5f999ceca8b79e1616fac8d7eedc39c4 The Snyder Family: 2020

Holiday Wrapping Inspiration

Saturday, December 5, 2020

"Brown paper packages tied up with string... and lots of sparkly extras." These are a few of my favorite things! When it comes to wrapping gifts, I go with the motto "more is MORE" and when in doubt, add MORE! Making your presents whimsical and sparkly is actually really easy, gather ribbon, chunky yarn, tinsel, ornaments, bells and glitter tags to add a little "extra" to your gifts this year! 

I always love browsing Target's ornament section, they have beautiful kid friendly felt ornaments that make for the cutest gift toppers ever! Dollar Tree is another spot to stop for inexpensive gift toppers and is also where I found the cutest gold star tinsel to add to my bows! 

Another one of my favorite wrapping tips is the set of paper mache craft boxes you see in the photos. They come in a set of five and the best part is they all nest inside of each other, which makes for easy storage. You can use them for ANY holiday or occasion and YAY for sustainability, you can use them over and over! I used chunky yarn from Michael's to tie a nice big bow and attached glittery star tags with double stick tape to add a little extra sparkle. 

Wrapping gifts is always something I look forward to and this year I'm extra proud of myself for getting a head start! I always turn on a Christmas movie, usually The Holiday, grab an eggnog latte and just channel my inner Mrs. Claus! I hope my wrapping inspiration gives you a few festive ideas to incorporate into your own wrapping this year, happy holidays!

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Holiday Wreath with The Bouqs Co.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The holiday season is officially in gear and it wouldn't be Christmas without decking the halls inside and OUT. This year our front porch is getting a fresh wreath from The Bouqs Co. and it is absolutely beautiful. Our wreath is a mix of fresh lodgepole pine and noble fir and is a total show stopper! It is so full, fragrant and beautiful- Scott was actually asking to keep it inside. Wreaths are such a simple, yet beautiful way to welcome guests into your home for the holiday season. The girls always look forward to decorating our front porch for Christmas, adding as many twinkle lights as possible and deciding how we should decorate our wreath is always exciting to them. This year I came up with a few different ways to decorate our wreath and we have to make our final decision! Take a peek at some of my wreath decor inspiration:  

Traditional & Festive: Sometimes sticking to the true colors of Christmas, red and green, just seems right! The girls actually picked out this ribbon because (of course) it has a touch of silver sparkle to it. Adding the vintage bells also gives it a whimsical feel and is the perfect way to add holiday cheer to our front door.

Holiday Pajamas for Mama & Littles

Thursday, November 12, 2020


Gingerbread Pajamas (Girl Sizes & Toddler Sizes) / Cuddle & Kind Dolls

Holiday pajamas are always something we look forward to! My Mom always bought my brother and I a new pair of holiday pajamas and we always opened them on Christmas Eve. Fortunately for my girls, I have no chill and need them to wear all the festive jammies as soon as they arrive on our door step! I scooped up these adorable gingerbread pjs from Gap this year and was SO excited that they were available in both girl & toddler sizes! I have a full rundown of the pjs the girls will be wearing this winter, along with a pair I ordered for myself-  I figured Mrs. Claus deserves to be comfy & cozy too! 

Holiday Bookshelf: Halloween 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020

Holiday themed books are one of my favorite ways to celebrate each holiday and also double as the cutest shelf decor! My girls have always LOVED books and I chalk that up to have baskets of books ALL over our house, in the car, in their rooms, always in my diaper bag- they are always within an arms reach and the girls love cuddling up to read! 

Let's Celebrate: Halloween Treat & Dessert Board

Thursday, October 29, 2020


Large Serving Bowl / Table Runner / Star Garland / Mini Latte Bowl / Witch Bowl-Target Dollar Spot (Similar Here & Here & Here) / Mini Disco Balls

It's no secret we are all about the "snack life" over here and snack/dessert boards have become one of my very favorite things to whip-up for parties. I was so excited to find so many festive snack goodies this year- from the fang shaped Pirate booty and bat shaped animal cookies, I knew I had to make a Halloween inspired treat board! I grabbed one of my favorite platters from MacKenzie-Childs, mini latte bowls from Anthropologie and the cutest witch snack dish from the Target dollar spot and got busy filling everything up. 

Easy DIY Halloween Costume: Rainbow Skeleton

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Growing up, my Mom always had the BEST ideas for Halloween costumes, which I think calls for extra kuddos, considering it was pre-Pinterest! I remember one Halloween my brother was kind of over dressing-up, but also wanted candy... so my Mom made him a skeleton costume out of a black sweatsuit and white felt! A few weeks ago, my Mom and I were talking about Halloween costumes from when my brother and I were little and she reminded me of that one. Right away, I knew I had to recreate it for my girls. 

Making Memories: Pumpkin Painting 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Every year our family looks forward to Halloween, mainly because it feels like the kick-start to the holiday season and if you're new around here, we LOVE celebrating all the holidays! Closer to Halloween we are planning on carving one big family pumpkin, but we couldn't help and grab some paper pumpkins to decorate in the meantime. 

Mama was feeling a bit crazy and decided to throw some Fall themed sparkles into my Target pick-up order and honestly, the look on the little ladies faces was totally worth the spur of the moment glitter decision. Sometimes it's just fun to say YES! 

