I love celebrating every holiday and trying to make each holiday feel a bit special for my family. While I don’t go all out with decorating for smaller holidays like Valentine’s Day, I still like to add a few festive touches around the house. Today I wanted to share a few fun finds to add to your home decor this holiday.
One | These sweet wooden bowls don’t scream Valentines Day and could be used year round
This weekend I’ve been working on slowly putting away all of our Christmas decorations. It’s always such a big chore that it often takes me a few days to finish, but getting the house back in order really gives me the feeling of starting a fresh new year and I think we are all in need of that this year! A few years back I invested in a number of storage options for storing all of our holiday decorations, and it definitely makes the process of clean up a bit easier. Today I wanted to share some great storage options with you to help with your holiday cleanup.
One | I have and love this box for storing all of our tree ornaments
Two | I bought a hanging gift wrap organizer a few years back and it’s amazing for storing all of my gift wrap, tissue, and bows.
GOODBYE and good riddance 2020! I’ve never been happier to be arriving at the end of a year, and while we won’t be going out to celebrate, I still plan to have a little celebration at home with the kids. This year I’m planning on an evening of fondue, games, and mocktail/milk and cookie toasts. Adding a little decor will definitely make the evening more fun, and here’s a few ideas to help you ring in the New Year a bit more festively.
Our Christmas festivities have come to an end, but we made the most of this past week by celebrating with several Zoom parties, FaceTiming with family, and having a simple Christmas Day celebration at home.
My husband’s annual work party couldn’t happen as normal this year, so instead they organized a zoom “Santa-y Sip” where everyone was sent several bottles of wine for a virtual tasting. Prior to the party we were asked to watch Bottle Shock on Netflix which featured the Chardonnay wine we would be tasting. We were also asked to wear ugly Christmas sweaters with prizes for the best sweaters. The kids and I dressed up for the family portion where they had the ugly sweater contest and Santa even made an appearance! For the adult portion of the evening with the wine tasting, we had Napa Valley wine sommelier to walk us through which was really neat!
Evan is part of an organization here in Boise for medically fragile children. They provide amazing support to families like ours and we are so thankful for all they do to make our lives a little brighter! Several weeks back they sent us a holiday gift, which included a golden ticket for the Polar Express and hot cocoa, marshmallows, and cookie mix. This week we got cozy in our pajamas with our cocoa and treats, and settled in for a virtual ride on the Polar Express with the train conductor who did a reading of the book.
Another really fun opportunity we had was a drive through Christmas Light show called Christmas in Color (they have several locations around the country). As it was all inside our car it was of course Covid safe (and also warm and cozy inside the car!). We bundled up in our matching pjs with a cup of cocoa and went to see the lights (we will probably go back this week because the kids loved it so much!).
The skies cleared just in time to see the Star of Bethlehem (the Great Conjunction) literally from our front porch. My camera even captured a few of Jupiter’s moons.
Cole got to do a really fun project for school. He made an “ugly tee shirt” to wear for his last day of school. He came up with the design and did it almost completely on his own. I’m still cracking up over what he came up with! His teacher also made the last day of school feel special for the kids by dropping off a “party in a bag” the day prior so the kids could have a virtual party together.
In the days leading up to Christmas we enjoyed many of our usual traditions. Gingerbread houses, cookie baking and decorating, and watching our favorite holiday movies.
Our Christmas Day celebration didn’t look too different from typical years. We usually have a simple day at home opening presents, spending the day lounging in pjs, and then enjoying a nice dinner.
Christmas was bittersweet this year. I’m incredibly thankful that we are all here together. But it has also been a very hard year filled with a lot of difficulty. I admit I’m somewhat glad it’s over because the pressure to create all the fun and magic is now off, and now we can spend a few weeks just relaxing and having some fun together. In truth, the past few days since Christmas have been more fun than all the days leading up to it this year. We’ve been spending our days lounging in our pjs, playing board games, getting outside for some fresh air, and eating lots of leftovers. And I’ve been indulging in some retail therapy and taking advantage of the after Christmas sales! I wanted to share some of the things I’ve grabbed during the sales over the past few days.
As you can see I’ve bought a ton of workout gear. Lululemon has SO many things on sale right now. This is a great time to stock up on new workout gear to help you keep your New Years fitness resolutions! I always find that cute outfits help motivate me to go for a run even if I’m not really feeling like it. I’ve been wanting to try out Sweaty Betty too for awhile, and some great sale prices encouraged me to order a few pieces. I bought a pair of their shine leggings in the blue pictured above, and another pair in a pretty dark forest green. I’m not sure how well they will work for running, but they will be cute for athleisure “mom” outfits nonetheless. I also grabbed a nice wool sweater that was half off that will be great for casual wear or skiing and their sale is definitely worth checking out for some amazing deals.
J Crew Factory is having some killer deals too (use code NEW4YOU to get 75% off all clearance). They are a go-to for great affordable basics for the kids and I. The tartan skirt I grabbed will be hopefully getting some use next year at the holidays ($10 with sale code), and the cute leopard skirt is a fantastic year round piece ($15 with sale code). No I don’t have anywhere to wear it this year, but the metallic blouse is a perfect NYE top (it’s under $10 with sale code).
I also grabbed a few great sweaters on sale at Nordstrom. Halogen cashmere sweaters are half off and are under $50. I already ordered the grey crewneck and the black turtleneck is sitting in my cart. These also both come in a bunch of other colors. The chunky Free People sweater is also a great buy under $50 and comes in a few other colors as well. I just received it (in the sandcastle color), and it’s definitely going to be a wardrobe staple for the remainder of winter.
