My Holiday Bucket List

christmas holiday bucket list

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I know that we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet but I’m already thinking about what things I want to get done this holiday season. In the past, I haven’t been as intentionally about planning out my Christmas/New Years activities. However, having kids has helped the magic of the season return to my life. I’m starting to feel super festive again!

As such, I’ve brainstormed more than 20 things that are on my holiday bucket list. Read them below!


Tiny Prints x Baby2Baby Holiday Cards are Here!

‘Tis the season for holiday greetings. I love getting cards in the mail and Christmas is no different. We have not yet decided on our cards, but the Baby2Baby Holiday collection on Tiny Prints is a strong contender. I first became aware of this collaboration when we ordered Caleb’s birth announcements.

The holiday collection consists of seven cards that gives a wide range of styles to fit your desired preference. For me, I think this gold foil-stamped card is my favorite in the bunch.

baby 2 baby holiday cards

Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and the basic necessities that every child deserves. The organization collects and distributes items to shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals across the country. This network serves children in more than 20 cities. In Chicago, the participating organization is Share Our Spare, a group that I have highlighted before.

To help Baby2Baby continue to fund their efforts, Tiny Prints is donating 25% of the sales of the holiday collection back to the organization.

View the rest of the collection below.



Photos: Tiny Prints

What’s In My Makeup Bag

What's in my makeup bag

Wearing makeup on a daily basis always seemed like a chore until I discovered the right products and an easy routine. Once I figured out what worked best for me, I packed those items in my trusted makeup bag that stays in my purse at all time. The goal of my everyday makeup is to look fresh-faced and not tired.

Here’s a glimpse into my makeup bag and the products that keep me together.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation | This is my everyday go-to foundation. I opted for the Dewy + Smooth formulation because it gives me an even complexion without feeling too heavy.

Revlon Volume + Length Mascara | It’s not my favorite mascara ever but a quick coat of this mascara wakes up my sleepy eyes every time.

NARS Illuminator in Orgasm | I love this stuff. It’s the right amount of shimmer and is easy for me to use. Highlighter is a little intimidating for me because I’m scared to overdo it. I don’t have that fear when I use this product.

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson II Lipglass | I’ve talked about this lipglass before. The gold shimmer is perfect over light pinks, nude lips, and also brown lipsticks. When I need a little extra pop, I reach for this.

MAC Verve Lipstick | I wear this color at least three times a week.

Maybelline Nudes Eye Shadow Palette | During the week, I like to keep it simple when it comes to my eyes. These shades give me enough variety so that I don’t get bored. And, the shadows hold up well throughout the day.

MAC Bronzing Powder | A little dusting of this warms my face in all the right places.

So, there you have it. What’s in my makeup bag. What are your go-to beauty products for your daily look?

Slowing Down Sundays


With only two weekend days, it can be SO tempting to overcrowd Saturdays and Sundays with activities and errands. It’s something that I still struggle with, but I will tell you that I have gotten so much better at having “Slow Sundays” in our house.

I don’t have much control over the pace of my life Monday – Friday. Of course, I can choose what activities I do after work, but I’m usually on someone’s else’s schedule between 6 am – 6 pm. This mindset left me feeling like I needed to have FULL control over my calendar on the weekends.


Intentionally Grateful: Are You In?

Intentionally Grateful challenge

“Be grateful.” It’s a phrase that we all hear on a regular basis but sometimes it’s easier said than done.

In an effort to shut out anxiety, I have been trying to cultivate a more grateful existence this year. I have a weekly goal to write in a gratitude journal and I regularly seek out scriptures on the topic. However, I still have moments where I find myself in a slump because I have spent too much time thinking about what I don’t have.


Six Fall Gift Ideas

fall gift ideas

Welcome to November! I recently learned that some people consider Halloween the end of fall, which makes no sense to me. I feel like I just hit my fall stride so I plan to ride this wave right into Thanksgiving.

If you are like me, then fall-themed items have made their way into other aspects of your life like gift-giving. Whether you are celebrating a birthday or simply sending a “Thinking of You” token of love, these six fall gift ideas are perfect for the season. No matter what gift you choose, the person on the other end is sure to love them.


Grace Is the Best Birthday Gift of All

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 6:9

When I came across this passage, I knew that I wanted to set my heart on these words for the month of October. Grace is a concept that I’ve always been aware of but never really knew how to set it in motion.


Taraji is the Queen of MAC Viva Glam

MAC Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson

It should be no secret that I have a high regard for companies and products that actively contribute to social causes and organizations. As such, I will always be a huge MAC fan because of their leadership with the MAC AIDS Fund and the Viva Glam lipstick. When you purchase a lip product in the collection, 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund.


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