December 12, 2017

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L performed in her fifth year of The Nutcracker last week! It's always so much fun and (usually!) brings me to tears to see her progress through each different role. She grows so much in a year and it never hits me until I watch her dance every December.

She auditioned for the role of Clara this year and though she didn't get it, she was so humble and poised throughout the experience. She took on her roll of a party girl with the rest of her class with a little fun and grace!

Do any of your littles have Christmas recitals? Aren't they the most magical time?

PS. Nico wouldn't stand for not being in pictures with her so we had to try and trick him out of the shots!

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My love of mason jars and adding new holiday decor every year pair up in this fun + easy DIY!

We love snowglobes around here but we also love kid-friendly decor and snowglobes are heavy, full of water, and not always cheap. So, we've made our own the past couple of years at Christmas time!

All you need is a hot glue gun, a couple of mason jars, tiny bottle trees, snow filler (I found ours at Michaels!) and a few spare minutes. 

See? Easy, inexpensive, and so much fun! Even though these are made of glass, they aren't as heavy as usual snowglobes and with a little supervision, we let the kids shake them up to watch the snow. Fun parents, happy kids, and festive decor for the win!

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December 6, 2017

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Did you know there's a Christmas tree shortage happening around the country? It's a pretty bah humbug way to start December. But, I'm on a mission this year to keep the merry happening. This holiday train is going to keep on chugging through stress and drama and overfilled plates. So, in efforts to keep the merry-ness merry, we decided to support another small local roadside stand when our usual "cut your own" farm closed down for the season early. And, we found another great local spot to snap our yearly family photograph.

Here's to twinkly lights, roadside stands, and that fresh tree smell.

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October 11, 2017

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We drove to the mountains of Georgia a couple weekends ago and went apple picking. The picking is still nothing like our old spot in New York but we did come home with a bag overflowing with apples and the farm was the perfect place to spend a cool Sunday afternoon with the kids. 

There's more apples here than the kids can munch on so, we decided to make some caramel apples! I came up with this kid-friendly version because really, who wants to pair kids + hot, sticky caramel together?

Things ended up pretty sticky, anyways. But, I peeled + cut up some apple slices, put a stick in each one, and dunked them in the caramel before setting them out for the kids. I also set out some toppings (mini m&ms, chocolate chips, sprinkles) and some chocolate dipping sauces. 

 The caramel didn't stick well to the peeled apples and they would have worked much better if I put them in the fridge for a while or left the peeling on.

But, look at that face! The kids thought it was the best thing ever.

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September 24, 2017

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Happy Sunday! It's been a busy week for us. Between settling back in after our hurricane-induced vacation, getting back in the swing of life and school and our routine, and me jumping right back into work with a party to style, I feel like we haven't stopped and breathed much this week.

But, it's finally Fall! September-November are a sweet little break for us before the craze of the holidays and I always feel so much better when September rolls around again. I'm dreaming of quiet Sunday afternoons at home, raking up piles of crunchy leaves, and babes dressed warmly in sweaters and flannel. 

For right now though, I'm looking forward to a few calm days and the chance to sit down with a magazine or two and just be.

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September 19, 2017

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We're back in our sweet, little town. And we missed it! Do you guys realize how much you love your town every time you leave it too? We left town for a week to dodge Hurricane Irma and ended up back in my hometown. M spent a few days with us but mostly, it was just me, the kids, and the dog hanging with the grandparents.

We explored a firehouse museum.

And left with noisy firetruck toys!

The kids loved exploring the town. Checking out old houses is always my jam and the kids love having the freedom to run around!

 I may have said yes to way more sugar than two little kiddos ever need to ingest.

And, someone pierced her ears!! She was adorable and angry all at the same time and now she loves them.

Now we're just playing one big round of catch-up. I'm trying to get the house back in order and not spend hours wandering the aisles of Target. Okay, I did that once. But, you know, I'm trying to keep that on a realistic level!

Lia is busy this week making up ballet lessons. She's really excited to try-out soon for the part of Clara in the winter recital. Nico is going to his first soccer lesson tonight! It's a new-to-us league and the ages start at 3 but we're keeping our fingers crossed the coach lets him in. Something tells me an hour twice a week running around a soccer field will do that kid some good! He has so. much. energy.

Here's to a good week you guys. I think the world could use some good vibes right about now. 

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August 27, 2017

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Life, you guys! It's been so busy and lively and good. School is back in session, I've booked my biggest job yet, and the kids are happy and growing. And, the weather today was the sweetest hint of Fall. Sitting down with my guy and a bowl of chili after a long work meeting was the cherry on top of this Sunday.

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