friday favorites

I'm not sure how we are over a week into November already! I shared earlier this week that I'm half in holiday mode but half never wanting Fall to end; we are still loving the crunchy leaves and crisp Fall air. Oh and babies in pom pom hats and tiny sweaters. 

My calendar is filling up with holiday parties & gift exchanges and to be totally honest, I am loving every bit of it. Christmas festivities seem to start earlier and earlier each year but really, the season is so short, why not?? I have vowed to wait until after Thanksgiving to get a tree; we have a tradition of going to the tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving to pick a tree with our girls and then decorating it together. But other than that, give me all the gift wrap, ribbons and greenery!

Olivia just finished her Fall session of swimming class and we usually take the Winter off and then she'll start back again in the Spring. It feels good to have one less activity each week; right now other than school three days a week, she just has AWANA on Wednesday nights. I love not having commitments every night of the week for my kids' activites; she was in so much last year (including dance, which was weekly for like 10 months!! That was the first and last time I'll do that) and it feels so good to have a bit of a different pace this year, especially as the holiday season arrives. Live and learn, right?!

I am already starting to get gifts ready for our girls and friends, as well as teachers and leaders at my moms' groups, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of things I'm loving -- both for gifts for others and maybe a few things to add to your own Christmas wishlist. I basically pick out my own presents because when Dustin asks what I want, I can never come up with anything but then when I'm out and about I often find something I want, like last night at a women's event at our church when I found the coziest slouch hat from Six Notes Clothing that I'm pretty sure I'm not cool enough to wear but couldn't go home without because it was so warm and my favorite color ever, gray ;)

one | We tend to keep gifts for our girls as simple and minimal as possible, so we use the phrase "something you want / something you need / something to wear / something to read" and for the wear portion I love giving the girls new Christmas jammies as an early gift on December 1st to wear all month long. I found these sets and fell in love...they are even cuter in person!! We love Mini Boden pjs and the quality lasts wash after wash. You can get 25% off your purchase and free shipping on orders over $49 with the code S7W5 today through Monday November 13.

two | I picked up this wooden hot cocoa set from Magnolia's new Hearth and Hand line at Target using a 25% off toy coupon {text TOY to 827438 and you will get a text back with a link to the coupon; I used mine in stores; ends November 11} plus my 5% redcard discount. As soon as the line was previewed I knew the cocoa set would be perfect for the girls in their play kitchen. This is their "want" portion of gifts. It is so darling and I love the classic feel of wooden toys.

three | Our favorite bonnet shop, Briar Handmade, has Customer Love week coming up next week and they are releasing a new collection of giftable bonnets with the prettiest florals included. They'll also be restocking their pom bonnets. I picked up this pom bonnet for Della for winter and have my eye on one from the collection dropping Monday as well!

four | One of the gifts I'm most excited to give this year to my girlfriends are framed art prints. No matter someone's home or style, who doesn't love a pretty and thoughtful art print?! My favorite shop for art prints is Lily & Val -- their hand lettering and chalk art is incredible. I used their Hot Cocoa Recipe print last year for a cocoa bar I hosted and have their All Is Calm print up in my kitchen. If you're looking for a non-holiday one, this Collect Beautiful Moments print is my top pick. Use code BLESSEDNEST at chekcout for 15% off your purchase through Thanksgiving.

five | The top I've been living in lately 

six | If you're wanting to curl up on the couch this weekend and are looking for a good movie to watch, I love The Age of Adaline. Dustin and I first watched it back in 2015 right after Poppy was born and it was how we chose Della's name. The story is so unique and Blake Lively is amazing. If you haven't seen it, it is so good. This time of year just begs for movies and popcorn on the couch. Bonus points if chocolate peppermint pretzels are involved! 

Happy Friday! Hope the weekend brings rest & relaxation. XO

1 comment:

  1. Those art prints are so beautiful and unique. And Age of Adeline is one of my all time favorite movies! I saw it in an old vintage movie theatre and now own it on dvd. Love that it was your inspiration for Della's name!



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