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free easter printables

free easter art prints + place cards / jones design company

Ryan makes fun of me because every time a new holiday comes I adamantly declare that it is my favorite.

But Easter really is my favorite.

Growing up, our Easters consisted of easter basket scavenger hunts, Sandi Patti playing on the record player, marshmallow peeps and fancy dresses made by my mom. We ate breakfast (blueberry french toast) in the dining room with real cloth napkins and fresh flowers on the table.  We wore our new dresses to church then on to a big family gathering where the cousins overdosed on candy and dirtied our pastel outfits.  Sometimes we did an Easter egg hunt, sometimes not.

But ALWAYS at some point in the day we heard:

“He is Risen!”

to which we answered back:

“He is risen, indeed!”

Did you grow up saying this too? Doesn’t it just make you smile? There is something so happy about that phrase. Spiritually, of course. But also the idea of a fresh start, new life, a sense of hopefulness and excitement that surrounds this time of year.

It was this phrase that was the inspiration behind these free Easter prints designed by my super-talented friend Lindsay.

What she created is so beautiful – both in design and spiritual truth.  I am so excited to share her creations with you again this year.

Because sitting down for breakfast at a special table is a favorite memory of mine, I set a few Easter tables (using Lindsay’s artwork as inspiration).  There are lots of do-it-yourself ideas here as well as simple ways to set a pretty table. Perhaps it can inspire your Easter decorations if you’re still in need of some tablescape ideas.

(P.S. Before setting these tables, I had to google ‘how to set a table’. That’s how fancy I am.)

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

linen + white + industrial basket + vintage glassware

free easter printable / jones design company

and the perfect little place cards

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

printed paper + ribbon-tied napkin + coordinating chocolates in a pretty dish

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

with a lovely print to send home with each guest

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

fresh flowers + pretty china + playful polka dots

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

paper plates + candy appetizer + crepe paper flower

easter table setting with free easter printable / jones design company

a name tag tied to a flower makes a special party favor

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So does that give you any ideas for your Easter table?

If you would like to use Lindsay’s artwork as part of your decoration, we have put together a great collection for you.

he is risen free easter art print / jones design company

This printable collection comes with small, medium and large art prints and place cards in navy, teal and green.

You can print as many as you need, give them as gifts or use in your own home.

Download the whole collection for free >> CLICK HERE

Happy Easter!

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audrey’s 5th birthday invitations

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My baby is turning 5. What?!

She’s just the best. She brings a girly flair to our family with her constant songs and dancing, she makes us all laugh and maaaybe has her daddy wrapped around her finger. Possibly her mommy and brothers, too.

The kids and I talk about our favorites all the time – favorite colors, favorite food, favorite memory. They all know that my favorite animal is a dolphin (I have been known to cry when I see sea life. I don’t know what it is, they are just so magical and majestic. Sea World is a teary place for me).

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So when Audrey told me she wanted to have a dolphin party for her 5th birthday, there may have been a few secret happy tears. She knows her mama loves them and so she likes them too. See? She’s just the best. (Well, except when she’s not.)

Since I’m kinda into designing things, I had fun creating this invitation for her upcoming party. There probably won’t be a lot of decorations or fancy party food since we’re having it at an indoor pool, but I love making invitations and couldn’t help myself with the dolphin theme.

One little trick I wanted to share with you is how I add the glitter details. The secret? Glitter glue. This one, to be exact.

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I used a free dolphin graphic and glitter digital paper to add to the invitation. The cards are printed on thick matte photo paper from home on this printer.

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Then I filled in the outlines with the glitter glue.

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And filled in the 5 as well.

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The glue dries in about 30 minutes and does not flake off like regular glitter, so it works well for these types of projects.

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I also added a few gold dots to a diy envelope liner (plain paper cut to fit).

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Didn’t they turn out cute?!

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We can’t wait to celebrate our dolphin-loving girl.

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Want to learn how to create invitations like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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free set of valentine note cards + envelopes

free-valentines-cards-and-envelopes With valentine’s day just around the corner, it seemed the perfect time to share a few freebie love note designs. Watercolor doodles were scanned and formatted into sweet little note cards with matching diy envelopes. Keep reading for the how-to and to download the files!

