Happy Thanksgiving!!

As I sit here anticipating the day spent with our little family (and also getting to see 50-some of my extended family!) while chowing down on some delish grub my emotions are ALL over the place. This is our first Thanksgiving as parents! How do I adequately describe the amount of sheer happiness and joy Camden has brought into our life? I just can't (well, I could but it would be a complete book to read and I'll save that for his first birthday post coming up.) He's been the best addition to our family, and he just adores his fur brother Rocky.

He is our.whole.world. He has doubled...no, tripled, the size of our hearts. He has changed us for the better, challenged us, and has made being his parents the VERY best job in the world. A few times this week I've gotten teary eyed when holding him in my arms before bed just thinking about how much I love him and would do anything to protect him. It's just a love like no other.

If I had to pick one thing one thing I'm most thankful for this year, it would be the time that I've gotten to spend with him during his first year of life. As most of you know, once Cam was born I switched to working part time. I told myself that very first week that I would never take it for granted and would make the most of our days together. Well, being able to spend half the week with him watching him grow and creating memories together have been the most treasured days of my entire life. Hands down. I'm incredibly grateful and thankful it worked out for us this way.

I'm also extremely thankful for all of you! You have followed me all the way from being a newlywed, a homeowner, to becoming a mother. I value the relationships I've formed with you through my blog and the support/love you've given me over the years. I can't say thank you enough!

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones! And cheers to LEGGINGS...making women's Thanksgiving evenings much more tolerable... ;)


Create The Good {Volunteering With Habitat}

'Tis the season of giving back!

With the holidays approaching, there is no better time to lend a hand in your community. If you followed my blog last year, you may remember when I shared about our experience serving meals at a women's homeless shelter (recap here.) I enjoyed it so much that I told myself I would volunteer again this year. Well, this past weekend I got my opportunity by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity!

Specifically, my tasks were to help with installing the trim in the downstairs and help in the kitchen, which were right up my alley because I really enjoy learning new home skills. One of Habitat for Humanity's criteria for the homeowner is that they put in a certain amount of hours working on their home, which they call "sweat equity". I was actually able to work alongside with the mother of this home for the whole day, even though she was well over her mandatory hours. She was so appreciative of all the volunteers and so thrilled to get into the home with her daughter next month when it's finished.

The experience was so rewarding and touched my heart in a big way because really there is NO better gift than a place to call home. I kept thinking about what life would be like if we didn't have a safe home for Camden and it broke my heart. I feel blessed to have been a part of this project and wish her many years of happiness with her daughter in this home!

Moving on-I often hear from others that they want to get involved in their community, but they just aren't sure how. If that's you, I'm here to help...

The program Create the Good makes it easy to connect you with volunteer opportunities in YOUR own community. All you have to do is register with Create the Good (it's free), put in your zip code and what you're interested in doing (serving a meal, etc.) to discover great volunteering opportunities near you!

And to reward good deeds, once you are registered you're automatically entered to win a Grand prize Trip for 2 to Smuggler's Notch Resort in Vermont! They're also giving away a $100 Gift Card (25 WINNERS) and donating care packages to selected charities.

They also have a "25 Days, 25 Ways to Give" campaign that encourages you to do one positive action each day for 25 days. By completing the activities, you will earn more sweepstakes entries. I signed up to do this, too, and there are some awesome, easy ideas that might inspire you - from donating food, helping an elderly family member to a doctor's appointment, to donating to your favorite charity. Regardless how big or small the act might be, it goes a long way!

I hope you all will join me! If you have any other questions about getting involved, please let me know.
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Camden's Wishlist

Woo-hoo! Thanksgiving week already! I'm so excited for the short week and to spend time with family...

I had some people ask what we were getting Camden for Christmas and what we are asking for from our families. Since he's also turning 1 YEAR OLD (say it aint so!) in January, we have gifts to buy for that as well. AKA..he's going to be in toy heaven for a while, I'm sure! 

I asked a lot of friends who have kids for gift ideas for a 1 year old and also read A LOT of reviews, which landed me to all of these items. These are the bigger items we asked for/purchased ourselves for him. We mainly wanted to stick with toys that we thought would last (hopefully) for the next year or so + beyond, that would grow with him.

Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair 
(FREE SHIPPING-today only)
Very popular gift for kids 1 and older. I think (and hope) he will get a lot of use out of this down the road! 


 B. Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube
(20% off all toys at Target with code TOYS)
I've heard so many great things about this and I got it really cheap, so let's hope he plays with this for more than 5 minutes! :) We do have a really small version of this now which he loves, so I think he's going to enjoy this much larger one.

Comes with his first set of blocks and I love that this table can be folded up! 

At the top of our list for Cam! I'm sure this would be used often for strolls around the neighborhood. 


 I couldn't resist buying this for Camden when I found it on sale. It's too cute!

Other than these items, books to build up his library are always great. I also like the idea of buying "experiences" - like swim lessons, a zoo membership, etc.

Hope this helps if you have a little one around the same age! And if you have any other suggestions on some great gifts for a 1 year old, send them my way :)