Whether it’s something you make just once for a special friend or Secret Santa exchange, or a simple gift you and the kids can replicate by the dozen for teachers, coworkers, or other group lists, we’ve got you covered with this list of simple but creative homemade holiday gifts. And because we know that motherhood does not come with endless time and patience (or crafting skills!) built-in, we’ve made sure all of these projects are easy – really.
When I look back at photos from holidays past, it’s the everyday moments that catch me, not the posed shots with Santa. So when I think about taking holiday photos, I think about what I’ll love looking back on years from now. If you’d like to be more intentional this year about your smartphone photography and capturing holiday memories, here are six things to think about.
Sometimes, I think, people who love to plan get a reputation for being inflexible or even unfeeling–favoring a color-coded schedule over a spontaneous dance party. It’s easy to assume that because we love to schedule things, the things on the schedule must be productive, purposeful, and, by extension, a bit boring. Or that by attaching events and to-dos to a time on the calendar, we zap them of their joy. Or that all this scheduling is in service of doing MORE with our limited time. But that’s not how it feels to me.
Here’s my recipe for the pork and sweet potato hash that I mentioned in Episode 231, and that my kids LOVE. The following was written for my young adult son Isaac so that he could replicate the dish in his new grownup apartment, so the level of detail is meant for a novice in the kitchen. Enjoy! -Meagan
I’ve never been one to love the idea of limitations, but when pressed, I have to grudgingly admit that they have an important place. Having a “container” to work within can actually inspire great creativity and satisfaction – when we let it. But when we fight those limits, we tend to create frustration and dissatisfaction with what actually is – not to mention, messy tableaus stuffed with objects that just don’t fit.
Listening to audiobooks is a year-round activity in our homes, but something about the cooling temperatures and return to school makes listening to a classic story read aloud seem that much cozier. Audiobooks are great for mixed-age listening, too–put one on and watch as older kids drift in and out, listening, while littles snuggle up to you and (magic!) cease their chatter for a few minutes so they can hear the story play out.