A few other random things. Le Creuset is having a sale with some select items on sale. I’ve been amassing a bit of a collection during this pandemic and while I don’t need another casserole dish, I love the 2 in 1 pieces that you get with this set. Sephora is also having a big sale so I jumped on a OUAI set which was an additional 20% off with code MAJORSALE. There’s some really good things in their sale on sale, so it’s definitely worth taking a look.
I don’t know how it’s possible, but Christmas is next week! The time between Halloween and Christmas always seems to fly by. And despite Covid, our family has found some fun ways to celebrate and make the most of this holiday season.
A few weeks ago we had family Christmas photos taken. We normally get professional pictures of the kids taken with Santa, but since we couldn’t do it with Covid this year, our photographer found a fun way to incorporate a Santa photo into our family photos.
I had originally prepared the boys that we likely wouldn’t get to see Santa in person this year due to Covid. However we ended up getting to see him after all! Even though our visit with Santa may have been a bit different this year, we found a fun and safe way to see him. Some local businesses downtown Boise arranged a socially distanced, outdoor visit with Santa. It ended up being a lot of fun and the boys got to take a few pictures with Santa and tell him what they want this year.
This year 4th graders get to cut down a tree in the National forest for free through the Every Kid Outdoors program. With Covid limiting a lot of normal activities, this was the perfect year to spend a day in the mountains hiking and looking for our perfect tree. Our “perfect” tree ended up being a Charlie Brown tree, but the kids had an absolute blast and it was a fun way to make a special memory this year.
We attended a few local light shows as well. The Idaho Botanical Gardens is always a must do. They took extra steps to make it Covid safe and we spent a really lovely evening at the Gardens. The kids got to write letters to Santa and have some snacks from food trucks while we strolled and looked at the lights.
We also went to Caldwell’s Indian Creek Plaza light show. It’s a really beautiful display along the creek and there is also ice skating. It was just far too crowded to really enjoy unfortunately so we didn’t stay long.
This is what I wore the evening we went to the Caldwell light show and I’ve been living in this festive turtleneck. I had a zoom meeting a few days ago working on some of Evan’s ongoing therapy needs and I wore this top with cozy sweats. (Perfect for anyone working at home!)
Something else I’ve been living in lately is this “shacket” which is so on trend right now.
With our first (and hopefully last) pandemic Thanksgiving next week, today I wanted to share a few looks for a little holiday outfit inspiration! Like most people, our holiday will look quite different this year as we won’t be getting together with friends or family. However I still wanted to come up with some ideas for celebrating in style no matter what your holiday may look like this year.
A bright colored top in a cheery fall color is sure to make you feel a bit more festive even if you’re staying in. And it will look really cute on those zoom family gatherings!
Many people are moving their celebrations outdoors this year, which is significantly safer with Covid but of course may be a bit chilly. Keep warm with lots of layers and some cozy boots.
A cozy jogger outfit with slippers seems very fitting this year, and it’s the perfect outfit for curling up on the sofa in and getting a head start on those Black Friday online sales.
For the Turkey Trot
If you’re headed out for a run, walk, or bike ride this is the perfect athleisure look to keep you warm and still look cute.
This holiday may be a lot different this year, but classic corduroy pants with a cashmere sweater are always traditional.
Just because large Thanksgiving gatherings may be a no-go this year, it doesn’t mean Thanksgiving is cancelled! I’m looking forward to celebrating with just my little family and will make sure that this year is still just as festive as always. I’m still going to cook our traditional Thanksgiving dinner and already have our house decorated with fall foliage and pumpkins. I’ve been on the hunt for some festive touches to add to the kitchen and our Thanksgiving table, and today wanted to share a few things I’ve come across.
While Halloween is going to look a lot different this year, there are still so many holiday traditions that we can keep and make it special for the kids. One of the simplest yet one of my favorite ways to observe any holiday is festive pajamas. And I love that Halloween pajamas are seeming to grow in popularity as there are so many cute options these days. This past weekend we filled with a lot of fall and Halloween (socially distanced) activities, which was made even more fun by coming home to festive jammies and cuddling up on the couch to watch spooky movies. I also put together a simple Halloween themed breakfast for the kids one morning, which would be a perfect way to make Halloween morning feel a bit more special this year (and could be made all fall long!).
For our breakfast I just whipped up some cute pumpkin shaped waffles using Trader Joe’s pumpkin waffle mix and topped them with Trader Joe’s maple butter (this stuff is heavenly!). I served them with cute Halloween themed plates and cups and we had apple cider to drink. This would be a super cute breakfast for Thanksgiving morning as well.
Certainly nothing has been normal this year. Covid has been rough for everyone and it has been extra difficult for me to find any joy in light of Evan’s horrible brain injury he suffered in March. While he is making great progress every day, our lives have been changed drastically and it will be a long time before we will be able to return to any semblance of normal. Halloween and fall is always my favorite time of the year…but this year I’ve had a hard time finding the enthusiasm and energy to recreate our favorite traditions. This has been the first year in my life that I debated not even putting up the decorations. But I knew it was important for the boys, so last week I turned on a Halloween movie and got the decorations out. I know that it has brought a really important sense of normalcy and the comfort of knowing “life goes on” for Cole, and Evan has been so excited about the decorations. He’s constantly saying “it’s so spooky in here!” And I have to admit…it’s brought me a bit of unexpected joy too. We’ve spent several evenings cuddled up together as a family watching some of our favorite Halloween movies and forgetting (for a short time) all of the blows this year has dealt us.