Love, Joleen

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

No Cost and Budget-Friendly Indoor Things to Do with Kids for the Holidays

Raise your hand if you're nearing or just flat out broke from Christmas shopping... just in time for your kids to be home for the holiday break from school? If you're like me, you're already turning to The Almighty Internet for ideas of fun things to do on a budget. Honestly, the best way I tackle this is to keep a running list of projects and activities to do with my son, when going outside just isn't an option. I thought I'd save you the trouble by compiling a list of things you can do together indoors. Most of the activities on this list were completely free, using supplies we had around the house, or the cost was very minimal. I'm all about the free and cheap things to do with kids!

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Snowy Weekend in Atlanta

All last week we saw the snowflake on the forecast for Friday. That can mean a slew of things here in the Atlanta-area. Typically, it includes flurries in part of the city and likely an icy situation on the streets. We could not believe that we actually got a good amount of snow! Most of my friends said they had between 5" and 8", depending on where they were. It was honestly so beautiful! Here was the view from my bedroom window:

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Best Way to Share Your Photos with Friends and Family this Holiday Season

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Share Your Photos. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Last weekend, my family and I headed to Duluth Town Green for the "Deck the Hall" Christmas Tree Lighting event. Downtown Duluth is my favorite part about living in this Atlanta suburb. As you can see from the photos, it's incredibly charming and picturesque. My family loves attending the holiday and seasonal family festivals hosted here, such as "Howl on the Green" for Halloween, the Duluth Fall Festival, and Duluth Celebrates America for the Fourth of July. We attend them all! 

First of all, the decor is spectacular, with many photo ops for selfies or making your kiddos say, "Cheese!" Since we were unable to attend our friend's Ugly Sweater party the previous weekend, we rocked them to this. I tell ya, my family sure loves me. Haha! 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Our First Live Christmas Tree from Thompson's Tree Farm

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

I'm pretty sure I am going to cry myself right through the holidays. I am feeling extra emo with Benjamin turning 5 this year. We spent this weekend getting into the Christmas Spiritfirst, attending our local Christmas Tree Lighting festival Saturday, then heading to Thompson's Tree Farm in Lawrenceville, to cut down our first live Christmas tree today! Benjamin has been asking for a real tree for the last couple of years now but we're never home for Christmas. Even though we'll be in St. Louis for Christmas, we decided that this was the year for our very first tree!