Our Christmas Home Tour 2018

If you’re like me, you enjoy seeing how others deck the halls. This is only our second Christmas in this little ole’ farmhouse, so I still get such joy from sprucing it up for the holidays. But who am I kidding, I’ll still get joy from it 10 years from now because Christmas is just the best.

I like to keep things simple and cozy. In the last eight Christmases of being married and decorating the home for the holidays, I’ve learned a few things along the way. Less is truly more - although like any person, I have to fight the urge to not get all of the cute things I see.

I try to stick to the basics around here during Christmas. A few things of garland around the doors, poinsettias on the porch, Eucalyptus here and there, a vintage Nativity and a few Santas placed throughout. Over time I have taken things out of my decor and sold them because they no longer felt like “me” or I gave them away because I was purchasing inexpensive things in the past. Not that the things I purchase now are expensive, but I try to avoid all of the little knick knacks that are easy to accumulate over time. I try to make sure that something will really have a home if I purchase it and is something that truly brings me joy.

I think it’s all about making your home fit you and your family. I love a mix between nature, some vintage looking pieces and then some modern things. Perhaps your Christmas does include cute little trinkets or a village that goes on for days, or perhaps your decor is minimal and consists of just a few garland touches. Whatever it may be, I hope it brings you joy! It’s all about making your home cozy for the winter and enjoying the season of twinkling lights, hot coco and the smell of spruce!

Also disclaimer, my flowerbeds aren’t in tip top shape…ha!

For my tips on making the home cozy for the winter, check this post out. You can also find my favorite diffuser blends for the holidays here.

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

Creating a Cozy Home for Winter

Creating a Cozy Home for Winter

Winter season is one of my favorite seasons and always has been. When it starts getting colder, when the days start getting shorter and when the trees are looking empty, I enjoy these days and all of the fresh, crisp air it provides.

It dawned on me recently as a mother why I enjoy this time so much. Suddenly our calendar is less occupied. There’s no more soccer games, there’s less birthday parties, no more fall festivals and basically we have lots of empty weekends with a few holiday parties here and there.

I enjoy this season of mothering because it is cozy. I enjoy it because it forces us to stay connected as we sit by the fire or as we bake holiday cookies. It forces us to reconnect and to just “be;” a task that is always easier said than done in today’s busy lifestyle. The holidays can no doubt be a time of “hustle and bustle” as you finish up Christmas shopping, make all of the dishes, attend all of the parties and basically, eat all of the things. But if you’re really intentional about this time and the months ahead, you’ll see just how cozy and reconnecting it can be for your family and for yourself. When it’s too cold to play outside and you're forced to be indoors, it can be rewarding to be together. That’s not to say that cabin fever doesn’t exist, because it surely does - but I believe in finding the cozy joys of the day (even on my hardest days). Sometimes a good session of baking cookies or making smores is a good reset for us all!

Here are some of my favorite ways to embrace this cozy season:

Comfort. I think it is truly comforting to have your own warm slippers and your own warm robe or house sweater. The same goes for the children! Having what you need on hand to keep you warm gives you that “homey” feeling when you take off your shoes and sink into your plush slippers.

Food. Yes, weird that I associate food with winter but I do. Hot chocolate is actually something I drink year round - it’s legit my nearly every day order at Starbucks. But hot chocolate is a special treat at home and a special treat for my children. We don’t do it daily, but when it’s really cold in the mornings or the evenings, it’s a fun treat for my children. I also find that baking cookies or warm muffins is a treat as well as smores by the fire. And a good soup to simmer on the stove all evening is one of my favorite things about “making a home a home” during the winter. Make a large soup and freeze some for a quick meal on a busy night. Also, try our delicious french toast recipe here for those holiday mornings!

Family Movies. Winter time is an excellent time for movies because there’s less going on outside. It’s too cold to play and most extra curricular sports are on an off season. It’s the perfect time to have a family night with hot coco and a family movie.

Board games. This is another way to enjoy the season - board games by the fire in fuzzy pajamas sounds like a plan to me!

Creating a Dim Mood. Spring and summer are all about the bright lights and sunlight beaming through the windows, but honestly I love a dreary day that creates a dim mood. Rooms that are unoccupied in our home stay lit with a small lamp or himalayan salt lamp or our essential oil diffusers. These soft glows create a beautiful mood that matches the season.

Layering. This is something new to me as I scroll through my favorite Instablogs and mamas these days, but layering is the new thing. Whether your’e layering rugs, layering pillows or layering bedding, this adds texture and warmth to any space.

Basket catch-alls. I love natural fiber baskets or chests that can store away the things we need more often in the winter. Whether it is extra throw blankets on hand or a place near the door for everyone’s sweaters, hats and gloves - having functional and stylish storage keeps things tidy and appealing. Add wicker baskets by the door or mud room for winter essentials and keep a basket in the living room with spare throws and pillows. In our home, baskets get moved around and used for many different purposes depending on the season we are in.

Seasonal Colors. This is something I am learning as I go with having a home, but changing out our throw pillows and colors works well for us because we tend to keep things pretty neutral. Adding in deep velvets or deep colors adds a warmth and seasonal “texture” to change things up and keep things cozy.

Seasonal Book bins. I love having a seasonal book bin for my children. Winter and Christmas is a wonderful time to add some new books to the book bin for your children to learn more about the changing season and the true meaning of the holiday we are celebrating. Each season we try to change our book bin up, even though we do have other books scattered throughout the home.

