Thoughts for Thursday: Life Lately

Hi Friends! Just wanted to pop in here and share what we've been up to lately.

We decided to get two real trees this year.  One for our family room and one for our sunroom.  The one in the family room is dedicated to all of our family and kid friendly ornaments that have meaning to us. The one in the sunroom is a 9ft tall tree which I'm going to decorate in red, white, and silver ornaments.  I'm still waiting for a ribbon to arrive from Amazon so I can start decorating it.  

And since I'm officially Christmas crazy this year I have a third tree. Yes a third tree. We have a faux tree that we've had since 2008 that I wanted to put up in our living room. When I pulled it out it was a little sad looking and half the lights were burnt out. So that tree went to the trash and my crazy self drove to Walmart for a new tree.  I ended up getting this one below:

It's not the greatest looking faux tree but it does the job for now! I'm decorating this one in mercury glass, clear, and gold ornaments.  I'm loving the way it's turning out, I'm not done yet and still need to tweak a few things. I'm hoping to put together a holiday home tour post once all my decorations are up.  

The boys are so excited for Christmas this year. This is the first year I think they both really understand the holiday so it's been fun reading them books, picking out our Christmas tree, helping to get the decorations up around the house, and of course carrying all the packages inside every day. I'm pretty sure Miller thinks the UPS guy is Santa Claus ;)   

We prefer dino jammies over Christmas jammies 

Our elf "Elfie" is out for the season.  Miller absolutely hates him and wants him to just go home and get out of our house.  I think he's a little creeped out that a "stranger" is living with us, ha! He does enjoy looking for him every morning.  I'm definitely from the camp of lazy elf and this picture about is about as creative as I get!  

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season with your family and friends!  


Thoughts for Thursday: Our Favorite Christmas Books

Happy Thursday Friends! Today I wanted to pop in and share some of our favorite Christmas books with you all.  These are books that my boys have loved over the past few years along with a few that we have added in this year.

1. Bear Stays up for Christmas- Miller loves the Bear series books and the Christmas one is so cute! Bears friends help him to stay up and enjoy the Christmas holiday with them since he's usually hibernating.  

2. Little Blue Truck's Christmas- this is another favorite as most boys I know LOVE the Little Blue Truck series and the Christmas one is so cute.  It helps with counting and recognizing numbers and ends with a light up Christmas tree at the end that my boys love.  

3. Merry Christmas Stinky Face- My boys love the book I Love you Stinky Face so I had to get the Christmas version this year and so far it's a hit.  The boys think all the scenarios the little boy comes up with for Santa are hilarious.  

4. Duck and Goose It's Time for Christmas- I love the Duck and Goose series.  They're simple, short and too the point and the Christmas one is fun.  My boys love to yell It's time for Christmas at the end!  

5. Richard Scarry's The Night Before Christmas- We love love love Richard Scarry's Cars Trucks and Things that Go so I knew the boys would love the Christmas book by him.  

6. Goodnight Christmas- The Goodnight series is another series we're huge fans of so we had to get the Christmas version.

7. The Berenstain Bears The Joy of Giving- I just ordered this one for the boys. As they get older I really want to make sure I do a good job of instilling in them that Christmas is more than just getting presents for themselves and that they can find joy and happiness in helping and giving to others.  

8. Dinosaur Christmas- this is another one I just ordered because I know they will flip for a dinosaur Christmas book! I'll let you know how we like it.  

9. Usborne Nativity Flap Book- I bought this one last year but this year Miller is really into it. He's a donkey in the school Christmas pageant this year so he's really taken to learning more about the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas.  I love Usborne books, we have quite a few of them and the quality can't be beat! 

10.  Merry Christmas, Curious George- who doesn't love Curious George and all the trouble he gets into!  Again another favorite in our collection.  

11. The Polar Express- I just purchased this for the boys and I'm so excited to read it to them. I do wonder if they'll be a little to young to understand the message but I think they'll really like the trains ;).  I'm hoping to read this one on Christmas Eve every year to them like my mom used to do with us.  

12. Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree- I randomly picked this one up at Target a few weeks ago and the boys love it.  We just discovered Rory and his Dad but I think we will probably pick a few of their other books because you know we love dinosaurs and the stories are so cute.  

What are your favorite Christmas Books?  Are there any good ones I'm missing?  

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Cyber Monday Picks

Hey Everyone!  Are you shopping the sales today?  Honestly as much as I love saving money,  all these sales totally overwhelm me. I don't even know where to begin!  So instead of trying to cram 1000 things I like into this post I decided to round up my top items from Cyber Monday that I think are worth splurging on!

This coat is headed my way for Christmas, at 40% off it's totally worth it!  You all should know by now that I love J.Crew coats and I decided this one in the bright green would be a fun addition to my coat collection.  

I love my Kindle but since I have the second generation it's time for an upgrade.  This paperwhite with the wifi only option comes in under $100! Such a steal since it's normally about $120.  

I wanted these sneakers during the anniversary sale but they sold out so fast I couldn't grab my size.  Now they're not only back but on sale for $119!  

You can't go wrong with this classic tote and at 25% off it's a perfect addition to everyone's fall and winter wardrobe.  

I'm always a sucker for Baublebar earrings and this set is on sale for $48 but with the 35% off for Cyber Monday you can get these for $31!   Such a steal for two pairs of earrings.   

Who doesn't love a good classic gray Nike sneaker?!  Snag these on sale before your size sells out.  

This new addition to my closet has quickly become a favorite.  If you're looking for a cute, classic black puffer jacket you can't go wrong with this one and it's 40% off today! 

Hands down the best curling iron for making beachy waves!  Normally $199, it's marked down to $149 for Cyber Monday!  

If you're looking for a tablet for your kids I've heard great things about these Kindle Fire for kids.  They have parental controls and you can monitor their screen time from your phone, etc.  We haven't bought these for our kids yet but I like the idea of having more control over the device than we do our iPads that the kids sometimes use.    

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