Christmas Storage: Putting Away Christmas Decor

There is one thing I store in my attic at my new house: all my Christmas Stuff. Since we only use it once a year, I like it all tucked away out of sight the rest of the year. I’m keeping our decorations out longer than usual this year since we didn’t even finish decorating […]

Practical Stocking Stuffers (that I want!)

Growing up, I always had some fruit at the bottom of my stocking, nuts you had to crack open with a nutcracker, then things like a toothbrush, deodorant, hair brush … or any hygiene item I needed, some candy, gum, socks, underwear, gloves or a scarf, and then a small special present. And I thought […]

Seasonal Budget FREE Printable {Holiday Guide}

Today I have another holiday printable for you: A seasonal budget. I imagine you’re giving me the slow clap right now because you are so excited. Let me just think that, okay? I think the printable explains itself, but remember to stay in your budget. Our children really don’t want all the stuff we think they […]

2016 Holiday Guide {FREE PRINTABLE}

It’s THAT time of year again. The time we should see a mile away, thanks to the Christmas stuff that has been in the stores for more than a month now, but somehow it sneaks up on us anyway. Over the weekend, I mentioned to Matt that I was working on the 2016 Holiday Guide […]

Aunt Julie’s Homemade Caramel

My seasonal love affair with homemade caramel started not-so-innocently. The Christmas my twins were infants (read: I was seriously sleep deprived), Matt’s Aunt Julie sent us an awesome Christmas package in the mail. The package came during the day while Matt was at work and I was home with the babies (read: struggling to figure […]

Keeping Clutter out of Christmas (A State of Mind)

Clutter is the unnecessary extra stuff, the things that don’t have a place to go, and the stuff that doesn’t fit in our home. Peace and joy abound at Christmas time, but so does clutter. Clutter can suffocate our Christmas spirit, but we can stop it! Here are a few of my tips to keeping […]

Dear Santa {Printable for Kids!}

Every year I gather my babies (my big kids will always be my babies too) around the kitchen table and have them make a letter to Santa. Every year I am surprised by what they write. It is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I whisper to each of my older kids to notice what […]

14 Homemade Gift Ideas

I’ve been in such a crafting mood lately! Creating something, especially useful or beautiful things, has been so good for my sanity. I was searching blog-land for homemade Christmas Gift Ideas and found so many good ones that I had to share with you. I know I won’t have time to make them all, but […]

Shopping and Errand Organizing Printable

I’ve updated another “old” (read: tried and true) printable. This is one of those printables you don’t know you need until you try it – then you won’t want to live without it during the holidays ever again! So much of my inspiration comes from filling my own needs. Before I created this printable, every […]

Christmas Gifting Lists {NEW!!}

If you’ve been following along with the Holiday Guide, you know it is time to plan your gifting for the season. Last minute rushes to the store can kill the peace & joy! A little planning and preparation, and you can relax knowing you’ve already thought through the details. What would planning and preparation be […]