creating holiday traditions | carters

this post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

the holidays are quickly approaching and with it, the opportunity to create memories and traditions with your family. as a kid, i always thought that this time of year was so much fun…the presents, lights, cookies, trees, decorations. but little did i know that as a parent, it is so much MORE fun!!
zach and i are both big into creating traditions with our family, combining the memories we both have and morphing them into our own. the weather starts changing, the leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, red and orange, there’s a chill in the air and we’re getting ready for thanksgiving and christmas…which are sneaking up on us WAY too quickly!
it’s this time of year that i specifically appreciate the essentials, fit for any occasion and carter’s ALWAYS has what i’m looking for. ever since the girls were 3 pound teeny preemies, carter’s has been my go to when looking for adorable + affordable clothing…and even now with a baby boy in the mix!

holly + jolly right there, friends.

give me all the holiday traditions…i’m all about them and if we do it once, then clearly it’s a tradition. here’s some of my favorites this time of year:

christmas traditions with your family

cutting down our christmas tree – my parents started this tradition before my sister and i were born and i’ll never have it any other way… going to choose our own tree is a process. we go and assess every single tree, lose countless mittens as we try to mark the contestants. i’ll tell ya, there’s nothing better than the scent of a fresh cut tree in your living room!

decorating said christmas tree – another big one, it’s all about the egg nog, talking about every ornament as we carefully choose the perfect location. i am SO excited for the big girls to be involved this year!

hot cocoa dates – bah this is one of my favorites. there’s just something so cozy about snuggling on a blanket, sipping something so warm… clearly the girls have got this one down.

christmas eve boxes – i saw this one on pinterest like 5 years ago and said when we had kids that i wanted to start it…and so i did! now, each babe gets to open one present that contains everything they need for christmas eve….carter’s christmas jammies, hot cocoa, a christmas book, and a christmas movie to snuggle up and watch before crawling under.
** carter’s is partnering with Pajama Program, an organization that provides children new pajamas from November 1st – December 31st. you can help by donating a pair of new pajamas in store or make a monetary donation at check out (in store or online). carter’s will match up to 100,000 pairs of pajamas…what’s even more amazing is that this will go directly back to your community so you can help another child while also helping your own!**

christmas stockings – in our house, we hang our stockings above the fireplace and while we’re sleeping, santa fills the stockings and places at the end of the beds. there’s nothing better than waking up to those stockings and going through each thoughtful gift…even the mandatory toothbrushes!

gah these sweet faces. give me just one more… can we all just sign a petition to present to zach? puh-lease?!
whether you’re looking for holiday pajamas to go in those christmas eve boxes or the cutest baby holiday clothes, carter’s has you covered! side note… these shirts are SO comfy + cozy.. i was literally peeling them off of the girls after their stint with hot chocolate because they wanted to wear them to ‘beeeeeed!’

you can find the girls shirts HERE {white} + HERE {red/green}, leggings HERE, miller’s sweater HERE and shoes HERE {i mean seriously, could those be any cuter?!}!

the seasons of mamahood are ever changing and this one is no different. i never understood when people would say to savor every moment because they are fleeting, and guys, they just are. the tantrums are exhausting and yet those sweet baby snuggles make it all worth it. i wouldn’t trade these crazy days for anything and i never want to take these moments for granted. these babes, they’ve made me into the woman i am today and i’m coming into this holiday season with a thankful heart and a few extra cups of coffee.

i am so excited to kick off this holiday season with our crazies. we usually jam pack it with as many holiday plans and if there’s one thing we’re good at, good at, it’s creating memories.
one of the best parts about shopping carter’s are the affordable prices.. and even more so when there is a coupon code involved..holla!  every mama needs a coupon…especially coming into the black friday season {starting 11/17!}…and 3 kids! am.i.right?! if you’re a black friday shopper, make sure to stop in for your chance to win over $700,000 in dash cash to the first 100 people to visit their local carter’s or oshkosh B’gosh store for the Dash In to Win Sweepstakes. the sweepstakes will be held on black friday (11/23 or 11/24 – depending on when the store opens after Thanksgiving). you can check to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held. plus, you’ll receive a gift from Shutterfly on your $40+ purchase that day. visit for official rules.

use the code CART4198 for your online purchase or click HERE to find your local store and use code 070716 to receive 20% off your purchase of $40 or more  through 12/31/17.

i’m always looking for new traditions to start with our kids…what’s your favorite holiday tradition with your family?! 

a HUGE thank you to Carter’s for sponsoring this post and ivory lamb photography for capturing our crazy crew!

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17 thoughts on “creating holiday traditions | carters

  1. Your kids are so cute! We started the special Christmas pajamas and giving our kids an ornament on Christmas Eve when my oldest was a baby. In addition to that, we used to have a Gingerbread man countdown to Christmas. The kids decorated paper gingerbread men, and then every day from Dec 1-Dec 24 they opened up one and had an activity to do. Some were altruistic (decorate a tree for wildlife) others weren’t. Carter’s is such a great brand, the clothes are so cute and the ones my kids wore were great quality. Our first pair of Carter’s overalls was worn by all 5 of my kids.

  2. Carters is my favorite go to place to shop for my grandbabies! Quality is wonderful, price point is perfect. They look adorable in those outfits!

  3. These are such cute photos! I love the coordinating outfits – and what great deals going on at Carter’s! I still need to get Christmas stockings for us! We are reading the Shepherd on the Search Advent devotional book as a family this year for our new tradition!

  4. I LOVE Carters!! I need to get my girls coordinating outfits for their Christmas photo. And gosh, these pics are just so dang cute!!! I love the one with the girls toasting their mugs.

  5. Cutest little pics! I love family traditions at Christmastime…thanks for sharing!

  6. My favorite Christmas tradition is making the kids wait at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning while “Mommy and Daddy” get to scope out what Santa brought downstairs. My parents did it when we were kids and it built up so much anticipation that the first sight of presents on Christmas Day was so much fun! I hope my boys feel the same joy my sister and I felt as kids.

  7. We cut down our own tree for the first time last year. We got permits to go into our local national forest and just drove around and hiked to different trees and cut one down! I didn’t even know that was something that people could actually do, lol. I thought if you wanted to cut your own tree you had to go to a tree farm… in my defense I grew up a semi-city girl. 😉 We’re doing it again this year and the kids have already been talking about it for months! And we also love Carters pjs for Christmas, I actually bought their Christmas Eve pjs yesterday!

  8. I love Carter’s. Their pajamas are the only ones I buy now because they are seriously the best! We have a couple of fun Christmas traditions I know my kids are looking forward to, including wrapping Christmas books and then unwrapping and reading one each night before bed. Seriously so much fun!

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