Turning our home into a Christmas tree forest #MyKindofHoliday

Orange Monkey ornament for kids #MyKindofHoliday

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It all started last weekend when Max asked if we could set his Christmas tree up in his room so he could use it “like a night light.”  It had been a long, difficult week.  “It is a little early,” I thought, “but we could use some Christmas spirit around here, so why not?”

So, as is our tradition, we picked out this year’s special ornaments for the kids’ trees and set aside an evening last week to decorate.

Yes, you read that right, I said trees, plural.  We keep things simple at our house, but when it comes to Christmas trees we might be a little bit silly.  Okay, we might be a whole lot of silly!

When I was growing up one of my favorite aunts used to host Christmas for the family and she had a tree in every room of her house (Hi, Aunt Connie!). To me her home was like the North Pole, a really magical and happy place.  I guess putting up our trees reminds me of some of my favorite holidays growing up.

I keep things pretty simple when it comes to the rest of our holiday decor, but I don’t seem to be able to resist trees (each one bought at an after-Christmas sale) and pretty twinkling lights.

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Sometimes you just have to act on a whim and throw out the rules, or at least bend them so they work for you, so we began turning our home into a Christmas tree forest.

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Monday mission: be an example of thankfulness

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Last week I shared with you the personal mission I gave myself to let something go during the holiday season.  I invited you to join in and accept the Monday Mission challenge if you wanted to and it sounds like quite a few of you found some task or event that you were going to let go of this year for the holidays.  I think we’re all going to be a little happier for it.

This week, building on that momentum, I’m giving myself another Monday Mission:  to be an example of thankfulness.

I know, I know, that is an often used phrase during the month of November, being thankful, but let me ask you this:  if someone asked your kids what you were thankful for, what would they give as an answer?

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10 Great Gifts for Kids under $25 {2013 edition}

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Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ve dusted off last year’s gift ideas list and updated it for 2013 with new recommendations according to the currents ages and stages of my own kids.

I hope to present you with a few thoughtful choices rather than an over-abundance of things that will be turn into next Summer”s “junk.” At my house we follow the Want, Need, Wear, Read philosophy and we try to stick with quality over quantity.  You know I love toys that encourage creativity and the fewer batteries required, the better.

While you are making your lists, and checking them twice, here are a few great gift ideas for kids that are under $25:

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Monday mission: let something go

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It is a common feeling this time of year:  even those who look forward to the holidays usually also have something about the season that they are dreading, a feeling of busyness and obligation that is hard to shake.

I love this time of year, I truly do, but there are some things that make me cringe.

This week I wanted to do something different and give myself a Monday Mission, a task to do to help simplify life for me and the kids, and you can join in if you’d like (I hope you will).

This week’s mission: let something go and simplify your holiday season.

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Weekend link love

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I wasn’t too active on social media this week (or on the blog, as you can see).  Aside from a post I wrote on my other blog about turning 40 next month (eek) and a few instagram photos, I spent most of my free time knitting or reading and playing with my kids.

I think I just needed a little computer break and some quiet after all of the wonderful flurry of activity that was the month of October for me.  It was nice to unplug and just BE this week, without sharing.  I do like sharing, of course, and I think interacting with other parents is important, or I probably wouldn’t be a blogger.

But, sometimes it is nice to just quietly live life and keep it to yourself, too, am I right?  Or maybe that is just the introvert in me, who craves quiet after socializing, even if the “socializing” is just on the internet, ha ha!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Here’s to unplugging, quiet moments, and gorgeous November days.