Wednesday, December 18, 2013

:: Christmas - christmas dresses

So I didn't make the girls' Christmas dresses this year.
Surprise. Surprise.
I just don't know where the time has gone!
So I found some cute dresses from the gap that I was able to get for $11 each,
well, using a 40% off coupon and some Old Navy bucks I had burning a hole in my pocket
and I think they were on sale when I ordered them too.

They aren't too fancy.
But I think they're adorable.
 Timeless and classic.
That's what I like.
Perfect for my two little girls.

They can be found here and here.

Where did you find yours?

Friday, December 13, 2013

:: Christmas Tradition - the christmas express

I'd been wanting to start this ever since I found it on Pinterest a few years back.
Then my sister did it last year and I knew that the next Christmas it would be on the to-do list.

We had the girls get ready for bedtime,
but little did they know that we had blankets, bags of popcorn, hot chocolate 
and their daddy and baby brother in the car awaiting them.
As they were getting under their covers they found this golden ticket.
Ava was so excited!
 (Reese didn't really know what was going on - - she just gets excited when Ava does)
I punched their tickets and we were off!
We drove to a neighborhood that syncs their lights to songs on their own radio station.
It was awesome!
Then we drove through the neighborhoods nearby us.
Ava loved it and couldn't believe that we let her stay up until almost 10 (oops).
Reese was out as soon as she had finished her hot chocolate - - maybe she'll enjoy this tradition a little more next year.

Print out the ticket here.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

35 before 35 - #21

This year, I was able to host our first Thanksgiving and 
I was very excited to cross off #21 off of my list.
My mom probably thought I was being sarcastic when I told her how excited I was.
I sorta like planning parties . . . not the hosting part so much, but the planning I love.

We took all of the furniture out of our dining room/family room area
and it was perfect for two long tables. (we would be having 17 adults coming . . . yikes!)
My budget wasn't very much, 
so I had to use a lot of items that I already had around the house.
I did buy these tablecloths and I'm pretty sure I'll get a lot of use out of them.
We used my china and my sister's china (they're very similar).
And the previous month, I inherited my grandmother's silverware and
 we were able to use them for the first time (she was even here to enjoy them!).

We had a small dessert table that showcased all of the homemade pies.
And they were delicious!

Oh and the 10 children that were here were in the other room.
It was nice to have enough room to be in separate rooms.

Although the planning was enjoyable, my favorite part of the whole day
was us being together and eating as a family.
This doesn't happen very often.
(all of my siblings and their families were here except for a sister on a mission in Italy
and a brother and his family in Pennsylvania - - we missed them so much!)
We have been so blessed.

Monday, December 2, 2013

:: Cyber Monday - christmas card deals

Already December?! 
I can't believe it. 

Well, it's time to get those Christmas cards out soon and
since it is Cyber Monday, I found a great deal on some good, quality cards.
I LOVE cardstore!
{And I'm not even getting paid to say this.}
I've used them in the past and have been very pleased with them.

Well, today, all of their flat cards today are $0.50!
{normally they're around $1.79 - - I don't pay that much.  Enter code: CCP3122}
And they'll give you free shipping if you buy more than $30 worth of cards.
Awesome deal!

And since I can never decided which one to get,
I usually buy 2-3 different designs.
Call me crazy.
I am.