CHRISTMAS TIME WAS HERE

Happy Monday and happy second four day weekend in a row! And to those of you who were smart enough to take off the next three days, too – I’m super jealous. Either way, I truly hope you had a great long weekend celebrating the birth of our Savior with your family and friends! I know we did.

I really tried to soak up this whole season more than usual this year. I just kept thinking “Slow down, your life may really never be the same after this” and tried not to over-commit myself to things that were not truly important to me or that would add any additional stress to our days. Since my current bedtime is truly around 8:30 PM right now, that meant a lot of cooking at home and snuggling on the couch while watching all the Christmas movies. Here’s some other snapshots of our life, lately:

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Even though it’s out of chronological order, I guess I’ll start with the most exciting thing first. On Wednesday we found out that the next member of our family will be a little BOY and that news was most certainly the best Christmas gift by far! We are absolutely over the moon and can not wait to meet Camden Lewis Sansing in May!!

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No holiday season is complete without a trip through The Fantasy of Lights which is an awesome light show through a historic park in our town. It’s one of Percy’s favorite traditions, too 😉

 

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We had a free coupon code for a Datebox which is a really cool subscription service that sends you a different, fun “date night” once a month! This month was perfect – a gingerbread house, two adorable mugs, and hot cocoa! I think the regular rate is $39.99/month and would be such a fun gift for any couple!

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We’ve eaten…a lot. I hope that’s obvious. I hope in my heart of hearts that you and yours ate a lot too. Because if not I am super sad for you.

Atop of many other things, we have made and eaten a few double batches of homemade Chex Mix, Martha Stewart’s sugar cookies, crock pot buffalo chicken dip, cheesy breakfast casserole, and the most delicious baby-Jesus-birthday-cake EVER tiramisu from the Fresh Market. My pregnant behind needs more of that ASAP.

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Classic Christmas selfie. This was our sixth (seventh? He’s going to kill me when he reads this!) Christmas together and our last Christmas as just the two of us!

2345656B-2307-4BEC-AAC2-B3B08FC28BA7Well, the two of us and P-Man – who moves between the naughty and nice list on a daily basis. PS. Will this rain ever end so my dog can return to going to the bathroom OUTDOORS?

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Saturday morning we braved the crowds to pick a a few 50% off Christmas lights. We will definitely have the brightest house on the block next year! Jk, they are for something we are doing at work next Christmas season.

I did manage to buy a few things for myself this weekend including the stocking for Camden I mentioned in our Christmas decor post which I was so excited about! It’s sold out now but make sure you check out all of Pottery Barn’s holiday clearance here – how adorable are these Santa mugs that are marked down to $5? I scored pretty big at Old Navy too getting this active top, this blouse in light pink, a burgundy sweater, my favorite long sleeved v-neck tees in multiple colors, AND this chunky infinity scarf ALL FOR JUST OVER $50 including shipping. Amen.

Did you all scoop up anything from the sales this weekend?

I can’t wait to see what you all were up to this weekend! Linking up with Biana, Meg, Bella, Erin,  Carly, Carylee, and Rachelle.

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HOLIDAY DECOR HOME TOUR

I can not believe Christmas is just a week away! Well, Christmas Eve is a week away but Christmas Eve is essentially the same as Christmas to children of divorce like myself. Can you ever have too much Christmas, though? Don’t answer that.

ANYWAYS, being the fairly new homeowners that we are, Christmas time is one of the only times our house feels really “homey” and decorated so I thought it would be as good a time as any to show you parts of our home! My friend Megan put it best when she stopped by last week, “It looks like Christmas exploded in here!” I took it as a compliment.

Before you ask me where anything specific is from, just know that whatever it is there is, a 95% chance that it came from either Target or TJ Maxx – and probably not this year. The only exceptions I can think of are that the buffalo check throw pillows are from Nordstrom and our stockings are from Pottery Barn (and are on major sale!) Praying those stockings don’t sell out before the 23rd so I can buy another one for whomever is in my belly! Oh, and if it’s furniture, it’s probably Ikea and if not, Target :)

Disclaimer: Our house is no where near where I want it to be decor-wise. Instead of putting a ton of pressure on myself about it like I have for last year, I’m starting to embrace the fact that it is a much slower process than I anticipated and that’s ok.

Christmas Decor 4I love our entry, it’s one of the only spots in our house I really feel is complete! I love the paper stars we add during Christmas. They were from Target last year but I love this year’s gold and red versions, too.

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Christmas Decor 6This console table under our TV is the only thing left in our living room that makes me cringe, it’s got to go ASAP. However, it is much prettier this time of year all styled up for Christmas! I frame our Christmas cards every year to use as extra holiday decor.

Christmas Decor 5Deer pillows were from JoAnn’s this year, buffalo check pillows are from Nordstrom here.

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Christmas Decor 10The Merry Christmas banner in the second picture is a free printable from Just Destiny that I found here then had printed at Walgreens. We hung it above the back door last year but I love where it is in our kitchen even more!

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Christmas Decor Collage 1Our guest bathroom is the last place that gets some major Christmas loving! Adding Christmas frames and printables in cheap frames is such a fun way to switch up your decor! I know you are all dying to know where “Ho Ho Ho” canvas is from and let me just say, I take orders 😉 (That is 100% a joke, by the way.)

Hope you enjoyed this little peek inside our home!!

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Linking up with Annie, Natalie, Joey and Amanda.

My Christmas 2014 Wish List

Not going to lie, I love reading people’s wish lists. Mainly because 1) I am obsessed with over thinking and over looking for the perfect gifts so they give me a lot of ideas and 2) I’m hella nosey. I’m glad to be linking up with April, Elise, Katie, Zelle today to share some of the things I’m asking for for Christmas and I hope you find some useful ideas!

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Christmas Wish List 1Ark & Co Cream Faux Fur Vest ($69)
Dying for this faux fur vest from Lulu*s! I still like my black and brown one from last season but I love this cream, shaggy version!
Deux Lux Luggage Bag ($130)
Mama needs a small luggage bag, like yesterday. More specifically last week when I went on a quick business trip and my full-size luggage and a 10 year old Vera Bradley weekender bag were my two options…

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Griffin Cutback Counter Stool
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Ahh, home ownership. Dulling up Christmas Wish Lists for years to come. But really this house is virtually empty and we need to have places that other people can sit when they visit besides our couch.
Tommy Hilfiger Russel Snow Boot ($100)
If the four inches of snow we have already gotten this year are any indication, it’s going to be a long, cold, snow-filled next several months and I need to be prepared, obviously.

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Michael Kors Slim Rose Gold Watch ($195)
All the heart eyed emojis. I love my white MK watch, but it’s time to add another to the collection I think!
VS Sport Fleece Pullover ($108)
Remember how I told you guys I’m running a half marathon in April? April is in spring, which is great but winter comes before spring (last time I checked) which means the majority of the training for said half will be in the winter. My wardrobe is vastly unprepared for such things.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR ($600)
Long shot, I know husband! But a girl can dream, right? I’m SO ready to upgrade!
Quinn Textured Cocoon Coat ($98)
I’ve been obsessed with the idea of a light pink coat since Courtney did it here. I need a new coat as well so two birds, one stone and all that.