Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Favorites

Happy Friday!!  I have lots of favorite moments to share with you this week.  We were busy with Santa, doing Christmas baking, enjoying cold days at home, going to Christmas programs and parties.  It definitely is a busy time of year!!

Christmas cookies are my FAVORITE!
I am really enjoy baking, eating and sharing Christmas cookies this month!  I'm all done baking to give away so now I just get to bake things for my family to enjoy.  I've made sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate dipped pretzels and hope to make some cinnamon rolls this coming week.

Lists are my favorite.
I am always a big list writer, but this year I have a million lists going to make sure everything gets done.  I'm a little behind schedule with my shopping.  I'm usually done by early December and this year I'm still not 100% done.  I'm not stressing about it, just trying to enjoy the holidays and slowly cross all the things off my to do list. I've always been a last minute wrapper so I will probably do the same this year.  How are you doing with your shopping and wrapping??

A Simplified Life by Emily Ley is a definite favorite!
If you haven't added this to your Christmas wish list you should!  It's a great book for women of all ages and stages of life.  I loved Emily's first book Grace, Not Perfection and this second book is even better than the first.  The book contains beautiful candid shots of Ley's family and real life moments around her house.  The chapters are filled with practical advice to simplify your life so that the most important things get the most attention.  I'm a very organized person so I already did several of the things she mentioned in the book.  Ley addresses home organization, marriage, date nights, thoughtfully loving your family, parenting, career advice and everything in between.  I love that each chapter has pages for note taking and questions that get you thinking on ways to simplify your own life.  It's so nice that you aren't being asked to buy more or buy into an expensive system.  You're just being asked to look at your current life and make changes to simplify.  I was so motivated to declutter, only fill my house with things I love, create routines and to spend my time creating traditions with my family.  I love the habits, routines and self care that she talks about throughout the book and have a list of ways I'm hoping to implement a simplified life in my home for the coming year.  Buy this book for any women left on your Christmas shopping list!
  *I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Olive's 1st Christmas Program was my Favorite.
She was so excited to perform her songs and I may have shed a few tears and she walked on stage with her class.  She was so proud and so happy to have us there.  It was fun to see all of her Christmas art, her classmates and be at school with her.  My mom and MIL made the quick road trip up to see us for the day.  Olive couldn't have been happier to have us all at her school for the morning.  Also, her buffalo check dress is my favorite.  Wish I could find a dress or skirt to match her.

Mornings with Fletcher are my favorite.
He's such a good sidekick happily tagging along 99% of the time.  He'd say that sampling all the items in my shopping cart is his favorite activity.  My blocks of cheese, cucumbers and bananas got sampled this trip.  We've Christmas shopped, grocery shopped, gone to the library and had fun with friends this month while Olive's been at school.

This Collapsible Market Basket is my FAVORITE!!
It is so handy and I use it all the time.  I loaded it up with party supplies for Olive's class party this week.  I've given it as a gift, have one of my own and think everyone could benefit from having one.  It's under $15 and makes a great gift for any busy lady in your life.

Cookie Decorating with Friends
Our friends invited us over for a morning of cookie baking & decorating.  It was so much fun!  We just had to show up and everything was ready to go.  Each kid had a cookie station with an apron.  Fletcher was the only boy and he didn't mind one bit.  The kids ate, decorated, played and the moms got to visit.  We went home with plates of pretty cookies.  Keep this in mind for a really fun play date option with your kids this month!

Staying on the nice list is a lot of work :)
Fletcher loves puppies.  He loves to point them out and say hello when we see them.

This week on Polka-Dotty Place:
DIY Playdoh Christmas trees have been so much fun this week!  Head to Thursday's post to see more.

Monday: Cranberry Goodness
Tuesday: JOY & LOVE Filled Family Pictures
Wednesday: Brunching with Santa & His Reindeer
Thursday: Christmas Fun & Games

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!  We are roadtripping to see some friends, going to a birthday party and going to enjoy some time watching Christmas movies at home!


  1. What a fun week! I adore Olive's check dress!! What a little darling. I'm a last minute wrapper too, but I wish I wasn't. I can't ever seem to start earlier than Christmas Eve. Ugh!!

  2. We have some crafts we will be tackling this weekend with friends and I am so excited to share them next week. You really do push me to be more crafty with CJ.

  3. I'm not as on top of my gifts as I'd like to be, either! I still have a couple things to pick up. Usually I'm done by the first of December, but I just had more on my schedule than usual! I'm glad you liked Emily Ley's book - I'm giving it to my sister for Christmas!

  4. So much to love! I can't wait to do some baking later this week. I always wait until the last few days before Christmas to make my cookies. I am planning to keep things simple this year, but still do some baking. That book! I was gifted that book and I can't wait to dive in!

  5. So much fun! I love kids' Christmas programs! I have my shopping done, but now I need to wrap!


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