prepping for the holidays + washi tape frames tutorial

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Heading into the holiday season, I have many goals for my home. I want it to be festive and filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays, but, more importantly, I want it to be clean, comfortable and welcoming. This is especially true this holiday season, as we have the pleasure of hosting several overnight guests between now and New Years.

Because of this, I wanted to update our guest bathroom to make it as inviting as possible. I purchased some new decor items, printed out some coastal-inspired art prints, and painted the walls a soft gray color.

coastal bathroom

washi tape frames

All of the updates took less than a weekend to pull together, and, once I was through, I made a stop at Walmart to pick up a few cleaning essentials- Windex® Original Glass Cleaner, Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel & Disinfectant Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaner. Because let’s be honest: a bathroom can be beautifully decorated and put-together, but if it’s not clean, all the color coordinated accessories in the world won’t make people want to spend time in it.

scrubbing bubbles

After giving our guest bathroom a good cleaning, I wanted to add a crafty touch to the plain white frames I used for the wall art above the towel bar.

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I chose some washi tape in colors that coordinated to our bathroom, and simply added a length to all four sides of the frame…

washi tape

washi tape

It took less than 10 minutes from beginning to end, and added some color and fun to otherwise plain jane picture frames.

washi tape crafts

washi picture frames

After spending the time cleaning and prepping our guest bathroom, I can honestly say that the effect is inviting, warm, and, above all, clean! I’m so excited to host our friends and family over the next couple of months, and I know that they’ll appreciate the time that went into making their space so welcoming.

As you prepare for your own holiday guests, make sure to stop by Walmart for a great selection of Windex® and Scrubbing Bubbles® products. Here’s where I found them in my local store…

scrubbing bubbles

As the holidays approach, be sure to keep up with Windex® on Facebook and Twitter, and Scrubbing Bubbles® on Facebook and Twitter for the latest promotions, new products and more! Lots more#HappyThanksGathering inspiration on their site! And, since everyone loves a great deal, click here for $5 off your holiday photos (with purchase).

I’d love to know…how do YOU prep your home for guests over the holidays? What tips and tricks do you use to create a warm and welcoming space?


mason jar craft ideas {for christmas}

christmas crafts
Is there anyone out there NOT in love with mason jar crafts? I didn’t think so. And when your mason jar crafts center around Christmas, well, the possibilities are just endless. Today, I’m sharing 25 of my favorite mason jar (and lid!) craft ideas!

via damask love

via capturing joy

Peppermint_Mocha_Java_Jarvia the gunny sack

car-with-tree-in-mason-jar-christmas-decoration-2-2_thumbvia it all started with paint


via classy clutter


via yesterday on tuesday


via sugar bee crafts

shake-and-pour-pancakes-jar-mix-skiptomylou.org_via skip to my lou

Christmas+potpouriir-stonegableblogcomvia stone gable blog

snow globevia the creative mama

HomemadeSaltScrubGift_thumbvia mad in crafts

Glitter-Jar-amp-Ornament-Giftvia the crafted sparrow

SONY DSCvia canary street crafts

christmas jarsvia please note paper

Mason-Jar-Christmas-2685via house of hawthornes

soupswuarevia she uncovered

fun-mason-jar-crafts1via jaderbomb

downloadvia make-haus

mason jar lid ornaments labeledvia diy on the cheap

Mason-Jar-Printable-for-Christmasvia blush and jelly

IMG_7426via modern girl blitz

DSC_1955via the pink doormat

Poinsettia-Beeswax-Candlesvia garden therapy

Mason-Jar-Vase-4-copyvia crafts unleashed

Christmas-Adventvia cherished bliss


good things {free printable}


Happy Thursday, Lovelies! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite quotes, in a gorgeous blue/green watercolor colorway! Just download here, print, and frame for art that’s both beautiful and motivational! Enjoy!