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Holiday To Do List

2013 November 13
by Becky


Words on the blog aren’t coming that easily these days.

It’s a good thing.

We’re out enjoying the beautiful fall. Just over a week ago the trees exploded in bright red and orange…the streets of our neighborhood absolutely breathtaking — for once I don’t mind all the stop signs on our drives to and from home.



My mom even came in for a few days to see the fall color. She needed an “Ethan Fix” before the holidays.

I’m also totally consumed with other stuff.

While Ethan sleeps, I’ve been planning a third birthday party, filling Etsy orders, packing for Hawaii, finishing freelance projects, painting the playroom, Christmas shopping, baking for our holiday party, making Ethan’s yearly video, pulling together a few special holiday crafts, designing/mailing our holiday cards, and finally finishing our 2012 photo album. Exactly 100 pages of our lives from last year. It’s only getting more challenging to get these books done…I clearly need to start earlier.

Oh and I’m planning to fix up two bathrooms AND the downstairs guest room. All before Christmas.

I may be biting off more than I can chew.



I’ll probably fail to get all these things done, but as for keeping things straight, I use a little trick. I have a list app that I love called FastShop. It lets you save up to five lists that you can check off as you get things done. I consistently use a couple for shopping—one for grocery, one for Target, and one for craft/thrift stuff. Then the other two rotate between project and/or party prep lists. Sounds stupid, but having a place to quickly jot down things we need at the store or need to do makes life so much easier…otherwise I’ll surely forget. Use the last tissue? Add them to the list. At a great thrift shop and can’t remember anything you need? Check the list.

We all have our phones on us anyway!

There are lots of list apps out there, let me know if you have a favorite! Seriously, I’d never be a bit organized with out this app and my calendar reminders.


One of my favorite little getaways this past weekend was surely the Companion Bakery 20th Anniversary. Unbeknownst to me, Companion (one of my absolute favorite lunch spots with THE best bread), has a bakery location just South of our house. Like five minutes away! And on Saturday they held a fabulous celebration at this place—we ate bread and pastries till we could barely move. My favorite part was the food, but other highlights included cooking demonstrations by local rock stars (we watched Kevin Nash from Sidney Street), cupcake decorating, and bakery tours…with hair nets.



If you haven’t yet, try Companion’s pretzel croissants…I’m pretty sure I could eat ten in one sitting. A perfect mix of salty and sweet that works any time of day. Life. Changing.

I’m still surprised by what our little neighborhood has to offer. This event was just one of many I was shocked to find happening right down the street. Family friendly fun with free food = my personal heaven.

So as for my long (and growing) list of things to do before we enjoy our beach trip, wish me luck. I have a funny feeling there aren’t enough Ethan sleeping hours in my days to get it all done, but I’ll do my darndest.

Oh, and anyone have a tip on buying an artificial tree?

Yep, I said it. ARTIFICIAL. The more I say it, the less it hurts.

7 Responses
  1. Lauren G permalink
    November 14, 2013

    Wow have the holidays come up on us fast! As someone who has owned three artificial trees (we really like decorating for the holidays), my recommendation is to focus on the shape and fullness of the tree you like. I’ve always enjoyed the process of putting lights on the tree, so you might consider a prelit tree if you want to expedite the tree decorating process and not think about lights. Yeah for Hawaii!

    • Becky permalink*
      November 19, 2013

      We ended up ordering one without lights because I had so many people say their pre-lit tree had lights out! I think we’ll be able to string them and leave them on for disassembly. And the fullness was a key in ordering – I realized that a super tall tree would be crazy wide so we went with shorter and narrower, but still full looking. I’m very excited for it to arrive! Not even sad about no real tree. :)

  2. November 19, 2013

    One word for artificial trees: Treetopia!

    My sister bought me the 6′ pink one as a gift. It is beautiful! A few years ago I broke it out for my cousin’s baby (girl) shower and we covered it in baby toys and onesies. Adorable.
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    • Becky permalink*
      November 19, 2013

      Hilarious! A pink tree! We ended up buying one from Balsam Hill online. My friend sent me a coupon, plus they offer free shipping, a storage bag, and they were having a sale so I went for it! Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  3. Vanessa permalink
    November 19, 2013

    Hi Becky,

    Sorry to add to your “to do list” but I was wondering if Ethan still loves riding Rody? I think there is a larger 3-6 year old version I was thinking about for Xmas (Alex is tall) but wanted to know if it is still going strong. Any other toys Ethan plays will all the time? I know you did a post a while back (summer maybe?) but would you have time to do a quick update?

    • Becky permalink*
      November 19, 2013

      Hi! Rody is not ridden as much now as he was when Ethan was a little younger. Honestly, he’s really having trouble playing with toys at home lately. Right now he mostly plays with Duplo Legos, blocks, his construction trucks, zoo animals, and dinosaurs. I am actually working on a list of 3 year old gift ideas now!! So glad it will be helpful! Hope to have it posted by the beginning of next week.

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