bybmg: December 2015

So many people have been posting fun year in reviews, and I finally have the time to sit down and think a little about this year.

I went back through and browsed every post I'd written this year, and I thought it would be fun to share a monthly favorite!


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I'll admit I haven't gotten out of my PJs much this Christmas break, but I'm a-okay with that. I do have just a couple outfits to share with ya, though!

Errands on Christmas Eve:

Scarf: old
Vest: Old Navy
Sweatshirt: Hello Apparel
Boots: gift
(I wore jeans, they just aren't pictured.)
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There was quite a haul in the box, and quite the variety of items in my opinion.

I'm sitting here watching the snow fall and looking at all five of our stockings hanging while the two littlest nap and the two big guys are downstairs playing Minecraft and watching football. I can't help but just feel grateful. Grateful for all the boys in this picture. Grateful for our Savior coming into the world for us. I wish you a blessed Christmas. Soak up every crazy second. 

Lessons in Fashion:
a sporadic series where I share little tips with you that help make my wardrobe stretch. 

I'm mixing up my What I Wore Wednesday this week with a little lesson in fashion because it's been a while since I've done one and I thought what I did with my outfit planning this week might be helpful to you. A little behind the scenes.

So, my "lesson" for today is add something. Often times, I'll layout my clothes on the floor and they look just, "meh." I head back to my room and find one little piece to add, and the outfit is vastly improved. I have three quick examples for ya of things I wore this week.
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Christmas Eve may be my favorite night of the year. Growing up, with my parents being pastors, it was always a busy night, but so magical. I forever remember the Silent Night hymn sung by candlelight at the end of church, and I love carrying on this tradition with my family.

This year, I got a new dress. It's my favorite style, LuLaRoe's Amelia. Last year I wore a mustard version of this dress. It's such a classic cut I don't mind having a line-up of them in my closet.

I'm thrilled for another edition of $10 at Target. Make sure to hop around and check out everyone's haul!

Elizabeth - Chasin' Mason
Rachel - Garay Treasures
Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Becky - bybmg

Next month, we'll be sharing our hauls on January 18th. Drop me an email if you want to join in!

This month's trip to Target was so relaxing. I had plenty of time to browse, and browse I did. I ventured from section to section, not sure what I might end up with. The Dollar Spot was kind of picked through this time around, so I didn't purchase anything from there.

Happy Friday! Can you believe a week from today is Christmas?! How did that happen?


Yay for the Christmas season though it be laden with tissues this year. I think I'm finally getting over my cold and eye stuff. I'm tired of talking about it, so I'm sure you're tired of hearing about it. Moving on...

image via Darby Smart

I love a cutely wrapped gift, but I don't always have the time to gather the supplies needed to wrap said cute gifts. Enter Darby Smart!  Darby Smart is a site where you can purchase craft supplies to feed your creative soul. They're teaming up with Gap to offer a gift wrap set that is so simple and totally versatile! I love that it includes brown paper. Next year my goal for wrapping is to wrap just in brown paper and accessorize in different ways. This kit was a good precursor to that! I got to try out the kit early, and here's what I came up with!
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I've been loving layers lately. Add a vest, cardigan, or scarf and I feel like an outfit is up a notch!

Thursday (when I tried to go to school and ended up going to the doctor instead):

Vest: Old Navy
Tunic: Old Navy
Pants: Old Navy
Bracelets: old
Flats: Target

If you know me, you know I love a simple recipe. I was perusing the grocery store a couple weeks ago and stumbled upon holiday color Rice Krispies and peppermint marshmallows. I just knew they were meant to be together.

Decorating for Christmas has been so fun this year. It's the first Christmas in our new home, so figuring out where things fit has been a blast. I've tried to keep the purchasing of new decor to a minimum - making a couple new things and getting some ideas of what I might look for at the after Christmas sales.

First, off, the tree. I did buy a new tree this year because our old one was pretty narrow. I wanted one that was just a little taller and wider, so I snagged this tree on super sale at Target one week. They had $50 off a $100 purchase. The tree was marked down from $127 to $105, then with the $50 off, it was just $55. Then I sold our old tree on the local Facebook for sale page for $30, so I came out at just $25 for a new tree! Pretty good in my book!


Last Friday, Calvin turned 7 months old.  Hard to believe we're over the half a year mark! 

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I love sharing what I wear with you every week. I hope you can get some inspiration to put together outfits for yourself. I missed last week because of another post, so I'm catching up this week!

Traveling for Thanksgiving:

Shoes: Converse
Pants: Gap via ThredUP
Scarf: Jamberry
Sweater: H&M

One of my Goals for the Remainder of 2015 was to get a desk. My mom read the blog and texted me soon after offering a beautiful small desk that is a family heirloom. She sent me some pictures, and it turned out to be the perfect, cute little piece that fits exactly where need it. My mom remembers the desk holding the radio in her home growing up, and I'm so excited to now have it in our home as my creative landing space.

I'm thrilled to be a part of a blog hop today sharing ideas of how to celebrate Christmas with your little ones!

Today I'm sharing a simple craft I made with my boys.

Since I took last Friday off, I have two weeks of happenings to share with you this week! Happy Friday!


We spent a lot of time on the road over Thanksgiving. We drove 4 hours each way to visit Russ's parents, then 2 1/2 hours each way to my cousin's wedding. The kids were troopers, and I spent a lot of time sitting between the car seats of the younger two. Russ drove all the trips. He was a trooper, too!

Blogging is just so much fun. Little did I know when I started this space a little under three years ago, I would meet so many wonderful people. One of those lovelies is Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me. I remember when I first met Stephanie, I felt in awe of her blog and all she has accomplished! She works her hiney off and is so great at planning things to bring bloggers today. I am thrilled that she nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

The rules of accepting this award are simple -- a) thank the person who nominated you b) link back to their blog c) share 7 facts about yourself and d) nominate up to 15 other bloggers.

Here we go!

The theme for this month's How I Style It is Christmas Chic. When I think "chic," for some reason dressy, though I looked up the definition: elegantly and stylishly fashionable. I think the outfit I picked met that because it's classic and has hints of Christmas in it. Plaid. Jewels. Gold. Enjoy and make sure to check out all the other ladies' looks! Our next link up will be January 6th featuring boots!

We moved in March, so decorating for Christmas has been a new experience in our new space. I used to hang out Christmas cards on our cupboards, but this year I wanted to try something different. I also wanted to include the boys in some way. I came up with just the right project!
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