...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.*

When you start contemplating any renovation, you will hear and read that you should expect the renovation to take longer than your guesstimate. We’re finding that to be true. We had hoped to be in the Underdog {with not every to-do marked off our checklist but just living there} by the end of October/beginning of November. Obviously, that hasn’t happened. Our next ETA was somewhere right around Christmas which looked pretty doable on paper.

However, HH was sent out of state on a trip for work two weeks ago that set us back. And just last week we learned that he’ll be traveling for work for another two weeks in the month of December. All of this was unexpected and makes our Christmas move impossible since the last projects on the list require HH’s DIY skills.

You know what that means? Yep. We’re planning on spending Christmas in our cozy lil’ apartment. So when Apartment Guide asked me to participate in their Holiday Home Organization Blogger Challenge I felt the timing was right. Why not?! My creativity has been so pent up over the last few months waiting and waiting to decorate the Underdog that I need a good crafty release.

Apartment Guide is not only a source for finding and researching apartments, but did you know they also offer useful advice for apartment dwelling? Holiday decor that meets apartment complex restrictions, storage options for surprise gifts and an inviting atmosphere for holiday guests are all covered by Apartment Guide.

{our holiday mantel last year}

I’ve been asked to come up with a few holiday decor and organizational ideas/projects that can be implemented within an apartment setting. So far I have plans for a space-saving Christmas tree, a wrapping station and temporary seasonal decor. I’ll be sharing all my projects with you here on H*T, so stay tuned!

{my holiday gift wrap last year}

Until then, Apartment Guide is graciously offering up a $100 American Express gift card to one lucky H*T reader! Use it to prep your place for the holidays, to help out with holiday shopping or for something totally unrelated to the holidays. It’s up to you. Here are all the details on how to enter:

  • PRIZE:  $100 American Express gift card which has a U.S. restriction for in-store purchases but works online anywhere. Should there be an international winner, the gift card may be awarded in the form of an e-gift card depending on the winner’s location.
  • RULES:  You must be at least 18 years old. One entry per email address.
  • HOW TO ENTER:  Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “GUIDE ME!”
  • DEADLINE:  Enter before Thursday, November 24th at 9:00 p.m. EST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on Friday, November 25th.
  • WHILE YOU’RE AT IT:  Share your favorite holiday-related DIY project. Recipes, gift wrap, decor, handmade gifts and snow angels all count! OR like Apartment Guide on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

FYI – Apartment Guide is owned by Consumer Source, Inc. Apartment Guide partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Holiday Home Organization” Blogger Challenge.  As part of that program, I received compensation.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used for the “Holiday Home Organization” Blogger Challenge. Apartment Guide and Consumer Source believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

images:  1) Apartment Guide  2&3) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

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20.November.2011

Guide Me!

My favorite way to wrap gifts is to buy tote bags and make a simple decoration on the outside – so its reusable. Last year I took paper doilies and used temporary sticky spray to spray it to the canvas tote bag and stamped paint on with a foam stamper, took the paper doilie off and was left with a pretty design in the corner and added the receiver’s initials. Quick, Easy and Green.

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20.November.2011

Guide me! Love making all those desserts and appetizers I save the recipes for all year, because I get the chance to share them with family and visitors (rather than eating them all myself.)

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20.November.2011

Guide me, please!

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20.November.2011

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My favorite holiday DIY project is to bake cookies to give away as gifts. It’s a great way to spread some holiday cheer without spending a ton of money.

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20.November.2011

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Most years there’s so much fuss and clutter, we don’t even manage to decorate. Kind of put s a wet blanket on the whole holiday cheer vibe.

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20.November.2011

Guide me!! This year I am making a Thanksgiving table cloth. Each year every member of the family will write what they are thankful for, and we will use it each year to remember.

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20.November.2011

Guide me! We use plain brown kraft paper for all our presents and the kids help by decorating them. Cheap, mostly handmade, personal, and gets the kids involved! Win!

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20.November.2011

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My holiday prep leaves a lot to be desired. I have high hopes for stepping it up in the next few years though :-)

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20.November.2011

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My favorite holiday DIY is my present exchange with my 2 best friends! We implemented a DIY Christmas last year to save us all money, and we’re doing it again this year because it was so fun! Can’t wait!

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20.November.2011

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I love to mix it up and make different throw pillow covers for Christmas.

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20.November.2011

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I love having a festive mantle with a garland and lights on it. I also put pillar candles at each end with berry sprigs around them. Maybe it’s because we didn’t always have a tree growing up so the fireplace was often our Christmas centerpiece :)

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20.November.2011

GUIDE ME! I love baking for my children’s teachers…caramel popcorn, three or four types of cookies, candied pecans, spiced nuts, and cranberry tea bread are among my favorites.

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20.November.2011

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I like making little penguins out of olives, cream cheese and carrots. It’s very simple, and they’re so darn cute. My 5-year old enjoys cutting the sugar cookies with snowman and christmas tree shapes and applying lots of sprinkles!

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20.November.2011

Guide Me! My favorite DIY gift is remodeling. Last Christmas my husband, father and brothers all worked together to completely remodel the laundry room as a gift to my mother. It really pleased my mom and allowed us to spend a lot of time together.

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20.November.2011

Guide ME!!!! I definitely decorate like I did when I was a kid and would like to modernize.

