A little inspiration for your Thanksgiving tablescape and simply remove the pumpkins and you’ve got a gorgeous Christmas tablescape too!
And because simple DIYs that the entire family can do are my favorite so I thought I would share this one with you. It’s always a bonus when you can actually use the end result. My cute littles and their sweet grandparents helped make these adorable gold dipped pinecones that are perfect for a centerpiece or as a place card holder!
How gorgeous and super simple?! Try it with your kiddos this holiday season.
Whether your Thanksgiving plans require casual attire or more dressy attire, here are two fun looks for your inspiration! And the best part, while being incredibly amazing, they’re both super comfy! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
It is almost my favorite time of year! The Christmas season brings pure joy to my heart and over the recent years my husband and I have made the decision to really press into what the Christmas season really means; and in doing so, we have made deliberate efforts at going agains the hustle and instead finding ways to intentionally enjoy this season with our cute little family.
Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite Christmas activities! Mamas, these require little to no effort and produce loads of fun and memories.
This is a fun paper snowflake tutorial from a few years back!
Some of my favorite Christmas albums for dancing:
Use a mix or if you’re feeling adventurous, the old-fashioned stove top kind is a family tradition in this house!
Use pre-made dough & add Christmas sprinkles! I also love these cookie recipes:
Make your own teepee with sheets & blankets and fall asleep in sleeping bags under the twinkly Christmas tree lights. Best kid memory ever and you win for coolest mom ever.
For a complete 25+ Christmas Activity Idea Source as well as 25 Scripture Verse Cards for the days of Advent, purchase your Advent Calendar & Family Devotional Here.
And a little note from the Proffitt kids had to say about mama’s Advent Calendar!
I introduced The Branding Parlor on September 1 and since then I have helped small business owners create a cohesive, professional and gorgeous brand that is perfectly complete. All at an investment that is doable when you are just starting your business. Read all the sweet details about this amazing project here.
So far I have highlighted the following Brand Collections (click the links below to see all of their gorgeous details):
Do you have a favorite?! I am slightly obsessed with each of them. Of course.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The process is simple and designed in a way that is meant to serve you.
WHAT IS THE BRANDING PARLOR?
The Branding Parlor offers affordable luxury Brand Collections for the entrepreneur. Luxury in the sense that the work is done for you. Luxury meaning all the brands are semi-custom as each collection will come fully customized for you, ready to use. No design expertise needed for the Brand Collections. And of course, luxury because each Brand Collection will only be sold a very limited number of times.
BRANDING PARLOR FAQS
Maybe you, like me, have a lovely home. But a home that has many very simple, builder-grade qualities that are lacking any real character. And if you are like me, your home is at least 10 years old and many of those builder-grade qualities are not only lacking character but they are also significantly outdated.
I have been knocking out one small project at a time over the last 3 years in an attempt to bring character and an overall updated look to our pretty little home. And when I say one project at a time, I literally mean, it took me over a year to paint the entire interior because I could only afford one gallon of paint at a time.
Our latest project was updating this little half bath off of our pool. It is our only bathroom on the lower level and therefor gets a ton of traffic. We didn’t have the financial resources to do a complete makeover (i.e. cabinetry and floors) so I used what resources we did have to do a mini make-over that has done wonders for this space. Here is the BEFORE.
(this “before” picture was actually after we had already painted the cabinetry and added hardware.
the photo below is exactly what the cabinetry looked like,
no hardware, color, etc., stock mirror unframed and the old faucet as well.
and sweet adee all little & chubby.)
If you are on a budget but want an updated beautiful bathroom, here are my Tips For Adding Character To A Builder-Grade Bathroom:
What do you think? Are these tips helpful and somewhat manageable?
Just remember, the effort and cost involved is so worth the end result!!
This fall & winter is looking gorgeous!! And I can’t wait to show you how we styled each of these pieces in multiple ways to help you get the most out of your wardrobe.
What is your favorite fall & winter trend this year? I am kind of obsessed with that chunky knit sweater… now if Florida could just stop being the never ending winter….
Here’s a little glimpse into our weekend!
I pray your weekend was full of good things too and lots of rest. Praying for your Monday (and week) to be filled with encouragement & beautiful inspiration!
My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
Our hearts are easily drawn away from who and what matters most, especially during the excitement of the holiday season. My prayer for this holiday season (and every day) is that Jesus would turn my heart back to Him, back to what He has called me to, back to what matters most.
And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.
1 Samuel 12:21
I want a heart that chases after that which is truly profitable, not empty things.
I created the first Ashlee Proffitt Advent Calendar 5 years ago. I wanted a tangible reminder every day during the Advent Season about the true meaning of Christmas. I wanted to pursue the hearts of my children, more than I wanted to be caught up in the hustle of it all. I wanted to laugh and snuggle and pray and dance and the read the Bible together.
So this Advent Calendar was born. And this year it got a major makeover. I needed it to be even more functional. In years past it was a gorgeous decoration but we would often forget to do the daily Bible reading or plan an activity. I am forgetful. I needed the reminder RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Apparently I am not the only forgetful one. In that passage, God is saying “I know you are so forgetful, so fill your every day with reminders of me.” I guess we are all forgetful. So I prayed and asked God to show me how to make this gorgeous product as functional as it was beautiful; to give me a way to get it before my eyes and your eyes every day of the Advent season.
And He did.
The Ashlee Proffitt Advent Calendar is now available as a beautiful tabletop calendar. Ours will sit on our kitchen island for the duration of the Advent Season. Right before my eyes. All day long.
25 days of Bible Passages and 25+ Activity Ideas to bring creativity and inspiration into your Christmas season. The Advent Calendar allows you to flip through the activities and find one that fits your day. We probably won’t do an activity every day and sometimes we will do more than one, but this calendar isn’t about checking off a task, but instead about being together and asking God to center our hearts on Him while we celebrate His birth and all that represents… and having so much fun while we do that very thing.
The Advent Family Guide was written and developed by two pastors who desire to see families pursue Jesus this Christmas season. Aaron Proffitt & Ian Thomas worked together to create this Family Guide that is outlined into 4 themed weeks, with 27 days of reading beginning on Sunday, November 29th and ending on Christmas Day.
Each day includes:
My hope is that this Advent Calendar & Family Guide will turn all of our hearts to the true meaning of Christmas this holiday season.
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