To make the envelopes, here’s what you’ll need:

free-valentine-and-envelopes templates printed on thick white paper / scissors / adhesive (like this) / washi tape (here’s my favorite source)

STEP ONE / cut template on dashed lines

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cut-out-envelope-template STEP TWO / fold in sides, press firmly to crease

fold-in-sides STEP THREE / fold up bottom, press firmly to crease

fold-up-bottom-flap STEP FOUR / use glue dots (or other adhesive) to attach bottom flap to sides

glue-dots-on-envelope STEP FIVE / write a love note and slip it in

card-in-envelope STEP SIX / fold down top flap and seal with washi tape

plus-envelope-taped Add a name to the front and send to your valentine!

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plus-envelope There are four designs with matching note cards + envelopes, but feel free to mix & match!

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Enjoy!

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Want to learn how to create illustrations and graphics like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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10 ways to celebrate the BIG game this weekend

My Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Superbowl this weekend. Two years in a row! It’s so unbelievable and well-deserved and this city has never been so electric and excited for our team.

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I’ve been a Seahawk fan for all of my life and can’t wait for Sunday’s game. Call me crazy, but I can’t stop listening to sports radio listening to the commentary and interviews and lead-up to the game of the season. Just. So. Excited.

If you’re still putting together your weekend celebration (or need a few ideas for what to bring to a party), here are 10 great ways to enjoy the big game.

1. Show your team spirit with a diy applique shirt (see full tutorial here)

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2. Make these delicious chocolate covered s’mores and add sprinkles in team colors (find the recipe here)

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Seriously. Make these.

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3. entertain your guests with a Seahawks word search

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4. Decorate with a simple football paper chain

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5. These buffalo blue cheese lil’ smokies won’t last long, but you will be happy you made them.

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6. Print these coasters to protect your coffee table.

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Free football coasters from design sponge – download here

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7. Serve snacks in these printable snack cones (instructions and printable found here)

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8. Bring out these easy football ice cream sandwiches for a crowd (and kid) pleaser

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9. Grab a few rolls of washi tape in team colors to make these flag food picks

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10. Send your guests off with these cute penalty flag party favors

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Fun, right?!

Hopefully these will give you some great ideas for making your game-day extra special.

#gohawks

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lovely prints now available (and a discount)

The Month of Love is right around the corner what better way to celebrate than with our lovely prints and a sale!

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Use them to decorate this Valentine season or to give to a special someone as a love-day gift (gently nudge your husbands, ladies!).

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(ampersand)

love-never-fails-styled

(love never fails)

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(love one another)

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(i still do)

Valentine’s Day comes and goes and the best part about each of these prints is that they remain relevant long after the conversation hearts are consumed. Prop one on your nightstand, tape a reminder to your bathroom mirror, hang in your children’s rooms or give as a wedding or anniversary gift. Love never goes out of style.

Each of the prints come in three sizes – 11×14, 8×10 and 5×7.

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We also have Lindsay’s fabulous greatest is love prints back in stock (they sell out quickly, so grab one now!)

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(greatest is love in slate)

as well as the darling twirl print

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To say thank you for your kindness and support and to celebrate this upcoming month of love, please enjoy a discount on all art print purchases between now and tuesday january 27th.

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start-shopping

(and remember: shipping is always free!)

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highlights and favorite posts from 2014

With the end of a year comes a few moments to reflect, to look back and remember the highs and lows and the in-betweens of the past 365 days.  Ryan and I laughed that we each had ‘words’ for the year, and neither were accurate at all for how things went. Sometimes you can direct the way things go, other times you just have to run with it. It was a run-with-it kind of year for us.

Was 2014 our best year ever? Maybe not. But it was good. Stretching. Hard and frustrating at times. Full of laughter and joy and beauty at others. I love going through old posts and remembering what happened throughout the year. So here are the highlights and favorite posts from 2014:

JANUARY

The year started off with me getting personal (no surprise there. I have a thing for sharing my deepest emotions on the internet).

And also talking about nail polish that lasts more than 2 days.

