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Road trip with Pampers

December 26, 2013

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This year we were so blessed to be able to take our kids up to Canada for a real Christmas experience! In California, it just doesn’t feel like winter. There isn’t any snow where we live and it just feels too warm to have the Christmas tree and decorations up. So, the kids were all very excited when they found out we would be making our way up to the great white north! But it was going to be a very long drive…

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I am so thankful our three and two year old are potty trained! For a little while, it was insane! I had an assembly line of children with dirty diapers to change. Every. Day.  Not to mention, the holidays can be a stressful time already! Especially when you have a little one in diapers! It’s great to know that you can always count on your neighborhood CVS for fuss-free savings on Pampers

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I made sure to pack plenty of diapers and wipes for the road trip! We had 1, 679 miles, 23 hours and 57 minutes to drive. Hopefully you get why I had to be prepared for this very long road trip! Needless to say, we stopped a lot for potty breaks and diaper changes. A lot. A little trick that helps us on the road is packing individual back packs for all the kids with back up diapers and wipes in case of any accidents or quick changes while on the road! Don’t forget extra pairs of clothes too! I’m happy to say, we didn’t have any leaks or accidents while on the road though! 

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If you are a mom or dad of little ones, you know what it’s like. Traveling is no easy thing! Our kids did so well, but it has a lot to do with how prepared we were! Which is why I am hosting a giveaway today for all you parents out there with babies in diapers! Your next Pampers purchase is on me!

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Pampers has a wide variety of diapers to fit your every need. To receive your coupon for one free Pampers diapers and one free Pampers wipes, simply leave a comment! Sorry friends, this giveaway is for US residents only. I will announce the winner Thursday, January 2nd by 9am PST on my Facebook page. I will mail out the coupon to you the same day so you can have it in hand sooner than later! Yay!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who participated, I wish I could have selected you all! Congratulations to Jule! Please email me at hellolidyblog@gmail.com by the end of the day with your contact information so I can send the coupon your way! 

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Wreath Chandelier

December 19, 2013

DIY Wreath Chandelier

I’ve been on a wreath kick this month! To me, nothing seems more festive! I decided to go a little less traditional and maybe a bit crazy by creating a fun wreath chandelier!! 

DIY Wreath Chandelier

What you will need:

Greenery

Floral wire

Metal wreath frame (in two sizes)

Ribbon

Hot glue gun

DIY Wreath Chandelier

What to do:

Take your floral wire and begin to wrap the greenery to your metal frame. Continue to do this until you have a good amount of greenery on each frame. Take your ribbon and connect the top wreath to the bottom by looping the ribbon and hot glueing the ends so the ribbon doesn’t disconnect the two wreaths. I created four loops of ribbon, but you can do less. I then created two loops on the very top to allow my wreath to hang and attached it to the ceiling with a simple tac! Done! 

DIY Wreath Chandelier

I think this is a great way to change things up in your holiday decor and have a little fun with a less traditional wreath! What do you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

December 18, 2013

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

Did you know you can repurpose those old light fixtures into some fun looking snowglobes this holiday season?! It’s so easy, you can be done in a matter of minutes! 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

You can find any sort of light fixture at a thrift store – preferably globe shape! Simply, turn your light fixture on it’s bottom and unscrew. Remove the glass. Put a small amount of tape over the hole where the wiring goes through. I placed a good amount of my faux snow on the bottom and added a fun graphic tree and a little fawn. 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

While the glass was removed, I took a gold leaf pen and created some fun mid century snowflake designs to the outside. It’s not too obvious, so it doesn’t distract from the scene. It’s such a simple and easy way to add a fun little touch to your holiday decor! Besides, who doesn’t like to repurpose something every now and then! 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

What do you think of making your own snowglobe?

XOXO, Lidy

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Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

December 17, 2013

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

A few months ago, I came across these fun paper mache triangular cones! I thought it would be great to transform them into something I could use year round! For now, I will call them my simple triangular black and white trees! 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

What you will need:

Paper mache triangular cones (in any size – I grabbed one of each)

Flat black spray paint

Flat white spray paint

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

Simply spray paint each cone the desired color. You will need a few layers until the cone is completely covered! You can choose to leave them simple and modern or create some other fun elements to make it more your own! I have a lot of pops of gold this year, so I didn’t think it was necessary to do much else with them. 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

I enjoy the clean look these give the space! They go with any color of decor and can dress up the space or calm it down, depending on it’s surrounding. I have a lot going on in our house, so they are a nice balance with all the other elements! 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

What kind of projects are you working on this season?

