Working Mom Christmas Survival List

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If I could send a care package to every working mom for this time of year, this is what would be in it. Maybe Santa will slip one (or more) of these into your stocking! This list was inspired by Man Crates. This is what I would want in my very own (pretty) gift package!

It Cosmetics – Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer

 Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer

This stuff covers up every sleepless night! I first tried this amazing product with my Ipsy subscription, and now I won’t go without it!

 

It Cosmetics – Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer, Deep – $14.99, 5.48 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

 

Dunkin Donuts – Original Blend Ground Coffee Resealable Bag (Case of 4)

Dunkin Donuts - Original Blend Ground Coffee Resealable Bag (Case of 4)

Coffee. . .of course. And yes, I run on Dunkin’.

 

Dunkin Donuts – Original Blend Ground Coffee Resealable Bag (Case of 4) – $21.10, 6.51 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

Collection XIIX – Mirror Trim Infinity Scarf

Collection XIIX - Mirror Trim Infinity Scarf

A pretty scarf to hide coffee spills and dress up a plain Jane top.

 

 

Collection XIIX – Mirror Trim Infinity Scarf – $10.85, 5.48 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

(1 reviews)

 

Neutrogena – Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Original — 2 oz

Neutrogena - Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Original -- 2 oz

This little tube of hand lotion has been a purse staple for me since middle school. It works great on chapped toddler cheeks as well.

 

Neutrogena – Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Original — 2 oz – $9.12, 5.01 shipping – Available at Fullfillment By Amazon

(9 reviews)

 

Logitech – Ultrathin Keyboard Mini (Wireless – Bluetooth – White – Tablet – Membrane)

Logitech - Ultrathin Keyboard Mini (Wireless - Bluetooth - White - Tablet - Membrane)

This handy little keyboard can help make your work more portable–and your typing more accurate!

 

Logitech – Ultrathin Keyboard Mini (Wireless – Bluetooth – White – Tablet – Membrane) – $46.95 (50% off), Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com

 

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Vacation Time

Remember when we went camping with @essieburns and family last summer? Well, it has been over a year since I’ve seen my dear friend. We communicate nearly daily, but we only get to squeal in person once a year or so.

This year we are sharing a lake cabin, and we are not exactly roughing it. A dishwasher, washing machine and real beds and indoor plumbing will change the flavor. We will probably take in some side by side blogging, but this time we won’t have to blog by camping lantern in a screen tent.

My return to work has shortened our summer vacation window, but Essie went back to work too. We’re both ex-sahm trying to navigate the work/life balance. So, instead of a week, we’ll share a long, loud weekend.

I’m looking forward to Dakotapastor piloting the Pontoon boat, seeing old friends, visiting our last congregation, and doing touristy things like buying fudge and candy downtown.

When Essie and I lived closer to each other, we would venture out with six little boys, and I think people wondered about our family dynamic. Now we have six BIG boys and have added three little girls to the mix. Now we’ll look like we’re herding kids when we go out!

I’m looking forward to the chance to recharge . . . And I’ll need it, school starts he day after we return home!

Chime in! Do you vacation with friends? What are some of your best friendcation memories?

Why We Don’t Have an Elf on the Shelf

Let me get this out in the open. I’m not judging you if you have adopted an elf to report your children’s behavior to Santa. I’m not. But, let’s just say, it’s not for me.

Lest you think I’m all Bah Humbug and no fun…click around here. We have a lot of fun. We laugh a lot, our kids are spoiled rotten (really), and they are mostly well-behaved.

But when we get down to it, Christmas is about gifts. And not just any gifts. One particular Gift. One we received not because of our exemplary behavior, but because we needed Him.

So, for the same reasons I try not to bribe my kids to so the regular things they should do anyway, I’m not going to bribe or cajole my children into being good family members in hopes of receiving good things for Christmas. Sometimes they are wonderful, lovely creatures, and sometimes they prove perfectly that they were born sinful human beings, in need of a Savior.

In our home our children find chocolate coins and other little trinkets in their shoes on the morning of December 6. We discuss the real St. Nicholas. We continue to focus on Advent. We repent of our sins. We pray that Christ will come again. And on December 24 and 25 we go to church and we have a grand celebration with our church family. We eat too much fabulous food, and we give our children too many presents that they don’t deserve. However, our parental love for our children overlooks their most obvious flaws and we want to give them good gifts.

Our Heavenly Father is the same. He does not need someone to report our behavior to Him. He knows our very thoughts and our hearts. And, in spite of, and because of our behavior He sent His perfect, holy, innocent Son to earth to be sin for us.

That, my dear readers, is a gift that cannot be bought. It is a free gift.

Join me throughout Advent as I share some of our traditions (fun and serious) and glorify the most  Wonderful Gift of all, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,  whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 (ESV)

 

Chime in! What special ways do you mark Advent? Are you incorporating new traditions this year? You know I’d love to hear from you!