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Friday, December 19, 2014

Five Ways To Make A Welcoming Home For Your Overnight Guests

This post is sponsored by BISSELL, but my opinions are all my own.

Everything seems to be going a mile a minute here at our house, and I’m betting it’s that way at yours too. I’m busy preparing for our holiday party guests, as well as our overnight guests. Since we’ve moved around the country a lot, and have lived far from family and friends, it’s not uncommon for us to have guests during the holidays. Sometimes we’ve been those overnight guests. I’ve broken down my habits and wishes to 5 easy steps so that you can make any guest feel at home. They all revolve around making a guest comfortable. My #1 tip though, is treating your house to a deep cleaning to make sure no one has to suffer from allergies and so that you can feel confident that your house is spic and span! One of my favorite items that I have invested in was my Bissell deep cleaner. I use it year round, not just for holiday cleaning. It’s a necessity with 4 boys. I’ve used it in the middle of the summer to clean up a spilled slushy, or even last week when my laundry room flooded.  Now is a great time to clean your carpets. Add it to your holiday prep list and make it a yearly tradition. The best part? Using BISSELL Scotchgard ™ Protector solutions. Not only will you get a deep clean, but you will have the Scotchguard protection that will last beyond the holidays. Don’t have a Bissell Upright Deep Cleaner? Well, it might be your lucky day! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post! 

A list of 5 tips to make an overnight guest feel at home. Includes fresh towels and toiletries, snacks, coffee and more! Learn about getting your house ready for guests (or the holidays!) with a Bissell Deep Clean Upright Cleaner & Bissell Deep Cleaning Formulas with Scotchgard Protector. Includes a giveaway for a fabulous Bissell machine! #sp #ad #giveaway #cleaning #holidays

Now without further ado, my top 5 ways to make a welcoming home for your overnight guests:

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Home Tour 2014 - The procrastinator's version


Major Hoff Takes A Wife Holiday Home Tour 2014. Part of the Procrastinators Holiday Blog Hop. Enjoy!

Remember last week, I was suppose to be on a home tour, and that so didn’t happen! I featured my friend Kris’s awesome house! Well, I was so excited when some other brilliant bloggers decided that it wasn’t too late and we should do a “Procrastinators Blog Tour”. Ummm, hello! YES! Sign me up. So a big round of applause to Kathy from Petticoat Junktion and Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds for making all of this magic happen! Now, to make you laugh even more. I have 1 hour left before this post is due. To say I procrastinate….well, that’s an understatement. Anyhow, I’m glad I got my act together enough to bring you some of my house this year! The best part is that it is a hop, so you will be able to visit other wonderful homes right after mine. And the awesomeness doesn’t stop there! Nope. We have a fantastic giveaway going too! Two lucky winners!!! Someone will win a $50 gift card to Online Fabric Store and another lucky winner will win a $50 gift card to Farmhouse Decor Shop! I’m totally jealous! Today’s post will be very picture heavy. If you have questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back with ya (I love when y’all comment, it warms my heart!). So let’s get started!!!
Red and Green Christmas Mantel

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Laura Kelly Designs for Expressionery.com - Personalized Stationary for Gift Giving


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  I have loved personalized stationary, and stationary in general, for as long as I can remember. I’ve always been a fan of the handwritten note. Growing up, we would “deliver” notes to the neighbor girls. Once I was a bit older, I rushed to the mailbox everyday to see if I had a letter from a camp friend. I loved camp so much, that in college I decided to be a camp counselor for an all girls camp in Maine for the entire summer. The camp did not have an internet set up, and it was back to snail mail. I remember running out of stationary about halfway through, and asking a friend from my hometown to send me more stationary. She went to our favorite stationary store downtown and picked out the cutest papers envelopes and notepads. I think that package was probably the best package I received that entire summer! I still love getting stationary in the mail, and nothing makes me smile more than when I get a package from Expressionery.com .The packaging alone makes me swoon! My friend Laura Kelly is one of their designers, and she has the cutest notepads, cards and stickers ever! She is best known for her “Peeps” Line, but she has other fantastic designs.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy Finals Gift Basket Featuring Movie Munch Snack Mix

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OwnTheGalaxy #CollectiveBias
It's time for a Family Movie Night! You won't want to miss this recipe for the fabulous Movie Munch! Can you guess what the secret ingredient is? Post also shows how to create your own Guardians of the Galaxy Gift Basket, perfect for your favorite super hero fans, or for a Finals Survival kit. #OwnTheGalaxy #CBias #sp #ad
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Guardians Of The Galaxy DVD gift basket idea. It's time for a Family Movie Night! You won't want to miss this recipe for the fabulous Movie Munch! Can you guess what the secret ingredient is? Post also shows how to create your own Guardians of the Galaxy Gift Basket, perfect for your favorite super hero fans, or for a Finals Survival kit. #OwnTheGalaxy #CBias #sp #ad

Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie and blanket gift basket. It's time for a Family Movie Night! You won't want to miss this recipe for the fabulous Movie Munch! Can you guess what the secret ingredient is? Post also shows how to create your own Guardians of the Galaxy Gift Basket, perfect for your favorite super hero fans, or for a Finals Survival kit. #OwnTheGalaxy #CBias #sp #ad
     Things are getting crazy in the Hoff household. We have all our holiday preparations under way, our regular after school activities and now, coming soon — FINALS. My older boys are fairly good with not having test anxiety, but I know my older son is feeling a bit more pressure since he’s in high school now. Both my boys are excellent students and after all the studying and prepping they’ve been doing, I decided they needed a break. I put together this Guardians of the Galaxy Finals Survival Movie Night Break Basket to give them a treat from studying and applaud them for their hard work. It’s so easy to assemble! Besides the awesome movie DVD, it features Guardians of the Galaxy blankets and my signature “Movie Munch”. Everything I needed, I found at Walmart. The boys were so happy with their treat, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Use stencils for Holiday Decorating


Use Stencils for Easy Holiday Decorating! Deck the Halls! Looking for a way to bring Creativity into your Holiday Decor? Use easy to find items like pillow covers or dish towels, along with stencils to decorate your home for the Holidays. Enjoy crafting your own decorations this Christmas! #Christmas #Holidays #crafts #HolidayIdeas
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Deer with Antlers stencil. Looking for a way to bring Creativity into your Holiday Decor? Use easy to find items like pillow covers or dish towels, along with stencils to decorate your home for the Holidays. Enjoy crafting your own decorations this Christmas! #Christmas #Holidays #crafts #HolidayIdeas
     Are you looking for you more Holiday inspiration? Thinking of having a more creative Christmas this year? Trying to buckle down on the purse strings? I’m trying to hit all 3 of those things this year! I was so excited when Royal Design Studio sent me some of Jennifer Rizzo’s stencils and her new book, Creatively Chritmas Inspired Yuletide Decor  to review. Talk about inspiration overload! I’m all about the easy things in life, so I in order to bring Yuletide charm into my house, with the least amount of work, I used “blanks”. By “blanks” I mean a blank canvas pillow cover (already sewn! Yay!) and a relatively blank Kitchen towel. The pillow cover I found at Hobby Lobby, and the towel was part of a 2 pair set from TJ Maxx. I loved the ticking stripe going down it, like a grain sack, but thought it needed a little more “oomph”. This is one of the easiest projects ever. The hardest part is picking your stencils!

Let’s see how the project came together!

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