Free last minute gift printable

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m so excited to share my latest work with FedEx Office with you today! I hope you can use it for any of those last-minute gifts you may still need.

Free last minute gift printable

One way I enjoy the holiday season is by truly putting thought into getting my loved ones personalized gifts that feel special.  Today we’re offering a fun personalizable home print that you can gift to those you love most. Our print is a simple watercolor anchor and wreath with a text space that can be personalized for the person you are gifting to. That means you can make it work for your grandma, sister, mom, friend, neighbor or even your child’s teacher. It would make a great addition to a home themed gift or could even be a great host gift if you’re attending any holiday parties.

To me, an anchor symbolizes home and family in many ways. You can change the font, font size and colors of the font if you’d like as well.

Ready to get started?

Head over to FedEx Office Out of Office Blog for all of the details plus the free printable gift!


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This post is sponsored by Christmas Tree Promotion Board. I’m so excited to share our experience visiting our local Christmas Tree Farm!

Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree FarmDecember is here! I’ve been sharing my thoughts on creating simple holiday traditions that can easily be incorporated into the holiday season year after year no matter how busy life seems. My favorite tradition we’ve embraced is heading to the Christmas tree farm!  Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas tree farms are located all around the United States and the real farms are amazing! Many of them offer hay rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot cocoa, kid spaces, gorgeous views of amazing Christmas trees and of course, the nostalgic scent of pine.  Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree Farm

Amazing! It was a winter wonderland for our kiddos and for us. Rows and rows of trees. The kids ran around enjoying the idea of simply getting lost, but not too lost. Don’t worry!

Creating holiday traditions: A visit to the Christmas Tree Farm Christmas is all about real quality time spent with family and friends; a tradition embraced by families around the world and the beacon of memories made throughout the years. Read More »


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The best peppermint s'mores brownie dump cake recipe

That title, you guys! Do you love s’mores? Brownies? Peppermint? If you love any of them, you are going to be obsessed with today’s recipe. Honestly, it turned out even more amazing than I was envisioning when I came up with the concept. The marshmallows turn into gooey, toasted goodness. The whole thing is simply divine.

The best peppermint s'mores brownie dump cake recipe

We love surprising good friends and neighbors with treats during the holiday season. And I love putting together EASY recipes that the boys can help with. This recipe is a perfect one to work on with the kids.

The best peppermint s'mores brownie dump cake recipe

So, I brought my boys to the kitchen and we got to work on these delicious and pretty adorable Peppermint S’mores Brownie Dump cakes.

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Jingle All the Way holiday party DIY ornament crafting station

I hosted a fun party last week with some wonderful women. We enjoyed wine and cocktails from a build your own cocktail bar. One of my favorite mixes is Sutter Home Pink Moscato or Sutter Home Moscato combined with vanilla cranberry cider. It’s super easy to throw together vanilla cranberry cider and the vanilla makes it much less tart. Combine one liter cranberry juice cocktail, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 Tablespoons simple syrup. Of course, you can taste and add or subtract based on your own preference. Then simply mix with Sutter Home Pink Moscato or Sutter Home Moscato. Perfection!

Cranberry Vanilla Cider Moscato

I’ll be sharing the entire party soon, but today I wanted to share how I quickly and easily put together an easy DIY ornament crafting station for the party. While you could certainly make an ornament crafting party super elaborate, I chose to make it simple for me and easy for my guests to put together in minutes so they could mingle and enjoy other activities too including trying fun combinations at our cocktail bar.

Cranberry Vanilla Cider Moscato

Are you ready to see the SIMPLE ornament crafting station?

DIY Ornament Crafting Station

I wanted to create an ornament crafting station with tons of options so each guest could make an ornament unique to them and their personality. But I also wanted it to be fairly simple and not too messy since this was a fun night out for most of us. Read More »


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Morningstar Farms Veggie Bowls

Friends! Busy season has been busy season and beyond this year. I’ve never had such a full Fall in my business before and keeping up with all of life’s demands has been challenging. Today I’m excited to share how to make life a bit easier during busy seasons in life.