And picking bedding for Audrey’s room redo (which is still in progress … a whole year later)

FEBRUARY

A new free printable was created.

And we celebrated our little darling turning four with a tea party

MARCH

We had a full week of talking about all things graphic design – favorite fonts, printers, my pre-blogging life as a stationery designer, free clipart, my best tips & tricks for Illustrator and the launch of my beginning graphic design class (!)

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APRIL

Our kitchen was in a magazine!

And once again I went and poured my heart right out on the blog …

MAY

I tore up the carpet and added a new semi-diy chair to my office

Reflected for a moment on raising kids and enjoying the stage we’re in

Then I got sick for a week and spent my days watercoloring pretty things like fruit and lamps.

JUNE

Our house was freshened up for the summer

Atlas and I showed you what I wore

and posted a summer reading list (I read all but one and they were great!)

JULY

A highlight for sure of my year (and life?!) was visiting Rwanda with noonday & IJM. I came to terms with being a working mom, did a little twirling and came back with a few perspective changes.

AUGUST

Q & A day (one of my favorite posts each year!)

A bit of little girl clothes inspiration

And then my house started feeling way too loud, so I shushed it.

SEPTEMBER

With summertime over and kids back in school, it was time to get crafty with old magazines

And decorate our house for fall (my favorite)

OCTOBER

Fall fashion was on my mind

and also freshening up my pinterest boards (which now, I hear, they have made much easier!)

NOVEMBER

This month consisted of construction dust, the sound of an air compressor, painter’s drop cloths and major excitement over a mini-remodel (walls painted white and new floors installed)

DECEMBER

The house refresh is finished (for now, at least).

with construction-zone over, some girlfriends and I got a little crafty with book pages

We toured a friend’s coastal house for christmas

And set you up with a bunch of freebie gift tags

This year has been a beautiful time of creativity, and productivity and new opportunities, as well as frustrating and dry and uninspiring. Isn’t that the way life goes?! I’m thankful, as always, for the chance to grow and learn and be challenged and to do a lot of that along side of you here on the blog.

Thank you for being with me this year … for all of your kind comments and shop purchases, for the pins and likes and shares. Most of all, thanks for allowing me to share my life, heart, talents with you and for embracing me in return.

xoxo,
emily

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freebie gift tags

Are you busy wrapping gifts? I’m still shopping (still!) but soon I’ll move on to the wrapping phase and the pretty gifts will sit under the tree for all of two days before they are torn open. Someday I’ll learn to move things along a little faster so I can enjoy those festively wrapped gifts.

When wrapping, I tend towards simple paper, nice ribbon and a cute gift tag. There are so many fun (and free) options around the internet and here are a bunch of tags I’ve created for you as well.

CLASSIC CHRISTMAS TAGS

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WOODLAND CHRISTMAS TAGS

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For more Christmas goodies, check out this art print and these favorite tags.

Enjoy and happy wrapping!

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Want to learn how to create illustrations and graphics like the ones above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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thanksgiving table

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Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I know I say that about every major celebration, but truly, Thanksgiving ranks high (like right at the top with christmas and easter). We have the best memories of Thanksgiving from when we were kids – big family gatherings, weekends at my great Aunt & Uncle’s house in their small town, cutting down our christmas tree – and it’s continued to be a time of year that feels festive and filled with tradition even now.

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I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the kids, then the dog show after (weird, I know. But I tend to be a bit like my mom and she always kept the dog show on so naturally, I do the same), then football for days. Our house fits the most people in it, so we often host here which we love. We do some of the cooking, and the rest of the family each bring a favorite dish (sweet potato puree, sauteed green beans with shallots and bacon, sweet potato cranberry crescent rolls – yum). Continue Reading →

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a seahawks birthday party

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Our second son turned 9 last month and we celebrated with a Seahawk party. We started with his invitations (seen here – which turned out super cute and not too seahawky/footbally/cartoony) and carried the theme into the actual day. We watched the game, ate football party food, played a few games and celebrated the birthday boy. It turned out to be a perfect party for Brady and his friends. Continue Reading →

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DIY Seahawks birthday invitations + graphic design class now open!

