Thursday, December 1, 2016

The #1 Gift for that Difficult Person {+ a GIVEAWAY}

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And a wonderful time for giveaways! Enter at the bottom of post!

I love planning for and buying gifts for my family and friends! As much fun as it is, there is always someone who is difficult to shop for and I have the perfect gift that anyone will use daily and love!
A custom iPhone case will be a great present for that difficult person on your gift giving list!

Last year I received my first Caseapp custom iPhone case. It has been awesome for protecting my phone, especially with how much it gets dropped by B! I have loved my custom iPhone case so much that I decided to team up again with Caseapp and designed another one!
How would you design a phone case for mom, dad, husband, brother, sister, or yourself? The possibilities are endless! Caseapp is giving you 20% off any product with the code: BRUSHINGXMAS20 (Valid until 12-14-16). Order before December 14th to get it in time for Christmas!

Caseapp is also giving away a free product from their site to one lucky reader! Enter the giveaway below and the winner will be announced on TUESDAY, December 6th! 
Good luck!

*Thank you Caseapp for sponsoring this post! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Linking up with Thoughts for ThursdayThinking out Loud, Penny's Passion

Monday, November 28, 2016

Our Christmas Traditions

Traditions make the holidays special. Now that we have a child that understands holidays, it makes having our own family traditions that much more important. We have many traditions that I want to carry on from both of our families.

Here are some of them:
*While growing up, each morning in December we would put up a piece of the nativity advent calendar. By Christmas the entire nativity scene would be complete. Last year I made my family one and I can't wait to use it!

*Every day in December we read a special Christmas story that helps us remember what the Christmas season is all about. 

*My husband's family always has a delicious Raspberry Roll on Christmas morning. It's so good and something I look forward to each year!

*When my Mom's side of the family gets together before Christmas, we gather around the piano and sing Christmas songs. Two songs that are always sung that you may not have heard of are Star of the East and Friendly Beasts.
We have started a couple traditions in the past few years that our little family does.

*We go to the store and pick out a couple toys for needy families. I love doing this because it helps us to think of others.

*Since moving to Virginia we have gone to see houses on the Tacky Light Tour. People go all out with their Christmas lights and it's so fun to see!

I'm still on the lookout for other new traditions, so let me know in the comments what traditions your toddler loves this time of year!

(Linking up with Andrea and Ericka)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Setting Up Christmas

It's Christmas time!!

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful! Since moving away from family we have always had Thanksgiving with friends. This year with having a new baby, we decided to keep it small and just do it with our little family. As always, we missed being with our families, but had a great time preparing and eating the food and spending time with each other!

This year we decorated for Christmas a lot earlier than we normally do because of having my mother-in-law here to help with the boys. Now we have four whole weeks to enjoy it before we head out to be with our families for the break!
When we first started putting the ornaments on the tree, I realized it was going to take a lot longer than I thought, especially with a toddler wanting to do most of it. Then I noticed how much fun B was having and that anxiousness went away and I started to enjoy myself more! 

B loved putting the ornaments around the bottom of the tree. We eventually spread them out more during his nap, but he quickly noticed what we had done when he woke up! Every day more ornaments seem to be at the bottom of the tree and we all know who's doing it!

I hope your holidays are off to a great start!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Up Wednesday {11/23/16}

Today I'm linking up with ShaySheaffer, and Mel for What's Up Wednesday!

What we're eating this week: Turkey, Raspberry Pretzel Salad, Sweet Potato Casserole, Snicker Carmal Apple Pie! All Thanksgiving foods! YUM!

What I'm reminiscing about: Family being around to help! I'm missing all the extra sleep and extra hands around! Moms are the best!

What I'm loving: Having our Christmas tree up! This is the earliest it's been up and it might be a new tradition!:)

What we've been up to: Baby E loves to cry and we just recently started him on gas drops and our lives have gotten a lot better!

What I'm dreading: Flying with two kids...I'll have my husband with me but Baby E has never flown so I don't know how smooth it's going to go. If you're flying with a toddler anytime soon, check out this post!

What I'm working on: Addressing Christmas cards and making presents!

What I'm excited about: We've been wanting to visit some sites that have special events planned during the holidays. That's going to happen in the coming weeks!

What I'm watching: Person of Interest, Hawaii Five-O, and Dancing with the Stars

What I'm reading: Abby's Crossing by Darryl Harris

What I'm listening to: With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, this song is a great reminder to be thankful.

What I'm wearing: I've been living in comfy clothes, anything but jeans! I'm really loving these Gap leggings!

What I'm doing this weekend: Sleeping, hanging with my boys, and hopefully finishing Christmas shopping!

What I'm looking forward to next month: Christmas with our families, especially now that B understands and gets excited for Santa!

What else is new: Nothing I can think of...

What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition: Eating lots of food of course!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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