Okay, so today’s post is a little different than usual… I love watching Vlogmas videos on YouTube and each year I get so many requests to do Vlogmas but it is almost impossible to keep blogging like I do & then edit videos each night in addition. That being said, I thought I’d put a spin on the Vlogmas idea and try to do a Blogmas! I actually tweeted this morning that I was looking for ideas for todays post and everyone was asking for Christmas posts so I thought it’d be fun to try a Blog-Mas type thing.
If you haven’t heard of Vlogmas – it is basically where YouTubers VLOG daily until December 24th.. and a Vlog is where you carry your camera around and film what all you are doing. I think the reason everyone likes it is because it’s a fun way to see real life what people are up to & what they for the Holidays. It’s always interesting to see other people’s traditions, how they decorate, where they buy their decorations, how they celebrate, where they travel to, what gifts they are giving, how they dress for the holidays, what they cook during the holidays, etc. I have a lot of posts planned for the month but I am going to try to do add Blogmas-type posts each week just to show what all we are up to as far as the holidays.
I have an older brother & sister – both of which are married and my brother has 4 children & my sister has two. That being said, Christmas is a super fun holiday w/all the kids and is something we all look forward to for months! We have a few traditions that we are passing down – one of which is something our parents did with us & I’ll share that later this month! Of course, now that we have Luke – we want to start some traditions with/for him- so far nothing is planned though – so let me know in the comments if you have ideas!
Also, if you are a blogger and want to join me for Blogmas – leave links in the comments so I can see what your holiday traditions, decor, meals, etc. look like and others can see them as well!
*Edited: The Neverfull Winner has been drawn: Anna Crollman. Please e-mail me in the next 48 hours to get your Neverfull at firstname.lastname@example.org!*
Christmas trees are a major thing in my family – my sister is like a magician w/decorating Christmas trees! I always pick out all of my decor and she will come to Tulsa and actually put it on my tree. I love her decorating because it’s not your typical Christmas tree – it’s different and funky! I always go with some sort of theme – so in our living area where everyone hangs out and watches television (it is open to the kitchen) I have my traditional red & green tree. I wanted to do something unique and different so I incorporated Burberry ribbon and a more outdoorsy/country look to it.
I took the photo above on Saturday when my mom (Coco) was here. Last November I got Luke this little onesie that has a golden doodle wearing a Santa hat – so this weekend we put it on Luke and tried to get them together for a photo. So far, Fitz is really sweet w/Luke – he doesn’t really get close to him too much – but you can tell he is cautious around him. Now, Luke on the other hand is always wanting to play with Fitz & pull on his hair!
As far as decor is concerned, I will be recapping each tree in a post of it’s own over the next couple of weeks and breaking down where most everything is from… However, I will say that I get most everything from stores like Hobby Lobby, Target, Home Goods, At Home, etc. There are little home decor boutiques that I occasionally pop into and find cute little items. And I also get my wrapping paper & bows from those stores as well!
This photo was taken right around Thanksgiving! (Seen in this post.)
My #1 favorite thing is to watch Hallmark movies. Hands down my favorite part of the holidays – which sounds ridiculous! I don’t really watch TV — ever. Just never get the time to sit down and watch anything. I used to be proud of that – as odd as it sounds. However, the past couple of months John has been like “Emily, you go, go, go all day and we never get to sit down and watch a show or movie together!”.. when he said that it kind of put things into perspective. A lot of times, I put Luke to bed and I go right back to work. Prior to having Luke, we had certain shows we watched together on a weekly basis and it was something we always looked forward to.. like we used to watch Scandal years ago and always made plans around it. Anyway, all of that to say that we have been cooking dinner on certain nights & sitting down to watch a movie. I love the cheesy, cliche Hallmark movies – they are easily my favorite. But John despises them so we have to go back & forth. He likes the ones that aren’t as low budget haha. My favorite movies so far on Netflix though are A Christmas Kiss & The Christmas Prince. I will do a whole post if you want though!! 🙂
We were shooting a gifting post a couple of weeks back and the photographer, Dale, snapped this photo of Luke bear! I love it so much – he loves that teething toy!! Also, that gifting post is REALLY great if you are shopping for a girl who has everything or is just plain hard to shop for.. I also did THIS post on easy gift ideas at different price points. So far, I’ve heard back from many of you saying that they ordered products from these posts and they were a big hit! I am so happy to hear that! I was asked by TONS of you over the weekend to do a post on gifting for guys – which is definitely a challenge!! However, I am already brainstorming and I’m going to start working on a post tonight!
Luke is obsessed w/this car! It is hysterical – he literally cracks up laughing when we start pushing him. In this pic though… he decided to pull decor off the tree! Obviously I took it from him before it went into his mouth though! 😉 Elizabeth & Robin (you’ve seen them in my snaps a ton!) got him this car last October – before we even knew the gender! I guess it was the last one left and Elle used to have this type of car so they got it anyway – but the blue works perfectly for him.
Since I was craving something new – we decided to get a tall, skinny tree for Luke’s room. I wanted it to be boyish and woodsy so I went with buffalo plaid, tartan, and woodsy animals. I’ll be doing a full post on his room later this month and I will break down details on everything.
We snapped the photo above quickly one afternoon since we were all wearing Christmassy type PJs. I am obsessed w/babies and dogs in Christmas PJs! Fitz are from Target & Lukes are by Kate Quinn Organics.
In our formal living area is where we have the whimsical Christmas tree. I personally love that tree and will always adore it but I definitely wanted something new. However, it costs a lot to decorate a tree – the ribbon I use is not cheap so I decided to put the whimsical tree up again this year and I tweaked it a bit. I threw away some things and changed the look of it a little. I’ll do a full post on this room later this month as well!