We recently moved into a semi-renovated house. I say semi because we have reached the point in the renovation where there house is inhabitable, but not at all finished. We have no closet doors, towels are doubling as window coverings, the kitchen drywall is bare where there will someday be a white subway tile backlash, and our Dining Room and Living Room are the same small space as we wait to knock out a wall and add on what will be our Living Room. The great part about the renovation is that the kitchen is complete (except for the aforementioned backsplash) and AMAZING. We gutted the kitchen and started from scratch and the finished product is a dream. We opted for upper cabinets on only one wall, which means that I had to be very judicious about what went in there. My baking supplies did not make the cut. They are in 3 drawers, which meant completely redoing how I organized them. I opted for the Oxo Good Grips Pop containers and they are everything I hoped they would be and more. They aren’t cheap, but they are absolutely worth every penny. The easy pop lid makes getting into them quickly and doable with only one hand. It also allows me to not have to pull containers out to get their contents. I got lucky with the sizes of containers fitting in my drawer perfectly and that I had 30% off at The Container Store when I bought them. Since moving in, I have discovered that I need a lot more of the small ones that I thought, so I am still waiting on a sale to purchase those.
Some people would have figured out how to print pretty fonts on the labels, but I don’t have time for that. Or care that much. I know what’s in the containers, so I’m happy.
On Black Friday, I finally caved and bought these stockings that I’ve been pining after for years. I bought these stockings the Christmas after Josh and I got married and added the same one with our daughter’s initial after she was born. I tried to do the same when our son was born, but Target didn’t make a stocking with the letter ‘W’. I was annoyed and waited for this year, thinking that they would make one. I was wrong. So, when the email from Pottery Barn arrived in my InBox with 30% off stockings, I grabbed it. I got two white stockings for Josh and myself and a red one for our daughter and a green one for our son. I’m trying to decide if I will have them monogrammed with our names or if I just find letters and attach them. The jury is still out on that one.
I love Christmas. I love traditions. Each year, I try to find the balance of doing special things that create memories for our family and keeping it simple and focused on what Christmas is. I am working on our Family Advent To Do List. Any suggestions for must-do’s?
I am intrigued by this. I like the creative, anticipatory, memory-making part of Elf on a Shelf, but I’m not a fan of the “elf is watching you, so be good and you will get presents” message. It looks like Star From Afar combines the tradition-creating aspect of Elf on the Shelf that is appealing to me with the concept of teaching our family what it means to wait and anticipate the coming of a Savior.
Through the month of December, I will be sharing little tips and tricks that I’ve found to help keep order in this month that can so easily become crazy and distract us from the true reason we celebrate.