Christmas gift guide: Karen’s favorites for 2018

The turkey has been eaten the leftovers are hopefully gone, Black Friday has been conquered and in one day we officially enter into the most Joyful time of the year!

Have you seen this yet on any of your Social accounts? It is the “Minimalist Christmas List” and the goal is to only buy four gifts for each of your children, something I have for sure struggled with in the past. I believe it comes from the lack in my own life as a child especially at Christmas and I subconsciously wanted to make sure that my kids never have to feel that way. In some ways it has been great and in others not so much; ie. when they get disappointed that there isn’t more under the tree. So I am determined this will be my year of breakthrough! ha!

I am going to use this as a guide for myself also this Christmas. Here is my adult version.

Something I want: These fleece lined leggings from Lulu Lemon for those cold winter runs. I love Lulu leggings for running they are the only ones I buy so I will be happy to see these under the tree 😉

Something I need: To be honest, I don’t really need anything but if I had to choose it would be this ring set from Lisa Leonard designs. I have 4 children so my whole finger will be full but that’s okay I don’t mind showing off my tribe on my finger. If you don’t already you should follow her work on Instagram, she has beautiful designs and a beautiful story. 

I’m changing the Something to play with to an adult version Something to do: I would love to spend the day with my husband (or a good friend) in the city. I love the hustle and bustle of all the people and I have heard if you get there really early you can actually walk through Rockefeller Center without being injured. lol. I would get a Starbucks Peppermint mocha latte and walk through 5th avenue and end up at 5 Napkin Burger for lunch located in the Hell’s kitchen area of the city just past Times square. My husband actually proposed to me just to the left of this picture overlooking the ice skating rink 22 years ago this December 12th.

Something to readI came across this devotional in my instagram stories and I knew I had to have it. I have struggled my whole life to maintain my happiness, this is a step in the right direction. 

All my kids still make Christmas lists and I actually enjoy them but Jeremy’s list this year tops them all.

His sweet list reminds us of what is important at Christmas. Number’s 7, 11, 12 & 13, sometimes the greatest gifts are the ones we don’t unwrap, it is making long lasting memories and creating timeless traditions to be carried down long after we are gone.

Now I just have to know what is on your Christmas list! 

Tell me! Something you want, need to do and read. 


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