Dec 15, 2017

7 Holiday Traditions To Start With Your Kids


The first Christmas that we had Lily, Zach and I were still living with my parents to save money on a home. Although it was still a magical year having our first born, it was hard to try and incorporate a few traditions we both wanted to do with her.

Since moving to Georgia and now having Landon this year, Zach and I are really into the holiday spirit for making his first Christmas super special ( and of course now that Lily really gets Santa and all things Christmas-y, it's even more fun! ) I wanted to share a few things that Zach and I are started as far as traditions go for the holidays with you all ( and of course if you have some fun ones too- feel free to share in the comments! )

1. Bake Christmas Cookies - Zach and I actually started doing this when we first got married and made about 4 dozen cookies to hand out to friends, family and co-workers. It's even more fun bringing our children into the mix and figuring out what type of cookies we want to make! The messier- the better!

2. Holiday Date Night- Despite it being such a busy time for Zach and myself, we do try to make a date night this month just us two. It could be something simple like ordering a movie and getting Chinese food or getting dolled up and going to one of our favorite restaurants. Stay tuned for what we have planned for a date night next week!

3. Adopt a Family/Angel + Pay It Forward- It's the perfect time to give back to those who need it most. This year I'm really trying to do this and help pick out a gift for an angel family in need. Lily can't wait to go shopping with me to pick something out too! Don't want to adopt? Why not just pay it forward at your local grocery store, Starbucks or shopping center? The smallest gesture can go a long way!

4. Make Reindeer Food- As a kid, I loved being able to sprinkle some fun reindeer food at my Grandparents out. We put in flour, oats and a bit of 'magic' ( aka glitter ha ) and then sprinkle it in our backyard and front porch for the reindeer to eat. It's such a fun tradition to pass on to my kids!

5. Make Hot Chocolate and Watch A Christmas Movie - Zach and I love doing this just ourselves, but it's great to incorporate our little ones too! We make hot cocoa with extra marshmallows, grab our favorite fuzzy pajamas and put on a Christmas movie with a fire going. Some of our favorites to watch are The Polar Express and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Those one liners are the best!

6. Look At Neighborhood Lights - When I lived in Chicago, I loved touring the city lights and seeing the building's all decorated for Christmas with fun displays. Today, it's fun to bundle up and tour the neighborhood lights with my family ( and staying a bit warmer here in the South )! Lily loved doing this last year so we can't wait to do it again!

7. Throw An Ugly Christmas Sweater Party - My friends and I love a good party and I can't wait to attend one of these tomorrow night! Better yet, why not include your little ones to make their own ugly Christmas sweater too! Grab some crafts, tinsel, glue and all things glitter to help make their own ( kid cocktails included in the fun )! My daughter loves to get creative with hers!

What are some ways your incorporate traditions with your family?

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Dec 14, 2017

A Breathable Mattress Every Infant Should Have

This post is sponsored by Newton Crib Mattress. All pictures and opinions are my own. 
When I became a Mom four years ago to our sweet baby girl, I had read every book, re read every magazine article and asked hundreds of questions to doctors, nurses and friends who were already parents. I truly thought I knew it all.

What reality was that again? Oh wait- it isn't at all! One of the things I remember being most worried about was when Lily began to roll over in her crib. I kept thinking of horrible thoughts of her not being able to breathe if her head was face down on her mattress. We didn't realize at the time that there was a better solution out there!
 When I was researching about baby mattresses, they range widely in quality and price. They have firm ones, soft ones, made out of this and that, waterproof and can be a hefty price tag! The most important thing to me when looking at a mattress; safety! That is where Newton Crib Mattress comes into play.
The Newton Crib Mattress is 100% breathable and uses the highest quality food-grade polymer extruded into a crystal clear pool of water. It creates a resilient three-dimensional shape that is 90% air by volume. You have no idea what I just aid right? Basically it means that it's cleaner, healthier and over all safe for your baby. As a worrier about your baby rolling over in the middle of the night- this mattress is completely breathable! Tests have been shown that babies can breathe right through the mattress which greatly reduces the risk of suffocation.
 Now I know what you're also thinking- my child is going to sleep on this mattress without a cover? But you're in luck because the mattress cover is completely washable! It goes directly into the wash and the core can be sprayed down in the shower or tub for a completely hygienic crib environment. It's only 11lbs and incredibly convenient for new Moms or grandparents trying to change out sheets or clean up a mess ( like when Landon was sick last week! ) I do put on a a light sheet for comfort. You want to make sure that your sheet isn't a heavy material so it defeats the purpose of having the mattress.

I also love that it's free of chemicals and toxins and has no off-gassing. The mattress design itself has a unique longevity- it's firm enough for my little guy but also has a bit of cushion for when he continues to grow. It is around $300 but in my opinion you can't put a price on safety for your child.


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Dec 12, 2017

Top 5 Christmas Movies To Binge Watch On Netflix Right Now

Now a days we are all a huge fan of binge watching our favorite TV shows ( Gilmore Girl and Friends fanatic over here..no shame! ) but what about your favorite movies? I'm a huge fan of a lot of Christmas movies and wanted to share a few of own personal favorites with you all too! So sit down, grab some popcorn, hot cocoa and a comfortable blanket and get ready to cry and get all the feels for some holiday shows!

1. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - A Chicago native like myself always loves this movie ( but even if you're not from Chicago- who doesn't adore this movie ). It still rings true about all things that drive us nuts over Christmas.. crazy family members, getting Christmas bonus's and trying to get the perfect feel/look of Christmas in and out of our home!

2. How The Grinch Stole Christmas - The newer version ( aka Jim Carey ) is one that's always played in my house once the turkey is put away and the Christmas decor comes out. I think this version is hysterical, witty, filled with so many 'one liners' and gives you all the feels of joy, laughter and maybe even a few tissues.

3. Frosty The Snowman- I remember watching this movie as a kid and loving it. Now that I have an almost four year old, she also loves watching this movie and giggling and singing

4. White Christmas- Would you believe me if I told you I had actually never seen this movie until my sister came into town a few weeks ago and we watched it together? I know I know! It's such a holiday classic and I will say, I really did enjoy it!

5. The Santa Clause- Another childhood favorite because let's face it, who doesn't want to have their own Dad be the Santa Clause? Tim Allen just does a fantastic job in this role and I just remember wanting to live at the North Pole. My toddler also enjoys watching this movie with me.

I asked a few of you on Facebook what your favorite Christmas movies was to watch-- so what are your favorites that aren't listed? 
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