link roundup / 40

December 4, 2015

Do you like our Christmas tree? How about the decorations? ;) I think I need to investigate some sort of anti-cat spray for this situation. Anyway, happy weekend! I’m so ready for it; we have had a long and difficult week! This weekend we are hosting my brother who is in town from NYC for a movie night (Home is on Netflix now!) and I’m also going to attend the annual Messiah singalong with my mom, one of my favorite holiday traditions. How about you? To the mamas of littles during the holidays. (And maybe all the time, too?) I really like Erin’s thoughts on dual (duel) parenting. Did you shop the sales last weekend? I ordered these jeans (still…
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what i read : october & november 2015

December 1, 2015

I read some excellent books recently. I haven’t been moving too fast in my reading, but at least I’m choosing good stuff! The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – This was the only book I managed to complete during October, for my book club. I expected it to be light and funny, and although it did have some silly parts to it, overall it was a more serious read. I found it quite sad and heavy in parts, but it was also extremely sweet and it left me feeling like it’s never too late to make a change for the better. (4 stars) Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton – I read this for our church small…
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November 27, 2015

This dinner in a jar really IS the perfect holiday gift. (photo above) Another easy gift idea, perfect for neighbors and teachers! I could have written Ashley’s post about having a big kid. A dozen ways to make mornings with kids easier. All of these tips are good. I’m all in on The Crafter’s Box. It’s like they looked into my soul and created it just for me. Planning on using this mini-album format for my December Daily album this year. I think it’ll be pretty simple to put together at the end of the season. *** I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving Day! Ours was great despite the water leak we are still dealing with, but that’s the joy…
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November 25, 2015

excited to read the above three books and love on my home in the coming year. finishing up some really great books recently. celebrating a full night’s sleep for the first time in ages, and an hour-plus of alone time this morning before the kids woke up! seriously considering heading to Nordstrom on Black Friday to look for jeans and boots. I simply can’t buy them without trying them on, and I’m thinking if I don’t take the kids and just plan to be there awhile, it might be worth it. refraining from putting up many Christmas decorations because I’m worried about what the cats (who are really still kittens) will do to them. looking forward to starting a couple new…
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week in the life 2015 : sunday in the album

November 23, 2015

I’m officially finished with my 2015 Week in the Life album! And after today, you’ve seen it all. I thought I would put it together faster this year (theme of my life), it took three months, but that’s an improvement over last year! Anyway, here is what Sunday looked like: I got photos of all our meals for this day! The story of my disastrous morning. Ah, life! And church got a full page because it’s a big part of every Sunday for us. This spread was our entire afternoon and evening. Shopping with the kids and my friend Lauren, and then dinner at my in-laws’ house. A summary of a typical bedtime, and I couldn’t think of a better…
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