On Holiday Traditions with Hanes

Christmas-stocking-stuffers-Hanes-womenI’m so excited to partner with Hanes this holiday season (check me out on their homepage!).  This post is sponsored; however, all content and opinions, as always, are my own. 

The holidays are here, and I can’t help but be filled with the excitement of the season.  Over the weekend, we made our annual trip the tree farm, baked cookies and assembled donations.  It’s so much fun to experience quintessential holiday traditions with the kids, as we continue to sprinkle our home with the spirit of Christmastime in ways that feel meaningful – and even nostalgic of my childhood.

My mom was big on instilling the importance of giving to others.  And the holidays were also filled with the promise of unwrapping something that we hoped for, along with something that we needed.  I’ve carried on those traditions with my family too.  And now, along with my kids and husband, we all look forward to receiving and replenishing those everyday staples that carry us through our days.


We’re totally a Hanes family.  We like the no-fuss ample packs of socks and undies that always seem to fit in just the right ways.  That’s why it’s so exciting to partner with Hanes this holiday season (with a neat feature on their website!), to share essentials like socks, undies, and T-shirts that have been steadfast favorites for all of us.


Stockings ignite the first layer of excitement, as the kids rush to the fireplace, carefully inspect Santa’s cookie plate – and discover a stocking (hopefully!) filled to the brim. Along with some trinkets, my son will receive Hanes Boys FreshIQ No-Show Comfort Blend Socks. Can you guess why I LOVE this sport collection? At seven, let’s just say that the odor protection technology comes in handy! And I know that the durable grey soles and cushioned foot bottoms are ideal for winter months filled with outdoor snow play and exploration.


Along with some scratch-off lottery tickets (hopefully winners!), my husband will score big with his top picks from Hanes.  Hans Ultimate FreshIQ Men’s Assorted Dress Socks are perfect for the festivities, with advanced odor protection technology in fun and trendy patterns. He’s also given a thumbs up to Hanes Ultimate Men’s FreshIQ X-Temp Air Boxer Briefs with breathable mesh fabric designed for serious comfort. Of course, I can’t forget the undershirts, the product that made him a Hanes loyalist! And he’s declared Hanes FreshIQ Men’s Comfort Blend Superior Softness Crewneck Undershirt 3-Pack the softest and best fitting tee ever.


Our big girl seems to have inherited the sock pickiness that I had as a kid! It’s all about the seams not being bothersome and the material not too thick.  Hanes ComforBlendEZ-Sort Girls’ Ankle Socks thankfully pass the test, and come in packs of 11 pairs! You better believe she’ll get a new sock buddle along with Hanes Ultimate TAGLESS Cotton Stretch Girls’ Hipsters in her stocking this year.


My favorite of all is getting to surprise my mama – just like she once did for me.  This year, she’ll receive the socks that I always pick up for myself; Hanes Women’s ComfortBlend No-Show Socks 6-Pack.  I know that these will bring comfort to her step and hopefully remind her of how much I value our traditions.

Wishing you a beautiful holiday!


Adorable Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments Tutorial


There’s something really wonderful about having homemade holiday touches in the home and gifting handmade gifts. Jen from Craftic walks us through a lovely painted Christmas ornament tutorial inspired by clear glass ornaments discovered at a local craft store. With paint, imagination, and fun finishing touches – these adorable DIY Christmas ornaments are the perfect holiday craft to make right now.


  • Acrylic paints
  • Glass or plastic clear ornaments
  • Paint brush
  • Sequins, buttons, googly eyes, or any finishes for decorating.


  1. Carefully take off the ornament tops.
  2. Get your acrylic paints ready. Consider mixing a custom palette to match holiday cards or other decorations in your home.
  3. Paint the interior of the ornament by squeezing a bit of paint into the ornament from the bottle. Depending on your paint’s viscosity, swirl it around to get a good coating (if it’s more fluid) or coat it with a paint brush (if it’s thicker).
  4. Place the ornaments upright on a paper plate and allow the excess paint to drip down overnight.  Tip: don’t use a napkin or you’ll end up with little bits of the towel dried to the edges!
  5. Check on your ornaments after drying overnight.  If there are splotches where the paint dried, touch up the spots with a bit of paint on a brush.
  6. Decorate the outside of the ornament however you wish!  Using craft glue, attach sequins, buttons, and beads to create patterns, googly eyes to make faces, or anything else. Leave to dry for at least two hours.
  7. After drying, secure the ornament tops back on and enjoy your newly created works of art!


Check out more of Jen’s crafty goodness over on Craftic!




It’s Time To Get Those Holiday Cards Ready!


