Home for the Holidays 2013: Family Room

Holiday Family Room 2

Happy December everyone! Can you believe Christmas is here already? Mr. H and I are so excited to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home! The Friday after Thanksgiving, my family was gracious enough to come by to help us “deck our halls”. The guys (Mr. H, my dad, and my brother) were on outdoor lights duty while the girls (myself, my mom, and my brother’s girlfriend) were trimming the tree and putting magical touches on the interior. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, we’re about 90% done!  Go team!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the spaces we’ve transformed through a December series I’ll be calling “Home for the Holidays”.

The first room I’d like to share is the Family Room.


I am so glad that we are finally in a home with a full fledged fireplace! Not only does it provide a stunning focal point in the room, but Santa actually has a chimney to come down at Christmas 🙂 If only we could figure out how to light that fire… Oh the joys of owning a new home!


I love how cozy we’ve made this corner. We just added a warm throw and pillow and now it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa on those chilly snowy evenings.


How darling are these stockings!? When I saw these beauties, I just couldn’t resist. You can’t really tell from the photos but up close the thread shimmers adding a truly elegant look to room.

Also peeking through in this photo is our memory tree. Our main Christmas tree is located in our living room. But here in our family room, we have tree containing important ornaments that mean something special to both Mr. H and me.


Among these treasures are an ornament from the Roatan where we vacationed 3 years ago, a Lenox piece my mother gifted us to celebrate our first Christmas in our new home, a gingerbread man to honor our annual holiday cookie exchange we throw, our wedding invitation ornament I made, our “H” monogram we bought for our first married Christmas, and red bone specially made for our puppy Cooper. These all represent amazing memories if you ask me!


We are lucky in that we have a great mantle to work off of. We really didn’t need to do much to make a statement– just a bit of garland and a rustic wreath and the place really illuminates!


These stocking holders were a great find by my mother. I think they’re absolutely adorable and add a unique touch to the mantle. This one’s a snowflake but the set also came with a tree and a reindeer!


One of my favorite parts of the room is this DIY “firewood” basket I made located by the hearth of the fireplace.  It was a cinch to put together and cost only about $10 to assemble!

Well I hope you enjoyed our family room holiday tour! Thanks for stopping by– and remember, there’s no place quite like home for the holidays.



My favorite app– Meal planning made easy!


If you’re like me, you may get in a dinner rut from time to time. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to the grocery store, spent over $100, and still had no idea what I was making for dinner that week!

Well that’s all a thing of the past now! I am so excited to share with you all a meal planning app that I’ve recently discovered called “Food on the Table”. In my opinion, it is the BEST meal planning tool out there and, best of all, it’s super easy to use! Unlike many other apps out there, “Food on the Table” is more than a virtual grocery list. It’s a full meal planning system that integrates your favorite recipes and grocery sale items to generate amazing dinner solutions.




Here’s how it works:

When you first log into the app, you are asked to enter your zip code so the system can find your favorite grocery store.


Once found, you are given a list of sale items through which you can browse.


Oh look! Chicken is on sale this week. We love chicken in my house, but I wish I had new idea on how to prepare it…


If you click on the sale items, you are given DOZENS of recipes using the selected ingrediant as well as user ratings and reviews!

If you find one you like, just add it to your recipe box, select the night you’d like to prepare it, and the ingredients will show up on your grocery list.


Here’s my meal plan for this week (you’ll see that my chicken burgers will be dinner for Friday!):


Can’t wait to try these new recipes! You can also add recipes from your favorite website or from your own personal collection. Don’t forget to add some of your favorite recipes from my blog 🙂

Please try out this app! I’m dying to know if you love it as much as I do!