My Favorite Christmas Music!

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My Favorite Christmas Music!

While I know Thanksgiving has not even come, we’ve started listening to Christmas music! I hold off on decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but I love Christmas music and just can’t wait!

We are very conservative in our music choices, so the list below reflects that. Even on this list there might be a few songs within a CD I normally skip.

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar

 

The Heart of Christmas Classical Guitar – I found this at the library and we have all been enjoying how peaceful and beautiful it is! This CD is a good one to play during school time, and will help cheer the children up during unpleasant subjects. Don’t ask me how I know. ;)

Heavenly Christmas Music by Jackie Evancho. I love this Christmas Album!

 

Heavenly Christmas by Jackie Evancho – I purchased this CD last year and love it! Her voice is amazing for being so young. I’ve shipped many packages for Deborah & Co. during the holidays while I listen to this for some holiday cheer. :)

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family

Tidings of Joy by the John Marshall Family – I listened to this for many years before getting married, so whenever I hear it I remember baking days in the kitchen with my mom and decorating our house. It brings back such good memories! This family has an amazing talent of blending their voices and singing for the Lord!

The Piano Guys A Family Christmas

 

A Family Christmas by the Piano Guys – This is one where I don’t like every song on the CD, and I can’t handle it on during the school time. :) I really enjoy the talent of the Piano Guys, but when I have 5 other children making noise this CD is just too much. I enjoy listening to it at night while I’m blogging, or in the van with the children.

O Come Emmanuel

O Come Emmanuel by David Nevue – This is another nice quiet Christmas album that is full of solo piano music.  This music is turned on often during school days. I really like all the music I have from David Nevue – very soothing for an active household!

Noel by Josh Groan

 

Noel by Josh Groan – I skip a few songs on this album, but we enjoy most of them. Josh Groban has a beautiful voice!

Bing Crosby I Wish You  A Merry Christmas

 

I Wish You A Merry Christmas by Bing Crosby – I found this at the library and we have had some fun family time listening to it. We don’t do anything with Santa Claus and it is hard to find a good classic album without a lot of Santa Claus music included. This was a nice change from other CD’s I’ve tried, and we’re having fun singing along.

These are some of my favorite Christmas albums, I would love to know what your family enjoys at Christmas time!

Pregnancy Update: Week 22!

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22 weeks pregnant!

It was so cold outside so we just took a relaxed picture inside. The girls were eager to make cookies with me before dinner. Yesterday was a casual day at home, I didn’t bother to put my contacts in which always means we are staying home for the day. :)

I feel like I’m growing every day. Dinner is always an interesting time where I sit up straight and tall and try to feel comfortable enough to eat. :) I really need to go see my chiropractor, I think that would help me feel a little better.

Vascular Ease Lotion for Varicose Veins

 

I’ve been using this Vascular Ease Lotion from Mountain Meadow Herbs on my varicose veins. I think it is the best I’ve tried, I haven’t even tried lotions for the past few pregnancies because I didn’t feel they did anything. It is not a miracle cure, but it helps when my ankle is puffy, swollen and hurting.

For my itchy, growing tummy I’ve been using V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex (a blend of oils such as coconut oil, Sesame Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, etc. and Gentle Baby Essential oil. I just put it on at night before I go to bed. I’ve been meaning to make an actual tummy butter cream to use, I have a recipe in mind but I just need to get in the kitchen and do it!

It has been a busy week of doing school and trying to clean and purge the house. Now that it has turned cold the children bundle all up to go play outside, but come back in after 5 minutes saying it is so cold! I’m attempting to keep the house purged, clean, and trying to think of new winter activities to keep them busy. :)

At week 22 the baby is almost 1 pound, and according to the books they say it is the size of a spaghetti squash. :) As usual, when I’m trying to go to bed the baby is wide awake and active. It is so much fun to feel the baby kicking, it helps make all the uncomfortable things totally worth it when I feel my baby moving.

If you are a pregnant mama, how are you doing this week?

