Our 2016 Christmas Card

Happy December, friends! This year, Mitch and I are determined to be ON TOP OF IT in terms of Christmas. We’re talking, Christmas cards ordered, gifts bought and wrapped, house decorated, the whole nine yards EARLY so that we don’t get caught off guard with a new baby and Christmas chaos all at one time. We’ve joked that if we don’t buy all of our Christmas gifts for people before she’s born, no one’s getting gifts this year. :) We even managed to sneak in getting a Christmas photo done during our Maternity photo shoot (can’t wait to show you the pictures from that!)… this is the winner that will end up on our card this year.


That being said, it’s card time in our house and we are knee-deep in writing, addressing, and sending out this year’s Thomas family Christmas Card. To commemorate, we’re also bringing back the fun giveaway from last year to whoever can guess which style card we ended up choosing! Here were our top four options for this year…

Option 1: I’m loving the neutral background with the contrast of the snowy, white foliage around the edges. There’s something so classic about the brown paper, white blooms, and red and white lettering.


Option 2: Another classic option and very “traditional Christmas” with that green plaid background. I love the gold lettering and the fact that there is a second photo spot to show the little ruby reds. :)


Option 3: This one makes my heart race… something about the natural look and clean white background. A similar look to Option 1, this one has a little bit more red, white, and green to it.


Option 4: Last but not least, a festive number with some sparkle and shine! I really like the “ticket” cut-out look and the gold sparkles with red writing are a match made in Christmas heaven.


So that’s what we’re working with this year… and now it’s YOUR turn to guess! The way we play this game is that you give us your best guess- Option 1, 2, 3, or 4- and whoever guesses correctly will be entered into a random drawing to win $5 to Starbucks! Because who doesn’t love a warm drink around this time of year? :) You can leave a comment in one of the following spots and we’ll make sure it gets counted: in the comments of this post, on Instagram, Twitter, or our Facebook page. This is going to be a flash contest, lasting only through the weekend (it will be closed Sunday at 11:59pm) because next week we’ve got an even bigger giveaway coming your way! Remember that dresser makeover we did for the nursery that I have yet to tell you about? Well, there’s a really special company that wants to give YOU some goodies to whip up your own makeover! Stay tuned because all of the fun befores, afters, and contest details will be coming your way early next week!

ALSO, if you weren’t already in the Christmas spirit, we’ve got a brand new challenge up on our YouTube channel! This week is all about the classic Christmas candy cane and we invited our little sister to play along to see who could correctly guess the most candy cane flavors. You can check it out by clicking the photo below… Enjoy!


Dear Santa… (2016 Edition)

It’s baaaack!

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and your shopping fruitful. :) Last year, we did a round up of a few things that both Mitch and I had our eyes on and threw them all together into a good ‘ole fashioned his and hers Christmas Gift Guide. Because it was so much fun to do and we heard from a lot of you that it proved helpful in your search for ideas for people on your own gift giving list, we’re bringing it back for 2016! Sooooo…. let’s do it!


