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December is ON at the Murakamis!  Here’s what we’ve been up to…

We kicked off Advent with the calendar my children cherish from Pottery Barn Kids.  I bought ours long, long ago – back when my eldest was barely 12 months old; this has been a lifelong dream of mine.  And it hasn’t disappointed – when I asked my kids what they were most excited for this Christmas, they said their advent calendars.  While you can of course do little candies or treats, you can also throw in activities (“Make Christmas Cookies!” “Do One Nice Thing For A Neighbor!”) to up the memories made.


BONUS: There are still some left and they’re now on clearance, so you can start late or hoard one for next year – use this link!

NEW to our holiday speal this year are “Christmas beds” (so named by my kids), also by PBK.  Long story short, we put our house hunting on hold and I gave myself this bedding as a consolation prize.  Honestly… it’s been a pretty good one!  I am so eager to finally start making memories in a permanent home, but this bedding went a long way toward making up the fact that we have almost no space to decorate and no mantle.


The top bed is current line (“Heritage Santa”). The bottom bed is a past season’s line I got off Ebay, so that my kids would each have their own thing.


I also surprised them with Grinch pajamas and a new book, “Construction Site on Christmas Night.”

They LOVED it.


We still need to get our tree and hang our stockings, but that didn’t stop us from getting our bake on yesterday!


I’ve said it before, but these mats  are a TOTAL game changer for baking. The cookies practically slide off of them once baked.


Ours aren’t as fancy as many these days, but if you like a super soft cookie and if cream cheese icing appeals, they’re pretty perfect in their own way.  Check out that recipe here.

Whew!  And it’s only December 3rd!

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