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Welcome 2018!

Happy New Year, friends!! I can’t believe it is January, our tree is still up, the house is covered in pine needles & puzzle pieces, and we have gotten pretty used to not being on any sort of schedule whatsoever. I have loved having all of the kids home, and Brandon home for the most part as well, getting sushi as often as possible. Not sure I’m ready for the kids to go back to school next week (or to be packing lunches again) but I know it will feel good to get back into a routine!

January always feels like a break to me, I need it to reset & recharge my batteries after months of hustle & bustle. I went back in my planner to see what I wrote down for last year’s resolutions, really to see how we did, and here is what I said:

More memory making, less social media. More new recipes, less donuts. More date nights, less obligations. More presence, less multitasking. More praying, less worrying. More intention, less clutter. MORE LOVE, less of everything else.

It made me smile, because I honestly feel like 2017 encompassed all of those things. So this year, we are keeping these, less as resolutions and more of just our family motto.

And in addition, we are going to put a huge focus on wellness for our family. I had a big health scare in December, and without going too much into detail, everything can basically be linked back to what I am putting into my body, the products we are using in our home, and not getting enough sleep (I am a total night owl and can never talk myself into going to bed). So this year, we are reevaluating all of the food we eat, ditching sugar & processed foods as much as possible, and hoping to cut out red meat & soy. This isn’t going to be easy but it is going to be a priority. We are going to use our essential oils to stay on top of our wellness & rid our home of as many toxins & chemicals as we can.

Would love to hear your goals & plans for 2018, and if they align with ours, I can’t wait to jump on this wellness journey together!! Cheers to an amazing year, we can’t wait to share all of the fun things we have in store with you!!! xo

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Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas, friends!!

It has been a crazy month, so we were so excited to just slow down, stay home & enjoy all of the festivities together. The kids had school up until Friday, so we spent the weekend catching up on baking, shopping & watching Christmas movies on repeat. We hosted Christmas Eve dinner early in the afternoon before church and decided to go all out with a turkey and all of the sides (too good of a meal to only eat once a year!) After church, the girls decorated gingerbread house cupcakes (because in all of the hustle & bustle we forgot to get them early enough and they sold out as we got too close to the big day). They ended up being just as fun & might have to be a yearly addition to our gingerbread house making!

Santa’s Elves were up late working on all of the last minute wrapping & Christmas morning came bright & early. Harper and Eloise were in our bed before the sun came up, but we had to send them back upstairs to play quietly in their room until we could wake up Claire. We finally got her up around seven, and the girls dove right in! Harper was most excited for her new doll that looked like her, Eloise was quite content with her not so “real baby” (it actually pees and burps so she was a happy camper), and Claire’s favorite present was Minnie puzzles & PEZ. We let the mess linger all day, made homemade cinnamon rolls & watched Christmas Vacation. We took the girls to my parents for Christmas night & had dinner, and they were so excited to get a new dollhouse!

We let them camp downstairs and fall asleep by the tree before carrying them up to their beds, they are never ready for Christmas to be over & neither are we!

While I am so sad this week is coming to an end, we are SO excited for the new year and everything that 2018 may bring! We hope you had an incredible holiday with all of your family & friends, and are soaking up all the last little bits of Christmas magic!! xo

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Last Minute Gifts + Stocking Stuffers

Last minute gifters unite, Amazon prime is our bestie this time of year & we are rounding up a handful of the best gifts that you can still have on your doorstep by the end of the week.

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1. My favorite bowls of all time, perfect for your mom, your bestie or even yourself!

2. We are obsessed with our amazon echo! We have it programmed to turn the Christmas lights on and off, add things to our grocery list & the girls love to ask for Alexa to play their favorite songs. The unlimited streaming music is definitely my favorite feature! Want something a little smaller + less expensive for an office or kitchen? Try the dot, all the same functionality with smaller speakers!

3. These are the best water bottles in so many pretty colors, and they are glass so you can add essential oils to your water!

4. Super warm, cozy hats for the whole family under $10!

5. One of my favorite essential oil diffusers ever, it holds a ton of water & turns all different colors!

6. My husbands favorite watch for everyday use, it’s waterproof & super durable!

7. This is the starry night light we have in both girls rooms, they love watching it as they fall asleep.

8. One of my favorite decorating books ever, perfect book just for styling on the coffee table & for beautiful home inspiration.

9. Who doesn’t need a giant fluffy sloth?! Cutest gift for the little ones who aren’t quite sure what they want for Christmas yet.

10. Felt letterboards for kids just learning to spell (or maybe just for ourselves?!) in every color.

11. For your glitter gel pen obessed little guys or gals, you can never have enough art supplies!!

What are your favorite last minute gifts & stocking stuffers?! xo

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