Handprint Christmas Tree

Who doesn’t love a good handprint craft that you can cherish forever!?

I’ll admit that by the third kiddo, I don’t keep every little thing that they make. But if it involves a handprint, I will save that sweetness FOREVER!

So today I want to show you one of my favorite handprint crafts. We have also made these as gifts to give to grandparents and it was a big hit.


  • a canvas or some sort of flat surface for the handprints
  • A sharpie or black paint marker
  • foam brushes

All of the paint used is acrylic. Here are the colors you’ll need:

  • green paint-you will need a shade of green paint per kiddo
  • colored paint for the tree lights
  • gold or yellow paint for the star
  • brown paint for the tree trunk

Here is we what we did…

  1. I started with Molly’s (our oldest) hands. We brushed a shade of the green paint on her hand and then did her layer of handprints. This will take a little planning on your end depending on the canvas size you’re working with and how many kiddos you’re hand printing. See how we did ours above. You will repeat this until you have your first layer of handprints. Next, we did Maggie’s handprint in a different shade of green, followed by Millie’s hands for the top and final layer of handprints.
  2. Once this dries, you are ready for the lights. I used a sharpie to draw the string on the tree. We used this as a guide for the placement of the lights. I let each girl pick a color and then one at a time, we used their thumbprints to place lights on the tree. I went ahead and did all of Molly’s, followed by all of Maggie’s and then Millie’s.
  3. See their names on the bottom? The color that they wrote their name in corresponds to the color of their thumbprint on the tree. I knew I might forget from year to year which thumbprint belonged to which girl. Problem solved.
  4. The final thing we did was the star and the tree trunk. I don’t know why I didn’t paint the tree trunk in. I must have gotten distracted and not finished. Ha. Maybe I’ll paint that in this year. Or maybe not.

Before we had 3 girls, we did a similar version with two handprints. On this canvas, we let each girl have two different colors of lights for their thumbprints. It looks like I colored the trunk in that time, too! I’ll have both trees out at Christmas each year.

Happy handprint tree making. I hope that if you do this with your kids or grandkids that it is something that you can also cherish for years to come.

If you want another handprint idea, see this post on what you can do with a tree skirt. 🙂 Handprints EVERYWHERE. I love it.

Shop Rudimentary Grace

I’m excited to introduce you all to one of my very talented friends!

Meet Verity.  We go all of the way back to middle school.

We went to many church camps together and rocked a pair of overalls together a time or two, as well.

Verity turns old wood into signs and home decor. And she is so good at it! She has her own business, named Rudimentary Grace.

Check out her work and click on any picture below to shop that item. Have fun!

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Isn’t all of this so cute!? If you want to shop, you can find her on Etsy here!

How to Remove Throw Up Smell

How to Remove Throw Up Smell.


There’s really no elegant way to put this. Over the Thanksgiving break, I learned how to remove the smell of vomit. All three of our girls got sick over the break. One if them is sitting on the couch with me and on her second day home from school.

They got sick in the middle of the night. 3 different nights. WHY does this always happen in the middle of the night?!

We don’t really get sick often and when we do, it usually involves a runny nose, not throwing up. So this secret potion that I found may be old news to some of you, but it is new news to me.

I really will try to minimize the number of times that I use the words vomit and throw up for those of you with a strong gag reflex.


But I know there is a fellow mom out there desperately googling how to remove the smell at 2:00 in the morning like I was.

So this post is dedicated to you. Hang in there friend, I have a solution. And you’re doing a great job.

Here is how it went down for us….

One of the girls wanted to have a sleepover at Mimi and Pop’s house. One of them wanted to stay home. And one of them is 2 so she didn’t get much of  a choice. She stayed home, too.

So the gal that stayed home wanted to sleep on the top bunk in her sister’s room. She told me her tummy hurt so I sat in the room with her for a bit until she fell asleep. Remember, we don’t get tummy bugs often so I wasn’t thinking anything of it.

Then at 2:00 am, she was in our room. Poor thing was scared to death.

“Mom, I got sick all over the room.”

She wasn’t kidding.

It was all. over. the room. Splatters happen when you lean over the side of the top bunk.


Thankfully, it wasn’t a night shift, and Dicky was home.

“Hey, babe! Wake up, I need help.” (P.S. I prob didn’t say “Hey, babe”. I prob whacked him in the shoulder and said “HELP!”)

So we both looked at each other and I said “Umm…I’m not good with throw up.”

Then he goes, “Ya, neither am I.”

Pause. What is wrong with us? I mean I’m a nurse and he is PA in the ER!?! We shouldn’t struggle so much. Oh well…

So rock star Dad started cleaning. I love him.

I got the blankets set up and got everything else taken care of. It was a long night of her getting sick, but we finally fell asleep.

The next morning, I went into the other room to assess the damage and it smelled pretty strong.

No worries, I thought. I will shampoo the carpets, open the windows, diffuse any oil that I can think of.

So I did all of those things.

I shampooed the carpet 3 times. I diffused (even though I have no clue what I’m doing with oils. I just wanted to get rid of the smell so I picked something that smelled fresh-ish.)

So google I did.

I came across this, and it worked!

