THREE Thoughtful and Affordable Gift Ideas

Holiday gift ideas you'll love

This post is sponsored by BHG Products at Walmart. All opinions and ideas are my own. I love, love, love this time of year. It's not just the twinkling lights and hot cocoa, It's the true spirit of the season. I just love the thoughtful gift giving, the truly heartfelt offerings to loved ones. That's what makes it the most wonderful time of the year. Today while we were strolling through the … [Read more...]

Holiday Home Tour

Christmas Holiday Home Tour

Hi there! Welcome friends to the my holiday home tour! I'm so happy to have been asked by my friend Jen Migonis to open my home this holiday season! Throughout this entire week, talented bloggers are ready to inspire by sharing their holiday homes! If you are new to Making Home Base, we live in a cute rental here in sunny San Diego, CA. Believe it or not we get about 10 gloomy days a year and … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas: Gold Confetti Gift Wrap

One of my favorite parts about the whole holiday season is buying gifts and wrapping them. Getting creative with holiday gift wrap ideas is so, so fun! I was so excited when Rachel from Lines Across challenged me and some other bloggers to come up with creative holiday gift wrap ideas! Earlier this fall, Rachel launched Let's Wrap Stuff, a website devoted to all things gift wrap related. To … [Read more...]

My Favorite Hot Cocoa and Christmas Decorating

Christmas in the Kitchen

Thanks World Market for sponsoring this post. Of course, all opinions are my own!   Hi friends! Can you believe it's December? I'm almost completely done with my holiday decorating and it feels so good looking around and seeing twinkling lights, lots of greenery, and pops or red and green. I just love it this time of the year. If you're like me, you spend A LOT of time in the kitchen during … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway

Holiday Gift Guide for Her: $40 or LESS

This post contains affiliate links Tis' the season... for holiday shopping! I keep seeing so many beautifully wrapped packages under trees on Insta (and in real life) but believe it or not I haven't bought a single present. To be fair, I have picked out a few things to buy for my husband and daughter but my tree is still bare. If you still haven't started shopping or haven't started thinking … [Read more...]

23 Gorgeous Christmas Printables

23 Gorgeous Christmas Printable for FREE

I'm so excited! I love, love holiday printables. They are such a fun and inexpensive (read: free) way to make your home (or party) festive in an instant. Last month, I shared a fall/thanksgiving printable in a fun blog hop. Today, Kristen from Ella Claire Inspired got us together again to share some fun Christmas printables! The best part? They are all FREE!! That's 23 gorgeous Christmas … [Read more...]

Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

DIY Oversized Snowflakes copy

I'm sure you all are rolling your eyes are you scroll through Pinterest and see Christmas, Christmas everywhere. I know, it's early. But time is flying and these handmade projects take time so starting early is a must. At least that's how I'm excusing myself :) I love oversized wall art. These popsicle stick snowflakes are the perfect oversized wall art for the holidays. And hello, popsicles … [Read more...]

But won’t I miss it…

Christmas in Hawaii

Today’s post is sponsored by Thymes, but my love for their holiday fragrances is all my own! For as long as I can remember, I've always had a real tree. Even as a young girl I remember going to the Christmas tree lot and picking out the perfect tree. As the only child, I always had the very important job of picking out the tree. I took it seriously, and always insisted on the fullest tree I … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas 2013

Christmas family photos

Dear sweet readers, Merry Christmas! It's been such a wonderful year for my family. And I hope you all have much to celebrate this holiday season as well. Since I plan to unplug and just enjoy my family, I wanted to pop in and wish you a very merry Christmas.Here's our Christmas card that I never got printed. E-cards are the way of the future I'm telling myself. Also, we just got our family … [Read more...]

Burlap Gift Bags DIY Holiday Gift Bags

Personalized Burlap Gift Bags

Can we talk about gift wrap today? I'm bad. I haven't wrapped a single present. That means it's bare beneath my tree. There are two reasons for it. One is I have a toddler and two, I don't love wrapping gifts. I prefer gift bags. It's true. And since I prefer gift bags, I'm showing you how I made these cute little burlap gift bags. They are perfect for pretty much anything and you can … [Read more...]

Using Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For the Holidays

Using Ornaments to Decorate

Using Ornaments To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays Competing post titles are: Easiest way ever to decorate your home for Christmas. Cheap holiday decorating ideas. Seriously. Not sure if you caught on during my holiday home tour but I used ornaments just about everywhere. You can snag a tube of 10-12 "shatter free" ornaments from the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1. I love … [Read more...]

Holiday Pillow Ideas: Gold Sequins JOY Pillow

DIY Gold Sequins JOY Pillow

I have more holiday fun for you today. In the form of something shimmery. If you're looking for holiday pillow ideas then today's your day. And because it's no secret that I love shimmery things especially in Christmas decor, I made a pillow with gold sequins. I love a festive holiday pillow, don't you? You first got a glimpse of this pillow last week during my holiday home tour. Here's a … [Read more...]

Christmas Party Tour

Christmas Party Decor Ideas

Oh hey! You're here for the Christmas party right? Great! Come on in :) Earlier this week I shared my holiday home decor, we'll call that part 1. So today, I'm sharing part 2. This is more of what you would see if you stopped by my home for a party, my dining area and I even have a fun hot cocoa bar set up for us. Want to come in? Great! This post is full of photos so I won't bore you with my … [Read more...]

My Holiday Home Decor: A Home Tour

holiday home tour

Do you hear what I hear? Sleigh bells, jingle bells, Christmas carols... it's the most wonderful time of the year! Our little  home base is has gotten a dusting of Christmas magic. I love putting holiday touches on our home and today I'm so excited to be sharing all of the details with you as a part of the Home For The Holidays Tour of Homes! 30 bloggers have opened up their homes to share … [Read more...]

Faux Fur Winter Wreath

Fur Wreath

Welcome to day two of 25 Days of Christmas! To see day one, click here. And to follow along on the interactive advent calendar, click here.I can't believe that December is here and we are already two days into our advent calendar. This is my most favorite time of the year! And, I'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful count down to Christmas. I'm sharing my winter wreath today! It's the … [Read more...]

Happy Black Friday BIG Crafty Giveaway

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Welcome Friends! We had such a wonderful yet quiet Thanksgiving. Yummy food that we'll be eating for days! I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. I don't know about you, but the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is pretty much the kick off of holiday season! So in honor of kick off I've teamed up with some awesome bloggers to bring you a Crafty Christmas black friday giveaway!  One of … [Read more...]