Holiday Shopping Guide – Day three

Holiday Shopping Guide – Day three

Whose finished all their Christmas Shopping?!

Yeah…me either!

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If you have missed our first two days, we have developed a “best of deals” to take the stress out of online shopping for you through all the black Friday, shop small Saturday, and cyber Monday madness.

I have done extensive research on where is holding the best sales for each day which I am over the moon to share with you ladies! Tonight is all about home finds, maternity, and fitness!

Let’s start out with my FAVORITE monthly subscription box – The Bump Box!!!!! I have been obsessed with this little happy mail delivery since I was pregnant with Tristan. I am absolutely horrible at shopping for myself or keeping up on the latest trends with maternity and postpartum and this box has it all. It was so nice to be excited to pamper myself and have new little things to learn about my changing body! The Bump Box and The Sweetest Little Life have teamed up to get you one sweet little deal! You can get your box now for 40% off and fall in love just like I did! Use code CourtneyH40 at check out – Get your box here


Before I throw in this next item which I am way more excited about than a women ever should be…..Can we just talk about how Dyson’s are normally $500!!! Oh em gee! Macy’s is offering their last night where you can snag one of these bad boys up for $199. With kids and a farm of animals like myself this is a must have. Show me a clean home!3b54f535-13ef-4f83-917d-4bc978153955_1.2953bfa0b8133944ed6fee47e2d98896

Let’s take a minute and talk stocking stuffers? My favorite is little perfumes and I know my husband loves cologne sets to try out different fragrances for different seasons. Finding quality sets though can get expensive but look no more! Macy’s is having 50% and are you ready for it….You can get a set of 5 for only $15 until 11/26! WHAAAAAT?! Stuff my Stocking

Now can we get a bit more practical! Who has kids? Fur Children? A messy husband? All of the above? I am so picky about my sheets ya all…They must be clean, the must be soft, and they can’t be all stuffy and not move… I found 1000 count sheets which are normally $50 on sale for $10!!!! Can we say LOAD IT UP! This can be back up sheets for kids accidents, spilled water, guest stays, you name it! Sheets – Yes Please!


Holiday Parties? Mom Makeup most days which requires a bare minimum but want a little extra without breaking the bank? As a “retired” makeup artist I am a tad bias and makeup snobbish…MAC is for sure my all time fav when it comes to getting glammed up and Macy’s has their holiday set on sale for $20. SERIOUS STEAL! Only a few hours left on this particular sale so JUMP ON THIS LADIES! MAC Makeup Set Sale10508544_fpx

Having family & friends for the Holidays? Want your house to look dreamy but not break the bank! Oh girlfriend I’ve got you! One of my all time FAVORITE home decor stores is going 80% off starting tomorrow (Sunday at 8 p.m.) Swoon worthy home on a budget

I don’t know about you but around holiday time, I find myself cleaning about 10 times what I normally would…Glitter is the gift that keeps on giving am I riggghhhhhttt? Mrs. Myers is my all time obsession for natural cleaning (especially now that I have a newborn.) I also am a complete candle freak and always love my home to smell like we just made gingerbread cookies until January. Grove has launched their Christmas Line and is also offering FREE Gift sets with every purchase (No minimum order) Let’s be excited to clean glitter not saying naughty words under our breath!!! Click here for the smell of warm cookies and hot cocoaMrs-Meyers-Holiday-Kit

That’s all for tonight but I’ll be back tomorrow with a fresh new set of sales to grab while the getting is good! Please drop me a comment if there is a particular item and brand you would like me to research for you before Monday!


33 Etsy Picks for a Hauntingly Handmade Halloween

33 Etsy Picks for a Hauntingly Handmade Halloween

Ladies, I love almost all things Halloween. Creaky doors, fake spiders, cute ghosts, creepy crawlies, fake vampire teeth, and yes, candy corn. I love that it’s the one time of the year when you can dress up like anything or anyone you choose. The only thing containing you is your imagination. The laughter, the goosebumps, the nervous excitement…the world just seems extra alive (or dead, bwahahaha).  😉  As a child, after I decided I was too old to trick-or-treat, I started working in Haunted Houses and Barns. I’ve scared and been scared so many times and I love it.  Except for one thing.  Did you notice earlier I said I love ALMOST all things Halloween?  Confession time.  I want nothing, and I mean nothing, to do with clowns.  Never have, never will. Not scary clowns, creepy clowns, happy clowns, or laughing clowns. Nope. Not even Ronald McDonald. ‘Cause that’s one scary as hell clown.  So, I have composed a hauntingly good list of 33 Handmade Halloween Etsy items, but not one contains a clown.

