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Holiday decorating hacks for homes with toddlers

My house is a literal wreck this morning. To be honest, it’s been a wreck for over a week now because these kids won’t nap at the same time because of the barometric pressure, a sleep regression, or a witch has put a hex on me. I don’t know why. The gist is…NOTHING IS GETTING DONE AROUND HERE.

Sure, I have my tree up, but that was only because my husband wanted it up. I’m going to sound like the biggest Scrooge, but I kind of hate Christmas. I will admit that I like it a little more since having children, but the decorating thing never puts me in a good mood.

Having toddlers trailing behind you undoing all the hard work you just attempted obviously doesn’t help. So, if you’re like me and sick of seeing your decorations demolished, here are some LAZY life hacks.

  • Only decorate half of your tree and sacrifice the lower branches to be dusted with Cheetos and fruit snacks. OR buy the soft felt ornaments they always seem to have at Target and save those for your little one’s favorite limbs.
  • Forget about cute hearth decorations for the fireplace. There is no hack. They will be destroyed. Buy the least gaudy Christmas stuffed animals and stack them there. Call it a day.
  • Pretty candles and ceramic house displays? Sure, if you have a shelf high enough to remain safe from your 16 month old and his new obsession with climbing ALL THE THINGS.
  • Okay here’s a more positive tip. Instead of splurging on intricate ornaments and the most expensive wrapping paper because they complete your Instagram aesthetic, buy holiday themed throw pillows and blankets. You know, because they can’t break those.
  • Dollar General candles smell better than expensive ones. Okay, that was positive right? And no one is sad when they get tossed off the table to be shattered two days after you bring them home.
  • Lastly, just forget about putting bows on your presents under the tree. Unless you’re wrapping everything on Christmas Eve, you’ll be LUCKY if the name tags survive.

I know, I’m pretty much the biggest Grinch with the tiniest heart, but I’ve been burned by their tiny toddler hands one too many times and to be fair, Halloween will always be my jam. I will say that I enjoy the activities that they enjoy and we’ll call that a win. Maybe we’ll do some homemade ornaments and garland this year so they can feel more involved and I won’t be as paranoid about everything breaking.

Here are some links to unbreakable decorations (tested by real “demolition artists”)

https://www.target.com/p/4ct-knit-plush-holiday-characters-christmas-ornament-set-wondershop-8482/-/A-54557139

https://www.target.com/p/garland-felt-mitten-countdown-to-christmas-sign-wondershop-8482/-/A-54539562

Also! Target is having BOGO 50% off on wreaths and garland πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ‘‡πŸ»

For all the garland gatherers, your season is here!
Stock up on Christmas wreaths and garlands for the holiday.

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I’m not into farmhouse (Don’t come for me)

*Previously published on Harness Community Magazine

I know. Everyone is all about Chip and Joanna and the white and gray. They love shiplap and knocking out walls. Tobacco baskets, repurposed metal kitchen tools, pictures of cows…I get it. I enjoy those things in moderation, but the whole farmhouse trend does it all at once. And I’m not here for it.

Even when I lived on a farm, I favored cabin details and real antiques. Hobby Lobby knockoffs weren’t my fave. Now, I’m not gagging at Hobby Lobby. I do love certain items from there but fakes of real items I could find at the thrift or antique store are not on my shopping list. I know, Joanna doesn’t get her stuff at Hobby Lobby. I know.

But here’s the main reason I’m over FARMHOUSE.

IT ALL LOOKS THE SAME. 😱

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Over this ☝🏼

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I’m probably pissing people off at this point, but that’s not my intention. It’s not that I think it looks bad. I think it all looks the same.

And I could be wrong. It’s subjective after all. {In thirty years I may hate everything I have in my house now when I look back in pictures.} I just think homes should have room for more distinct personality.

Sure, all styles bleed into each other a bit and I’ll admit I like the light and airy look Fixer Upper introduced. I like open shelving and houseplants. I just think cow pictures, farmhouse signs, and whitewashed furniture will go out in time. Just as the primitives trend…

It’s just my opinion but,

When there’s room for exposed brick, a funky light fixture, or something dreamy and old…I’m here for it. Everything in moderation, especially the token elements of farmhouse style. You don’t have to have it ALL.

Obviously I’m not a huge Fixer Upper fan, but there’s a couple design shows I do enjoy because they leave the period of the house and don’t bulldoze over with gray walls and shiplap.

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Hometown happens to be my fave because they always take the original timeframe of the home into consideration. Usually something is handmade and they document that, giving me the feeling that I can replicate their project. I think their focus on revitalizing their small hometown also pulls on my heartstrings a bit.

Taking something old and making it feel new is my favorite thing to do. I like:

  • yard sale furniture
  • old cigar boxes
  • vintage art with a new frame
  • antique glassware
  • houseplants
  • clawfoot anything!

Maybe my style is granny-chic? I don’t know but I do know that no one’s decor looks exactly like mine. I’m not telling anyone to try decorating like me either. If you did, I’d probably follow suit and change mine drastically just to keep the uniqueness I enjoy.

And if you enjoy farmhouse, by all means, you do you. I’m just sharing my personal preference. ✌🏼🏑🌿

*I do still LOVE a good farmhouse sink