Readers’ Christmas Home Tours – Day Seven!

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Hey friends, we are going to continue on our Readers’ Christmas Home Tours today.  :)

I am so thankful to everyone who sent pictures in!  It has been so fun to see other people’s homes here on my blog!

First stop today is the home of Sandy Anderson…

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Next stop is the rustic-cabin Christmas from Jennifer (Wolfe0500 on instagram!)…

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And last stop on the tour today is the beautiful home of Sally.  
Sally is from Utah and blogs at Love of Homes.

 

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Thank you, Ladies, for inviting us into your homes!  God bless you and your family in the coming new year!!!
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Readers’ Christmas Home Tours – Day Six!

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Friends, I pray that you had a wonderful Christmas!  

I will be honest that it was a little difficult for me and Cy.  There was a stocking on the fireplace that didn’t get filled, and presents for a little girl in her bedroom that didn’t get opened.  It wasn’t the Christmas that we expected.  And it hurt.

Thank you so much for your prayers for our family and our little girl.  I can truly feel your love through the computer screen, and for that I will always be grateful.  

We went to the Christmas Eve service at my sister’s church where her husband is the pastor, and it was so good to sing songs of rejoicing and be reminded of the true meaning of this season.  Jesus heals the brokenhearted.

I wanted to continue my Christmas home tours the next few days.  I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have!

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First home on the tour today is from Rae in Potsdam, New York!  Look at this beautiful garland!1

 

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Second stop on the tour is the adorable home of Lauren Hracho!!

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Last stop on the tour today is Hamilton, MT!   Thank you, Emily, for inviting us into your beautiful home!

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Thank you, ladies, for having us!  We pray that you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones!!


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Readers’ Christmas Home Tours – Day 5!

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I can’t believe it is almost Christmas eve!  I still have a few last minute things to do, but I should be able to get it all done.  The stomach virus has swept through our house this week, and Cy and I are the last two standing (as of now.)  ;)   I’m praying hard that we don’t get it!

Anyway, let’s jump back on the Readers’ Christmas Home Tours!

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Today, we are going to make stops at several homes!

Sarah Melson shared her Christmas Cookie Corner with us…

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Welcome to Pat from Illinois’s home!  I love all of the neutral colors she used to decorate with…. :)

 

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Now, let’s head down to Rockwall, Texas to visit Sonja’s home!

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You can visit Sonja’s blog HERE.

 

I’d like to thank Alicia for inviting us into her beautiful home….
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You can see more pictures of her Christmas Home Tour 2015 HERE, and follow her on instagram HERE.

 

Wasn’t that fun?!  I love you, ladies!  Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas homes with us!

 

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Reader’s Christmas Home Tours – Day Four!

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Sweet friends, 

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for our family and our little girl.  I know that many of you I have never met and probably never will, but you are part of my life, part of my story.  I truly feel your love across the computer screen, and I am so very thankful.

This past week has been one of the most difficult of my life.  The doubts, the questions, the fears, the pain.  It has been unbearable at times.  But God is still good.  We are seeking Him with all our hearts.  Your continued prayers are treasured.

A few weeks ago, when I asked my readers to send in pictures of their homes for a Christmas tour, I had many emails sent to me.  I apologize that I haven’t been able to post as many of them as I had planned.  It has been difficult for me to even be on my computer or keep my mind focused on my blog.  But I still want to share your photos.  You all were so sweet to send them in.  And I want to celebrate your beautifully decorated Christmas homes!   So here we go!…

First stop….the cozy home of Donna Coffeen!

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Next stop, to Georgia we go!!

Becky Buice said this about her home…

My sister, Dr. Susan Buice and I live together in a beautiful Craftsman style home nestled in the foothills of north Georgia. Our family has called Canton, Georgia home for 9 generations!
We love to decorate in an eclectic style. Most rooms are Traditional with a nod to European Country.

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Last stop…Mandell’s beautiful home!   ENJOY!

 

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You can follow Mandell on Instagram HERE.  

Thank you, ladies, for sharing your wonderful Christmas homes with us!  

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Reader’s Christmas Home Tour – Day 3!

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Hey friends!  Welcome to DAY THREE of my Reader’s Christmas Home Tours!  You are going to LOVE today’s tour!

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I’m in love with the beautiful pictures of Tammy’s home!  I know you will love them too!  

Enjoy!

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Tammy, thank you for letting us in your beautiful home!!!

If you would like to see more pictures of Tammy’s beautiful home, you can follow her Instagram feed, @allrhodesleadhome, or click HERE.

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Reader’s Christmas Home Tour – Day Two

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Welcome to Day Two of my Reader’s Christmas Home Tours!

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The first BMH reader’s home we are visiting today is Jennifer Deuprees!

She lives with her family  in a little town in Texas called Lindale.  I think it is cute how she has decorated her wall with their family’s initial, “D.”

