Being Brickner : December 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Stocking Stuffers for Little Girls

Does anyone else feel like the Christmas season has flown by this year, more than ever before?  One minute it just turned December first and we had all the time in the world, and the next I'm getting emails that there is still time for last-minute gifts.  Seriously, don't blink.  I can't even think about the fact that 2018 is just a few weeks away.

With that being said, I definitely still have quite a few gifts to buy -- but thankfully am pretty much done with the girls and I cannot wait to see their little faces Christmas morning!!!  Waverly's list is rather extensive, she's totally my child and a true shopper at heart.  She can find something she wants anywhere (like even the gas station), so she's been adding to her list since early summer and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.  Avalon Elle, give that sweet girl a bouncy ball and a bag of candy and she is GOOD.  So funny how different they are!  We decided to get them a couple big joint presents this year, a dollhouse and an easel, and then a few little toys that fit with each of their favorite things right now (Waverly is all Shimmer & Shine and Avalon is Peppa Pig!!).  One of my favorite parts is also filling their stockings, I thought I would share some of what we have planned so far. 

Hat -- Book -- Dolls -- Necklaces -- Crayons

I remember always loving to open my stocking as a little girl, my mom always put so much thought into things that really fit our personalities at the time and I hope my own kids will love it just as much.  It really is the most magical morning of the year.

Lastly, I also always love to put a few fun bows in their stockings, with two little girls it's just a must, and this year teamed up with Sandy at Zozu Baby on the cutest, most festive bows & socks for the season.  If you are still in need of some holiday goodness, you must check out her shop, everything is adorable!!

Merry December, friends! XO

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Tree Farm & Our Holiday Bucket List

Happiest DECEMBER!!!  The holiday season has always been my absolute favorite time of the year, since I was a little girl, and it's only gotten better since having two little girls of my own!  We kicked off all the festive fun a couple weeks back by going to get our Christmas tree, I thought I would share some photos today as well as a list of things we hope to check off before the 25th.

The girls are at such fun ages for all the Christmas fun right now (maybe I say that every year?), and I can't wait to do all the things, but I'm also trying to keep our list a little light to save some time to enjoy the season at our house as well.  I have noticed more than ever lately that both girls really are happiest at home, and goodness I know those days are limited, so I really want to soak it up while I can.  We recently got Home Alone and Waverly's been wanting to watch it on repeat (while wearing 12 layered princess costumes), and Avalon is perfectly content relaxing on the couch in her daddy's old tee-shirt staring at the ornaments on the tree.  They get so excited to run down the stairs each morning to find the elf and get their next little treat from our advent calendar, both of which take us hardly any time to set up, but make the BIGGEST difference to them.  So my motto for this holiday season, stress (and plan) less, love more.  It's so much easier said than done, but I am determined to it happen.

With that being said, FIVE things we want to do over the next few weeks.

1 -- Christmastown.  One of our favorite traditions each year, it's literal magic right before your eyes and I swear I will never ever miss one year, even after my kids are over it and I have to drag them to  come with me.  If you are in the area, it is an absolute must-do, worth every penny.

2 -- Ceramic Christmas Trees.  Waverly and I will be joining my mom & sister to actually make our own next weekend, can't wait for this!

3 -- Make Festive Chocolate Pretzels.  Both my girls hate hot chocolate (crazy!), but they both love pretzels dipped in chocolate so we will be stocking up on these and making for family and friends. 

4 -- Holiday Date Night.  It's been forever (and ever, the summer), since my husband & I have actually been on a date.  We are long overdue!  Making it happen this holiday season.

5 -- Paint Pictures for Grandparents.  Our girls love, love, LOVE to paint (in fact Avalon Elle went missing over Thanksgiving dinner and was found upstairs knee deep in paint), so I know they will love to do this.  Planning to find some fun holiday themed pictures online and let them have fun with it.

Sending some holiday cheer from our family to yours! XO