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December 18, 2015

Today the kids have their Christmas party at daycare, and it’s PJ day! To celebrate, last night we went to Target and got them both new PJ’s (which were needed anyway) and hats since it’s finally a bit cold outside. I have got to try this hot chocolate tip. I made these green beans + bacon for Thanksgiving and brought them to a church potluck. They get so many compliments which is rare for a vegetable, I think! They’re my go-to now. Annual best-of lists are coming out, and I’m loving it! Here’s one list of the 30 best fiction books of 2015, and I had only heard of six of them – and read none! For the last two…
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ten things on a friday

December 11, 2015

one. I’ve had a cold for the past week. It’s been terrible! I wish I could just hide under some pillows like Liam is here. I rarely get sick so when it hits me I’m unprepared. I actually did take one day off work (which was lovely) but the rest of the week I’ve just been powering through. two. I’m in major binge-mode with The Good Wife. I go home after work and watch an episode before picking up the kids because I can’t go a day without it. I’m only at the end of season one so I’m happy that I have plenty of material ahead of me. three. On my sick day I made boots and sewed two dresses…
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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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