Lazy Mom's Guide to Holiday Decorating

Happy V Day my lovelies!!

When it comes to decorating for minor holidays, I am a big fan of keeping it simple.  I appreciate all these cute crafts and mantles and decorations and while I want to make our house festive and fun, I also think a little goes a long way.  Here's an easy way to bring a bit of seasonal or holiday cheer to your home.

Some day when you have a spare hour - maybe today, maybe next Saturday or a month from now - sift through your photos and pull out some fun ones that make you smile - of your dog, your kids, a kissy picture of you and your hubby.  Get together some old frames, or grab some in the dollar bin at Target, and frame up a cute picture for each holiday.  Maybe throw some holiday scrapbook paper in the mix.

Then put those frames in a box and pull them out as needed for instant holiday decorating.  I can't tell you how much I enjoy pulling these photos out year after year, just for that season.

Valentines:  this pic was actually taken on a 4th of July many moons ago but we've got red on so who's counting?

Halloween:  Peter in the pumpkin at Storyland when he was 4 (he's 13 now).  Man he was scrumptious!!

St. Paddy's Day:  Hannah at 22 months (she's 11 now), in her kilt and cloak sent from her auntie in Ireland.  I can't begin to tell you how much I love those tiny black patent leather shoes and the tiny girl in them!  It fills up my heart just to look at this.

How's that for simple holiday decorating?

If you're looking for some culinary delights to cast a spell on your Valentines, check out yesterday's posts on Linzer Cookies and a few of my chocolate desserts, or woo your better half with one of these aphrodisiacs I posted about last year!

Embrace this cheesy commercialized day as a reason to give your mom a call, or email a friend, or take your dog for a long walk.  Today I will use the excuse of Valentine's Day to remind myself of the words I try to live by, but are so easy to forget in my everyday life of disciplining and helping with homework and doing laundry and carpooling, cooking and cleaning, teaching CCD, feeding the dog and food shopping and writing run-on sentences.

Spread love everywhere you go:  first of all in your own home.  Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.  Be the living expression of God's kindness:  kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting. 
-Mother Teresa

Wishing you lots of love this Valentines Day and every day!

I'm linking up my lazy's mom's holiday decorating with framed pictures to these wonderful blogs!


Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

Pictures instantly make things special for me...and these are so darling!!! Memories are the best kind of decor (c: Happy V-day!!!

pam {simple details} said...

Wonderful quote, Lisa! You certainly do a great job making the blogosphere a happier place! :)

Jenny said...

What a sweet post. I too, have a 13 year-old boy, and the pictures of them as "little boys" always get me all gushy and sentimental. I am also a chauffeur, cleaner, launderer, story-teller, dishwasher, run on sentence writing mom. We should have a support group. ;-) Or a 12-Step program. Or something.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

What a great way to add instant holiday decor! That picture of you girl is too adorable for words!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

Happy Valentine's day my friend! I appreciate your simple guide to decorating. It's always so fun to be able to go through old pics...time flies by so quickly. I love your quote from Mother Teresa. I have always admired her. My cousin had a chance to serve at her home for the dying in India while he was at Notre Dame. That experience inspired him to study for the priesthood.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great idea! And sometimes simple is just perfect! Thanks for linking up and back!