Today’s post is brought to you by my guests, Personal Creations 🙂
It’s Christmas Eve night, Santa and his team are traveling the world, delivering gifts to children all over the world. Lots of families leave out milk and cookies for Santa, but don’t forget about the reindeer! Guide Rudolf and the other reindeer to your home this Christmas Eve with Personal Creations’ reindeer food and printable poems.
Using a few simple ingredients you likely have at home, create a special treat the kids can leave out the night before Christmas. This is the perfect way to say thank you to Santa’s helpers for all the hard work they have done. Sprinkle the reindeer food onto your yard and await the morning for a special surprise: presents underneath the tree!
Owen made some Reindeer food in school and absolutely LOVES it! We’ll be making more over break. haha
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
We all know that moving can be such a pain in the bum. But a move in the middle of winter?! UGH! Big, fat UGH. Have you ever moved in the Winter? Our little family has, and a lot of our friends’ have moved during the winter season. There’s just a lot more thought that needs to go into it. Thankfully, the people over at CORT hit the nail on the head with their post about “Top 7 tips for a winter PCS move”. Top 7 Tips for a Winter PCS Move
Did you know that Winterizing your car was a thing?! It was not something that crossed my mind until we found out we were getting sent to live in Alaska for a few years. Thankfully we bought a new (and already winterized) vehile once w actually got up there, but I had NO clue we would even need a winterized vehicle.
Another helpful tip, make connections locally. In today’s world, this isn’t really a challenging thing to do. The internet makes a GREAT source for meeting new people & making new friends. When we first got our orders to Alaska, I joined a local AK group and met a few people. I only joined to get tips to help prepare myself to move to a totally different climate than what I was used to (Tennessee girl), but also on how to prepare with tiny babies! (Fin was 2 and Maddie wasn’t even 1 yet). Thankfully, through that internet group, I met a few ladies that were so beyond helpful! Two of which I’m still really close to now, years and years later.
Winterizing and connecting are just TWO of the SEVEN wonderful tips put together by CORT Furniture Rental. Read those tips and more right here –> Top 7 Tips for a Winter PCS Move
Let’s be real…. the Holiday season can get overwhelming very quickly. Today I wanted to pop in and share a few game changing tips *wink wink* with you guys about surviving the Holidays. They’re really really good ones, too. (I’m giggling as I type that). Okay… are you ready to hear them?!
1. Lower your expectations. I’m completely serious. It is OK to not send out Christmas cards. It is OK to not get every teacher a gift. It is OK to be a scrooge & not donate to that bell ringer, or these kids taking donations, etc etc etc.
2. Only you know your financial situation. Do not go into major debt trying to buy buy buy for all the people. Time is more important than gifts. It just is. Spend quality time with people. Offer to babysit for a date night. Offer to make a meal, bake cookies… etc etc.
3. WINE. or Whine. However you wanna read that 😉 You can whine about it or you can wine about it. The choice is yours, really. I choose wine though :p
Wente Wine is tasty, affordable, delicious, and makes for a great gift for your loved ones (age appropriate of course). Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. They are also recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations featuring wine tasting, dining, concert experiences, championship golf and more.
Share with me a few of your go-to Holiday survival tips! I’d love to hear them.
You know what’s more fun than a Holiday sweater?! A husband that sports one too! HAHAHA! We managed to squeeze in a quick breakfast day date the other day and decided it was a must to rock our Holiday sweaters. Because, why not?!
We went to our go-to breakfast spot down in Manitou Springs, Good Karma Cafe. It’s this cute little hole in the wall place that serves locally grown food. Their biscuits & gravy is to die for! SO FREAKIN’ GOOD!
Plus, they’re cute and that helps. Look at the mirror in their bathroom. Full disclosure, they do have an ACTUAL mirror too, but this was too cute. There’s also a quote about growing your own food but not knowing where to find bacon seeds that makes me giggle every single time I’m in there.
Also, LipSense for the win. SIX hours in and still looking awesome! If you haven’t heard of LipSense yet and are wondering what it is, I did a whole post about it here. It’s worth the read, promise!
That’s all I’ve got today, folks. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the sweaters.
Are you Holiday guest ready?! Don’t worry, I’m not either…. yet. Something about this whole past year we’ve just flown by the seat of our pants, which is not a fun way to live when you’re used to routine and schedules. It’s a weird adjustment, but makes me extra thankful for last minute deals and 2-day FREE shipping on household MUST HAVES like Viva, Scott, Kleenex, and Cottonelle brands.
Stocking up for guests isn’t something you really think about until you’ve had that awkward “you’re out of toilet paper” conversation for the bajilionth time with great aunt becky that you see maybe once a year. Sorry Aunt Becky, I was not prepared for your over-active bladder. My bad! So, some things I highly recommend YOU stock up on include: Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels. Seriously, it’s so easy to overlook these things. Extra people in the house means extra clean up, extra bathroom breaks, and Kleenex is always just a bonus to help your guests fight those change of weather germs that they’ve picked up during their visit. Extra Toilet Paper means you avoid those awkard “you’re out of toilet paper” conversations with those relatives you only see once a year. Avoid the awkward, stock up.
Because of the Holidays, I find it extra fun to grab the Holiday designs. I mean, that snowman was just too cute to pass up! Wouldn’t you feel a smidge better grabbing a tissue from a cute snowman than a plain box?! Maybe not, but hey. Can’t blame a girl for trying, right?!
What are some things you make sure to stock up on during the Holiday season? To be ready for guest? Do you buy the Holiday packaging too just because it’s cuter? I’m such a sucker. haha.
How long was your Thanksgiving break? The kids had the whole week off. At first I was worried that we’d get cabin fevery, but it’s actually been a really nice change of pace from the normal wake up, go, go go, go, go, sleep, repeat that everyday life brings us.
Owen asked for a photo of him and his monkey ornament. He wants me to print it off for him so he can keep it. Along with a photo of the tiger from the zoo (this one) and one of him and his friend Owen W at Owen W’s birthday party a few weeks ago. The last one I understand. The other ones… “sure, dude”.
We kicked off our Thanksgiving break with PIE FOR BREAKFAST! I wasn’t joking when I said we had pie for breakfast… a lot. David & I joined Miss Maddie and her class for pie breakfast and oh goodness, it was delicious! There was an oreo mint something or other and you guys… my belly was soooo happy! It was just such a nice start to the day.
Fin’s class had a pancake breakfast. I assumed he’d skip breakfast at home and be way excited to eat breakfast at school. He was, but he referred to it as “Second breakfast” and still devoured a giant bowl of cereal before school. Haha. Maddie on the other hand had to be told to at least eat a piece of toast because she didn’t want anything but PIE! Owen’s Kindergarten class made a soup and everyone got to bring in ONE ingredient. Owen brought in one carrot. He was also a pilgrem at school and all of the Kindgerten classes had a mini barter day. It was adorable. He came home with a mini toy horse from a preschool friend and a pencil from another preschool friend. He was SO excited to get to see them and hang out with them for a little while.
Here’s my face wearing Caramel Latte LipSense & Amethyst shadowsense
We saw Thor:Ragnarok and ooooooooh it was good! David and I were cracking up the entire time. The kids were giggling their little heads off. Seriously, it was good.
And that’s pretty much it. It was good. I hope yours was too 🙂 I’d love to hear about it! Drop a comment letting me know how your Thanksgiving was.