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    How To Keep Gifting Simple

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    Christmas is such a special time of year. It is a time to reflect. A time to love and serve others. It is a time to wait and observe, and it is a time of celebration. It can also be a time of stress, busyness, and excess. When we started having children, Josiah and I decided that we wanted to be very intentional with our traditions and expectations during the holidays. We knew that we wanted to keep things simple,  and wanted to give our children things to look forward to, remember, and really appreciate in the years to come. Read more

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    MOTHERHOOD

    The Hardest Part of Motherhood Is ME

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    I was going to give you all an update of how we are adjusting and transitioning, but I felt like this was more important to share. I am pretty sure that I have learned more about myself and motherhood in these past 3 weeks than I ever have, and I can honestly say that it’s been so hard and I’ve never been happier. Read more

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    K.I.S.S. of the Week

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    The first snow of the season, and our first picture as a family of 4!

    1. To Eat: We make these cookies way too often during the holidays, but they are just that good.
    2. To Know: These 8 tips will help you be able to enjoy your Christmas tree all season long without the pesky pine needles continuously falling.
    3. To Buy: Since everyone is in full Christmas shopping mode, I won’t tempt you with anything for yourself, but here are a bunch of gift guides that are incredibly creative and helpful. (Once on the blog, there are about 5 different guides that can be found in the header under “Holiday Gift Guides”)
    4. To Read: This book is a great way to fully embrace the holiday season and celebrate Advent. It’s never too late to join in, even with only 10 days until Christmas! This is a great option for children as well.
    5. To Use: If you don’t have a humidifier, you need one, especially for the winter. It helps keep germs away, moisturizes skin, helps regulate temperature in the house, and helps with congestion.
    6. To Style: Love this simple and natural holiday tablescape. Great for a fancy dinner party, or a relaxed evening with family!
    7. To Change: 5 things to change in order to reduce your electricity bill this winter. I always forget about number 3!
    8. To Do: Enter this giveaway for a chance to win an incredible print and support the sweetest small business.
    9. To Drink: A tea that fights colds, flus, and depression all while tasting good.
    10. To Download: Skip the waiting room and germs with this app, and instead talk to the doctor affordably from the comfort of your own home. Healthcare getting easier and easier.
    11. To Remember:  “Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” – Robin S. Sharma
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    MOTHERHOOD

    8 Baby Products That Will Make Motherhood Easier

    Baby Essentials | Diaper Bag | Motherhood Must Haves | Azaria | The Everyday Simple

    Somedays the best way to describe motherhood is chaos. There is always someone that needs tending to, something that needs to be cleaned, someone that wants to be held, and probably someone puking. Motherhood requires a lot of stuff in order to be prepared for anything that could be thrown at you. No matter how hard you try to simplify, there is always more stuff around than you probably want. Let’s face it, children come with a lot of stuff. Read more

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    K.I.S.S. of the Week

    Simplicity | The Everyday Simple

    1. To Eat: So I am not usually a fan of “freeze-ahead” meals, only because I don’t think they taste as good, but this spaghetti is divine. Not only is it easy to make in bulk, delicious, and a crowd pleaser, but it freezes and reheats like a champ.
    2. To Know: AmazonSmile is an amazing resource for the holidays. Use this, and you get all the same Amazon prices, but the difference is, .5% will go to your charity of choice.
    3. To Buy: Anyone with a camera needs this. It will make your life 200x easier, and allow you to share those photos that you always “meant” to upload.
    4. To Read: Needing to read this before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Take a little time to put things into perspective and get priorities in order.
    5. To Use: It’s like Costco, but online with free shipping. Bulk orders sent straight to your door.
    6. To Style: Want to amp up your closet, but don’t trust yourself or have time to go shopping? This company has it all figured out. Top quality clothes you love as frequently as you want.
    7. To Change: Stop using dryer sheets, and just get these. Reusable, natural, and energy saving.
    8. To Do: This site is great for those dreary fall days where you are stuck inside. It’s especially fun over the holidays when you have family in town! Great way to play and spend time together, without the television on.
    9. To Drink: The perfect Thanksgiving dinner drink to please all of your guests.
    10. To Download: This app not only let’s you book and reserve tables at restaurants in your area instantly, but you also earn points every time you book with it and get free food!
    11. To Remember: “Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” ―Brooke Hampton
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    K.I.S.S. of the Week

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    1. To Eat: This site is the perfect resource if you are looking for “healthy alternatives for foods you love”.
    2. To Know: Never leave your clothes to stain again. This cheat sheet is everything. Print it out and put it in your laundry room.
    3. To Buy: Start automating your life today, and never have to vacuum again.
    4. To Read: This is the perfect book to explain pregnancy to your children. It is a month by month guide, with beautiful illustrations that break it down to help make sense of it all.
    5. To Use: Natural deodorant that is not only safe, but actually works.
    6. To Style: As if we needed another reason to go to Target. This line will be redecorating women’s houses and cleaning out men’s wallets everywhere.
    7. To Change: Quality, affordable, daily contacts sent straight to your door every month. Try them for a month free and see for yourself.
    8. To Do: This is an awesome post to help in planning Thanksgiving. Number 3 even helps you know how much food and drink you’ll need depending on your guest count!
    9. To Drink: This is officially my new favorite fall drink. Make it at home or order it out, but it’s absolute perfection.
    10. To Download: This app not only reminds you when people’s birthdays are, but it helps you create and send a postcard to them within 5 minutes. Never be embarrassed about forgetting someone’s birthday again.
    11. To Remember: “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.”
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