Fall Home Decor 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020


Credenza / White Vase / Olive Branches / Gold Vase / White Pumpkins / Frames (Large & Small) / Skull- Michaels / Pink Pumpkins- Hobby Lobby/ Woven Baskets

Decorating our home for Fall always makes me so excited for the upcoming holiday season! I don't put out a TON of Fall decor, however the little touches of Fall always make me SO happy and the little ladies love them too. I recently redecorated our entryway credenza and I'm so happy with how it turned out. To be totally honest, it became a hodge podge mess of random home decor and it was time to clean it up a bit. The pink pumpkins are a new addition to our Fall decor this year and I think they look perfect in one of my favorite wooden bowls. I try my best to keep our decor pretty functional, so using items like trays and bowls, that I can also use for serving, etc. is a great way to keep things minimal and also means less holiday specific items to store when not in use. 

Learning at Home: Making a Cozy Learning Space

Monday, October 12, 2020

 Hanger & Disco Ball / Table (Similar)  / Chairs (Similar) / Avery's Dress (Here)

When I decided to step away from teaching to become a full time stay at home Mom, I never imagined I would be returning to the classroom... in my basement, teaching my own children, but 2020 seems to have a lot of tricks up it's sleeve and class is officially in session. 

Last Spring when Avery was home for distance learning we had school supplies ALL over the house and to be perfectly honest, it drove me a bit crazy. I anticipate the girls learning all over the house, but I knew I needed a designated spot for our school supplies AND a spot for Avery to learn where her sisters could also be engaged and playing. 

Let's Look: Easter with MacKenzie- Childs

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

It's hard to believe that Easter is on SUNDAY! Easter is a holiday we look forward to every year, we love the warm weather, time spent with family and the girls love the excitement of the Easter bunny. Our family typically hosts Easter and it's something that Scott and I always enjoy planning and cooking for. Even though this year Easter will look a little bit different, we are still determined to sit down with our girls to make memories together around the table. 

We plan on dressing up in our Easter clothes and cooking a big lunch to celebrate! The girls always help me set the table and they are the best little helpers. This year, our tablescape includes layering our favorite pieces from MacKenzie-Childs. Growing up, I feel like there were always those pieces that my Mom included on our table that made the meal feel extra special. It's crazy how something like a flower coffee mug can bring back all the memories of our family sitting around the table together. I'm hopeful that our girls will feel the same way when they take a sip of water from our MacKenzie-Childs water glasses or pass along their favorite side in one of our Flower Market bowls. 

Master Bedroom Refresh: Healthy Sleep with Naturepedic

Thursday, April 2, 2020

(Sponsored) Scott and I officially feel like grown-ups, we upgraded to a Naturepedic organic mattress and our sleep will never be the same. If you caught my Instagram stories, you might have seen that before our upgrade, we accepted hand me down mattresses and hadn't given our master bedroom much attention since moving into our home FIVE years ago! 

Another thing you may know about our family is our desire to make our home as "clean" as possible and when we discovered Naturepedics organic mattresses, it was a match made in heaven. We were able to take a day date to their gallery in Lincoln Park and learned so much about the benefits of having an organic mattress. 

First of all, we never really gave much thought to how much time we spend sleeping and what potentially happens to our bodies as we are breathing in all the chemicals that make up our mattress. Which also made us ask ourselves, what exactly is in our mattress? Now we can rest assured knowing that we are now getting healthy sleep and our mattress is free from so many harsh chemicals like VOCs and aldehydes. You can learn more about the benefits of healthy sleeping here!

Another huge bonus of our Naturepedic mattress is the ability to completely customize BOTH sides of your mattress! Meaning Scott and I could have chosen a completely different combination based on our sleep preferences. We got to choose between two different coil systems and three different toppers. Your mattress arrives right at your front door and is SUPER easy to put together! The cover lays down first, followed by the coil systems and finally the topper of your choice, zip the cover around and you're ready for sweet dreams. 

While this is a sponsored post in partnership with Naturepedic, all opinions are my own. 

We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with Naturepedic, one of the things we also loved about the company is how exactly they got started. The owners were expecting their first grandchild and when they went to purchase a crib mattress, discovered all the harmful chemicals found in typical crib mattresses. Their first product was actually their crib mattresses, which are still sold in their galleries and other stores nationwide too! You can learn more about all Naturepedic has to offer by visiting their website, they are also currently offering free shipping with the code SWEETDREAMS. If you want to know more about our mattress, please feel free to email me or leave a comment below! 

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Activities and eLearning Resources for Kids

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hi friends! I'll be back to expand on some of these ideas later, but for now here is a spot where I can list and share all the difference activity and eLearning resources for kids as we do our best to keep them occupied at home.

Education Companies Offering FREE subscriptions: Linked HERE

  • I will make sure to come back and highlight some of my favorite sites as this list is starting to get VERY long!

Favorite Art Sets & Games:

I will also do my best to post more activity ideas on Instagram and if you're new here, welcome, here are a few popular posts on the Snyder Family Co. Blog! 

Master Bedroom Refresh: Closet Organization with Wayfair

Thursday, February 27, 2020

When we first moved into our house, the Master bedroom was low on our priority list of rooms to decorate. We had some hodge podge furniture that we moved from our condo and swapped our bedding to make it feel fresh, but other then that, it hasn't gotten much attention since!