Adding joy. Garland, eucalyptus garlands or stems and twinkle lights are “holiday-ish” touches without being too holiday! These items can stay out longer than just Christmas and really set the the mood for the fun season ahead.

Essential oils. Some of my favorite oils for the winter season include Christmas Spirit, Nutmeg, Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Grapefruit, Cypress, Pine, Northern Lights Black Spruce and Orange. You can read about some fun fall blends here and holiday blends here.

There are so many ways and possibilities to enjoy your home during this cold season. While cabin fever can certainly exist, embrace the empty calendar and the excuse to stay in fleece pajamas all day. Create memories and traditions within the walls of your cozy, little home.





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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos. 

What Moms Need For Mother's Day

Gift ideas for Mother's Day

I love a good excuse to tell someone the things that I need or want in life. Like, I need chocolate really bad right now. But I want to be skinnier. But if we're being honest here, I'd likely ignore my want and go straight to my need and grab me some dang chocolate. 

So what do moms NEED for Mother's Day? There's many things probably. There's also probably many things that they want too. But let's just stick with the needs...

  1. A full 10 hours of sleep. Yes, I know the recommendations are for only eight hours but considering how little we have slept since becoming mothers, let's just settle for ten hours, mmmkay
  2. A pat on the back. Seriously. Appreciation is a beautiful thing and I don't necessarily mean from our kids when we wipe their butts and they say "thank you." I mean from the husbands, the baby daddy, the boyfriends, the partners, etc... We need to hear that we are actually succeeding at this motherhood thing because chances are we have our doubts. Hearing it from you is just a beautiful thing. 
  3. Alcohol. I'm just being real here. Let me enjoy some wine or vodka, or something. It's been a rough few years at times. #seepointone
  4. A long hot bath, in the middle of the day while you watch the little ones. I'm not sure if it's just me, but there is something super magical about taking a bath while the kids are running around and I'm not the one watching them. Kinda like "tag you're it, I'm off to the spa." I find this to be even more enjoyable with sunlight streaming through the windows, a good book and maybe some alcohol. #seepointthree
  5. A foot massage. Because um, the expression "running around after your kids" is accurate. 
  6. Personal care items. There's a good chance that while at the store and making sure our kids got new socks, toothbrushes and stuff like that, that we forgot to stock up on our things. New mascara, new socks, some of the soap we love and the body scrub that may cost a bit but smells divine. We will probably need tampons too soon, so just throw that in there so we're not sending you out at 8pm to grab some at the corner mart. But if we're being honest here, I may not speak to you for a few days if you just get me tampons for Mother's Day. 
  7. Chocolate. This is obvious. We live daily thinking about our figures, our appearance and the postpartum baby weight that we're still holding onto. Even when we snack with the kids, we are probably having a mental war with ourselves over this. So how about today give us all the cookies, cakes and chocolates and it's ALLLL calorie free. #goals
  8. Lavender and all the calming oils. Yes, have you met our children? They are cute as can be but dayummmm they can be a little cray cray. I need bottles of all the calming oils and emotional support. #zenplease
  9. Pajamas. Because every few months our children out grow their pajamas and they need new ones. Yet here we are wearing the same pjs we've had since college. Time for some self care. And I don't need all of the nipple tassels and G strings. Like, just give me the soft stuff that I can wear all day too. Hit up the Pink section at Victoria's Secret if you really want to get on our good side. #fancyjammies
  10. A chef. Okay, or takeout. Point is -- I don't want to touch a dish on Mother's Day other than the ones that come into my bed at 10 am with bacon, eggs and mimosas. #dreaming
  11. A robot vacuum or mop. If you gave us a standard broom for Mother's Day, there's a good chance we'd smack you with it. But if you give us a robotic broom that does the work for us, it'll be like the best thing ever. #rosietheroomba
  12. Something homemade. As cliche as it really is, these things truly warm our hearts. Whether you make something, write us a long card or have the kids make us something, we'll love it. Lawd knows that getting our kids to paint their hands and make pictures on paper can be a messy, stressful job...so kudos to you for trying! 
  13. A good book or devotional. Because this is just thoughtful and mamas need Jesus all day, errryyyyday. 

Okay, so maybe that was a bit demanding; but we can all dream right?

 There are a few other things I need. I need my children to come and snuggle me and tell me they love me. I need time together with those that I love so I can relish in what this day is actually about and I need hugs and kisses because there's never enough of those. 

I also need a moment to myself just to thank the good Lord for all he's blessed me with, especially on this day. A moment to say thanks for making me a mother and a moment to pray for all of those hoping to one celebrate this day too. Because he's blessed me big time and no matter how little sleep I've had since becoming a mother, it's totally worth it day in and day out. 

So here's to all of my mamas out there. Whether you want a fun filled family day or a day relaxing and recovering from the trenches of motherhood, I hope you enjoy your day. I hope you also remember just how amazing you are, even when you feel you're at your weakest. I hope you remember to find grace in the hard days and to cut yourself some slack. 

You're doing a wonderful job. And I hope you feel wonderful each and every day, but especially on Mother's Day. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of our readers! 

P.S. It is totally acceptable to tag and share this post with your boo. Nothing wrong with dropping some hints. #ilikediamondstoo #justsayingbae

 

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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.