Christmas

Real Talk with Real Moms || The Holidays

I spent last weekend bachelorette-ing with my cousins and the topic of the holidays came up one morning.  We were discussing what the plans were for this and what we’ve done the past holidays.  We chatted about what our traditions are and new ones we’d like to start. It’s something that can be particularly hard to navigate when you start having babes. We grow up in our family and have one way of doing things and one set of traditions and then we get married and start a new family with someone who has their own ways of …

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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

I have always loved the traditions that surround this time of year.  As a kid, I so looked forward to tamale dinner and getting to open one present on Christmas Eve.  Once the dishes were done and we were home from candlelight service, my dad would make these great homemade cinnamon rolls that would rise all night and be ready to be popped in the oven at the break of dawn when we were all clamoring to get down the stairs and see what Mr. Claus had brought us. I can still smell them!  That was the first Christmas tradition that I adopted …

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Take the Stress out of the Holidays

Last December, Parker was an 8 month old babe on the move and I decided to approach the holiday season exactly like I had in years past.  I hand addressed and mailed over 150 holiday cards.  We hosted a big family Christmas party complete with our favorite Santa Claus and I also threw a holiday party for our TEC team here.  By the end of it all I was beyond drained! Never again.  Instead, this year I had a Tasker from TaskRabbit come over last weekend and take care of the bulk of my to-do list for me.  It meant that everything got done, …

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DIY // Deconstructed Garland

A few weeks ago we were shooting at a studio downtown and decided to go for a little lunch break walk to Poppy + Rose.  After enjoying one of the best burgers of my life there, we strolled through the flower district I did my best to withstand the temptation, but ultimately I caved, took the last of the cash in my wallet (a whopping $8!), and bought what I could.  (Turns out I used up all of my willpower on the chocolate croissant that was sitting on the counter at lunch.)  I left the flower mart with armfuls of greenery and one small …

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