The best day of the year is here! The anticipation is always better than the actual event, don’t you think? Our boys could not be more excited and they’ve been so good this year, it’s going to be so fun watching all the surprises unfold!
We hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year, we’ll be back January 1st with a whole new year of adventure.
We wanted to leave you with a few lines from a favorite Christmas song, which wraps up how we feel about the reason for this season and makes a cry every time.
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. Over the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger; In all our trials born to be our friend. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Emily, Jenna and Nicole.
*The boys are wearing pieces from Nununu’s SS13 collection! See the catalog here*.
Check your virtual mailboxes, because the mail’s here! We wanted to share our family’s Christmas cards this year with you, we wish we had more stamps to send each of you a card. We hope this will do! Huge thank you to our card designer Bri at Collected! She created our cards last year as well, and we are fiercely loyal to her impeccable style.
First Jenna! We love this abstract and modern take on a wreath, with cozy family photos by Becky Kimball. What is more laid back then a photo session in your pajamas all piled in mom and dad’s bed?
Emily has strong feelings of attachment to her mini calendar and wanted to gift her friends and family with something she loves and uses everyday. Bri created this three inch ombre pocket calendar, and Emily sized everything down to match. Family photos by Matt Clayton.
Nicole had these simple and graphic pine tree cards designed by Bri and then Nicole added unique gold embellishments to each card. Friends and family all got different cards with either stripes, draped garlands, or ornaments on their tree. Family photos by Hayley Anderson.
We love love love our cards by Collected, check her diverse portfolio out here!
Are you all ready for Christmas? We can’t believe how fast it crept up! Today we have a multiple-use free printable from the awesome shop Mod by Mel. Whether your need gift tags, a neighbor gift, decor for a party, a(nother) garland, this cute print can do all that and we’re sure lots more, too!
Download it below sized for both a 5×7 and 8×10 for free until Christmas! Mod By Mel is making this print temporarily free so hurry and snatch it up!
Check out Mod by Mel’s Etsy shop, it’s filled with gems like this!
We’ve got another super easy handmade gift idea for you all today. Keeping with the theme of gifts coming from the kids, but with a touch of class: Glam Blocks! Thanks to Carousel NY for teaming up with us on this post! Here’s what you’ll do:
To start you’ll need unfinished wood blocks. There’s a few ways to accomplish this task: you can buy them at the craft store, or have wood cut at the hardware store! Just make sure you sand the blocks before using them if you have them cut. From this point we painted them by taping off the down the diagonal, using acrylic paint. Let the blocks dry completely and then grab the Modge Podge (or mix Elmer’s glue with half the amount of glue in ounces of water, 6 ounce bottle of glue = 3 ounces of water. Cover the painted triangle with Modge Podge and then here’s where the kiddos can help!
We used silver and then gold glitter and had the boys cover the Modge-Podged area. Shake off the excess and let it dry completely! Once its dry you can layer on another coat of Modge Podge to seal the glitter a bit better.
Like we mentioned earlier, we teamed up with the new online kids boutique, Carousel NY for today’s craft. We really can’t get enough of their site, it’s filled with fashion forward brands we’ve come to love like Shampoodle, the Brand, yporque, and Loud Apparel.
A couple of years ago we got knee deep in a Quiet Book making party. Basically 10 of our friends were to bring 10 identical pages they handmade and then we’d all swap leaving us each with a 10 page handmade quiet book. Dimensions and felt selections were sent out, page ideas were thrown around, and month after month the proposed D-Day came and went. We’d like to blame it on a natural disaster of some sort, but in all reality, hand-making 10 felt Quiet Book pages is hard. And time consuming. And frustrating. Our time is worth more than that, and so is yours!
We’ve, along with several of our other blog-friends, tried out Wūka and you’ve probably already heard, but they’re awesome. Each square covers a basic skill like tying, buttoning, braiding and more! Each page has layers of activity and our boys have loved playing with theirs at home and out and about when we need them to be quiet.
Wūka has patented their binding system as well, which is so innovative! Each square is placed on a Link, and Links can hold as many or as few pages as you like!