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What To Get for Teachers under $30

Friday, December 2, 2016

It's always a nice at the end of the year to bring a gift for the teachers in your life. Now that Everett is in school, we do the Teacher's Gift but try to have it come from the heart. Last year we made Gingerbread Granola and put them in Mason Jars. This year, Everett only has two main teachers and we purchased this and our favorite blend of coffee. Now, I am sure they have plenty of mugs over the years, but having something delicious baked and put inside the cup is always a fun idea. I also really like the thought of a hand written note from student and parent. Something thoughtful to show the appreciation you have for the teacher is another way to get your child involved. If things seem to hectic this time of year, don't just buy a gift to buy a gift. Think about how many ornaments, cups, and nick nicks teachers must have in their home. They cannot possibly save every hand made crayon picture frame either. Why not think of something yummy, a gift card, a note, a planner, or maybe even some cleaning supplies! What are some of your ideas?

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12 Days of Christmas with Beauty Counter

Thursday, December 1, 2016

12 days of Christmas raffle, giveaway and excitement begins. Throughout the month of December anyone who places an order will be eligible for the Secret Santa mystery host social. This means you will have the opportunity to win up to 5 COMPLIMENTARY products and 5 products of your choice at 50% off - how do you get in?!? just simply place ANY size order in the month of December. For every $20 you spend, you'll get one entry. Spend $60? Get three entries! No limit on entries, and I'll keep updates on the social progress throughout the month with my Instagram account! Drawing will be January 1st. Let me know if you have any questions too! 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Are you decorating your tree this week? I have been so amazed by all the families posting on Instagram this week. Here are some of my favorites:

Here is our little tree. 

The kids also have a Jesse Tree this year, which we are using little ornaments to show the timeline for Jesus' Birth. I found the ornaments on etsy at Baby What Knot.

Today there are some great decorations sales. Land of Nod, PotteryBarnKids, West Elm, Target.

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Toys the Kids ACTUALLY Play With

Monday, November 28, 2016

Each year, we thin out the toys a little bit more by donating or refitting them to each other. That game has already been played a hundred times on Sunday. The kids have a box, they put toys in it, then give it to each other to open it. It's like Christmas morning for them over and over and over. Of course right before church yesterday, they decided to dump every single lego, animal and train track in this box, then dump it out all over the floor. Let them be little I guess! I have been gathering a list of toys all year for you and your families for ideas. I didn't want them to be just the popular items of the season, but items that are played (bickered) with continuously over here.

1. We have are on our third version of this peacock broom set. It has been an indoor toy and outdoor toy. I am not sure if it's a kid thing, a boy thing, or what, but they like to take off the broom part and use the handle as a weapon. The girls really enjoy the handle broom and have helped me clean the baking soda up that eleanor loves to spill on the floor from the refrigerator. Today it's on sale for less than $15.

2. We have a wood toy kitchen that my sister in law handed down to the kids. It's beautiful. Of course they really love to pretend to make soup, have tea, bake pizza and you guessed it, have utensil sword fights. I have learned my lesson after seven, not one, but seven rubber spatulas have broken. They also like to use this as water play outside in the summer with bowls. They can make drums or just have some pretend mixing going on.

3. Melisa and Doug know how to make toys. The kids had their horse stable from last summer. We found it at The Grand Hotel during the time we were waiting for our room to be ready. Then, last Christmas, an Aunt and Uncle found their barn. OMG. This barn and stable we have imagined a million different lives for the animals. We have used it as a hotel for the babies, a garage for the car and even a fort for some Yoga Joes. This is on sale today too! Amazon I'm sure would be a good place if you have Prime for free shipping.

4. Legos. I know I complain about them being in the toaster, and stepping on them out of bed, but they really are amazing. When I need them to be quiet, they always are good about dumping the legos out. We have the lego animal train that is perfect for all ages under 5. The pieces aren't too small for the one year old, and they build some good concentration for the older kids. Eleanor, at 2.5 years old, really enjoys lining the animals up too.

