28 November 2017

A Sacred Christmas

Y'all know Christmas is my favorite time.
I mean really.
I put my tree up as soon as Halloween is over
just because I need that sweet spirit that accompanies the season.
The other way I keep that Spirit with me is through music.
I recently received Garth Smith's
A Sacred Christmas
and I immediately fell in love with it.
The music is so soothing,
brings the Spirit into our home and is just beautiful.
Garth arranges this music so creatively and take it back to the 
original beauty of the piece. 
Simple and natural.
My absolute favorite song on this CD is Heaven's Hallelujah.
Hands down the best one there.
When I first heard it I was expecting the normal Hallelujah song,
oh how surprised was I!
And now every time I hear it I tear up because THIS is why we celebrate.
It's a gorgeous rendition of the song with so much more meaning.

Most of this CD is instrumental but the vocals used are incredible!
Such pure voices and the power is astounding!
Just trust me on this and get yourself a copy!
The link above takes you to Garth's website where you can purchase it
or it's available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify.
You can also purchase from Deseret Book in store or online.
It's completely worth the price and he's so talented I can't wait to buy more of his work!
And if you're looking for more ways to keep your Christmas Christ centered,
watch my latest FB video to see the Countdown I'm using this year!

09 November 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Kids Gifts!

Who's excited for the next one?!
I figure let's tackle the biggest one people look for:
Now I'll be honest.
I have two girls.
I do have a nephew I buy for as well but 
I'm not an expert in all things boy or girl
However, I have a few good ideas from friends kids and my own!
(Plus Amazon already has the perfect list for each age bracket!!)
I combined them all into one.
I believe that toys aren't only for girls or boys.
And I think it's up to the parent to decide what their kids play with.
Now, onto to the fun stuff!
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We have a philosophy with toys. 
I don't want to buy them things just to buy them things.
When we decide to get them a toy it's something like the kitchen.
Something big and that they can grow into/continue to use for years.
Plus then for a few years getting accessories for that toy 
are just as amazing for gifts to them. 
My girls are really into superheroes and Star Wars right now.
(can't imagine why......heeheehee)
So finding these action figures was fate I tell you!
(Look up DC Superhero Girls and Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) on YouTube, 
you will thank me later)
I don't know a kid that doesn't like to take pictures.
As in be the photographer, not having them taken hahaha
A little camera that's just for them is always a big win!
This one comes in a couple different designs and accessories to boot!
I think tablets are going to be in their future whether we like it or not,
so we decided to go with a LeapPad for each of our kids.
The one pictured is the Leap Pad 3 which I guess they stopped producing 
but they have tons of different ones depending on the child 
and what budget you want to have!
My favorite thing about the LeapPads is that they grow with your child.
The games learn their levels and adjust to them,
its incredible honestly.

I know I dreamed of a train under the Christmas tree
and this one is awesome! 
It blows real smoke and can be expanded with other tracks!

LEGOS are always a good idea (as long as they're contained amiright?!)
since they require a lot of coordination and brain power to get them together.
I love these sets of superheroes, Star Wars, Disney princess, classic buildings, etc.
There really is a set for every child.
 Books are so near and dear to my heart.
I told Andrew that I will never put a limit on books in our house
(minus duplicates of books of course!)
because they are so important.
My girls are regular bookworms which warms my heart
and we always read a story before bed and they are always allowed to 
read whenever they want to.
If you need recommendations on books for different ages, ability, etc
My friend Janssen knows all about the ones to get!
(Blog, Instagram)

So what's on your list this year??