Make Your Own Blessing Bags

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We're always looking for opportunities to serve as a family and show our kids the act of service toward others. Especially at Christmas time it's great to give back to others. We decided that we'd make these blessing bags to hand out to people in need. We see people in need all the time, our kids know that if we're able to give we do. 

I gathered some supplies to fill these bags with to keep on hand in our car to give to those in need. 

You can fill the bags with as much or a little as you'd like, I tried to think of things that would be a practical blessing to someone who is homeless or just needs some food. Warm thermal socks, water, and FlyJoy bars for some nourishment. 

This is an idea that your kids can be involved in as well. Spread all the supplies around the kitchen table and everyone gets to fill a bag. This helps them be involved and take ownership over the project as well. 

We prayed over these blessing bags and the people we'd hand them out to this holiday season. I hope this encourages you to think outside of your own home this season and give back to those in need. 

READ | She Reads Truth: Holding Tight to Permanent in a World That's Passing Away

I have been a fan of She Reads Truth and their Bible reading plans and devotionals they have been putting out since the very beginning. I recently completed their Bible Study with a small group of women, so I was excited to dig into this book.

The book is written from the perspective of both Rachel and Amanda, it's alternates between their two voices for each chapter. They share their personal stories of faith and what the Bible has meant to them and how scripture has carried them in their lives. 

While I enjoyed hearing their stories, I did find the back and forth in the chapters very confusing and keeping who's story was which was difficult for me and I didn't like the flow of the book. I still find it interested to hear everyone's stories of faith, so I enjoyed that aspect. 

If you're looking to hear some of the background of the founders of SRT it's an interesting read, I would have loved to hear more about how She Reads Truth came to be, and a little more background on that. But over all it was a good book. 


DECEMBER Goals.

I'm going to be honest with you, I don't even know where the month of November went! That's just the truth friends. When I looked back on my goals for last month it was a blur. I accomplished some things that I'd written down, but overall there were a lot of things that crept up on me this month and I didn't get to a lot of things. 

As I've been thinking about December goals I've decided to not bite off more than I can chew so to speak. This month is busy, crazy I think. As I'm sure for you it's similar. So I've decided that the rest of this month I want to finish up my Christmas shopping (kids done. Hubby left.) relax with my kiddos, make Christmas cookies, stroll and look at holiday lights and try to absorb as much of this season with my family as I possibly can. 

No big goals, or projects. Just simple. I might try to read one new book. Reading is always a good thing. 

So tell me, what are some of your goals for the month? Do you have big things? Small and simple? Tell me in the comments below. 

My Favorite Fall Coat & Cozy Blanket Scarf

The drop in temperatures here in Phoenix has been a welcome change from our normal triple digits! I welcome this time of year as a lovely break from the heat. One of the main things I miss about living somewhere that has four seasons is Fall! 

Fall has always been my favorite time of year, pumpkin everything, a change in temperatures and layering in cozy sweaters, scarves and boots! So when the temperatures drop and I get the chance to layer I'm all about it. 

I found the perfect Fall coat, it's not to hot or bulky. It's a perfect grey color and paired with a black and white blanket scarf you can't go wrong.

Back in October my husband and I took a trip to see friends in Minneapolis and it was the perfect accessories to have on hand. My friend Jessie who is an amazing local Minneapolis photographer took some pictures for me while our husbands sat a nearby coffee shop. 

So if you're looking for the perfect Fall coat or an amazing scarf to keep you warm these are my picks! I've linked the coat from two awesome online boutiques, you can beat the price for under $50! And the scarf is $11 on Amazon and free prime shipping! It's almost like I'm giving you a gift with these deals! ;) 

Grab some cocoa and stay warm friends! 

Grey Knitted Coat (here and here)

Black and white blanket scarf (here)

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*all photos Jessie Papia Photography

Everyday Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts for Men

Hi Friends! I'm back today with another gift guide for your holiday shopping. I hope that you've enjoyed these gift guides as much as I enjoyed putting them together. Combining a hi-lo approach I hope you'll find something for everyone on your list. 

Now let's get to the men's guide! I bought my husband a watch a couple years ago for Christmas and he loved it. I think it's such a great gift idea. I'm also loving the shoes and the beard kit! For the electronic guy these noise canceling headphones are awesome. 

What will you be gifting the men in your life this year? See all my picks below, which is your fave?

Everyday Gift Guide | Cozy Gifts for Her

This just might be my favorite gift guide that I put together because I love all things layers and plaid! Cozy slippers, a warm blanket for watching Christmas movies and drinking hot cocoa, yes please! 

1. Reversible Plaid Poncho

2. Minnetonka Slippers

3. Slouchy Pom-Pom Hat

4. Plaid Blanket Scarf

5. Bugaboo Soft Wool Blanket

6. Christmas Pajamas

I hope you loved these picks as much as I do! Everyone needs something cozy and comfortable this holiday season. 

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Everyday Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts for the Bossbabe

Today's gift guide is all for the boss babe in your life! Do you have a business savvy friend in your life? These gifts would be perfect for her! Because who doesn't need a rose gold stapler in their life?! 

Take a look at some of my picks below! 

Everyday Holiday Gift Guide | Gifts for the Home

Today's gift guide I'm really excited about because it's all gifts to give for the home lover in your life. Have someone who just moved into a new home this year? These would be perfect for them. These gifts are great for anyone who's a homebody or just wants to step up their game in the home goods department. 

The Nutri Ninja is on my list this year, and I think would make a great gift! There's so much you can do with this small appliance. I also love giving a nice candle, it's something that people often don't buy for themselves but would love. 

As you know we've been using essential oils in our home for years and I love having diffusers in every room. Pair this with some oils and you've got yourself an amazing gift.

Doesn't everyone need a kitchen aid mixer? My mom gifted me one years ago for Christmas and it's still today one of my favorite gifts I've gotten. I recently got an electric kettle for my birthday this year and I'm in love! If you use a french press or make tea often you need this, know someone who does? You need to get them this! It's my new fave thing, and makes life easier! And lastly, I think a great warm throw is always a nice gift. It's so nice to cozy up with a good blanket and hot beverage.