  • 2 cups hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • A few drops of liquid dish soap

I mixed it up in a spray bottle. Then I sprayed it on the carpet, blotted with a towel and sprinkled baking soda all over. I let it sit over night and then vacuumed the baking soda up in the morning.


I also rinsed the sheets and then washed them with white vinegar. It does not smell like vinegar when you’re done!


Just pour the vinegar in place of your detergent and wash like you normally would.

If you’re reading this with a sick kiddo, I hope they feel better soon.

If you’ve stuck with me long enough to read this and your kiddo isn’t sick, tuck this away for the future!


Sometimes I’m Spontaneous

Sometimes I’m spontaneous.

Ok, often when it involves a DIY project, I’m almost always spontaneous.

The rest of my life is pretty planned out. I have my planner (I’m a paper and pen kind of planner gal)  and all of our family’s activities penciled in, but when I decide it is time for a project….


This is what happened last week. Dicky and I were talking down in the kitchen and then my eyes started wandering around. He immediately knew what was about to happen. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

“Oh no. What are you thinking? You want to paint something, don’t you?”

“How did you know?”

“I know that look.”

“Ok, I’m going to paint the cabinets this week.”

I know he had to be thinking “Good grief woman.” But he was (as always) behind my craziness.

“Ok, how about I can help with Millie while you paint?”

I. LOVE. HIM. Teamwork at its finest.

There have been seasons where he’s all up in the project with me. But the season we’re in…playing defense with the toddler is the most helpful thing he could offer. If you have little ones at home, you know what I mean.

Sometimes she is helpful. 🙂


Once I got started, I knew this was going to be quite possibly one of the biggest projects that I had ever tackled. There was chalk paint and wax on the cabinets. Nothing wrong with that. I had done that on our previous house. But….it was going to take lots of research and elbow grease to figure out how to remove the wax  and then prep the wood before I could move on to the actual painting.

Oh and I had to get this done quickly because we have house guests in 2 weeks. That’s another thing I tend to do. Start a project when there is a deadline coming up. Hey…it makes you work fast.

If you’ve done a big project like this, you know that we rest of the house temporaily falls into a chaotic mess because all of your energy goes towards getting your project done. And we eat lots of Kraft Mac and Cheese. Powdered cheese and all. And use paper plates. And use lots of dry shampoo. All something to stock up on before you start a project. Mac and cheese. Paper plates. Dry shampoo. Grab a big box of goldfish while you’re at it.

I’m planning to share each step of this process with you once I’m all finished. I need to finish the island and our hardware has been ordered and is (hopefully) on its way soon!

This picture makes me laugh. I’m smiling here and feeling all proud of getting the first coat of paint on. Little did I know that a few hours later, the paint would be completely stuck and painted onto that paper that I have the doors laying on.


I wasn’t smiling then. So that’s what NOT to do. Don’t lay your cabinets on paper. I should’ve known better.

I will share all of my tidbits with you once I’m complete, but here are some of the things that I learned during this process…

  1. How to paint over chalk paint and wax. Actually how to remove all of it so that you can paint with a paint other than chalk paint. I had trouble finding a lot of info on this, so I will share with you how I successfully removed it and painted over it.
  2. How to pick a cabinet color that will coordinate with what you already have going on. Sometimes (ok, this is the case most often) it just isn’t in the budget to get new counter tops, so you have to work with what you’ve got going on vs picking the color of your dreams. It all works out in the end.
  3. The best paint for your cabinets! This is my 4th time using this paint and once it is fully cured, a complete DREAM! So durable if you have littles. See where I used it on our front door here.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone when getting new hardware! I’m so excited about the cabinet hardware I ordered. It isn’t something I would normally pick. Here is a little teaser…BRASS IS BACK. At least maybe in the kitchen hardware department.

I should be done soon and I will share with you once I am! I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek and a little dose of reality behind the scenes!


5 Amazon Christmas Buys You’ll Love!

Where are all of my amazon loving friends!? My Christmas decorating friends? My “I love a good deal” friends?

I know what you’re thinking.

We still need to get though Thanksgiving. But I’m sharing this with all of you that like to plan ahead.

Or for those of you that start decorating for Christmas the minute after the Thanksgiving meal is over.

You know who you are.

Just embrace it and check out these awesome Amazon finds!

1) Who doesn’t love buffalo check?

Please don’t answer that.

These pillow covers are available in multiple sizes as well! Need inserts? You can grab those here.

2.) I LOVE this banner! Prime shipping isn’t available but it is priced so well, we can overlook that little fact. 🙂

3) Is amazon prime your jam? It’s ok. I found this banner for you and it IS a prime item. I also like the green in this one!

4) This is a 48″ canvas tree skirt.

Let me tell you about a tradition that we started last year. I’m a sucker for anything that has my kids’ handprints on it. We got a canvas tree skirt and they put their handprints on it. I’ll do this each year! It’s going to be pretty awesome.

5) This sherpa throw has great reviews! If you don’t have the perfect blanket for those family movie nights (or the Hallmark movie marathons) by the fire, this looks like one that you won’t regret!

P.S. Christmas is in 50 days. And if you want to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, that is in 19 days.

Happy shopping and make it a great Monday!