Holiday Traditions for Couples

Many holiday traditions seem to revolve around kids but it’s nice to have traditions if you don’t have children, or even if you do it’s nice to have some that you just share with your spouse.

Holiday traditions are a great way for spouses to connect. However, with the all busyness of the holidays you can easily forget to spend much time as just a couple. And it’s a great way to create memories together.

Holiday Traditions for Couples

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Here are a few ideas to get you started or at least give you a bit of inspiration.

  • Put up the tree together. Put on some holiday music or a movie and put up your tree. You could also have a special treat or dinner that night.
  • Go out looking at Christmas lights. Turn on some Christmas music and drive around a few neighborhoods, a park or other area with nice displays. It’s also fun to fill some insulted mugs with hot cocoa to drink while you drive around.
  • Give each other stockings. Stockings are a lot of fun and can easily be budget friendly.
  • Share an advent calendar. You can go with the more traditional chocolate advent calendar, fill one with dates, romantic coupons, or even a mixture of all of these things.
  • Buy each other ornaments. Pick one that makes you think of your spouse, or maybe one that represents something you did that year. It’s fun to look back at all of the ones you’ve gotten each other over the years.
  • Make gingerbread cookies together. Decorating gingerbread cookies can be a lot of fun, plus you get a tasty treat. There is no reason this has to be a kids activity. You could even take some of the cookies to a elderly family member or give some to your neighbors.
  • Make a holiday bucket list. Come up with all of the things you want to do together during the holiday season. You can use my free holiday bucket list printable and hang it on the fridge and try to mark off as many of the activities as possible.
  • Camp out in the living room with the Christmas tree all lit up. There is something magical about a Christmas tree all lit up at night. Make a pallet in the floor and camp out like you did when you were kids. If you really prefer to sleep in your bed, just stay there for a movie and some popcorn.
  • Read a book together. Take turns reading a holiday story you both enjoy.

And most of all remember to make time for each other. You likely have a lot of family and friend activities but alone time is also important. Traditions also don’t have to be serious, many of the best are kind of silly. My husband and I like to put up our tree very soon after Halloween so we ended up starting to watch Harry Potter every year when we put up the tree. It’s not a traditional tradition but we love it!

What are some traditions you and your spouse have? Do you remember to make time for each other? Join the conversation in the comments.

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards

It’s time to buy your holiday cards and start getting them ready to mail out! I personally love giving and receiving cards but I don’t want to waste paper. Thankfully there are many recycled options available to help reduce the impact of holiday cards. These are just a few of the beautiful options you will find this year.

Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards

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  1. Happy Dappy Bits- These beautiful cards are hand drawn and made of 100% recycled paper.
  2. Posy Paper Co.- These cards are made using 100% post-consumer waste that is made using wind power and printed in Vancouver, BC using soy based inks.
  3. Paper Culture- If photo cards are more of your thing, check out Paper Culture. They made wonderful photo cards using 100% recycled cards and envelopes and they plant a tree for every order.
  4. Note.Ify- These cute cards are made using 100% recycled paper and made in the USA.
  5. Sanctuary Spring- These adorable cards are recycled and support a good cause. They are handcrafted by women that have escaped prostitution in the Philippines. Through Sanctuary Spring these woman can now provide for their families in a safe way.

Do you send out cards for the holidays? Have you ever looked into sending eco-friendly cards? Share in the comments and join the conversation.

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Mid-Century Inspired Holiday Decor

Mid-Century Inspired Holiday Decor
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I have loved to decorate for holidays since I was a young child. I would put Christmas lights in my bedroom, put out my Christmasy stuffed animals and whatever else I had. I would of course also make Christmas crafts. One year I remember Disney Channel did Christmas in July and I decorated my room for it.

People give me a hard time because I start decorating before Thanksgiving, normally right after Halloween. I’m a bit behind this year as my tree is all that is up! Trying to get more done today. The house is just so cozy when it’s all decorated. I want to enjoy it for as long as possible.

I’m started to decorate my home in general in a more mid-century fashion, so a lot of my holiday decor reflects that. Even if you aren’t going for a mid-century look in your home, you can add bits and pieces in with your more modern decor. These are some of my favorite mid-century inspired pieces, some are vintage pieces!

Santa MugsSanta Mugs, Pottery Barn

Santa mugs like these were popular in the 1950’s, however the vintage options carry a risk of lead paint. Getting these new mugs is a much safer option and they are still super cute!

Mercury Glass Tealight HoldersMercury Glass Tealight Holders, West Elm

Mercury glass is a mid-century classic. These tealight holders would be a beautiful addition to mid-century inspired homes as well as more modern homes.