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20.November.2011

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I just started making new stockings for the family. Such a fun project. Oh and I can’t wait to make my first batch of bourbon balls ;)

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20.November.2011

GUIDE ME! I am really excited to make some Borax snowflakes this year!

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20.November.2011

Guide me! I love diying reusable wrapping for holiday gifts!!

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20.November.2011

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I love to do all the holiday baking!

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20.November.2011

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We haven’t ever really decorated our apartment aside from paper garlands, which I love. I like to decorate anything with paper. This year I would love to come up with a crafty tree of sorts out of recycled objects if I find the time. Every year we have English plum pudding and custard and after always have a laugh popping English crackers. We made them for our wedding so maybe I will make my own for Christmas. It would be nice to keep the traditions going and have a nicely decorated apartment for our first married Christmas together. All proper like!

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20.November.2011

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I love to decorate the house and trim the tree!

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20.November.2011

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I’m moving into a new place Dec. 1st so I’m looking forward to your posts!

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20.November.2011

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I love the handmade gifts and lots of baking.

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20.November.2011

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I make spritz cookies every year in green and red.

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20.November.2011

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I have never really decorated any of my apartments for the holidays. Sometimes just a couple stockings. Excited to see your ideas.

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20.November.2011

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I love decorating the house; instantly festive and cheerful, it’s amazing how much a wreath and peppermint candle can do! …..can’t wait to start decorating and baking for Christmas!

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20.November.2011

My daughter just got a job in a town 3 hours away and is moving to her first, new apartment!
So, GUIDE ME to help her make the best of her new place and the upcoming holidays!
Our best tip for Christmas… years ago, as my children got passed the “peeking” stage, my mother made drawstring bags. Each child chose a favorite holiday fabric and she created simple bags in a variety of sizes, from huge to smaller. We use them as the “wrapping paper” for the gifts, and tie them securely! Now each child knows which presents are theirs, and there is no wasted paper, tape or extra time spent wrapping. They love the gifts just as much, without the extra costs involved.

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20.November.2011

GUIDE ME! Next week I will start on our secret family recipe Christmas cookies :-)

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20.November.2011

Guide Me! I still live in a condo and so my holiday decorating abilities are limited, but I am looking forward to making ornament wreaths as presents again.

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20.November.2011

GUIDE ME. I love making our family secret chocolate dipped peanut butter cookies.

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20.November.2011

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I have really gotten into making holiday banners to go under my mantle for each season. I will be making my THANKFUL banne,r for our guests coming this Thursday, tomorrow.

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20.November.2011

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I love to be simple in gift wrapping. I usually stick to brown paper and makit special by the ribbon I choose. I usually stick to one color theme every year. Or for a special birthday coordinate the ribbon to the gift or who is receiving the gift.

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20.November.2011

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I just made salt dough ornaments for the first time with my 3 year old and it was so fun! I’m pretty sure we’ll be doing it again.

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20.November.2011

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My new DIY obsession is homemade gifts from pinterest!

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20.November.2011

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I’m a fan of decorating, wrapping gifts, sending our holiday cards – I love it all. I don’t love baking for the holidays, however. It’s better for everyone that I don’t bake!

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20.November.2011

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I am obsessed with Christmas cookies, especially because I just bought my husband a pro600 KA mixer. It’s definitely something I look forward to wiping up this holiday season!

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21.November.2011

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Something I’ve been doing this year is wrapping my gifts in brown craft paper and then wrapping bakers twine around to embellish. It’s turned out to be so cute and cheap!

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21.November.2011

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for the holidays i like to buy fresh garlands and wreaths and i can’t wait to start!

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21.November.2011

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I love holiday baking, shopping and decorating!

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21.November.2011

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I’m collecting great DIY gift wrapping ideas on Pinterest (click on my name to see them). I love Pinterest and it’s been so helpful to me during the holidays.

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21.November.2011

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I love baking delicious desserts that make my apartment smell yummy!

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21.November.2011

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i also enjoy gift wrapping. simple is best. brown paper and colorful yarn.

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I love to wrap with big bows and ornaments on each package to keep their trees full, and making homemade candies for nice small gifts.

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21.November.2011

Guide Me! I love the simplicity of dollar store ornaments in class containers. So easy to group colors and mix and match!

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21.November.2011

GUIDE ME! My husband loves to put Christmas lights in every room of the house. The kids’ bath time become more appealing and they happily go to bed with unusual night lights.

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21.November.2011

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Favorite baking projects are cranberry/orange nut bread, scratch gingerbread houses, and cookies galore. Favorite simple decorating idea is I cut various evergreen branches from trees in our yard, lots of red twig dogwood, and add in some white flowers from the grocery store. So simple, yet so elegant.

Thanks for the chance to win!

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21.November.2011

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I love to make my own Christmas cards for family members. It makes me so happy to put something with a personal touch on their gift!

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21.November.2011

Guide Me! I love decorating the tree with my family.

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21.November.2011

Guide Me! I love making paper snowflakes as a family. We make them every year and then hang them on the front window of our house. It makes the house look beautiful from the outside. Paper snowflakes are easy and inexpensive to make!

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21.November.2011

Guide Me! I love decorating the tree with family. This will be our first year doing it as a family of 3, my son was too young last year.

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