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•beautiful ballet performance from the little Christmas fairies 🧚‍♀️ ✨✨✨✨•

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There’s surviving Christmas. And then there’s THRIVING through Christmas.⠀ ⠀ So honesty hour...I used to be a grinch! Like a grumpy, grouchy Christmas boo hoo-er. 🙈⠀ ⠀ I loved the idea of Christmas and I would always go along with whatever the Christmas activities and event schedule was, but the busyness, the hectic shopping centres filled with equally as busy and stressed people with little patience or grace (I was one, too!), the rush to go from house to house and the air of disappointment and let downs made me want to turn my nose up at the most wonderful time of the year. Cue pout face. 😒⠀ ⠀ Advice from a grinch turned glad Christmas celebrator?⠀ ⠀ 🎄 Get back to simplicity. All the trimmings, and then some, make for a beautiful Pinterest feed, but take a toll on the cheer and stress levels if striving for perfection is the order of the day. Remember, the Saviour and King of the World slept in an animal feeding trough!⠀ 🎄Schedule in something quieter, more intimate or more personal away from the big shindigs if you are an introvert. When you drain your emotional tank, the grouchiness fumes are in the air.⠀ 🎄Set boundaries and expectations beforehand. If you’re being pulled into several directions and trying to please everyone, no one will be pleased.⠀ 🎄Know your weak spots. Certain family member has a way to push your buttons or make quip remarks that set you off? Remove yourself from the situation or prepare yourself before you go. When I’ve headed into ticking time bomb encounters, I pray beforehand. It changes everything!!!⠀ 🎄Oils, baby, oils. I never had these before. I do now! And I am never going back to a life without them. See today’s stories for the 12 Oils of Christmas for the Aussie woman (US friends, yours is coming tomorrow!) More thriving, less sinking / surviving. ⠀ ⠀ What tips do you have to enjoy Christmas season? ⠀ ⠀

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Me to my kids: "Put your shoes on, we're leaving." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What my kids hear: "Grab every book and stuffed animal you own, and load them in the car." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do your kids insist on an entourage of toys and books every time they leave the house? . . . . . . . . #kidstuff #kidsgram #motherhood #momlife #funnymom #motherhoodunplugged #parenting #motherhoodrising #mothering #parenthood #momsquad #honestmotherhood #sharetheeverymom #ThisIsMotherhood #motherhoodjourney #motherhoodquotes #motherhoodinspired #motherhoodunited #motherhoodlife #realmotherhood #motherhoodunfiltered #our_mama_tribe #motherhoodloop #motherhoodinstyle #momproblems #mamahoodsocial #mambear #parenthood #parenting

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⋒ rolls and hand dimples make the world go round’ 🌍

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I’ve been trying to be more intentional about getting in pictures this year. It’s not my favorite thing to do. I make a million excuses why I’m not ready. My hair. My weight. My smile. My clothes. It’s never the right time. But I do it anyway. I finally had an opportunity to get a photo of the girls for our Christmas card last week. When we were done, I handed the camera over to my husband and asked if he could snap a photo of me and the baby. When I uploaded it to my computer, I did what I always do. Criticize. I bet you do it too. It’s hard not to. Still, I’m sharing this to encourage you to get in the frame anyway. You don’t have to post yours on social media. Keep it for yourself. Either way, don’t let this holiday season go by without being present in your photos. Let your kids see you in the frame baking cookies, building gingerbread houses, or sharing hot cocoa. Whatever traditions you’ve created for your family during Christmas, let them see you enjoying them too. That’s my challenge to you this weekend. Tag me if you share so I can cheer you on!

