Organizing Christmas Decor

I finally organized and packed up the Christmas decor. Same as I did for the Christmas wrap, I organized as I went. I lost my fool mind and grabbed more Christmas decor while it was on clearance at Target…which prompted me to buy an extra bin and wreath holder too. So much for “saving” money during the after Christmas sales, huh?

And after much effort, my final Christmas Bin Mountain:

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For years, my tree has been generic ornaments and lights…

like this year:

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and 2014

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2013 as well

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also 2012

tree_scaledyes, 2011 too

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and way back in 2010, when I started this blog!

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I always thought it was pretty that way. But I know as the kids get older, they will get more involved with decorating the tree. It’s a special part of the holidays, especially when they have homemade treasures of their own to add. It’s one of my fondest memories as a kid. I’m happy to create a mismatched magical tree from here on out. I’m willing to “branch out”. Ha ha.

I needed a way to store these precious pieces (like this and this) as well as ornaments we’ve received as gifts with plenty of space to grow into.

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I can imagine each kid having a bin of their own eventually but that’s quite a few years out.

We got a few wintery holiday mugs for Christmas and normally I would add them to our current stash but we were running out of room in the cupboard.

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I packed them away as well. I think it’ll be such a fun treat to pull these out to sip from next season, especially the mini mugs for Amelie and Cade.

And that’s it! Underwhelming, I know.

I’ve already been sucked into the next holiday. I’m not sure it’s healthy but I’ve decorated for Valentine’s Day, using a clearance Christmas tree so it kinda relates to this post?

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XOXO.

Merry Christmas!

Still posting about holidays past. Sorry. I just want to plop a few photos into a post so I don’t forget. Forgive me. Christmas was sweet and surprisingly, not very chaotic. I started Christmas-ing way in advance this year and that helped temper the stress immensely.

A Christmas Eve Underwear Party (of One)

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Amelie isn’t officially potty trained but doing well in undies. Only one accident so far!

Opening presents with Grandma. <3

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Amelie was overwhelmed and Cade was uninterested so we saved most gifts for Christmas Day and, actually, the days following.

Playing with their new toys with Daddy; he’s very popular:

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While Amelie was getting tucked in to bed, I snuck a pic of my sweet little Elf under the sparkly lights:

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And when the kids were asleep, Santa filled their stockings. Oh what fun!

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Christmas Day

I really wanted to get a Christmas pj picture in front of the tree but there was too much going on. Maybe next year!

Opening stockings.

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Amelie opening hers:

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Stockings opened. House officially ransacked.

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Unsuccessfully trying to get a picture with my toddler:

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But this guy didn’t mind:

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And then Amelie lost her mind over this little thing:

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The house was a crazy mess and the kids were tired so Hubs and I stepped outside and got a picture together. Flannels are forever, you know.

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That evening, we decorated sugar cookies for dessert.

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Amelie thought this was a grand way to enjoy dessert!

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Grandma’s a pro.

grandmas_cookiesAnd Amelie too!

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That’s all for today. Not a well crafted post, I admit, but a post nonetheless.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m breaking the internet by posting about holidays past. Don’t be mad, ok?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I didn’t do much for decor, except for the few random pumpkins leftover from Halloween. But, I did doodle on my chalkboard sign (from Amelie’s birthday party) to remind myself what I’m thankful for.

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Earlier in the week, we went to Amelie’s preschool for Pie With The Parents.

piewithparentsIt was totally adorable but a little awkward since we were the ONLY parents that came. Actually that’s not entirely true. Another mom came, super late, toting a brand new baby. I pretended not to notice as she scooted in and apologized to the teachers for being late but I wanted to give her a high five and tell her she was doing an awesome job. <3 I really should have!

Cade thought it was awesome being at preschool, he played and played.

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Anyway, of course, we had to don a turkey barrette for the special occasion.

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On Thanksgiving, Dad and Grandma took Amelie to the Turkey Trot. It was cold and snowy and magical. Excuse the weird angle, her boots look almost as big as Santa’s!

turkey_trotWhat a gorgeous morning with the fresh falling snow. Here is Bunny, enjoying hot cocoa:

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It was too cold for Cade, so we stayed home. Next year though, we are coming too!

Zack smoked a turkey in a our grill (yes, you read that right) and it turned out totally delicious. I’m a little grossed out by the turkey prep, to be honest, but I’m glad Zack does all of the work. Zack and my MiL put together such a gorgeous array of dishes: sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, pies, brussel sprouts, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. We had leftovers for days! It was lovely.

Thanksgiving but it got me kinda itching to set up a pretty table next year since ours was so bare. The table was actually clean – a win – but stark. I need new dishes first….pretty, pretty white dishes. Someday.

Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful. I’m blessed. I’m trying to live more mindfully and gratefully. I’m really working on that.

 

Organizing Christmas Wrap

Whoa, welcome to 2016! Isn’t it the perfect time to talk organization, even if it’s still Christmas related? I think so too.

So, my Christmas wrapping game started out strong.

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But it quickly fell into exponential decay as the holidays drew closer. I ran out of steam.

I do love wrapping though. I look forward to spending time alone, listening to Christmas music and playing with pretty paper. I’ve collected lots of adorable tags, ribbon, and do-dads but needed a better system than what I was working with this past season. It was a serious mess.

The day after Christmas, I scooped up a whole bunch of wrapping goodies on clearance at Target, as well as some storage items to better organize myself for next year. I was in a Starbucks fueled craze, kid-free and hysterical. It was awesome!

It seems excessive but here is what I ended up with:

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The tall tupperware is obviously for gift wrap – although I’m annoyed that I have two rolls that are too long for it. Those are stashed in Cade’s closet for now.

Look at all of the pretty pretty paper. I’m in love.

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Much of the gift wrap isn’t necessarily holiday specific so I can use it for other occasions throughout the year. That helps justify my outrageous Target bill…

The big clear bin houses gift bags, boxes, tissue paper, and a tin.

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I picked up a few new gift bags because they always come in handy for those awkward and lumpy gifts. I also pruned out any bags that I’ve been dragging into each holiday and never end up using.

Lastly, the most fun of all. This gold bin:

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Tags, ribbon, ornaments galore! There was a method to the madness. I tried to coordinate these goodies with the gift wrap so they can all be mixed and matched. I have A TON so I’ll be set for a few years again before I need to restock. I must resist buying anything new next season. I must!

I’m glad I put the effort in now so come next Christmas, all I have to do is pull out these bins and get to work. It’ll be so fun to play with all of these beautiful things that I’ll most likely have forgotten about.

Next up, Christmas decor. I think I need to take it down in stages so I can organize as I go. Wish me luck and simultaneous naps…