Christmas Bucket List 2017

For the past 3 years I have shared Christmas Bucket lists on the blog and I was SO close to not posting this years list. Why?! Honestly, I don’t know. I think part of it was I felt like I waited too long. Another reason was that I am blogging a lot less than I was even a year ago. Regardless of the reasons I almost didn’t share the list, I am so glad I snapped out of it.

Things may be a bit chaotic and different this year, but it is still Christmas time. I still want to celebrate as much as we can with all of our favorite seasonal activities. This years list has 20 activities and I think I could already cross about 5 of them off! That leaves plenty of time and plenty of fun to be had!

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Christmas Photo Challenge, 2017

2017 has been the year for photo challenges. Valentines, spring, summer and fall have all been documented and that only leaves the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas. When I was invited to join Stephanie for a final photo challenge to wrap up the year, I couldn’t say no.

Because documenting the holidays with photos is my favorite. 

Starting December 1st we are inviting you to join us for a full month of Christmas moments.

I think out of all of the photo challenges a person could try to accomplish, this one has to be the easiest. With holiday magic all around a person doesn’t have to look very hard to be inspired. So, if you have wanted to attempt completing one but haven’t went for it, might I recommend trying this one?

Don’t forget a few of my favorite photo challenge tips too. 

* Set reminders or write the prompts down in a planner.
* Take your photos ahead of time and utilize IG drafts.
* If you miss a day make it up by posting two photos the next or skip it and just keep going.

Here are the prompts!

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The Girls’ Christmas Wishlists, 2017

Thanksgiving week is already here! If you haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet, I am guessing you might this weekend.

In our home we do our best to try to keep presents an after thought, not the reason for Christmas. We love buying gifts for our girls, but we never want Christmas to be about them.

Having said that, every year I share our girls’ wish lists. Things they have been saying they want, things I think they’d want and things I maybe even have already picked up for them too. It’s a fun way to give others gift ideas and document the things they are loving.

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Making The Holidays Magical

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I know people joke about the arrival of November bringing all things Christmas. Some people embrace it with open arms, others cringe in disbelief. I try to find balance somewhere in the middle.

For me the key to getting the most out of the holidays is the preparation that I do from November 1st until Thanksgiving day. If I am prepared, planned and ready to celebrate my favorite season of all, we thrive. If I procrastinate and don’t make preparations, chaos consumes us all December long.

At our house November isn’t about celebrating our favorite season as much as it is about preparing for it. Today I want to talk to you about a few ways we are preparing our hearts,and our home, for the upcoming Christmas season. 

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Christmas Vacation Life, 2016

Just like the weeks that lead up to the holidays, the holidays them self pass by so quickly. Russ has been home with us for an entire week now and we have been loving our time together. I am dreading the very thought of him heading back to work come Tuesday… so let’s not talk about that m’kay.

Things around here have been a little different too. Without much school, I haven’t sat at my desk for hours on end. It has been such a nice and refreshing change of pace for everyone. Today I planned to share our Christmas recap but instead I decided to share a bunch of photos from life lately, including our Christmas. 

December 23rd was spent being lazy, celebrating Christmas with my parents, and driving around town working on our Christmas light scavenger hunts. Marissa would have gladly kept looking until she found EVERY single thing. However the rest of us gave up a lot sooner.

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