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December 2011

A Very Olson Christmas

What was Christmas like at the Olson house? I suppose it was much like anybody else’s, full of… baking, reading, drinking, presents, snuggling, cuddling, and even MORE snuggling! Sure what we do is pretty standard, but the people are extraordinary. I have a fantastic family! Every year I appreciate the time we have together more [...]

A Clean Slate

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. The time to think about the year ahead and set goals and aspirations for ourselves. The time when no promises have been broken and we all get to start fresh. People across the globe set expectations for themselves for the upcoming year, and it turns out many [...]

This is another DIY Christmas gift that I completed. I wanted to find a creative way to give gift cards, so I put together gift cards as 4 different seasonal surprises (date night, shopping spree, etc), placed them in fun envelopes corresponding to each season, and packaged it all together with a 2012 calendar. I [...]

With more time on my hands than I expected and an excess of creative energy, I decided to make one last gift for little Mahala right before we headed home for the holidays. I thought Hoots the Owl turned out so cute, that I tried my hand at one more softie. This time I picked [...]

My next DIY project was also for little M. She’s a total girlie girl - loves playing dress up in her mom’s scarves and shoes. She’s also quite the fashion diva and is always dressed to the nines (thanks to her stylish mom), so I thought it would be fun to give her a collection [...]

It’s officially after Christmas, and all the gifts have been opened. Now I get to share all the goodies I’ve been working on for the ones I love :) First, Hoots the owl for my niece Mahala. I found this pattern on Pinterest and thought it was absolutely adorable. M’s nursery is animal themed, so [...]

You better watch out; you better not cry! There’s a new Santa in town! :) This photo makes me laugh every time I see it. J is the lankiest Santa I’ve ever seen - even with the fake tummy we gave him! We had a great time dressing up for a Santa Pub Crawl in Milwaukee a [...]

There are so many things I love about the holidays…. shopping, baking, decorating - but my all time favorite thing has to be wrapping presents! I worked at a local gift shop in high school where every customer’s purchase was expertly wrapped with perfect paper and bountiful bows. There was nothing better than seeing someone’s [...]

Must Have App

I have a great app recommendation for you! When J and I decided to stay the night in Chicago last weekend, we decided to give a new app a try. Hotel Tonight is a hotel booking app for securing rooms “day of.” I can’t say enough good things about this handy tool. It’s so simple [...]

Weekend Getaway

J had a work Christmas party in Chicago yesterday afternoon, so we took the 11:00 train to the city with some of his co-workers. We had debated all week about whether or not to stay the night, and eventually decided that we wouldn’t. However, the minute we were going to have to make a dash [...]

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