Your Last Holiday To-Do List | Present Over Perfect

I probably should have posted this a couple weeks earlier, but here it is now! This year, I have talked a lot about a simpler Christmas. More minimal decorations. Fewer to-dos. Which I guess is why the title of this is a bit ironic. But with it being the week before Christmas, I thought I’d share with you a few to-dos that will make your life easier, less hectic and more meaningful. Stop buying presents and be present. Don’t worry about that last minute person who got you a gift and don’t worry about the stockings being packed to the brim.…

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Do They Have Gingerbread House Insurance?

When I was little, we celebrated a lot of holidays away from home. Not visiting extended family, but instead, just quality time with my parents and sister, experiencing new places. I loved that my parents did that with us, and it is sort of what led us to have Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving instead of cooking. A few times over the years, we’ve visited Asheville, North Carolina and would do Christmas Tours of the Biltmore House. One of the things my sister and I loved was in the basement of the house where the kitchen was, there were huge decorated gingerbread…

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Let’s Be Honest Mamas | Family Traditions

As the holidays approach, time seems to fly by even faster than it normally does. Even though there’s a lot going on, we try to carve out time for family and the special traditions we have every year. Kacie from elementsofellis.com put together some great questions for the panel of Let’s Be Honest Mama’s to answer regarding family traditions. I hope you all enjoy! What do family traditions mean to you? Why are they important to you? I have always loved traditions because they remind me of sweet memories with the ones we love most. We had some special ones growing up that I…

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Thoughts on Things | Being Present, Pikes and Magnolia Story

We recently took Cove to Pikes to look at some of the garland and wreaths and he went crazy. If I would have known that Pikes would result in that much joy, we would have gone everyday last week. He kept finding branches and made friends with a few of the employees. No joke, we probably stayed there for over half an hour just letting him walk around and giggle. Just a little over a year ago we were waiting on his arrival and picking up our tree. You may remember seeing the pictures of me waddling around here. I recently…

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Gingerbread Baking

After a busy Saturday this past weekend, we put on our pajamas and decided to bake and decorate some gingerbread men together. Foodstirs had sent me this amazing kit with all organic and non GMO mixes. This helped me not feel quiet as guilty about indulging in all the deliciousness. Cove was definitely in the Christmas spirit. He was even pulling out the baking pans and giggled every time we turned on the KitchenAid Mixer. I have never been a phenomenal baker. I like to cook because you can experiment and don’t always have to be precise. But baking is a whole…

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A Very Merry Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. Between all the parties, family, and cheer I also get to transform my home into miniature winter wonderland. When we started our family two years ago, I was really excited about decorating for Christmas. But when I actually started putting the decorations up, I realized it was more than just making your home look beautiful. It was about the memories and traditions that come along with it. I love to see how other people transform their home through the holidays. Each ornament or decoration has a special meaning or memory behind it.…

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