friday I’m in love.

Welcome back Friday!

{one} Alternative Elf on the Shelf.

Kindness Elves Alternative Elf on the Shelf Tradition

{via The Imagination Tree}

The Lower family hasn’t jumped on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon, mostly because Eloise is just way too young to understand. I have seen so many ideas floating around the internets, mostly Pinterest, & honestly, I am not sure it is a tradition we will adopt. My friend shared this alternative tradition & I think this may be the direction we go in a few years. Instead of the Elf getting into trouble, creating shenanigans, & tattling to Santa if a child is bad (or whatever version your family has adopted), these Kindness Elves share ideas about love, kindness, & compassion by praising good acts, or suggesting acts of service. I know it seems a little too mushy, but I like this as a balance for the materialism that has become the Christmas holiday! My sister, Keri, made us a little “elf” mouse that has been named Jorge the Christmas Mouse which I think will be perfect to start this tradition in the coming years (I will be sure to share a picture of him soon!).

{two} Family Christmas Jammies.


{via Love Taza}

My dream at Christmastime is pretty much pictured above: family Christmas jammies. Call me crazy, but I LOVE it! What a fun tradition to start since many of us are given new jammies at Christmastime. Eloise had these same stripey Christmas jammies last year (they are Hanna Andersson!), & I am hoping to continue the tradition this year with her, & possibly add a pair for Aaron & me too!

{three} National Adoption Month.

{via Huff Post}

So apparently there is an entire month devoted to adoption awareness, & that month is November. I missed it completely. While I am not so into the random social media holidays (National Eat a Hotdog Day anyone?), this hits close to home for me since I am, in fact, an adoptee. This is a beautiful compilation of families uniting thru adoption – grab a Kleenex if you click thru! Happy Adoption Month (three days late…)!

Also, don’t forget to add your DIYs to  our Pinterest Christmas Linky Party! It will be live all month! {See my first post here.}

What are you loving this week?


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2 thoughts on “friday I’m in love.

  1. I like the idea of adopting your own elf tradition. Our elf doesn’t do anything crazy and we never use him to help discipline. The kids just love finding him in a new place every morning and I am going to soak that up as long as possible! Ha!

    • Love that idea of having the kids find the elf each morning! My sister and I had little reindeer when we were little that travelled around the house at night & we had to find them each morning in December – it was so fun!

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