One way I’ve taken charge to make things easier is by having meals ready to go. MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls are my go-to meals for lunch between photo shoots, client phone calls and picking up the kiddos.

Morningstar Farms Veggie Bowls

Sometimes I’m eating on the fly. Other times I’m at my desk working. Either way these Veggie Bowls fit my lifestyle and goals so well.

Morningstar Farms Veggie Bowls

With the ability to heat and eat, Veggie Bowls help me balance family, work and life goals in a health-conscious way. We are vegetarian so these bowls are especially fabulous for us, yet they are for everyone. These are great for families, busy working people, general health-conscious people and more. As someone who works from home 30 hours a week, has two children, works out at the gym, stays involved in extracurricular activities and tries to stay active, quick and easy meal solutions are fantastic! I bet you could benefit from them too.  Read More »


Joanna Gaines for Matilda Jane

Friends! If you are a fan of Joanna Gaines, Fixer Upper or Magnolia Market, you are going to LOVE her new collection for Matilda Jane. It launches today and is highly anticipated. This collection may sell out so I wanted to share it with you here and give you the inside scoop on how to order. I’m hosting a Matilda Jane Cocktail Party tonight so I’ll be sure to share all the Joanna Gaines inspired party details soon too.

Joanna Gaines for Matilda Jane

My sweet friend Heidi is a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper (Trunk Keeper #1117) and can help you order any of these pieces for Christmas gifts, the holiday season or just for yourself. There are home items, mama items and beautiful pieces for girls from infants to tweens!
Joanna Gaines for Matilda Jane

There are SO many great items. I’m currently in love with the tent, the tea set, the beautiful aprons for mama and littles, the buffalo check tunic (Joanna is wearing above) and the maxi skirts. Matilda Jane is known for their attention to detail and quality. All items are SO soft and beautiful. They wash up wonderfully. Read More »


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m hosting my first holiday event tomorrow and couldn’t be more excited. I’m having a simple night in with the ladies! Decorating my home for the holidays is my favorite thing and the boys were helpful this year. Can you believe it?

Family holiday traditions are a big deal to me. I grew up with a few simple ones, but I always knew I wanted to have some really special ones for our family. From decorating our trees (yes, plural. ;)) together, building a snowman and sledding in our back yard to hot cocoa by the fire and cookie decorating, our crew has such a great time in this season. And this year we’re hosting my family so we’re going all out on decorating.


Our Holiday traditions

  • Visit a Christmas Tree farm (just did this weekend! So fun! Post coming soon)
  • Decorate for Christmas—a kid tree and adult tree
  • Hot cocoa and candy canes with a holiday movie
  • Build a snowman
  • Sled and play in the snow
  • Gingerbread men cookie decorating
  • Gingerbread house building/decorating
  • Visit Santa and our local holiday display
  • Do good. Volunteer. Shop for others. Donate time or money.

Holiday family traditions

Big Lots is your go-to retailer for all your holiday shopping needs! The holiday section is loaded with everything from beautiful decor to amazing gingerbread house kits. I picked up some fun icing for the kids to decorate little cakes. They also LOVED the candy spoons we used in their hot cocoa. So fun.

Holiday traditions

We decorated our tree with the most beautiful white star ornaments and I filled our hurricane vase with buffalo snow and a white led candle for decor. It was such an easy and beautiful addition to our holiday decor.

Holiday traditions

If you haven’t started prepping for the holidays, it’s no problem. Big Lots has everything you need to prepare your home for the season! Big Lots is loaded with fun and affordable home decor items to deck the halls.

Holiday traditionsFrom small scale items to large scale items, Big Lots carries a wonderful assortment of high quality holiday items that are perfect for the season! We already owned Christmas trees, but I stocked up on Christmas lights, Christmas decor and a few fun Christmas presents too.

I loved spending an hour walking through Big Lots gathering inspiration and ideas. Employees were incredibly helpful. At least three people asked me if they could help me in any way and they said it in the most genuine way.

Holiday fun biglots1

 I’m so excited that I’m already done decorating and shopping for the most part. I’m looking forward to all of our fun family traditions this December.

