Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday No. 27


Y'all, I'm sad to say this, but What You Wish Wednesday is saying "goodbye".  My co-hosts and I have decided that this will be the final link-up.  

We are all continuing our blogging journey, so stick around and follow along.  I have made some great connections because of this link-up and I plan on keeping in touch.

Enough with the sad news. Did y'all get to see my 25+ Elf on the Shelf ideas?


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      Monday, November 17, 2014

      We Do the Elf Thing *gasp*

      *repost from a year ago*

      I feel as if we live in an overly critical day and age.  Here we are trying to be the best parents we can be and sometimes our convictions on parenting come across judgmental towards others.  Maybe it's just my perception, but I feel particularly bombarded by it this time of year. 

      Case in point:


      The other night, I was with some of my CC moms and we were chatting.  A question was posed, "Do y'all do the elf thing?"  The first thing out of my mouth, "Yes, but let me explain."  WHY? Why, was that my first response?  Later I said, "I mean, he doesn't report to Santa or anything.  It's just for fun."  To which one of the moms piped up and said, "Ours reports to Santa."  Good for her, I thought.


      And so it goes. 


      I think hyper-critical parenting is all heightened by social media.  The world gets to see little snippets of our lives and that's it.  With one little picture on Instagram, tweet, or status update, we make snap judgments.  We all do it.   


      So here it is, even though I don't need to explain...but because I do....


      We do Santa--on our terms (click HERE if interested). We do the elf--on our terms.  We give gifts at Christmas, and birthdays, and Valentines, and Halloween, and as often as we can.  Jesus gives us gracious gifts daily of which we don't deserve! And those gifts we give--my kids tire of them eventually.  I think that's a good lesson on how things of this world pass away. ;)


      Oh...and my baby sleeps on her stomach! Gasp! 


      *jumping off my soapbox and putting the elf back on the shelf *


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      After Thanksgiving our elf, Bernard, will jump back up on the shelf and I will have more ideas coming your way.  For now, here are some of Bernard's past shenanigans...


      click HERE for 25 elf on the shelf ideas

      click HERE for more ideas

      I'd love to try out some of your ideas so share them in the comment section!

      Wednesday, November 12, 2014

      What You Wish Wednesday No. 26

      Welcome to WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY!!!  Thanks for stopping by and sharing your blog posts with us! 
       
      First things first....
      THE WINNER IS:
      Carrie Albrecht


      YAY!!  Congratulations.  We will be contacting you shortly and sending you your $50 Target Card.  Have fun!!!
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      I hate giving excuses, but it is what it is.... I have been so busy lately that blogging has been on the back-burner.  And by blogging I mean, posting on my blog AND reading updates on my favorite blogs.  I know things will slow down soon, but right now things are just B-U-S-Y.  We have one more week of Classical Conversations for the year and I am wrapping up a lot of photo edits for my new business (plus more sessions over Thanksgiving), and then all of the Christmas festivities will begin and it'll be a whole new kind of busy!  Thank y'all for your patience and I look forward to sharing a few posts in the coming days.  Stick around!
      Did y'all get to check out the Let's Gather Blog Hop that Amanda @ Cultivate Create hosted?  It was packed full of fall inspiration, freebies, and recipes.  Click HERE to check out my post and hop around to the other blogs on the tour.
      Enough ramblings from me.  Get those posts linked up.  You know the drill, but here's a reminder:

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          Saturday, November 08, 2014

          $50 TARGET card!



          We will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 12!  

          Friday, November 07, 2014

          Five on Friday



          I'm linking up to FIVE on FRIDAY!!!  It's been a while.  Let's catch-up, shall we?

          [ONE]
          Have you entered What You Wish Wednesday's Fall giveaway?  It's too easy and you'll be entered to win a $50 Target card!!!  Free money, y'all!!!


          [TWO]
          I've been real busy lately with a new little venture.  I've started a really humble photog business... 

          Click HERE to check it out.

          [THREE]
          truth.


          [FOUR]
          Because of the new business venture, my time has been stretched thin.  The other day, I had a few hours to kill and ceased the opportunity to set up my Christmas tree!  *judge not, lest you be judged*  Normally, I like to watch White Christmas while putting up the tree, but this year I watched all of The Office Christmas episodes.  I love me some Michael Scott.


          [FIVE]
          Here's a little sneak peek (terrible phone pic).  I'm loving the tartan plaid!!!!!


          Y'all enjoy these cooler temps and have a wonderful weekend!!!!