Log Home Christmas Decoration 2017

This is going to be our first Christmas in our log home this year. We are in the country and farmhouse decors will be appropriate. However, I got tons of Christmas decorations, some of them are still new in original packaging unopened. I would like to enjoy using them first before ditching them and be replaced with anything country or farmhouse.

Here are some of the decors we’ve done in the house so far. I am not done decorating yet, I still got the dining area to do, table set up and such. I like how the lights and decors bring so much warmth and set our mood to feel the spirit of Christmas.

This year’s color will be green, red and gold. The staircase railing is also decorated as you can see in the picture below, it is my first time to decorate such a thing you know? The girls are thrilled now that we have two of our trees up. They so look forward for the presents to appear under our big tree in the living room.


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Meet-up with City Friends

Though we did not stay long in Fort Worth during the Thanksgiving holiday week but I was able to do some things I planned before driving over there. I met-up with friends and had a good time with them. Wednesday, my kids and I spent our day with Ofelia and her kids at Central Market play ground and had a small Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment, fed the ducks and did a quick shopping at the Filipino store nearby.

Thursday, I had lunch with friends from work before at Red Lobster Hulen. As usual, nice bonding and good time! It was soo nice to finally see them and interact face to face. Something I missed so much while living in the country. After that sumptuous lunch, we headed to the mall and went shopping with them.

My time spent with these people was so worth it and things went well as planned. Would love to see them again hopefully in Christmas.

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My Fall Decoration

I love to decorate especially in our new house. My husband once asked me why I wasn’t so keen on decorating our house in the city before. Well, simply because, it needs home improvement and a lot of things need to be done inside and if I decorate, I don’t want my job to be disturbed or moved just because he wants to fix something where my decors are. So for 7+ of living in our other house, all I could do was hang frames on the walls and a little touch of seasonal decors.

Here in the country, I bought quite a lot of decors. I want it to be homey and beautiful but not overwhelmingly decorated inside and outside. Here’s a few pictures of my Fall set up in the front porch.

You see, you don’t live in the country unless you have that wagon wheel, hay bales, rustic milk can and windmill decor.


… you know it’s Fall when mums starting to come out and give beautiful blooms of any color…
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…. my table center piece, pumpkin tea set and acorn metal basket I’ve had for 3 years, I bought it from Goodwill in Fort Worth. Pine cones were gathered from the backyard.
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…. scare crows from the last two years of having them as well as plug-in jack-0-lanterns.
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DIY Shelving

It has been over two months since we moved in to our log home and we are not done moving all our stuff yet from the city house. Around this time some people may have completed decorating their house but not me. I am taking it slow as I am waiting for these two metal wall decors online to arrive.

I have done three DIY shelves so far on the wall in some parts of our house. Shelving is easy to install plus it is a space saver. You can choose to put up stuff on the shelf for decoration purposes at the same time use them when you need them.

My personal preference is display cute things which are functional. I don’t want clutter as well. I want to keep home decorating simple to give our home that cozy feel at the same time less boring. Pictures below are of the shelving I installed for my girls’ bathroom upstairs in the first photo, it is is also the first shelving I did.

There is not much space for cabinets up there and you know girls, they need to have a place to put their everyday things they use for school. So I labeled a tin can for their hairbrushes, separate basket for hair ties and etc.

The second photo is of the shelf by the front door. It shows our patriotic side since my husband had served in the air force and his family was in the military.

Third is in our master bath over the toilet shelving. I thought it was cute for this unique little man in a barrel that I gifted my husband with ten years ago. He did not really like it so the girls got a hold of this toy and just tossed this man everywhere. Now it has found its resting place.

If you think this post interests you, please keep coming back to my blog as I will be posting more updates about my home decorating ideas here in the future.


…. my husband installed the brackets we bought from Hobby Lobby and I sanded and stained the wood to use for shelving that complemented the baseboards and trims of the bathroom.

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…. I got this cute Texas brick from Mike’s he has a few and asked for two. Painted it with white, red and blue as a Texas flag looks. Then bought a rustic weighing scale clock from Tractor supply. Toppings I’ve had for years, the small pumpkins were bought. Pine cones are free I picked up from the backyard. The little patriotic bird house I bought for $1.20 at Dollar General just match perfectly for other things on the shelf. I am pleased with how it turns out.

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… simple over the shelf decors in the master toilet, a pothos plant is good to absorb the stinks we make each time we do our business there.

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Crowning Glory

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

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For me, grooming your hair neatly says a lot about the person’s personality and more often than not, I find my impression to last. I can tell a person who loves dolling up herself likes to keep her life in order and organized at all times. Though it is not always the case for I know someone who just love to present herself looking pretty in public’s eyes but behind closed doors, she is one messy girl.