Holiday traditions

What are your favorite family traditions?


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Easy DIY Christmas tree wreath

Tis the season for decking the halls! This year, I put together a fun DIY Christmas tree wreath and wanted to share the easy tutorial. I knew I wanted to do a project with my older son and I wanted a playful addition to our decor. I’ve been drawn to fun bright colors this year and love having decor that is appealing to my kiddos. I also wanted to revive an old wreath that I haven’t used in years. I’m sharing the easiest way for you to create the perfect wreath that is all you today! 

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Gratitude during the holidays

Sometimes we take those we love most for granted, don’t we? I love taking time during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to think about those I love most and let them know how much they mean to me. My grandma is someone who took a little girl (me) and little boy (my brother) and gave us the life we needed when we needed it most.
Gratitude during the holidays
While I’m not going to tell the entire story of our childhood here today, I will share that my grandma has made my life extraordinary. She’s given me the opportunities I’ve needed to have the life I want. Besides all of these opportunities, she’s also become one of my best friends in the world.
Gratitude during the holidays

We talk daily, she visits often and I think about her on the hour! And even with that connection, it’s good to take the time to tell someone what they truly mean to you. My grandma is my confidant, the one who listens to me in all of my trials and all of my joys, laughs with me when my children do the most unbelievable things and more.
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She encourages me to take breaks and make my marriage a priority. She reminds me that time goes very quickly and my problems today may not feel like it tomorrow. She pushes me through when I think I can’t possibly do something one more time or one more day and reminds me that I have, in fact, made it through many challenges far worse than the one I face today. Read More »


peaceI don’t want to discuss politics. I don’t want to hear your opinions on politics. I’ve had the opportunity to hear nearly every argument on every side of every issue via our good friend Facebook. I was deeply saddened by the outcome of the election. My reasons are many. After a day of letting it all sink in, I’m beginning to find some peace.

If your candidate didn’t win, I know you are likely a bit angry (or possibly very angry). If your candidate did win, you might be happy, relieved or even gloating. Admit it. Come on.

While we are clearly a very divided nation at this time, we have choices to make every day and in every interaction we face with other humans. After finding myself feeling hopeless, I realized that I could take a different approach to my struggle with all of this. Please know that I don’t have any belief that my ideas on this page are going to change the world in some big way. I don’t believe these things will fix so much of the hurt, the hate, the fear and the division. But, I do think that small actions can make small amounts of change. And we start right now friends.

Can we approach every single interaction with kindness and compassion? From driving in traffic to waiting in line at the store, we have the opportunity to smile, greet people, be kind and patient. Will you join me?

Anger can certainly lead to powerful action for some but anger comes rather easily. I’d love to see us all focus on inspiring ourselves and others to be kind, make change supporting all humans, adding joy and comfort to all people in our beautiful country.

Here are a few ideas of how you can spread kindness today.

