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A Religious (and Thrifty) Gift Idea!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Coming up with original ideas for Christmas gifts gets a little hard year after year, don’t you agree? We came up with this gift idea for people on our lists we give something small to every year…neighbors, friends and coworkers. Of course we wanted to share the idea with you in case you are stumped for what to give this year too!

We love this gift idea for so many reasons…

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1 | It focuses on Christ, the light of the world and the reason for the season!

2 | THIS lantern is so great to use for decor all year long and only uses a tea candle which is so easy to change out. Versatile gifts that can fit into any home are our favorite.

3 | The price tag! $3.99! Hard to beat…

4 | Delivery! For those of you not close to an Ikea the lantern can be shipped. We maximized the $10 shipping cost to Utah by ordering ten lanterns, making each lantern $4.99 which is still a great price.

5 | Add a ribbon and scripture HERE and you are done! A fast, easy and sentimental gift.

Do you have any new ideas for gifts this year? We’d love to hear what your planning!

Em’s Christmas Family Room

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Who else can hardly believe it’s December 5th???!!!
Life moves so fast! This year I didn’t think about my decorations too much. I put them up in two hours flat and am really pleased with how the ‘natural’ approach worked out.

My ‘brown/copper’ bin full of decorations called out to me, so that’s what we went with. We added a tree in our family room this year. This is where we spend most of our time together as a family and I wanted it to be an extra cozy space for Christmas!

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The only decorations I bought this year were THESE new bottle brush trees. I feel they just updated my traditional decorations a little and are currently 30% off! I also added the champagne garlands we made HERE.

Also, just a little update on my Threshold rug (HERE). We’ve had the rug for about a year and it gets hammered! It’s where the babies play 95% of the time and it is holding up pretty well. It is definitely worn but spills clean up very easily on it and I still love how soft it is for the kids to play on. I’m pretty sure I’ll tire of pattern before it looks too shabby so for $150 I’m more than happy with the purchase.

Today I’m tackling sending out Christmas cards while sipping hot chocolate, “Hello big dollop!” Let’s do this, Monday!

-Emily xxx

Putting up the Christmas Tree Traditions

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Growing up putting up the Christmas tree every year was steeped in tradition. Mum and Dad and the big boys would bring home a fresh tree, and us little children would anxiously wait as they would try to anchor and straighten it into it’s bucket of sand (this sounds medieval, the 80’s were prior to the easy-up stands we have now). Mum would then string lights delicately and evenly over the tree as we un-boxed all of the ornaments and years of treasures, going back to 1070, the year our parents were wed. Finally all eight kids would get to hang the ornaments. The crowning jewel was our little robin bird that would be hid deep within the branches of the fir tree by our parents. It would then be a game to see who could find it first. We don’t remember a prize for the winner, just r-e-s-p-e-c-t from other siblings :)

Fake and pre-lit trees have found our way into our homes as adults (let’s not talk about how many fresh trees we’ve had dry out before Christmas or adventures hauling that thing home), but one tradition that has stayed is the robin game.

Sarah couldn’t find a cute robin for her tree but has found an owl instead that the girls are loving trying to find when she moves it around DAILY. So far this has been the hit of the season with the twins, twit twoo!

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Do you have any little traditions like this? We’d love to hear what your family does surrounding the tree each year. One thing we know, is even though it was a tiny tradition we looked forward to it every year and it’s things like this we want to make special for our children too.

And by the way, our parents STILL haven’t caved and have a fresh tree. every. flipping. year! If it dies prior to Christmas they will go get another and decorate again. Dedication! You cannot beat the smell or magic of the real thing. We’re thinking we may get mini ones just for the smell!

Here’s to a magical Christmas to you all…

Sarah and Em x

Sarah’s Christmas Cards and Silver Wrapping

Monday, November 28th, 2016

What a weekend! We hope you guys had a great time with loved ones and yummy food! We’re super excited December is officially on it’s way, and with every hot chocolate and Christmas episode of Peppa Pig our little ones are getting giddy for the season, and really beginning to take things in! Which makes it all the more fun for us, of course!

We were practically giddy ourselves when Sarah’s box of Christmas cards arrived from Tiny Prints (HERE).

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Silver and white is a color combo we never tire of.

The crispness of winter and sparkle of snow!

We gathered a few odds and ends to show you how pretty these two colors can be to wrap with.

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We just can’t get enough of this classic style.

Thanks to Tiny Prints for the inspiration, you can see their whole Christmas card collection HERE!

Sarah & Em. x

Em’s Christmas Card and An Easy Garland DIY

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Have you ordered your Christmas cards yet? If not, post-turkey coma is the perfect time to scroll through your phone at Tiny Print’s amazing collection this year HERE. Sending and receiving cards is for sure one of my favorite parts of Christmas that I look forward to every year.

Right now my life seems extra crazy busy. I’m really trying to simplify in general, approach things and with a more laid back attitude and take each day as it comes.

Instead of having a formal ‘Christmas card photo shoot’ that I usually like, this photo of the babies in their jammies seemed perfect for how life is right now. I love Jane’s cheesy grin and Ben’s squishy cheeks. I chose THIS simple card from Tiny Prints. Nothing fancy, but the foil gold letters are simple and beautiful. I’m so happy how they turned out.

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My cards inspired me to simplify my Christmas decorations this year too. I always like to mix up my decorations a little bit and this year simplifying my decor and minimizing putting up and taking down time seemed really attractive.

I made this easy garland using twine from the Dollar spot at Target and a pack of these champagne baubles at the Dollar Tree. I had to twist masking tape at the end of the twine to thread the ornaments onto the twine, but once they were on they didn’t need any extra tying to keep in place.

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I love how this cute garland turned out and for only $2 per garland and five minutes of my time, you know I had to make a few and add a little festive cheer around the house. They are super lightweight so can be hung easily with tape or a few tacks…easy up and easy down for after Christmas.

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Things should slow down for me in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to sipping hot chocolate and reading Christmas books to the kids next to the Christmas tree!

How do you simplify Christmas the most special/craziest time of year?

A big thank you to Tiny Prints for my Christmas cards! There quality and service is impeccable. I love how easy it is to order my cards and am always pleasantly surprised when my parcel arrives at how beautiful their cards are.