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When you were pregnant, what kept you up most at night? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A) the kicking⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ B) the hiccups⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ C) having to pee one million times⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ D) brain racing about actually having a BABY soon, or⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ E) all of the above 🤦🏻‍♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dallasparents #dallasmom #dallasfam #dallasfamily #dallasmoms #dfwparents #dfwmom #dfwfam #dfwfamily #dfwmoms #planomoms #friscomoms #colleyvillemoms #southlakemoms #dallasmaternityphotographer #dfwmaternityphotographer #ftworthmaternityphotographer #planomaternityphotographer #friscomaternityphotographer #allenmaternityphotographer #mckinneymaternityphotographer #garlandmaternityphotographer #richardsonmaternityphotographer #flowermoundmaternityphotographer #colleyvillematernityphotographer #southlakematernityphotographer #inspirepregnancy #themotherhoodanthology #thefountcollective #sharetheeverymom

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the birthday decor remained up until tonight & tonight is when we cooked the Cattleman’s birthday dinner. if there is one thing parenthood has taught me, it’s that things don’t always go according to plan. and surprisingly, I’m more okay with that than I’d expect to be. long live birthday celebrations!

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we’ve got the sips. and the gifts. and some fun prizes to win as you support a charity. come by friday 11-3 - 520 8th Ave, 12th floor! xo

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Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you have to say “no” a lot? It can start to feel a bit negative for both you and your kids, don’t you think? Of course our kids have to understand the word ”no” and it’s fine to say, but it can be nice to use this little hack to keep things more POSITIVE... Turn a NO into a YES! For younger toddlers or kids who can’t understand all of this yet, I have another simple tip. Instead of, “no running!” say....”walk please” or “stay with me/hold my hand”

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Behaviour: hitting, pushing, pulling // Guys. Our nanny told us Anderson has recently thought it is “funny” to get his friend’s attention by using his hands😭 She was surprised. I was appalled. It seems to have subsided for now but this is new territory for us -overall Anderson tends to be a timid child in most social settings. But every kid more or less tests these boundaries. I have dealt with this type of attention seeking behaviour in students so I’m throwing all my ideas at this behaviour before it becomes problematic. It’s a little tricky because, like all behaviours, hitting/pushing/pulling/invading personal space are best corrected as they happen. Since Anderson doesn’t have a sibling it will be harder for us to teach it at home as he likely won’t exhibit it. But either way.. we are trying our best to be ON this one.

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Grotto. 2019.

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I should be wrapping 🎁 but instead I’m packing🧳🏔👨‍👩‍👦 . Tomorrow the lil fam and I are headed to Gatlinburg for a quick getaway for three. We’d planned to go to Dollywood back in November but for a number of reasons pushed the trip back to December - and I’m so happy we did! I’m so excited to see the mountains in the winter, visit Gatlinburg & Dollywood and have a maximum chill out session in a cabin in the woods. 🍷🎼🧩 If you’ve been to Gatlinburg, what are some things we should go see/do! 🎄✨

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@_jeanettemadsen_ shows us the power of timeless, chic and anything but basic. 🙌. #timelesschic #elevatedessentials #organiccotton

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Wondering how she can become a princess and live in a castle so dreamy 👸🏽🏰💫 #littlelondonblake

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It sure was a cold one, but we managed to successfully complete another year of holiday family photos, which I will again not send out because I still can’t get it together. At least the thought is always there...that’s all that counts they say right😂🤦‍♀️ . . . #identicaltwingirls #identicaltwins #cutetwins #twindancers #childrenofinstagram #thehappynow #kindlittlegirls #mybabies #choosehappy #documentourdays #photooftheday #candidkids #candidchildhood #thehappynow #letthekids #kidsforreal #myspecialmoments #siblinglove #twinlove #kidsofinstagram #childrenofinstagram #humansofjoy #sharetheeverymom #realparenthood #unpluggedparenting #letthembelittle #holidayphotos #holidaycardseason #momof3girls #outnumberedbygirls

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Well, this looks like a December dream. Let's all cross our fingers for a snowy Christmas (for those of use that even get snow!) Do you prefer to have a white Christmas or to have a beach vacation this time of year? Let's talk holiday preferences in the comments. || photo by @jlgarvin #theeverymom #theeverymomholiday

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His happiness and twinkle in the eye, is my forever happiness and love... 📸 @michelle.elfvin . #sharetheeverymom #simplymamahood #magickfchristmas #mamasboy #boysmom #boysmama #mommybloggers #momtog #letthembekids #mytinymoments #chooselovely #swissotelchicago

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This is what I got when I said “act like a penguin” 🐧

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