XOXO, Lidy

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Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

December 16, 2013

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

I am beyond excited! I’ve teamed up with seven other fabulous creative ladies for our first Quarterly Collab! This month, we are each sharing a DIY wreath! As we approach the holidays, I think about family traditions. For the past few years, we have paid tribute to my husband’s Scandinavian roots by incorporating Swedish inspired decor in our home. Not just for the holidays, but year round! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

My husband and I have been long time fans of Scandinavian design. Whether it’s the clean lines on furniture or the white, fresh and simple interiors. I was really inspired to come up with a Christmas wreath this year that reflected our love for his Swedish roots! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

What you will need:

Metal ring

Thin floral wire

Greenery of your choice

Red berries

White birds (with clips)

Wood house and mountains (my husband cut these with a table saw for me, but you can find these shapes at a craft store)

White paint

Paint brush

White leather strips (I substituted this for the ribbon)

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

What to do:

Wreath: Take your wire ring and start to attach your greenery where you would like. I used thin floral wire to attach the greenery to my ring. This also allows for mobility if things need to move around later. When the greenery is all attached, start adding your berries where you would like to add that pop of color. Clip your birds to the wreath, which are optional. Attach your leather strips to the bottom by making a large loop and pulling the strips through. 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Wooden village: You can easily buy pre-cut houses at the craft store. You can also find pre-cut triangles that you can use as mountains as well. If you own a table saw, you can easily cut these out on your own. Paint the tips of your mountains white. Let them dry completely. Hot glue your village to a piece of thin floral wire. I used a small section of material to cover the wire on the backs of the wood cut outs. This also helps stabilize the wire to the wood. Attach the wire to the wreath so it hangs in the center. If the village starts to swing forward or back, you can twist the wire until it becomes more stiff and adjust the village to where it will sit straight. 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

This wreath has many elements, but it still looks so simple and clean. I love it! It really has a modern flare with the hanging white leather strips and cut out wooden village. Yet, it’s still very traditional in shape and color! If you are looking for a scandinavian touch to add to your home this holiday season, this wreath is perfect! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Be sure to check out more from Quarterly Collab to find out what we are all about and to browse some other creative wreath ideas! Happy crafting friends!

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XOXO, Lidy

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Family Day Part II

December 13, 2013


Hollywood Wax Museum

Preparing to move back to Canada can be a little overwhelming. It’s so easy to forget about that special time you need with the ones you love and to enjoy the time we still have here in California! Before we move, my husband and I wanted to make sure to plan some family day adventures! There are a lot things to do in LA and so decided to pay a little visit to the Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum

The weather was so perfect that day, it was great for walking around Hollywood boulevard! It was kind of fun hitting up some of the tourist attractions we would normally overlook. I guess we are becoming a little more sentimental as our time here is limited. And it just didn’t seem right  if we skipped out on some of those things to do in Hollywood when it’s so close to home! 

Hollywood Wax Museum

When we arrived at the wax museum, the kids were a bit hesitant at first. They didn’t know how to take all the wax figures! After a while, they realized they weren’t real and started to have a lot of fun! They wanted to pose and be silly, which is what every two and three year old should be doing while there! 

Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum is really designed for interaction. It was so fun to be able to be a part of the experience, rather than walking by and just looking. It’s not everyday you are encouraged to walk into the open sets and take photos with the figures! Which is why I think our kids loved it – it was so much more than just a bunch of walking. They were able to make it something they would remember, which is what we were hoping to do: create lasting memories! 

Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Wax Museum

If ever you find yourself in the LA area, be sure to stop by this famous icon of Hollywood! It’s a fun little experience you won’t want to miss!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

XOXO, Lidy

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Modern Wooden Christmas Trees

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

In the perfect world, I would love to replace our tree this year with something super modern and fun. But I’m kind of a sucker for tradition and so that will not be happening anytime soon! Especially when you have little ones! But that didn’t stop me from modernizing a Christmas tree this year…

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

What you will need:

Wooden trees (found at any craft store)

Black Sharpie

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

What to do:

It’s so simple! All you need to do is take that sharpie and start creating some fun patterns! I chose triangles in three different patters: solids, polka dots and stripes! Continue drawing the patterns in a random design until the tops of the trees are covered and then you’re done! So easy…

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

I had a lot of fun with this project, it took no time at all and I was able to play a little. They are simple, yet fun – the perfect pop I was looking for! 

