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Holiday Traditions

December 19
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One of the fun things about being married is looking at the different traditions in our families and deciding what things we will incorporate into our own family.  One tradition we always look forward to is making christmas treats!  Typically we make sugar cookies, carmels, fondants and turtles.  The tradition of making the candy actually comes down through Bry’s family and we definitly have chosen to continue with it.  Although making the candy is a little time consuming, it’s a good way to spend quality time together.  This year Bry’s parents were in town one weekend and we were all able to work together which was fun!

We really enjoy making these treats, but most of all, we enjoy sharing them with friends and neighbors.  Not to toot our own horn, but these chocolates are pretty amazing, and its fun to give them away and see how much other people like them.  The turtles are by far my favorite!(that’s what I was making in the pictures)

Another thing I like about this time of year is the cute Christmas sweaters.  I got this one from J.Crew and I absolutely love it! (I actually picked this one because Bryant loves to ski and he misses it!!) Believe it or not, it actually gets cold enough in San Diego to want to wear sweaters, and even have hot chocolate! This really is such a special time of year. I love getting to see the house all decorated and the atmosphere of giving is so much fun! But what I love most is spending quality time with my family and friends, and that makes this season truly special!

Making Christmas cookies and candy are a few of the holiday traditions that we enjoy, what fun things do you do during this time of year?

XOXO

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Be Merry

December 1
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Happy 1st day of December everyone! I absolutely love this time of year! We already have all of our Christmas decorations up and have been making our homemade Christmas candy as well as enjoying Christmas music! This year it is much more fun decorating and celebrating because Reagan actually understands what we are doing. It is fun coming up with our own family traditions that she will enjoy every Christmas season.

Today I wanted to share one of the decorations we made this year, because it is seriously so cute, easy to make, inexpensive, and can be stowed away and used every year. It would also make a really cute gift for someone! It is our Be Merry Banner. You can use other phrases that you think of, but I really liked “Be Merry” for ours. I am going to give step by step instructions of exactly how I made it, and if you have any questions just ask them in the comments below.  Hope you guys like it!

Things you need:

Holiday paper

Twine (for hanging)

Scissors

Glue stick

Ruler

X-acto knife

Single hole punch

 

Step 1. Decide what word or phrase you want for your banner

This is important to know before you go and get your supplies, because the number of letters in the word or phrase will determine how many sheets of paper you will need.  If you are going to use “Be Merry” you will need 9 sheets of decorated paper (of your choice); be sure to pick one green page which will be used to cut the Christmas tree. You will also need two sheets of sparkly paper to use for the letters. (two is probably more than you need but it’s nice to have more just in case you mess up)  Lastly, you need 10 sheets of a solid color (I chose red) which is the base layer color and will also be directly behind the letters.

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Step 2. Measure, cut, and glue

The dimensions of the sheets of paper are 12 in x 12 in which actually works out perfect for this project.  I found it easiest to take one paper and using a pencil, make marks where all of the cuts will be.(should look similar to this picture)

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The back piece of paper should be 9 inches tall and 6 inches wide, meaning you can fit two per sheet.  To make the cut-outs at the bottom, measure 3 inches in(the exact middle) and 1 1/2 inches up.  Then draw a line to each corner. Repeat on each remaining sheet. With the extra paper left at the top of the sheet you can make the small squares the letters will go on.  They will be 4 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide.  In order to make the second paper (the decorated one that goes on top of the red backing) do the same thing but measure 8 1/4 inches tall by  5 1/2 inches wide.  It’s important that enough of the red shows behind the smaller decorated paper so you should place them on top of each and the red should show about 1/4 inch all the way around.  If it doesn’t, just trim a little where necessary.

Once you have everything cut out, take each decorated sheet and glue it on top of the red sheets. Then center the smaller red rectangle on the decorated sheet and glue. Using a glue stick is key because if you were to use regular liquid glue it will make the paper curl.  Arrange the sheets in a pattern you like. sincerely me stephanie Christmas banner 10

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(I had to arrange the pattern a few times to get it how I wanted)

Step 3. Cut letters and Christmas tree

I wanted a specific font for the letters, so I went on a Pinterest hunt to find free printables letters to trace and cut out.  If you are super crafty and have the Cricut, it will cut the letters out for you! If you’re like me, and need to do it the old fashioned way, you can get the same letters I have here: Free printable letters.  Enlarge each letter to 3 1/2 in. by 2 in. and then print and cut them out. Next, trace the letters on the back side of the glittered paper and then cut them out.  **It is important that you trace the letters backwards so that when you flip them over to the glittered side they are the correct direction.  On certain letters you may need to use an X-acto knife.

For the Christmas tree, google an image that you like, and print and trace it.  Decorate the tree however you like.  I used a hole punch on the glittered paper to make several little circles that I glued right next to each other to make garland.  Then I cut out a star for the top of the tree. Once the tree is decorated, glue it and each letter to its page.

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Step 4. String banner 

Lastly, punch a hole in the top two corners; make sure you don’t get too close to the edge or the twine will tear the paper.  Put the twine through each hole leaving an inch or so in between each letter.  Leave enough twine on the ends so it can hange with a little curve.

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sincerelymestephanie Christmas Banner16 I hope this tutorial made sense and if it didn’t, hopefully the pictures helped clarify what I was trying to say.  If any of you make one, please send me a picture, I would love to see how they turn out! I hope you have as much fun making this as I did!

XOXO

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Pumpkin Patch

October 27
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Now that are back from our trip, reality has set in and we realized Halloween is only a week away! Today we made sure that we hit up the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins. Now that we are a little family you have to have family traditions (and keep them). There were some pretty good choices to pick through but we had to make sure we looked at all they had, just to be sure we were picking the best of the best! Okay maybe I needed to look at all of them haha because I’m pretty sure the first one Reagan saw, she wanted! 

We went through the corn maze which was really fun! We let Reagan pick which way she thought was the right way, sometimes she was right and other times we had to backtrack a bit! Her and I would run ahead and hide to try and scare dad.  He caught on and even caught us by snapping a pic of us trying to scare him haha. After goofing around for quite a while we finally made it out of the corn maze.

Next was the tractor ride that took us around the whole farm. Okay, it was more like a little loop but none the less we rode around the farm. There were rows of sunflowers that were so pretty! Besides all the dust that was being kicked up it was a pretty peaceful ride around the patch. 

We got to pet the goats and look at the “ducks” which were really chickens, but thats what Reagan kept calling them. Then she even got to pretend to drive her own tractor. We were really channeling our inner farmer. We all picked our pumpkins, and some little ones for the centerpiece of our table, and we got out of there right when they closed! 

What are your fun traditions around Halloween? Hope you all have a fun week!

XOXO

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