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Deck the Halls……

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….more making our house home-y. Well, now that we’re into November, I think it’s safe to say farewell to the beauty of summer. Gone are the geraniums, impatiens and even the mumms. It’s time to welcome the rich, warm textures and tones of winter.


A few years ago, I had a bee in my bonnet when I saw these pre-lit branches. I thought they were so festive; I had to have them. Of course, as with most obsessive collectors (read; hoarder), my new sparkly lights made their way to my basement, buried under fake grass, Mardi Gras beads and rooter poms. This season, sparkly pre-lit branches are everywhere, so I decided it was time to do something special with mine.


I’m always hugely in favor of home décor that has longevity, so I decided to create an arrangement that would last throughout the long months of winter. It was so easy! All I needed was;



  • 2 bundles of sparkly pre-lit branches
  • 7 stalks of faux pine branches, tall
  • 2 stalks of faux evergreens, full
  • 3 stems of faux pine branches
  • 3 stems of small evergreen branches
  • 4 stems of berry branches
  • 1 tall container


The vessel really sets the tone for the arrangement. I love this tall, antiqued urn with the fleur de lis motif for its understated elegance. From here the stems practically arranged themselves!


First, I adjusted the length of the pine branches to fit neatly inside the container.

Second, I arranged the sparkly pre-lit branches, scattering them amongst the pines, and tucking the wires into the vessel.


Third, I added both of the full evergreen stems to each side of the arrangement.

Fourth, I strategically placed the soft pine branches, nestled amongst the pines.

Fifth, I filled in the spaces at the edge of the vessel with the smaller stems.

Lastly, I nestled the stems of berries throughout the arrangement to add more texture and a shock of color.


I found the perfect spot for my arrangement; perched on top of a beautiful painted pedestal stand in the corner of my kitchen. All that was left was to plug it in and enjoy….


More sparkly lights, more floral arrangements, more making a house a home………


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They Say It’s Your Birthday…..

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more birthday celebrations! While this year I may be celebrating the 15th anniversary of my 29th birthday, Tuesday, my Nick turned 19! It’s so weird. It really seems like it’s been about 5 minutes since we brought him home from the hospital, and now, all the sudden he’s fairly well grown up and celebrating his first birthday away at college; without us.


When I was little, my mom always made a big fat deal out of our birthdays; so naturally, I am of the belief that birthdays should be celebrated like it’s Mardi Gras. Over the years, we’ve had some pretty rockin’ parties for Nick. All sports all the time has, of course, been a recurring theme. Amongst my favorites, however, was Nick’s 5th grade party. It’s not easy to come up with an idea that isn’t so “been there done that”. I stumbled across the Chicago Bulls/White Sox Training Academy (which is pretty stinking painful for those of us diehard Cub’s fans). Their deal at the time was you rented the Chicago Bulls replica basketball court, equipped with a working scoreboard, buzzer and referee, at $150 for an hour. The number of invitees was unlimited, so, since more of everything is always better, we included a total of 20 kids to help us celebrate.


Rather than waste our precious hour picking teams, we sent out two invitations; one requesting the recipients wear a white t-shirt, and the other requesting the recipients wear a blue t-shirt. When the boys arrived, all they had to do sit on the bench, shouting, “Put me in coach; I’m ready to play!” After the game, we went out for pizza, and as a party favor, gave each of the boys a mini basketball. It was awesome!


Over the years, we’ve celebrated with several golf outings, but last years was my favorite. We surprised Nick with a huge breakfast in our home (yummy scrambled eggs, bacon and chocolate chip pancakes) with a dozen of his closest friends; pals he’s collected from Pre-school to high school. After breakfast, the boys headed over to one of Nick’s favorite courses to play 18 on his 18th. He had the very best day!


This year was certainly an adjustment. I wanted Nick to feel that even though he’s away, his birthday is still a day of celebration, but how could I make a small, but thoughtful gesture? Of course there were presents, but I also packed a few packages of Hershey’s Drops and made one of his all time favorite family desserts; chewy bars. To create a feeling of festivity, I packed crazy straws, party blowers, water guns and silly string. I hope he and his new friends are racing up and down the dorm room halls having fun and acting silly. That’s exactly what a 19 year old should be doing.

More birthday celebrations, more fabulous festivities, more family traditions, more missing Nick on his 19th birthday…..


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