  1. Write a note to local law enforcement thanking them for treating all people equally and keeping your community safe for ALL people. Assume they are doing that well and make it clear with your words that you assume and expect that they are protecting all races, religions, socioeconomic statuses and our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Drop off treats if you wish, but simply writing notes will suffice.
  2. Leave notes of love, kindness and peace in random places. Counteract some of the hate we are seeing in schools and other parts of our country today. I’ll be sharing a free printable here soon that you can use to help spread love in your communities.
  3. Have your child hand out notes at school with words of kindness.
  4. Thank your kids’ teachers often. Encourage them to spread kindness, compassion, love and light in the work they do each day.
  5. Carry care package bags for those in need. Hands Free Mama suggested this in her book. We’ve been doing it ever since I read it last year. We have ziplock bags filled with a few items-a snack, toothbrush and mini toothpaste, gift card, a small bottle of water, a few dollars and socks when possible. Sometimes the bags have less and other times they have more, but having them with allows us to give to those in need whenever we come across someone. I rarely carry cash so this has been a good option. You can keep one in your purse and a few in your car. They don’t even need to have much, but give what you can give.
  6. Spread messages of love and kindness on Facebook often. Include your good energy and light when you come across those you disagree with. You can do it! Facebook has become incredibly gross. I’m so disappointed in many people. The messages can change there. Encourage all others to spread love and goodness on Facebook too! And thank those who share positive, uplifting, loving messages.
  7. Send messages of gratitude to people working hard for causes that help others, especially those doing the hard work. My dear friend works for the ACLU. Her work is not always appreciated, but I feel safer knowing she (and her colleagues) will protect the civil rights of all Americans.
  8. Consider donating time and money to nonprofit organizations doing good work. Let me know if you’d like me to share a list.
  9. Ask people who supported a candidate different from you to join you in spreading love and kindness. Ask them to fight against hatred with you.
  10. Write to our leaders and lawmakers. Encourage them. Ask them to make change. Thank them.
  11. Pray for our leaders if you pray. Meditate on loving kindness for all if that’s your thing. Send love and light to our leaders regularly. They will all need our positive energy. Please send these things to those you disagree with too. Our new president is going to need all of our love and light to attempt to run this divided country.
  12. Say “hello” with a smile and “thank you” with true gratitude. Use your voice for good with all you come across. This can be a vulnerable act, but do it and let’s not stop ever!
  13. Help the mother with three kids struggling at the grocery store. Offer to carry bags for the elderly person walking to her car. Make sure your LGBTQ neighbors know you love and support them always. Make sure your Muslim neighbors feel welcome and cared for. Make sure all you come across know that you have love in your heart for them as a member of the human race.
  14. Love all of the children. Give that extra underdog. Offer snacks to all of the kids playing in your backyard (with their parents’ permission, of course). Invite people to play, to laugh, to eat, to drink, to celebrate, to mourn. Create community even with those you don’t yet know well. Introduce everyone whenever you can.
  15. Include everyone as often as possible. Do your best. You can’t always do it perfectly, but try.
  16. See the beauty in everyone and say it out loud to someone. Take a moment to think of something beautiful or wonderful about someone you might feel angry at following the election outcome. You might be surprised how much better you feel after writing down the good traits in people. Then, take it a step further and share it with them.

I quickly whipped together mine this morning and I had a huge smile on my face. I felt so grateful for so many wonderful people and my list could’ve went on and on. Here’s mine just so you can see how simple this could be.

  • Ezra is feisty, yet has the most compassionate spirit. He knows when someone is sad and tries to help often.
  • Bodhi has energy and excitement unlike anyone I’ve ever known. He’s also incredibly determined.
  • My husband can see the positive in any situation and calmly helps me to find my way when sadness and sorrow take over.
  • Alyssa is passionate and unrelenting in her beliefs. She loves deeply.
  • My aunt Janny is a peacemaker. Oh how we need more like her!
  • My friend Megan has an incredible spirit. She instantly makes everything more fun.
  • My sweet Surbhi adds joy and sunshine to every moment. Her existence is a huge comfort for me.
  • Sejal‘s laugh gives me instant joy. I can’t help but hug her (asking first, of course) after seeing her belly laugh.
  • My dear friend Jana works harder than anyone I know to fight for equality for all. She hasn’t stopped in all the years I’ve known her and I know she won’t stop until the fight for equality for all is complete.
  • Leah always does the right thing and encourages others to do the same. She assumes positive intent from everyone.
  • Kari, oh Kari! I love my Kari! She adds humor to every situation. Her friendship is something I’ll never take for granted.
  • My other Kari (pronounced Car-EE) adds joy to my Fridays, is my best playdate friend ever and is often my confidant about all the things.
  • Tiffany helps me see different perspectives and allows me to be vulnerable in a safe place. She helps me to stay grounded. LOVE!
  • My mama takes action to help others with her talents. She cleans my uncle’s home so he can come to a clean house after hospital stays and cooks comfort food for others.

The list could truly go on and on. Try it. It’s such a simple thing and for me, had incredible healing power. You can choose to only focus on those you are feeling at peace with right now as it will remind you of the good in the world. You can tackle the harder ones later, but I promise you one thing. There is beauty in everyone. EVERYONE.

Will you join me friends? Can you share any other ideas below or on our Facebook page please? I’d be so grateful for any help making this list longer.