11 Christmas Decor DIYs

Y'all, we love DIYs. I think you probably know that by now. Because of this, we have made a whole bunch of Christmas DIYs over the years, and we aren't stopping now! But before we get carried away with more projects this year, I wanted to share some of our old favorites with you! These are all great and range from really simple to pretty complicated.

If you aren't the DIY type, check out our blog post where we share a bunch of decor you can buy right on Amazon. We also talk about 5 of our favorites that go with basically every thing. Anyway, let's get into the DIYs! And if you make any of them, share a pic on Instagram and tag us! We love to see what you are up to and share it with everyone!

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1. Cactus Christmas Tree

2. Mini Cactus Christmas Tree

3. Pom Pom Wreath

4. Pom Pom Tree Topper

5. Wrapping Paper Snowflake

6. Clay Sweater Ornament

7. Anthropologie Tassel Tree Skirt

8. Fa La Freakin' La Christmas Print

9. Boho Christmas Stocking

10. 5 Minute Placemat Pillow

Don't forget to tag us in your IG pics of your DIYs! FIND US HERE.

5 Fall Inspired Table Scapes + 5 Universal Table Pieces

We love decorating a table for any occasion. And you know what? It's really easy because we have a stash of a few things that work for basically anything. Let's talk about the few elements that you need to set up a cute table on the fly. And then keep scrolling to see 5 Fall Inspired table scapes using these same pieces.

And since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, go ahead and check out our last post where we talk about 5 Christmas decorations you need year after year.

1. Table Runner

2. Cloth Napkins

3. Live Centerpiece

For this could use things like greenery, flowers, or even whole foods like pumpkins. You can even head out into your yard and cut things like branches and herbs to create a dreamy centerpiece. Any combination of these bring life to the table!

4. Classy Flatware

5. Neutral Plates

There are so many options in each of these sections, but picking pieces that are more neutral will always allow you to create something that goes together any time you need it. Now let's get to the  fun stuff- the inspiration! Check out these 5 table scapes we've done for past Thanksgivings and Fall dinners below.

1. Colorful Boho. Check out our blog post here to see more!

2. Live Table Runner. Check out more about this table scape here.

3. Fall Tablescape without Pumpkins. Check out more about this table scape here.

4. Pumpkins + Candlesticks. This is one of our simplest table scapes, but it works wonders. Little pumpkins can last for a while and you can move them around as needed. Also this black candlestick holder sits on our fireplace sometimes. Double duty. Check out more details of this table scape below.

5. Minimal Boho. This table runner work for so many different themes. This one is simple and easy. We just used pumpkins we already had in the house and then added some Fall colored flowers. See more details below.

Thanks so much for checking out our blog and this post! Don't forget to save your favorite photo to Pinterest for later use!

5 Boho Christmas Decorations You Need Year After Year

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We ALL love decorating for Christmas, that's a given. But we don't all love the time it takes to search for the perfect pieces. Luckily, that's something we love doing for you! This year we have gone through Amazon and found plenty of lovely pieces that would be great for someone with boho/eclectic/traditional style. You can find all of the items over on our Amazon store, or keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite things to decorate with year after year, and where you can find them. Even if your style changes over the years, these things will continue to work for you!

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1. Garland Lights. And I'm not talking pre-lit greenery. I'm talking these snowflake or star lights. Even just some copper lights make a big impact in making your decor sparkle and twinkle.

2. Natural Greenery. We always want to use greenery (even if it's fake) that looks more natural. This can be kind of hard and sometimes we just go for the real deal. But if you can find something that looks almost real- it will look 100 times better than cheap garland.

3. Wood bead garland. You can get this in colors, or just the natural wood. If you think you may change your decor every year, go with something more natural. You can even find some cute garland of the same size that is felt and looks just as cute.

4. A "Merry Christmas" Sign. We got ours in Gold a few years back, but it goes with EVERYTHING. The past two years we've put it over our greenery garland over an arch walkway, but maybe we will change that this year....

5. Bottleneck Christmas trees. If you want to keep it simple, go with some that are green or white. But they also come is crazy fun colors if you want to get really creative! All of ours are green, and they look great in a colorful scheme, and even in our all white decor.
And to fill in the spaces between, we have found many other beautiful Christmas-y pieces:

1. Spruce Wreath
2. Gold Garland
3. Tartan Plaid Throw
4. Sweater Stockings
5. Realistic Christmas Tree
6. Boho Christmas Table Runner
7. Furry Christmas Tree Skirt
8. Furry Stockings
9. Red Buffalo Plaid Napkins
10. Copper Lights

We hope these selections make your decorating process a little easier this year. Look around the blog a little while for some more Christmas inspiration, and follow us on Pinterest!

SmileLove Aligner Treatment: Before + After

The Smilelove aligners were provided for me, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Y'all! I finished my Smilelove treatment. We were on the last few days of our month-long California trip when I completed my last aligners! And to be honest, it was super weird when I went from wearing aligners all day every day to not wearing them anymore. Well, except for my retainer at night.

If you'd like to read more about the beginning of my journey and all the things that happen before your teeth are actually being straightened, visit my first blog post on this subject!

Anyway, I'm REALLY excited to share my journey with y'all for a couple reasons... 1- I know you may be someone like me who had braces as a teen and hasn't kept up with their retainer. And as a result, your teeth have moved. 2- You can get $500 of a Smilelove Treatment bundle (includes FREE whitening treatment for a year) with my code "SavannahM".

