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The Best Christmas Finds on Amazon

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Back at it again with another Amazon finds blog post! This time I’m bringing you my favorite Christmas items! Amazon is full of the cutest finds (plus who can beat 2-day shipping!). Here’s a roundup of my recent favorites.

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Twinkle lights

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Buffalo plaid pillows

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Cutest Christmas blanket

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Reindeer tea lights

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Outside Merry & Bright banners

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Christmas towels

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Santa train decoration

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas sign

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Christmas gnome

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Festive apron

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

The best little christmas trees

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Window clings

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!

Christmas tree farm pillow

The best Christmas finds on amazon // Amazon christmas decor!


Happy shopping! 🙂

How to throw a lumberjack birthday party

How to throw a lumberjack themed birthday party!

Last year, we threw Donovan the cutest lumberjack birthday party for his FIRST BIRTHDAY! I was just starting to plan his 2nd birthday, when I realized I never shared his cute party theme from last year! So here is a peek inside our super LAST MINUTE lumberjack themed party!

First, a quick hack. Donovan turned 1 right after Christmas. So I actually left up all of our Christmas trees, but I took down all of the ornaments. This way, it just looked like forest trees! It really set the “lumberjack” mood in the house! And it was super easy because the trees were already up, LOL!

How to throw a lumberjack themed birthday party!

Another great hack for a lumberjack themed party is to use brown paper lunch bags to hold all the party snacks. Just take a brown paper bag and roll the top down. It’s actually cuter the messier it is!

Another hack is to label the snacks in cute ways.

For the background of our party table, I used buffalo plaid wrapping paper over our mirror!

How to throw a lumberjack themed birthday party!

Of course, with every party, you need a super sentimental sign – right?

How to throw a lumberjack themed birthday party!

To fit the woodsy theme, we had a crockpot going with some chili. I also got some little decorations from hobby lobby that I put on the cabinets!

We added a little buffalo plaid banner to Donovan’s high chair and it turned out SO cute!

And of course – the cake! To fit the theme, just make a simple tree trunk cake with chocolate frosting!

How to throw a lumberjack themed birthday party!

This was SUCH a fun party theme, and actually super simple to decorate for! Tag me @gracefulmommy on instagram if you’re doing a lumberjack party! I would love to see what you come up with!

PUMPKIN PATCHIN’

How to take better photos at the pumpkin patch
How to take better photos at the pumpkin patch

We finally took our annual trip to Bedner’s Pumpkin Patch! It’s such a fun family tradition that we do every year! Taking photos at the pumpkin patch can be tricky. Here in South Florida, it’s HOT and the kids can easily get bothered.

But, I’d love to share some tips on how to get better pumpkin patch photos!

1. Try to go on a cloudy day. Of course, it was sunny when we went. But ideally, cloudy days are best for photos!

2. Go during the week – if possible! It’s easier to avoid people in the background of your photos.

3. Take TONS of photos. I just go shutter crazy.

4. Opt for the candid photos. I LOVE shooting candid photos. I feel like it’s way less stress and pressure than when you force the kids to stand still. Ask them questions to get them in a cute pose, like “Whoa! Do you see that tiny pumpkin over there? Go see if it’s heavy!”

5. Get down on your kid’s level. This perspective is always best for photos of children!

Here are some photos from our day. 

Bedner's Pumpkin Patch // Fun pumpkin patch photos!
Bedner's Pumpkin Patch // Fun pumpkin patch photos!
Bedner's Pumpkin Patch // Fun pumpkin patch photos!