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Last year, I decided to try something new with our kids for Christmas. We cut waaay back on gifts, and instead gave them a booklet with a coupon for an activity for each month of the coming year. (Some coupons are for "bigger" things, like a visit to a museum, or a trip to sky zone, while some are freebies, like a baking class with me, or camping with daddy. There are also 12 coupons in the back that they can use anytime they want for things like a movie night, or having sprite with dinner (a big deal for our kids!), or going to the dollar store.) I wasn't sure how it would go over, but after a year of getting a family experience each month, they begged for another coupon book this year. I love the idea of giving experiences instead of stuff, and I love that we were able to enjoy fun family time all year long. This is our new must-have each Christmas!
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Posted by Britt at 4:00 PM
After many years (and almost 5 kids), this charcoal from our honeymoon is finally framed and hanging. It gives me so much happiness every time I look at it, and reminds me of the sweetest, most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. Not only did Keith take me to Italy, but he planned the entire trip by himself and kept the destination a surprise until we showed up at the airport the day after our wedding. I love surprises, and I love Italy, and there were so many special moments in that trip, and it all comes back each time I glance at the charcoal. So thank you, honey, again and again for the honeymoon, the gelato, the boat ride, the evenings in San Marco square, and most of all - the surprise🎉 and the memories! I love you! #besthusbandever @schaeferkeith
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Posted by Britt at 10:57 AM
Today is the last day to share to win a$25 target gift card. Just to inspire you, I've rounded up 9 awesome target finds, each under$25! To enter to win, just tag 4 friends on auction items @linvilleadoptionauction, then comment on the target photo to let us know you want to win! And don't forget, this is all to raise funds for the Linville's adoption - thanks for helping!
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Posted by Britt at 8:19 AM
Item 16 – Canvas growth chart. Your choice of over 50 designs, personalized with your little one’s name. Donated by @gusandlula. See all the available designs at gusandlula.etsy.com. Bidding Starts at: $15.00. Free shipping to 48 contiguous states only. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• To bid please leave your email address and bid amount and TAG THE PREVIOUS BIDDER. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Auction opens Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10:00 a.m. EST and will run through Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10:00 p.m. ALL BIDS POSTED BEFORE THIS TIME WILL BE DELETED. #adoption #adoptionislove #adopt #adoptionevent #adoptionauction #adoptionrocks #donations #foradoption #givingback #createmakeshare #adoptionauction #auction #instagramsale #shopforacause #igsale
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Posted by Britt at 7:54 PM
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Posted by Britt at 7:26 AM
Hi, friends! I will be hosting an adoption auction for a sweet family from our church Nov. 15-17. There are some amazing donations from some very talented (and generous!) makers. Please follow along @linvilleadoptionauction, get a little Christmas shopping done, and help this family to recover some of their adoption funds after a heartbreaking loss. You can read about the Linvilles and their adoption journey, and start watching for items up for bids @linvilleadoptionauction. #adoption #adoptionislove #adopt #adoptionevent #adoptionauction #adoptionrocks #donations #foradoption #givingback #createmakeshare #adoptionauction #auction #instagramsale #shopforacause #igsale
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Posted by Britt at 8:16 AM
My parents' farmhouse renovation is finally complete, and they are moving in! I got a chance to walk through last week and took a quick video of the almost-complete house. I was going to trim it up and edit it a bit, but my time (and my arms) have been full lately! So for your viewing pleasure, a very amateur, wobbly video walk-through in which I sometimes forget that you can't turn the phone sideways while filming :)
They matched the shiplap walls and ceilings from the original house, and added character in many details throughout: the doors, baseboards, lighting, countertops.... They were also able to save some of the original character - the front door (with the adorable doorbell!), the upstairs floors, etc.
The property is such a peaceful, unique place, and I'm so glad my parents will be able to enjoy it now from their new old home.
Posted by Britt at 7:29 AM