Holiday Peeks

Since 3/4 of my family are leaving for a big road trip on Christmas, my family decided to decorate the house in “minimalistic” fashion this year. Here are some peeks at some of the decorations up in our house this December:

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My great-uncle carved this wooden Santa for my mom a few years back.

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Our family + pets’ stockings

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A ceramic musical Frosty

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Little animal figurines from New Mexico on the mantle.

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Even the house plant has lights!

xo.

Holiday Lights DIY

I love decorating for the holidays. The last few years, my family has put out decorations before I get home from school (but they always wait for me to decorate our tree!). This year, my mom bought a little foam craft kit from Michael’s for me to make during my break with the intent of hanging them from the string of lights on our front porch. They look so cute, you guys, when you see them you’ll want to make a string of lights for yourself! This craft is great for kids AND adults. You could even host a little craft party!

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For this string, we used a few different craft kits — Santa’s, penguins, snowmen, and owls (my favorite!).

After making the little foam creatures, I poked a piece of telephone wire through them. You could use any type of wire or string, and you could definitely use a hole punch to make it easier.

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With the little owls hanging on their wires, I was ready to hang them. I just slipped the wire through one of the cords on the string of lights, and then twisted the wire around itself. And that was all!

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This craft is so fun, and you could use the foam pieces for a lot of things! I also think they would make an adorable garland above the mantle or hung above a window.

Have you made any cute holiday decor? I’d love to see it on Twitter, tweet me @kellytraut with #DIYholiday

xo.

Life Update

December has been a month filled with late nights and tears (I was taking my finals last week), leaving Pittsburgh, and prepping for my big road trip to move to Florida for my first clinical rotation. Oh, and the holidays!

While it’s been busy, I’ve enjoyed spending time with my family and pets this week. It’s always so good to be home. Here are some photos from life lately:

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So proud of my classmates for finishing our finals! Now we’re all headed off to our clinical rotations. MOT Class of 2016!

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A snapshot of my last walk in Schenley Park.

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Not the best picture, but flying home was the prettiest.

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Elouise and Ben.

Our annual Christmas cookies…we use zoo animal cutters.

Hope your holiday season is filled with love and joy!

xo.

Picks from Pinterest: December Cheer

December is finally here, and I’m getting so excited to wrap up the semester and get home to see my family. Finals are going to be really hard, but it’ll be worth it to finish strong and start a new chapter in my life.

Here are some things I’ve pinned lately…

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  1. I have major heart-eyes for these asymmetrical rings.
  2. ¬†Feathers are beautiful, and they’re back in a big way this winter
  3. This berry crisp with oatmeal cookie crumble is almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
  4. These simple gold centerpieces would be special for any party
  5. ¬†I’m really inspired by these pretty geometric lights
  6. These Madewell leopard booties are what dreams are made of, similar here
  7. I’ve added this beautiful glass beach to my dream travel list

Happy December, everyone!

xo.