christmastime + JORD woodwatches

I’ve probably said it before, but I’ll say it again. Christmastime is my very, very favorite time of year. We might have a fake tree (:() but I still love visiting the tree farm we have near our home to soak in all of the festivities and bask in the nostalgia. Santa is also there, so that gives me a valid reason for insisting on going there. 😉 While we waited for Santa, I got my husband, Patrick, in front of the camera for some precious moments with our two littlest babies (our oldest wasn’t interested in the photo-op, so I didn’t press. I’ve learned! ;)) I know I am partial, because it’s my family, but going through these completely melted my heart. There’s just something about kiddos and their daddy…

Speaking of husbands…if you’re still not sure what to get your guy for Christmas, look no further! The wood watch my husband is wearing below is from JORD Woodwatches and is absolutely beautiful! I’ve really never seen a more unique watch. Simply click HERE and you will automatically receive a $25.00 coupon code! You have until December 25, 2016, to enter!

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This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches

Wooden Wristwatch

a thoughtful DIY gift

A couple of years ago, I came across Heather Bullard on Instagram. She is amaaaazing. She is a prop stylist and everything she does is gorgeous, so naturally I was an instant fan. She shared her recipe for Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract and I was like oh yes, I must do this! I love to bake and I really like thoughtful gift ideas, so this was perfect. Finally, two summers ago, a friend and I decided to try it out. It’s so easy, but you must have time. Time is the key ingredient here, because you have to let the vanilla cure for 6+ months, the longer the better. Mine has been curing for a year and a half, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally bottle this stuff up!! I highly suggest you visit Heather’s page for all things beautiful and inspiring and for lots and lots of recipes. (Note: I am not afiliated with Heather at all, I just am sharing what inspires me and oh my gosh does she ever!)

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For the finishing touch, and to make it extra festive, I simply tied some baker’s twine around the top of the bottle and added a couple of cinnamon sticks. I think it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to give these as gifts this year. I had an extra bottle so I am stashing that in my pantry for holiday baking! 😉dsc_2797dsc_2807dsc_2809