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UPDATED FOR 2018! - 50 holiday pinning keywords for Pinterest marketing!

I love holiday pinning and everything related to it! The planning, shopping, and gathering DIY ideas is what I love the most. Now it's the uttermost time to do some keyword searches and plan your holiday pinning strategy. Begin your holiday pinning by gathering inspiring ideas and creating seasonal boards.

Do you make Holiday wreaths?

HOLIDAY WREATHS THAT LOOK AND SMELL GOOD

 

Holiday wreaths, they are my ultimate favorite things in order to make our home smell good and also to make our house look cozy and festive. This is the first year when I made them by myself. Usually, I go to local vendors and buy their beautiful twig wreaths. That has been the easiest way to start a holiday and get into the Christmas mood.

 

This year I've seen so many DIYs and instructions how to do wreaths that I thought I'd had to try it by myself. Our basement has an excellent space to do a different kind of crafts but the lighting there is very poor. I think I should start doing more of these DIYs in the future. It's really fun to make something with your own hands. And it's not that hard when you are not trying to be a perfectionist.

Imperfection is beautiful!

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I ordered some mistletoe and eucalyptus from a local florist and foraged other greenery from our garden and trees. I also asked my husband to cut off big branches of our pine trees and spruces. I will put those branches on the table during Christmas dinner to give some great forest smell and earthy feeling to our tablescape.

 

I also bought some really cheap rattan (?) wreaths and just started to tucked it with eucalyptus. I really didn't have any particular order or way to do it. I just used my creativity and played with the materials that I've foraged. My wreaths are a bit asymmetrical and imperfect but I like them that way. Besides, they smell divine!

 

As holiday wreath making is so easy, this is not a DIY post. However, if you'd like to dive into specific instructions how to make a wreath, I found a great site for that (with images!). Just click to see  a beautiful wreath in making.

 

You can see a peek of our mirror wall also in the pictures. It's one of my favorite corners in our living area.

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Holiday wreaths by Nellaino

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Enjoy your time with the closest ones!

6 ways to show your gratitude in Thanksgiving

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GRATITUDE IS IMPORTANT

 

Thanksgiving is not a holiday that we are celebrating in Finland but I really like the meaning behind it. Show your appreciation to others, give to those that don't have anything, be close to your family and remember to enjoy your time.

 

It is said to be the biggest "family gathering" in the States. Even bigger than the Christmas. That's quite something!

 

I wanted to think some easy ways how you can show your gratitude during Thanksgiving weekend. You don't even have to celebrate Thanksgiving in order to do these things and show your appreciation and gratitude.

 

6 ways to show your gratitude in Thanksgiving

 

  1. Start with little things - do something thoughtful to your loved ones, e.g. clean up the table after Thanksgiving dinner

  2. Everyone loves compliments - compliment a skill, talent or strength of your closest ones

  3. Slow down and appreciate others' time - try to be patient even if you feel like you are in hurry, be still

  4. Be personal - write a handwritten thank you note to someone that really needs some couragement or uplifting

  5. Be inspired by the nature - give flowers to someone to brighten their day, do some foraging and make a wreath to your neighbour

  6. Be present - promise yourself that you will make everyday moments precious ones, extraordinary

  7. Remember to show gratitude also for yourself - list all the good things in your life, keep a gratitude journal

 

Have a cozy Thanksgiving with full of love and laughter! Hold your loved ones extra close and enjoy your time.

 
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