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Christmas at Our House!

December 29, 2014

I grew up always waking up in my own bed Christmas morning...and then quickly running down the stairs to tear open my presents. So starting the same tradition of staying home for Christmas with Hudson was something that was really important to me. Thankfully, our family goes along and all travels over to our house for the day! 

I couldn't sleep on Christmas Eve because I was so dang excited for Hudson to wake up and open his presents. I haven't been this excited about Christmas since I was a kid...something about watching your own child's eyes light up when they come down the stairs is magical. 

And Hudson's reaction didn't disappoint. He was shocked and excited to see all the presents under the tree. And it was basically the best day ever. Except my husband and I were ready to toss that choo-choo train out the window about 10 minutes in to the gift un-wrapping. Note to self: 2 year olds are not ready for battery powered trains. Between Hudson and Wrigley, that train was knocked over more times than I can count.

Hudson loved all of his toys and couldn't stop saying "Hudsey open presents!!!!" to anyone who would listen. He's the best. 

 Later in the afternoon everyone came back over to our house for more presents and Christmas dinner. Hudson had so much fun "helping" everyone open their gifts.

One of my favorite gifts....my farmhouse table! I promise an entire post dedicated to it...because it's that amazing.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!


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Christmas Pajama Party Link Up!

December 22, 2014

Today is the big day! Welcome to the Christmas Pajama Link-Up Party! What's more fun than cute kiddos in cute jammies?

Grab the graphic above and add it to your post...then link up below! Be sure to follow all of the hosts too (Darci from The Good Life, Ashley from Fancy Ashley, Jenny from Jenny Collier, Natasha from Hello Happiness, and me!) You can join us now until New Years! You can also join in on the fun on Instagram by posting your photo using #HollyJollyPjParty

It doesn't get much cuter than this. Am I right? (Jammies from Carters)

Hudson wasn't really feeling like taking photos in his jams....I tried over a few days and even bribed him with candy canes. Next year maybe he'll pose for me? A girl can dream, right?

He was a little less "Ho Ho Ho" and a little more "No No No." I still love him anyway. (Jammies from Gap, sold out)

If you know me, you know I love jammies. Any excuse to dress Hudson up in cute jams is a reason to celebrate in my book! I limited myself to 4 Christmas jammies this year....which is totally another reason to celebrate....for my husband. (Jammies from Carters)

Several of my photos turned out like this. Crazy boy.

These North Pole jams might be my favorite. The reindeer on the pants just kill me! They are totally Hudson's favorite too.

Merry Christmas from this crazy pajama loving boy! Link up below! I can't wait to see everyone in their jammies!





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Win it! A trip to see Garth Brooks and celebrate being a mom!

December 21, 2014

 Being a mom to my precious by (and baby on the way) is by far my greatest gift this Christmas season. I'm thankful for the little ways Hudson blesses me each day. His smiles, his giggles, his shouts of "my mommy! my mommy! my mommy!" when he sees me each morning. All the hard stuff about being a mom seams to disappear when I hear those words.

There's something special about being pregnant over the holidays. Not only do I have the perfect excuse for stuffing my face with Christmas cookies, I also get to enjoy this special gift. This gift that for the next 6 months is only mine. 

Have you heard Garth Brook's new single, "Mom"? It is about a conversation between God and an unborn baby. Oh. My. Word. Cue this pregnant mama's tears. For real. Grab your tissues. You can listen to an extended sample of the song here.

In celebration of Garth Brook’s brand new single, “Mom,” GhostTunes is offering one lucky mom and a guest the opportunity to see Garth in concert, complete with hotel and airfare! For more information and to enter to win the contest, click here

GhostTunes is a full-service online music platform offering millions of songs, albums, products and creative bundles from artists across all genres — creating a gathering place for listeners, artists and the music that connects them. Founded by Garth Brooks, one of the world’s best-selling artists of all times, GhostTunes celebrates the personal connection between artists and listeners who live for and love their music. The GhostTunes platform gives fans the freedom to listen to purchased music on the device of their choice while providing artists with a new way to sell their music any way they dream.

Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends.




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5 on Friday

December 19, 2014

Happy Friday! 5 things....let's do this.

{one} Don't forget I'm co-hosting the Christmas Pajama Party link up on Monday! I can't wait to see your little ones in their Christmas jams!

 {two} This week Hudson had his Christmas program at school. My sister-in-law, mom, husband, and I were all taking bets as to his performance. Half of us thought he would rock those jingle bells. Half of us thought he would stand there and give the crowd his blank stare. Luckily my mom and I were right and he jingled those bells like it was his JOB. And then when he had to come off the stage and sit with us while other kids got up on the stage he had a meltdown. Figures. 

{three} This is what happens when you give your two year old stamps. 

{four} I recently started using the Car Seat Cinema to protect my iphone when Hudson uses it....and I'm in love! It's super cute, and easy to use. 

The plastic cover allows Hudson to easily use my phone without me worrying about him dropping it or getting it dirty. Total lifesaver! The clips also allow it to be clipped to a shopping cart, the back of your chair in your car, or even your stroller. You can learn more about the Car Seat Cinema here. We've used it at Target a bunch of times...only problem? Hudson was using my phone so I couldn't snap a picture! Ha!

{five} These. Are. Amazing. And I haven't been able to find them this year. WTF. Pregnancy cravings are kicking in strong and I can't do anything about it. So sad.

Happy Friday! And now I'm linking up with basically everyone....




Oh Hey Friday with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife!
Momfessionals



And 5 on Friday with A. Liz AdventruesCarolina CharmHello! Happiness, and The Good Life.



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