BLOGMAS (Dec. 22) | Gift Wrapping

I finally wrapped all the presents left and put them under the tree. There were only a few presents to wrap and most of them were for Russell. I can’t believe Christmas is only a few days away!

I wrote about this in a previous post, but this year Russ and I took the approach of using up what we already had on hand instead of going out to buy more Christmas wrapping paper, ribbon, and tags. I love doing this because it forces you to be more creative. Plus, it goes with the minimalist lifestyle and almost (but not quite) zero waste. (more…)

14 Weeks Left and Counting

Let’s take a break from Blogmas and talk about how the baby is getting bigger in my belly and frankly, I’m freaking out. There’s only so many Youtube videos I can watch about birthing stories, recovery processes, proper cloth diapering, etc. before I start to get overwhelmed. It’s like no matter how much I try to prepare for this baby, I realize that I don’t know anything.

There are days when I want him here already because I feel him move in my belly and it warms my heart to know him this close. But then – then – I run into a birthing story and all the reminders about the pain, recovery process, sleepless nights comes back and I’m so scared. I don’t know how to do this!! I feel like such a first time mom, blah.

Part of me wants to stop researching because I figured no matter what, I won’t be prepared. But…but…I still want to read about what goes into a hospital bag. What am I supposed to pack and bring to the hospital when I go into labor?! And then I read about this thing called a padsicle and oh my god, I shouldn’t have gone there. Again, another reminder about pain and how your body will never be the same.

You know what? Point me back to this blog post when I’m holding my little boy when he turns a couple months old. I would like to see how far I’ve come.

 

BLOGMAS (Dec. 19) | More Holiday Things

Guess what? I did more baking on Monday. Surprise, surprise. We were going to have some Christmas dinner with a few friends on Monday night so I decided to make presents for our friends.

This year has been interesting in that we were able to make it a full year on freelancer salaries but it also meant we were (and still are) tight on budget. We still wanted to give presents to close friends which meant getting creative. This isn’t a problem for us, since Russ and I both like making things.  (more…)

BLOGMAS (Dec. 17 & 18) | Pie Social & Resting

This weekend was split evenly between doing a million things and doing nothing. See below.

Saturday, December 17
Saturday was filled with lots of baking. I think once the holidays pass, I’m going to take a sabbatical on baking. I’m all baked out.

If you’ve been keeping up on my blogmas posts, on Thursday I spent all day cooking/baking. I was able to rest on Friday but I was back at it on Saturday. It’s been getting colder where we live which means I want to bake more just so our gas oven will heat up our condo. So Saturday morning, for the first time ever I made homemade cinnamon rolls.

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