Friday, December 21, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all! I can't believe Christmas Eve is Monday! We are ready to celebrate. Before we start all of the family celebrations this weekend, I wanted to pop in and share a few of my Friday Favorites: 

The boys had their preschool Christmas parties on Tuesday, and Walker had his Nativity Play that morning. He did a fabulous job (we were so proud!) and I think someone needs to find him an agent. Ha! ;) 

This was Walker's last preschool Christmas party and I got a little emotional when I realized we are at the "beginning of the end" on a lot of things with him. He starts Kindergarten in August and I just can't believe it! (I can't imagine how emotional I'm going to be when he's a senior in high school.) 

This was Knox's first year for a Christmas party (he started preschool in January last year) and he had so much fun making his crafts, eating all the food and singing songs for me. 

I had some questions about my booties. They're these from Nordstrom, but currently sold out. Here is a great similar pair (and they're on sale and less than $60)! 

My mother-in-law bought me the Magnolia Table cookbook for Christmas last weekend. I'm excited to dive in! Those of you who have it, tell me: what are some must-make recipes? I went ahead and Prime'd a pastry cutter so I can tackle some of the recipes over Christmas "break." 

This time of the year, our house is a complete and utter wreck. I guess it's because we are in and out due to all of the obligations and stuff just gets thrown on the counter and I put cleaning on the back burner. Anyway, I spent Wednesday morning completely deep cleaning the house and it felt so good when it was all finished. We're talking dusting, cleaning toilets, de-scaling the coffee maker, tons of laundry, mopping, etc. 

Then I had my groceries delivered via Instacart (such a life-saver this time of the year) and I felt like I had just done so much with my morning. Ha! 

Does anyone else feel so accomplished when they deep clean like that? Does your house look like a bomb went off in the latter part of December? Do you feel like you have to do a good clean before Christmas Eve?

I'm not sure I ever shared our Christmas card with y'all?! I don't love the picture, but with pictures getting rescheduled twice due to sick kiddos, I just had to get something out. I wished I could have used a photo from our family photo shoot, but I wouldn't have gotten cards out in time. Oh well. Always next year! 

I ordered these from Zazzle

Do any of y'all subscribe to (or send out) email newsletters -- either for work or for your blog? I used to at my former job -- one a week! -- and I wish I would have had some of the helpful info that Campaign Monitor offers. I was looking at their site and really loved this article about cultivating loyal readers with an email newsletter; I thought it might be helpful for those of you who send out email newsletters as part of your job or as part of your blog marketing. (I also loved that the website puts a reading time next to each article. The OCD in me rejoices!) 

I know no one wants to think about work at this point in the year, but I thought it would be a great referencing tool for when work and 2019 planning gets underway in January. 

 A snippet of the article's helpfulness: 

"With 269 billion emails being sent every day (a lot of which is spam), it is becoming increasingly difficult to cut through the noise and provide your audience with a unique experience that keeps them coming back for more. So what steps can you take to make sure you’re giving your readers what they want?"

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  1. I also cannot believe that Monday is Christmas eve! December is flying like it always does! Yes, the house needs a good cleaning before Christmas Eve, mainly because we have all our family over on Christmas Eve and also I feel if it is deep cleaned before I can just tidy for next while and have a nice break! haha

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

  2. I love deep cleaning my house when all the decorations come down. Until then I try to just maintain...hahaha! I love the bacon jam burger (and so does my husband) and the lemon bars are to die for! I did have to add some cooking time to them though. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Aw, I remember when my kiddos used to put on their preschool plays! They were always so darn sweet!! I already warned all my guys that we're cleaning Monday morning since we're hosting Christmas breakfast this year.


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