Who’s excited for the holidays?! I can’t wait to get our Christmas tree and just be present with my family in all of the goodness that the season brings. The kids have always enjoyed helping to open the envelopes that will soon start to trickle in, filled with thoughtful Holiday Cards from our friends and family.  It really is such a treat to receive an actual card in this digital era.  We’ve  joined in the tradition of sending photo cards ever since our little-big-girl first came along, and we’ve turned to Minted for several years for our Christmas cards because we adore their modern, lovely and festive designs sourced from their talented global community of independent artists.


With brilliant letterpress options, Foil-Pressed Holiday CardsOrnament Holiday Cards, lovely New Years Card Collection options and more. Minted makes it easy to pop your favorite family photograph or kid’s art into a ton of different designs.  And you can never go wrong with free custom Minted envelopes and free recipient address printing!  Do let us know what your favorite designs are in the comments below – and take advantage of those great sales going on now through Cyber Monday!

This post is sponsored by Minted. A company that we have loved and used for years.  Opinions, as always, are my own.  Affiliate links are included.


20 DIY Tree Skirt Tutorials

Christmas always makes me want to dust off the sewing machine and whip up something special.  I love gifting homemade goodness and adore having handmade touches in our holiday decor.  Several years ago, I made Christmas Stockings for the family, and I’ve been thinking about making a tree skirt this year.  There are some seriously brilliant, crafty ideas on the web – and after searching high and low for the best DIY Tree Skirt tutorials – we complied twenty incredible, fun, festive and modern tutorials to teach you exactly how to make the perfect tree skirt for your home.  From no-sew  – to crochet, quilted, fur-trimmed and more.  Check out these fantastic Christmas tree skirt ideas below.  DIY-Tree-Skirts-tutorial

Thinking Closet – DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

Almost Makes Perfect – DY No Sew Moroccan Blanket Tree Skirt

A Subtle Revelry – Patterned Rope Tree Skirt

DD Hines – Crochet Christmas Tree Skirt

Say Yes – DIY Peppermint Candy Tree Skirt

Pretty Prudent – Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt

Centsational Girl – Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt

View From the Fridge – Ruffles and Pom Poms Tree SKirt

Rustic Luxe – DIY Buffalo Plaid Tree Skirt

The Crafted Sparrow – Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Polka Dot Chair – Quilted Tree Skirt

Dream a Little Bigger – No Sew Tree Skirt Tutorial

Centsational Girl – Fur Trimmed Tree Skirt

It All Started With Paint – No Sew Burlap Tree Skirt

Little Red Window – DIY Snowflake Christmas Tree Skirt

Design Dazzle – No Sew 10 Minute Tree Skirt

I Heart Naptime – No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Make It Love It – Classy Christmas Tree Skirt

The Paper Mama – DIY Doughnut Tree Skirt

Jacey Craft – Hexagon Tree Skirt Turtorial


On Keeping Seasonal Magic and The Truth About Santa

We’re among the group of parents that choose to let out kids believe in the sort of magic and childhood whimsy that comes along with believing in Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.  Despite my oldest being bombarded by classmates since Kindergarten (yes KINDERGARTEN!!) that these things aren’t real – we have two believers in our home.

What about your family? Have you thought about the best way to tell your kids the truth about Santa and more?  Luckily, there’s a brilliant tool out there to help navigate this changing childhood terrain in a helpful and empowering way that celebrates this coming of age.

Enter the Society Of Seasonal Secret Keepers, a gift set created by a mother of two to help guide kids while enlisting them as Society Secret Keepers.

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Inside this helpful kit, tucked away in a special zippered bag you’ll find:

  • A personalized welcome letter from the Society of Seasonal Secret Keepers inducting your new agent into an exciting new stage of growth.
  • A heirloom token, inside a velvet bag, inscribed with the Society’s seal and their core values of Empowerment, Agency, Respect, Curiosity, and Integrity.
  • An 80-page book entitled The Society Of Seasonal Secret Keepers Field Guide: Ancient Secrets for Modern Kids.
  • Access to an online Society Mission Control portal to provide seasonal missions and ideas, which keep the field guide fresh and current all year-round.

We have no idea how smoothly this new stage will begin in our family when the time comes – but this is the best resource we’ve found.  We love how the induction into a secret society can make a kid feel cool and empowered with their own specific training manual to help them navigate this new phase.  We think it’s AMAZING that significance is placed on vowing to protect and honor traditions (agents are bound by an oath) while caring magic on for others who believe.  And we think that truths are presented in the best way possible with an emphasis on magic as symbols of love and giving, and a sense of earned responsibility with growing up.

Do your family a favor and order it before you’ll need it.  You’ll thank us later. 🙂



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It is the reminders of hope, the simple moments of togetherness, the in between times and the joy inherent in little believers eyes that bring life and meaning to real-life Christmas in our home. Wishing you peace and joy and love.  Always.