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With autumn just around the corner, you might be feeling the post-vacation blues. Even if your last beach getaway was weeks – or even months – ago, fret not because we have a few ideas that will help brighten those blues. With items lying around the home, you can decorate your space to recall fun times spent lounging at the beach.

The colors of summer are hard to forget and perfect for breathing new life into drab spaces. Now’s the time to bring out those sea shells you’ve been collecting, and the beach sand you’ve been keeping in jars as keepsakes. Put them to good use by following some of the decorating ideas suggested below.

Maritime Candle Centerpiece

Maritime candle centerpiece
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The Christmas season has left an inedible mark on all of us with its inspiring visions and dazzling looks. Before the New Year arrives, let’s reflect on the beauty of the holiday season and look back on the stylish and unforgettable Christmas tree decorating trends of 2013.

1.       Nature-inspired 

In 2013, decorating a Christmas tree with elements gathered from nature continued to give homes a sense of warmth and authenticity. Pine cones were a popular choice, along with antlers, feathers, and acorns, which together offered a tasteful and masculine theme. (more…)

Holidays are a time for indulgence. Serve these creative Christmas drinks to put everyone in a festive mood.

1. Snowman Hot Chocolate from Meet the Dubiens

There is nothing quite like curling up with a mug of steaming hot chocolate to warm you up on a cold winter. Make your regular hot chocolate even more special by dissolving a candy cane to give it a hint of mint. Throw in some whipped cream and toss snowman decorated marshmallows on top for a cute and adorable treat!

Snowman Hot Chocolate

Photo from Meet the Dubiens

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Christmas is fast approaching and your shopping list is still looking rather long. Fret not! Here are quick last minute shopping tips to get you through the holiday rush.

 

1. Shop Online

computer mouse and credit card for online shopping

Do your online shopping early. Check out online retail stores at least a week before Christmas. While some retail companies now offer same day delivery at a higher cost, it is still best to order it in advance to avoid stress and disappointment. Read the FAQ section of your chosen online shop to find out their shipment schedules. If the website has an unreliable schedule, start looking for other online stores to save yourself from the hassle of figuring out whether your purchases will arrive on time. As an additional tip, avoid purchasing items that may take longer to deliver, like customizable gifts and large items.

Pick up the items instead of having them shipped. Save time by using the “in-store pick-up” feature of online shops. Some stores send a message via email or text to inform you that your item is ready; all you have to do is drive by the store to pick it up. No need to waste time searching around the aisles because you have already picked items online. Not only will you eliminate waiting time with this feature, you also save on shipping charges.

Shop safely. Do your research on the item you are purchasing by reading up on product reviews and looking for comparative features and prices. Because you will be giving out personal information, such as your phone number, address and credit card number, make sure to shop only from secure websites. Aside from product reviews, read up on testimonials about the online store as well to learn from other people’s experiences.

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Dressing up your abode for the Yuletide season with homemade Christmas ornaments is the perfect way to make your home unique, and your personality stand out. Check out these great DIY Christmas décor ideas to get you inspired for the holidays!

1. Snow Globe from Spoonful

The awesome sight of snow-covered landscapes is a great holiday inspiration. Recreate your own winter wonderland scene with a homemade vintage mason jar snow globe. For this Christmas project, all you need is a glass jar with a lid, plastic or ceramic figurines, synthetic evergreen tips, polymer clay, glitter, and glycerin. Get detailed instructions from Spoonful.

2. Rudolph Wreath from The Paper Mama

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer inspired wreath

Photo from the Paper Mama

If you grew up singing the carol, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, we’re happy to tell you that you can have him guard your home this Christmas with a Rudolph-inspired wreath! Let your home exude holiday spirit with the fun, easy-to-make Rudy the red-nosed wreath from The Paper Mama. Recreate a reindeer head by attaching branch antlers to a wreath form. Wrap silver tinsel around the wreath and add a red bauble for the nose.

3. Christmas Ornament Vase from Gimme Some Style

Holiday vase with a small live Christmas tree branch

Photo from Gimme Some Style

So you can’t bring a live tree inside your home, huh? Believe us when we say, you can – with this simple and inexpensive holiday vase. Adding a touch of Christmas to any table, this decoration makes use of any clear plastic ornament, potting soil, a circle-shaped rope, and a small live Christmas tree branch! You can, of course, replace the soil with water and glitter if you prefer a little shimmer.

4. Gingerbread Houses from Go Make Me

miniature village of gingerbread houses made of felt and lit with battery-operated candle

Photo from Go Make Me

Spread holiday cheer by creating an adorable miniature village that you can display around the tree or on the table. Sew tasty-looking gingerbread houses using felt fabric and glue on cute little details. Place battery-operated candle inside and let shafts of warm light emanate from the doorways and windows.

5. Twiggy Skate Ornaments from Michele Made Me

Twiggy Pairs of Skates

Photo from Michelle Made Me

Who would have guessed these colorful pieces are made out of twigs? These twiggy skate ornaments will not only wow your guests, they will also make your Christmas tree look even more rad! Just cut little boots out of twigs, and cover them in paint. Use paper clips and duct tape for the blades. Draw shoe laces with a fine-tipped permanent pen. See the step-by-step guide at Michele Made Me.

6. Acorn-topped Ornaments from Creature Comforts

These sweet DIY acorn-topped ornaments would give your tree a fun, woodsy feel. Made from acorn tops and wooden beads, the cute, happy faces are sure to elicit smiles. Check out Creature Comforts for the full list of instructions and supplies needed.

