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Happy Monday, loves, and happy birthday week to me! Although it’s not always ideal to have a birthday around a holiday when you’re younger, it’s quite nice as an adult. I love that my birthday is near Thanksgiving because it guarantees I’ll be with the people I love most. Kinda cool, huh? This week we’re heading to my in-laws (just 10 miles up the road) to spend most of the week. The girls are out of school all week, so we will be spending today and tomorrow baking, cooking, and packing. Please feel free to stop by with a big ole bottle of vino for me; I’m sure I’ll need it at some point…
I know that with the holidays and especially the days leading up to holidays, things can get pretty stressful. People get mad when the store is sold out of their ingredients, we can’t decide what to wear, we have too much laundry to do or pull our hair out running errands all over town. I don’t know if it’s because I can feel my girls watching my every move, but I don’t want the holidays to consume me in this way. The more I allow worry and stress to creep in, the more I lose sight of all I have to be thankful for. And when I lose the ability to remain thankful through the holidays, so too will my girls.
This week I am making an extra effort (you can hold me accountable) to keep the focus on being thankful for what we’ve been given. It’s hard to do sometimes y’all. It seems like my natural default is to worry, so I have to do something visual and practical to keep thankfulness in the forefront of my mind. After some brainstorming, I’ve come up with a solution for my little family to remain thankful through the holidays.
Each day, the girls and I are going to pick a word or theme we’re thankful for – family, friends, food, a home, etc. Then we’ll weave that word into whatever we do that day – cooking together, coloring pictures, writing a story, anything! I want my girls and myself, to learn to be thankful through the craziness of the holidays. No matter what hardships we or you are going through, our God is STILL good all the time. I want my girls to know that in their innermost being, and I recognize that starts with me, mama.
What do you do to remain thankful through the holidays?
Uh…y’all, how fun is this outfit? My friend told me it looks like a modern day 70s look and I am so okay with that. I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that wide leg cropped pants are definitely a thing this season. I got my first pair – these green pants – from Madewell this summer and loved how they fit. Then when I saw this velvet pair (size down one) I was an easy sell. It feels like you’re wearing PJs, but looks so chic and trendy! I think crop pants look great paired with a bodysuit or a feminine top, but I wanted something a bit trendier.
Stripe sweaters are big this year, but I’ve struggled to find one that isn’t bold and bright. I love this one in today’s post for the muted fall colors and it’s oversized fit. I sized down one size and it still fits like an oversized sweater. It’s also incredibly soft and makes you want to cozy up on a couch with a cup of peppermint flavored coffee. The neat thing about this sweater, too, is that it hangs down long enough in the front and back that you can wear it with black leggings. I can almost guarantee I’ll be wearing this with my faux leather leggings at some point over the holidays.
photography: fort lion studio