Stocking Stuffers For The Kids

While I’m nearly done with my Christmas shopping, one thing I still need to get taken care of is stocking stuffers for the kids! I really try to make the goodies in their stockings more than an afterthought with some fun and creative gifts. There’s also always a few practical items for them (think warm socks, hats, gloves, chapstick) and I also always give them a treat or two (such as candy canes or hot cocoa mixes). And then I always try to fill the rest with things the kids love (like legos and small books) and then come up with some fun creative items to surprise them with. I also try to find some educational type things as well. Here’s a list of some things I’ve come across that I’m loving!

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One – My kids love any kind of STEM activity like this

Two – This hand controlled drone looks really cool

Three – This mini planetarium would be so neat for the science loving kid

Four – Every kid would love these invisible ink pens

Five – My little one has a harmonica and loves it

Six – This mini doodle kit is perfect for travel and on the go

Seven – My kids love bath bombs and these space themed ones that have a toy inside look so fun and are really affordable

Eight – Perfect for the young photographer, and really affordable

Nine – My kids were gifted walkie talkies last year and they were a hit

Ten – Instead of a basic flashlight, this moon torch looks really fun

Eleven –  Any little girl would love this sweet charm bracelet

Twelve – I love gifting my kids a practical hat & glove set

Thirteen – A fun take on the magic 8 ball

Fourteen – Would be a great into to Origami for the artistic kid

Fifteen – This highly reviewed math game is fun and educational

Sixteen – Perfect for the little explorer

Seventeen – We can never seem to find everything for the perfect snowman, so I think this would be a really great gift for my kids this year

Eighteen – Putting stars up in a bedroom are basically a right of passage

Nineteen – My kids love anything cozy this time of year, and fuzzy socks are always appreciated

Twenty – Karaoke would be such a fun family night

Twenty One – My older kiddo loves playing War, so this game would be a fun twist on it


I hope this helps you on your search for stocking stuffers! And if you missed it, here’s my 2019 Holiday Gift List post where I shared my picks for gifts for everyone on your list.

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Decking The Halls For Christmas

Decking The Halls For Christmas

Boys Pajamas | Tree | Tree Skirt (West Elm, old – similar)

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Now that the dust has settled from the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s time to get focused on Christmas! And this year there’s such a short time between the two holidays so it really feels like we have a lot to do in the next few weeks to get ready.

We did get our tree put up just before Thanksgiving, but didn’t get around to decorating it until a few days ago. The boys love to put the ornaments on, so they did most of it this year! With them back in school I found a little time this week to put our other Christmas decorations out including a second tree in our entry way. It has been so dark and gloomy outside here the last few days, but I have to admit I’m kind of enjoying the cozy ambiance it gives. I’m looking forward to lots of evenings by the fire drinking hot cocoa cuddled in a furry throw watching Christmas movies.

In addition to sharing our home at Christmas, I also wanted to share a few other decor items I’m loving – and many of them would make great gifts as well!

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My Cyber Monday Picks

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend! We had such a nice holiday spent with family eating lots of delicious food, watching movies, and taking afternoon walks/runs. I didn’t have much of a chance to do Christmas shopping this past weekend, so I’m looking forward to hitting the Cyber Monday sales today. Here’s a few items and deals that have caught my eye, and I’m also sharing some of the best sales happening today.

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Target  – Up to 50% off Cyber Monday Deals

Amazon – Tons of Cyber Monday Deals with up to 56% off Amazon Devices

Nordstrom – Cyber Sale up to 50% off, plus get up to $100 reward for shopping cyber week

H&M – 30% off and free shipping

Old Navy – 50% off everything

Gap – 50% off everything with code GAPCYBER and an additional 10% off with code GOBIG

Banana Republic – 50% off everything

J Crew – 50% off with code MONDAY

& Other Stories – 30% off sale with code CYBER30

Shopbop – Up to 25% off full price items, up to 75% off sale items with code MORE19

Backcountry – Up to 50% off

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything with code CYBER

Abercrombie & Fitch – 40% off plus free shipping

Baublebar – 35% off everything

Dermstore – Save up to 30% with code DSGIFT

Loft – 50% off plus free shipping with code CYBER

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Life Lately

I haven’t done a life lately post in ages, so I thought it was time to share a bit about what we’ve been up to the past few weeks!

Last Saturday the boys attended a birthday party for a friend, and then after we went to take our annual pictures with Santa! Here’s a little behind the scenes peek of their photo session.

