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  • There's nothing more therapeutic and comforting than kneading and rolling out a batch of Grandma's rolls. 'Tis the season! #rollsfordays
  • No school = production day today recording holiday videos and creating at least one crafty project. The past week or two I've realized it's ok to let go of perfection and step out of my comfort zone... It's ok to do things differently and to try new ways of doing things. I've let fear and mundane routine rule for way too long, stunting my abilities and capabilities. 2017 is going to be different, and I'm getting a head start. Jumping in with both feet because there's no time like the present. I read something yesterday and it really resonated... Better to do it scared than not at all. Whatever you're afraid to do, do it anyway. #goforit
  • My old school ways include a paper planner. I recently invested in a #HappyPlanner and it really is just that... Happy! Once a week, usually Sunday nights, I sit down and take a look at the week ahead, make a list (not shown) of what needs to be accomplished and write in appointments/outside activities/to do's for the week. My planner saves my butt in more ways than one; I use it for life, family, and work. And while stickers and decorations may seem trivial, I'm noticing a change in my thought process. Confession: I'm not normally a very glass half full person... But I'm working on it. And this is part of the process for me when I can see it every single day... I mean, my planner practically reeks of positivity. ❤️
  • Do you celebrate Advent? Create new traditions with a DIY activity focused Advent calendar this Christmas season. Instead of gifts, add little cards or tags to each bucket/envelope/etc. with ideas for holiday family activities. It makes a beautiful decoration, as well as an avenue to wonderful family memories. Last year we started this tradition, and the boys loved it. Details are under "Holidays" over on #AdventuresofMel, and you can grab a festive free printable with 50 ideas for Advent activities. 🎄
  • This li'l guy turned 6 months old on Friday. He's sprouted 2 teeth and said his first word clear as day yesterday... Mama. He just loves a warm pair of jammies after his bath. @Carters is one of our favorite brands for kids' clothes, especially warm, snuggly pajamas! Have you heard about #givingtuesday? It's a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community tomorrow. #ad When you buy one pair of pjs at any Carter's retail store or online at, Carter’s donates a pair to the Pajama Program, up to 100,000 pairs! You can give more sweet dreams to children in need and more jammies for every little one! #carterssweetdreams
  • Our tree is always filled to the gills with ornaments. Some from childhood, a few from family and friends, some inherited, and many handmade. I told my boys as we were decorating it last weekend, it's probably crazy but I don't wanna leave any ornaments unhung... I know they're just things, but they're like family, and the memories behind each one are priceless. Those stories and memories are with us every Christmas. Thankfully, my boys feel the same way. #theygetit #OChristmasTree ❤️🎄