If you haven’t gathered this from countless previous posts, let me tell you a not-so-secret secret about me: I am an in the moment kind of girl.  Casting vision, long-term goal-setting, meal planning, scheduling posts – these are not my forte. I’m a night-before, whatever is right in front of my face or on the to-do list today type which mostly works out fine. I like being flexible and I’m pretty good at pulling things together at the last minute.

Like my son’s birthday party, for example.

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It’s coming up this weekend and we just figured out what we’re doing for his party. It’s been on my radar – just not glaring enough to do anything about it (see? not very forward-thinking). But we’ve come up with a plan (Seahawks watching party!!!), planned out the food (football game snacks, gatorade to drink, chocolate covered s’mores for dessert) and written the guest list. All that’s left are goodie bags (a big deal for a nearly-nine-year-old) and decorations (I’ll figure those out later – see below).

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tea party birthday

We celebrated our little Audrey-girl with a pretty tea party that was every bit as sweet and happy as she is.

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Using a color palette of pinks, oranges, gold and black and white kept everything cohesive without being overly themed and made decorating really fun for me.

I started with these cute tea-bag invitations:

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A little card tucked into a glassine bag folded to get that tea bag shape. The no. 4 tag attached with baker’s twine with glittered edges is my favorite part.

tea-party-birthday-invitation (invitation by me, no. 4 artwork by lindsayletters)

We hosted the tea party at our house and set up in our rarely-used dining room just to make it feel extra special.

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The initial inspiration for the colors were pulled from a roll of wrapping paper (found at marshalls) that worked perfectly for a table runner. It gives cheerful pattern and bright color to the table and makes a big impact for only a few dollars.

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The light fixture got a fancy treatment with tissue paper fringe (three colors of tissue cut into strips, fringed and then hung with scotch tape directly to the linen shade) and this ruffled crepe paper was draped across the window for more color.

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I inherited my grandma’s mismatched set of tea cups and saucers and I loved pulling them out for the party.

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Lunch was tea sandwiches, fruit and crackers.

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For dessert we had striped chocolate pudding in mini glass jars with an extra dollop of whip cream and golden sprinkles.

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Audrey’s little friends were perfectly polite and had a fun time drinking tea (with sugar cubes, of course) and celebrating.

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And the birthday girl had a happy, happy day.

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serve one another in love (free printable)

As I was thinking about different quotes and song lyrics, phrases and thoughts about love, my mind remembered a verse that truly is the embodiment of how I want love to look for me and my family.

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To serve one another in love. To be kind and generous with our time, our home, our food and things. Sometimes it is hard (like when you’re tired or running short on resources or when when your best friend’s family lives with you for 7 months and by the end you just kinda want to not share anymore) and other times comes easily (like when your home team is in the playoffs and you don’t even hesitate rearranging your beloved furniture to accommodate a gigantic screen and a million wild children because go seahawks!).  Messing up your house, occupying your limited time, dirtying up dishes and giving of your money is not necessarily convenient. It takes sacrifice and putting others ahead of yourself, which for most of us does not come naturally.  Serving in love is not always easy, but it’s always worth it. Always. I hope this is what our family is about.

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This print was just a quick drawing that I’d love to pass along to you during this month where we celebrate all things love.

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Download the pdf file and print onto your favorite paper. Either choose an 8×10

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or 5×7 (then share with a friend!)

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beyond excited

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From the day I was born, I was a Seahawk fan. My dad only had girls, but he raised us to know and love the game of football and those memories of sitting in front of the tv cheering for our team remain some of my childhood favorites.

It’s never been more exciting to be fan than now.

Congrats, Seattle Seahawks.  What a spectacular season.

#gohawks

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highlights and favorite posts from 2013

2013 was a fun and filled year for jones design company. Here’s a look back at some highlights and favorite posts.

// JANUARY //

The year started off with a week of favorite books

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we introduced our new puppy {who is now a lanky teenager with a thing for swallowing socks}.

// FEBRUARY //

Our little darling turned three and we hosted a fancy girly brithday party for her.

