Christmas Books: recommendations
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6 Christmas Books to Gift this Year + DIY Bookmarks

The best kinds of gifts to give are not only ones that come from the heart, but also from the hands. We’ve listed 6 special Christmas books to give to the reader in your life that are sure to keep the magic of the holidays in the air. Plus, when you pair it with one of the DIY bookmark ideas, it makes for a thoughtful gift with a personal touch straight from you to them. Check out these suggestions that are sure to be treasured.

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DIY Centerpiece for Christmas and all year.
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DIY Centerpiece You Can Use Year Round

It’s no secret that I love farmhouse home decor. I also appreciate a good DIY project, obviously. The best kind of projects are ones that are simple, practical, and cheap. Which is why this table-top wooden box scores high on the do-it-yourself ratings. Simply switch out the decor inside of it and you are covered for every holiday and every season. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crafter, you can follow our step-by-step tutorial to make your own DIY centerpiece that you can use the whole year through.

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Printable gift tags
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Printable Christmas Gift Tags: A Perfect Personal Touch

When it comes to gift wrapping around the holidays, I like to make it as quick and simple as I can. That being said, I still want my presents to look pretty. Sometimes all it takes are some little touches to make a big difference. This year instead of buying all the fancy labels and cards, I created a printable so that I could make my own Christmas gift tags. It is a perfect way to dress up a present. Plus, its easy to do for anyone, even if you are a beginner at crafting. Keep reading for the DIY tutorial and free printable.

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DIY Farmhouse Christmas Sign
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DIY Farmhouse Christmas Sign: Tutorial Here!

I have always wanted some pretty front door decorations for the holidays. I imagined I would buy a set of fabulous wreaths to hang up (we have double doors). However, my Christmas budget seemed to be gone before I even got to look, and we all know how expensive those wreaths can be. So this year I decided I was going to make exactly what I wanted: a farmhouse Christmas sign. The best part? It was inexpensive and I have the whole tutorial below so you can design your own too.

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Cozy Sweater for Fall List
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Cozy Sweaters in Neutral Colors You will Love

Don’t you just love it when sweater weather comes around? I’m a big fan of fun in the sun during the summer time, but by September I start to look forward to wearing an over-sized sweater and a comfy pair of jeans. Call it my fall mom-uniform. The good news is that there are so many cute styles to choose from. Since I like neutral tones (its the practical girl inside me) here of some of the cozy sweaters I’m drooling over this fall. Check them out and add a new one to your closet this season! After all, you deserve it mama!

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Shepard on the Search
DIY Blog, Family

Faith-Focused Alternative to the Elf on the Shelf

Sometimes in the hustle and the bustle of Christmas it can be challenging to focus on and teach the reason for the season. Between the gift buying, gift receiving, parties, events, and gatherings its easy to get caught up in life and forget those little details of why we celebrate. What’s even harder is remembering to talk to your kids about the meaning of Christmas and why we make it such a big deal. This year, instead of having an Elf on the Shelf visit your house (or maybe in addition to), invite the Shepard on the Search. Its a fun way to incorporate the message of Jesus’ birth into each day as we approach Christmas.

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DIY Farmhouse Family Ornaments
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DIY Ornaments: Family Farmhouse Style for Christmas

Christmas is most definitely my favorite time of year. I don’t decorate for every holiday, but I go all out for Christmas. My favorite style is modern farmhouse, even though it is a total cliche since I live in Southern California. So when I saw a set of white ornaments with holiday words on them I fell in love…however, not so much with the price. Then I thought, I can totally DIY those ornaments. So I did, but I added a twist. I put the first name of each of our family members on them instead. Check out these sweet farmhouse style DIY ornaments and make a set for your family tree.

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4 gift rule planner +ideas
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4 Gift Rule + Printable Gift Tracker to Help You Stick to It

Our family has gone by the 4 gift rule during Christmas for a few years now. We have 5 kids so it helps to keep our budget reasonable and our kids are always satisfied with what they are given. I’ll tell you how we use the rule, how I plan, and give you a FREE 4-gift rule printable planning page to make it easy to keep track of it all. Also, I’ll be sure to mention some of the gifts that have been a hit, and classic ideas that are always good choices.

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Man Gift Ideas
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Gift Ideas for Your Guy that will Make Him Feel Like a Man

Give your guy that manly feeling with these gift ideas that are sure to make him puff out his chest with pride. Not only will he love opening up a present he can use, but it will give his man confidence a boost too. Check out our list and impress your man with the one that fits him best.

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Birthday card + genius gift ideas
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Printable Birthday Cards + Genius Gift Ideas

You know those times when you just totally spaced that you needed to buy someone a birthday card, and your schedule is so jam-packed that you can’t make it to the store? I tend to procrastinate and getting a birthday card is generally one of the things I put off the most. Even if I know a birthday is coming up I wait until the last minute to pick up a gift and card. Usually, that will send me into panic mode while I try to find the perfect present. So to avoid the scrambling I created three different printable birthday cards that I could print off at home when I found myself in a jam, and I’m giving away to my readers .

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