Monday, December 11, 2017

Minimalism at Christmas Time

This is our first Christmas with a minimalist mentality.  I am viewing Christmas and gifts completely differently than I use to.  Here are a few things that have changed since last year.

Shopping for gifts
I use to shop and gather gifts for months leading up to Christmas, because I always hated heading out at the last minute and feeling rushed.  The only thing is when you start way ahead of time gathering stuff you end up with a lot of gifts and sometimes you end up buying things you don't really NEED.

This year I didn't buy anything ahead of time.  On November 30th I went to Target because I needed something for Emmett's school and while I was there I decided that would be a good time to get a few small things for the kids that they really need.

I got Emmett 2 small cars, one medium sized gift and 2 pairs of needed pants.
Calvin got only one thing that was needed and I think I will wrap up some of Emmett's baby toys for him to open.  After all a one year old has no idea if what they are getting is new or used.

Grant and I have never really given each other gifts, but this year we are going on a vacation so that is our gift to ourselves and each other.

Amount of gifts
In the past I always thought we needed to open a ton of gifts, the more the better.  Again you end up getting things just for the sake of having something to open.  I don't want to go through my whole house decluttering just to bring in a bunch of stuff we don't need.  So every gift I bought this year for the kids was something they either need or will help with imaginative play.

Christmas Decorations
Luckily a few weeks ago I went through all of our Christmas decorations and donated all of the stuff I felt we didn't need.

If you are interested you can watch that here.

Last night when I pulled all the boxes out I was so thankful that I had already gone through everything  because it was super easy to decorate.  I knew everything I had, I wanted to use.

Experience More
"Experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it."

This month we are planning to get out and really enjoy all of the Christmas activities that are going on.  Instead of spending our money on things we will be spending our money on experiences.


This is what 2016 gifts looked like!





Here is an article about why fewer toys will benefit your kid.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Count Down to Christmas Day 8

Everyone is officially sick.  Well at least I am and the kids and a lot of other people I know.  So all day today we have been inside the house.  We went out for about 10 minutes to ride bikes in the front yard, but that was it.  This cold/ flu is the worst!  It feels like its never going to end.  Today we have just been trying to survive ha ha.

Working on some important business!
 The disaster area that is my house right now!
 Lego, arts and crafts and lunch.
 Putting the apron on himself.
 Working on painting
 Some awesome ornaments my mom gave us from her collection.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Vlogmas Day 6 - The Polar Express

We went to Emmett's St. Nikolas Festival last night.  The kids wore their pajamas and rode the Polar Express.  We had a story read to us by an elf and we got to meet Santa!  It was a real humdinger of a night.  After all that excitement we drove around and looked at all the Christmas lights.

On the train and ready to ride!

Polar Express Train
The line to see Santa is never short!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


 So everyone is starting to get sick, so yesterday and today we are going to just take it easy at home.  Nothing is worse than when you don't feel good, but you are out trying to do stuff.

I finally did something with the oranges ha ha .  I strung them up and added our little cut outs to them.  Its a cute decoration, and the good thing is when Christmas is over it goes in the trash.

 Yesterday we were stuck home so I thought it would be the perfect day to make a snow globe.  I had seen all these cute snow globes on pinterest and they looked super easy to make!  Well it was fun to make and was easy but it didn't turn out!  It looks like water from the bottom of the ocean.  I had a really good laugh when I shook it up and it looked like this.

Oh well at least we had fun!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Vlogmas Day 3 and a Baby Shower!

Yesterday we went to my cousin Kristen's baby shower.  It was such a nice day to have a party outside, the weather was perfect.  Everyone had a great time and she got a ton of diapers!
The theme was beer and babies, which meant that men women and children could come.  Such a great idea!

The center pieces were beautiful! 

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