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Christmas 2018 + Meet Marvin Garvin

Happy New Year, friends!! I can’t believe we are already a week into 2019! We took some major time off over the holidays to enjoy all of the festivities & time with family. This was our first holiday season here in Kansas City and we had so much fun making memories & new traditions. Christmas Eve weekend we took the girls out on a “family date,” which we decided we have to now do every single year because it was so much fun. We started the morning at Union Station seeing all of the Christmas festivities, got Root Beer Floats at the famous Fritz’s restaurant and saw a movie. We came home to rest of a little bit, and then went back out for a progressive dinner at all The Plaza restaurants and looked at the lights. The girls seriously had the best day ever and we will remember it forever! Christmas eve we wrapped up the rest of our baking, delivered goodies to our neighbors and then went to an early church service. We hosted my family for Christmas Eve dinner, and decided to make Chicken Parmesan, which was something our very first friends in Atlanta made for us on our first Christmas Eve there when we had no family living close by. We watched Christmas Vacation, drank some champagne & waited for the kiddos to go to bed so Santa could come! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The girls were up bright & early on Christmas morning and took turns running down the stairs to peek at the presents. They wanted bean bag chairs so bad & Santa delivered! They tore into their presents and stockings while we made homemade cinnamon rolls and waited patiently for the best gift of all to show up.

Rewind to last summer we decided that we wanted to get a Goldendoodle and were on a waitlist back in Atlanta to get one. We were weeks away from fencing in our yard when we decided to move to Kansas City, so we decided to put that all on hold. As soon as we moved here, we were given a referral from some neighbors to find a doodle and again, got on a waitlist. After months of not being able to find the right puppy for us, we were finally thinking we would be getting one in February, but got a call the first week of December with good news. A family had decided to move out of town and wouldn’t be able to take their puppy, a six week old red goldendoodle. The lady told us she was so excited to call because she knew we would freak out, and she was right!! Since we had two trips planned before Christmas, we decided to have him start puppy training for a few weeks and then surprise the girls on Christmas morning. My parents drove to get him early that morning, snuck him inside & we brought him out in the living room to introduce him to the girls. They were SO excited and happy, it was so much fun to see their reaction and we have it recorded to re-watch over and over. He immediately peed all over them, but they loved him through it!

We got to keep him just for Christmas, but then had to take him back to his puppy training for his remaining two weeks. We finally get to bring him home for good this Sunday and CAN NOT WAIT. Had we known how hard it would be to say goodbye (even briefly!) we probably wouldn’t have done it to begin with, but we are hopeful that he will come home peeing on just a few less things! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can’t wait to share more Marvin Garvin with you guys and all the fun we will have with him!!

I hope you all had the most magical Christmas & New Year with your loved ones, cheers to the best year ever!! XO

PS. Send all the dog training advice & tips our way!


Holiday Home Tour 2018

It’s our very first Christmas in our house. I feel like I have been dreaming of this and just picturing every detail since the minute we found this house, where the Christmas tree would go, what the wallpapered bathroom would look like with garland draped all over it, everything! It is even better than I imagined. Our theme this year was just natural greenery & lots of little bits of whimsy. I love keeping the decor very minimal, but I also think the live garlands make such a statement. I secretly never want to take them down but I don’t think our vacuum can keep up much longer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you enjoy our holiday home tour!! (not all pictures were taken at the same time, so really just a compilation of each room).

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into our home, more to come after the holidays as we tackle the last handful of fun home renovations!! Hope you all have the MERRIEST CHRISTMAS, thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along!! XO

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Holiday Entertaining

Holiday entertaining is one of my most favorite things EVER and we love finding any excuse to celebrate all season long!! I put together a festive tray of goodies (who needs meat & cheese?!) for a holiday happy hour and decided it’s going to be a staple for all the holiday parties this year! I was inspired by these mini waffle cookies & gingerbread men, they were both too cute & needed to be together on a pretty tray. I added some candy canes & dipped pretzels, some fruit & nutella for dipping. We will definitely be remaking this for our Christmas Eve brunch!!

I thought it would be fun to round up a few of my favorite holiday party ideas, I think we do almost all of these every year and I get SO excited for each of them! Some are more elaborate than others, you can host any of these with just a few close friends or with your whole neighborhood!!

1. Christmas Characters, Cards & Cocktails // We did this last year but didn’t actually give it a name until we started talking about it again this year. Everyone comes dressed as their favorite Christmas movie character, Clark Griswold or the Grinch, himself! Turn the record player on, play a good old fashioned game of cards & serve up some festive cocktails!

2. Favorite Things Party // This is so fun to do with a group of girlfriends. Everyone brings a gift for each person at the party valued at $5 or $10, and it must be all the same, and one of their favorite things. So if there are 6 people at the party, one would bring 5 tubes of mascara, 5 pair of fuzzy slippers, hot chocolate mix, etc. and give to the other five people and then would take home five other presents themselves. Everyone goes home with a handful of new “favorite things” and it is always so much fun!!

3. Holiday Brunch // Pancakes & pajamas is a must. We have done this for a few years with friends and it is always something our girls look so forward to! Friends come over in the morning in their holiday pajamas & slippers, and we make rudolph pancakes. Serve up a coffee (or mimosa) bar and watch something fun with the kids, like Elf or Home Alone!

4. Gingerbread House Making // Perfect for kids (buy premade houses so it’s easier for them to just decorate) or for Adults (and vote at the end for the best one to win a prize).

5. Gift Wrapping Party // Everyone comes with bags of gifts they need to wrap, with all the ribbons and wrappings, sip some eggnog & watch a classic like It’s a Wonderful Life or The Holiday!

Would love to hear any fun or creative party themes you have! There are just not enough days in December to do all the things! Cheers, friends!!