Monday, December 18, 2017

Coffee + Conversation

Happy last Monday before Christmas morning! This morning Madeline and I taking it slow before finishing up a few things at home to get ready to host Christmas. This has been such a magical Holiday season with her at the age to really enjoy some of the activities and have a slight clue as to what is actually going on!

I love this photo that her teacher sent me from school. She just looks so mesmerized by the lights and I think it is so sweet.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Home Tour 2017

Our halls are decked and we are ready to host Christmas in our home in less than two weeks. About a year and a half ago we moved into our current house from a smaller townhome with a completely different layout so I still feel like I am in the process of accumulating decorations but I definitely made some progress this year getting a few things added. So, without further adieu, let's step inside. 

For outside decorations, I am pretty classic. I like wreathes and candles in the windows and that is pretty much it. I was able to use a gift certificate a sweet neighbor gave me to purchase the wreathes and bows we needed this year since we only had three and the front door wreath from our old house. Now, hanging them didn't go quite as smoothly because the tops of the windows were painted shut by the previous owners but I got them up!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Our 2017 Christmas Card

This year I wasn't sure if a Walen Christmas card would actually come to fruition because we didn't book a family mini session. This has been a busy season for us and it was difficult to find any availabilities around Corey's work schedule and the travel we had planned for several friends' weddings this fall. Luckily, we have a great friend who does photography as a hobby and he so sweetly volunteered to run over and photograph us. We picked up some matching Christmas pajamas from a local mom who owns an online boutique and crossed our fingers for the best. Madeline wasn't super cooperative but I think they turned out so fun for this season of life we are in right now. 

For our cards we went with Minted. I am so pleased with the quality of the cards and there was a fast turn around. I also loved that they would print the addresses right on the envelopes for me so that they would be ready to stick in the mail as soon as the box arrived. I haven't used Minted before but I think I will every year from now on now that our addresses are already saved and they will be ready to go with just a quick edit of friends who have moved and the addition of new contacts.

To display the cards that we have received, I used the same method I did last year. I hung ribbon from the cabinets above our little kitchen desk. To make this easy, I used picture-hanging command hooks (the velcro-like kind) and put one piece on the cabinet and the other on the ribbon. Then, I hot glued little red clothespins. This makes it super easy to put back up year after year and I love having these cards from our favorite people out for me to see every day.

Stay tuned for a Holiday Home Tour later in the week. Happy Monday!

Linking up with Sarah. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

My Christmas List (+ Madeline's too)

The Christmas season is here and it certainly has had us very busy. Our home is decorated and I've switched all of the ornaments on our trees out for shatterproof for Madeline. I was feeling so ahead the game by already wrapping her presents and putting them under the tree but then I caught her unwrapping them! So now, I'm off to do it over again!

Corey and I have started a big construction project at our house and it is already well underway so we are foregoing Christmas gifts to each other this year in favor of some of the fun things we will need to purchase when it is finished but we will still be doing small gifts and I have a little wishlist of things I wouldn't be sad to show up from other family.