Last holiday season, we shared a Service Advent idea where everyday for one month you’d select a small kindness-oriented task to complete with your kids. It was a truly life-changing experience — so much so that we knew we had to bring it back!

This time, we wanted to give you fair warning so you can join too. So starting today, we’ll be using the hashtag #12daysofservice where we can all share ideas and experiences (we’ll be featuring our favorites here and on our social media)!  We think this is a great way to celebrate the season of giving, and we know you will love it too!#12daysofservice

Today, we wanted to share one of our favorites, which we hope will get wheels turning!

Pine Tree Day-Boosters

First, pick a few colors of paper and cut them into small strips, gradually getting shorter.


Together with your kids, glue the backs of the strips and place them on a plain white sheet of card stock cut into fourths. Start with the longest strip at the bottom of the card and glue each strip down, grabbing slightly smaller pieces as you go upward. Once you get to the top you can add a yellow star to give it that holiday tree feel.


Then load up in the car and write uplifting messages on our cards like “You have a great smile”, or “You’re doing a great job”, “The world wouldn’t be as bright without you in it” and “You are loved”. Keep your eyes peeled for someone who could use a boost.


We went to a couple of our little guys’ school parking lots and added them to teacher’s windshields. We also spotted a mom with a cart full of kids and slipped one under her car’s windshield wiper. Later we left one for older man leaving a doctor’s office. Once we started it’s all we could see, and we quickly ran out of cards. The boys were so bummed and could’ve kept going all afternoon!


You’ll see that most of the ideas we’ve included in our idea sheet below are quite simple.  They’re easy to add to your day without adding unnecessary stress. Small kids can grasp and enjoy them all, but they’re easily modified for older kids, too!

So, are you in? We’ll be sending reminders and sharing how it all plays out here and our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #12daysofserviceto to tie things together! Print off some of our favorite ideas below, and pick one a day starting November 15th and ending November 26th, right before Thanksgiving. We’re excited to add a little bit of kindness into the world with you!

This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive this holiday season.

holiday gift guide: toys around the world

Can it really be time for Holiday Gift Guides already? We love this part of the holidays, and are so glad you do too! We’ve collected beautiful and meaningful items for everyone on your list! As many cool ideas and items come through the States, we can’t help but highlight the ones we’ve seen from all around the world.
holiday gift guide: toys around the world

1. We fell in love with Flat Out Frankie a couple of years ago, but now you don’t have to shop via New Zealand anymore! Amazon to the rescue, we love the Flatout Frankie Little Kitchen.

2. This tiny German piano is so vibrant and would make such a beautiful addition under the tree.

3. This is another Japanese company discovered this year, the Woody Puddy Fruit and Vegetables are definitely not a new idea, but we love that their magnetic (versus velcro like others we’ve tried) so it’s really easy for little hands to separate.

4. No one can question that Scandinavian companies have a leg up on design, this Playsam company has been around longer than we’ve been born, and the classic design shows. This Streamline Car is a great representation of that.

5. These super cool, illustrated animals are a printable that you can assemble at home! Via the United Kingdom.

6. We love these fold-out cities with coordinating landmark blocks. Such a great way to teach our kids about cities from around the world! Kiko+ Machi Paris Play Set and London (pictured) via Japan.

7. Our kids love to play memory games, but finding a beautiful game that appeals to our design aesthetic has been tricky! Slow claps for this OMM Design version from Sweden.

8. Have you all discovered Grimm’s toys? These German toys are modeled after natural elements like Fire, Waves, and Caves are not only beautiful to display, but great for learning to build, stack, balance, and more!

9. These Danish plush bowlers are a fun Christmas feeling toy that can be played year round.
To our International readers, what toy or toy companies would you add to the list? Find last year’s Gift Guides, here!

Live In Legging: SALE!

Remember our Little Black Legging Giveaway that went nuts?! Well our #1 pick for fit was the Zella Live in Legging and it’s ON SALE! This NEVER happens! We’ve rounded up our favorite pairs for you to shop for 25% off! Happy Weekend!

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FRYday : Nicole

We hope you’ve enjoyed a peek into our beauty routines, find Emily and Jenna‘s here and here. But, here are my picks!

First and foremost, my beauty go-to tip is SLEEP! As a mom, I don’t always get in the hours I need. But boy, when I do, there isn’t enough makeup in the world to make me look and feel that refreshed. I am not a night owl, so getting myself into bed at a decent hour isn’t hard. Get those 8 hours! I even push for 10 if my kids will allow it.
Okay one more thing before we move into products. Every morning after the shower and every night before bed, I slip into this robe. Before I wash or brush or drench my hair in oil, I slick it back into a bun, put on my white robe, and forget about the tornado of a day I just had, and give myself a few minutes to feel beautiful. You can find white robes almost anywhere. Ikea even has some now! But this one is my very favorite.
 Back to the hair oil… Once a week I drench my hair in this Heavenly oil,
wrap it up into a top knot and let it nourish my hair through the night. After I wash the next morning with the Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner, my brittle dry Utah air hair feels like I live in Hawaii.
 This Korres Wild Rose Cream is my day cream. I apply this super generously. My skin is DRY as a bone and needs all the help it can get to stay moisturized. This cream smells like rose petals and has saved my skin. It helps my foundation go on super smooth.
 Again, Korres to the rescue. This Sleeping Facial is what I sleep in. This night facial while smelling like roses (again) nourishes my skin all night with Vitamin C and I love the bright fresh face I wake up with in the morning.
LIP SCRUB! This is a new found obsession. I try not to do it morning and night, because I’m so in love with it. I would assume it’s best to just use once a day. It makes my lips feel fresh and plump before I apply lipstick for the day or a moisturizing balm for the night.
Because black is always my go to nail color, here is my fave.
This color is my jam. I am not a red girl, and not a pink girl. So this orange “Cherie” has proven to be just my thing.
If you arent on the Cashmere Mist train yet, it’s time you jump aboard. I think everyone I know has fallen in love with this piece of Heaven. It’s a rockstar in doing its job as a deodorant, and it leaves you and your clothing smelling DIVINE.
This body scrub! I don’t have words. My skin feels like silk every time I shower. Just be sure and generously apply your favorite body cream following. Leave your skin slightly damp to lock in moisture!

nununu [giveaway!]

We’ve got an awesome giveaway for you today with one of our favorite brands for kids, Nununu! Check out our last post about them here (and our big boys looking like babies.) We love their ultra cozy and cool line. Everything has enough style to wear to a play date or school but comfortable enough to sleep in. We love how each piece in the line goes together and is fairly unisex, so they’re great pieces to build a wardrobe with  and share with siblings!

Here’s some of our favorites, but one lucky winner gets a $250 credit for the items of your choice!



The Square Patch Pull-over for cold days // Geometric Shift for your little lady // A Metallic Pull-over for your Little Personality // Star Leggings //  “No!” Onesie to celebrate your two year olds favorite word // Circle Patch Playsuit for the little guys // A French Terry Jacket with a cool slanted zipper

What pieces are catching your eye? Enter below, and good luck!!

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