Gang, Christmas is one week away and not only have I not finished my shopping…our house isn’t decorated. At all. Mike managed to grab one of the last few trees from the corner store. The poor thing is now propped in a corner of the living room, the lower half decorated with lights that Pax put up. But we haven’t had a hot second to get out our Christmas books (much less read them), no cookie baking, tree decorating, Santa visits or caroling (hahahaha – that one only happens in my dreams). Instead we’ve been in a whirlwind of school (and research papers?? REALLY THIRD GRADE TEACHERS, REALLY?), hip-hop dance performances, ski team and….huh. I don’t even know what else. But I sense time flying by and it makes me want to grab my quickly growing boys and hide.
Any advice, experienced moms? Is this how it is, now that both boys are in school? (Lie, please. I’m so not ready for the truth.)
Anyway, considering my looming to-do list (1. Create Christmas Joy Now, 2. Repeat, 3. And Oh Yeah, Laundry)….this weekend post was looking awfully sparse. Happily, the rest of the TME gang had enough fun links for all of us. Friends. They’re seriously everything.
Need a gift for a book nerd? Cam came across this article, Clever Artist Transforms Your Favorite Books Into Adorable Pieces of Jewelry and had us all swooning. Which book would you pick? Peter Pan is one of my favorites – so cleverly written, but the quote from Pride & Prejudice made me tear up a little.
LOFT also has 50% off EVERYTHING. I especially love this oversized, ice-blue sweater, this seriously chic puffer coat (I mean wow), and the velvet swing dress (now back in stock!!) Of course, I’ve been wearing the heck out of my faux-fur scarf, so if you haven’t yet grabbed one, now is the time.
Throwing a NYE party? Jess found some awesome photo props at Crowd Signs. So fun – and it’s owned by her friend Dani.
Laura has been reading The Cozy Life. It’s about “the Danish concept of hygge. LOVING it…since I pretty much wish I were Scandinavian. It’s about discovering joy through simple things, like curling up in comfy slippers with a hot drink and good book, your favorite candle burning. It’s a good reminder for this time of year and a short little read since we’re all so busy.”
Do your kids still believe in Santa? I’m worried that this might be R’s last year. Thankfully, Laura found this article, How to Tell Kids About Santa that made me tear up. It’s about transitioning your kids out of believing in Santa by teaching them to be anonymous gift-givers. So perfect.
We have hot cocoa on the brain. Laura, who is obviously our holiday overachiever (so jealous!!), made her own marshmallows using this recipe: Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix + Cinnamon Maple Marshmallows. Dear god, girl. If only you lived next door.
Cam, on the other hand is going for Fluffy Pink Unicorn Hot Chocolate. IJustCan’tEven.
Jess has The Hungry Gentleman on the brain. His IG feed is good. In many, many ways. (wink wink)
Leave it to the data nerd to find this Most Popular Baby Names by State 1910 – 2015 infographic. Thanks, Mike!
Still need decorations? Amanda is going to make these Star Wars Snowflakes. My boys would freak. And? There’s a video.
Happy weekend, you guys. I gotta go get my Christmas on.