Imagine a season where...

All Is calm, All is bright

We string up lights, make meals and wrap gifts because we want to tell people we care. But the peace and the hope that are at the center of this season seem to get lost in the hustle and bustle. I've created a guide to help you think ahead, set priorities and look at the big picture.

Help for a hassle free holiday


download the guide

If you haven’t already, click here and I’ll email you my Hassle-Free Holidays Guide. (It’s free!)


set a schedule

Give yourself guidelines and deadlines. The guide will help you figure that out.


Be inspired + focused

We make meals and give gifts to tell people we care. Let the goal be connection, not perfection.

Fun ideas + Gifts with heart

Kiwi Co: Monthly Activity Crates

Choose a line anywhere from Panda (ages 0 – 2) to Maker (ages 14 and up), and get a single box, a 3 month subscription, or even an annual subscription. The child will receive a fun STEAM-oriented learning box in the mail. Use this affiliate link for $10 off!

Mercy House Global Shop

I loooove the heart behind this ministry! From small gifts like mugs and spoons to blankets and (amazing gift idea) the monthly Fair-Trade Friday Subscription Box, every gift you buy at Mercy House helps this ministry rescue pregannt girls in very difficult situations. I’m not an affiliate for Mercy House — I just LOVE their heart! Click here to visit their shop.

The World Vision Gift Catalog

If you want to bless someone who already has it all, consider giving to someone in need in their honor. The World Vision catalog will allow you to give ducks or a goat, or even contribute to a deep well in an impoverished area. What a beautiful way to let the light of Jesus shine at this time of year!! Click here to visit the World Vision Catalog.

 Ideas for simple homemade gifts 

Personalize Your Edible Treats

Wrap a homemade loaf of a sweet bread with a cute and useful tea towel like this. Our favorites are pumpkin bread and this banana bread recipe — we add chocolate chips!

Buy 32 oz. Mason Jars (like these) and fill with a pre-mixed cookie recipe (like this one.)

Make Gingerbread Fudge and arrange it on a fun Christmas plate like this.


Add Flair to Gift Certificates

Pick up a gift certificate to a fun local store, tie the envelope with Red and White twine and add a vintage ornament.


Craft With the Kids

Make Salt Dough Ornaments and tie with twine.

Make homemade ice cream, place in these pint containers and tie with twine (as linked above.) Psst… we have a friend who often does at Christmas and sometimes also makes hot fudge sauce in little jars like these and it is A FAVORITE! {This Gingerbread-Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream Recipe sounds delish!!}

Gifts for Her

Gifts for Him

Gifts for Readers

Some Favorites for older kids

Some Favorites for Younger kids

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