Jump Start the Holidays with Kiwi Crate {& Discount Code!}

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I’m starting to think about Christmas gifts. I mean – I adore Thanksgiving. I want to enjoy it before we do Christmas stuff.

Although two years ago we put up our tree November 1st with the thought of “Christmas for 2 months YAY!” but by December 15th I was ready to light that sucker on fire and throw it out in the yard.

SO.MANY.NEEDLES.

Anyway.

This week is a fun one because all the sales start. I’m usually the person who thinks, “I’ve got tons of time to buy gifts.” Then one day I realize that all of my stuff will have to make the 2 day shipping deadline on Amazon to get to everyone by Christmas. So this year I’m determined to get things here and wrapped and shipped before Dec. 22nd.

You all know we love Kiwi Crate. I’ve written posts for both here and Babble singing their praises over the past two and a half years. This holiday season they’ve got all kinds of fun stuff happening:

Use the code MERRYSUB for 60% off!

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Salted White Chocolate Reece’s Pieces Popcorn

First, let me introduce myself! I’m Carrie. I have two kids, I live in Dallas, and I blog. I blog about parenting and simple solutions for busy moms (and dads!). Even though I share a lot of food recipes, I have to be honest – I’m no expert in the kitchen, Like, AT ALL. So if you see a recipe on my site, you’ll know that it’s actually easy to make (I promise!).

And this popcorn? It was no exception.

White Chocolate Popcorn

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Bitten

Monday we headed up to New Mexico with our Girl Scout troop to pick apples at an orchard. Sam and I have passed this particular one many times on the way to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, but we never knew we could stop there. We pulled up to a small, ranch style home surrounded by huge trees and green fields – something we don’t see much of in El Paso. It was just gorgeous.

Apple Picking 2

After waiting a few minutes for the rest of the troop to arrive, Bella and I got out and gathered our bags, spraying ourselves down with bug spray.

Spoiler alert: it didn’t work.

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A Week of Ours

Sam is gone for the day, a shift at work. The Sunday’s he has these are hard because there simply isn’t much to do here. Bella and I are thinking of going to the zoo this afternoon to break up part of the day.

These past two weeks have been busy. Soccer started, Bella’s first game was Thursday. I seriously could not handle how cute that was – tiny ones running and sobbing about having the ball taken away from them.

soccer

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We’re Learning to Sew. Maybe just Sam is.

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Craftsy

The other day, Sam asked me if I could sew his uniform patches on instead of having to take them somewhere, and pay, to have them done. I told him I might be able to – if we had a sewing machine and I learned how to use it.

I’d taken a sewing class in high school, but I mean. That was years ago and I haven’t done anything but (very poorly) hand sew somethings since then.

We went out and bought a cheap little Brother one that had off the chart ratings on Amazon. Nothing special – just the basics. As soon as we came home, I searched for an online sewing class to help me learn the machine. I found a free, short class on Craftsy, and that night sat down to put what I’d learned into use.

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Sam and I somehow had the thread on the bobbin going the wrong way, and I pulled up the class to check how to do it. He started laughing and told me earlier that day he’d watched the same one.

I have to admit – in the few weeks we’ve had the machine – he’s used it more than I have. He’s able to sew all of his patches on and fix things while I’m slowly plodding away with help from more beginning classes like Learn to Sew.

Once I started looking around on the Craftsy site, I ended up taking a photography course on The Essentials for Understanding Light and drooling over one about capturing life differently.

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