Earlier this week I showed how we decorated our master bedroom for winter. So cozy!

Today, I thought I’d give a little tour of the rest of the house.

Enjoy!

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. . entry & living room . .

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tree

{our tree is full of ornaments from our wedding}

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{the little girl in the photo-on the right-is my grandmother. So precious}

. . family room . .

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This is what a big family looks like. good thing we have a big, loooong mantle!

{here’s the diy for our fireplace 1, 2 , 3}

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. . kitchen . .

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{want to see a before photo? before renovation!}

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. . dining room . .

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I found this plaid fabric at Goodwill the other day. It’s the perfect size for a table cloth. Gosh I sure love Goodwill. It’s ridiculous how much stuff I have around the house from there.

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. . anton & laith’s room . .

Here’s more of the boys’ room.

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Every year the kids ask for trees in their rooms.

So this year I searched all over town for the best priced ones. Surprisingly, Walmart is where I ended up. Anton and Laith got a “camping” tree with lots of animals and other outdoor themed ornaments.

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. . ezekiel & abreham’s room . .

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 This is the first time I’ve shown Ezekiel and Abreham’s room. I’ve been so stuck what to do with it since Imani & Ezekiel switched rooms last summer to accommodate two beds {for when Abreham came home}.

It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but I’m liking it more and more.

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The bunting is left over from our photo shoot a few months ago {1st photos as a family of 8}!

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 It was fun watching Abreham and Ezekiel trim their tree together. Good bonding, I hope!

They both love lots of color {E’s favorite color is pink!} so I brought in tons of bright hues for their Christmas tree.

. . imani’s room . .

Here’s more of Imani’s room.

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Merry {almost} Christmas! I can’t believe how soon it’ll be here!

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I absolutely and completely love Colorado in the winter. I love the season, I love the crisp temperatures, and most of all, I love the 300 days of sun and the way the newly fallen snow sparkles in it’s light.

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Our wedding was nearly 8 years ago and even then, the sparkle of snow was the source of inspiration for the entire wedding.

Ice blue, silver, snowy white, and anything sparkly or adorned with snowflakes.

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I think that’s why I smile every time I walk through our door.

Oh what an incredible day that was.

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All over the room, there are reminders of that day.

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Including this mirrored glass ornament. It’s seen better days, but just like our Christmas tree is filled with them now, this orb helped decorate the isle I walked down.

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Ok, enough about our wedding.

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These fun snowflakes {small & medium} are from Paper Source, one of my all-time favorites stores.

I simply tied them with thread, grabbed the stapler from my desk, and stapled the thread to the ceiling. Easy to put up, easy to get down and put away for next year.

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I draped two beautiful garlands above our headboard that I had purchased from the Pottery Barn Outlet years ago, adding two sizes of ball ornaments to it {clumping more in the center to create more interest}.

{here’s the tutorial for the glittered JOY above our bed}

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Facing our bed is our book page wall which houses our dresser and such.

Turning a painting backward, I found the perfect backdrop for a too-small mirror {I love the structure of the stretched canvas} and added items with lots of texture.

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I love birch trees {another throwback to our wedding} and have a drawer full of birch candles, grabbing them whenever I feel a space needs a little bit of the outdoors. They equal instant coziness.

I also love books {as you all WELL know} and silver that has tarnished a bit, giving it more character.

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This fantastic tree is from Ikea, the black clay pot from Target {clearanced after summer ended}.

This cardboard A from the craft store has worked it’s way around the entire house, currently ending up here cozied up to a large wooden spool of white velvet ribbon {from Home Goods} and plush grey wool yarn.

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The striped linen is actually a dishcloth from Ikea, the tray and candlesticks from Goodwill.

I placed two sticks of garland head-to-foot, securing them in the middle with sparkly silver washi tape.

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I love these faux antler shelves we found at West Elm about three years ago.

Right now they have a paper mâché deer head, which would be such a fun addition if you’re wanting to add white antlers to your space, too!

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I wish I’d taken this photo two days ago. Those trees outside were covered in fluffy white snow and ice.

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Every room needs a reading chair, even if ours doesn’t get used too often because our bed is so darn cozy. My sweet mom gave me the hand knitted sweater pillow, the other pillow was made my me.

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Nothing gets done these days without little ones underfoot. She tore apart one of my books from the bookcase as I tried capturing all these photos. Good thing she’s so cute.

Who can be mad at that face??

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Ben and I have been mapping out what to get the Crazies {aka our kids} for Christmas and decided we needed to change things up a little.

{as you know, for several years we’ve done the Four Gift Rule, I’ve also talked about it here}

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We decided that rather than giving them all “Something you Need”, we’d love make a memory with each of them and take them on a special date.

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We do our best to have one-on-one time with each of the kids at least once a month {Anton always wants to go to a restaurant with tablecloths. “One you have to be polite at,” he says}.

But having six kids, it’s sometimes hard…and I know they all crave individual time with us.

{we crave it, too!}

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And I’m so excited about it!

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{click here to download gift tags}

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Because Abreham is our budding artist and wants to see some galleries, we’ll take him downtown to the Art Walk.

Ezekiel, our sports fanatic will be thrilled to attend a Denver Outlaws {lacrosse} game.

Anton will be getting his eardrums blown out at the Monster Truck Rally.

Imani & Laith both get to be enchanted by Disney on Ice.

Baby Elsabet…well, next year she’ll get this one.

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what do you thinkIs it something you might do, too??

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polar express hot chocolate 1

Have you watched the Polar Express yet this year? It’s one of our absolute favorites.

Since it’s been so ridiculously cold {and snowy} these past few mornings, I thought it’d be fun for the kids to wake up to a hot, steaming cup of cocoa as they pad around in their jammies getting ready for school.

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It was unreal. UNREAL how good it was! Rich, creamy, and ridiculously good.

insanely decadent

{I’m sure there were about a million calories in each cup, but so completely worth it!!}

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I added snowflake marshmallows from William Sonoma and let them melt a little {I see they’re sold out online. these also would be fantastic}, though I sure would love to try making some homemade ones soon.

Anyone have a good marshmallow recipe?? Do share!

polar express hot chocolate

Calories per serving: ummmm....probably about a million. But oh-so-worth

polar express hot chocolate

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of heavy cream
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 2 cups of bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 6 cups of milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over low heat, combine all of the above ingredients.
  2. Stir regularly for 30-40 minutes until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with other ingredients.
  3. If you’re making this for a party, you could add all of the above ingredients to a crockpot a few hours before guests arrive {just provide a ladle and mugs and let them serve themselves!}.

Notes

I initially tried this in the crockpot and had it cook overnight. Did NOT work. Could have been our high altitude here in Denver, I'm not sure {the boiling point is a lot lower here. so perhaps even low was too hot for that many hours?}.

Anyway, if you do use your crockpot for this recipe, only do it a few hours prior as recipe suggests!

{originally found on honeyandfitz.com}

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yum!!!

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