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Four gifts holiday gift guide: need


If you’ve been following along, you know that a few years back, we changed the way we approached gift giving with our children. I wanted my children to grow up being grateful for what they had, and not be those kind of people who receive, receive and still want for more. By making the gift giving intentional and reducing the number of gifts they receive, I was hopeful that they would be grateful for the ones they got.

(If you’re new here, you can read last week’s introduction to this concept. )

This week, we’re talking about the NEED category. Or as my kids have referred to it in the past, the underwear category. Because if that’s what you need, that’s what you get. lol. As we approach fall, I try to hold off on fulfilling any needs, so that I can use them as holiday gifts.

Here’s a few ideas that are on our NEED lists:


new snowboots, because my old ones have no life left in them and my feets get chilly at the dog park!

would it be weird to ask for a bra? Because I was just sized at Nordstrom’s and found out I was way off (ugh. no wonder they were so uncomfortable! My ribcage shrunk? WTF.) and had to buy some new ones (cha-ching). But I could afford a few more.

I loved this line from Natori


Bluetooth tracking device
because he is constantly losing his keys around the house

a cool cast iron bottle opener for the new rec area


a folding panel mat, so she is less likely to break another bone at home #rolleyes

long underwear for ski season

as well as snowpants


guitar holders for the music area of the new rec room.

pads for skateboarding for the little one

snowpants for ski season, as well

For more ideas, be sure to check out all the other bloggers guides!

snow boots for the older one (and bonus that they are more like a shoe, so he can comfortably hike in them at winter camp)

Christmas Giveaway! 4 Gifts Christmas Giveaway! Target Gift Card, World Market Gift Card, and More!

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Four Gifts Holiday Gift Guide : Want


Christmas. It sneaks up on me every year and while I love it, it can be overwhelming if it allow it to be. As a parent, I want to give my kids all. the. things. But at the same time, I don’t. Because I don’t want them to grow up thinking that’s how it works. And I don’t advocate putting yourself into debt for a holiday.
Several year ago, amidst all the toy clutter, we changed how we approached gift giving with our kids. Not that we were ever big spenders to begin with, but now we had something to help give us (and their lists) direction. We go by the four gifts philosophy: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.

Now comes the fun part: I’ve paired up with ten other bloggers to present the Four Gifts Holiday Blog Series. Each Thursday for the next four weeks, I’ll be sharing some favorite things under each category to help you take the guesswork out of your holiday shopping.

And to sweeten the deal, we’ve added a giveaway (because who doesn’t like free?!) The giveaway will be live for the next four weeks, and each week, you’ll have more chances to win. Be sure to scroll down and enter for your chance to win a ton of fun prizes. One winner will receive a Target gift card, World Market gift card, personalized cutting board, jewelry, and more.

We’re kicking off the week with my personal favorite: the WANT category. This year, my whole family is getting a trip to Cancun as their want. But that doesn’t stop us from having other wants that are on our lists that our parents/grandparents ask for (plus, I have a birthday thrown in there as a bonus). For more ideas, be sure to check out the other bloggers’ guides!

her wants
S’well bottle | Mug | Vitamix | print

him wants
Go-Pro | stadium blueprints | Big Green Egg

boys wants
headphones | spy lens | controller | Bluetooth speaker

girl wants
skateboard | Nike Roshe shoes | Instax camera | stuffed Pusheenicorn

Christmas Giveaway! 4 Gifts Christmas Giveaway! Target Gift Card, World Market Gift Card, and More!

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$165 Target Gift Card  ||  $25 World Market Gift Card  ||  Lace Arm Warmers – Forgotten Cotton  ||  Personalized Cutting Board (9×12″) – Laserworkz  ||  Gypsy Dreamcatcher Necklace – Gypsies Box Jewelry  ||  $30 Credit for Keep Collective with Kassie  ||  Adult Coloring Book – This Girl’s Doodles

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I met Chris the summer we graduated from college. I am certain he does not remember it, but It was August 1996 and we were at a house party. I recall pointing to this guy who was completely and totally obnoxious and asking my friend Lisa, “who *IS* that dude?” She answered me with, “oh, that’s Tait. You’ve never met him?” So this was the infamous Tait I had heard of over the years. The one whom my roommates invited to our parties, but never came because he had a girlfriend (or something like that). And probably because we were younger folk.

Over the next year, I saw him more frequently, as I started hanging out with his crowd more often. Yet I still viewed him as this insanely obnoxious dude. As the months wore on, I began to enjoy his company more and more. I realized what a nice guy he was and that he brought out the fun, adventurous side in me.

One weekend in spring, a friend and I went to Madison for the weekend to visit Chris. On the drive home, he lamented to me that Chris would be excellent boyfriend material and I wholeheartedly agreed, secretly wishing he was my boyfriend material.


I think back to those days…how fun and carefree dating was. But also how volatile our relationship was. Oh my, how we’ve grown up and how we’ve grown. I was 25 when we bought a house and moved in together. I remember being hit with the thought of, “Oh crap. Now what happens when I’m mad? I have no where to go!”

I think back to when all 3 kids were young and we were struggling to find our ground and lost sight of us (I shared about that here). And I look at us now. It still isn’t easy. We still have our moments. And we still have to work hard. But fifteen years? That’s something. And its something worth putting work into.
Cheers to fifteen, babe. Here’s to fifty more.

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Friday Finds


Happy FriYay friends! This girl is looking forward to the weekend. I am here today, wrapping up the week with some interesting links I’ve found floating around the internets recently.

Ah. The world of Instagram and the over-stylized shot. Do you ever find yourself rolling on the floor laughing, thinking that there’s no way that the person actually happened to sit down with those specific items? These pictures show what really happens in the background of stylized Instagram shots

Is raising kids without religion healthier for them? There are always people that will disagree, but research has shown that kids raised sans religion display less susceptibility to racism and peer pressure, and are “less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian, and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults.” And the list of benefits doesn’t stop there. What are your thoughts after reading the article?

You say you’re pro-life, but really…are you truly pro-life? This author wrote a thought provoking piece on the subject. I never really thought about it from this standpoint, but she hits the nail on the head.

Last week, Beautycounter brought attention to the fact that current regulations in the cosmetics industry are antiquated and that we need to take action to change this.

This resonated with me because so many of us take great measures to be careful with what we put into our bodies, but we do not pay attention to what we put on our bodies. But we should. Because our skin is our largest organ. Educate yourself and spread the word about the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Because its time, people. #themoreyouknow

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That time I met Public Enemy at my local bar


Whatever your opinion of Public Enemy, you cannot deny that they’ve had a huge impact on many people of our (my) generation. They were one of the first rap groups who used their lyrics to expose discrimination and to express their (at that time) radical political views, while encouraging social activism. To reach a whole generation of folks? This was and is huge.
So when I had the opportunity to attend a private 5 concert lineup this weekend hosted by a close friend, and the headliner was Public Enemy, I was stoked, to put it mildly. Plus Sponge and Hot Action Cop were there and we saw them last year and they put on a phenomenal show.

Will I win the Best Parent Award for allowing my 11 year old to sit front and center…and go onstage…with Public Enemy? Probably not. Will he remember this night forever? Likely so.

I mean, he got to meet both Flavor Flav and Chuck D! He tells me he also met DJ Lord, but I don’t have photographic evidence…

I mean, how often do you find your kid on Flavor Flav’s twitter?


I was thoroughly geeked out

My kid has awesome friends. We have awesome friends. Such generous, amazing friends that are so incredibly giving. I loathe using the word blessed, but Sunday I woke up tired as hell, feeling blessed.

(for some amazing press on this event, there were two articles published here and here)

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