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Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

When I was a kid, my mom and my grandmother made an intricate advent calendar that my family uses every year to this day. The advent calendar she made was a quilted scroll that had an ornament for every day in the countdown.

Every day in December, we would grab the ornament assigned to the day and hang it on the tree.

We each had our own ornament, and we would put it on our day of birth. My ornament was a stocking with my name on it, and we always put it on the 12th.

My siblings and I got into so many fights on who got to put the ornament on the tree.

I loved that advent calendar so much, and I really wanted my own. Because I am not as talented with a needle, I knew I couldn’t cross-stitch my own.

I also wanted to make something easy, and something that could fit my budget.


I decided to make an advent calendar with photos so that I could change it out every year. Also, since I live in Waco (home of Fixer Upper), I tend to lean towards farmhouse-isque decor.

I found this adorable pallet at Hobby Lobby. The pallet was only $19.99, and I used my 40 percent off coupon – making it only $11.99. I also found small clothespins perfect for this project at Hobby Lobby.

I also bought some HP Printer Paper for my HP Envy 4511 printer.

I already had the eucalyptus leaves (leftover from my wreath DIY), nails and twine at the house.

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

This project cost me less than $30.


I started by finding 25 photos that brought me joy. I also followed in my mom’s footsteps and printed off a photo of my sisters and myself to put on our day of birth.

If you use the same pallet I did, I suggest printing four equally sized photos on a 4×6 photo paper. I created a design in Canva to print out.

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

I then cut the photos very carefully to create the small rectangles for the numbers.

Then, using a sharpie, I wrote out each number on the back of each photo.

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

While waiting for the sharpie to dry, I begin to hammer the nails. The pallet has one section where there is enough backing to put in a nail.

I started at the top and created my first line. Then I measured out the photos and measured out the spaces between nails.

Using the twine, I tied the nails together – being sure not to give too much slack.

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Putting the rest of the advent calendar together was easy! Simply attach the photos in the correct order using the clothespins.

For embellishments, I added fake eucalyptus leaves, and you can add Christmas lights as well!

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar


Once the advent calendar is complete, you can hang it over your mantle or hang it on the way to countdown to Christmas!

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar

Do you buy advent calendars or do you make your own?

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Easy and affordable DIY photo Advent Calendar


Winter Morning Workout Plan

Every winter, despite how determined I am, I end up being very unhealthy and inactive.

I don’t know if it is the cold, the food or the holiday pressure – but I always slack off. This year, I created a very simple and easy morning workout plan to make sure I do at least one active thing every day.

One of the things I noticed was that I am the worst at waking up in the cold. My bed is so warm, and I just want to snuggle up and never leave.

With my morning workout plan for winter, I start off with cardio to get my body warmed up and awake.

I honestly only have about 15 minutes in the morning because I am a late-to-awake type of person. Therefore, I made this workout plan very short, but you can repeat it to fit your liking.

This plan is perfect for busy women on the go who just want to make sure they find time for their health everyday.

I also incorporate yoga and long walks or runs along with my routine for the week. This is just a great way to get the day started and focus on your health!

Winter Morning Workout Plan

When I do this plan, I do not break in between the cardio moves, and then I take a 15 second break in between the rest of the moves.

After I complete the workout, I stretch out and end in child’s pose. I recommend taking a second to meditate on your day!

What is your favorite workout in the winter?

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Keeping my dogs healthy with a specialized meal plan for the holidays

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Staying healthy during the holidays can be tough – I can barely get out of bed most days. Plus, all the holiday treats are pretty hard to resist (and my family is famous for holiday candy).

I know when I am being super unhealthy, it is easier for my dogs to be unhealthy too. I try to resist feeding them table scraps and junk, but it isn’t always easy.

myPlan Tool

However, with Purina® Pro Plan® products, I have been able to keep an eye on my pups’ health without much effort.

I started by visiting the Purina® myPlan tool. It is super simple to use – you just fill out a few details about your dog (or cat), and the tool gives you a personalized food choice option.

The tool asks you questions such as their age, activity level and body size.

Not only does the tool tell you what makes the food good for you pet, but you can learn so much more at Purina University.This website answers any question you may have, so you know you are making the best and healthiest choice that fits your dogs needs.

You can also visit the social hub for more ideas and tutorials!

PetSmart Trip

After I was matched with food for my dogs, we headed to our local PetSmart to get the nums! My dogs love going to PetSmart – Schmidt used to get so excited he would throw up. Luckily, he has grown out of that issue.

