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Christmas S'MORES In A Jar | Gift Tutorial
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Christmas S’MORES In A Jar | Gift Tutorial

I love giving gifts!!! But lets face it, this time of the year can get pretty pricy if you have to buy a gift for everyone you care about.  That is why I am all about DIY presents.  If you can buy in bulk and make multiple gifts at once, gifting doesn’t have to be exhausting or expensive. Remember, it’s not the cost of the item that makes it special, it is the thought and care behind the gift that really matters.

This Christmas “S’MORES In A Jar” DIY gift tutorial is perfect for anyone in your life that likes chocolate, campfire S’MORES or mason jars.  It is easy to make, filled with yummy goodies and will bring S’MORE love to your Christmas season!  Continue Reading

Getting Christmas Crafty | Reindeer Photo Gift
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Getting Christmas Crafty | Reindeer Photo Gift

I don’t know about you, but thinking of a new and unique creative way to make a gift for a loved one for Christmas is exhausting! I love getting crafty, and putting my DIY-thinking cap on, but sometimes life gets in the way and we are too busy when it comes time to executing our amazing and complex ideas.  If this hasn’t happened to you, that is amazing, but true confession… it definitely has happened to me!  This time of year can be very overwhelming thanks to Pinterest.  To help you out this year, I made an easy-to-do, very inexpensive and simple photo craft for all of the grandparents in our lives.  Trust me, very little creative skills are needed for this one!  I hope this adorable and easy-to-make tutorial brings you peace in this crazy-busy time and allows you to impress your loved ones. Are you ready to get crafty???
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Santa 2016
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Santa 2016 | Christmas Tradition

Every year we take the girls all dressed up in their matching Christmas dresses to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop for their annual Christmas photo with Santa. Truth moment… every visit I hope for at least one crying girl; I adore a good cry face!  This year proved to be almost identical to last year with an extremely sad face from my sweet 1.5 year old who still doesn’t love the idea of sitting on some strange man’s lap! And for the second year in a row, my four year old was beyond excited to greet Santa with a smile and proceed to tell him what she would like for Christmas. If you are wondering what she asked for, I learned that she wants purple glass slippers and a pink wand; good to know!

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25 EASY TO RE-CREATE ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS
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25 CREATIVE ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS

This post contains affiliate links.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

December 1st is tomorrow, and you know what that means… Elf on the Shelf returns!

If you are looking for some Elf on the Shelf inspiration, then search no further! I have compiled my 25 favorite Elf on the Shelf ideas for you to use, so that you don’t spend all of December trying to think about where to place your elf next.  Below you will find my 3-part series highlighting 25 creative ways to bring the spirit of Christmas to your home with the help of the Elf! Continue Reading

Personalized Gift Giving Guide | Shutterfly
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Personalized Gift Giving Guide | Shutterfly

The way to my heart is through a personalized gift.  I am all about the sentiment behind a well thought out and creatively unique gift.  It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, to me, it’s the little touches that go along way.  So I have teamed up with Shutterfly, the master of everything personalized, to guide you through some of my favorite personalized gifts to help you give the gift of PERSONALIZATION this year!  With Shutterfly, personalized gift giving is so easy and definitely the way to go this holiday season.

:: GIVE THE GIFT OF PERSONALIZATION WITH SHUTTERFLY ::

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Let's Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies
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Let’s Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies

I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for the holidays this year.  I love decorating the house, the chilly weather and the cozy and snuggly times shared with my family.  One of our favorite holiday traditions is cuddling up with the girls, and watching our favorite holiday movies.  We love to put on our favorite pajamas, snack on goodies and get into the holiday spirit.  It is a tradition that my girls have come to love and look forward to, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Let's Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies

This year I decided I was going to go all out and surprise the girls with matching pajamas, and I found the perfect shop to get them at.  If you haven’t heard of Gentry California, you are in for a treat.  When I came across this mom-owned adorable shop, I fell in love!  Gentry California specialized in monogrammed and personalized apparel for babies, children and women and everything is beyond fabulous! Continue Reading

How To Order Picture Perfect Christmas Cards | Featuring Shutterfly
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How To Order Picture Perfect Christmas Cards | Featuring Shutterfly

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away… Which means Christmas is right around the corner??!! Where has 2016 gone?! Since December is almost here, you know what that means… Time to order Christmas Cards! Every year I order our family Christmas Cards through Shutterfly because they have the biggest selection and I am always happy with their backgrounds, colors and options.  Their website is so user-friendly and within a few minutes you can have a picture perfect card.

How To Order Picture Perfect Christmas Cards | Featuring Shutterfly

If you’re not familiar with Shutterfly let me explain. Shutterfly is an online photo and personalization company that I have been using for over 12 years. Let’s just say I’m a big fan of Shutterfly!  Every November, with the click of a button, I upload my family photos into their website and create a unique and special Christmas Card to send out to my family and friends.

Shutterfly does an amazing job of coming out with new designs, creative photo layouts, well-thoughtout holiday taglines and colorful touches that make our holiday cards so beautiful; and this years selection does not disappoint!

Not only are the selections amazing, but so are the prices. Shutterfly always offers amazing discount codes and you get so much bang for your buck when you order through them online. (Keep reading… There are fabulous Shutterfly discounts at the end of this post – Your welcome!) Continue Reading

GIRLS TRIP RECAP
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Christmas In July | New York Girls Trip RECAP

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good girls night out… but even better is a girls getaway! A few days to regroup, relax, let loose and just have fun.  No kid-talk, no kids, no diaper bags, no bottles and (sorry babe) no hubbies.  Just a good girlfriend to make memories with and explore, explore, explore!

My best friend is quite the world traveler so when the opportunity presented itself to jump on a plane and take a 5 day trip to NYC with her, I was gone in a New York minute.  We stayed in Time Square and hit just about every hot spot from The Empire State Building, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and of course we ate and drank our way through every fancy restaurant and bar in the city.  We averaged 10 miles of walking every day and when we needed a break we hailed a cab and enjoyed the sites from an ol’ faithful NY cabby.  It truly was a best friend getaway I will never forget and I am so grateful that she knew just what this mama needed.  By the way, New York at Christmas time has got to be one of the most magical times to be in NYC.  The ice skating, the chilly peacoat weather, The Rockette’s show and Rockefeller center just come to life at Christmas time. Continue Reading

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That’s A Wrap! Holiday Season 2015 {Recap}

Our holiday season was filled with family, fun memories and exciting events… but I must say I am still exhausted.  I feel like I am finally getting caught up on normal life and actually getting around to cleaning the house. Yikes! #thestruggleisreal 

 I took some time to look back on all of the fun we had with our two littles, and I am so thankful for our first holiday season as a family of four.  Enjoy a photo {recap} of some of our festive holiday memories. Continue Reading

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Santa Success! Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Our visit to Santa was a success this year, well at least for one of my girls!  We adore the rustic Santa setup at Bass Pro Shop and have made it a holiday tradition to visit every December.  This is our 3rd year, and we were so glad to see it is still is the same authentic Jolly Old Saint Nick!  For the first time, Paisley happily walked right up to Santa and smiled for the camera with glee.  I think she finally realized that if you smile with Santa you receive a candy cane.  But, in true Wodiske girl fashion, poor little Payton was not a fan and is now following in Big Sister’s footsteps.  I guess that means in 2 years I will have both of my girls smiling on Santa’s lap.  Truthfully, I love the crying face and wouldn’t trade it for a smile! Continue Reading