The True Magic of Christmas

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Every year as a family we do something for a family in need. We adopt a family for Christmas through church, donate money to a charity, or serve as a family at a local food kitchen. This year I am totally embarrassed to say that the craziness of life got the best of us and we had nothing planned, well until Pampers contacted me. They asked me to help them find a family who could use a little extra grace this season. As I am dashing around store to store finding gifts for my family, my fortunate family in so many ways, worrying if I got Finn the right Lego set or Charles the right football, their are families, families with little kiddos just like them who are just praying they have enough money to pay the electric bill so the kids stay warm at night. They may also be hoping they have enough from their paycheck to feed the family on Christmas Day.

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MISSION PLAYROOM

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A few weeks shy of being in the house a year, I am putting the finishing touches on the playroom.  It took the longest because I needed the kids to looove this room.  A place the kids wanted to play in, read in, watch tv in, even disappear to, if you know what I mean….mama needs some alone time…sorry!!  The playroom is honestly one of my favorite rooms in our house because of its shape and A-frame ceilings.  It has little nooks and crannies with built in desks, along with four little closets that house the girls toys in one, the boys toys in another, stuffed animals in another, and Kaitlin’s secret hide away in the last one.  One day I’ll convert the girls toy closet into a playhouse.  The other side of the house, just above the garage, has an exact replica of the playroom.  That side will eventually be a movie theater-office for my husband.  Yep the playroom took precedence…is that bad??

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Dove…Love Your Hair

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Okay ladies…lets talk hair! Clean hair, dirty hair, bedhead whatever you got.   Rencently @Dove found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way. It never even dawned on me that this was actually a thing. I mean I know women feel that pressure with being a certain dress size and even the clothes they wear, but really hair never occurred to me. Realizing now that this is a real thing and that it can begin at an early age, I want all of my daughters to know that their hair is beautiful and unique. When you think about it, everyones hair is completely different from one another. It’s kind of like each head of hair is much like a snowflake…no two are the same. This makes us all unique and special in our own way. It’s was sets us apart and makes us awesomely different. I still remember all of the ways my mom spoke to me each day secretly building my confidence. I remember then she told me I was artitic. I believed it and that confidence stuck with me anytime I had to create something. I created and it always turned out just the way I hoped. I know what it was the constant reminder and reinforcement that enabeled me to do it each and every time. Looking back and knowing how postivity effected me, I want to make a concious effort to remind all my kids of their stengths in all areas of their lives. And since appearance can be such a tough one for girls to really feel confident about…Im going to start there.

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TOYS FOR THE TOTS!!

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This may be a horrible thing to admit or a very wise confession I am not sure…but the girls are approaching two and I don’t think I have ever bought them a toy!!  We’ve gotten them a few baby dolls but never an actual baby or toddler toy…oh my gosh not even a learning one.  I did keep a lot of the boys old toys so they did have those but let’s be honest every year the advances in toys is crazy…they have some really cool and cute toys out there. With all that said, I was really exited to see their reaction to Nickelodeon’s Paw Patrol Jungle Rescue line.

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Annie’s Homegrown has gone Halloween!

So we kind of love Annie’s Homegrown over here. And we aren’t just talking about the babies…the big kids snuck off to eat their snacks just so the babies wouldn’t try to take them…and this is why we have the whole box in front of them.

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Annie’s Homegrown has dressed up their delicious fruit snacks & bunny grahams in a Halloween theme, but as always, has left out all the scary stuff like artificial flavors, synthetic colors and preservatives…?? Plus, both varieties are certified organic!  And since the girls are showing signs of the terrible twos approaching, I’m happy to use their snacks as rewards for good behavior!! And they come in fun little snack packs so I can hand them right over.

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The Organic Halloween Bunny Grahams are a huge hit probably because they are honey and chocolate falovor and taste so Amaaazing.  Finn was pretty excited to find the fun DIY super hero costume activity in the box too.  And the Organic Bunnies & Bats Fruit Snacks taste so good they ate the whole box…I am not kidding. I wasn’t about to stop them either since I was also trying to take picture of them and they were cooperating…humm new bribing tactic??

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These boxes didn’t last long…oppps!!!

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Halloween Treats, costumes, and pretty pumpkins!

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Sweet treats and sweet Faces.

Be sure to check out Annie’s website to get all the deets on this mission-driven company working to make organic options of the foods we all love.  They have so many awesome organic, wholesome and yummy products, from mac & cheese, soups, crackers, cookies, baking & beyond, you’ll be just as obsessed.

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Boo Bye!!…Thank you to Annie’s for sponsoring this post!

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