Tuesday, November 24, 2015


This crazy season for my little family has made me more thankful than ever for all of the good things in our life. It's easy to get swept away in self pity at times but I quickly remind myself that our blessings far outweigh the trials and challenges we've faced. I am pretty sure that y'all already know how much I love my husband, babies and our families, so I'm not going to beat a dead horse, but today I want to talk about true friendship.
During the past four weeks I've spent the majority of my time laying in bed or snuggled up on the couch. During these beautiful, quiet days void of bottles, tantrums, diaper changes and sippy cup refills, I've had the rare opportunity to connect (uninterrupted) with friends...and it has been so good for my soul. It is in these sweet moments that I'm reminded of how important it is to be there for each other no matter how busy our lives get. I am the first to admit that I allow motherhood to consume me at times and unintentionally let my friends fall down my priority list, which is why I'm so thankful that these divine friendships are so full of grace and love.

You know what kind of friendship I'm talking about. These are the friends you don't tidy your house or change out of pajamas for. You feel safe to swap prayer requests and parenting fails. And you definitely don't have to pretend to have it all together.

I'm also thankful a thousand times over for these remarkable women who have been such a light to our little ones. I know you don't even think twice about it, but they've noticed all the times you've stopped by to check on me, brought me pillows, cardigans, groceries and hair ties during my recovery, you've picked them up from daycare and surprised them with play dates, you've spent your precious free time playing, bathing, feeding and putting them to bed, you've brought them gifts to distract them from the days I was too weak to play with them, your cards are taped to our fridge, your lasagna is on our dinner table and through all of these things they are learning the true meaning of friendship.

You all know who you are and I don't tell you nearly enough how much my family and I love you!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Holiday Traditions for Kids from 1 to 92!

The holidays are upon us! For many of us (me included!), this season can quickly and easily ricochet from exciting and joyful to stressful and chaotic with balancing travel between families, fighting mall traffic for gift shopping, hosting company in your home, cooking the perfect meal, wrapping gifts, baking cookies, hosting parties and more. It’s so easy to lose yourself in the chaos of the holiday season.

But what if we used those same activities to instead create meaningful traditions and lifelong memories with your family and friends? Last week I shared our Christmas card and asked about your favorite Christmas traditions. As the emails poured in I got more and more excited to read about how you make your gatherings with loved ones extra special, ways you celebrate Jesus, how you decorate your tree, gift opening techniques and so much more.

For those of you looking for more ways to make your holidays meaningful, I compiled a list of your traditions passed down from families for kids from 1 to 92! Enjoy!

Holiday Food Traditions
  1. Share a huge Christmas morning breakfast. Add special treats like cinnamon buns or baked eggs!
  2. Host a cookie swap party. Ask everyone to bring their favorite holiday cookie recipe. 
  3. Eat the same meal every Christmas Eve. Can be anything from the Feast of Seven Fishes to a cheese plate or Chinese food that becomes the yearly tradition, even if it's just for laughs. 
  4. Bake and decorate cookies or a gingerbread house with your little ones.
  5. Serve a special cocktail such as spiked eggnog or gluhwein for the adults.
  6. Ladies only allowed in the kitchen to cook and bond together.
  7. During your Thanksgiving meal each person takes turns saying what they are thankful for.  
Holiday Card Traditions 
  1. Have a photographer (or your tripod) take your family photo for your Christmas card.
  2. Add a handwritten note to the back of each card.
  3. Save the cards you receive each year in a small book and go back through them to see how much everyone has changed through the years. 
  4. Frame your Christmas card each year as part of your holiday d├ęcor.
Holiday Activities Traditions
  1. Go see a local production of The Nutcracker or another holiday-themed show.
  2. Take your kids for a drive to check out the Christmas lights. Make some hot cocoa to-go and blast the Christmas music.
  3. Find a local Festival of Lights, A special Christmas Tree lighting, etc. to visit. 
  4. Watch the Thanksgiving Day parade as a family.
  5. Visit and take a photo with Santa! 
  6. Go Black Friday shopping with the family.
  7. Volunteer your time as a family at a soup kitchen or a food bank that hands out food to families in need.
Traditions in Your Home
  1. Start or continue the ‘Elf on a Shelf’ tradition to keep kids on their best behavior.
  2. Read holiday books before bed each night and The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.
  3. Visit a tree farm to cut down the perfect Christmas tree as a family. Decorate it together to a holiday playlist. 
  4. Each year cut a piece off the bottom of your tree to create an ornament. 
  5. Use an advent calendar to count down to Christmas. You can find a variety of advent calendars, from candles that are burned daily to boxes of chocolate you open daily.
  6. Write a letter to Santa.
Christmas Eve & Day Traditions
  1. Open one gift on Christmas Eve – matching pajamas for the whole family. Wear them and take a photo!
  2. Get both sides of the family together.
  3. Open stockings on Christmas Eve.
  4. Throw a birthday party for Jesus! Eat cake and sing “Happy Birthday.”
  5. Let all the kids sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve. 
  6. In the middle of the night, set out all of the presents under the tree “from Santa,” even if your kids are now adults!
  7. Attend church together. Some churches even offer a candle Christmas service. 
  8. Track Santa’s progress across the globe on NORAD.
  9. Make and set out cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer.  
  10. Read The Night Before Christmas at bedtime. 
  11. Watch Christmas movies such as Elf, A Christmas Story, Miracle on 34th Street, A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc. 
  12. Color in Christmas coloring books on Christmas Eve. Find an adult version here.
  13. On Christmas morning no one is allowed downstairs until Daddy checks and confirms Santa came.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Every Penny Counts {Crazy Hair Bow Deal!}

Bringing you another crazy amazing deal today! Right now Amazon has marked down a set of 20 solid colored 3" grosgrain ribbon hair bows with alligator clips from $29.99 to $3.92 plus free shipping! Hurry over here and stock up on bows for your favorite little girls! Also, if your little one doesn't have enough hair yet, I really love these inexpensive elastic headbands for Caroline.
Just grabbed one of these sets and more elastic headbands to stuff Caroline's stocking!!

Also, for more colorful, fun patterned bows you should check out April's Tipsy Bunny shop. Lots of super cute handmade bows!

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