Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Cheer List 2016

It's December 2nd, time to share our Christmas Cheer List for 2016! You can see last year's list here. I've added a few new must-do items {Ice Skating by the Bay and Christmas on the Wharf} and it's our inaugural Elf on the Shelf! We're planning on having a welcome breakfast this weekend if everything goes according to plan (I've been sick this week, blah.)

Looking forward to enjoying the Season and all it's merry festivities!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Goodies with UnCommonGoods {plus a giveaway!}

Let me just say I was beyond giddy when UncommonGoods reached out to me and wanted to collaborate! This company is super cool and I have had so much fun browsing their inventory. 
Holiday Goodies with UncommonGoods plus a giveaway

A little bit about UncommonGoods. It was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York (major cool points, am I right?!) Not only does it pay it's lowest seasonal worker 50% above minimum wage but CEO Dave Bolotsky is passionate about a fair minimum wage for all. The majority of the products sold at UncommonGoods also supports artists who create unique, handmade items, most of which are made here in the United States. And one third of those items incorporate recycled and/or upcycled materials (we all know how I love upcycling!) 

Best of all UncommonGoods started the nonprofit Better to Give; for every purchase made $1 goes to the charity of the buyers choice (charities include RAINN, American Forests, International Rescue Committee and Reach Out & Read). Since Better to Give's induction 12 years ago it has donated $1Million world wide! Now that's buying power!

So on to the goodies! These gems caught my eye but you'll have to check out UncommonGoods yourself because there are so many wonderful gift ideas!
Holiday Goodies for UncommonGoods plus a giveaway
So basically these are all things I want for myself. I mean, how lovely are these?! That literary scarf combines two of my favorite things- scarves and text from the novel Jane Eyre. And I've always wanted a family print done! Click the link for more gift ideas for her!

Holiday Goodies for UncommonGoods plus a giveaway
I may have gone a bit "beard heavy" but when you're married to a bearded man, you start to appreciate the beard's subtle beauty ;) Also, it just makes me laugh how popular beards are these days. I think the bristle-less grill brush is genius (I'm scarred for life about ingesting a bristle and having it pierce my colon- anyone else see that "Monster Inside Me" episode?!) You can find more great gift ideas for him here!
Holiday Goodies for UncommonGoods plus a giveaway

And with the arrival of the holidays comes the many party and get-together invitations. Here are a few thoughtful hostess gifts (and most are only $25!) that any host/ess would be grateful to receive. Visit UncommonGoods to see more Christmas gift ideas!

I am so excited to offer one of you the chance to win a $25 gift card to UncommonGoods! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway runs from Thursday, December 1st through Sunday, December 11th. Winner will be announced on Monday, December 12th via email. Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Currently // November + Announcing the Christmas Pajama Party link up

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Announcing// The Christmas Pajama Party link up! Joining a bunch of my favorite ladies we're back for another year of showcasing festive Christmas jammies! Link up with us on Thursday, December 15th through the 22nd!
Watching// Some of our favorite Christmas movies- Home Alone and Elf!
Reading// I hope magazines and blogs count as reading because I have been s-l-a-c-k-i-n-g when it comes down to picking up a book. Chalk it up to the busyness of the season. Truth be told, I sometimes go through boughts of none-reading and then go hard, so I'm at peace with it. But it never hurts to ask- have you read anything lately that you'd recommend?
Eating// Thanksgiving leftovers! I made two different kinds of potato dishes this year (one for my family's get together and another one for my InLaws) and I'm not sure which I love more yet?
Looking forward to// Getting our Christmas cards! In full disclosure, we just took family pictures on Sunday sooooo we're one of those families haha.
Loving// Spending the last 5 days at home with my people.
Planning// CHRISTMAS! I got bit by the Christmas bug wayyy earlier this year than usual and I'm not hating it.
Pinning// New Christmas printables!

Texting// The Hubby <3
Wearing// Plaid. The pattern of the season.
Decorating// The halls with boughs of holly. Falalalalalala :) 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

25 Christmas Books for Children {The Great Christmas Roundup}

I am beyond blessed to be joining hands with Crystal, Liz, Justine and Stephanie for The Great Christmas Roundup! Not only do I adore these ladies but being able to celebrate this special season is an honor I don't want to ever take lightly or for granted.

I'm sharing our favorite 25 Christmas Books for Children. All of these are titles I love and that Kinsey and Brielana both enjoy. Some are classics, some are specific to this year, some are faith-based and some are whimsical but they are all great books to add your child's library. Enjoy! Affiliate links used. A small commission may be received if you purchase an item through my links. Thank you for supporting my blog!
25 Christmas books for Children
In no particular order:

The Night Before Christmas- this title has to end our book Advent Calendar. This version is the one I grew up reading and still cherish.
Santa & the Christ Child- keeping the reason for the season in focus.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Peanuts)- we ADORE the Peanuts Gang here.
You Are My Miracle- sweetest book ever.
Jingle Bells- the classic song turned book.
The Velveteen Rabbit- who doesn't get touched by this story of love?
Christmas Tree!- this rhyming book is awesome.
The Little Drummer Boy- Keats has soul-stirring illustrations.
The Gingerbread Boy- another one of my childhood favorites.
Christmas Trolls- Brett has the best illustrations! I also like the original Mountain Trolls version.
Olivia Helps with Christmas- the sassiest pig I know.
Peppa's Christmas Wish- the sweetest pig I know (lol).
Polar Express 30th anniversary edition- again these illustrations are wonderful.
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition Book Only- we're having our inaugural Elf visit and I need to study up ;)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!- You can't celebrate the season without that grumpy green guy. 
God Gave Us Christmas- I adore this God Gave Us Series. A bit on the wordy side I would say this is for older children 4+.
The Nutcracker- the classic ballet.
Olive, the Other Reindeer- the cartoon is sweet too! Olive is voiced by Drew Barrymore.
And if you do a Christmas Book Advent Calendar these would be great titles to include! Here's our wrapped books all ready to go!

Visit these lovely ladies to see what Christmas Cheer they're sharing:
The Great Christmas Roundup
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