Guest Book Alternatives + Giveaway

Hi guys! We’re making our way through my ultimate wedding checklist and today for Wedding Wednesday we’re going to be taking a look at some awesome ideas for guest book alternatives. Not that there is anything wrong with traditional guest books, but you may be wanting something a little more unique, memorable and long lasting for your wedding guest book. These guest book alternatives can all be used after your wedding in your home as a sentimental decor piece. I love the idea of having something from your wedding that you can look at everyday. Most of these guest book alternatives are from the brilliant makers of Etsy, which is a great one-stop-shop for your wedding. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the […]

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Christmas Traditions + December to Remember Giveaway!

Today I’m getting nostalgic as I share my childhood Christmas traditions with you. I’ve also teamed up with The Hopping Bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway opportunity. There’s a hop below for you to go and enter all the participating bloggers’ giveaways. Yes, that’s right. There is going to be a winner on EACH blog, so be sure to visit them all. Christmas Traditions We have a rule in my house. No Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. This was a rule in my household growing up…although my mom tried to push the envelope from time to time. Actually it was no Christmas music allowed until the weekend before Thanksgiving. If we’re getting technical. My mom was a teacher and as soon as the school bell […]


Christmas Decor from Etsy

WOOOHOOOO!!!!!! It’s December! 🙂 It’s finally socially acceptable to hum Christmas tunes in public and bust out all the Christmas decor, today I’m bringing you some great Christmas decor from Etsy. Every month I do a little round up for fun Etsy finds and it’s only fitting that this month’s be Christmas decor from Etsy. Have you decked the halls in your home yet? These great finds from Etsy will help get your home ready for the holidays! I totally consider it the “Christmas” season right after Thanksgiving, but some people have said over the last couple of days that they think it doesn’t really start until December 1st…. so as of today, there is no arguing…It’s definitely Christmas and I couldn’t be more excited! […]

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Are you ready to learn how to make Christmas ornaments LIVE?

Remember these cute Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornaments I shared with a few weeks ago? Yes, it was Halloween if you remember correctly. Everyone was sharing pictures of their cute little kids getting ready to go trick or treating and I was like “41 days til Christmas!” Haha… are you always ready to hop right into Christmas after Halloween is done or are you one of the people that won’t get in the Christmas spirit until Thanksgiving is over? Regardless of where you stand on the “when does the Christmas season start” debate, it’s definitely Christmas every where I look now. I’ve got a super exciting announcement for you. I’m going to be on Hometalk’s Facebook page this Thursday (December 1st) with a LIVE video feed […]


How to Simplify your Holiday Shopping

How to Simplify your Holiday Shopping Happy Black Friday! Today I’m going to share some tips for how to simplify your holiday shopping. Are you out starting (or finishing) your holiday shopping today? Did you venture out with the other crazies last night to hit the best sales? Can I be honest with you here? I’ve got to just get something off my chest. I haven’t gone out for Black Friday since I was a kid. My mom and I used to go. We’d venture up to the mall, which was an hour away and in a different state (have I ever mentioned that I grew up in a REAL small town). We would go back in the good old days. You know, back in […]

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How to Create a Wedding Website That Will Amaze Your Guests

This post is brought to you by Minted and contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here. How to create a wedding website that will amaze your guests If you’re new here, on Wednesdays I share tidbits that I learned while we were planning on our wedding. We’re making our way through The Ultimate Wedding Checklist and today we’re chatting about wedding websites and more specifically how to create a wedding website that will amaze your guests. In today’s virtual focused society wedding websites are becoming an assumed “must-have” for your wedding. I am usually the voice that tells you, “NO you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to for your wedding” and “there are no ‘must-have’s’ […]


DIY Christmas Tree Gift Tags

DIY Christmas Tree Gift Tags This post contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here. I know, I know. Christmas has completely taken over Instagram, Pinterest and every single store. One lady behind me in line at Michael’s the other day asked if Thanksgiving had been cancelled this year because it truly seems like everyone has jumped on the Christmas wagon. As bloggers, we’re usually always one step ahead of you with our seasonal posts, so although I’m typically one that does not believe in Christmas music or decorating before Thanksgiving, I’ve already started at my house. I shared a little sneak peek of my decorations in my kitchen here. This year I’ve made a lofty goal […]