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On Sunday we went out to dinner with some friends to one of the kids’ favorite places where the kids get to make their own pizza.

I wore this outfit which would be cute for Thanksgiving as well! This top is from last year, and while it’s no longer offered in this color, it is back this year in a few other colors. I’m really loving the green.

Top | Jeans | Coat (Topshop, similar) | Booties | Bag

The boys have been very busy with Taekwondo and both earned new belts! Evan now has his yellow stripe little tigers belt, and Cole is now a deputy belt and has officially begun preparing to earn his junior black belt. It is a pretty big accomplishment and we are so proud of his hard work and years of dedication to get to this point.

Evan’s preschool has the sweetest little tradition of holding a Friendship Feast the week before Thanksgiving where the kids make an entire meal and then eat together. I had the very special job of baking the apple pies the kids made and delivering them to their class. And I snuck a quick pick of Ev by their cute class teepee they had set up for the holiday!

Also how cute is this thankful (giving) tree at Cole’s school?!

On Saturday we kicked off our Thanksgiving break and attended the holiday parade downtown Boise. It’s always a fun way to kick off the holidays and get into the Christmas spirit! Afterwards we warmed up with some hot cocoa and went out to breakfast.

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We also got our Christmas tree up! I really debated putting it up before Thanksgiving as we have company coming to stay and and didn’t know if I wanted to deal with that along with everything else. But I have to say I am happy we put it up and I love the new tree we got this year!

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One of the things Cole and I really bond over is celebrating the holidays, and he and I especially love seasonal movies. We both love A Christmas Story, so when I saw the musical was touring here in Boise I knew that the two of us had to go.

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Our family arrives this evening to spend Thanksgiving with us, so we’ve been super busy not only preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, but setting up for guests as well. And if you are in the midst of Thanksgiving prep as well and in need of any last minute recipe inspiration, here is a post I made last year with a list of some of my favorite, tried and true Thanksgiving recipes!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, friends, and family.

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Our Favorite Family Christmas Pajamas

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One of our favorite family Christmas traditions is matching family pajamas! Every Christmas Eve before we go to bed, we all gather under the tree to open one present – which of course we all know is our matching Christmas pajamas. We wear them to bed, and then we all match in the morning while we open presents. It is something our entire family looks forward to every year!

In addition to our special Christmas Eve set, I typically do a few more matching sets for the boys – one for photos with Santa, and another under the tree to open Christmas Day. Sometimes I can’t help myself and we even end up with one more set for the family to coordinate leading up to Christmas (what can I say…we love pjs!). That said – clearly we aren’t the only ones because I have found that family pajamas frequently start selling out in November, so I definitely recommend snagging them sooner rather than later. Here’s a peek at some of the pajamas we’ve worn over the years…as well as some others that I’m loving this season!

Plaid Pajamas

My Pajama Bottoms | My Pajama Top | Beanie | Slippers | Boys Pajama Bottoms | Boys Pajama Tops

Plaid Pajamas (Burts Bees – print no longer available. Here are Stripe or Fairisle options)

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And a few more this season that I’m loving…

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My 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Today’s post is a big one! I’m sharing all of my gift picks for everyone on your list this year. Many of these things are items I personally own and highly recommend, and others are on my own personal wish list or giving list as well. I hope this gives you some ideas as you begin your holiday shopping!

For the kids…

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For the teacher…

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For the hostess…

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For her…

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For him…

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For the grandparents…

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My Thanksgiving Tablescape

My Thanksgiving Tablescape

I can hardly believe Thanksgiving is next week!!! As I’m getting prepared and pulling out all of my Thanksgiving dishes and serving ware, I thought it would be fun to share my tablescape. I love going super traditional for the holidays and sticking with classic Thanksgiving colors/decor. I’ve had my orange salad plates, napkins, and napkin rings for several years and this year I added new tumblers and some fun pumpkin serving ware. I used a faux eucalyptus garland for this setting, but will likely do real instead for our actual dinner.

Dinner Plates | Similar Salad Plates | Napkins (Ralph Lauren, old – similar) | Similar Napkin rings | Tumblers | Flatware | Candlestick Holder | Short Candlestick Holder | Similar Velvet Pumpkins | Glass Pumpkins | Similar Pumpkin Vase | Eucalyptus Garland | Pumpkin Dutch Oven | Pumpkin Pie Dish

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