Since beginning our minimalist journey , I've been looking for creative, cheap, and easy ways to celebrate holidays without bringing in a bunch of excess and useless, one-off toys that will just be messy and take up space. Less clutter, more fun times. That's the goal, right?
I had intended to post this recipe last week, but with all of our sickness, I didn't get anything done that I had planned to do. That's what a stomach virus does to a family. It wrecks everything! So, here it is, a week late, but still delicious.
We all know that the holiday season can be very stressful and very expensive. I know some families that spend thousands of dollars just on their own 2-3 kids, then add to that their extended family and friends. That is outrageous to me. This year, I spent approximately $150 on both of our boys and that feels like too much.
I have lived in Spring, TX for the majority of my life (with a year in College Station and about 3 months in Huntsville). We don't get "snow" by the standard definition, and what we do get is rare. I can think of a handful (literally) of times when we had SE Texas' version of snow. This time? Oh, this was so amazingly different.
Over the last few months, I’ve been working to minimize our lifestyle. We have too much crap that we never use and I’m sick of the overwhelming about of stuff in this house. I’ve managed to clean out our clothes (I did mine and the boys, hubs took care of his own) and book. Now I’m slowly culling the toys, but we’re entering that dangerous time of year: Birthday season. Connor’s is in August and Kylar will have his first birthday in September. Buying presents is always fun, especially when it’s toys for kids. However, since we already have so many toys, this year I’m requesting outside-of-the-box presents. I’ve decided to put together a list of gift ideas for anyone looking to buy for preschoolers, but don’t want to buy toys.
Vacations are fun. That's common knowledge. If they weren't fun, people wouldn't go places and everyone would just work all the time. No. We need vacations every so often to help reset our brains and keep us sane.
Traveling with small children is a whole new level of stressful and might seem like more work than it's worth. I'm here to tell you that it is doable, and it might even be easy!
I've been in a crafty mood lately. Maybe I've been spending too much time on Pinterest, but I've been shopping for ideas for the boys' birthdays this summer and I couldn't help myself!
I've written before about body image, and I will continue to over the course of my life and this blog. I've given a lengthy explanation/recitation of my experience with weight gain and loss and how that has effected my psyche.
I love Thanksgiving. It's quite possibly the best holiday ever. Yes, I do think Thanksgiving outranks Christmas. Wanna know why? Because the whole point of the holiday is to be grateful for what you have and focus on all the good in your life.
I know I'm not the only one who feels overwhelmed by the holiday season. Bouncing between family functions, cooking, baking, shopping, cleaning, etc etc etc... Such a stressful, busy, hectic time. It's not my favorite. I love the family time, watching my son play with his cousins, visiting with relatives, eating delicious food. If we could skip the present part, or drastically limit it, I'd be much happier, but I know I'm the only one who feels like that, so the commercialization will prevail.
This was the first year Connor really cared (last year, he was only 4 months old), so that was fun, but he got really overwhelmed and ended up playing with my dad in the kitchen while everyone else opened (an absurd amount of) presents in the living room. Which is just as well; he and my dad don't get to spend as much time together because my dad works a lot still.
Then there's New Years. I always have fun on New Years. Pretty fireworks, friends, food, booze (during the years I'm not pregnant or bfing), good times! This year, we are having out of town friends come to stay with us. We've never done that. We've never been in a position (own home with spare bed) to have overnight guests before! It's all very exciting.
To sum up: Happy Christmas/Winter Holiday, and have a wonderful (and safe!) New Year!!
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