36 Genius Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding

36 Genius Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding It’s Wedding Wednesday again here at The Johnsons Plus Dog and we’ve been making our way through my Ultimate Wedding Checklist. Today I’m pulling out the whole kit and caboodle and sharing all of the brilliant ways we saved money on our wedding with 36 ways to save money on your wedding. When we were planning our rustic vintage & burlap wedding,  we were constantly looking ways to cut costs here and there because let’s face it – weddings are EXPENSIVE. The average cost of a wedding is $26,645 (source: Cost of Wedding) but I know you can do it for a lot less! With these tips, you’ll be able to save thousands! I’d love to […]


Gift Ideas for Him & Her + Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas – Gift Ideas for Him & Her Well, today is the last day of my 12 Day of Christmas Gift Guide series. I’ve had so much fun sharing over 140 gift ideas with you to prepare you for your holiday shopping. I think we’ve covered just about everyone on your list and today we’re finishing it off with not one, but TWO gift guides – gifts ideas for him & her. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway that we started yesterday on our guide for someone who has everything. There will be 4 winners for this giveaway… so all the more reason why you totally need to enter! Entry form is at the bottom of this post, gift ideas for him […]


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What To Buy For Someone Who Has Everything + GIVEAWAY

12 Days of Christmas – What To Buy For Someone Who Has Everything Eeeek… it’s day 11 of my 12 Days of Christmas gift guide series. That means that we’re almost over. Awww don’t be sad, I’ve got a lot more Christmas posts planned for the next several weeks. I’ve had a blast so far, haven’t you? As I was putting together my list of gift guides this year, I was thinking through all the different people on my holiday shopping list and something I always struggle with is what to buy for someone who has everything. We all have at least one of those people on our lists right? Maybe it’s your Grandma with a houseful of knick-knacks, or your husband that buys everything he needs […]


Gift Ideas for Babies

This post is brought to you by I See Me and contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here. 12 Days of Christmas – Gift Ideas for Babies I’ve been having so much fun sharing gift ideas with you during my 12 Days of Christmas series holiday gift guides. Today, it’s all about the littles in your life with my gift ideas for babies. We added a little one to our family this year, so we can be considered experts when it comes to baby gifts. I’m excited to share lots of our favorite baby products that we use day in and day out in this gift guide for baby, which will all make great Christmas presents for […]


Gift Guide for Bride-to-Be

I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Read my full disclosure here. 12 Days of Christmas – Gift Guide for Bride-to-Be Today we’re combining Wedding Wednesdays with my 12 Days of Christmas gift guide series and sharing a gift guide for bride-to-be. We’re on day 9 of the gift guide series and I’ve been having a blast so far. You can see all the guides we’ve covered so far at the bottom of this post. If someone on your holiday shopping list is engaged and planning a wedding, this post is just for you! Wondering what to buy that bride-to-be? Here are some things I bet […]


DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Guide + Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas – DIY Handmade Christmas Gift Guide Have you been having as much fun as I have been during my 12 Days of Christmas Gift Guide Series? We’ve covered new moms, newlyweds, DIYers, farmhouse friends, dogs, shabby chic lovers and coffee addicts. But we’re not done! I have 5 more rad gift guides in store for you over the next few days so don’t forget to check back daily to see them all! Today we’re focusing on DIY handmade Christmas gifts. If you know me, you know I love a good DIY craft and I also love giving homemade gifts to my friends and family during the holidays. The last few years have included candle holders, sugar scrub, ornaments, and more. I have some fun […]

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Coffee Lovers Gift Guide + Giveaway

12 Days of Christmas – Coffee Lovers Gift Guide + Giveaway Today is day 7 of my 12 Day of Christmas Gift Guide Series. We’ve shared tons of gift guides so far include ideas for new moms, newlyweds, DIYers, farmhouse friends, doggies and shabby chic lovers. But today is Monday, which means its my queue to grab that 2nd cup of coffee (or 3rd ;). Why is it that Mondays are always harder that than rest? Is it because our hearts are still hanging on to yesterday and Saturday? Or is it because we know we have another whole 5 days until we get another weekend? It’s a little of both I think. In honor of those on their 2nd cup of the day, I’m […]


Shabby Chic Gift Guide + Giveaway

  12 Days of Christmas – Shabby Chic Gift Guide Today is day 6 of my 12 Day of Christmas Gift Guide Series!  I can’t believe we’re half way done! We’ve got lots more in store for you over the next 6 days so don’t forget to subscribe at the bottom of this email to never miss a thing from The Johnsons Plus Dog. The shabby chic trend has been around a while. The shabby chic style usually encompasses worn and antique furniture, chippy paint, eclectic items and mixes in pastel colors, feminine-type floral designs and lace. In my family, however, shabby chic not just a style, it’s a verb (“let’s shabby chic this coffee table!!”). The best Saturdays are spent at flea markets and yard sales […]

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