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The “most wonderful time of the year” is usually anything but that for couples! I never realized how hot-spot laden holidays could be until I got married! Suddenly a time which before was just full of fun and traditions now became wrought with tight finances, merging plans, in-laws, travel, and loads of expectations on all sides. Talk about a mine field! The fact that everything is “supposed” to be wonderful can sometimes just add to the trigger points.

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It’s the season of giving!! One of my favorite things about this time of year is being able to give back to those in my life who give so much all year long. This year I wanted to make sure to take some time to really give some Extra special gifts to an extra special person in my life–my mom!

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The lights, the music, the presents, the traditions, the recipes!!!

The mess, the chaos, the lines, the noise, the stress!!!

While you know how much I loooove Christmas and all the wonderful things it brings, some years it can be as stressful as it is joyful! That’s why this holiday season in addition to focusing on great gift ideas, gorgeous looks, fun new traditions, and delicious recipes for you to add to your plate; I’ve also decided to dedicate a few posts to getting help from your kids, de-stressing, and how to have fun with your spouse!

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The most wonderful time of the year is also usually the busiest and can quickly turn into the most stressful! If you’re in any work field that revolves around retail or service the holidays are the definitely the busiest time of year; plus add to that the extra activities, traditions, decorating, travel, hosting family and friends, and all of a sudden keeping up with the day to day basics can become more than just challenging!

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I’ve mentioned before how difficult the guys in my life are to shop for! They’re the kind who when they want something, they go out and buy it! So when the time of year rolls around I have the women bought for months in advance and I’m still scratching my heads as to what I should get the guys!

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How to Get Fabulous Hair Styles Without The Fuss

I’ve already mentioned how much I loooove getting all dolled up this time of year and I showed you my favorite holiday makeup but I haven’t told you about my amazing new tricks to getting great hair everyday!

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We’re so excited for the holidays, are you?! Lately in addition to being super excited about the upcoming festivities and time off of school, Amber’s been missing her friends that she used to see at playdates all the time, but doesn’t get to play with anymore now that they’re all in school. Week days are full of school, weeknights have all those extra-ciricular activities, and weekends are busy with family and church, so it’s hard to even just find time to keep up these friendships. We have had to move so often in her lifetime, however, that I really don’t want to see these special bonds she’s made over the past few years we’ve been here fade. With the holidays right around the corner and things kicking into full gear I wanted to do something to celebrate, but not something that would feel it would be adding an extra stress for moms with full schedules during that busiest time of year.

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I absolutely love getting all dolled up for everything this time of year! Whether it’s a trip to the Nutcracker or just celebrating the holiday with family at home, I think it’s a great excuse to be beautiful! Lately I’ve been loving the winteresque Ice Princess makeup look, and when I heard about the COVERGIRL #GirlsCan campaign it seemed like the perfect time to share it with you all!

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Sweet & Salty Apple Snackwiches with Reese's Spreads

Can you believe it?! We’re in that home stretch towards Thanksgiving! I just love the holiday time of year, and think that Thanksgiving is wonderful. However, I feel that it often gets over looked in the glory of Christmas. So while I plan for Christmas year round, this year I also wanted to be intentional about really celebrating Thanksgiving the month of November. In spite of, or maybe especially because of, the insanity of our recent move! One way we’ve done this is after the kid’s bedtime prayers each night we each say one thing that we’re thankful for. It’s quick and easy but I’m been surprised that it really does make an impact!

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I have to admit–one of my very parts of the holidays is the baking! Ever since I was a little girl I looked forward to making our classic holiday favorite recipes! One staple that we had to make every year was our 7 Layer Cookie Bars, it honestly wouldn’t feel like the holidays if we didn’t make these and Fantasy Fudge every year! These are also just perfect for giving out on cookie platters as gifts–so you might want to pick up enough ingredients for multiple batches!

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