4 Tips to Decorate your Christmas Tree with your Toddler

 It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Well inside anyway; it was still 80 degrees outside this past weekend!

Now that thanksgiving is over, I spent a day taking down all of my fall decorations and cleaning the house. Then it was 100% focus on Christmas! This is our first Christmas in our new apartment so I was pretty excited to figure out where we wanted the Christmas tree. This is also the first year that our 2 ½ year old seems more aware of what is going on. He recognized the Christmas tree decorations and got very excited to put up the tree.

*Tree Classics gifted me this tree in exchange for a post, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

This is also our first year having a huge (7.5 ft) Christmas tree. Tree Classics was kind enough to partner with me and they sent us a gorgeous Classic Fraiser Fir that was delivered to our doorstep! Over the past few years we have used a 5 ft tree so this was a huge change! One thing that I love about this tree is that it has the “real feel” branches. We’ve always been fake tree people (we love real, but fake was easier and more cost effective for us in the long run). But I love that Tree Classics has fake trees that look AND feel real! (Really you guys, it is absolutely gorgeous!) I also love how easy the set up is and that it is pre lit! There is nothing I hate more than putting lights on the tree (I’m super picky so it’s easier if it already has lights on it, haha). It looks absolutely gorgeous in our living room and I can’t wait to use it for years to come.

Ok, moving on to my 4 tips for decorating a Christmas tree with a toddler!

Get them Excited to Decorate!
The first thing you need to do is get them really excited about decorating the tree. This year was easy. He saw the mini tree we have and he remembered from last year what it was and he got very excited! When we pointed out that the bigger tree was in the large box that had been delivered to our house, his eyes got wide and he started trying to open the box.

Keep them distracted while you set the tree up.
I intended to put up our gorgeous 7.5 ft Classic Fraiser Fir from Tree Classics while he was napping. But since we put our tree up on Sunday, his nap is always different than it usually is due to him falling asleep on the way home from church.
So, since he was awake, we actually let him play with some of the decorations. He loved the mini tree and the wood slice ornaments. He also loves boxes so he was emptying our decoration boxes and trying to climb inside.
A few other ways that you can keep them distracted if you don’t want them running around until the tree is sturdy is to play Christmas music and encourage them to dance or a even put on a fun Christmas movie.

Let them hang the ornaments!
Let them have fun with this. We had a pile of ornaments that were totally safe for him to walk around with and attempt to put on the tree (think no expensive glass ;) I’m not saying you can’t have those with a toddler around, but don’t let them try to hang them…trust me, about half of the ones he tried to hang ended up falling) Don't worry if it’s not perfect! I didn’t worry that he wanted to place all the ornaments right next to each other and that half of them were simply placed on the branches. It’s just about having fun all together and making memories. (Later after the kids go to bed is when you can then rearrange things to space them out a bit more ;) )

Once he was finished decorating the tree, we sat down and drank a cup of hot cocoa and talked about how pretty the tree looked in our living room. 

It was such a fun afternoon decorating our tree! I am looking forward to many more memories being made this holiday season! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Here is a little video of us decorating our tree!


Fall Capsule Wardrobe and Life Lately

Hey you guys!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve published a blog post! And as you can see things have changed a little on the blog! I have been in the process of moving my blog over to where you are reading this now and most of my attention has been on creating YouTube videos! What!? I know that's still what I say when I think about it, haha.

A friend who does the occasional video was talking to me about starting to create videos because I was interested in filming a video on what’s in my fall capsule wardrobe. So I decided to give it a try and have since been doing more and more videos! I honestly love creating them! I will attach the two videos that I created first.


4 Hair Styles to Wear with a Hat

Hey ya’ll! How are you doing? We have been enjoying our summer. Living in Southern California, it doesn’t start cooling down until October, but I have decided not to complain and to just think of it as extra time to spend swimming with my son (he went from somewhat enjoying the pool to absolutely loving it this year so I’ve been trying to take him as much as possible).

Today’s post idea came to me because of my love of wearing hats and a comment from a friend who said she likes the idea of wearing hats, but never knows what to do with her hair that actually looks cute and not like she isn’t trying. So, here are 4 ways to style your hair with a hat! In these pictures, my hair hits a little below my shoulders. I have since cut it even shorter and I can still do all of these!


Summer Wardrobe Remix Challenge-10 Pieces; 11 Outfits

Aww, wardrobe challenges. A year and a half ago, I had never even heard of such a thing. Now, I have completed two and am looking forward to doing more in the future.

Last fall I participated in Unfancy's wardrobe challenge and I loved how it helped me view my wardrobe and to learn to be content with the items that I already had in my closet. This summer wardrobe remix challenge is a 10x10 challenge. Meaning, you choose 10 items of clothing that you then wear over the next 10 days, therefore, creating 10 different outfits (I threw in one extra because I was excited about it, haha)

I already had a summer capsule wardrobe, so I just pulled my 10 items from that. I did not intend on making almost all of my items a member of the blue family, but apparently that's what I have the majority of in my wardrobe currently. ;)

Here are the 10 items that I chose.

Three Summer Wardrobe Staples

Hey you guys! I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve done an outfit post! (Even though I just did my 4th of July style). Today I wanted to share with you my top three summer wardrobe staples!

So it’s been a while since I’ve talked about my capsule wardrobe. I am still doing it but with much less rules and guidelines as I mentioned in my post here. Over the past year, I haven’t put a ton of thought into my capsule wardrobe planning. I have been keeping it simple, replacing worn out items, adjusting it to my stay-at-home mom lifestyle, and really just wearing what I love!

Ok, on to my three summer wardrobe staples.

2 Ingredient Toddler Approved Popsicle Recipes

Hey y’all! So I’m just going to just straight into the post! Today I am going to share two of our favorite summer popsicle recipes that seriously take less than 5 minutes to make, especially if you already have the watermelon cut up!

When my son was just starting on solid foods I really wanted to limit his sugar. I even made him a homemade birthday cake for his first birthday that was sugar free (it had applesauce and bananas to sweeten it, and it was actually really yummy.) So when summer rolled around after his first birthday, I knew that I would want to offer him popsicles as a fun summer treat, but I didn’t want to just give him something that was basically flavored sugar. (And no, I don’t think you’re a horrible person if you do give your child sugar, my son has had his fair share…especially this year…we live very close to a place that sells ice cream ;) but it was a concern of mine to limit his sugar intake).


Mother-Son Independence Day Style

What?! You’re hearing from me again within less than a week! Haha, yes! I really wanted to share these adorable mother-son Independence Day outfits and mini photo shoot. I still can’t believe that it is July already! It felt like just yesterday we were baking sugar cookies and dancing around to Christmas music.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am also a photographer and I love taking pictures of my son, so yes, I do plan and shoot mini photo sessions for him for almost every holiday and milestone in his life, haha. My husband actually laughed at me for wanting to take Independence Day photos of my son, but I mean, how cute is he? I just love this bright red polo on him! I think I’ll have to buy him more bright red shirts in the future.