Author Archives: Amanda Branham

About Amanda Branham

I have quite the history, but my days of partying came to an end when I became a stay at home mom to a beautiful girl. I write about my adventures in domestication, with everything from baking, cooking, crafting, gardening, starting my own business and more.

25 DIYs of Christmas: Nut Brittle Recipe & Giveaway!

Today, I’m excited to have another guest on the blog! I met Deb Ray through my connection with Beers in Sac when I wrote an article that featured her, and we have remained virtual pals ever since! I met her … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas – Day 15: DIY Gift Wrap

There was too much going on over the weekend that kept me from blogging. Not that I minded, except for the homework part of course! I had my very first vending experience at a pop-up shop hosted by my friend … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas – Day 12: DIY Kitchen Gifts

A room in the house that frightened me before, the kitchen has become my sanctuary. I love getting in there and focusing on creating something from scratch, with my hands. Now that we have our own kitchen in our own … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 11 – Flavored Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn is such an underrated snack food. It’s easy to make and pretty darned versatile. You can eat it plain, make it spicy, make it savory or make it sweet. You can use it in a mix of pretzels and … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 10 – Homemade Ornaments

When I saw a post on Handmade Ornaments from Poppytalk yesterday, it dawned on me that it was something I had not even thought about yet! Maybe it’s because we’re waiting until the week of Christmas to get our tree … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 9 – Entry Way Decor

Our poor entry way has been ignored until we hosted Cecilia’s birthday party over the weekend. Until then, it was shut off by another door so it didn’t get much attention, and it smelled like it, too. The previous owner … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 8 – Mason Jar Mixes

I remember when I was a young girl and my mom’s friend always gave us cookie mix in a mason jar. My mom always baked, and 99% of what she made was from scratch, but on the days that we … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 7 – DIY Gift Wrap

Last year was the first year I did my own gift wrap. And oddly enough, as simple as it seemed, it was kind of a disaster. I waited until the last minute to do it, the tape I had wasn’t … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 6 – Handmade Crayons

Today is my beautiful, crazy daughter’s second birthday. I know I should be cleaning and decorating like a madwoman right now but I wanted to soak up the few moments of peace before the storm. So, in honor of her … Continue reading

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25 DIYs of Christmas: Day 5

One of my favorite things about this blog (and writing in general) is that it allows me to connect with people that I may not have been able to without it. It is inspiring and truly butt-kicking to be around … Continue reading

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