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My 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!

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Tiny Prints x Baby2Baby Holiday Cards are Here!

Living & Giving, Shop for A Cause

‘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

20 Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer ($5 or Less)

Living & Giving

During the holidays, it seems like there is an abundance of good cheer almost everywhere you look. With the exception of a few crazies who get into fights at shopping malls and refinance their homes for Christmas presents, I believe that most of us really look to this season as a demonstration of goodwill. This holiday season, I’m committing myself to do 30 acts of kindness so I sat down and brainstormed a list of holiday-themed charitable acts that cost $5 or less. And, looking back on the items below, most of them actually don’t cost anything but time! I may not be able to personally do all 20, but I promise to complete at least 12 of the items listed below!

Ready for the list? Here we go…

  1. Head to Macy’s and write a letter to Santa. For every letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million dollars. Bonus: Purchase 10 stamps and grab ten cards for family/co-workers to mail in.
  2. Buy a cup of hot cocoa or coffee for someone who you know or don’t know.
  3. Purchase a few cans of non-perishables the next time that you’re grocery shopping and donate to a local food drive.
  4. Buy a couple of pairs of magic stretch gloves and donate to a warm accessories drive.
  5. Dress up as Santa and visit a shelter or nursing home.
  6. Break out the construction paper and create homemade cards for family and friends.
  7. Bake cookies or cupcakes for a special someone.
  8. Volunteer at a local pantry or soup kitchen.
  9. Can you carry a tune? Join local carolers as they bring Christmas cheer to others.
  10. Participate in Hanes Virtual Sock Drive. Log on to and help them donate 250,000 socks to the Salvation Army.
  11. On a weekly basis, gather all of your loose change and drop it in the red Salvation Army kettles.
  12. Offer to watch your friend’s children for a couple of hours so they can run some holiday errands.
  13. Did your office Secret Santa give you another body wash or lotion? Donate it to a local women’s shelter.
  14. Download beautiful holiday stationery and write a heartfelt note to five people in your life who would least expect it.
  15. Sign up with your local senior center to do wellness check and to deliver warm meals to those most vulnerable during this cold weather season.
  16. Donate $5 to Feeding America. All donations are being matched until December 31st. So, it’s really like you’re giving $10!
  17. The next time that you spot someone doing good, tweet about it and tag the tweet with #goodspotting. The Case Foundation is giving you do-gooders a chance to win up to $500 for you and $5,000 for your favorite charity! You can also upload a photo to the Foundation’s Facebook page.
  18. Host a potluck at your house and ask everyone to bring $5 to pool together and collectively donate to the organization of your choice.
  19. Buy some candy canes, tie little note tags around them, and give to neighbors, co-workers, students, etc.
  20. Offer to put up your grandparents’ holiday decorations. I’m sure that they deserve the break.

What simple acts would you add to this list? Have any of you done any of these things already? As I complete the tasks, I will share photos on my Facebook page. Feel free to do the same!


P.S. How do you guys like my favorite ugly holiday sweater?

Ugly Holiday Sweater = Win