I've had a lot of questions from y'all about my experience, so I figured I'd take the time now to answer them all! Well, everything I can remember. If you think of something I haven't answered here, leave a comment and I'll add anything I've missed to the blog post.

1. How Long Does Treatment Take? My treatment took a total of 7 months. I actually was done with my bottom teeth 2 weeks before the top teeth. However, everyone's treatment will be different.

2. Does It Hurt? Yes. But it's bearable. The first day you put new aligners in, those babies are TIGHT. Sometimes you can't even get your teeth all the way in. But Smilelove provides you with squishy things to bite down on that help push the aligners onto your teeth. Sometimes it'll take a couple days for them to fit perfectly, but Smilelove assures that it's okay when that happens, you just keep biting down on the squishies.

I did also notice that I developed a sensitivity to water when my aligners were off my teeth. It's like the aligners were protecting my teeth from liquids with extreme temperatures, and then when I went to drink without them on, my teeth were a little sensitive. However, as soon as I was done with my full treatment, that sensitivity went away in a couple days.

3. How Much Does It Cost? Right now, with my discount code "SavannahM" you can get the whole treatment bundle for $1395. Smilelove also offers a payment plan

4. Did they give you a lisp? Yes, but only for a short time. It probably took me 2 weeks to really get used to talking with the aligners in my mouth. I think it's different for everyone. I had read some people saying it only took a couple days for them, but it took a long time for me. But once I got used to them, I sounded normal again. And even now, after I have stopped wearing them all day, I still don't have a lisp when i put them back on at night.

5. Can you see what your teeth are going to look like at the end? Yes, but only after you've purchased your kit and sent in your teeth impressions. This was really fun for me! When Smilelove sent me my treatment plan, I got to see what my teeth should look like in the end. They sent before and after images from every side and angle. This was really helpful!

6. Can people tell you are wearing clear aligners? Yes and no. Some people will never notice.  From afar, you really can't tell at all. But if you are close enough to someone, they can probably tell. It almost looks like your teeth are airbrushed. I've had people who have worn clear aligners ask me if I'm wearing them. But I've also had people say they really can't tell. All I know is that you don't have metal in your mouth and you don't look like you have braces, so that's a win for me!

And here is the whole reason I started this journey. My teeth had moved so much that one of my teeth was sticking out. There are a lot of photos of my smiling where this is very visible.

And a little closer up from another angle. Needless to say, I'm very happy that I no longer have this smile.
Things I loved about using with SmileLove:
1. They sent me perfectly timed emails over the course of my treatment. They were little check-ins with tips and answered questions. It seems like I'd come up with a question and then the next day I'd have an email that answered it.

2. Doing my molds on my own at home was very convenient. I was able to make my molds when I had them time. I was afraid I was going to mess them up, but there are plenty of instructions and putty to practice on. I was pretty busy when my package first came in so it was nice to have it on hand when I had enough time to take care of, and bonus- I didn't have to go anywhere!

3. You can text message Smilelove with any questions you may have. I utilized this when I was making my impression molds as I wanted to make sure I was doing it correct.

4. It works! My teeth are straight again, and I have Smilelove to thank for that!

I had such a positive experience with Smilelove and straightening my teeth. If you have straight teeth already, yay for you! And for everyone else, I hope you consider straightening your teeth with Smilelove! It's easy and affordable and it works.

Don't forget that you can get $500 of a Smilelove Treatment bundle (includes FREE whitening treatment for a year) with my code "SavannahM".

Pour Your Own Custom Candle at The Paddywax Candle Bar

GUYS. If you haven't heard of the Paddywax Candle Bar, you need to know about it, and you need to go there. We were lucky enough to go to a party celebrating their opening in 2018 and we were in awe of what a great idea Paddywax had come up with. You get to go pour your own custom candles with Paddywax's popular scents and beautiful candles vessels and have an amazing experience while doing it.

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We are so grateful that The Candle Bar invited us and our friends to come enjoy a candle pouring session. And we are even more excited to share a little more with you about what to expect when you arrive at The Candle Bar!

When you arrive, you will see that there are cute little trays set up with a bunch of science equipment. Don't be intimidated! This is stuff you will soon learn what to do with. Everyone chooses their seat and you get started.

Grab an apron to protect your outfit!

The first course of business is to choose your vessel and scent. They give you 15 minutes to choose these things, and you'd think that would be plenty, but there was plenty of indecisiveness at the end of that 15 minutes. If you are familiar with Paddywax candles, you know how beautiful their candle vessels are.

The fun thing about pouring candles is that you can choose a vessel that you love, but put a scent in it that Paddywax doesn't usually have in that specific vessel. It's literally your own custom Paddywax candle.

Listen to the instructions and assemble your candle!

You will be instructed on how to attach your wicks, exactly how many ounces of scent and wax to mix together....

And then you pour your candle!

You have to leave your candle overnight and then come back and pick it up so the wax has time to cool off and set. My favorite thing about this whole process is that you get to exercise some of your creativity while hanging out with your friends, AND you get a beautiful candle out of it!

Paddywax has these candles bars all over America now, so make sure to see if there is one near you! It's TOTALLY worth it.