This week so far has been a whirlwind of a week. I feel like i’m trying to balance the fun summer activities that my kids enjoy, while still squeezing in time for some housework. Lets be honest, with three little ones…the house is always crazy. […]
Well a lot has been happening in the Marier household this past week. Not only have I taken on a “new” (and returning) business venture with Wildtree organics (which I LOVE), but hubby celebrated his 30th birthday!
There is something about reaching thirty that signifies a new beginning. A milestone that I won’t reach for another year, but one that I do not fear. Life in your twenties is good… it’s fun and it’s exciting. It’s a time for self exploration and adventure. It’s a time for mistakes and learning life lessons.
Thirty to me on another hand, seems a time for self contentment. I time to truly wrap yourself around those you care about and establish roots. A time to continue to follow your dreams, but be comfortable in your own skin.
I am so happy that we got to celebrate him and this milestone. He has grown and achieved so much in his first thirty years, that I am so excited to see where the next thirty takes him.
I feel so blessed that we had so many friends and family come out to celebrate with us. His “Cheers & Beers” party was a success at the local brewery.
Happy 30th birthday my love!
“Behind us are memories, Beside us are friends, and before us are dreams”
Holiday traditions lay at the heart of my family. My mother raised me with a love of traditions that were passed down from her mother. It is amazing how these simple little traditions define my childhood. They are the reason that I look forward to holidays or smile when I think about family gatherings. These traditions bring families together and create warm childhood memories.
Now that I have a family of my own, I really appreciate those traditions that define our family. It makes you feel connected and even those loved ones that are no longer with us. Today, I would like to share with you my favorite holiday traditions. Some are ones that I was raised with, some are from my husband’s upbringing, and some are purely our own.
Cutting down the Christmas tree
One of the traditions I loved growing up was walking the snowy fields, looking for the perfect Christmas tree. My sisters and I would pick out the one that we loved the best and watched in awe as my dad would cut down the tree. Nothing was more exciting then setting up that tree for the first time, and unwrapping our special ornaments.
I am so happy that my husband loved this tradition growing up as well. This is a cherished family event that we look forward to every year to experiencing with our own children. It’s amazing to now watch my own daughters watch my husband cut down the tree, like I used to do with my dad.
‘Twas the Night before Christmas- A Visit from Santa
Christmas eve was a very special time in my childhood. My family and I would dress up in our special Christmas outfits to go to my Grandparents’ house in northern Minnesota. Aunts, Uncles, and cousins would all be there. Our evening would be spent eating, laughing and playing games. My favorite part of all, was the anticipation for the arrival of Santa. Yes- Santa!
My grandparents are amazing. Every year, my grandparents would have a family friend dress up as Santa and he would pay us a visit every Christmas Eve. He would bring us each a present and we would get to sit on his lap. Little did I know, that my parents had bought, wrapped, and hid the presents in the front hall closet for Santa; but it was so special.
When my husband was growing up, he also had a special Christmas Eve tradition. This is a tradition that we carry on with our own daughters today. Every Christmas eve, my daughters get to open up one gift a head of time. That gift contains a brand new pair of Christmas pajamas for them to sleep in. It is so fun to watch their eyes light up and be so excited to wear them. We then leave cookies and milk for santa, and then head off to a magical night of sleep.
The Joy of Christmas Morning
A new tradition that my husband and I started with our family, is the tradition of rudolph pancakes on Christmas morning! Nothing is more exciting then the girls waking up and running into our room shouting that santa came! Festive pancakes are just a fun way to kick off the festivities and excitement of the day.
What are YOUR favorite holiday traditions?
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays from my family to yours!
Today, I am so excited to feature guest author, Alexa Federico! She is the wonderful author of Girl in Healing, a lifestyle blog that journals her journey with her autoimmune disease! Alexa is here today to share the 5 most important things that she has learned […]
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I love when traditions are about “paying-it-forward”. Helping others is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and give back this season. This week on Holiday Traditions & Memories, I am featuring guest author Vivianna Adams. Vivianna the author of the lifestyle blog Mums Orchard House. She is here today to give us great ways to make a holiday tradition of giving!
I am feeling incredibly thankful these days. No, I won’t lie, it doesn’t always come easy especially given our struggles as of late but I’m doing my best to be intentional about the little things… they really are the BIG things. And I truly do have so much to be thankful for.
Lately I’ve been taking notice of how my 3 year old can light up a stranger’s face simply by taking a moment to say hello. I refuse to believe that random kindness is dead. So, in honor of my friendly tot, I’ve decided to share some of the ways we can be more intentional with simple acts of kindness so that maybe this holiday season you just might find yourself feeling a bit inspired too! Most importantly, helping others, doesn’t have to cost a thing!
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Audrey Hepburn
10 Easy Peasy & FREE ways to Give Back:
- Give a stranger a bouquet of flowers
- Keep a box of granola bars in your car so to share – I always feel better about giving food rather than money when I see someone in need.
- Leave a pair of hat & mittens in a ziplock bag with a note on the park bench on a cold day.
- Go through your kids’ playroom with them to sort through the toys, books & clothes they no longer need to donate to your nearest shelter or local family in need vs. the thrift store.
- Take note when someone mentions a friend or family member having surgery or giving birth & offer to drop off a meal for their family.
- Stop in just to say “hi” to your elderly neighbor or local nursing home.
- Instead of ignoring those who frequent the negative talk on social media or seem to always be down on their luck, make uplifting cards with the kids & mail them something to replenish their faith in humanity.
- Empty your change jar to pay for the coffee or toll behind you.
- Get a sitter & spend a date night volunteering together.
- Make a craft or treat to surprise your neighbor
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