It all starts at the door, right?  Check out these delightfully spooky door decorations to up your Halloween game.

Witch Hat WreathWitch Hat Wreath

truckPersonalized Halloween truck and ghost door hanger

raven wreath Spooky raven wreath

friendly ghostFriendly ghost door hanger

spider wreathLittle monsters live here Halloween wreath

While we’re talking about door decor, let’s look at a few amazingly wicked doormats.

HocusHocus Pocus doormat

doormatFriendly Halloween doormat

booBoo Y’all doormat

Another fun way to bring Halloween into your home is with seasonal throw pillows.  Check out these to up your creepy factor:

farmstyle pillowFarmhouse-style Halloween pillow

witch lives hereA witch lives here throw pillow

skeleton famPersonalized skeleton family Halloween pillow


burlapBurlap Hocus Pocus throw pillow 


More frighteningly fantastic handmade halloween decor:

ceramic ghostsHandmade ceramic ghosts

circling crowsCircling crows wall decal

ombreOmbre candy corn wine bottle

witch hRustic, distressed witch hat 

standing H bowl  Standing Halloween bowl

witch & mWitch and her little monsters Halloween canvas

Bring Halloween to your kitchen and get-togethers:

h rolling pHalloween Rolling Pin

cup with legsWitch cup with legs 

beware mom Beware of mom mug

 H wine Witch way to the wine

HP wine Hocus Pocus wine tumbler

H jack glass Jack Skellington wine glass

H wine labels

 Halloween wine labels


Okay, so I had trouble stopping at home decor and kitchen items.  I have to add in a few shirts for moms too. Because, did I mention I really love Halloween?

momster Momster mom shirt

squad shirtSquad/Hocus Pocus shirt

For the expecting ladies:

H preg shirt

For expecting mommas of baby girl, Halloween shirt

h brewing Pregnancy Halloween shirt

mummy Mummy-to-be shirt

And last, but not least, a few goodies just for the kiddos:h pillowcase

Personalized Halloween pillow case, kids 

frankFrankenstein plushie, kids 

H cupsHalloween cups for kids

Happy Halloween!  What are some of your favorite Etsy Halloween items?

-Kristen M. Rodgers

How to decorate your mantel.

Mantels. The struggle is REAL. Its confusing right? A little off balanced here, a little a symmetrical there. For years I struggled with the art of changing up my mantel for seasons, holidays, etc and being succesful. When I sat back to relax and enjoy it, it looked like Santa puked clutter everywhere! We can not have that for a calming area of our houses! No way! No how!

Over the last few months I made it a goal to master the art of a clean and beautiful looking mantel. I want to share some tips, tricks, and hacks to help you in creating the perfect seasonal piece to catch any ones eye.

Ready to be DIY Interior Decorator? Here we go!

First always…and I mean always… begin with your centerpiece or anchor. (This is the piece you are putting in the center.) An anchor is something which is hanging such as a mirror etc. If you are in a smaller space a mirror as an anchor is a fabulous way to really make your space look bigger by reflection of light. A good rule of thumb is it’s the biggest item you are placing on the mantel so you want it to be the real eye catcher!


Our next step is moving onto what is called the “fillers”. Fillers are little knick knack fun items to fill the empty space around your centerpiece.


Once you have the fillers in place you have decided to use,  stand back and look to make sure you have nice combining textures and heights in the “filler” section. A wonderful way to add a little height if you have an item that is just too plain solo, you can stack some accent books and put the item on top of the books. Greenery is also a wonderful accent to brighten up or add a pop of color if it seems to be to neutral for you!


