• The Holidays Simplified
    Holidays,  Organization

    Simplifying the Holidays

    Can you believe it is already October? The leaves are falling, the weather is getting (somewhat) cooler, and pumpkins can be spotted everywhere. The holidays are upon us! I love the holidays! This is my favorite time of the year! As soon as September rolls around I am ready to begin putting out the Halloween decorations and starting planning Christmas parties. The Stress of the Holidays The holidays are truly a wonderful time of the year, but as moms, the execution of wonder and excitement often falls on our plates. We become the party planners, gift buyers, package wrappers, costume designers, menu planners, and candy organizers. It doesn’t take long before…

  • Chirstmas Tree for kids
    Holidays,  Kid Activities

    A Christmas Tree for Kids

    Christmas is, hands down, my FAVORITE holiday of the year and I am always looking for new ways to make the holiday season fun for the kiddos. After watching my littles enjoy decorating the Christmas tree so much this year, I decided to put a small tree up in their playroom for them to decorate over and over again.  I purchased a small tree from Walmart and ornaments from the dollar tree. The dollar tree usually carries a wide variety of plastic ornaments that are safe for little hands.  Both kids really enjoyed a tree that was theirs! They loved getting to be in charge of the placement of each…

  • Christmas Tree Decorating
    Holidays,  Motherhood

    Decorating the Christmas Tree 2017

    I love, L.O.V.E Christmas! It is my favorite time of the year! I have been so excited to bring all of the decorations out of the attic and start transforming our home into a winter wonderland.  If it were me I would have decorations up long before Thanksgiving but the hubs insists we adequately celebrate Thanksgiving first. But don’t worry the tree went up the day after Thanksgiving! This time of the year is filled with traditions and putting up the tree and decorating is one of my favorite! It is amazing how such a small tradition can make for the greatest memories.  Over the years, the Hubs and I…

  • Holidays,  House and Home

    Simple Front Porch Decorating for Fall

    We are solidly into October now and I thought it would be fun to share the fall touches on our front porch.  Fall is my favorite season. It is the gate keeper season of the holidays. As soon as the weather begins to cool, I am flooded with feelings of nostalgia and can’t wait to put up decorations and begin celebrating all the holidays!  When it comes to decorating for fall, look no further than the pumpkin patch. Plop a few pumpkins or funny looking gourds next to a pretty mum and you are set.  Each year we visit a local pumpkin patch and select a few prized pieces and…

  • Holidays,  Motherhood

    Easter 2016: Toddler Edition

    So it might be a Friday and I might just now be getting around to finally publishing our Easter recap. Whoops, but hey it happens. This year we started our celebration off with dinner with the hub’s family on Saturday evening. The night included a small egg hunt for Asher which he loved. Come Sunday morning I was woken up early by a cute little boy demanding pancakes (he got waffles). We didn’t head to church but Asher and I did read our Easter book. I am not sure how much he absorbed but he points out Jesus in the book so I will call it a success. Before long…

  • Holidays

    Valentine’s Day 2016

    Valentine’s day started uber early this year with a 6:15 wake up call from our tiny tot. Where he gets this “morning person” nonsense is beyond me, I tell you it wasn’t from me. I will admit I was super excited to give Asher his Valentine and treats. He has been OBSESSING over the “oooshin” [ocean] and “whaalles” [whales] for weeks now and so we got him a Schleich blue whale and dolphin and I couldn’t wait for his reaction. So sleepily and while the son was still set, we showed Asher his new goodies. He doesn’t understand Valentine’s Day at all but he was really excited and even insisted his “whaaallle” ate breakfast…

  • Holidays

    Christmas 2013

    I am a little late to this holiday update [per the usual] but for good reason this time. We just finished up our Christmas celebration two days ago so I have been waiting until all the festivities were finished to post about it. This holiday season snuck up on me faster than any others in recent memory, but I still really enjoyed this last week of celebrations with friends and family. Hope you enjoy my picture walk-through our holiday fun.  Our silver and white Christmas tree equipped with the hubs favorite holiday decor piece…the train! Handmade stockings for my little family! Kraft paper wrapped Christmas gifts are my favorite! The…

  • Holidays

    My Late Thanksgiving Recap

    I am roughly 3 days behind the rest of the blog world with my “Thanksgiving Recap” but hey, I’m pregnant and it takes time to recover from a 4 day Holiday weekend. This Thanksgiving we spent the day at my family’s. I love getting to go home and be in the country again. It is so much more peaceful out here. This year I was horrible at taking pictures and only captured this picture of my adorable little nephew. I know I’m carrying what I will think is the cutest babe in the world but this little man is so cute. I mean look at those chubby cheeks!! Even though…

  • Holidays

    Happy Halloween

    This Halloween was filled with rain, rain, and more rain. Oh yea and high winds and threat of tornadoes so needless to say we had zero trick or treaters. But no worries the hubs and I filled the night with some good ol’ scary movie watching. Though the day’s weather was a bust I enjoyed some Halloween festivities including some adorable tiny trick or treaters. My gym had the daycare kids decked out in adorable costumes running about the facility gathering candy from different departments. They were so cute and now my mom-to-be hormones are running in overdrive and I am so unbelievably excited to dress our babe up next…

  • Holidays

    Summer Bucket List

    Working at a school makes summer time seem so much more eventful. No matter what department you work in, you still count down the last days of school and for two whole months life just seems so carefree. I love summer and I can’t wait to make the best of summer 2013. Each year I say “oh let’s do this” or “oh hey let’s go here” and sadly these things don’t always happen. So in an attempt to make Summer 2013 an awesome, productive, and memorable one I have compiled my very own “Summer Bucket List”. 1. Do ALL the antiquing, thrifting, and deal-snagging I can possibly handle. 2. Buy…