Three Ways to Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas

As you might know, we are celebrating Baby’s First Christmas this year – times two! The twins will be just over four months old come Christmas, which kind of threw us for a loop. They won’t be too “into” it, and they definitely won’t remember it! What should we do to celebrate Christmas with them without going overboard? 

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Our goal was to celebrate together as a family, to avoid wearing them out with too many events, and to not spend a boatload of money!

With those things in mind, I narrowed it down to three P’s:

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Of course, living in our house everyone gets photos taken of them often. However, I’m talking about something a bit more formal. This year, we took the girls to see Santa and had some photos done that way. If you’d rather schedule a family photo shoot with a local photographer, that’s perfect, too! Choose to do something a bit more momentous to mark the season than just a selfie!

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10 Ways to Stuff Your Christmas Ornaments!

So, how’s it looking at your house these days? Tree up? Decorations about? Presents arranged? This is one of my favorite times of year! And I think one aspect of this time of year that I especially love is the Christmas ornaments. Sure, we have some that are just there for proper color and theme and style…but there are important keepsakes hanging on those tree branches, too! It’s a great way to display and even protect the little things that mean so much. Which is why I love the idea of “stuffing” an ornament!

You know those clear ball ornaments that you can purchase from your local craft store? That’s what I’m talking about! And I’m seeing LOTS of ways you can use them in your Christmas decor, too! Check out these ideas…

Stuff with Your Wedding Invitation

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I pinned this Christmas ornament idea from Christy over at ChristyRobbins, and I actually made two of these for our tree myself! One with the invitation for our wedding and one with the invitation for our reception!

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The 2015 Ornament Exchange – And a Keepsake Ornament Tutorial!

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, right? No worries, I’m not trying to usher in an early Christmas or anything, I just wanted to share a little something to whet your appetite for Christmas crafting in the soon-to-come future!

And there’s no better way to do that than by participating in the 2015 Ornament Exchange! 

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Today is actually day nine of this year’s festivities, and with more than 80 bloggers participating, it’s been a blast so far, and there’s even more fun to come! Bottom line: if this is the year you’re finally going to hand-craft some ornaments for family, friends, or even your own tree, you shall not lack inspiration! 

Here’s how it works: all participating bloggers have been paired up with a partner. We’ve all been in contact with each other, and were allowed a budget of $10 to create or buy an ornament to exchange!

Oh, and that’s not all! ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, A FABULOUS LINK-UP WILL GO LIVE WHERE ALL OF YOU CAN LINK UP YOUR OWN ORNAMENT TUTORIALS! Stop back by for that!

I was partnered with the talented Emily from Simply Home Love (check out her blog if you’re not a regular over there already – you’ll love it!) and after chatting a bit, she shared with me that she likes clean lines and red, gray and white. Perfect! My plan was to head for Michael’s with the intention of crafting an ornament, but if I couldn’t make that work, I knew I could use the ornament exchange’s fall-back of purchasing a pre-made one! Fortunately, the crafting powers that be were working in my favor!

I knew I couldn’t be as flashy as my normal taste would be because she preferred clean lines. And I really wanted to make an ornament to celebrate her blog! If you know anything about women bloggers (especially moms like Emily) we juggle SO much to keep our blogs alive and well! Our blogs are a HUGE part of our daily life, and yet, although I have ornaments that celebrate various other parts of my daily life, I have nothing that celebrates my blog – and I was betting on the fact that Emily didn’t, either.

So…allow me to present: A Keepsake Ornament Tutorial!

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