  1. Long Pink Sweater: This light weight, blush sweater comes from Target and I really like that it’s winter-y, feminine, and long enough to cover the bum for wearing with leggings… which I’m wearing a lot of these days. :)
  2. Illustrated Harry Potter Books: As an avid Harry Potter fan and the daughter of an art teacher, imagine my excitement to hear that they’re publishing an illustrated version of every Harry Potter book! The first one has been out for awhile now and I’ve gotten a chance to page through it… it’s BEAUTIFUL. The second one came out this past fall, too. How fun to be able to read the books to our kids, complete with stunning artwork to add to the magic!
  3. Knit Hat: Cute, cozy, and perfect for winter… I’m loving the light pink (and also just realizing that we have a pink theme going on here!), but they had a whole bunch of colors to choose from. This one, called “Mauve Along”, comes from Old Navy.
  4. Tear Drop Earrings: How pretty are these?! And shocker, they’re light pink. These babies are from Target and under $10! Cough, MITCH. 😉
  5. Porch Swing: Oh my gosh, when I think about sitting out on the porch in a SWING with pillows and blankets, watching the world go by, my soul relaxes a little bit. Here’s one that comes with good reviews from Amazon and is delivered unfinished, so you can stain or paint it whatever color you want!
  6. Whatchamacallit: We’ve never played this game before, but I saw it in the store recently and it looks like a lot of fun! It’s the kind of game that is good for parties… a conversation-starter kind of a game. At least that’s the gist I got from looking at the box…
  7. Fringe Flip Flops: I’ve been wanting to up my sandal game after realizing that the majority of my summer footwear are those plastic colored ones from Old Navy. Don’t get me wrong, those ones are great, but I find myself wanting something a little nicer for wearing out and about when bright green or blue doesn’t cut it. :)
  8. Necklace: I’m loving the edgy, Gatsby look of this piece… perfect for the holidays and coincidentally, I think it’d look really nice with that pink sweater.
  9. Robot Vacuum Cleaner: THIS. I had to include this guy on the list because we recently bought one and it has CHANGED. OUR. LIVES. We got ours at a miracle of a deal through a Groupon (here is the link… I think it has since sold out, but I do know that it comes back in stock every so often so just keep an eye out) and haven’t looked back since. We were finding that our linoleum floors were just not getting clean with our regular vacuum. It was getting to the point where I hated walking around in bare feet because you could just feel the dirt all over the place, no matter how much we vacuumed or mopped. The particular model we got is made especially for hard floors (it also comes with a mopping attachment!), but they also make other models that are better on carpet. I’ll tell you what… we’ve only had ours for about a month and it is the best home maintenance product we have ever bought. We walk around in bare feet all the time now!

Alrighty, that was my list. Onto Mitch’s picks for 2016…


  1. Winter Sweater: It seems like Christmas is always a good time to add a new sweater to the collection and the pattern on this one from Target is a good balance between unique and traditional.
  2. Sports Watch: Mitch does a lot of active, sports related things in his job so a watch that can withstand some athletic activity and has the bells and whistles for such (stopwatch, light, etc.) is a necessity.
  3. Life Sized Jenga: How fun is this?! A giant twist on a classic game, this life sized Jenga would be perfect for outdoor parties. Disclaimer… this one comes from Bed, Bath, and Beyond (lots of other stores are carrying them right now), but I think you could whip this up with some 2×4’s and a saw pretty easily… and for a fraction of the price. Just saying. :)
  4. Winter Gloves: Definitely on Mitch’s Christmas list this year. A nicer pair of gloves that he can wear while driving and these ones are even touch screen sensitive, so you can use your phone while wearing!
  5. Portable Ping Pong: Ever been somewhere and thought “dang, I wish we could play ping pong”? Happens to us all the time. :) Well, this portable set can be set up anywhere- all you need is a table top! The one pictured comes from Kohls, but you can find them elsewhere too.
  6. Office Accessories: This pick was more my thinking, but I could easily see these in Mitch’s office… the gear bookends and jacks paperweight seem like nice (and masculine!) pieces to add to any office space for a little bit of interest.
  7. Socks: Always a great stocking stuffer… these fun ones are from Target (you can find the links here and here).
  8. Google Home: We’ve all heard the commercials about the in-home smart speaker system. I am so curious to see just how well they work and how much use they get. I’ve been told that the Google Home is a great option and we think it’s a winner of a Christmas gift for this year’s list.
  9. Thin Wallet: Who doesn’t like a thinner, lighter, less cumbersome wallet for just the necessities? This guy came from Target (and is on sale now!).
  10. Head Scratcher: Also something that made Mitch’s list this year and it cracks me up, but the man loves comfort, so the head scratcher is his idea of pampering… whatever floats your boat!

