|How adorable is Caleb's mini Christmas tree with it's single ornament?!
For lots of reasons, today officially feels like the Christmas season has begun! My moms' group ended the semester this week and had our Favorite Things party last night, we finally have our tree up, its snowing outside right now, and I just sent Justin and Caleb off on their first movie date to see this cute Christmas movie this morning.
Outside of the movie date, we have nothing on the calendar for the entire weekend and it feels so good! I finished all of our Christmas shopping and I'm going to see how the boys do with wrapped gifts under the tree (my guess is they'll try opening them and I'll have to put them away until Christmas morning). Maybe we'll venture out to see some Christmas lights tonight? Christmas time is just extra fun with little kids, so we're soaking up all the things.
Here's some weekend reading for you::
Last minute gift ideas and deals. Have you seen my gift guides? One with ideas under $30, gifts for her, and gifts for little ones. So many of the places I included have deals right now (I promise I'm not getting paid to say that)! May Designs and West Elm have free shipping this weekend, Walk In Love has 15% off, you can get a free Chatbook with this link or if you already have an account you'll get a free gift on January 1st when you order anything this weekend. I didn't include it in my gift guide, but I bought this hoodie as a gift for someone this year and am kicking myself for not buying myself one- and its 40% off right now! If you shop online and use eBates (you should!) they have double money back on lots of sites this weekend. And, while we don't have any sales right now, if you shop Noonday Collection you'll help me reach a BIG goal I have with my business (shop by Dec. 12th for delivery before Christmas!)
Salted Carmel Chocolate cookies. Need a cookie recipe for a Christmas get-together? Try these! Sally is my go-to girl for cookie recipes and I tried these for our Favorite Things party. They were a hit! The carmel inside is such a fun surprise.
Best slow-cooker pulled pork. I'm on recipe kick this week! I made this pulled pork from my new favorite cookbook (its on my Christmas list!) and IT IS AMAZING. I don't think I can't emphasize that enough. Bonus? It's full of real ingredients.
Christmas (or anytime!) DIY. Long story short, I'm currently obsessed with Caravan Shoppe. (they have the most fun digital downloads for parties and home decor!) I bought this holiday pack when it was on sale last week and then made a FUN diy frame (here's the tutorial). You can see how it turned out here.
Jimmy Fallon and Shaq. If you need a good laugh, this is one of my favorite lip sync battles!