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Her fireplace is warm and cozy, and I am loving that red truck!

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Here are a few more pictures of her Christmasey home!…

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Next stop on the tour is Staci’s sweet home in Alabama!
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How cute are these wooden snowmen?!!!

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She must love snowmen because she turned this white Christmas tree into one as well!  Isn’t that clever?!

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I know this last picture is a little blurry, but I had to share her unique “ladder” Christmas tree!

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Next stop is Alison and “The Pink Tumbleweed” Christmas home tour!  

Here is her beautiful dining room set with a Pendleton wool blanket given to me by a neighbor for helping with her wedding and the Spode dishes her grandma passed down to her.

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I am in love with her kitchen nook!  Check out those amazing DIY sliding door window treatment and their DIY table!  She is my kind of gal!!

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And she feels at Christmastime, it is perfectly fine to have a “treat” each day!

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Alison’s family always buys a real tree from the local FFA kids. This year, she painted picture frames and added their favorite photos from 2015 all over the tree.

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On her mantel is Mary and Jesus, front and center, and directly in front of her print from Dear Lillie.

 

Wasn’t that some great tours?!!  

Thank you so much for opening up your homes to us! 

Come back tomorrow for some more beautiful inspiration!

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Reader’s Christmas Home Tour – Day One

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I am so excited to host my first ever Beneath My Heart Reader’s Christmas Home Tours!  I have received a lot of emails with pictures of your homes, and I am going to try and include most of them this coming week.  You guys see inside my house all the time, so it has been fun taking peeks inside of yours!  :)

To start of the tour, I would like to welcome our first BMH Reader, Jill from Nebraska!

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Jill is the beautiful mother of four!  

I asked her what her favorite part of Christmas is, and she said…

“As a family of 6, one of our favorite Christmas traditions is participating in packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach our children the gift of giving. It helps us to get our hearts in the right place, turning our focus from ourselves to Christ and to others. “

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Agreed, Jill!!  My mom’s favorite part of Christmas was always putting up our Nativity which is why I loved the picture of yours so much!  Mom always wanted to make sure we spent time focusing on the most important part of Christmas.

 

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I love how she hung her stockings on her staircase.  This is a great place to put them if you do not have a fireplace.

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Isn’t her “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas” sign adorable?!!!  I need to get me one of those!

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It looks so cute up there with the lamp and greenery.

I’ve been in love with these little pine and bottle-brush trees.  They make of the cutest little vignettes!

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A lot of times, you see people decorate their front porch with wooden sleds, but I love how Jill used one inside her home.

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She made a cute little centerpiece with a galvanized bucket, greenery, and ornaments….

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And she dressed up her “drop off zone” with a lantern and some presents…

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The last pictures is my favorite.  Mainly because I am always a sucker for red gingham and chalkboards.  It’s a winning combination! :)  It’s such a simple display, but so festive!

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Thank you so much, Jill, for inviting us into your beautiful home!  We all wish you and your family a very Merry CHRISTmas!  :)

 

Y’all come back tomorrow for Day Two of my BMH Reader’s Christmas Home Tours!


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Our Farmhouse Christmas Front Porch!

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Before I left for our trip across the world, I quickly decorated our new front porch for Christmas.  You know I have been dying to have a front porch to decorate ever since we moved into our home five years ago.  We build our new front porch this past spring, and I was looking forward to decorating it for Christmas the most!

Now, I didn’t do anything fancy to my front porch, just some simple farmhouse decorations to make it warm and welcoming.  

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I wish I could have gotten a picture of the whole front porch all at once, but there is a pretty good slope at the front of our yard, and as soon as I try to back up and take a picture of the whole front porch, I start to sink lower and lower, and I really need to get a ladder to take a level picture of the porch!

But you can imagine a window box on the other window as well, right?  ;)

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The focal point of my front porch is the beautiful berry wreaths I got at Lowe’s.  I grabbed them as soon as I saw them because I knew they would look great on our new front doors.

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For each side of the door, I simply purchased a small live evergreen tree from Lowe’s and placed it in a metal bucket.  

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Lowe’s has the cutest Christmas decorations this year, and I fell in love with this pinecone garland!  It was the perfect, simple touch for my little trees.

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I need to be the first one to write a review on these little cuties because they are adorable!!!

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So cute in fact that I bought some for our fireplace!  See?!  One box of pinecone garland fit perfectly on my fireplace mantel.

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I also bought my mini white lights and red ribbon at Lowe’s as well.  I tried to find the red plaid ribbon online at Lowe’s but couldn’t.  But if you go into your local Lowe’s, they will most likely have a section set up with all types of DIY Christmas decor like the one from mine below…

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I found my red ribbon in that section, and I used it throughout my house as well.  It gives the perfect farmhouse vibe. :)

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My Aunt Tassy gave me the large black lantern for my birthday, and my cousin, Kelly, suggested that I layer different size candles in my lantern, so I did. :)DSC_13951

I found the striped rug on clearance at HomeGoods and layered it under my welcome rug.

