Merry Christmas!

Wow, just like that Christmas is over. Presents are all unwrapped, we’re back in the comfort of our own home, and all of the hecticness has passed!

I spent this Christmas with my husband’s family and had a lovely time. This was our first Christmas married and our second Christmas together. We got engaged on Christmas Eve last year, so it was fun to reminisce on the excitement of last year and this year. I also got to celebrate with my own family via Skype as they’re all about 1600 miles away in Virginia.

How did you spend your day? Hopefully it was a joyful one filled with happiness, family and love. And food. Lots of food.

I wanted to share our Christmas looks with you all and wish you the most wonderful holiday. I am so beyond thankful to have you here, and though you may not realize it, you being here reading this makes a huge impact on my life and lets me keep doing what I love doing — blogging! Thank you so, so much.

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should if you don’t 😉 ), you’ll know I’ve been talking about this adorable reindeer sweater this week and I was so excited to wear it! I thought it was so cute. It’s currently 50% off making it $27!

Now, here are the various looks from today!

Jake: pullover // jeans // shoes
Jake: top // bottoms
Me: top // bottoms
tree // pom blanket // lanterns // stockings // stocking holders // Thompson sign

Not gonna lie, I love the matching PJs thing for the holidays. But I also knew Jake wouldn’t be too happy in the super over the top ones, so I went more simple with the buffalo plaid.

The boys were so exhausted from all the excitement of staying at Jake’s mom’s house and there were so many people and other dogs there we could hardly get them in the house before they fell asleep! I had to move them around to get a good picture hahaha.

Remember the reason for Christmas isn’t about the gifts and what you did or didn’t get. It’s a celebration of the Lord’s birthday. “The spirit of Christmas is not in presents, but in His Presence”

XO,
Dani

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We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
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By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
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Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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