (plaid) pillows or signs with red writing.


-Hide lights wherever you can, I prefer small string lights with a battery but any will do. Also, use timer lights if they’re in your budget this season. These lights are especially amazing if you have open soffits like us! If your microwave is mounted above your stove check in the cabinet above it to see if you have a plugin, if so add a small hole on the top of the cabinet to plug in and pull your lights through.

-Buy candles that smell like winter and hide them in cute jars/containers.

-Add a wreath or your kids school projects to the front of your top kitchen cupboards with command hooks. Command hooks aren’t damaging and super easy to remove so they’re perfect for the job!

-If you don’t have a fireplace like us, use your staircase railing to hang your stockings. To cover up where you hang them, add long greenery all the way down the railing. so cute!

-Add a push button extension cord to your tree for easy access to turn on! Amazon has them for a whole $6.96!

Hopefully some of my tips and tricks from experience help you out this holiday season! If you have any, please comment and let me know how you conquered your decorating!

-My Cedar Chest

Inside the Chest

About Me, decor, diy, Journal

Hi, I’m Meriel. You can call me Mer, or whatever else strikes your fancy. I’m a Nebraska born and raised girl. I’m a coffee enthusiast and self proclaimed professional couponer. In my very near future I hope to own a dog. Has anyone else ever tried to write about themselves? Wow, this is so much harder than I anticipated it to be.

Basically, as a kid I watched my mom parade around garage sales finding the best bargain for an old chair or dresser she could recover or repaint. She has paved the way for my love of decorating and DIYing. They always say moms know best right? So, here I am – wanting to help those who need a few pick me ups on DIY’s. Enjoy!

For my more professional readers:

Hi, I’m Meriel. By day, I’m a 25 year old Pediatric Dental Assistant. My husband and I have been married since June of 2017. He’s a project manager for a commercial construction company all while building homes on the side, honestly he comes in really handy when a new project arises! We enjoy traveling, and sitting on our couch eating kettle popcorn. My decorative style is a mixture of modern farmhouse and rustic. I truly believe Lambs Ear saves lives in all rooms, and plaid too. I started learning Calligraphy about a year ago, I taught myself by many YouTube videos and following Pinterest pages, in which now many signs warm the walls of our home. In my spare time I wander the aisles of Home Goods, Hobby Lobby and Cooper & Co. stirring up ideas for decorating or DIYing. Enjoy!