THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 20

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Picture of the week:

Week in Review: Because sometimes a herd (school, posse)? of ducks show up at your front door and you just need to feed them.

Introduction into The Society: And now I’m happy to introduce you to the newest branch in our ever-growing family tree: No Small Thing. She submitted this post about shoe shopping to get into our little club!

1.  Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):  

My blog is called No Small Thing.  I started it as a journal so that I could remember funny/sentimental things, even every day things that have happened in my life as a mother.  
2.  How long have you been blogging?

I started this blog in January 2008, so it has been about 7 months. 
3.  How would you define THAT family?  

THAT family in one word?  Us.  THAT family is always noticeable for one reason or another…the dirty fingernails, the koolaid smiles, the bumps and bruises and scrapes.  They are loud, and chaotic, and fun to be around!  They seem unlucky, as though a little black cloud follows them around, but they also don’t seem to notice that cloud.  THAT family may seem a mess, but they have a love for one another that is deep and it will weather any storm.
4.  When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?  

Well, I grew up in THAT family, and I was going to turn in my membership card when I got married.  I think I figured out that I was still a member when my third child followed me around Target asking rather loudly if he could “eat this booger?”  I was gettin’ the stares, I’m tellin’ you.  Or maybe it was the time I had to take all four of the children to the doctor (they were all sick) and the doctor asked for a urine sample from one of them, so we all piled in the bathroom together, me, three kids and a baby in the stroller, and they began fighting over who got to pee in the cup while the baby was screaming.  And I tried to shush them, I did, and I know everyone heard us.

5.  Where can we find your blog?  

DIYP {Christmas Decor & Ideas Part I}


I’m so excited to share with you some of my Christmas decor ideas. Each week I’ll highlight several of my favorite things in my house. 

Idea #1: I love all the fun Christmas cloth napkins that are available. I got these cute Santa toile napkins at Hobby Lobby during one of their 1/2 off sales. I also bought some matching red ribbon and plugged in my hot glue gun.

Oh, yeah.

I took the two napkins and glued the ribbon at each corner on both napkins.

I placed a pillow in-between my adorable slip cover and look what I made!

Idea #2:
Take some acrylic paint (red, green or white) and a paint brush and paint a jolly word on a mirror in your house!

I painted ‘joy’ on my powder room mirror and that’s exactly what I feel when I look into it!

Idea #3:
Buy a festive holiday place card set. I got my set of 8 at the Homegoods store for $6.99. 

I love these cute little things because they are so versatile.  Here are just a few ideas:

Picture holders

Business card holders

Ornaments for a table top tree

Use them to spread cheer

Intended purpose

Join me next Saturday, I’ll be showing off my Christmas tree, my creative Nutcracker chandelier and the
best idea ever for pine cones!!

And for a fun winter project to do with your kids, check out how to make snow globes in my Blissfully Domestic article!


Thanksgiving clip art
It’s a Thanksgiving tradition to make a list of all the things for which we are thankful. Here’s my list so far:  
Family & friends
Sweet tea
Russian friends
Automobile DVD players
Tummy panel in slimming jeans
Target clearance aisles
Magic eraser
Mac n cheese
Poison control
My home
Pet doors
Padded braziers
Garage sales
Peppermint shakes & coffees
Things to laugh at
Clairol gray hair coverage
Cool weather
Having more than enough
Santa following me on Twitter (it helps with the bribery)
Toenail polish
Warm pajamas
Hot baths (and especially the last 4 together)
Tiny feet
Butterfly kisses
My parents

What’s on your list?

Visit Kelly’s to see some other great holiday traditions!