Friday, November 23, 2012

I Fell Victim...

I have always sworn off The Black Friday Madness! I have never felt the deals were good enough to stay up all night, wake up early, stand forever, or fight the crowds. However this year as a mother almost 3 (we're expecting a third next year), having guardianship of my nephew, and budgeting with ONE income I felt I should give it a try.... 

Instead of saving money I got a headache, lack or rest, and blew the budget. I bought items I know my boys don't need, but because it was a "bargain". I now feel remorseful, and somewhat unholy... if that makes sense. It's like every year I'm trying more and more to hold onto the meaning of Christmas. I do realize my boys are small, and I don't want to take away from them the excitement of Christmas morning.

So with that said I am adopting a gift giving philosophy (and making returns MONDAY!). Our Gift Giving Philosophy is based on something I heard last weekend from this amazing woman I had the best conversation with and it goes like this:
  • something they WANT
  • something they NEED
  • something to WEAR
  • something to READ 
I hope you all find a gift giving philosophy that works for you, and I hope you enjoy the holiday season, creating memories with the ones who melt your heart.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Everyday Moments

As my life continues to change and we develop a more simple approach as opposed to tackling what used to be chaos, my boys and I have redeveloped a love outdoors. We always enjoyed our time playing in the yard or the occasional hike, however we have most recently made it an effort to simply play outside. 

Earlier this week went on a hike to a local castle, thrilled that I had dressed them extra nice (we visited daddy at work for lunch), and camera in tow I figured I'd attempt to get a few holiday poses.

I didn't get the best images, but I must admit my photography class, and membership to clickin moms is definitely paying off!! I have also found a wonderful way to get insirpation from other moms lookin to enjoy the simply memories of their children by following along with a blog circle. The way it works is we all link another mom, and meet back full circle.

Please check out some of the amazing lives, and work of these women; click here to join the circle!!