Happy Weekend: Links to Love

Candy Corn

Happy weekend lovelies! I cannot believe it is almost the end of October… what?! I swear each year goes faster and faster. I am already mourning how quickly Christmas is gonna be gone and the season hasn’t even started yet! Haha. We had a fun week in these parts. The high’s around here were low 80′s which means it’s finally cool enough to play outside everyday! Outside=world’s best babysitter. We have been killing the last few hours of every day before dad gets home outside ridin’ trikes and wiggle cars. Also, I got was able to help throw one of my bff’s a baby shower for her soon to be baby girl, babies.. yay!

Speaking of babies, if you don’t follow me on instagram you may not know that I am pregnant with baby #3! We’re due in April and we are so excited :). Parents are about to be outnumbered around here which is totally nutso! 

One of the hardest things for me during pregnancy is sleeping… ugh! I have had sleep issues my whole life, so it was no surprise to me that that was one of my toughest issues pregnancy-wise. I suffered through my first two pregnancies without ever buying any special pillows or anything, but this third time around I decided I was doing it! So Sarah requested this awesome pregnancy pillow to me, and it has been amazing!

I really can’t wrap my head around the fact that I am going to have three kids! I also can’t imagine being busier than I already am, so I am all about what makes being a good mom/wife/blogger simpler and easier. Speaking of which, I recently got my hands on a copy of the Super Mom’s guide to simply super sweets and treats for every season and I am totally obsessed! It is full of over 80 fun themed cakes, cookies and snacks that are semi homemade and easy to throw together. I can’t wait to try out a few of these simple recipes this holiday season. If you are looking for a fun gift for your mom/sister/girlfriend look no further! You can order a copy here if you’d like.

The other thing making my life soooo much easier lately are these freezer meals.. what would I do without them? So worth the initial effort.

Also making things easier, the fact that I haven’t gotten myself “ready” in weeks… just keeping it real guys.

xo,

jess-sig

Easy DIY Nativity Board

Easy DIY Nativity scene board. I love the sweet simplicity of this. I need more decorations that remind me of the reason for the season. Okay, okay, before you jump all over me, I KNOW that it is still October! *But* I’m here today with my third post for the Cricut design space star challenge and the theme was holiday sparkle… so this could not be helped! Let’s face it though, I am thrilled to be posting something Christmassy, because I am totally that person who would celebrate all year long if the world would let me. My husband has to set rules for me about when I can listen to music while he’s present and when I can decorate! Haha. After this I will hold off on posting more Christmas goodness until November 1… haha.

Seriously though, I have been thinking about Christmas a lot lately as that time of year is fast approaching and I want to really make an effort to teach my young, impressionable children what Christmas is truly about. Last year my husband and I had a budget of $150 per child which included stockings, winter clothing and gifts. We were able to get them each a few good gifts with that money. I will never forget what happened on Christmas morning, they ran down the stairs and were so excited about the presents and the cookies being gone etc. We do stockings first in our family, so we helped them open up their stockings and they were just brimming with joy and excitement.. and they thought we were done! At this point, my husband snuck a few of the boxes away and we took them back to the store. It just dawned on me how I am the one who teaches my children what this season is about. I love buying gifts and I love spoiling my children, but how much more do I love my Savior? How much more do I want them to learn to serve others and to feel the peace and joy that the blessings of Christ’s gospel brings?

With all that in mind, I set out to make a holiday project that would help remind me and my little family the reason for the season. Growing up, my mom had several beautiful nativities around our house, and that is a tradition I would like to carry on, but man those things can be pricey. So I decided to make a board (mine is actually going to hang, which is why you can see small holes in the picture above) that pictured the nativity scene! The great thing about it, is this project cost me less than $5 to make! [Read more...]

DIY Looped Burlap Wreath

DIY burlap wreath.  Takes less than 15 minutes and doesn't require any glue.

 

Hello Everyone!

It’s Kara again from While Camden Sleeps.  My husband and I recently listed our house for sell.  The outside was looking awesome after some fresh paint, but it still needed a touch of decor to make it really pop.  So I  went on a search for a new wreath.  After shopping around, I quickly learned that wreaths are ridiculously over priced. This made me decide to make my own.  The one pictured above cost just under $20 in supplies from Hobby Lobby.  If you want a cheaper version, you can get the supplies at Walmart for around $10, though the decorations won’t be as cute.

You’ll need: [Read more...]

Save Money at Target with In-Store Pickup

targetstorepickup

You guys remember when I told you how to save money at Target like a boss with their cartwheel app? Well I’m here to tell you about another life-changing Target tool that we can use to save money, time and most importantly – make life easier. Hello, Target Store Pickup.

I tried store pickup for the first time today and I am hooked. Let’s just say, hypothetically, that this prego went to Target four times last week and spent more money than she was planning on because the clearances were just so full of good things. Okay, it really happened. All of the times I went for just one item, and walked out with a lot more than that. I didn’t spend that much money because like I said, it was all clearance and it was all really stuff we needed. (NESTING.) But, nonetheless, I needed to be grounded from going there this week because my nesting budget for this pay period had now been spent. Today I needed something though, so I went online to see if my store had it, bought it online and used the store pickup option. Then I walked into the store, went straight to customer service without passing go, collecting $200 or stopping at the one spot, and walked out with my purchase with nary an impulse buy to speak of. It was so easy. [Read more...]