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For our window boxes, I purchased two planters from Lowe’s and painted them the same color as our shutters, Valspar Ebony Fields.

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Once painted and hung, I stuffed the bottom of the planter with newspaper and layered real greenery from Lowe’s on top of it.  I also used some faux red berries from Lowe’s decor section to fill in the greenery, and then added a battery operated candle in the middle.  Looking at these pictures, I may make another red bow when I get home to go in the middle of the window box right below the candle.  What do you think?

 

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I can’t wait to get back home and see the candles glowing at night.  

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I also purchased some flood lights to light up our porch at night.  I always love adding that extra light to showcase our decorations. 

So that’s it!  Our farmhouse front porch!  Sure wish I could have each of your over for some hot chocolate!  Wouldn’t that be fun?!!a

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*This post was sponsored by my favorite home improvement store, Lowe’s.  All ideas of how to decorate my porch are 100% mine, and so are the opinions I gave!  :)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Christmas Cards from Minted {THREE $100 Giveaways!}

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Guys, I love good giveaways!  And since most of us always struggle with money around Christmas, I am so excited that THREE of my sweet readers will when a $100 credit to Minted to help pay for their Christmas cards.  YAY!!!

Have you heard of Minted?

It is one of my favorite sites.  :)  They not only have Christmas cards, but cards for every occasion like weddings, baby showers, and special announcements.  And besides stationary, they also have art, home decor, and gifts!

Last week, I showed you how Stitchfix helped me come up with something to wear for our Christmas cards, so today I am going to show you how Minted helped me find the perfect Christmas card for my family.

I browsed their site for some Christmas cards that I might choose for our family, and let me just tell you that I had a ball scrolling through all of the beautiful designs.  It was super hard to pick just one that I liked, but I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.  

Look how festive this card is….

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I love how they print the back with designs or photos instead of leaving them blank.  #socute

As you can tell, I am drawn to cards with RED on them since it is my favorite color.  However, if you find a card you like, and you want it in a different color, you can choose a different color from their selections.  

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I thought the front of this card was beautiful, and I love how it gives you four different options for the back of the card.

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I had to laugh when I saw this next card because it fits our life to a “t!”   Isn’t that cute?

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If you like a more elegant look for a Christmas card, you may like the next one.  I love the stripes on the back and the beautiful design on the front.  (Um…and how cute are those kiddos?!!)

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But I think I found one that is my favorite!!  And it is not necessarily because of the design, but what it says…

“With every breath we will sing HALLELUJAH!”


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Our whole family loves to SING, especially Jonathan, and we have a lot to sing HALLELUJAH about this year, especially because of the addition of our little girl to our family!  And I think this card would look cute with our new family picture on it!

What do you think?

Now, are you ready for a chance to win a

$100 credit to Minted towards your own Christmas cards?

 

We are giving away THREE $100 credits to Minted!

 

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I will announce the winners to the Minted giveaway on November 21, 2015.  

Thanks to Minted for sponsoring this post and giveaway. :)


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Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies

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Happy Holidays to all my friends at Beneath my Heart.

I just love the Holidays… especially all the holiday baking! I’ve brought one of our families very favorite cookie recipes to share with y’all today.

Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies are exactly the cookie

your family has been wanting- oh my!

They are the BEST.

Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies by www.cookingwithruthie.com #holidays #recipe #chocolate

The fun part about these cookies is you can switch up the variety of Cadbury Eggs according the holiday. I make these in the spring with the pastel variety too. You won’t hardly believe all the chocolate that’s packed into these fabulous little treats but don’t hold back! Follow the recipe and you’ll be in chocolate HEAVEN :)

 

Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies

 
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Author: Ruthie
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Serves: 48

Ingredients

  • 1 C butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C white sugar
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • Add:
  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 packages white chocolate chips
  • 1 packages milk chocolate chips (I like Ghiradelli)
  • 1 package Cadbury mini eggs

Instructions

  1. Place Cadbury mini eggs in a large ziplock bag, with the handle end of a spoon, smack each egg and they’ll pop in half.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs one at a time; mixing with each addition.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients all at once; mixing until 80% incorporated.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and and cadbury mini eggs.
  7. Roll into 1 inch balls or use a medium cookie scoop.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned, let them rest on the pan for 1 minute more, then transfer to a rack to cool.
 

 

Holiday Cadbury Chip Cookies by www.cookingwithruthie.com #holidays #recipe #chocolate

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May all your Holidays be very Merry and Bright! Thank you for having me.

Much Love and Peace~

Ruthie

 


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