I am so excited to be partnering with Workman Publishing again on a special release by Flow Magazine. Flow is a magazine that takes its time, celebrating creativity, imperfection, and life’s little pleasures. In a time when other print media is focusing their energies on their digital properties, Flow Magazine is finding success by fully embracing the physical qualities of paper.
The co-founders and creative directors of Flow Magazine, Irene Smit and Astrid Van der Hults have released their newest book at the perfect time in a month we celebrate love! Everything Grows with Love is the cutest little book that is filled with inspirational and beautiful lettered and illustrated quotes! It is the perfect little collection of inspirational thoughts and quotes that you will want to return to day after day when you need to put a little smile on your face or find that perfect gift for a loved one! I love how it is a reminder to appreciate the small moments, be present, think happy, and appreciate the people around you! It makes the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, an every day gift, birthday gift, engagement gift, or simply for someone who just needs a little pick me up! And, for only $9.95!
Now who doesn’t love to celebrate love of all kinds! I once read that love is making space in your life for someone else. As I have gotten older, I have found that the definition of love has changed for me a lot over the years as I have continued on my journey. Love for me as a mother, and wife and women in my community with friendships is much different than what I used to see it as in the past. A huge part of love and a great way to show love is to offer service. For me this is one of the truest forms of love, and something that I have been making a conscience effort to make a priority in my life. I wanted to share a few ideas and ways to serve and show love that I have enjoyed doing over the years.
One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is to dress my kids up in some new clothes for Christmas!
I feel like things have gotten so relaxed when it comes to dressing up, so I love to find any special occasion to dress my kids up a little fancier, especially during the holidays. Janie and Jack always has the best selection for kids when it comes to Holiday outfits for kids (Shop all their looks below)! They always have the cutest clothes perfect for a night out at the nutcracker, church for Christmas Sunday, holiday parties, or a special family night out for the holidays!
I think that how you dress is such a reflection of how you feel and are expected to act. So dressing my kids up for church or special occasions already let’s them know they are expected to behave, ha! But, really how cute do they all look! The boys look so handsome in their suits, and Norah in that coat! I loved picking out each of their outfits!
Christmas time is such a special time for our family, and I always try to take such care in planning the most memorable holidays. We look forward to, and love all the traditions that go along with the season! Trimming the tree, hanging stockings, making holiday treats, writing letters to Santa. It is such a magical time in our household! Having young children only amplifies the magic of the holidays. We currently have a household of believers in our home, which makes Christmas so exciting and my kids anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus! They write him letters, make him special goodies on Christmas Eve, and try to be extra sugary sweet for months in case the big guy is watching. The level of excitement in our house is through the roof!
With our oldest turning 11 next year, I am not sure how much longer we will have believers in our home. It almost feels like it will soon be the end of an era in our family. While I am not quite ready to let go of that innocence and excitement, I know that in the years to come, as we gather around the Christmas tree and look at our Hallmark Keepsakes Ornament with fondness, reliving our magical memories of a simpler time in our lives when there was an abundance of innocence and Christmas Magic in our home!