// MARCH //

better homes & gardens came to our home to photograph our kitchen

The magazine is scheduled to come out in just a few months!

// APRIL //

My best attempt at answering the question: how do you do it all? became a great conversation.

A few different chalk methods were tried out {and I misspelled a word in the images – ugh!}

A whole week of pleated projects got us in the bright, spring-time mood

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// MAY //

A little laundry room redo transformed a boring space into a cheerful room that actually encourages me to do laundry

// JUNE //

The reveal of our unconventional fireplace makeover

// JULY //

I wrote the longest blog post ever answering most asked questions about blogging.

Then spent the month introducing favorite bloggers and giving fun stuff away!

// AUGUST //

After taking most of july off, creativity and motivation came back in full force. I started a boys’ room redo

painted a bunch of watercolor letters

and then was beyond flattered to have my office appear in a real magazine.

// SEPTEMBER //

The kids went back to school and the house was tidied for a fall home tour

and the boys’ room was finally finished

// OCTOBER //

creating a font has never been so easy {and fun!}

// NOVEMBER //

I made a wreath out of duct tape

and another out of tissue paper

gave our guest room a mini-makeover

and shared lots of gift wrapping ideas

// DECEMBER //

spent a week or two getting our house decorated for the holidays and loved how it turned out.

and made the most delicious sea salt caramels. I can’t get enough of them.

This year has been a beautiful time of creativity, refinement, lessons in trusting and letting go and cherishing one another. My word for 2013 was Embrace and while not done flawlessly, this year marked growth for me in accepting change and finding joy in situations even when I don’t have control of them.

Thank you for being with me this year … for all of your kind comments and shop purchases, for the pins and likes and shares. Most of all, thanks for allowing me to share my life, heart, talents with you and for embracing me.

xoxo,
emily

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how we do christmas gifts in our family

Last year we tried something different with our gift-giving.

Usually, we call Christmas an excuse to buy our kids a whole load of things they want and things we want them to have. We don’t go completely overboard, but with four kids and a handful of gifts each, our tree is usually overflowing with festively-wrapped presents. Christmas morning is a whirl of torn paper and squeals of delight and new clothes tossed to the side – because, who am I kidding – no six year old boy cares about a new tshirt.

We have really great kids who are {mostly} kind and thoughtful.

But they are not always grateful.

I don’t blame them; it’s hard to be grateful when you have no idea what it means to do without.

Jami wrote about it so beautifully and convicting-ly a few years ago after Christmas. I remember laying in bed reading her post and just crying because even though she was writing about her family, she was writing about mine, too.

We are spoiled beyond measure and yet we still want more.

So, last year, we gave something new a try with the hope that by reducing the number of presents, we would be more grateful for ones we received.

Here’s what we did: each of the kids woke on Christmas morning to four gifts under the tree.

We prepped the kids ahead of time, created wish lists and they seemed surprisingly excited about the idea.

The most difficult part, I will readily admit, was the restraint it took me in my gift-purchasing. I love buying things for my kids. There are a million fun gifts they would be happy to open but this system forced us to be intentional – only buying four things for each child.

Last Christmas morning was the best we’ve ever had. Without fail, every single present was opened with wide smiles and excited oohs and ahhs. Each of the kids received four gifts that were thought-out and purposeful and they were grateful.

We’re doing the four gifts again this year. No modifications. The kids just wrote out their wish lists with multiple items for each category. Ryan and I will choose from the list or come up with a special gift on our own. We don’t really pay close attention to spending equally on each child, but we do try to give items that will make them equally excited.

To be fair, I must admit that our kids receive more than four gifts for christmas. Between grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts & uncles and cousins, they open plenty of gifts. I’m sure you could ask your family members to refrain from gift-giving to keep the gifts at four total, but some people {like my mom} find such joy in giving gifts that we didn’t want to take that away.

If you’re wanting to try something new, simplify and be intentional about your gift-giving this year, this system might be great for you.

 To get you started, print out this fun printable for your little ones to jot down their wish lists.

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And then if you want to label your gifts, feel free to use these tags.

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Enjoy!

Any other questions about how we do gifts? Let’s chat …

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