7. Kraft Paper Tree Skirt from Cleverly Inspired

Who knew you can make a pretty tree skirt out of Kraft Paper? Tracie from Cleverly Inspired certainly did. Recreate this simple holiday look by stacking Kraft paper around the base of your tree. Fill the skirt with balls of newspaper, and top it with some pine cones or large potpourri.

8. Clothespin Wreath for Christmas Cards form The Ribbon Retreat

Considering all the holiday cards that are sure to be flooding your mailbox soon, this clothespin wreath is a must-have! To make this cute décor, cover wooden clothespins with strips of ribbon. Clip the clothespins onto a wire form wreath, and finish it with a festive pinwheel bow.

9. Joy to the World Christmas Mantel by A Night Owl

Joy to the World Christmas Mantel

Photo by A Night Owl

Go crazy, but still classy, in dressing up your mantel for the season with a themed set of holiday decor you can make yourself. Recreate this “Joy to the World” display using a twig wreath with wooden letters, some frames and prints, a golden ornament, and a vintage mason jar full of sparkly pine cones.

10. Old CD ornament from Crème dela Craft

Have you always been mesmerized by the sheen of compact discs? Take advantage of their quality and upcycle old discs that you no longer use by turning them into sparkly Christmas decor! Cut the CDs into various small shapes and sizes, and glue the pieces into a clear glass ornament. Cover up the glue dots on the inside and the back side of the CD pieces by placing a strip of ribbon inside the ornament. Voila! You now have a glamorous holiday bauble.

Nothing puts people in the Christmas mood more than a cool and festive holiday décor. Take Christmas decorating one step further by making these ornaments yourself!

If you haven’t taken out the Christmas tree yet, it’s about time to set it up and give it a fluff. Bring your tree to life this holiday season by shaping it with your persistence and creativity.

1.    Assemble the Tree

Choose the location to display your Christmas tree. Select a spot near a wall outlet if your tree is lighted. After careful inspection of all the parts, begin setting up your tree according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that all sections are in their proper places.

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This Christmas, go for something fun and unique with a TV show-themed holiday décor. Dress up your tree with these charming attention-grabbers.

Doctor Who

Have a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey Christmas with “Doctor Who”-inspired holiday décor. Doctor Who’s police box  time machine, which he calls the TARDIS, looks fabulous as a tree topper on a white tree with navy blue trimmings.

If you prefer to use a traditional evergreen, hand-painted glass ornaments of the TARDIS and the Daleks (the Doctor’s foes) work just perfectly!


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Nothing changes the feel of a room more than lighting. With the right light fixture, you can transform any space from being mundane to something impressive and classy. Make the right design statement in your home with the perfect lighting piece that matches your style.

Traditional Lighting

A classic crystal chandelier is the crowning touch for a traditional space. Sparkling crystals with gold or silver accents make a room feel elegant without overdoing it. Here, a crystal chandelier brings even more grandeur and an Old World appeal to an already sophisticated room.

Room with gray cushioned chairs, a table with two candelabras, a round crystal chandelier, and a ceiling-to-floor window

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Scary films have terrorized moviegoers through the decades with their disturbing plots, creepy sounds, and believable visual effects. Here are Treetopia’s picks for the most frightening films of each decade.

The Tingler movie poster1950s: The Tingler (1959)

This camp cult classic tells the story of a pathologist who discovers that spine-tingling is caused by a spinal-cord parasite who lives on human fear. As a person becomes more afraid, the centipede-like organism dubbed as “the tingler” grows stronger and kills its host by crushing his or her spine.

The Tingler became famous when it was originally released in US cinemas with a gimmick that involved vibrating devices on theater chairs that activated at the very moment the film depicted the creature escaping into a movie theater. Consider recreating this spine-tingling effect if you want to give someone some extra fright!

The Tingler moviehouse announcement

 

1960s: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby movie posterBased on the 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby is a terrifying tale of devil worship. In this realistic supernatural drama, Rosemary suspects she’s carrying the spawn of Satan, and that her husband has made a deal with their neighbors in exchange for help in advancing his acting career. The mounting sense of paranoia climaxes in a disturbing revelation.

With a completely believable setting and performances, this horror thriller will lure you into the plot and keep you terrified by the unfolding events as you “Pray for Rosemary’s Baby.”

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Hosting a ladies-only Halloween bash? Read on as Treetopia shows you some wickedly smart tips for ensuring your party is a monster hit!

Pick a Theme for Easier Party Planning

Choosing a specific theme will not only make your ladies-only Halloween bash more cohesive, it will also cut the planning time in half. A theme gives you a nice start-up and direction, making the whole process so much simpler. If you like to have a party with some serious scare, why not center your ideas on scary female villains from books and movies? If you want a more historical approach to your party, ask friends to dress up as famous women throughout history. You can also host an Oscars-style gala if you prefer to party in Hollywood fashion.

house decorated with cobwebs and other Halloween decorTraditional Exterior by Atlanta Media & Bloggers Between Naps on the Porch

Don’t Do Everything Alone

Passing some responsibilities and tasks to your friends can relieve you from a huge amount of stress. Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done, and get things running smoothly by asking the help of reliable and capable people. Meet with your girl friends to talk about food, entertainment, and everything else on your list. Plan the menu as a group, and check if anyone has any special food preferences for their diet. Discuss who brings what if it’s going to be a potluck party. Other tasks to consider delegating are decorations, music that fits the theme, and the after party clean-up.

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