You know how you go in Target for a few things, and come out with a full cart? That's pretty much me every time. Our house is super close to a Target and my oh my is that dangerous! I have always been a budget shopper, thanks to my momma, and I love setting budget challenges for myself when shopping.
Since I'm new to this whole decorate for the holidays thing, I want to keep things simple because the last thing I want is to have a bin for each season! (I'm already overboard from Christmas!) J and I went to Target this past weekend and I scored big time at their dollar spot and found a ton of great decorations for our mantle.
Since I had packed up all of my Christmas decor, my mantle was completely blank! I had a few of my own personal pieces already that worked for the Valentine's day, but the majority I bought at Target and my total was just under $20, score!
When we moved out of Utah, my mother and father in law threw us a going away party and she went all out with the decorations! She had a ton and she sent me home with some, including this love sign! It was just solid white, and I found the most adorable paper heart tape at Target and created heart stripes on the sign! Since it's paper, it was super easy to apply and just push it down to make it form with the angles of the letters, making it a lot easier than washi tape would have been.
This adorable frame I got at Target a couple of years ago, and this print is from the fellow blogger mother soul, Diana! (I shared about it here!) This crystal vase was a wedding gift from my grandparents and it is so beautiful!
The speckled pink jar, heart garland, and arrow clothespins are all also from Target! My original plan was to stand up the arrows and have pictures, but they aren't arrow extends to low for it to stand so I just laid them down.
My jar of hearts was a fun DIY I did last minute! I found the most darling felt gold and pink hearts and I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow! I tried just filling the mason jar with them, but there wasn't enough and it looked weird. So, I took some double sided tape and taped the hearts on the inside doing an ombre effect! I then added more of the paper tape to the lid so it tied in to the other side of the mantle. My little love birds sign is another Target treasure, but I purchased it a few years back as well! I can't remember where this S is from, but you can find one at any home decor store.
Can we just MARVEL at this XOXO sign for a second?!? I love the gold metallic lettering and the accent border being a bright pink! It was the first thing I saw when we arrived and I had it as my starting point and inspiration for the rest of the mantle decor. If you are having trouble decorating, pick one focal point piece and pick items that compliment it and have similarities!
And last but not least, this sweet Love garland with arrows on it! I love the color scheme and tried to keep it as neutral as possible, because I know my husband can only be so tolerant with the amount of pink and hearts I got going on! (He seriously is a saint!)
Have you started to decorate for Valentine's Day? I would love to hear about what your favorite decorations are! Also, please tell me I'm not the only one with the Target shopping addiction- it's normal right?!
"This is the first day of my life | I'm glad I didn't die before I met you | But now I don't care, I could go anywhere with you | And I'd probably be happy"- Bright Eyes
The First Day of my Life was our wedding song and holds a special place in both of our hearts. Right now e are on vacation celebrating our honeymoon + I am reminded just how blessed with this man I truly am.
Two years ago my forever began and we started on our journey together. We were just two people who fell in love, and now here we are celebrating our two year anniversary and I am so humbled by our journey.
Three years ago, I fell head over heels for a soldier who I thought was way out of my league. He was leaving for a deployment, and I was left wondering if that was a once in a lifetime love or if I would get to see him again.
Thank goodness it was the latter. Our relationship began with much heartache with long distance and soon after we took on the roles of husband and wife. I could not imagine a future without him in it, and luckily he felt the same.
We shared our vows and then started school two days later.
We then formed into broke college students, eating frozen dinners and ramen, and doing our math homework together... And let's not forget learning how to live with another person who doesn't know how you function and what your quirks are.
Then, we got the great opportunity to move to Colorado and I became a stay at home wife while he went to work. We got our puppy before the move and that was our life! About halfway through the year, we got word of another deployment, so I went home to Texas instead of being up here alone. Our homecoming reunion was so special and sweet and I'm so happy he's back home.
Fast forward to a year after that and we finally bought our first home together. We are know settled in our forever home and have grown so close over these few years of marriage together.
As you may know, J and I really enjoy cooking. We have finally mastered certain dishes and love to cook from home together! But, sometimes we get in a meal rut and get tired of the same things. I wanted to try some new flavors and new dish ideas, but didn't know where to start. After one too many Pinterest meal fails, I discovered not only the convenience of meal delivery, but also the amazing world of flavor! *Also I have a video AND a giveaway down below!*
I teamed up with Home Chef and had the opportunity to try out two amazing, and out of our comfort zone, meals! They change up their menu week by week, and when I saw pork chops on our menu I knew this was the delivery business for us! I received my meal right on time, and even received emails saying when it was going to be delivered and what was in my box!
I was a bit leery about getting food shipped, but they encased the ingredients in a well insulated and ice pack filled package. I was so impressed! Also included was a Home Chef Cookbook that I can store my recipes and future recipes from Home Chef in them. It was so convenient and after looking over the fresh ingredients, I could not wait for dinner time! Also, if you are interested, you can get $30 off your first order!
My two meals were Tomato Jam and Fresh Mozzarella Panini and Cinnamon-Sugar Pork Chops. What I liked most about this process in signing up, is it asked me different dietary preferences such as seafood, gluten-free, Vegetarian, etc. I thought that was so neat that they have different options for everyone! AND, our biggest issue with home cooking is I always overportion and have a ton of leftovers! Our meals were portioned for two people, and the total cost per serving is about $9.50 which is amazing for fresh ingredients. Here is how our dinner came together and let me just say, this Granny Smith stuffing was unexpectedly my favorite part!
This was the perfect amount of food for us, and I didn't even have to leave the house! haha I love that I got yummy homestyle cooking like pork chops, green beans, and stuffing right at your front door!
So is Home Chef really worth the hype?! I did the #HomeChefChallenge where I found all the ingredients at a grocery store and totaled it up... Well, I'll just let you watch my video to see how much you truly save!
I am participating in 12 Days of Blogmas, where myself and amazing bloggers have teamed up to bring you a blog post every day up to Christmas. What does this mean for you? Not only will you be introduced to 12 amazing bloggers, but there will also be a giveaway EVERY DAY, including Christmas!!!! I will always have the day's giveaway linked below. Merry Christmas to all! Also this post contains affiliate links to provide a better shopping experience.
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While I don't personally own any Christmas sweaters ( I know I KNOW! How could I not!?), I did find some adorable and hilarious sweaters if you are looking for one to wear on Christmas eve or Christmas Day! They are so funny, classic, and adorable! All are pretty affordable and most are on sale too!
I'm probably the only lame one, but do you own any Christmas apparel or ugly Christmas sweaters? I'd love to know down below!
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