Modern Wooden Christmas Tree

I may not be able to have a large scale modern tree, but these are a simple solution if you are looking for something a little different this holiday season! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

December 12, 2013

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Looking for a fun alternative this holiday season to add to your home decor? How about a metallic geo holiday wreath! Metallic holiday decor is a great way to follow the latest trend and have a little fun this Christmas! 

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

I’ve long been inspired by the Dwell Studio’s Wired Wreath, so I decided to create my own version based on these geometric shapes!  

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

What you will need:

Pipe Cleaners in gold and black

Black Ribbon

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Start by making diamond shapes from your gold pipe cleaners. You will need 10 pipe cleaners per diamond. You can simply follow the same instructions from this DIY, but by twisting each pipe cleaner together. Once you have a good amount of geometric shapes, start creating a wreath by twisting each shape together using extra pipe cleaners. It’s kind of like a puzzle, finding which ones fit together nicely in order to create the shape you are looking for. It’s not going to be a perfect circle, but that’s what makes it so fun! When your wreath is all complete, create the bow by connecting two triangles from your black pipe cleaner and a third to connect together. Attach it  to your wreath and you’re done! 

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

Metallic Geo Holiday Wreath

It’s a nice touch for the holidays, adding just enough sparkle to your wall! It’s also perfect for New Years – and if you’re brave, all year long! You could also tame it down a bit by making the wreath black and the bow gold. A little more subtle if you aren’t the flashy type! 

Stay tuned, on Monday I have one more fabulous wreath idea for you that I know you’re going to love! Happy crafting friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Polka Dot Paper Runner

December 11, 2013

Polka Dot Paper Runner

Christmas is approaching and I can’t wait to be with my family and friends to celebrate the reason for the season! In our home, it’s a lot of gathering around the kitchen table, catching up and a lot of eating!! Here is a simple addition you can add to your table top decor while you are busy entertaining and enjoying your holidays!

Polka Dot Paper Runner

What you will need:

Kraft paper

White paint

Foam pouncer brush

Scissors

Polka Dot Paper Runner

Polka Dot Paper Runner

What to do:

Start by measuring the length and width you would like your table runner to be. Take your scissors and cut out according to your measurements. Lay out on a flat surface. Carefully dab your foam pouncer brush in your paint so the entire bottom surface is covered as evenly as possible. Dab onto your paper runner. Continue until your runner is covered. Let dry completely and then enjoy! 

Polka Dot Paper Runner

This is such a cheap and accessible way to revamp your dining table or any table this season! You can use any paint color you would like and you can even play with the design a little. Keep in mind, it is paper, so you want to be sure not to set anything damp or wet directly onto your runner. 

Polka Dot Paper Runner

What do you think about this simple solution for your table top decor?

XOXO, Lidy

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Scandinavian Christmas Village

December 10, 2013

Scandinavian Christmas Village

This year, I decided I wanted to get rid of our old Christmas village and replace it with something a little more modern and sleek. Our old village was very traditional and very Charles Dickens-like. It was cute and festive, but wasn’t really our style anymore. 

Scandinavian Christmas Village

I knew I wanted something very minimalistic – something clean, with simple lines! I also really wanted some mountains incorporated somehow, they are always so whimsical! Of course, a little Scandinavian village would be perfect! 

Scandinavian Christmas Village

What you will need:

Pine board 

Pencil

Table saw (use a miter jig to cut angles)

Spray paint in black and white

Painters tape

Scandinavian Christmas Village

What to do:

Draw out your desired village on the pine board (we glued and clamped two together so it would be thicker). I wanted simple, but fun angles. Cut out each piece with the table saw, using the miter jig to cut the angles of the village. Choose which pieces you want to be painted and spray according to whatever color you prefer. I painted one white, black and left a couple natural to add variation. A few coats will be needed. Tape the tips of your mountains and paint the tops. Once they are dry, remove tape. Set up your new village, show it off and enjoy! 

Scandinavian Christmas Village

I love how it turned out! It’s true, sometimes less is more. In this case, we made a good choice! With all the other elements going on in our home, it really tones things down. Our Scandinavian Christmas village is exactly what I was looking for. It sure looks great next to our God Jul light up sign too! What do you think of minimal Christmas decor?