Well, that wraps up this year’s Christmas Gift Guides… hope this helps you in your hunt for the perfect gifts! By the way, does anyone have any good tips for Cyber Monday shopping? We have some gift cards that need spending and have been waiting for those online deals, but I’m an amateur when it comes to Cyber Monday shopping and can use all the tips and tricks you’ve got. :)

PS. Make sure to tune into our YouTube Channel TOMORROW because we’ve got something cooking up for you over there! Let’s just say that we’ve come up with a creative way of using the last of your Thanksgiving leftovers in a true Mitch vs. Leslie holiday challenge showdown. See ya then!

Pink Leaves, White Houses, & Other Fall Updates

And with that, we are only a day away from Thanksgiving. Holy smokes! It’s crazy to think that November is almost over, but I have to say that I’ve been excited for Thanksgiving to come for a long while now. It’s the start of all of the winter festivities and on a personal note, this year we are excitedly anticipating a few extras. One, in particular. :)


In terms of decorating, I am just now feeling like I have a vague idea of where most of our seasonal decorations are. In the spirit of transparency, we’ve still got A LOT of boxes that need to be unpacked, sorted, and organized. For the longest time, we knew were nothing was, outside of what we had been using day to day. Things are slowly starting to make their way into a system and I’m proud to say that I was at least able to get a few autumn-y decorations in place in time for Thanksgiving. Here’s what that foyer hall table is looking like these days…


On the other side of our couch, we’ve been trying out a few bookshelves, stacked on their sides. Who knows if they will stay for the long run, but for now they are home to a few books (the rest are still packed!) and some fall bits and pieces.


Oh, and the festivities don’t stop there… awhile back, I snagged this pink, orange, and gold bunting for a few bucks off a Target clearance end cap and now he’s hanging proudly across the big mirror above the couch. PS. Did you notice that rug? It’s new! We went on a whirlwind one-day adventure to find it and I’ll have more pictures and details coming your way soon. :)


Those are the main areas we’ve fall-ified and I feel content with that. Moving is a SLOW process, especially when you’re sick and pregnant for most of it and I’m learning the art of giving myself some grace. Just do what you can and what feels right and fulfilling and that can be enough.

One thing that happened for the first time since we’ve moved here is… a festive TABLE SETTING! It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these- way back when in the last house- and it felt nice to clear the table off of all the junk mail that accumulates, set out some dishes, and make it look nice in honor of the holiday season.


For this get up, I went with the pink theme. Just as a heads up… Mitch and I are toying with the idea of a whimsical, pink-filled Christmas in honor of the (hopefully pre-Christmas!) arrival of our little lady. How fun would that be?! I’m not a huge pink person when it comes to, well, anything, but I think a brand new baby girl is a good excuse as any to try something fun and different this year! We’ll see how this plays out. :) Anyway, back to the table setting…


I started by throwing a white Pashmina scarf I already had across the table and following up with some dark woven chargers (these ones are from Ikea), white plates and bowls, silverware, and some cloth napkins.


The napkins came from Goodwill, but are originally from Target if you’re looking. Our Goodwill gets loads of brand new, still-in-the-packaging products from Target’s overstock and it’s a great place to snag some deals! These napkins seemed very autumnal to me so I grabbed a few packs and used them as the spring board for the table setting inspiration.


To add to the pink factor, I cut some leaves out of scrapbook paper and scattered them along the center of the table…


For the centerpiece, I opted to continue the white theme and plopped a few ceramic white houses (they’re actually candle holders) in the middle and called it a day. These guys came from the Target dollar aisle and are just a few bucks each! I have to say… their dollar aisle Christmas selection is on point this year and every time I stop by, I’m tempted to pick up a few more bits and pieces. Side note: these houses would be great present toppers and actually, I’ve been hoarding them to finish off a bunch of gifts for friends and family. They’re just beautiful!


To top things off in pink-world, I grabbed four Mason jars to use as drinking glasses (that feels fall-ish, right?) and added some pink drinking straws. Aren’t they so festive and cute?


And there you have it… our Thanksgiving table and fall-ified home! Happy Turkey Day, everyone! We hope your day is filled with good food and lots of laughs. :)

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