The final step in creating the perfect space for your mantel is the “weight”. The weight is the girth and height at the end of each side of the mantle! THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH~ for example, currently on mine I have a Big Lantern paired with a smaller one on the left side and on the right side I have a Silver Tall Vase of Tulips! It truly is all about your style and mixing it up!

Spring is  here! Hopefully this helps with a little confidence in creating a beautiful mantle Simply!

Happy Decorating Friends.



Over the years I have read several how to articles learning the ins and outs of what works for different businesses and hand-made companies. I kept seeing a shipping station repeatedly in blogs and articles and thought it was something worth investigating a little deeper. When the Holiday Season hits for most makers it’s as if you are struggling to stay above water, especially for a one man show.

An ultimate goal of every maker is to stay organized, have fun, and love what you do. I created a shipping station OUTSIDE of my office in the garage so it was out of sight and out of mind when I was creating. When I finish an item I simply place it on the table and at the end of the day I go out and package everything up. Packaging is a job within it self (if you’re doing it properly.) It’s crucial to have something visually stimulating and exciting for your customer to open up. Often times I will go with seasons and add little trinkets, ribbons, shred, etc. This is also a branding trick and customers are more likely to remember all the extra effort you put into their order. You took the time to make it special. That is why the shipping station is so crucial it gives you time to focus on one thing….SHIPPING….

It’s a known fact most creative people are “squirrelly” type personalities, so having focus, direction, and guidance is crucial. I wish I would have started this years ago, so here I am screaming it from the ROOF TOPS – create a damn shipping station! Have all your bubble wrap, ribbons, boxes, tape, and goodies to add in all in ONE SPOT! (Also toddlers can’t steal your trinkets this way! hehe)

Now let’s get to shipping!!!!

No really…

Go Now….

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Store run: 

  • Stalk of Celery
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 1/3 cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 onion thinly chopped
  • 1 pound of wide egg noodles
  • 5  cups milk
  • 1 can of drained artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan

Lets get cooking ladies and gents……

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Start boiling water in a large pot and add noodles for about 2 minutes or until al dente, drain the noodles and return to the same pot.

In a separate pan heat oil in a heavy pan on medium heat. Add onions and 3 stalks of chopped celery with salt and pepper. Cook for 4-6 minutes than add in flour stirring for about a minute. Add milk until a smooth texture and let simmer for one minute.

Add mixture and noodles together. Add in tuna, artichoke hearts, and salt and pepper. Mix it up well. Place in baking dish and sprinkle over the top with parmesan! (I also added mozzarella for some extra zing!)

Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bubbling on top!


The Moment it Happened.

December to August in my house was Chaotic, Hectic, Busy, Non Stop, and Confusing. We all hit these times in our Mommy or Career Lives where we have to sit back and pull the reigns. In my case I needed to completely halt them! I have always had goals and ways to reach them, but when you are on the move non stop with no time to be in the moment because you are consistently planning or running it makes life fly by and messy.  While running late which had become a new usual for me, on my way to football practice (which my son was begging after day 4 to not do), with the baby crying in the back from being over tired, listening to “Little Sprigs” podcast on conscious parenting and being in the moment it hit me like a TON OF BRICKS…. Not like a pillow case blow, but literally made my head hurt to the point I turned the car around. I have been running so fast for so long I am missing what is important in my life. Lets rewind a little….About 3 weeks ago, I started to get some serious anxiety just around life in general. I was like the 2-year-old that still hears back round noise and feels the ‘missing out” so can’t sleep. I had my hands in way to many jars with absolutely no direction or focus. I needed to get clarity and focus. I knew a few things so I began to write…..

  1. My children needed me to be present and not always stressed out about what was to come next. Children feed off our feelings and absolutely need us to be present and in the moment with them.
  2. I was so stressed out over work and never getting any thing done I had become in a habit of being in ‘catch up’ mode.
  3. My health and taking care of myself had become non existent and on the back burner. (I even went to the doctor thinking I was sick and got informed that stress can be hidden and sneak up on you with out you realizing it, thus showing signs your “sick.”)
  4. I was trying to be supermom, super woman, super wife, super career with no strategy or organization.

