@1brokegirl // @lilsunpacker

our last weekend before christmas! and a quick note of thanks to everyone who's been sharing their trees with me this year through instagram. i hope you know what it's meant to me. it's been so lovely and moving to see all your trees! and at night when i'd browse through the hashtags, i'd often get a little lump in my throat. i feel so honored to have been included in all your lives this christmas season. thank you so much for sharing! and thank you for reading, and thank you for commenting... and for emailing and leaving sweet notes to me on twitter... sometimes i get all confused about blogging. honestly, what am i doing. but i think, in the end, the most important thing is that we're making connections and sharing what makes each of our lives special. and building each other up. i hope so, anyway.  (woah, way to derail from christmas trees natalie?)

as always, a few on the front, a ton after the jump.

@clarkmendrix // @aruffledlife
 @beckyrutis // @simplehands
 @ashleycopier // @ashmaddox
 @lilsunpacker // @lilsunpacker
 @amieglauser // @lilsunpacker

 @bbillingsley82 // @glamorousmama
 @lmrphotos // @simplehands
 @sarachalkwhitearrow // @natalie_hodak
 @shawnalusterfaye // @makealongstoryshort
 @glamorousmama // @latonyayvette
 @lmrphotos // @stacyhartsew
 @crazy_bananas // @thedailysnapshot
 @alovelyavenue // @superjess
 @crazy_bananaas // @nessierenee
 @courtneysnowden // @im_hayley
 @kellielynndavis // @surns64
 @wilder_ryland // @i_heart_kiwi
 @clarkmendrix // @bbillingsley82
 @joan1981 // @alondonreview
@likeordinarylife // @greerann
 @glamorousmama // @shallots
@frauschlauschlau // @jmgm15

a few babble posts:

(and A BONUS SECOND F21 POST this week because it's been two weeks since i've linked.)

and i LOVE the discussion this sheInside post sparked. 
(have you shopped there? did it take you a million years to get your order?)

meanwhile, at the great beauty experiment:

(huck makes a cranky post-nap cameo at the end, poor tired bubba)

and a few parting tips for at-home gel manicure pioneers
(plus my official verdict on whether or not it's worth it to buy your own system)


  1. I saw the post about the snowflakes for Sandy Hook the other day. I want to make so so so so so so many of them, one for EVERY child, EVERY teacher, EVERY parent. The Christmas trees are so lovely. This year I have a lovely little "Charlie Brown" tree, but it is slowly wilting away... :(

  2. While reading this post, I happened to be listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's stirring rendition of "Silent Night" (which brings tears to my eyes, like, ALWAYS), so, you know, getting sniffly up in here. Double-whammy of sniffles from your post AND the music! Heh. Wishing you, Brandon and Huck a blessed, safe and joyful Christmas!

    1. OOH!

      Forgot to add (::slaps forehead::) that one of my friends is coming over tonight and we're gonna make eggnog (while listening and singing along to Christmas carols, DUH), eat yummy food and then proceed to watch Home Alone 2: Lost in New York ('cause, apparently, we're ten) and While You Were Sleeping.

      Nothing quite like Christmas-themed movies!

  3. My tree! I got all warm and fuzzy when I saw my sweet tree on this post...Thank you so much for blogging, it is a little bright moment in my day and your darling take on life is truly inspiring! Merry Christmas and be safe!
    Love, a follower for life- Alix (@aruffledlife)

  4. Thank you for including my silly little tree in your post. It is so fun to see everyone coming together and supporting each other this holiday season. Feels more magical than years past...just, love, you know?

  5. Yay! My tree is so happy even though her lights are slowly dying... Merry xmas!

  6. Thankyou for sharing my tree (@1brokegirl). Imagine my surprise when I opened your blog and I see a new post with Tammy (my dog) staring back at me... Certainly took me a minute. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Your blog is the first that I started reading, and now I have a blog of my own :) Keep up the awesome posts in 2013!

    Perth, Western Australia

  7. Have a blessed Christmas and happy new year! ♥

  8. the sock monkey tree is the best. hands down! we have all things sock monkey here at our house ;)

    i love seeing the tree's on your blog. thanks for posting. they bring a little something special to my evening. makes me feel close to "family" even though i'm not near any of them all the way over here in scotland.

  9. I'm glad you reposted my blurb about Snowflakes for Sandy Hook (@wilder_ryland), I figured if it got to you, lots and lots of people would see it : ) I think a lot of people feel like they need to do something but don't have a clue what. I've always loved how genuine you come across in your writing and hope you keep it up! Merry Christmas!

  10. Awe, it is so fun reading YOUR blog and connecting with your little family. Huck is just the cutest. Wishing you the best in 2013:)

  11. That eyelash article is seriously worthy of a Pulitzer. I'm sold...2013 is going to be the year of eyelashes chez moi!

  12. merry christmas, nat! glad we're pals!

  13. My little heart just grew 3 sizes when I saw not 1 but 3 of my pictures featured. @glamorousmama Nat-thank you so much for making my whole week. You are fabulous. Merry Christmas to the coolest family in NYC!

  14. Natalie, thank you so much for posting my tree! It's small and humble, but I love it nonetheless :)

    Also, thank you so much for blogging. Yours is my very favorite and I look forward to reading it every morning over my cup of coffee. I hope you and your adorable family have a very Merry Christmas. Here's to 2013!

  15. Merry Xmas to you and your lovely family! I am wishing you a year 2013 full of joy and dreams !!!


  16. Thank you for the entertaining Christmas tree photos! The flamingo wreath made me laugh out loud. I wanted to see the aftermath when the gray kitty leaped for the top of the tree, and I love looking at the sweet babies staring at the twinkling lights.

    Happy New Year!

  17. Love the trees-- what a great idea.


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