So sorry for the long pause! I had to set aside blogging in October to focus on a few big projects. Mainly, finishing up a client project, working on a re-design/re-brand of my website and design business and re-modeling my master bathroom. Hate to leave you hanging, but that’s just a hint of some exciting things to come in the new year. In the mean time, my favorite time of year is upon us. Sure, some folks like to go from Halloween straight to Christmas, but not this girl. I really love Thanksgiving. It’s all about family, friends, good food and of course giving thanks for all of the above. These are crazy times and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to gather my loved ones and celebrate what I have.
In reality, Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I’m expecting a house full of family. Did I mention I’m down a bathroom too? That means I’m going to minimize stress and keep the table setting pretty simple. You can still get a festive look without getting too complicated by using a few strategically placed bits of greenery and candles. I’ll leave you with a few lovely and inspiring images.
Can you believe it’s 2016 already? I hope you’ve enjoyed some quality time with friends and family just as I have. Tomorrow the tree will come down. As much as I try to savor all of the holiday decorations and festivities, I’m ready to pack it up, de-clutter and simplify. It’s time to hit the reset button. I’ll be sure to find a few quiet moments to reflect on the past and set my intentions for the new year. I have some specific goals this year as it relates to my blog, like sharing more of my personal home projects, improving my photography skills and a few others.
In the mean time, cheers and Happy New Year to you and yours!
Are you feeling the panic that comes with knowing Christmas is only 5 days away? I certainly am. I’m not ready. I’m just barely going to get the holiday card out and the gifts wrapped on time, but I really am trying to keep that panic level in the mild zone as I know that it will all come together. It always does. One of the things that can bring on more parental stress this time of year is the idea of entertaining the kids for the holiday break. I’m fortunate enough to get some time off over the break to spend with my family and I’m very grateful for it, but I know the kids wills start climbing the walls in a few days. I came across a great article in MyDomaine that lists 50 fun (and cheap or free) activities that you can do with your kids over the holidays. A few of may favorites and ones that I may try with my family are below. If you want to see all 50, you can read the full article here.
- Make a gingerbread house. Nothing says Christmas more to me than the quirky and adorable little houses the kids make at school out of milk cartons and graham crackers. It’s really one of my most favorite things. Here’s Lucy’s creation this year. Funny how the M&M shingles seem to disappear a little each day. We’re going to make another “family” house later this week with our own supplies.
- Write a letter to your Elf on the Shelf before she or he goes back to the North Pole. I love this one because it’s a sneaky way to get my youngest to practice her writing.
- Take a mini-road trip to somewhere new. This can be as simple as packing a picnic, taking an hour drive out of your city or town to a hike or walk. It doesn’t have to be far, just going somewhere new will make it an adventure. via @FrenchLarkspur
- Help out people in the community. This could be as simple as bringing home-baked goods to an elderly neighbor who may certainly enjoy the company of your adorable children. Growing up, we had a handful of elderly folks in our neighborhood and my best friends and I would visit them. Okay I’m going to confess at the time we mostly did it for the butterscotch and peppermint candies that would almost always be given to us, but we did form a genuine bond with them and it wasn’t until later in life that I realized what we were doing was probably very appreciated.
- Print out your favorite photos from 2015 and make a collage. This one is great on a rainy day and could be combined with several others from the list like making New Year’s cards for friends and family, making a 2016 calendar and watching your top 3 family-favorite holiday movies. via https://www.instagram.com/burtsbrisplease/
Oh and if you’re at your wits end and in need of a little heart-warming holiday cheer, I recommend you follow this Instagram feed above called @burtsbrisplease. You will not be disappointed at the endless supply of adorable photos of a little boy and his cat. To me, the holidays are all about the wonder and cheer in our children’s hearts and this feed most definitely embodies that sentiment.
I wish you all a very happy holiday filled with family, friends, cheer and wonder. Now I’m off to start wrapping!
It’s full-on festive mode around here with Christmas parties and my daughter’s 13th birthday this week — it’s been one celebration after another. I can’t believe I’m about to be a parent of a teenager, but that’s a post for another day. Even though its a crazy time of year, I love it all and I’d love to be able to share beautifully styled photos of our house all decked out for the holidays, but I simply haven’t had the time. So instead, I’m going to share a collection of some lovely holiday images that make me feel the spirit of Christmas. Enjoy!
All images above via Pinterest.
This one says it all, doesn’t it? Via The White Buffalo Styling Co.