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Holiday Cards with Minted

Custom Minted Holiday Cards

It's that time of year again... the time of year when we need to start finalizing our holiday cards to send out. Christmas is just 30 days away. Yep, that's it. Every year, I have a goal to have cards ordered by middle of November and assembled and in the mail by December 1st. The past few years (even without a baby) that hasn't happened. I find myself scrambling like many others. So this is my PSA today to help everyone get it together, so that we can all have our Christmas cards go out in a … [Read more...]

DIY Holiday Advent Calendar Kit

DIY Holiday Advent Calendar

You guys... Christmas is in 37 days. Say what!?!? How the heck did that happen. We officially started decorating over the weekend. If you follow me on Instagram then you saw what my formal living and dining room really looks like right now... it's a mess. Bins of Halloween, half a fall tablescape, rugs rolled up, Christmas tree up, decorations every where... yeah you get the point. Jon worked on decking our attic this weekend so the good news is that Halloween is about to go up in the attic and … [Read more...]

Christmas 2014

christmas morning with the family

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I wanted to share a few photos of Ryder's first Christmas. I know we've been absent over the past week. I've been trying to take more time with family and less with work. It's a constant struggle of time when you are self employed. You tend to work around the clock--or at least I do! We spent Christmas Eve at my inlaws house and Christmas day at our house. After Ryder woke up we took as many family photos as he would allow us too until he completely … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Mason Jar

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Today, I'm sharing a super easy Christmas craft that anyone can make. If you have kids, I'm pretty sure you can have them help you make this craft as well. This project does not involve a lot of supplies, just a whopping 4! I've seen a wide variety of these mason jar tree's around the web. I definitely did not invent this. I've just always wanted to make a few for my house! Supplies: Mason Jar Artificial Miniature Christmas Tree Glue Dots Sparkling Snow … [Read more...]

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...]