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Five Things You Have To Watch This Holiday Season!

I love television. I'm just going to say it. Yes, me-- the big advocate for the screen free life, the unplugged, restful life. I love movies. I love to get wrapped up in beautifully written tv shows that make me think, laugh, cry, and the like. So, I thought it would be fun to share some of the best shows and movies I've watched recently:1) Christmas Town on Hallmark Channel. I watched this movie last night, and absolutely adored it.…

Holiday Home Tour 2019!

Last year, we were just getting settled into our home. We moved in on December 14th, so we didn't do a lot of decorating. We were just unpacking box after box so decorating just wasn't on the radar. My boys threw up the Christmas tree, and we promptly took it down the day after Christmas to put in storage in an effort to be more organized. This year, I wanted to add some festive touches but that can get expensive…

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day 2019!

If you've followed here a while, you know I love celebrating St. Nicholas day with my sweet boys. I have always enjoyed celebrating, but it is even more joyful and fun once you've become a mama. St. Nicholas is a traditionally Catholic holiday (I think?) but a lot of cultures celebrate it, and I think it is a fun way to add a new tradition into your family. You can add as much as little as you like to fit…

December 2019 Monthly Meal Plan

December is historically a busy month, so I wanted to be on it this month. I don't want the budget or my sanity to suffer, because we have more things on the calendar than we normally would. When you're putting together your December meal plan, try to add in days you'll have stuff going on. Also, try to have some non-perishable items so if you have a last minute event come up, you can host friends for dinner or you'll…

PNW Trip Inspiration!

It is wild to me when I consider how much our lives have changed this year!  Obviously, the biggest change this year has been our move from Portland to Jacksonville.  We love living here, it is such a nice fit for our family to be so close to the beach.  However, I couldn’t be more thankful for the time we had in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and I can’t recommend you visit the area enough.  There is so much beauty…

Holiday Suggestions When The Last You Need Is More Stuff!

I know in our family, we've been really trying to cut back on stuff and more stuff. I don't want to be people who find ways to organize things we are never going to use anyway. (And all the mamas say, amen!) We told our boys outright we would be purchasing only three gifts per child this year, and they were totally fine with that. In fact, I think they are having fun narrowing down and changing their toy wants.…

Books To Read If You’re In A Season Of Overwhelm!

My season of overwhelm hit me last year like a ton of bricks. I struggled to admit I was going through a tough season, because I also felt so blessed. We had been praying for husband to get this job, we were longing for a backyard for the kids, and I have always dreamt of living close enough to the ocean I could spend summer days with my boys there as they grew. Also, as a mother, I needed to…

Affordable Matching Family Holiday Pajamas With Yaffi!

Disclosure: Thank yout to Yaffi for sending us these adorable, very comfortable pajamas to try out and review for you guys! All opinions expressed are my own! I will tell you guys right now, it is hard to find matching looks for mama and sons. (Especially at a reasonable price!) This year, we really wanted to do a fun matching pajama set, because we hadn't done that in a couple years and I know the years with the boys wanting…

Simple Holiday Napkin Rings With Gift Tags!

I love the holidays, but I need to remain budget conscience! One way I do that is by using things I already have in creative, new ways. A simple example is that I have white cloth napkins (I also did a paper napkin to give you a second example!) and I purchased some gift tags and some adorable mini wreaths (4.00 for both at Target) and made them into napkin rings. I think this adds a fun piece of festive…