a christmas tradition

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Cutting our own Christmas tree has become quite the tradition for our family. I grew up cutting fresh, and have such happy and hilarious memories of the event – it’s incredibly nostalgic for me. Even though we’ve been doing it since before we welcomed Marie + Henry into our lives, it became so much more special with them in tow. It’s hard to believe this is our fourth year doing it as a family! They are just so big now, I can’t get over it. I mean, we let them both carry the saw this year – that speaks volumes. Their bond is truly unbreakable, their friendship and love so very precious.

 

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desktop fleurish | joyeuses fêtes

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Mes amis…it’s December, which means I can now officially say “happy holidays” or joyeuses fêtes! This wallpaper marks a year of desktop fleurish designs, and this one just might be my favorite. It’s been such a treat to collaborate with Lindsey Buck of The Hive Studio – I hope you’ve enjoyed all of her designs. In case you don’t know, she has a lovely Etsy shop filled with beautiful art prints, cards, gift wrap and more, and is accepting custom orders for a few more days. Hashtag shop small, forever and always. Welcome the season by refreshing your desktop – download the (free) designs below!

simple desktop | calendar desktop

please note that these designs are for personal use only + not available for commercial usage.

giving tuesday

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Today I’m sharing some links to my favorite charities and organizations, in the spirit of Giving Tuesday. Entering it’s fifth year, this is a global day of giving, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. I love this movement, and believe in it’s power – please help spread the word! As promised in this post, some of these links are in support of those who need help now more than ever post-election, and some are just long-time favorites. And of course, money is only one way to be charitable – I highly recommend this charitable giving primer, rich with ideas, suggestions and links. Please share your favorite ways to give, or specific nonprofits in the comments below…I would love for this to be an ongoing resource.

in no specific order:

The New York Times | Center for Constitutional RightsPlanned Parenthood | The Center for Reproductive Rights | The National Resources Defense Council | The International Refugee Assistance Project | The NAACP Legal Defense Fund | The Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth | The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund | ASPSCA | Wounded Warrior Project | Heifer International | International Rescue Commitee | Red Cross | Children International |

artifact uprising holiday cards

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We’re spending the Thanksgiving weekend assembling our holiday cards by Artifact Uprising – I’m thankful the kids are old enough to help this year! If only one of us had some calligraphy skills, we’d be unstoppable, ha. I chose a multi-image card, since we have a lot of little moments to share from 2016. With so many design-minded, eco-friendly, customizable options to choose from, you’re certain to find a card that feels right for you. I’m excited to send ours on their way to loved ones…please forgive the crooked stamps, incoherent scribbles, and fingerprints. It’s a family effort this year!

cards c/o artifact uprising

le papier studio silhouettes

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I just received my first gift of the season – custom silhouettes of Henry and Marie, courtesy of Le Papier Studio! Silhouettes of the kids have been on my wish list since they were born, and so you can imagine my delight when founder Vana Chupp reached out about a holiday collaboration. Creating heirloom silhouettes is a craft, and she has perfected it, specializing in a modern approach. From personalized print + paper artwork to jewelry, each item is crafted with love, to be treasured for years to come. Children grow too quickly, so preserving this moment in time is so important to me. I’m excited to be partnering with Vana to offer one lucky winner a $100 credit to her shop – enter to win on Instagram!

silhouettes c/o le papier studio, all words + opinions are my own