12 great Christmas brunch recipes

Noah's Mixer

Last year we shared eight great holiday appetizer recipes for you to take to parties or share with your guests. This year, by request, it’s Christmas brunch! For several years I hosted a holiday brunch for my dad’s side of the family — aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents — and when nearly everyone can make it […]

How to make tag and twine gift sets

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This was my absolute favorite gift project last year, and might be for a few years to come. It’s pretty, practical, and paper — bundled up in cute packaging. All of my favorite things. I made several of these for gifts for friends and teachers at a total cost of about $7 each. Each little […]

How to make a fort kit

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Last holiday season I had significantly more time than I ever have for Christmas prep. My youngest was in all-day kindergarten and I was, for many hours at a time, a stay-at-home-alone-mom. I filled the time by making nearly every gift project I ever pinned, like these fort kits. I got my inspiration from this […]

How to make your Advent calendar work for you

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There are hundreds of adorable Advent calendar ideas out there. This post, however, is not about how to make the cutest. one. ever. Instead, it’s about making the Advent calendar work for you. I have been doing Advent calendars for my boys for three years; this year is the fourth. I started it on a whim, got […]

The lucky ones


Last year on this very day, I wrote this post about my littlest blessing — my oldest son Owen, born too soon and too small more than 12 years ago. Today is World Prematurity Day, and rereading that post brought the same tears and gratitude it did when I wrote it, the tears I shed […]

Jen’s 10 Party Hacks


I like to throw parties. I think that much has been pretty well established here on Borealis. I also like writing party posts. I write them because I love reading them; I’ve gotten most of my best ideas from others’ blogs. Party posts mean I get to share my cute photos and pay it forward […]

How to make a very satisfying fabric matching game

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When Breanne’s second daughter was born I knew I wanted to try making an appliqued onesie for her, because my sister makes them and they are always adorable. It would go with my favorite homemade baby gift, a little pieced taggie, because those are just so fun to make and I know from experience that […]

How to make a simple pedestal tray

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This project is so easy it really doesn’t need any more than this picture, and while it is certainly not the most original idea, I think it is worth sharing for its versatility. I made these pedestal trays a year ago and I use them at virtually every party, holiday, or decorating occasion. It’s fast, […]