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!’
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.
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