The Best Thing Our Elf Did

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This post contains affiliate links I know you're so familiar with Elf on a Shelf.  The little (often devious) elf that pops up around the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas and gets in to all precarious situations.  Our elf, Happy, joined us last year.  He rang our doorbell and showed up one day.  He'd pop in from time to time, and then leave for extended periods of time (ya know, when Happy just couldn't think of any new places to show up).  The kids loved him and we did our best to balance the whole Christmas Santa Jesus Presents situation.  It worked out well. Then, Aubrey turned … [Read more...]

Looking for Snow? Head to Orange County!

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This is a sponsored post with Gigasavvy to raise awareness for Winterfest OC.  Check below for a chance to win free tickets! All commentary is courtesy of me! Tis the season to deck the halls and get in the Holiday spirit.  Every day as we drive home from preschool, Aubrey & Luke are in awe of all the homes lit up with Christmas lights and the Christmas tree farm behind our house with the huge inflatable snowmen and nutcrackers.  Since the sun goes down so early (Thanks daylight savings!) they're able to see every decorated home in our neighborhood.  They're also at the age to ask me … [Read more...]

Deck The Halls – Getting Ready for Christmas

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This is a sponsored post - Thank you The Stationery Studio for our Holiday cards! The conclusion of Thanksgiving (and, Ryan's birthday) brings on the decorating and preparing for Christmas in the Dell house!  All last week Aubrey kept asking when Christmas was coming - and when Happy (our elf) was coming.  It's amazing, that at only 5 years old, she already knows how things work around here.   Last year we made the decision to go with an artificial tree and that means we can decorate as soon as our belly's are full of ham (because we're not team turkey over here).  It takes a few days for … [Read more...]

15 Gifts for Kids under $25

15 gifts for kids under $25

This post contains affiliate links | Inexpensive Christmas gifts ideas for kids There are so many times where I really try my best to plan ahead and stock up on presents for kids at a great deal.  But, life happens and I fall short.  I want to make it easy for you and provide a list of great gifts for kids under $25.  (in full disclosure, the pricing at the time of this post was under $25.  Prices might fluctuate a bit if you're reading this later)  I'll be separating it from ages birth - 6 months, 6 months -18 months, and 2-4 years old.  Would love for you to comment with some of your … [Read more...]

Being Thankful This Week

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We're heading into Thanksgiving (and black friday, cyber monday...) but after last week, finding thanks is easier.  Last week was a bit chaotic and I'm thankful for a flexible job because I was at home all week with Ryan since my mom was super sick.  She takes care of him while I am at work, and so when she's down, I have to step in. I'm thankful for the week as we were heading into his first birthday (another post for another day).  I got to spend so much time with him, and he was such a big helper as we prepped for his party.  He's the sweetest thing and I laughed each time Aubrey asked … [Read more...]

The Traditions We Didn’t Mean To Make

The Traditions We Didn't Mean To Make - Carter's Holiday Selections

This post is sponsored by Carter's; however all thoughts & opinions expressed are my own When you were younger, and thought about life with kids - what did you picture? Did you picture recreating your childhood memories & traditions?  Did you want to create the exact opposite experience you had growing up? Did you plan to dress your kids matchy matchy?  How did you envision life with kids?  Our family had a lot of traditions growing up and I didn't really plan anything one way or another.  But, as time passed, Jon and I just found ourselves doing something one year, and then the … [Read more...]

He Prayed for What?

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Not sure about you - but every day when I pick up the kids I ask them what they did, and were they good, what letter they're working on.  Some days Aubrey shares what job she has, but Luke hasn't ever shared.  Not sure why - but he usually skips over that and just tells me he ate all his lunch. Last week, when I went to pick up the kids, I had my niece with me and the kids were very excited to show off their classrooms.  Luke ran over to the job board, pulled his name off it, and came running up to me.  I asked him what his job was, and he told me to lead prayer.  Awesome!  We take turns at … [Read more...]

Thankful Tee Styled Three Ways

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This post is sponsored and contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support! When I worked retail in college, my boss always wore a crisp white tee.  She said she never felt more pulled together and had a stack of shirts to alternate through.  I never really understood that - I am a girl for color.  But as I've grown older, there's just something to be said for a white tee that fits well and is super soft.  I give myself an extra pat on the back if it's STILL white by the end of the day. (hello, 3 kids!) Grab Thankful Grateful Blessed for Free! (click here for … [Read more...]

The Launch of the 2017 PowerSheets from Cultivate What Matters

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  This post contains affiliate links I have waited SO LONG for this!!! In 2014 I purchased PowerSheets for the very first time.  I thought it was the perfect time to work on them - try to narrow my focus.  I had been following Lara Casey for so long - and Emily Ley too.  I started back when Emily was working two jobs and then they both were working on the Making It Happen tour. I always thought it was the perfect time to start that. But, I was wrong. God had other plans. A few months after purchasing the PowerSheets we bought our (now forever) home.  The PowerSheets were safe in a box … [Read more...]

Happy Halloween!

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This post may contain affiliate links Growing up, I loved Halloween.  My mom usually made all our costumes and we'd dress up at school and usually trick or treat with friends at the nearby malls.  Sometimes we'd venture out to other neighborhoods with friends.  It was fun to dress up - and also fun to NOT wear our uniform to school.  Aubrey was born about 2 weeks before Halloween and I had put up a Facebook update saying how I totally forgot it was a holiday until I started seeing all my friends going out to parties that night. When Aubrey had her first official Halloween the next year, we … [Read more...]