Now lets fast forward…..I started this blog over 30 days ago and have since made some serious dedication to organize and re strategize my entire existence. I failed a few times but here is a list of things that so far, have been serious game changers in balance, freedom, simplicity and over all happiness.

  • I laid out my children and I’s clothing in outfits on hangers for the entire month. No more out fit arguments in the morning, no more sweats and a tank top for me everyday. The best part…. all we do is grab a hanger and the entire outfit is ready for the day.
  • DO THE DISHES….No matter how tired you are. Do the dishes and a quick clean on your kitchen the night before. There is nothing more stressful than waking up and the first thing you think is “oh shit I have cleaning to do from yesterday.”
  • Stay on top of laundry. I have one basket in our entire house that holds exactly 1 load of laundry. When that basket is full, I take it to the washing machine, wash it, dry it, and put it on “out fit hangers” immediately.
  • Write everything down immediately. I have major mom brain and commit to a hundred different things and then forget deadlines. I have two things I write in, my planner for events and scheduling, and then a little notebook of daily to do’s in accomplishing my small and big goals. Every day I work towards something.
  • Handle it. Once. If something needs to be done, do not procrastinate just get up and handle it. Pick up the phone and handle it. Than its done and not lingering on to your next day. Something that once would take you 2 minutes turns into an hour of finding things, sorting things out, making it right. Handle it.
  • Meditate. Pray. Breathe. Repeat. – several times throughout the day.
  • Throw it away. If you havent used it in over 6 months, get rid of it. Having too much stuff makes it impossible to feel de cluttered and free.
  • Plan. Far far far in advance. I’m a dive head first type of girl so this is my biggest struggle. I had on my to do list to plan my September Palette & Paint class. Instead….I planned the dates and booked the location through January. This creates more room and freedom with 1 phone call and a contract.
  • Check List. I Framed cute little Morning and Evening to do’s for my littles so they know whats happening and when it’s happening. Children thrive on STRUCTURE.

These few little things have helped me in a big way over the past month and I hope you can take just one thing that helps you too live more balanced and happy!



Spice Cabinet Makeover DIY

This year the motivation for me is to switch it from “chaos coordinator” to a more peaceful pace. The first step for my family was decluttering and organizing. Since we are in the middle of a remodel, what more perfect timing! This idea, I just fell in love with. The best part….It took me less than an hour to complete! I can never find measuring cups in my drawers. Even when I neatly stack the spoons and cups some how my children seem to hide them, play with them, use them for science projects and than they vanish! This hack is a life saver and KID REACH FREE! YASSSSSS! Mom – 1.

  • Take your cabinet OFF THE HINGES. (Wood glue will slide and glide and you will say naughty words if you skip this step.)
  • Lay it on a flat surface! (I used my cricut and cut out a 8”, 6”, and 4” cut out of a mason jar than lined it with sharpie to create the perfect lid and top I wanted! (Best part sharpie comes off with a magic eraser if you oops it!)
    • Next I Cut out the measuring cups using a 10” and 8” cut. – If you do not have a Cricut the custom cuts can be found at for $50.00 with the entire kit to make this!
  • Make sure you measure your pallette planks before you begin the gluing to make sure everything will close properly!IMG_5628.JPG
  • Next step CREATE! I laid everything out and measured to make sure my vinyl was in equal measuring distance to look right on the cabinet! Then I placed my vinyl. I used Gorilla Wood Glue for the Planks and let them set for 1 hour before messing with the next step! PATIENCE IS CRUCIAL HERE! If you start hanging and nailing things on the pallette before the wood glue is dry you are at great risk to crack your cabinet.
  • Next I took a hammer and placed nails (you can use hangers too) I chose nails because the holes in my disney spoons were just too teeny tiny to fit! MAKE SURE YOU BEND NAILS UP if you choose to do nails! (Other wise every time you open your cabinet things will fly at you!)
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  • After the wood glue has set you can re hang your cabinet and set all your measuring cups and spoons up! So easy, simple, and cheap! Looks like a million doallars! (If you have kids, they cant hack your silverware drawer any longer!)
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Happy Crafting Friends!!!!!