5. Animals and Babies. It's a new world for me paying attention and playing babies. Amelia has the best time with it. She really can't get enough squeezes in to them. Planning on getting Eleanor a stroller to push and this moses basket for Amelia.

6. Holiday Themed. My mom found this awesome Nativity Stable that is made of nylon and perfect for little kids. It's the perfect gift idea for little kids to get them excited for Jesus' birth. I am really trying this year to incorporate a lot of talk about Jesus instead of Santa. This is one way to do it. At night we can arrange the stable. They don't make this particular one anymore, but I have a link to other possiblities.

Land of Nod  - 20% + Free Shipping
Pottery Barn Kids -  OHWHATFUN 20%
Yoga Joes - 20% off all Joes

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The Making of a Good Family Photo

Sunday, November 27, 2016

You want a great family photo for you holiday memory book? Look no further than this Peacock lesson.

Step 1: Get everyone on the sofa and don't find your shoes!

Step 2: Throw in a stuffed bunny to ensure everyone's eyes stay open and alert!

Step 3: Snuggle up close and say "cheese" or in our house "sausage"!

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Family Room Style

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Our Peacock Room

rug / sofa (similar)  / grey pouf / pillow (similar)

This Thanksgiving we transformed our house into a restaurant and lodge! I was inspired by our company to finally get our pictures up on the wall.

Happy Thanksgiving and end of November. Hoping small today? This is a good article for places in Detroit. 

Less than one week until I am 32! I will have 32 of my favorite things coming next week! 

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Best Christmas Gifts 2016 : 3 Little Peacock Christmas Wishlist

Sunday, November 20, 2016

There are so many Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals! I always try to wait for free shipping! Sometimes I think it's more than a 10% off coupon. Land of Nod has some awesome Holiday decor and Teepee sales right now. I also really prefer to try to shop small and places like Freshly Picked is having a 25% off everything. Amelia will be getting away for another month squeezing into her sister's size 3, but I would like to snag a new pair. Plus they have their new MarketPlace which has some great items for new moms. Consignment shops often have Melissa and Doug puzzles and baby items that you can find cheaper in the store. Macy's today is having their SUPERSUNDAY sale with code FEAST for 20% off. Of course Amazon always includes some amazing steals. Good luck.

 This season can get a lost with trying to buy buy buy. Hopefully, you can stay under budget and with a happy heart throughout Christmas. I leave you with this beautiful quote from the book, "Present Over Perfect"(which would make a beautiful gift too):

"It's about learning to show up and let ourselves be seen just as we are. It's about realizing that what makes our lives meaningful is not what we accomplish, but how deeply and honestly we connect with the people in our lives, how wholly we give ourselves to the world around us....real over image, connecting over comparing, and depth over artificiality. This is the good stuff." - Shauna Niequist 

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Everett hasn't really gotten the question from us, "what do you want for christmas?" I know he needs some clothes, quiet time activities, and this scooter! This summer there was a boy who would ride by on his scooter and Everett was desperate for one. Red Radio Flyer sent us their catalog (with a car on the front!) and he was all about the scooter. Lucky for us there was a 20% coupon on it too.

This year we are encouraging our families to not buy the kids more than one toy. I have suggested bath toys, pajamas, coloring books, and puzzles. Last year, Everett started walking into family's houses and asking "do you have a gift for me?" Mom fail!

I know my aunts enjoy picking out items for kids since their kids are in their twenties now and I understand. However, last year left me feeling three things. One, it was sensory overload with sounds and colors. Two, they had no idea why they were getting gifts and the true meaning behind Christmas. Third, it just gave us a bunch of clutter around the house. Having three kids, we could have a whole room filled with toys and trucks, but we don't. It's very minimal and we like it that way.

We wanted to emphasize giving this season. Making gifts, collecting can goods for Gleaners, getting a basket of toys/clothes we do not need anymore and showing them that giving makes our hearts sing! I know Eleanor is two, but Everett is learning and I think it sets the foundation (I hope).

 The girls are all about babies and these gifts are perfect... well maybe not the piano, but I know Amelia will enjoy playing it. I'll just have an extra eggnog on Christmas morning.

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