When we go on a dog food run at PetSmart, I always let the dogs pick out a toy of their own. Usually, they pick it our themselves (and it’s usually on the lower shelf)!

PetSmart always has a variety of toys – bones, balls, frisbees and anything you can think of. They have the best options for shampoo and vitamins also!

I also saw tons of cute Christmas toys, so I will let Santa know where to go for their Christmas presents!

This was Fiona’s first trip to PetSmart! She is usually to hyper to go out in public places where she can’t run free, but she has gotten more calmer, so I thought it was time.

I was really proud she didn’t pee herself from excitement.

The Food Choice

We purchased the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Grain Free in the Beef and Salmon formula. We always look for fish variety in dog food because it is so good for the pups’ coats.

I always like to surprise the doggies with wet food for special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I also purchased the Pro Plan Savor Beef and Vegetable entree and the Chicken and Vegetable entree.

As I am writing this blog post, Schmidt is cuddling the dog food.

Keeping my dogs healthy with a specialized meal plan for the holidays

Schmidt’s favorite feature in the Pro Plan Savor is the texture of the kibbles. They have kibbles and tender shredded pieces in the mix.

After receiving my plan, I also chose the grain-free version to up the amount of protein in the formula. I love my dogs like children, and I want them to live long, happy lives. I strongly believe that you should never skip on quality of food for the ones you love, and I love them so much!

My oldest pup, Schmidt, just turned four. Purina Pro Plan also has varieties for older dogs, so after a few years, I can change his dog food to fit his new needs.

The grain free savor food has 32 percent crude protein and 16 percent crude fat – two factors for a healthy, happy pup. This formula is great for two active, crazy Australian Shepherds (especially Fiona, who I strongly believe is ADHD).

BONUS: I have a couple of deals for you guys who want to try it out! In PetSmart stores from 0/30/17 through 12/3/17, you can buy Pro Plan dry dog food 47lb-50lb bags for $49.99.

Keeping my dogs healthy with a specialized meal plan for the holidays

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How do you keep your dog healthy during the holidays?

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Keeping my dogs healthy with a specialized meal plan for the holidays



Celebrating my 24th Birthday at Saltgrass Steakhouse!

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This weekend, I turned 24. I have one more year until I hit my quarter-life-crisis, so I knew I had to celebrate the right way!

A few of my friends and I went to Saltgrass Steakhouse to try their new Frozen Crown and Coke! My favorite mixed drink is whiskey and Coke – hands down (I know how boring that is, but I love it!).

I was really excited to try my favorite drink frozen – and I was not disappointed! The drink is a little vanilla-y, which I love because it makes it taste so cozy and perfect for fall! Plus, they are served in adorable little mason jar mugs – you can’t really get more Texas than that.

Celebrating my 24th Birthday! with Saltgrass

Celebrating my 24th Birthday! with Saltgrass

The Frozen Crown and Coke is a limited time offering at Saltgrass Steakhouse. For $2.00 more, you can add a topper of Crown Royal Deluxe, Crown Royal Maple, Crown Royal Regal Apple or Crown Royal Vanilla.

Next time, I really want to try the maple.


Of course, I didn’t just decide to go to my favorite steakhouse for a great drink, I also wanted a great steak – and bread. The bread is my favorite part!

The most difficult part about Saltgrass is trying to ration the bread, so you can still eat your entire meal!

I usually fail, but it makes for great leftovers the next day!

As for my order. I went with the basic 12 oz New York Strip with their amazing mashed potatoes! I couldn’t pass up the classic with a fresh Caesar salad.

AND – my friends and I agree that their mashed potatoes are 100 percent better than baked potatoes, and that we could probably eat them for the rest of our lives.

My best friend is a pescatarian, so she tried the Blackened Redfish, and it almost made me second guess my steak.

I am a huge seafood fan, and the dish is served with shrimp and crab meat.

Also, she got the mashed potatoes – because it is a no brainer!

We really wanted to try the Pumpkin Cheesecake (because pumpkin is my favorite part of life), but I was so full by the end of it! I will have to return for a dessert date soon!

I love how Saltgrass is also decorated to match the city it is in. Waco is a great little town of the Brazos River, and you can really feel it at the Saltgrass!

Afterwards, we played board games and relaxed after our tasty and filling meal! It was so great to be able to see everyone and relax!

What is your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?

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