Christmas Ornaments that don't suck

DIY, Christmas, Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is 17 weekends away.


For those of us who have no money, make all our gifts, and only have one day off a week, weekend crafting is the answer to Christmas gifts. This year, on top of gifts for 30+ people, I am also planning a wedding. So I decided this year, everyone is getting ornaments. EVERYONE.

Now of course they're still going to be awesome, adorable, and handmade. But ornaments all the same.

So, I've compiled a Pinterest board of Christmas Ornaments that Don't Suck! Here are a few of my favorites.

This isn't a DIY, it's from Etsy, but the inspiration is all we really need, right?

PDF instant download for these cuties

technically no longer available from Etsy, but super pretty! Anyone want to put together a DIY for this?

I love this one

Check out the whole collection below!

Review: The Candidate’s Daughter

The Candidate’s Daughter by Catherine Lea (Narrated by: Amy Tallmadge)
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
Release Date: 04-18-16
Rating: 3
Amazon | Audible| Goodreads

The Candidate’s Daughter was really frustrating. It was exciting, thrilling, and a great plot. But it was frustrating enought that I chose to stop and not finish it, even though I really wanted to know what happened.

There were a few issues I had. The first was the characters; the Candidate in question was a total ass, only caring about his campaign instead of his daughter. His assistant was brutal. She used the kidnapping to boost his campeign. Like, who does that? The boyfriend of the main character girl was horrible too. The girl was portrayed as weak and stupid, the woman was made to look like a weak closet alcoholic.  It’s really hard to keep reading a book when you hate all the characters.

Another issue I had was the unrealisticness of the situation. The “investigation” the police executed was less effort than what would have happened if someone had thrown a brick through a window. Also the police don’t deal with kidnappings; the FBI does. So there’s that.

But the biggest problem I had was the redundancy of the conversations. The main characters were portrayed as whiny incompetent women--and that's fine, that's not where my issue is. I mean it's definitely annoying, but the biggest issue I had was the same conversations happened between the husband and wife, the boyfriend and girlfriend, over and over. I felt like a dog chasing it's tail.

I still want to know what happens, but I"m not willing to sit through the 2 hours I have left in order to find out.

About the book

The plan is simple: kidnap the daughter of Senate candidate Richard McClaine, take the money and run. Nobody gets hurt, the kid goes home alive.

Twenty-two-year-old car thief Kelsey Money thinks it's the worst idea Matt and his drug-fueled brother have ever come up with. But Matt's the planner. He's the one Kelsey has always depended on.

Then, she discovers she only knew half the plan. By the time she finds out the rest, she's been framed for murder, and six-year-old Holly McClaine won't be found alive.

Across town, Elizabeth McClaine has no idea what her daughter was wearing when she disappeared. When Holly was born with Down syndrome and a cleft palate, Elizabeth placed her only child in the care of a nanny while she fought postpartum depression.

But when Holly is kidnapped and Elizabeth discovers the detective leading the hunt has already failed one kidnapped child, Elizabeth knows she cannot fail hers.

Now, both women have 24 hours to find Holly. Because in 25, she'll be dead.

Exploring Etsy - Harry Potter Fun

With the release of A Cursed Child, It's like we've been given the gift of our childhood all over again. Here is my collection of adorable Harry Potter fun on one of my favorite websites.

A few of my favorite shops I've stumbled across:

Instant Good Vibes - All this stuff makes me happy

Ginger Kids Art - Some of the best watercolor I've seen in a while

The Leaky Candle - Candles from every fandom!

Planner Addicted - #dreamoffice

Check out the Pinterest board below for the entire collection!

Random mid-week free bagel

Do you love Brueggers? Because I love Brueggers. They have the best bagels. Here is a delightful free bagel and cream cheese offer from them!! Click the image below to redeem.


Music Monday - Robbie Seay Band

I love Robbie Seay band - I've been listening to them since College when I discovered Noisetrade. I love their Psalms made into songs! To me, the sound just like what David would sing.

 Check them out, and download/leave a tip if you want!

Noisetrade page | Website 


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