Dear December 2018,
You were the best!!! Christmas time is always the best time, but now that we are a family of 5… Everything was better than ever! We filled the month with family holiday functions and made sure the girls knew the real reason for the season – Jesus – Love came down! From live nativities to Santa, we did it all and made so many wonderful memories along the way. The best part of the month had to be our first Christmas Vacation and it was one we will never forget. Getting away to cold weather and indulging in Christmas spirit made this Christmas season our best yet! And it was so much fun watching Kensie enjoy her first Christmas! Thank you December 2018 for a month we adored.
We are so excited for 2019 and a new January of family-fun!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – December 2018 ::
Shutterfly outdid themselves this year with their amazing 2018 Christmas cards selection.
As you know, we are big Shutterfly fans in this house, and once again I was pleasantly surprised with their adorable cards. Now that we are a family of five, I found that I gravitated towards the card options with more than 4 photo slots, so that I could highlight each of the girls.
This year I found that they really up-ed their game on the total card package. Not only are their card options fabulous, but their envelope liners and pre-addressed envelopes are so creative and colorful! I am all about the feeling you get when you pick-up a card out of your mailbox; the happy mail experience starts with the envelope!
Dear November 2018,
What a great month!
You were a month filled with gratefulness, thankfulness, and the reminder of kindness. November, we filled you up with great moments and treasured times… Mainly Kensie’s first cross-country adventure and our hubby/wife trip to Washington D.C. DC was beyond words – FABULOUS! We also celebrated daddy’s birthday, Thanksgiving, our first girl-only STAYcation slumber party and Christmas came early this year with decorating the house and setting up the tree.
November you were good to us, but we are so excited for Christmas and the holiday month of December! Bring on Jesus’ BIRTHDAY!!!
:: Our Month in 9 Squares – November 2018 ::
December is here so you know what that means… 2017 Christmas Card Season is upon us.
YAY for Happy Mail! 🙂
This year I decided to order our 2017 Christmas Cards through one of our favorite online stationery companies… Shutterfly! If you are a regular here at Espresso Ever After you already know how much I adore partnering with Shutterfly and all of their personalized options; they make beautiful and quality goods for all to love! To tell you the truth, this pregnancy has really slowed me down this year and I am so thankful that I can trust Shutterfly with this aspect of the holiday season. The tired mama in me wanted to skip the photos and the card making, but since Shutterfly was able to help me with the heavy lifting… It was worth it. Their online program is extremely user-friendly and their options this year are unique and creative. As usual I loved so many of them, that I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite card styles.
We went with a bright and colorful look for our photos this year, and I knew I wanted to pick a card that offered a happy and cheerful theme. When I found this 5×7 Gate Fold Card, I knew it was the winner. It offered multiple text areas, different sized photo slots, 2 types of paper styles and a fun flip-open effect. Thank you Shutterfly for always bringing a winner!
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!
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???
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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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!
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 ::
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.
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!