- The Spoon Sisters Scrabble letter mug, $11.95
- Victoria Buckley Jewellry ring, $115
- Vintage Book Clocks clock, $75
- Penguin cover story postcards, $25
- Anthropologie literary correspondence napkin set, $58
- Slippin’ Southern sign, $42
- Barnes & Noble birdcage bookends
- Charms4You charm, $19
- The Book Fiend print, $12
- Bookish mug, $16
- Rich Neeley Designs iPod/iPhone charging dock, $53
I’m a procrastinator. There’s no doubt about that. Instead of getting things out of the way so that I don’t have to worry about them, I inevitably wait until the final seconds and frantically pound out whatever the task is (always using the feeble excuse that I work better under pressure).
So it should come as no surprise that I did this with our holiday cards this year (although I’m patting myself on the back for actually doing them since my procrastination foiled my plans the last couple of years).
So. There I was last weekend with a discount code from Shutterfly that was about to expire. I decided that I absolutely had to use it since I’m amazingly frugal (which sounds much nicer than the truth: I’m cheap).
I was excited to use Shutterfly not only because of the discount but because I did Ellie’s birth announcement and a couple of photo albums with them and have always been happily surprised by the awesome quality you get for the price. But I digress.
I rounded up my girls, cleaned the snot and chocolate off of their faces, threw some festive accessories on their heads and placed them (ever so delicately) in front of the tree.
It should be that easy, right? Sit the girls down, tell them to smile and voila! A magical picture that captures the holiday spirit while simultaneously portraying them as perfect, sweet, little well-behaved angels.
After our second attempt, I was laughing hysterically. We had one usable photo and a slew of outtakes that show off their personalities way better than the nice shot could ever dream to.
What fun is there in perfection anyway? The real fun is while you’re trying to get there. Afterall, what stories do you have to tell if everything is perfect and everyone is well behaved all of the time?
I tried to make a card with a bunch of the outtakes but couldn’t find a (cheap) design that worked with the shots I wanted to use. I have to say, it came out pretty cute anyway (not that I’m biased or anything)–but you’ll have to wait to see what the final product looks like!
- Terrain rosemary tree, $58
- Anthropologie recipe bookmarks book, $10
- Lucero vinegar & olive oil gift set, $19.95
- The Chef Set page flags, $6.50
- Anthropologie milk bottle measuring cups, $24
- Crate & Barrel marble wine cooler, $26.95
- Terrain homemade cookie stamp, $22
- Anthropologie apron, $32
- Crate and Barrel bell jar and saucer, $10-19.95
- Anna Joyce hand-printed napkin set, $35
A recent shopping trip with one of my faves made me realize that I have a small (ok, large) obsession with holiday decorating. But when the munchkin and I cracked open our holiday storage bin, I was kind of horrified at its contents.
Aside from the unexpectedly small heap (I forgot I went on a manic purge while pregnant and nesting last winter), there were a whole lot of tsotchkes that left a lot to be desired.
So what does one do when faced with inadequate holiday decor? Why turn to Pinterest for inspiration, of course!
I feel a Michaels trip in my future! I’m loving everything natural and eclectic. I’m going to hunt down some crafty ideas that munchkin can tackle with me and that we can reuse every year.
We pulled out a Nutcracker she painted last year and a little papier-mâché tree she decorated and her face completely lit up. I need more of that!
Speaking of my munchkin and her holiday excitement, tonight is the first night of our new Christmas countdown tradition!
I was a little nervous that collecting 24 winter/holiday-themed books was going to be too pricy, but I popped into a local secondhand children’s store and nearly squealed with excitement when I saw that they 1) sold used books for $1.50, 2) were having a buy three get one free sale and 3) had a whole bin that was filled to the brim with holiday books.
Total score! I bought 16 books there for under $10 (I also happened to have a credit and a coupon). Combine those with the few we had at home and the three I picked up at Barnes and Noble and we’re all set!
I wrapped them up in craft paper that I embellished with clearance ribbon (notice the blue zebra print for my girl!) from Michaels, ribbon scraps I found around the house, raffia and some stamps I found in her craft bin. Half of them are now sitting under the mini tree she has on her dresser (we’ll move all of them underneath our big tree when we set it up this weekend!).
Are you starting to get into the holiday spirit? I want to hear about your decorations and traditions!
How is it mid-November already?! I feel like my little muffin just started kindergarten last week and already there are Christmas trees and holiday deals being shoved down my throat.
Mild panic attack aside, I’m definitely one of those people who needs a pre-Thanksgiving nudge to at least make me aware of how quickly the holiday season will explode all around us.
On that note, I’m hoping to share my first in a series of Holiday Gift Guides this week. Since it’s not quite ready for you, I thought I’d share a new holiday tradition (which I happened upon on my favorite time warp website, Pinterest) we’re going to start this year: the Christmas Countdown.
I’m in the process of rounding up 24 holiday and winter-themed books that I’m going to wrap up and put under our tree starting on the first of December. Each night, my oldest munchkin will get to pick a book and we’ll get all comfy and curled up and read it just before bed.
Since we’re not a religious bunch, this will be our spin on an advent calendar. Samantha will absolutely adore this (she gets to open a “present” every night!) and I love the idea that it will make reading even more exciting for her (and eventually our little Ellie Bean will get in on the action too!).
Here are some of the books on our must-have list:
I’m in serious need of suggestions! What was your favorite winter/holiday story growing up?
about the momma
Hi! I'm Jen, a freelance writer and girl mom who loves reading the newest children’s books as much as I love a good psychological thriller. I believe fiercely in the power of kindness, empathy, and really good quality chocolate. When I'm not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find me sprawled out on my couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on my face. The struggle is real. Learn more about me here.
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