As I’m getting in the holiday spirit this year, I’m trying my best to curb stress and anxiety and actually enjoy Christmas. Last year Covid forced me to slow down during the holidays, and I think it was our best Christmas yet. One thing I’m doing differently is trying to get ahead on as many holiday things as possible. And this year was the first time that we set out our Christmas decor early. Chicago got some snow a couple of weekends ago, and Mitch and I decided to pull out the holiday stuff since it sounded like a fun activity for a snowy day. I have to say I love how cozy and warm our home becomes once everything is up, which is nice considering how early it gets dark outside now. We also decorated the girls’ rooms for the holidays. If you missed that post, see how it turned out here. Decorating was such a blast—It’s so special seeing the magic through their eyes. Anyways there are some great holiday decorations this year, and I rounded up a few of my favorites. So if you’re looking for a couple things to help your home feel merry, I hope this helps.
Taking a self-care night every now and then is so important, especially during the holidays when life can get hectic. That being said, having a cozy night in is something I’ll be trying to do more of in the coming weeks. One where you put on your pajamas and slippers, make a cup of tea, light a candle, and read a book on your kindle. I’ve gathered all the cozy and soft things for a perfect relaxing night at home, or if you’re a homebody, this might sound like an average weeknight, haha. Either way, I hope this post helps give you some inspiration to find the perfect gift.
Stockings can quickly become a magnet for all sorts of random and impractical items. I think we’ve all done the last-minute drugstore sweep looking for stocking stuffers that will inevitably end up in a junk drawer a few months later. My new philosophy when it comes to filling stockings is quality over quantity. Especially with all the presents already under the tree, I think a couple of small, thoughtful gifts is way more exciting than a sock full of knick-knacks. So on that note, here are a few things that feel a little more heartfelt, personal, and practical. I hope this helps give you some inspiration!
Veja. It’s a sustainable French sneaker brand that caught my attention this past fall when shopping for my five-year-old daughter’s back-to-school shoes. We were just looking for gold sneakers and ordered Vejas simply because they looked the nicest. And then they arrived, and Emma and I adored them. (So much so that I ordered my youngest a pair, too!) Fast forward a few weeks later, and my two (very hip) cousins came to visit from New York City—and both walked in the door wearing Vejas. So I obviously took a deep dive and decided to test out a couple of adult styles: the Campo and the V-10. You know: For the sake of this blog. 😉
With holiday travel approaching, I know that picking the right travel outfit can be a challenge. I’ve been struggling with anxiety around flying. MAN. While I’ve always been a nervous flyer, it’s gotten pretty bad this year. I’m not afraid of flying—I just get anxious about everything surrounding travel—packing, potentially forgetting important things, getting to the airport, missing my flight, etc. Even if you’re driving, that can come with its own set of obstacles, like getting everyone packed and on the road in time.
I like to pick my travel outfit in advance, so it’s one less thing I have to worry about. Plus, I know I’ll be comfortable and feel good in what I’m wearing for the day. I put together 3 of my go-to outfits for a long flight or day of travel so you can find some inspiration for what to wear while traveling this year.
This week, I’m continuing on the gift guide train with a few gift ideas for your parents or in-laws. I love my in-laws and feel very grateful for them. We’re actually doing Thanksgiving at their place this year and heading to visit them the day after Christmas for a week. Over the years, I’ve learned the key to gifts is finding a balance between fun and practical. So when I shop for their presents, I always keep an eye out for something with a personal touch. Whether that’s something to do with one of their hobbies or something I remember them mentioning. If you’re feeling stuck on what to get your parents or your in-laws this year, I hope these ideas give you a little inspiration and help you find that perfect gift.
I’m no stranger to a dachshund doormat, pair of socks, or even a mug. Dachshund-themed decor and clothes just spark joy for me. You’ll see Seasonal Noodle themed decor, like a dachshund skeleton on our front steps for Halloween or Stoodle (stoop Noodle) on the other days of the year. It’s a norm over here, and I love it.
I am so excited to spend Thanksgiving with our family this year! When it comes to picking out what to wear, I always go for basic pieces in neutral colors and accessorize with festive earrings, scarves, or bags for a pop of color. Since I know every family’s Thanksgiving can look a little different, I put together three outfits so you can find some inspiration no matter what the dress code is at your family’s Thanksgiving dinner.
I always say this, but Emma’s room is my favorite room in our house. I think it’s because it’s the first I decorated, as I wanted our little 2.5-year-old to feel as “at home” as possible amidst so many changes. (New house and a new baby on the same day! 🙈) The room brings back so many happy and exciting memories, and I often slip in there to reflect. It’s cute that I’m publishing this today, too, because the girls are currently sleeping in Lucy’s room together, and Mitch and I are sleeping in Emma’s room while our own bedroom is being painted!
For the first time ever, we set out our Christmas decor early. I blame the snow we got in Chicago this past weekend. We were stuck inside for most of it, and when Mitch suggested pulling out the holiday stuff, it sounded like a fun, cozy activity. So we did it, and I have to say that it’s lovely. Christmas is such a short season; might as well enjoy it for as long as we can! (Plus, we’re doing Thanksgiving at my in-laws, so no need to keep the fall decor out any longer.)
I’m trying to get ahead on getting gifts for the girls. Since we’ll be traveling to New Orleans to spend Christmas with my family this year, everything needs to be shipped to my brother’s place. We learned the hard way a couple of years ago that the Larkins cannot fly with gifts. Huge disaster, haha! Kids’ toys can get expensive, and they start to add up pretty quickly, so I gathered our favorite affordable toys we either own and love or have heard great things about to give you a little inspiration for the kids in your family.
Good morning! Man. I’m so excited about this weekend. We have friends coming over tonight, and Emma has field hockey on Saturday—and that’s it. I’m really looking forward to unwinding, taking it easy, and playing with the girls. I even cleaned the house so I could wake up tomorrow with a sense of inner peace. 😜