 

A Gift Guide for the Homemaker

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When asked what I want for Christmas this year my answer is something centered around my home. When we moved to our current rental house Sean was still in college and I was in major survival mode to make it through. I didn’t focus on making this house truly like what I wanted. I’m not going to get new furniture, but after 12 years of marriage it is time to replace some household items that are worn out!

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I’ve put together a gift guide for the homemaker, some of them are my favorite items I use and some are things I want myself! :) But before you look through the list, you will want to stop and enter this amazing giveaway!

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A Homemaker Gift Guide 

Bosch mixer is a great Christmas Gift! A Bosch Mixer - I received this as a gift one year and I’m always so grateful for it! I use it every week and love it! If you can only have one mixer this is the one I would suggest! Cookie Dough Scoop    Cookie Dough Scoop – I went several years without a cookie dough scoop and now I wonder how I did! This little tool makes baking cookies go so much faster, plus you get nice, evenly shaped cookies! I also have a larger scoop that I use for muffins.   Pioneer Woman Cookbook Pioneer Woman Cookbook – There are several of these cookbooks published but the first one is still my favorite. I use the mashed potato recipe and her meatball recipe a lot. Actually that sounds good for dinner tonight! :) www.FlirtyAprons.com   Flirty Aprons – Like I’ve said before, I don’t like the name of these aprons but I love the prints they offer! You can save 25% off with the code: HOLIDAY25 at the checkout! They also have a Daily Deal page that is always offering a new sale! Daily Planner 300x250   Daily Planner- I’m going to use this planner for the upcoming year and I’m excited to give it a try! It is excellent quality for the price! I love the tear out shopping lists and the size of the planner. Dayspring_Collage   Dayspring – If you are unsure of what to give someone, Dayspring is always an excellent choice! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas they have. 1. Pillow 2. Wooden Caddy 3. Lord Bless This Home Sign  4. Be Thou My Vision Necklace  

Homemaking 101 DVD

 Homemaking 101 – I think every homemaker should have this DVD! If you lack motivation and need encouragement, you will receive it from Jennifer Ross!   Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Say Goodbye to Survival Mode – If you feel like you are barely getting by, this book is a really easy, encouraging read! Crystal Paine shares her story of how she went from barely surviving to living a more intentional life.

Mega Flexi Clip works great for long and thick hair!

Flexi Clips – Busy homemakers like to have their hair out of the way, especially when cooking or on hot days! Give the gift of a flexi clip, it is not only practical but beautiful! Seven different sizes are available, with very easy exchanges available if you order the wrong size!    Those are just some of my gift ideas for the Homemaker! If you would like to check out other gift ideas, visit the blog posts below!      

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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It is cold here!! From what I have seen a lot of the USA is having a cold spell right now, except Florida of course. :) I’ve had to work harder on staying bundled up this week. Our house just doesn’t ever feel really warm so I add layers!

It is possible to stay warm in a skirt during the winter months!  A maternity skirt and a warm maternity sweater, along with leggings and knee high socks keeps me warm! I’m wearing knee high black socks, with maternity leggings under the knee high socks. It keeps me pretty warm, though I miss my fleece lined leggings. I need to pull out my pair and see if I can still wear them with my pregnant tummy. :) None of the other leggings I’ve tried have been as warm as those.

If you are having trouble staying warm while wearing a skirt, you might read through a post I wrote last year about how to stay warm and modest in a skirt.

Dangle Flexi Clip for an elegant, easy way to pull your hair back! Dangle flexi clips are so pretty! I love all my flexi clips though…I’m not sure I’m brave enough to post a current picture of my basket holding all my clips. ;)

What I Wore

Skirt – Ruffle skirt we used to sell at Deborah & Co.

Sweater – Maternity Motherhood sweater from ThredUP

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Knee High Socks – Marshalls

Leggings – Maternity leggings from ThredUP – Motherhood brand

Flexi Clip – Lilla Rose

Makeup – L’BRI Pure and Natural

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