Christmas Tree Traditions

Christmas Tree decorating and traditions

I don’t know what it is that I love so much about Christmas trees. I think so much of it is tied to memories — memories of decorating our tree as a kid, memories of where and when we bought an ornament in our collection, sharing stories with our kids about them. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, we always went to a Christmas tree farm and selected the tree we wanted. They would put a tag on it with our name and then we would go back a few weeks later and chop it down, bring it home, and decorate it as a family. I loved that ritual of going with my dad to pick out our tree.

As an adult I always wanted to have a real tree, but since we had kids and because we live in a city (where tree hunting consists of picking one out in a parking lot) we decided to start using an artificial tree. As much as I have always been a tree purist, insisting that real is the only way, I now realize how much easier it is to have an artificial tree. Especially when you have really small children! No water, no needles everywhere, no fear of the tree drying out. After our old pre-lit artificial tree from the past 6 years died, we considered going back to real. I love the look of a real tree. But I’ve been spoiled by the convenience and lack of mess of artificial trees.

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Christmas Crafts + Handmade Gifts

How To Make Colorful Bottle Brush Trees | Dip Dye Trees | Oh Lovely Day

For those of you looking for fun and fairly easy holiday crafts and DIYs, I thought I would share some of my favorites that we’ve done in our house. They are great for holiday gifting as well! From ornaments to gift wrap, decor to gifts — these will have all of your bases covered. And some are great for little helping hands as well 🙂 So check out my round up of handmade salt dough ornaments, colorful bottle brush trees, modern mason jar snow globes, creative gift wrap, and winter wreath DIYs below.

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Charlie & Calvin’s Shared Boys’ Bedroom Tour

Shared Boys' bedroom | Charlie & Calvin's room tour with The Land of Nod

I’m so excited to share photos of Charlie & Calvin’s shared bedroom that I worked on with The Land of Nod. I really love designing rooms in our home (you can see others in past room tours here) but I was a bit overwhelmed with the idea of this room. I don’t know if it is because I had a newborn with colic or because I was worried about how having the boys share a room would go, but I felt in over my head. So I enlisted the help of the Land of Nod design services team and it was a so helpful in planning the room layout and design. You can see a look at our design process here.

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Matching Christmas Pajamas + Family Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions: Matching Family Christmas pajamas with Hanna Andersson and Oh Lovely Day

The holiday season is my favorite time of year because it is filled with magic and family traditions. I have fond memories of some of the traditions my family had when I was growing up and I do some of them with my own children. One of my favorites is matching family Christmas jammies. As a kid we could open one gift on Christmas Eve and they were always a new pair of Christmas pjs to wear to bed that night. I’ve carried that tradition on, but I can’t wait until Christmas Eve. I put my little ones in their Hanna Andersson holiday pajamas as soon as I get them.

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My Health & Beauty Winter Essentials

Health and Beauty Essentials to Help you Survive Winter's Worst: static electricity, dry chapped skin, illnesses, and more

Cold weather season is here! And with it comes cozy sweaters, chapped skin, stuffy noses, and hot drinks. So I thought I would share my some of my winter essentials for health & beauty. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you already got this straight to your inbox, but for those of you that aren’t subscribers (yet!) I wanted to share here as well.


For chapped lips: Zoe Organics Everything Balm

To nourish your face from dry heat: Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream

For dry or chapped skin: Zoe Organics Skin Balm

To add moisture and reduce static electricity in your hair: It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask

To add a little color to your skin: Foaming Sunless Tanner

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10 Tips for Planning and Styling Your Family Photos

Oh Lovely Day fall family photos | Jennifer Roper Photography

Fall family photos are my favorite and fall is the most popular time for family photoshoots, since everyone wants a current photo for those yearly holiday cards. Since we’ve had 10 family photoshoots since Charlie was born I feel like I’m becoming a bit of an expert. And while some of these tips are kiddo related, you can use a lot of these to prep for an engagement session or other shoot as well. Oh, and be sure to check my coordinating family wardrobe picks below.

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