It’s Christmas Time in The City!

Feliz Navidad, amigos!

I love Christmas. I mean, who doesn’t? Well, at one time, me. We traveled everywhere and it was just a pain. Now, in our home with my little family and our traditions, I’m dancing my socks off I’m so happy.

I got the ball rolling a little early this year thanks to this blog. It really helped me plan and take the stress out of the season. Before Thanksgiving we: had our Christmas Card printed, made a card-recipient list, made and wrapped grandparent gifts, planned gifts for nursery workers, gift exchanges, planned our holiday treats with recipes and made all sorts of lists. Can you say #winning?!?!?!?!

Do you all celebrate Advent? We are getting better about it. It’s important to us to teach our kids the meaning of Christmas and to be reminded ourselves, so we do some scripture reading and bible based activities and some secular ones. I found this great printable to list out our activities and verses.

Need activity Ideas? I GOT YOU! Merry Christmas!

ADVENT ACTIVITY IDEAS

Service project-Someone somewhere very near to you needs some type of help. They are easy to find and willing to accept.

Prayer Day-Because our world needs it

Christmas Music Dance Party- Need I say more?

Library Trip for Christmas Books

Pajama Movie with Friends

Make Christmas Cards

Community Events- Living Nativity’s, Breakfast with Santa and Parades, oh my!

Decorating the tree

The norms-Holiday baking, family movie nights, Christmas Eve service

Christmas Light Hunt-Go around town and see what you can see

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday Tips

Forgive my tardiness friends but better late than never, right?

I just wanted to share my tips on how I make it through Thanksgiving and Black Friday with my sanity and my savings account.

The main thing, PLAN! Now, for those of you who know me, keep quiet. For those new to my world, I love to plan. Nothing makes me happier than a plan seen through from start to end. Plans are my happy place. So, I plan my menu, make a very detailed grocery list, plan which store has the best item for the best price, and plan my shopping trip. To date, I haven’t forgotten anything at the store and I’ve stayed on budget. My #1 piece of advice: Don’t buy or cook anything you or your family can’t or won’t eat. Is it polite to cater to others? Yes. Is it financially sound? Yeah, no. Trust me, I’ve had many an item in my house either I or my husband won’t eat and it sucks.

I plan my buffet, I plan the layout of my house to make sure everyone has access to food, bathroom, drinks and entertainment without having to ask me for help. (Ha! You thought I was doing this for my guests!) You see, friends, I plan for me. Just me. If planning for me is wrong, I will never be right. Never.

So, guess what I do for Black Friday? Yup, plan. I look up ads weeks before online. (They get leaked. How? Idk… and I don’t care.) Then, I make a budget and prioritize. Black Friday is famous for setting spending traps, don’t get caught friends. You’re better than that. Now, with the saving grace of technology, you can probably get your needs and wants online and maybe even the day or week before but you have to…PLAN and research to make sure you in the know!

Happy Eating. Happy Shopping. I’m thankful for you, always.

Meanwhile In Mommyland

Hey Loves-

How I have missed you! Seriously- it’s been a looooooooong time and I need my peeps! How are y’all? How’s life?

Me? Oh, I’ve been lost in the depths of mommyhood. After I shared my birth story and our NICU journey, I jumped, both feet first, into being a mom. It’s been rewarding to say the least. I’m in love with my little guy. He’s the best. We couldn’t have asked for a better baby. Which is why I’ve been a little MIA lately. That kid of mine keeps me on toes and grows my heart by the nano-second.

I could go on, and on, and on…but I’m not. I’m vowing to do a better job keeping up with you and sharing all my hits and misses. I’ve got a few blogs lined up and I hope you enjoy them!

Until next time friends!