{Personalized Video Messages from Santa}

I pulled this from the archives because it's a true treasure…You should do this for your kids. :)

I'm always amazed at the awesome things I learn through the blogging world that I otherwise may have never discovered, and the talented bloggers out there continue to impress me on a daily basis.

One of my favorite bloggers is Ashley Paige, the talented author of I Love You More Than Carrots, and her blog posts and Instagram pictures always brighten my day.  Not only is she a great writer, she's also a mother of three precious boys.  I love connecting with fellow mothers out there, and her blog has definitely been extremely helpful to me.

One of the many fabulous finds from AP is the Portable North Pole.  As I was perusing Instagram the other night, the sweetest picture of one of her sons caught my eye.  He was watching a personalized video from Santa tailored especially for him.  I saw that twinkle in his eye, and I just knew I had to check it out.  Thank goodness I discovered this website through AP's Instagram picture because it is such a neat concept.
I immediately made a video for Kate, and the process was so quick and simple.  I actually got a little teary when I watched her special video, and I can only imagine what the experience is like for little kiddos. You can watch Kate's video below, and if you have young kids, check this out to make a video of your own.  I bet they will find it as magical as I did! :)

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{Gifts for New Moms}

I can't take credit for this specific list because I actually saw it on Babble, but I just had to pass it along to you because they really hit the nail on the head with this one.  As a new {to my second baby} mom myself, I would love ALL OF THIS.  As I was reading their post, I was saying to myself "Yep, I'll take that. And that. And that." :)

If you have any new moms to buy for on your Christmas list, grab something from here if you really want to make them happy.

1. A Must-Have Diaper
2. The Honest Co. Baby Arrival Gift Set
3. A Subscription Service
4. Engraved Necklace
5. A Comfy Sweater
6. Antimicrobial Phone Case
7. Essential Oil Starter Kit
Be sure to click over to the Babble article here…The description of each of these items really speaks to new moms.  Bravo on a great wish list…I'll take one of everything!! :)




{Cookie Trees}

'Tis the season for holiday parties, and I know we all love coming up with cute treats that are festive, fun, and easy to make.  I came across these adorable cookie trees, and I can't wait to make them for my holiday gatherings this season.  Not only are they easy to assemble, they are perfect for people of all ages.  Pop them on a pretty platter for your holiday cocktail party with friends or stick them in treat bags as goodies for your children's classmates and teachers.
They are so simple and sure to be a hit!! :)


- Lemon Tea Shortbread Cookies
- Snicker doodles
- Golden Oreos
- Nilla Wafers
- Nutter Butter Bites
- Green Sparkle Gel Icing
- White Sugar Pearl Sprinkles
- White Chocolate Chips

  1. Organize your cookies according to size.

  2. Place your shortbread cookie on your “cooking” surface.
    Squeeze a ring of gel icing on the outer top edge of the cookie.

  3. Press down the next cookie.

  4. Squeeze another ring and add your next cookie.

  5. Repeat until you get to the top.

  6. Top with a white chocolate chip as your star and let the
    icing set for a few minutes.

  7. Repeat with as many trees as you like.

  8. Now it’s time to add your ornaments. Wilton’s Sugar Pearl
    sprinkles are great because they really do look like little pearls. These show
    two rows of ornaments on the outer edge of the trees.

  9. You can also add red sparkle gel icing for additional color.

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{Life Lately}

Life with my little babies has been so wonderful…I really haven't had a free moment to sit down to type, but since both babies are asleep as we speak, I thought I'd share a few pictures from my life lately.

Although I'm exhausted, sleep-deprived, and more than likely wearing a shirt covered in spit up, I have really never been happier.  No matter what kind of day I'm having, I'm instantly happy, thankful, blessed, and content the second I look over at my two beautiful babies.

Kate is just the sweetest big sister, and she loves to rock her baby and soothe him with a paci the minute he makes a peep.  She has also started pointing out all of his delicate little features, which we think is just adorable.  Her favorites being his nose, "mouf", eyes, hair, and ears.  And my little Reeves…Well, every time I look at him I just don't know how I ever lived my life without him.  He has just started smiling at us, and his little coos are some of the most beautiful sounds I've ever heard.

The holidays are so much more special with my little angels, and I plan on soaking up every sentimental second with them.  I hope y'all are enjoying this beautiful start to the season, and I look forward to lots of fun in December!