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To start this post I’d like to take the “If you give a mouse a cookie” approach because it’s so fitting. Sometimes you make a wreath early in the season which makes you start thinking about what you’re going to do this Christmas. This leads you to order an Advent study for you and your husband to do together because that is what you want to do the most. Then you start thinking about getting the kids involved, so you build an Advent wreath to celebrate with them. You want to do a study with them too, but they are still little and everything out there for Advent seems either too simple (Christmas story only) or too advanced (you have a toddler and a kindergartener not a pre teen). So since there isn’t anything out there, you decided to plan your own family advent study.
That is basically how we arrived here. I wanted to align my She Reads Truth Advent Study (Nick is using the same study but for men so He Reads Truth) with something my kids could study. It isn’t completely parallel, but it accomplishes the goal of a deeper anticipation for this season and its meaning.
I have been in full Advent planning mode for about a month. For some of you an Advent wreath has always been a part of your Christmas tradition. I had no idea what they were until I started planning for Christmas. Once I learned their significance was more than just candles (read about advent wreaths here), I was all in and needed one.
I found this advent wreath and figured I could DIY something similar since buying it wasn’t an option. All white candles would make this look more modern, but I didn’t want to lose the significance of the colors of the candles. I guess you could say my wreath is modern with traditional candles. We do like to mix styles around here after all.
This one time I had the chance to work with Home Depot, and it required me to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving which as you know is a major controversy. However I am here to say that it’s been awesome. Dare I say life changing? First obviously Christmas spirit (that point doesn’t need more explanation). It’s like a trio of wreaths set off this intentional Christmas planning that’s making my anticipation reach child like levels. Let’s jump into the DIY shall we.
I have a real big thing with having the kids wear coordinating Halloween costumes. I know it won’t be long before I face serious mutiny on this, so until then I am going to wear this out. (Year 1- Max & Ruby, Year 2- Lilly & Julius) Technically this year it’s based on a book too. We did read The Wizard of Oz together this summer.
I’m still reeling from our pantry makeover. It’s just so organized AND PRETTY you guys! I have a simple DIY that you are going to love and will undoubtedly do this weekend from the sheer excitement of it all.
I knew I wanted a black and white pantry with spots and stripes. Who knew that black and white striped shelf paper would prove difficult to acquire? Not this girl. I had no idea that shelf paper or shelf lining (there’s some debate on what to call it) is either plain and affordable or chic and expensive. This is why this DIY is so good. You can get any look you want for less than the price of regular shelf paper/lining. My total cost was $9 for these gorgeous lined shelves!
You guys, I disappeared for a month in my pantry and came out with the most organized (and possibly the prettiest) space I’ve ever had. Sometimes I go in there to just look at it. Then I eat a bag of chips or whatever.
You guys, Young House Love’s new book Lovable Livable Home is out. Then West Elm Salt Lake City posted this picture on instagram. I saw it was like OMG I see something familiar in the background!! (Spoiler: I wasn’t actually shocked. I signed some releases before, so I knew about it. BUT it’s completely different actually seeing it.)
Now that we’ve lived in this house for over a year and a half, it’s about time we share the kitchen. This space dictated so much of our floor plan decision and gave us the most drama (again and again) in the details. Our pendants are vintage with a cool story and local roots. They are huge too at 18 inches in diameter and height.
It’s time to go back to school. Excuse me while I continue to cry myself into a useless pile of snot. I cannot even begin to put my emotions about back to school in writing at this moment. One day my crazy will subside, and I can eloquently express all the feels while courageously aiding all the mothers of America with this difficult transition. (Clearly the crazy runs deep in me.)
In the meantime, let’s look at some great book choices for your kids about going back to school! Thus making me somewhat useful at this point.