Oh how I wish I was posting pictures of Chester opening gifts surrounded by family, eating amazing make ahead breakfasts, and showing off his cutest Christmas outfit but instead we spent our holidays home alone bouncing between our bed and couch. Our sweet little babe came down with a stomach bug, then a cold, and finally ended with croup.

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christmas books

I can’t believe Christmas is in 7 days. We’ve been trying to mark off all of our seasons bucket list activities and live it up every chance we get. I wanted to slow down for a bit this morning and share some of our favorite christmas books as well as a tip on getting your books for super cheap.

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Fun fact for those of you who don’t know me: I was a freelance graphic designer before becoming a mama and if you would have told me this time last year that I would choose to outsource our Christmas Cards- I would have laughed! But here we are…

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We kicked off our Christmas with our yearly tradition of visiting the tree farm after thanksgiving and searching for the perfect tree. Things were a little different this year- a quick feeding in the car, timing it out between naps, and skipping the hot cocoa because the midwest decided to bless us with a 70 degree day right before December.

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When I say “thankful doesn’t even cut it”, I find it to be so very true. This year has came with so many blessings, so many that it almost hurts. We have found gratitude in some really hard and difficult times but we’ve also found it in the most memorable moments such as our little guy being born and being placed onto my chest with Chase right by my side.

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I always imagined what it would be like to add a little one to the holidays! Not particularly Halloween though! But when October rolled around, I was ready for all things Halloween. I imagined what our first year of carving pumpkins as a family would be like.. twinkle lights, a fire in the background, listening to halloween music.

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I like to keep birthday + fathers day mush for the cards but if there’s anyone who loves me blogging, it’s my husband. And on top of that, make it about him, he’s bound to have the best birthday… so today’s post is all about the reasons why he makes our heart happy.


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Before kids: “Oh, I’ll never be a cheesy mom. I’ll still keep things low key on decorating for holidays, I won’t spend a bunch of money on Easter baskets, AND I DEFINITELY will not have all those bright colors around my house for the holidays.”

After Chester: “I need to buy him this bunny, this book because, DUH he belongs here andddd it has a bunny on the front. Oh and that colorful banner, need that, yep”.

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If you read my last post, you would have already picked up that sweet boy and I were showered unexpectedly after our first shower was cancelled due to a family emergency. I am so excited to share this day with you, it’s one of those moments that I will struggle putting into words and expressing my gratitude for so many dear family + friends.

But first..

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I seriously can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come and gone this year. Actually, I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! I guess this is a little glimpse into parenthood, if I’m taking advice from my mom. (Hey, mom!)

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A few years ago my college girlfriends and I started one of my very favorite traditions, Friendsgiving! While I’ve hosted each year, I was over the moon excited for this year! There’s something so special about a home being yours and being able to do whatever you want with it to make you love it all that much more.

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Cranberry Moscow Mules

As the holidays have been approaching, I’ve been sprucing up anything and everything I can with some holiday cheer. The minute Thanksgiving was over, I ditched the fall sangria ingredients and grabbed the goodies for my favorite, Moscow Mules. I hope y’all enjoy this little recipe, but not too much, okay… Maybe .. Just don’t admit the recipe came from me! Happy Holiday-ing.


Copper Mug with Ice..

2 ounces Gin or Vodka.. (I prefer Bombay)

6 ounces Ginger Beer (Cranberry Ginger Shandy is my go-to)

2 ounches cranberry juice

squeeze of lime

Cranberries for garnish

Rosemary Sprig for garnish (and looks..)



And of course, good company to share with!



Showering the bride-to-be

If you’re an avid reader to my blog, there is a couple things you know for sure.. one of those being that I love to host any event for any given reason… Sometimes, I come up with crazy reasons to throw a party.. But my brother proposing to my soon-to-be sister-in-law was the perfect reason to celebrate!

Typically, I would put in weeks-months of planning for an occasion. But with our wedding being only three weeks before the shower and taking a week honeymoon. I knew I was going to have to do something simple and with minor prepping.

Miss Julie is the most darling, stylish, event coordinator and has an eye for the details as well. I wanted something that would be organic and luscious but still have a chic feel.

In my eyes, floral is always the focal point at any event. I decided lots of greenery, hints of berry, and wood platters were a must. I simply used a vintage taupe tablecloth, bought an excessive amount of eucalyptus, and sat out every piece of threshold wood platters from Target I could find in my moms house.

For the shower gifts to guest my sweet husband made a shower scrub (recipe coming later this week), we put the scrub in a pint mason jar, and added a sticker that you can buy here…

I loved the simplicity luscious feel of this shower! Happy Weekend, friends!