It's my favorite time of year! I love planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas and gift shopping. I tend to be a little obsessive about finding the perfect gift. I really don't like clutter and want to give gifts that delight but are also practical and functional. I definitely over think it!
In case you are the same, I wanted to throw together a few recommendations on things that I'm loving that I think would be crowd pleasers for those on your list.
Okay, I'll be honest, this is all stuff that I personally love to give and get!
This Adorable Pink Hoodie from Target is only $25 and so comfy.
The Hydroflask is the cool water bottle of the moment. I love a BIG water bottle with a straw so that it doesn't spill if knocked over.
I'm a big fan of eye masks and the silk ones are extra special. Target is carrying them this year in some really pretty colors and they are only $15.
Target is also carrying silk pillowcases in the same colors as the eye masks for $30. Silk...
I love Thanksgiving and have hosted for most of our marriage. I used to think cooking a turkey was so overwhelming. It felt like a real rite of passage when I prepared my first Thanksgiving turkey and I've come to really enjoy it!
I'm a problem solver and entertainer. I'm also a do-er and being present and still with my family can be hard. I've had to create some really intentional practices to choose REST and presence over the constant motion. I also have had to learn how to plan well so that the holidays aren't stressful.
We are fed this lie over and over that the Holidays should be crazy. The over eating, the over drinking, the over spending. It's become the normal and we all just press along until December 26th.
But, that's not the story that I want for my motherhood. I want to be fully present and to ENJOY my family. Yummy, beautiful, delicious food is a MUST for me so I'm not one that can just outsource the whole thing. So instead, I've gotten really good at...
We've decided to homeschool the boys this next year and are actually excited about it. I'm as surprised as anyone!
I homeschooled our oldest for kindergarten and it was sweet and special but also really hard. Back then, he was an only child so he needed my attention 100% all the time. I had an idea that he too was ADHD and knew he wasn't ready to sit all day in the classroom. It was the right decision for that year but by May as we were beginning our foster care journey, I was ready for him to go to school full-time.
He has LOVED his school. He's been attending a sweet, small private school near our home with many of his dear friends. He's excelled there and feels seen and known. It's been such a gift.
Our family looks very different now. My big boy is now 9 and entering 4th grade. He's a voracious reader and creative thinker. He adores being a big brother to his little brother (5, now entering kinder) and his baby sister (19 months).
Over the last few months of this...
Have you ever read a quote in a book and felt like your heart just leapt out of your chest? Or that you wanted to jump up and give the author a huge hug and scream YES, YES, YES! You know, that feeling that you aren't alone in the world after all and your experience of the world makes a little more sense?!? I read these words a few days ago and that's pretty much what happened.
Does that give you the chills or is it just me? It's like someone just confirmed my deepest feelings. This is absolutely true for me though it took me years to really understand it. For me, work is 100% part of my mental health strategy. It's about so much more than a paycheck.
You see, I didn't have huge aspirations for a career. In fact, in college I believed the lie that since I have ADHD and did't want to be on medicine long term that I would never be "successful" in business. I opted for a joke major that was actually incredibly boring. I didn't understand my brain. I didn't understand my...