Wrapping up the details

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It’s almost Christmas!  We are hosting family gatherings tomorrow and Monday.  Do you know that my husband and I LOVE hosting? It’s one of the few perks when an extreme homebody marries an extreme extrovert.  Also, Reeve is coming today to wrap the rest of my gifts.  I highly encourage you, if you hate wrapping (I actually like it but it can be overwhelming and I’d rather make mac and cheese for tomorrow), find someone who loves it and hire them to wrap for you.  Plus, I’m convinced that gifting and wrapping are some of Reeve’s spiritual gifts so I’m doing the world a favor with this.


Need something easy to make? Marshmallows. Yes. I’d been putting them off for years because you have to use a candy thermometer and that terrifies me.  But my youngest really wanted to make them and they were so easy we’ve already made them twice.  Really, I beg of you, if you’ve ever wanted to make them DO IT today, they are so rewarding and the mixer does 90% of the work.


We followed Amy’s instructions and they are wonderful. Especially in home-made hot chocolate.


I have wrapped some gifts myself, Washi tape (found at Michael’s craft store) and feathers make even the worst wrapped gift look inviting.  All my gifts are wrapped imperfectly but, I try to make them appealing by shopping the house and taping, ribboning or gluing something on them to make them seem more special.


I was really excited to find this miniature pair of boots in my ornament box.  They are an ornament from last year that I found at Target. They were red but I spray painted them white to mimic my big boots and then I put them in my snow terrarium.  How fun is that?

ceramic boots

A mommy pair and a baby pair. Right?  I know I’m not the only one to think that… (the canvas is from Lindsay Letters use code NEST10 for $10 this canvas)


Did you see the January issue of Better Homes and Gardens?  Edie’s house.  Yep, Edie who lost her home to a fire two Christmases ago. Edie, one of the most creative women I’ve met through blogging. And the title “Mother of Reinvention” pretty much brings me to tears because that. is so. Edie.  Plus they used the word ‘mother’ which also describes her very being so well.  This feature was well deserved and my favorite story ever in a magazine.  And the ever-talented Darlene, who was Edie’s coach and designer through all of this “reinvention” wrote a post at BH&G: Four Ways to Find Your Style.


Every now and then a deal comes up at Joss & Main that is so good I feel the need to share.  This embosser is only $20.95 and it looks like you can pick from a variety of styles. You do have to pay shipping and handling.  Wondering what in the world Joss & Main is?  Read more here and here.

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Makes me want to order them for early Christmas gifts for next year, no more last-minute shopping!

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Tsh from Simple Mom invited me to join in her podcast this week. So if you are traveling, it’s the perfect time to pop in the earbuds and listen to us laugh and talk about marshmallow and toffee making and being cool, life-of-the-party- INTJs {insert sarcasm}.  Actually, they titled it “Your dreams can be dumb” and I love that.  We talk about what our dreams were when we were children and how we see them played out today, I’ll give you a hint, mine was and still is kind of dumb, but I’m okay with that.  Also, I haven’t listened to it at all. It’s my first time doing something like this so for all I know, I said I hated everyone in the world, cursed and then promptly spit through the extra-large microphone.  Forgive me ahead of time for making a fool of myself?

Merry Christmas.  Love to you all. Happy marshmallow making and gift wrapping!

Have you made marshmallows before?  We’ve only done them pepperminty, what else should we try?

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  1. we never made marshmellows :) i have to check out the recipe ♥ they looks wonderful! :)

  2. Oh, I am beyond honored to be featured here. Your marshmallows look so beautiful! I agree, I was scared to death the first time I made them- me and a candy thermometer sounds like a recipe for disaster! :) So happy they turned out for you!!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the feathers and washi tape- genius, my friend! Off to open up the podcast and hear about dumb dreams! Happy holidays!! xoxo

  3. I love those teeny boots!


  4. Can’t wait to listen to you and Tsh podcast … and could you pretty please convince Reeve to come to my house next?

  5. Marshmallows were on my list of Christmas Baking to do with the kids today. I have been putting it off b/c it makes me nervous – I too, am afraid of the candy thermometer. So glad to hear t hat it was easy to do!! Makes me feel a little less nervous!!

  6. Aw! I love those little boots. Might have to try to find some for myself!

  7. I’ve always wanted to make marshmallows! And love the tiny boots, totally kismet.

    But…. Hire someone to wrap gifts? Really.

