• 2015 Photo Ornament,  Christmas,  Ornament

    Holiday Tradition | Annual Photo Ornaments

    Paul and I started a fun tradition when we first got married. It’s not something that’s going to blow you out of the water. It’s not uber creative, it’s not super original… in fact, it’s not original at all. I’m pretty sure a lot of people do this. We love getting an annual picture frame ornament each year. It’s so much fun to watch these evolve as we grow up and add to our family. Our first two are just us as a young married couple. Then the third year was an ultrasound photo, because Porter was due any day. The following year was his one year old self seated…

  • Boy Gifts,  Christmas,  Gift Guide,  Toddler Boy

    Last Minute Boy Gifts

    Last year, I did all my Christmas shopping online, and it was amazing. This year, I’m slacking… but I’ve been spending a good portion of my Saturday looking online for some great deals, and found these purchases for Porter and Simon that I’m excited about. Step2® Little Helper’s Grocery CartTM • Step2 • $42.99 Porter is obsessed with “shopping”. We went to the North Pole for Santa pictures last weekend, and they had a store set up where you could shop for food, complete with carts and all. He wanted to take the cart everywhere! Our new house will be all hardwoods, so he can push this thing around all…

  • Christmas,  Holiday,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Photo Fail,  Pinterest Fail

    Fail To Plan? Plan To Fail.

    Here’s something super inspiring, today from my Instagram: ​ All I wanted was a matching Christmas pajama pic. Inspired by this photo, from a blogger I love: www.instagram.com/lvdmrthncrrts ​First of all: nailed it. Clearly. I mean, I did buy the same pajamas. Second, the underlying lesson in all of this is to not force something that just isn’t meant to be. At least not right now. Here’s my reality: Right now, my life is hectic. I don’t have perfect lighting because we’re living in a basement waiting for our house to be finished (yes. Still waiting). My youngest is just now learning about his freedom, and has no interest in…