For many of us, the holidays come with some travel and possibly mean staying with family or friends – or them staying with you. This Thanksgiving, my family will be traveling for the first time since I was a kid. To say I am excited is an understatement. We are thrilled to spend this Thanksgiving with my family in Florida for the first time – ever! I look forward to many memories made and laughter that we will undoubtedly have. It is important to me to be a really good house guest. No one appreciates that person who stays with them and wrecks the house or creates a huge mess and doesn’t clean up after themselves. You know who I’m talking about!
One family tradition we love to participate in is buying new holiday pajamas every year for the family! Ryan and I normally give each other a pair of PJs on Christmas Eve, and we always buy our kids Christmas pajamas. It is so fun and we love being festive. The kids get really into it, too! Almost as much as they love their holiday socks. I have rounded up some favorites for the entire family below and even included some fun holiday socks and slippers! I am also loving the family pajama set that Target has this year! They are SO cute! Check them out here!
Who else has been anxiously awaiting the Hearth and Hand by Magnolia collection at Target? Two of my favorite companies coming together. What could be better? I must admit that I did not expect the collection to be mostly holiday, but it make sense because of the time of year, I suppose. I have rounded up some of my favorites and will be sharing what I have purchased on Insta Stories later today, so be sure to go check it out! If you hang with me until the bottom of the post, I will also share some sales you can not miss this weekend.
Last year, I waited until Black Friday to do most of my shopping in case there was a better deal that day, but because I ignored the amazing sales leading up to that day, a lot of the things on my list were already sold out. Do not let that happen to you! If you are able, I would go ahead and be shopping because the sales are already so good! Be sure to get the specific things you want, now, before they sell out.
Every time I think of the holidays, one of the first things that comes to mind is the warm and traditional taste and foods of the season. I love when my family puts a spin on traditional recipes to create the perfect holiday dish. In our house, we love pasta. It is one thing that we all five agree on. Spaghetti is a regular on our dinner menu and because we eat it so often, we like to mix it up a bit and do different variations.
Last night we made a delicious spaghetti in the crock-pot because we were in and out all day and dealing with sick kids. We didn’t have a lot of time to cook, so I browned the meat (we used beef last night, but sometimes use turkey to make it light and healthier) and threw it and the sauce in the crock pot to simmer along with a few seasonings. I waited to do the bow tie noodles until we were about ready to eat. I topped off the dish with some fresh basil and Stella Parmesan shredded cheese. This cheese is organic and tastes fresh and delicious. I love to buy organic when I can and This was so easy to pick up at Publix and is a brand I can feel good about.
The time has come! It is officially gift guide season! Get ready for a bunch of new gift guides this year! I’m excited to kick them off with the Toddler Gift Guide – because, let’s be honest, buying for our kids is the best part of gift-giving, am I right? Knowing that we are getting them the perfect gift and seeing their little faces light up once they open them on Christmas is just priceless. I asked you on Insta Stories a while back and you guys helped me with these suggestions, so thank you! I hope these ideas help you out this year as you are picking things out for your kids, nephews, nieces and friends!
Hey, y’all! I feel like it’s been forever since I blogged. The break was much needed, but I am happy to be back and at it! I have so much to show you guys today, so be sure to check out my insta stories throughout the day! It is the Mondayest Wednesday, ever. Anyone else on the struggle bus a little bit? I am drinking all the coffee this morning. We had such a wonderful fourth of July weekend spent with family and lots of swimming and food! It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?
Yesterday, we woke up early, went to our small-town parade which is always a fun experience, went swimming and then to a cookout at my grandparent’s house! We saw lots of cousins and celebrated many birthdays in my family (we have 5 in my family this week). It is always a good time when we get together with all of the cousins. Here are a few photos from our weekend:
Our Memorial Day weekend was full of carbs, grilled meat, swimming, and family! We had such a wonderful time celebrating my little cousin’s birthday on Saturday night with a cookout at my grandparent’s house! Sunday was pretty relaxing – we went to church and then got caught up on some house work! Monday we swam and grilled ribs and watched Harry Potter while the kids napped. It was a great day!
Mother’s Day weekend was so nice. We cleaned up the house, I got caught up on laundry and we got to spend time with friends and family. I call that a pretty good weekend. Friday, we had some of our sweet friends over for pizza and let the kids play outside. They loved having their friends over, and their parents are some of our good friends, so it was nice having grown-ups to visit with while the kids ran wild! We also met some new neighbors which was fun! I love meeting other moms that live near us and have kids who are around the same age as mine.
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you haven’t ordered mom anything, now’s the time to do it! Trust me, don’t try to wait last minute. Two years in a row, our gifts haven’t come in on time because of us (cough, me) procrastinating. So this year, I have made sure to order everything in plenty of time (I hope). I tried to choose a something for every mom of all different ages, but couldn’t resist throwing a few of my favorite things from my wish list in the mix. A few of these are included in the Shopbop sale this week, too, so run, don’t walk because they sell out fast!
This weekend was the first weekend I have really taken a break from the blogging world since Christmas, and it was much-needed. I honestly don’t remember the last day I took “off.” Not good, Logan. Not good. Spending time with my family without worrying about social media or emails, etc. was so freeing and I feel refreshed today. Our Easter weekend began with a little bit of cleaning and laundry because I was way behind (let’s be honest, I always am) and then a birthday party at the zoo for a sweet friend of ours.