Christmas advent!

I think most people are preparing for Christmas earlier this year and while it’s not unusual for me to start Christmas shopping in March, I still usually have last minute gifts. As each year goes by I feel like we figure out more and more what our family traditions are and it gets easier to prepare for the season.

I have always liked the idea of the different Christmas book each day leading up to Christmas. As we don’t currently have 25 Christmas books and I don’t intended to buy that many new ones right now I have modified the idea to fit with what we already have. I did buy a couple of new but used books from ThriftBooks, my favorite place to buy books, and because they are having a buy one kid’s books get one free (under $5)!

So this is just our list of books. There are a lot of good Christmas books out there and I hope to add a few more maybe next year.

This year we are doing ten books, five Christmas movies, and five Christmas records. For the last five days I plan on doing our favorite holiday baking recipes. Each day the kids will get to unwrap a book, chose a mystery recipe envelope or pick a record to listen to and on movie night unwrap a movie, to make it a surprise and less arguing over who gets to pick.

Like I said, these are the ones we already have. So while they are some of our favorites there are definitely other movies and records we would love to get someday! I have become a big fan of owning what you love and paying for less subscriptions like Netflix or Spotify. The less monthly bills we have the better and when I own a record it’ll always be there. Unless the kids keep touching them….

I encourage you to figure out what you already have and find ways to make it fun and work for your family! And maybe add a little something new slowly as you can.


Welcome to Birch Bark Cottage.

I’ve been so bad at doing any kind of blogging. But with social media going the way it is I feel more inspired to update photos here. So here it is. Our new (well last September), hopefully forever, home. At least the land, we do want to build a bigger house some day.

This photo was from October, not long after moving in. It has been a lot of work to get it to an actual home. It had no power, no water, no insulation, and a whole bunch of other “no’s”. Really just some walls and a couple of windows that needed to be replaced.

So here it is today! We added on two bedrooms and a mudroom area with a second door. We now have solar, though the panels are still in need of a permanent home. We have added some friends (I’ll do a separate post for them) and a lot of snow! There is still much to do but it’s finally feeling like home.

A bear called Paddington

So kid costumes are my thing. I LOVE putting together costumes usually from a favorite movie or book. This year, Remington won a bear bonnet so naturally I had to do my three favorite bears from books. First up is Paddington. The kids actually kept getting the names Paddington and Remington confused before he was born and then wanted to name him Remington Paddington. But that felt like a kind of long name. This costume is so easy. Bear bonnet (or red hat), blue toggle coat with a tag that says “please look after this bear”, a jar of marmalade, and some red boots!

I can’t wait to share our other two bears! And some big kid costumes next week! Any guesses?!?



Boots from Lone Cone