Moblie Home for the Holidays Mobile Home for the Holidays, ModCloth

This cute retro mobile home ornament would be adorable on your aluminum tree or even a more traditional tree.

Mercury Glass OrnamentsMercury Glass Ornaments, VintageEdition

These mercury glass ornaments are a beautiful addition to any tree, in a bowl, on a cake stand, the options are endless! The ornaments above are vintage so they will likely sell quickly but VintageEdition has more great options. And Etsy has many other shops that sell mercury glass ornaments as well.

Festive Forestry JarFestive Forestry Jar, ModCloth

This super cute jar is a DIY kit you can get from ModCloth and put together yourself.

Retro Inspired Wine GlassMerry Christmas Ornaments Wine Glass, Wayfair

This beautiful, made in the USA, wine glass features a retro inspired design. It’s great for your holiday parties.

Joy to the World DishtowelJoy to the World Dishtowel, Wayfair

This dishtowel features a vintage-inspired typography and Santa graphic. It’s perfect for your mid-century inspired kitchen!

Window CandlesLED Window Candles, Amazon

These LED candles feature a sensor so they will come on automatically at dust and turn off at dawn. They are battery operated so no trying to find a place to plug them in!

So when do you decorate for the holidays? And what is your design style? Share in the comments below or send me an email, I love hearing from you!

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6 Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars

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Advent is starting very soon. And I’ve always enjoyed advent calendars, it’s a fun way to countdown the days. Many advent calendars are filled with cheap, unhealthy, and unethical chocolate. Thankfully there are many great eco-friendly options out there. These are six of my favorites.

  • Divine Chocolate Advent Calendar- This simple advent chocolate features Fair Trade milk chocolate.
    *They are currently on sale!
  • Nostalgic Vintage Style Advent Calendar- This beautiful calendar is made of cardboard boxes which you can fill with any goodies you want and use it year after year.
  • DIY Advent Activity Calendar- If DIY is more your thing, this calendar is for you. It’s also great for those trying to avoid more stuff or candy, as you fill it with activities!
  • North Woods Burlap Advent Calendar- I shared the calendar yesterday in my Eco-Friendy Holiday Decor post but it deserves to make this list as well. It’s a beautiful piece and will last for many years to come.
    *Save 20% with coupon code ECO20 until Nov. 23rd
  • Lego Advent Calendar- Legos are lead and phthalate free, making them a good toy options. Plus the legos can also be used for many years.
  • Magnet Advent Calendar- This cute calendar can be placed on your fridge! Each of the tins is reusable and magnetic. Great for renters that can’t put holes in walls or those with limited space.

Do you have an advent calendar? If so, what kind do you use? Share in the comments below or email me, I love to hear from you!

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Eco-Friendly Holiday Decor

I love decorating my home for the holidays. I go all out and decorate every room. I also try to buy mostly eco-friendly decor that will last for many years to reduce my impact each holiday season. There are so many great eco-friendly options out there now you don’t have to give up style to go green! Here are ten of my favorite eco-friendly holiday decor items.

eco-friendly holiday decor

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  1. Purl Soho Snowdrift Felt Tree Skirt- This wool tree skirt is handmade in Nepal by artisans. Purchasing this tree skirts helps these artisans support their families.
  2. WeeDecor Christmas Owl Wall Decal- WeeDecor has many cute holiday wall decal designs, including this popular owl design. They are PVC-free and reusable.
  3. Merry Christmas Tree Pillow- This 100% cotton pillow is made in the USA and features an eco-friendly pillow insert.
  4. Linen Reindeer Towel- This high quality kitchen towel is made of 100% linen.
    *Save 20% with coupon code ECO20 until Nov. 23rd*
  5. Natural Wool Felt Chalet Tree Table Runner- Handmade of 100% wool.
    *Save 20% with coupon code ECO20 until Nov. 23rd*
  6. North Woods Burlap Advent Calendar- This is a great reusable alternative to conventional advent calendars.
    *Save 20% with coupon code ECO20 until Nov. 23rd*
  7. Snowflake Stocking- This is a handmade stocking, made in the USA. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles.
  8. Coir Holiday Joy Doormat- This super cute doormat is made of coir, a great eco-friendly material.
    *Save 20% with coupon code ECO20 until Nov. 23rd*
  9. Recycled Christmas Trees- This cute trio of trees is made from upcycled wool and glass beads.
  10. Eco Throw Birch Tree- This beautiful throw blanket is made from recycled cotton in the USA.

What eco-friendly holiday decor do you have in your home? I’d love to hear, share in the comments below or email me.

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