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Christmas DIY: Five Below Tinsel Wreath

Christmas DIY: Five Below Tinsel Wreath


Filling our home with all the shiny tinsel, glittery jewels, felt candy canes, fuzzy yarn, velvet ribbon, disco balls & sparkle stars, and unlimited cups of overflowing hot chocolate. 

For this DIY you'll need this $5 tinsel wreath, fuzzy yarns, and felt candy canes. Hobby Lobby has the best selection of yarns and ribbons, and usually on sale every other week. All of the supplies for this DIY can be purchased locally or ordered online. I removed all the plastic bulbs from the wreath and then tied the yarns and ribbons around the wreath frame until it was as full as I wished. Lastly, added the felt candy canes. You can see the steps on my Instagram reel here

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It's Official, IVF Sibling Cycle

It's Official, IVF Sibling Cycle


It's official, we are doing IVF again!!! Yesterday, on the first of December, Ryan and I signed up for the early February cycle and injections will start at the very end of January. 
Our new doctor, Dr. Riggs at Blue Sky, ran every test under the sun. No kidding, over 300 tests just on me alone (the genetic carrier test was 274 of that), and praise the Lord I'm so grateful everything came back normal. The only thing against us this time around is my age and the fact that my 41 year old ovaries were cut on during the laparoscopy for endometriosis in June. He's not even worried about the endometriosis, he's confident he can get to the eggs just fine. Now we just pray and believe I have a few golden eggs remaining and we can make a healthy embryo. I'm taking all the supplements and living the cleanest lifestyle possible, something I've been doing for many many years. 
I remember when we did IVF in 2015 for Magnolia and the pure amazement we felt about the science that goes into it all. What I remember the very most were the prayers and miracles along the way. While the science is astonishing, the prayers and faith and miracles are life changing. I am forever changed because of our first (one and only) golden embryo, Magnolia, and will always give the Glory to God for the gift of her. I'll be sharing more along the way because I believe in the power of prayer more than anything else. I'll forever be grateful for the friends and family that prayed for us during IVF in 2015. And now seven years later, all three of us cannot thank you more for reading this and praying for a brother or sister for our Magnolia Caroline.

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DIY Peppermint Yarn Christmas Tree

DIY Peppermint Yarn Christmas Tree


'Tis the season for all the DIYs that make the home feel merry & bright. My fuzzy yarn and frilly ribbon collection is growing and now I just want to decorate everything. I found this little $5 wire Christmas tree at the Target's Bullseye Playground. For this project you simply tie knots of yarn and ribbon around the wire until you're happy with the look. I added little disco balls from the Dollar Tree & felt peppermints found here

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Magical Reindeer Food & Free Printable Tag

Magical Reindeer Food & Free Printable Tag


Sprinkle on the lawn at night.
Under the moon it sparkles bright. 
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam, let this guide them to your home.

Bringing all the magic of Christmas to our home this holiday season. This little project is so easy and will be so much fun on Christma Eve night as we sprinkle the magical reindeer food on our lawn. Shopping links here: 

Plastic Bulbs

Silver Glitter Stars

Yarn here or here and also at Hobby Lobby

Bells can be found at Dollar Tree or Amazon here

Classic Christmas Sprinkle Mix here

For the free printable below you'll want to right-click on it, save it to your computer, and then place it inside a word or pages document and adjust size to six inches tall. You can print up to three per page on landscape setting. Use a hole puncher and attach to filled bulbs using yarn of your choice. I have a reel on Instagram here that you can watch. I used a muffin pan to hold bulbs as I filled with the reindeer food.

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