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26 Family Christmas Traditions + Printable

26 Family Christmas Traditions Printable

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade. The opinions and text are all mine. Looking for some new family Christmas traditions? Check out my list for 26 Family Christmas Traditions plus download the free printable. This is the first year we are a family of 3. I can already imagine the little pitter patter of hands and knees smacking the hard wood floor crawling to the tree on Christmas morning (maybe making a detour since our front room is gated and he will be in … [Read more...]

DIY Snowman Bell Jar

DIY Snowman Bell Jar

Last month, I was browsing the isles at Michael's when I stumbled across bell jars for 75% off. I instantly grabbed one, and contemplated grabbing two. But decided to just grab the one in hopes I would have time to make something out of it. I also grabbed some filler, a cute little snowman ornament and a beautiful miniature tree. I knew I could make something with all those contents. I waited way too long to get to this easy nap-time craft. I actually did this right before Sarah from While They … [Read more...]

Gifting Christmas

Gifting Christmas

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Martha Stewart Living. As always all opinions are our own.  Last month we were contacted by Martha Stewart living to trim a tree. We've participated in past years. Since we already own 2 trees we weren't going to participate. That's when it dawned on me that it would be cool to "gift" Christmas to a family member. My mother inlaw has talked about wanting a new artificial tree ever since I spent the first Christmas with Jon and his family 12 years ago. … [Read more...]

Baby’s First Santa Photos – 2014

Baby's First Santa Picture

Yesterday, I shared 8 Tips For Surviving Baby's First Santa Photos. I took Ryder before Thanksgiving to avoid long lines. My plan worked out perfectly. He had the best visit with Santa. So today, as promised yesterday, I'm sharing a few of our photos from our Santa photo shoot. Yes, we had a photo shoot with Santa. We got 20 awesome photos and the price was reasonable! This is one of our favorite photos! Ryder was all smiles.  … [Read more...]

8 Tips For Surviving Baby’s First Santa Photos

8 Tips For Surviving Baby's First Santa Photos

A few weeks ago before thanksgiving I brought Ryder to the mall to take photos with Santa. I was a little concerned that he would not do well with Santa, but really what I was concerned about was entertaining him in a very long line! I choose to go the week before thanksgiving on a Wednesday in the middle of the day. Now I realize most people don't have that luxury but that's ok. I have other suggestions on beating the crowds. I'm excited to say that the photo above was our very last photo of … [Read more...]

DIY Baby’s First Ugly Christmas Sweater

Babys First Ugly Christmas Sweater

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with I Love to Create and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own. I'm so excited about today's project that I'm sharing with you. Jon and I made tacky Christmas sweaters a few years back. We figured it would be super cute to make Ryder his first ugly Christmas sweater, too! Making your baby an ugly Christmas sweater should be a new family tradition each and every year. I hope that my tutorial gives you holiday inspiration for … [Read more...]

DIY Santa’s Cookie and Milk Placemat

DIY Santa's Cookie and Milk Placemat 13

I shared with you my super cute DIY Personalized Santa Cookie Plate yesterday. Today, I'm sharing this super cute Santa's Cookie and Milk Placemat I made. I must say its felt great to be back in the craft room crafting again. Although, my craft room is still a mess (even with my efforts of cleaning it up). I'm so incredibly proud of this placemat and can't wait to make more for family and friends! The ideal gift combo set for Christmas. This is another project I've submitted into the Cricut … [Read more...]

DIY Personalized Santa Cookie Plate

DIY Personalized Santa Cookie Plate 8

The Christmas bug has hit me hard this year. We put up our tree a few weeks ago (living in Florida it's not practical to have a real tree). I've been dreaming up tons of Christmas crafts... all that have to do with the wee-little one. I've always wanted a personalized Santa cookie plate, so I decided to make one for Ryder. And because I love how this plate turned out I'm pretty sure I'll be making a few more for friends and family! This is one of my three projects this month for the Cricut … [Read more...]

Kmart’s Fab 15 Holiday Toy List

Kmart Fab 15 Toys #Fab15ToysCGC

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2014 Holiday Cards with Minted + Giveaway

2014 Holiday Cards with Minted.com + Giveaway

I can't believe it's that time of year... time to take family photos and order holiday cards. We have our family photo's scheduled for this weekend with the oh-so talented Christy Buonomo Photography. I'm a little late this year on the card ordering. Normally by now they are ordered and I finish sealing and addressing by the end of Thanksgiving weekend. But I have a baby so I guess that's a good excuse. Today, I'm going to share with you a few of my favorite holiday card designs from Minted and … [Read more...]