    • Oh absolutely hire someone~ I’ve learned the art of asking for help. I run a full time business and am hosting two parties in the next 3 days, I don’t want to be stressed or a mean mom today before our guests come so paying my friend $30 to come over and wrap the rest of the gifts (small trinkets and stuff) seems like a great use of my money. No one would question if I bought a honey backed ham or store bought mac cheese, but I’d rather spend my time making homemade food and hiring someone to do some of the gift wrapping–maybe I’ll change it up next year!

      • Hiring a wrapper seems like a logical option for many people and a sanity saver. Everyone has something that might be indulgent in the eyes of others. I love the idea of being a personal wrapper. I actually enjoy the process. There is something about the puzzle of matching the right parcel to the size of paper that I love. I like presentation and I love ribbon. Plus wrapping is fun for me when I’m not under pressure. Maybe I’ll market myself as such in my area. Hmmm…or maybe wrapping could be my gift to my friends.

  8. I made marshmallows to give as gifts this year! I had previously only made plain ones, but this time tried peppermint and coffee. The coffee are my favorite! You just substitute strong coffee or espresso anywhere the recipe calls for water. Also, confession: I’ve never used a candy thermometer when making them. I just get the mixture real hot and let it boil for the recommended time :)

  9. Looking forward to listening to the pod cast! How fun!

    We host my parents for Christmas as well – love being able to nestle our kiddos into their own beds on Christmas Eve!

    I’m currently looking for inspiration for an easy yet yummy new brunch dish to prepare for Christmas brunch.

    Happy Christmas to you & yours!!

  10. Jennifer Holland says:

    Where did you get the “Blessing” art? I was thinking I could attempt a DIY but it’s so beautiful I wouldn’t want to mess it up!!!

  11. I’m listening right now! I like this line from your post today: “It’s one of the few perks when an extreme homebody marries an extreme extrovert.” except I’m the extrovert… Hoping to link up to you all soon. :)

  12. I’m so glad to hear your name on the podcast! Your conversation with Tsh was cute about your cute names.

  13. oh my gosh those boots in the terrarium are absolutely adorable!

  14. So cute! I love the entry table, where did you get it?

  15. i just broke out in a sweat because i haven’t changed my address on my BHG subscription and i don’t want to miss edie’s house. bye!

  16. You crack me up! Spitting in to the giant microphone? LOL! Too funny! I’d probably realize afterwards that I said “um” about a million times! Love the snow terrarium with the little white boots! I’ve never made marshmallows before but I bet they’d be great in vanilla! They’d add an extra creaminess to hot chocolate. Cinnamon may be good too! I’m attempting to make peanut brittle (gotta buy that candy thermo) this weekend for my dad as the place where I usually get it for him doesn’t carry it any more and it’s his favorite traqditional treat for Christmas! I sure hope it’s edible! He’s almost 87 and has all of his original teeth. I’d hate to be responsible for changing that! LOL! Thanks for sharing your pre-Christmas fun! I’d better get back to finishing up mine! Hugs & Merry Christmas! Leena

  17. And just like that, I’m all tears again. You are precious to me.
    Did you happen to notice the mirrored garden stool that you sent me after the fire made the living room shot????!!! I was so tickled they used it there. There are hints of you all over my house:)))
    And you may in fact be a genius on the wrapping solution.
    Two other things: I ordered the embosser AND already bought stuff to make the marshmallows. Thank you so much for sharing the BEST things.
    I love you like a sister. And I love your sister.
    Merry, merry Christmas dear friend.

    • I did see the stool, and it made me secretly happy! And now not so secretly because I just told everyone! I think YOU share the best things. #lovefest

  18. Those marshmallows. amazing!
    I pretty much embrace and LOVE your wrapping philosophy. My New Year’s Resolution: hire more help as I am able.
    And, my sweet dear. How kind you are to me. I pretty much think the world of you.
    Merriest! Merriest!!!

  19. I bought the very same washi tape! It does make wrapping more fun.

  20. thanks for the sweet words friend! I loved wrapping at your house!! Those baby boots are adorbs. love you!

  21. I make marshmallows every year. This year I make chocolate ones and everyone loved them. Making vanilla ones as soon as I finish this post! Love Ya Nester…Have a great Christmas!!!

  22. merry christmas nester!!
    grateful for this space here and the JOY it brings!!

  23. I’m a sucker for miniature versions of the big items- usually in the form of dishes!

  24. Merry Christmas!

  25. I love your snow terrarium. Merry Christmas Nester and family. Thank you again for changing the way I view our home……you’re a treasure. :)

  26. Yum! Those peppermint marshmallows look amazing. And love the feathers + washi tape wrapping. Inspiring as always. xo.

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