XOXO, Lidy

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Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

December 9, 2013

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

My favorite part of the season is when we get to enjoy the coziness and warmth it brings! As soon as the sun sets, I have the Christmas tree lights and mantel lights all aglow! I instantly feel like I need to make some hot cocoa, turn on my favorite holiday tunes and enjoy this happy time of year! 

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

My husband made a great Christmas wood light up sign to sit on our dining room hutch! It’s sentimental to him, since it signifies his Swedish roots. “God Jul” means Merry Christmas in Swedish and now it lights up  nice and bright for all to see! 

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

What you will need:

Plywood

Drill

Printed out font of “God Jul”  (or another merry message)

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

What to do:

Simply cut your plywood in the size you would like, depending on where you plan on hanging or sitting it. Temporarily tape your printed font on the wood and drill holes freely along each letter of the word. The more holes, the more the sign will light up! Remove the printed font. Simply set your sign in front of twinkly lights and your sign will come alive! You could also push your lights through the holes and tape it securely behind, but we kind of like it a subtle glow! Now enjoy!! 

Christmas Wood Light Up Sign

Our hutch really pops now and I feel happy to have a part of my husband’s heritage as part of our decor! It’s feeling very festive in our home now, how about you?!

XOXO, Lidy

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How to Host the Ultimate Dinner Party

December 6, 2013

Guest post written by Tali Wee of Zillow

Hosting friends for an intimate dinner gathering is always exciting to look forward to, but sometimes the planning and the chaos of a full house can be stressful. But thorough preparations can melt a host’s stress and lead to a seamless and successful dinner party!

Consider these six tips for throwing a smooth and memorable dinner party.

Theme:

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While not always necessary, incorporating a theme into the dinner party simplifies subsequent steps in the planning process. For instance, a holiday dinner party is perfect for peppermint-infused cocktails and slow-roasted turkey. Planning on throwing a party during the non-holiday season? Incorporate less obvious themes, such as a casino-inspired evening. Decorate sugar cookies to look like poker chips and use playing cards as place cards. To keep the Las Vegas vibe buzzing, entertain guests with games and prizes. For Los Angeles homeowners, a Hollywood-themed party complete with a red carpet, star-shaped place cards and popcorn is another good option. Committing to a theme early on eases the tough decisions for food, beverages and décor but also inspires guests to dress the part.

Guest List:

Guest list

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Preparing a guest list is not always easy. Hosts and hostesses often worry about leaving individuals out and unintentionally hurting their feelings. Select the guest list thoughtfully, beginning with size considerations. Dinner parties should be intimate gatherings of around eight to 12 people. Also make sure friends who are notorious for creating drama are not present. Presumably alcohol is served, and the last thing needed after all the hard work in planning and preparing is an argument at the table.

Invites:

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While sending out paper invites in the mail is traditional, it’s faster and more eco-friendly to send invitations online. Consider websites like Paperless Post for well-designed electronic invitations. Further, web-based invites are great for guests who are on-the-go. When the party date rolls around, guests can reference their emails for the event address and avoid bothering the host. Guests always have access to e-vites, while hardcopy invites are easy to misplace or forget at home.

Seating:

Seating

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It isn’t necessary to assign seats for guests, but sometimes it is a good idea. For instance, out of town guests may feel most comfortable together or near the most outgoing and social guests. Placing a new friend at the end of the table can cause them to feel excluded. Recall the phrase, “I knew those two would hit it off!” Place friends with similar interests or complementary personalities next to each other to build relationships. It may even spark a romance!

Food and Drink:

Food and drink

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An important step in planning is to confirm guests don’t have dietary restrictions such as gluten or dairy intolerance. If a few guests are prone to food-based allergies, a good idea may be to offer alternative dishes. While catering the meal for one person’s diet isn’t practical, consider baking gluten-free cookies for dessert or a non-dairy entrée. If the party is a potluck dinner, remind other attendees about guests’ allergies to prompt mindfulness of ingredients.

Music:

Playlist

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The ambience of the dinner party should be friendly and relaxed. Therefore, choose music that allows for conversation without yelling across the table. If there isn’t enough time to download a playlist for background music, use Pandora for slow pop or jazz radio. With auto playlists, hosts don’t have to worry about their musical biases and improve their chances of satisfying the majority of the company.

Follow these steps to ensure a classy and inviting dinner soiree, no matter what time of year.