Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Clutter-Free Holiday Season


As you may know, we're going to have a baby this holiday season.

As if that weren't excited and life changing enough, we also decided in the 11th hour to buy a new house. Yes, we're going to move somewhere around my 36th week of pregnancy. I'm trying to look on the bright side-- I won't get the inevitable day-after-moving aches because I won't be able to lift all the much.

With all of this going on, it is no wonder money is top of mind right now. Specifically, not spending all of it.

So I have a plan. I am going to try my hardest to do my holiday decorating and gift wrapping only with things I already have. No trips to Michael's for craft supplies. No picking up new gift wrap impulsively at Target or online (even if it is really beautiful) My goal is to clear out the closet of gift wrapping odds and ends (half rolls of paper, and carefully folded pieces I rescued from gifts I've received), use art supplies I already have on hand (sticky letters, felt, and glitter galore), and get creative with alternative wrapping materials.

I think it will be a fun challenge. Are you with me? I'll be sharing my attempts on Instagram. If you'd like to join in (and provide me with inspiration too!), use the hashtag #clutterfreeholiday when you share your decorating and gift wrapping ideas. Gifts count too! At the end, I'll share some of the ideas we've come up with. Sound good?

Let's do this!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Atlantic Luggage Travel Sweepstakes - San Diego or New York

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The High Line

Over the summer, B and I took a trip to New York. I was halfway through my pregnancy and feeling pretty good (except for the crazy ankle swelling that came with air travel-- but thankfully, it only lasted a day). We did some things we've done on previous trips (wander around Central Park, visit the American Museum of Natural History) and some things that were new (Watch a taping of the Daily Show! Walk the High Line!
On the set of The Daily Show
Ceiling of the American Museum of Natural History

We've traveled enough to know how to pack pretty efficiently at this point, but it made me wonder what packing for and traveling with a baby will be like. Will we be able to do carry-on only? Probably not. Do we need new luggage? Probably.

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