bybmg: December 2016

I couldn't let the end of the year arrive without rounding up some of my favorite posts! It's fun to look back over the year and see how this blog has grown and changed and remember some of the fun things we've done!
We had a fabulous week!  Here are the highlights!


Happy day after Christmas! I hope your Christmas was wonderful! Today Tif and I wanted to share our New Year's Eve looks with you! We both were able to score this amazing print from the LuLaRoe Elegant Collection! 
From our family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas!

Happy Friday! I'm thrilled because today is our first day of Christmas break (though I got a head start yesterday... read on and you'll see why). I'm looking forward to slower days and just lounging around the house! Here's what we were up to this week:


Russ's parents took the boys last weekend for most of Saturday through Sunday morning. I got to go shopping, we got caught up on SO much like cleaning out the storage room, and I got almost all the presents wrapped! 

Sometimes it's good to be a slight hoarder. I hoard craft supplies, and it really comes in handy when I get the crafting itch. Especially on a day where it's -10 degrees and I don't want to step foot outside my house! This weekend I got the craft itch, so I pulled out some supplies and made these beauties. These would make a fun late minute gift or just add a little to the decorations you already have! Here's how I did it:

Welcome to December's edition of $10 at Target! Each month a fun bunch of ladies and I share what we scored for just $10 at Target. It's a fun little adventure. We link up on the third Monday of the month each month. Hope you'll join us! 

This Target trip was a fun one. I was out solo on Saturday with no time constraints. It was fun to look around! Here are some things I didn't buy.
It's been a fun week around here! Here are the highlights!


Wesley had his preschool Christmas program last Friday. It was just so adorable!

I haven't linked up with Anne and Mom Style Remix in a little while, but when I saw this month's prompt was scarves, I knew I had to get back at it. I've kind of let scarves fall by the wayside in my wardrobe and I'm not sure why. I used to be a scarf with every outfit kind of girl. I have a ton of scarves, but I just wasn't reaching for them much.

I always try to add a little personal touch to gifts we give to teachers, whether is making something home made or adding in something that's their favorite color. This year my teacher gifts aren't all that personal, but I wanted to add a little tie on that gave a homemade feel. We have a Dollar Tree that is just minutes from our house, so I find myself going there a lot. I had the craft itch, so I headed there yesterday to see what I could find to make something fun.

TIGF!  We have had a great week and have a fun weekend ahead! Here are some of the highlights!


The boys and I went to a gingerbread decorating party sponsored by a local realtor last Saturday. Lets say houses with graham crackers are hard to build, but they had fun nonetheless!

The Christmas season is in full swing here, and I'm feeling all in the spirit. Today, Tif, Della, Rachel, Nicole, and I are sharing our festive holiday looks. I went for a casual look today, and it was perfect for running around doing some errands and attending a gingerbread house decorating party over the weekend!

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If you know me, you know my love of pumpkin runs deep, but a close second place is peppermint. I love peppermint lotions, gum, and snacks, which makes me totally love this time of year and all its peppermint goodness! Today I wanted to share a yummy and pretty simple snack mix that involves peppermint. I whipped this up in less than 30 minutes from start to finish!

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You know I'm all for being prepared. The colds have hit our house on and off this fall, but I have successfully avoided a bad cold so far. However, being a teacher and having small children, I just know it's inevitable! I feel like we always have things for the kiddos when they are sick, but moms need to be prepared for their sick days, too. Today I'm sharing a basket of things I collected to keep on hand to prepare for a sick day. This would also make the perfect little gift for a friend in your life who is sick!

Happy December! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are definitely in the Christmas spirit! Here are some highlights!


We got our Christmas Tree up and lots of decorations!! I just LOVE this time of year. Also if you want a fun little holiday treat recipe, a cozy giveaway, or a fun way to treat your pet for the holidays, check out those links!

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