It’s winter weather. It has been for a couple of weeks now down here in Austin, Texas. Which, we are NOT used to. 20 degree weather for us Texans is COOOOOLD. It also doesn’t help that the kids have been on break now for two weeks, and I think we are all driving each other crazy!
Nonetheless, I start Whole30 on Monday, and wanted to get a really yummy comfort pasta dish in before I left it for the world of no carbs. And I knew I had to go big or go home, which meant making my super delicious sausage and eggplant pasta! It’s easy, the kids LOOOOVE IT. I’m talking like asking for seconds! I mean, who are these kids? Are they seriously eating eggplant? Sometimes it’s a fight to eat a chicken nugget, but they gobble this dish up and always ask for more. As a mom, you know how important this is!
Well, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! How was everyone’s Christmas/Holiday break? We did a whole lot of eating, hanging out with family, eating, watching TV, eating, taking naps, and then some more eating. HA. I mean it isn’t the holidays if you don’t eat a lot right?? =)
But somewhere in the middle of all of that, we managed to knock out a little DIY that I’ve been dying to do to our master bedroom! If I could explain my elation about this, I would. I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am that this is the project we managed to get done over the holiday break!! I’ve been wanting to do something to the horribly ugly back wall behind our bed because I detest that awful paint color our home came with. *barf* What’s worse you ask? IT’S ALL OVER MY HOUSE!!! #killmenow
I’m not going to lie. I feel that this year, the sales have been more than ever in my face. It was leading up to Black Friday, and since then it’s just out of control. I totally get that brands want people to BUY BUY BUY, but I also think it’s time to step back and really understand if you actually need some of this stuff. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you’ve already heard me ranting about this over the course of this month. I’ve decided to be much more intentional with my purchases this year, because it just doesn’t make sense to buy my family and friends gifts that are going to be of no use to them. My husband and I basically decided to not do any gifts for each other, and may just end up buying a new mattress since that’s actually something we need since ours is so old and on it’s way out! EEEEEK.
We don’t really need another sweater, another knick knack, or something else that’s just going to end up untouched and on the counter, or worse, the trash. This is why I think it’s time to talk about gifts that potentially live on past the holidays. Something that people will treasure and will make a giant impact on their lives.
We are a week away from Christmas and all that means is that things are getting crazier and hectic! YIKES. Lots of holiday shopping, parties galore, and stress! The last thing you want to worry about is how you’re going to fancy up your table for Christmas/Christmas Eve dinner. Am I right? You want it to look beautiful of course, but let’s be real. Keeping it simple is something everybody can get on board with given everything else we need to worry about!
My friend was hosting a little girls night out ornament exchanged and asked me to come up with name place cards, and I know I wanted to create something that was easy, inexpensive, and potentially something that was going to look good no matter how the table was decorated!