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13 Years Anniversary

Being married to my husband is such a blessing and I am pretty proud to say, life has been good with him. My marriage and my own family are the biggest blessing I ever received in my entire life. I wouldn’t change a thing about my life right now and praying that we will still be together until our last breath.

Thirteen years with him, we have two kids, moved to three different houses and a small dog. Typical American family but we are one of those that still share or eat dinner together. Though there were days when schedules got hectic and we didn’t get to sit together at the table but once the normality of life got back, everything was normal again.

Here’s to our 13th anniversary. We actually just dined out last night, a post celebration because my husband had suffered gout the past days so we couldn’t go out. Nothing fancy, no expensive gifts or whatsoever. I am just thankful I have these beautiful people with me in this journey we call life.

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Trail to Go Biking

Aside from a quiet location of our property, we are also pleased to know that there is a trail located just right in front of our property stretching as 20 miles East and West. That is a lot of land to go riding a bicycle in any direction you want to go.

I have done 4.5 miles bike ride so far and plan on going longer rides as days to come. I ride my bike in the mornings while the temperatures are cool but cool enough to make me comfortable at the same time basking in the sun to make sweat.

It is with great pleasure using this public trail, I love it. It enables me to enjoy the outdoors at the same time getting my leg exercise. Such a great way to admire the wooded and shaded part of this little town too. Just let yourself loose on foot or on the bike and be thankful for God’s wonderful gift of life.

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Our New Home

We are one of those that are so blessed and are able to purchase a house we all like. It is a log house that was built in 2007. We are the third owner of this house. We think it’s beautiful, all natural wood inside and brown painted/treated logs on the outside, it is a 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths two-storey house with wrap-around porch.

Right now, we are still in the process of moving and arranging our stuff to make this house cozy and homey. It is situated on a 4+-acre farm on a major US highway in East Texas. We love it out here, it is quiet and you can see the beautiful green trees and in the backyard, you can look as far as your eyes can see!

The closest neighbor we have are the previous owners and their sons which their house is sitting adjacent to our property.

Anyway, one of my favorite parts of the house is the front porch. It is where I can get to hear the traffic ( makes me feel I am not too far from the civilization), the neighbors’ roosters. And it is the front porch where I can watch the kids play, Calico hunting for lizards and admire my plants in pots and hanging baskets. So relaxing! I would like to think that I am beginning to experience a beautiful country life. Thanks to my husband for his ability to buy a property with no problems giving us a life with no worries.

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Our log home at night
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Our dining room is slowly coming together. It is all orangey/fall looking right now due to upcoming season, Fall and Halloween. I am planning of changing decors as we move through the Holiday seasons. Top of the refrigerator needs a knick knack or two and would love to have a galvanized “friends and family gather here” décor over the doors.

Keep coming as I will update some parts of our home as I am working on putting up stuff slowly.

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Antique Shops in New Boston, Texas

Antique shops is one of my favorite stores to hang out and see stuff nowadays. I have not had any interests with flea markets or antique shops before until we moved to the country, why? Because of the log house we bought and I would think antiques or anything rustic/Western fit best with the house.

I was excited to know that there are actually antique shops that I can go visit in New Boston, Texas which is 12 miles away from us. There are three antique shops located in the same complex so with that said, it just makes me wanna drag my feet there comes trade days. I can’t wait for it. It happens every third Saturday of the month, this month it falls on the 17th of September.

I don’t think I am done with buying home decorations yet, so going to trade days and see what they’ll have makes me want to drag the days to go by fast and indulge myself with the antiques and unique gifts I can find that other people are selling.

Here’s a couple pictures of the shops I took when we visited New Boston last week.

 

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Hasn’t Gone Out in Five Days

It is our second week here in our country home and so far so good. The kids are pretty much doing well in school. They said, kids and teachers here are nice and friendly. Not much of a difference than city schools.

While I, on the other hand having a little of trouble adjusting to our new living environment. It kinda scares me the thought that we only have a few neighbors, it gets pitch dark at night, so many insects, spiders and bugs we are battling with, and the fact that I have not gone out in five days is kinda taking me back to my old boring days here in America when I feel stuck and nowhere else to go.

Can you imagine  I have only seen two different people this week? One that came over this morning, Karl is his name to help me get in the house ‘coz I got locked out you know and one that I see everyday is our kids’ school bus driver.

I can drive, right? But I don’t see the need to go anywhere else. There are no stores close by that I like to see or none of my favorite shopping stores are anywhere near me so I better stay at home. Anyway, I think I can do this. Just need a little adjustment and getting a hang to it is what I should do in order for me to fully enjoy and appreciate this peaceful country lifestyle we now have.