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”



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  • Enjoying a wonderful long weekend trip to Wisconsin visiting Jake’s older brother and enjoying allll the cheese curds 🧀
I’m working on limiting my social media activity and only taking one picture to capture a moment instead of 30 trying to get them perfect. It’s been a nice side effect of minimalism and it’s helping me learn to not be so concerned with what others think, stop playing the comparison game, and live in the moment. I’m much more relaxed and happy without all the unnecessary drama and stress of the world. Definitely recommend trying it out if you struggle with anxiety like I do ❤️
  • I’m not a big selfie person so here’s one with my little ham to make it better while I show you my new hair🤳🏻
. 💇🏻‍♀️ I’ve cut off 8+ inches of my hair since my wedding. This last cut over the weekend was the big finale, an additional 4 inches off. Doing it slowly made it less of a shock and helped me confirm it was really what I wanted. This is the shortest my hair has been since I was 5!! My mom used to cut it and gave me a mullet once sooo I’ve kept it long ever since 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️ My sister @juliestanbridge loooves to tell that story to anyone that’ll listen. I was definitely ready for a change and I’m thrilled with this length. .

I’m really enjoying the simplicity of less makeup and less hair care lately 😌 it takes me 15 minutes to wake up and get ready every morning, including making coffee and my lunch! I feel more beautiful in my own skin which has been a life long struggle, laugh lines and all. This simple life is more than I ever expected in so many ways and keeps getting better as I go. How could your life be better with less?
  • Today is a happy excuse to share some wedding photos ❤️ .

I’d be so lost without my mom and sister. I’m so blessed to have such a close relationship with them both. It wasn’t always this way but I’m glad that as I grew up, I realized how much I needed them both. They’re my rocks. .

I’m thankful for my mother-in-law because she’s accepted me wholeheartedly into the family and she raised my amazing husband and taught him how to treat me. Not everyone is so lucky to actually love their in-laws so I really appreciate this and don’t take it for granted!

I’m thankful for my Godmother, Kim, my best friend Courtney’s momma who is literally like a second mom to me and I love her whole family dearly ❤️ they’re a constant blessing. .

And Happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there like me who hold their babies in their hearts instead of their arms 👼🏻 You are celebrated today, too! #happymothersday
  • Getting rid of the extra stuff in our house we never used has been the best way of keeping it clean and organized. Everything has a place. There are still pictures on the walls and decor items on the shelves, but I don’t feel the need to have EVERY INCH decorated like I used to. It’s nice to have more open space, it looks and feels bigger! .

I always thought I was disorganized, but the truth is I just had too much stuff. Because let’s be real, if organizing your stuff actually worked, wouldn’t you be done by now?
  • Happy Saturday ❤️ I’ve been super inspired to write lately so I’m working on multiple blog posts. It feels so good to write again.

When I started talking about minimalism instead of fashion, my engagement dropped dramatically. Like, 70% probably. It was pretty upsetting in the beginning, not gonna lie. .

But likes and comments and followers aren’t what matter. The people that followed me before followed me for something I’m not talking about anymore, so that change is really ok with me. I’m appealing to a new audience now and I love that. I want to provide value to you guys, it’s the only thing that motivates me. I don’t post just to post anymore. I just had to realize that the people that are left still want to hear what I have to say, so I keep going for you! Thank you for being here ❤️
  • I’ve really been enjoying my time away from social media, but I also still enjoy mindlessly scrolling through pretty pictures sometimes. Life is all about balance. I see a lot of my fellow bloggers also struggle with the balance of creating a successful page and knowing when to give ourselves a break. It can be overwhelming! .

I put up a new blog post today about why I decided to give up on my shopping ban and instead focus on a LOW buy year and not a NO buy year. The main reason is it makes more sense for my life because things have come up and I don’t want to guilt myself into not buying something if it will make my life a bit easier. Minimalism is not about deprivation, it’s about intentionality. You can see the post at via the link in my bio ❤️

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