HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS

It’s the day before Christmas Eve (can you believe it?!) and whether you’re staying home, hosting, or driving to see family here are a few things to consider in preparation for your celebration on Christmas day.

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If you’re staying home …
Make Christmas Eve the most exciting night of the holiday season.

  • Bundle up and take a little walk around the neighborhood. Christmas lights are always a wonderful sight.
  • Make a delicious meal. It’s Christmas Eve after all!
  • Get cozy and read the Christmas story together or watch a movie in front of the fireplace with hot chocolate or coffee.
  • Open one gift before bed. Just one.
  • Leave a note or cookies and milk for Santa or Baby Jesus.
  • Once the kids are asleep, make sure Santa finds his way into the house, enjoys his snack, and sets out all the presents beneath the tree and in the stockings.
  • Set your alarm so you’re up before the kids with the camera rolling to capture Christmas morning reactions! This will give you a head start on making breakfast as well.

Looking for kids Christmas party ideas for a school party or something fun to do at home? These 25 ideas will get you started throwing a Christmas bash!

If you’re hosting guests on Christmas Day…
a little pre-work can go a long way and help you enjoy the day as much as your guests.

  • Put together appetizer platters and finger food trays ahead of time and save them in the fridge.
  • For all recipes that must be prepared the day of, complete your grocery shopping and any time-consuming chopping or measuring ahead of time.
  • Set the table and table decor the night before.
  • Set out bedding and towels for any guests that will be staying over the next night.

Do you host Christmas Day Dinner?

If you’re driving to see family…
there’s a lot that can be done the day/night before to ensure a smooth ride.

  • Pack luggage and load it into the car the day before if you can.
  • Depending on how long of a trip you are making, think about packing snacks or fun games to keep antsy kids (and adults) entertained.
  • Create a playlist or two.
  • Gather all of the gifts you are planning on bringing along with you and be sure not to leave them behind when you leave.

Winter driving essentials you need to bring on your next winter road trip

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DESIGN INSPIRATION

14 Skincare Products To Help Prep You For Winter | Glitter Guide

surface pattern design on branding and packaging. Inspired by modern art, these come in a minimalist graphic design with simple shapes and reduced look.

Love the modern minimalism of this. Classic, chic, simply stated. #DesignInspiration #DesignIdeas #GraphicDesign #Branding #Design

Stitch Design Co . #design #packaging

Feeling peachy thanks to @caterinabianchinidesign. #smackbangdesignappreciation

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FRIDAY (INSTAGRAM) FINDS

Instagram may be one of my favorite social platforms. I love seeing beautiful, inspiring photos. Sometimes, I even read the captions that go along with the picture (;

Here are a few of my favorite finds this week.

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GIFT WRAPPING INSPIRATION

Gifts are great. But, beautifully packaged gifts are even better! Why wouldn’t it bring a smile to your face to receive or GIVE a gift that looks like any of the below?

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☆P I N T E R E S T : @ellemartinez99☆

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DECEMBER LOOKS

It’s cold and layers are a girl’s best friend. Especially if you want to carry on with your every day. Below are some looks to copy (or inspire) to get you through the occasions you’ll encounter this month.

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EFFORTLESS HOLIDAY DECOR

I’m sure many of you have already decorated your space. Some of you are just getting started. And, a few of you have no clue where to begin. Whether it’s your first time decorating or your 20th, it can be fun and magical to transform your space with a little holiday cheer. Here are some effortless ideas to make decorating simple, fun, and tasteful this year.

Simple wreaths

How to make asymmetrical holiday wreaths. Click through for a complete tutorial.Christmas Wreath!

Tasteful mantles

Modern Minimal Christmas MantleSimple, Scandinavian-inspired Christmas decorations (+ giveaway!) with Cox & Cox | These Four Walls blog

Beautiful greenery

Put up the yearly garland today! by amandajanejones on Instagramgreenery on antlers // minimal holiday decor

Minimal garlands

Continue your minimalist decor throughout the holidays with these Scandinavian home ideas.DIY Pine Sprig Garland @themerrythought

Neutral Stockings

Mini Christmas Trees

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TIPS FOR SIMPLE LIVING

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It’s holiday season and that can either be a real joy for some of us or the most stressful time of the year. There was a time in my life when I tried to squeeze in as much as I could in my day because I thought that was the only way to be productive. Fast forward a few years and a couple of anxiety attacks and I can proudly say I no longer think that way. I’m now living at a slower pace and making thoughtful decisions – which makes my life more enjoyable. Here are a few tips I’ve found have worked as I’ve tried to simplify the noise around me:

Select the top 4 – 5 things that are most important to you and commit your time to them.

Simplify your wardrobe. It’s possible and so liberating. You know exactly what’s available to wear, everything can be mixed and matched, oh! and laundry is a breeze.

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Say no. Period.

Turn off notifications. We check our phones out of habit – almost like its a nervous tick. I’ve found turning off notifications has forced me to check my phone at a time that works for me rather than as they come in. Real talk, Do Not Disturb is my favorite. I realize that may not work for people who have more responsibilities than mean (aka children).

Own less. This is a similar concept to limiting your wardrobe to what you need and makes you feel good. Too many things can sometimes feel like a burden or responsibility. Why not just invest in some quality pieces and a few nice to have that make you happy and keeps your space neat and clutter free? I find purging every 6 months helps keep me in check.

How to Achieve a Minimal Scandinavian Bedroom | Homey Oh My | Bloglovin’

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4 THANKSGIVING OUTFITS TO COPY

4 THANKSGIVING OUTFITS TO COPY

Let’s be real… a lot of eating is about to take place so your outfit needs to be well thought out. There are ways to look great AND feel great. No need to be miserable in tight jeans or painful shoes. Especially not during Thanksgiving. ‘Tis the holiday to eat, be around loved ones, cozy up on the couch, and eat some more. Here are 4 Thanksgiving outfits to inspire your stylish yet comfy look.

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Outfit 1 – Madewell dress | J.Crew dress

Outfit 2 – H&M turtleneck |Nordstrom leggings

Outfit 3 – J.Crew striped turtleneck | Nordstrom peacoat

Outfit 4 – Shein coat | Everlane boot

 

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5 INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS I FOLLOW

In my opinion, Instagram is a wonderful platform to inspire and be inspired. I can spend quite a bit of time scrolling through countless accounts and photos. Although there are many to chose from, here are 5 accounts I’m enjoying.

For a little style inspiration:

Sara Covey

Check this Gram out for a little wanderlust:

CNTraveler

Get your fix of beautiful lettering here:

HomSweetHom

Learn about intentional living here:

TheGoodTrade

Be encouraged to be the woman He designed you to be here:

DeeplyRootedMag

FRIDAY MOOD BOARD

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