My Favorites Gift List

These are some of my favorites and favorite items to request for Christmas. I’m all about leaning into the hygge methodology during the winter seasons and a lot of these are in line with that idea. Cuddle up with a good book, under lots of blankets in warm pajamas with a cup of tea.

1. A collection of Milk make-up brushes in a perfect travel container.

2. Leggings perfect for cold (but not frigid) hiking.

3. My favorite yoga candle.

4. I love that you can pick and personalize Glossier sets.

5. Bow headband for my top knot days.

6. My go to sweater. I can never have enough!

7. Any book from Reese’s Book Club.

8. A muffin tin because mine is rusted out.

9. Sperry boots for the winter that’s apparently going through be super cold.

10. Flannel pajamas, I live for the moment I put on pajamas on work days!

11. These throws are the favorites of the boys during winter.

12. The tea I bring to work in my yeti cup.

13. Seasonal polish.

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Winter Sweater Round-Up

Perfect for gifting, or just adding to your own closet, here is a round-up of some of my current favorite sweaters! Each of these are great for layering, perfect for our unpredictable southern temps. 

  1. Okay, this isn’t technically a sweater, but I love that it’s long-sleeves include a cute button detail, and it has a slightly higher neckline, but not turtleneck status.
  2. I love the ribbing on the edge of these sleeves, with a little extra detail.
  3. Perfect for layering with a tank top for warmer days or a long sleeve shirt for when it’s colder.
  4. I’ve been trying to incorporate a little more color into my wardrobe, and this reminds me of this outfit here.
  5. So comfy! I love that this is off the shoulder a bit, but not too much.
  6. An emerald green basic, perfect to dress up with a pair of velvet or sequin black pants for holiday parties.
  7. And finally, this is one of my favorite all time JCrew sweaters, navy with little gold stars, I love it with my favorite jeans and tan boots.

Happy sweater shopping and gift buying!

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Operation Christmas Child

I always feel like this day is the start of holiday season, as crazy of a day as it typically is. For the past several years my Mom, sister, and I load up all five kids and head to Target on Saturday to go shopping for Operation Christmas Child. It is usually slightly chaotic and the kids may have been trying to load almost life-sized stuffed animals into the shopping cart at one point, but it is a great way to teach them about helping others.

Here is an idea of what we typically pick out (go here for a full list of what you can and cannot pack):

 

We typically get:

– A stuffed animal

– Socks

– A bar of soap and holder

– Colored pencils and pencil sharpener

– Toothbrush

– Fun bandaids

– Uno Card Game

– Fidget spinner

– Small plastic animals

– Notepad

National collection week is this week! You can go here to find a collection spot in your area.

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‘Tis the season

While we are not putting up the Christmas tree just yet, I’ve been busy ordering some updates to our holiday decor. Last year I waited and almost didn’t get a few items I had on my list. I went back through my Christmas decor pictures from past years (because what is having a blog if not to keep a virtual scrapbook of things like this), and focused in on a few areas that I wanted to add some additional decorations or update items that have gotten worn looking. I also added several new holiday storybooks because one of our favorite parts of the holiday season is reading our collection of Christmas stories as many times as possible between the day after Thanksgiving and January 1st.

As per usual, Target doesn’t disappoint with their holiday decorations and I found quite a few items from their collections:

Including a tiered stand for our high counter, garland for the mirror over our mantle, and new plates for my plate rack:

A pom pom wreath, and cheery pillows:

A cozy throw, tablecloth, and wooden centerpiece:

And I always search for a few pieces from Anthropologie including little monogram ornaments to go inside the wreaths on the boys’ doors, a silly towel, and a stack of holiday coffee mugs:

And new Christmas plates, red plaid garland, and shams from Pottery Barn kids:

And our new stack of holiday books:

How have we not read The Best Christmas Pagent Ever? It’s been so long since I’ve read it, I’m going to read it first, and then pass it on to A and then to J.

Walk this World is a beautiful pop up book with Christmas celebrations around the world, the illustrations are lovely, and the boys love books that have facts woven in.

Construction Site on Christmas Night because we love Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site and what’s better than construction vehicles setting up Christmas decorations?

And finally, The Nutcracker retold with illustrations from The New York City Ballet. I love The Nutcracker and the whimsy of the drawings.

And now I’ve just got to figure out where to store everything until after Thanksgiving!

 

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Favorite Christmas Corners

Our mantle and ever growing set of lighted animals:


Including a narwhal:

Our kitchen hutch with candies, popcorn bowls, and cocoa mugs:

Our Christmas tree filled with family ornaments:

Including my very favorite:

My little plant corner:

All of our Christmas books that we are reading:

And a sassy llama dressing up our front porch:

 

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J’s Christmas Party

This was J’s last Christmas performance in his last year of pre-K! Sniff. I can hardly believe it. I am so thankful for his wonderful preschool teacher, and preschool director who convinced him to actually smile for this picture:J Christmas Party

Because a lot of the pictures I got were more like this:

J Christmas PartyPensive stare in the distance, while he waits patiently for everyone to be served before eating his pizza.

And here is one from his singing performance:

Patiently waiting to sing “Up on the Housetop”.

Love this sweet boy and that I get to spend Christmas parties with him (especially this one because it only required bringing juice and showing up, ha!).

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Santa’s Village 2016

Our original plan to visit Santa’s Village was rained out, so we headed out on what turned out to be a bitterly cold, yet very fun adventure to see Santa.

While the guys held our place in line, the boys decorated gingerbread cookies….

Santa's Village 2016

And took pictures with their cookies…

Santa's Village 2016

And posed for other pictures doing things like this:

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Oh and one like this…

Santa's Village 2016

And after a bit more waiting, we saw Santa!

Santa's Village 2016 Santa's Village 2016J asked for a Qixel 3-D maker & a scarf, A asked for a Pokemon Elite Trainer Box & a Nintendo Store Card

Afterwards we made ornaments…

Santa's Village 2016

And took a few family photos…

Santa's Village 2016Santa's Village 2016 Santa's VillageAnd then we headed to Buena Vista (one of our local favorite Mexican restaurants) and had a terrific, late dinner! The boys are now anticipating their gifts from Santa!

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The return of Link

Elf on the shelfLink made his yearly appearance this past week. Hurray for four weeks of jumping up at 6 a.m. realizing he is still hanging out in the same spot from the day before. This guy causes me nothing but trouble. However, the boys sure do love him! Here’s a bit more of our yearly “welcome Link” tradition…

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