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  • Merry Christmas from the Goodmans

     

    When my kids remember their childhood Christmases, of course I want them to remember making cookies with mom, dancing to records, reading books by tree light, being granted all their requests for cocoa and how good it feels to give a gift to your sibling. But most of all I want them to remember a home filled with love because of the One who first loved us.

    Merriest Christmas to you and yours.

    And huge shoutout to my husband, who I had no clue could take snaps from our phones and turn them into this!

  • Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pie

    Easy but delicious and pretty is the name of the game when it comes to pies for me.

    So I start with store-bought dough and roll it out. 

    And in this kind of pie you pre-bake the crust. So poke a bunch of holes it in and

    make a pretty design on the crust all just using a fork.

    Take your second, pie dough and cut out whatever shape you want to put on top of your pie.

    For a Christmasy look, I chose stars.

     

    Don't bake them as long as the pie crust takes, just watch them til they look done!

    Then add sprinkles and powdered sugar!

    While the pie crust bakes, make your two ingredient filling!

    All it takes is dark chocolate and whipping cream!

    Once the pie crust is cooled, just add your filling and let it chill.

    Add your decorations before you're ready to serve!

    Two Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pie

    Ingredients

    Store bought pack of 2 pie crusts

    Bag of dark chocolate chips

    1 C Whipping Cream

    Directions

    Bake pie 1 pie crust according to package. Use second crust to make decorations.

    While crust is baking, combine dark chocolate with whipping cream over heat until smooth.

    Pour into pie crust and let cool. Once chilled, add decorations.

    Best served with chocolate loving friends. 

  • Holiday Home Tour (With Bonus Printable)

    Welcome to our home! Grab a cup of cocoa and come on in!

    When it comes to Christmas decor, I try to go more wintery instead of in-your-face Christmas.

    This is so I make less work for myself in January. The tree is the main attraction of course.

    And those white twinkling lights up the cozy factor by, like, 1000x. 

    My son Grady added this Santa hat to the TV and it's probably my favorite touch to this room.

    Switching out the colors and the art helps set the tone for me.

    p.s. I'm sharing this You Warm my Heart printable at the end of this post!

    I shared about this Mother Embrace art piece in another blog post but I felt it was still perfect for Christmas decor thinking about Mary and Baby Jesus. That story just does wonders to my mama heart.

    I'm a little non-traditional when it comes to our tree too. A pom-pom blanket for a tree skirt and a homemade ribbon ball tree topper. No two ornaments are the same on our tree and they all hold the dearest memories.

    G poster

    Making Christmas fun for the boys is such a joy for me. 

    They've enjoyed doing our Advent Calendar each day.

    And our Christmas books are being read on repeat.

    Our dining room didn't change too much from fall to winter. I did add some seasonal and festive touches and rearranged my shelves.

    Pinecone Still Life Poster

    Mornings Away Art Piece

    Felt Like Sharing Letter Board

    I pretty much keep the Christmas decor to our main living areas. Adding it everywhere is just too much for me. I do super small touches like the mistletoe in our bedroom.

    Or a few Santas in the kitchen.

    But my favorite thing to do in our house at Christmas is share it with people we love.

    With festive dinners,

    Hot Cocoa bars,

     Felt Like Sharing Letter Board

    and just sweet times spent together.

    So while of course I want my boys to remember us baking cookies together, being granted all their requests for hot cocoa, dancing to Christmas records, and watching Christmas movies by Christmas tree light, I really just want them to remember a home filled with love because of the One who first loved us. 

    Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

    xoxo, the Goodmans 

    Family Photos by Adam Mullins Photography

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    ***BONUS SECTION***

     

    You Warm my Heart Printable

    Adding seasonal art prints are an easy way to change up your decor!

    Check out my shop for loads of other prints and printables!

    Click here to download this print

  • If Someone Painted A Picture of Me

    *This post is sponsored by Minted. All images and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!*

    If someone painted a picture of me, I would want it to look like this.

    I could've never imagined how much being a mother would change me.

    How much it would strip me raw and make me feel so deeply.

    How quickly and pointedly it would expose my selfishness and start an ongoing battle of me vs. mother. I don't want to breastfeed, it's inconvenient to me. But the mother inside of me rises to the occasion and does it anyway. I'm so tired, I wish someone else could do this. And yet, the choice to lay myself down and pour myself out, day after day. It's so very hard at first. At least it was for me. There were days where I felt so out of sorts. Am I only a mother now? Sometimes I thought I had lost me. But now I see that's all part of the process; the mother inside me being born. It's a true birth in the sense that you start with no experience. You've never done any of this before and you grow and you learn and you love. Oh, do you love. 

    And then it gets easier. Someway, somehow. In the painful process of the striping away of self, you heal into motherhood. And you realize you've just become a new version of yourself. Perhaps more beautiful than you coul've ever imagined. 

    So when I saw this Mother Embrace art on Minted, it just took my breath away. It felt like a portrait. Did someone paint this of me? I was quickly transported back to those early days of motherhood. I could feel the soft breath on my chest and the chubby hands on my face. I could sense that ache in my arms to hold my baby. I remembered the feeling of knowing that I am home to another person. I'm the embodiment of safety and security and nourishment and love. 

    My goodness, what a privilege. 

    And the hard parts become blurry. So strangely. Because I remember how big and strong those emotions felt. How FOREVER the hard days seemed. The long, sleepless nights. The fussy, teething days.

    And my redemption came with having my second son. I felt made for it. I'd grown into motherhood and felt confident in the new verison of myself. I actually loved her. I felt like people made it seem like motherhood was supposed to come so naturally and some parts of it do, for sure. But it was a fight against the natural for me. My natural bent to do whatever I wanted whenver I wanted.

    But man, what a worthwhile fight.

    So, I imagine this will be an heirloom piece someday. Something my sons get one day and fondly question, 

    "Was this mom holding you or me?"

     

    No matter where you are on your motherhood journey, I hope you can see yourself in this painting. 

    I still haven't decided if I want it in my room or downstairs where everyone can see it.

    I mean, the power of art is so strong, isn't it? 

    A small piece like this can transport me back to a specific place in time.

    Looking at this Mornings Away art, I'm standing in Lynchburg, Virgina in the summertime looking at the skyline and singing "clouds that look like mountains in the sky are next to mountains anyway" John Mayer style.

     Maybe you've never experienced how art can make you feel something.

    I dare you to try to scroll through Minted's art collection and try not to feel something. 

    And then when you do, use this link to score 15% off all gifts + free upgrade to priority shipping!

  • Beautiful Handmade Gifts in 10 Minutes Tops

    It happens every year, doesn't it? You get in a pinch and you need a last minute gift!

    Well I'm here to give you two simple but beautiful gifts that take less than 10 minutes to make!

    First up is this simple sugar scrub. A good sugar scrub helps to soften and exfoliate even the toughest skin like on your feet, knees and elbows. The older I get the more I love a good bath and good bath products so this is a great gift to me! 

    DIY Sugar Scrub

    Ingredients:

    1/2 C Course organic sugar

    1/4 C coconut oil (slightly melted)

    10-15 drops of essential oil (I used Vitruvi Eucalyptus Oil)

    Directions:

    Mix sugar and coconut oil together, add in drops of EO and mix again

    Yep, it's that easy. Now put it in a cute little container and it's ready to gift!

    ORRRRR take your packaging up a notch by adding an easy DIY wire ornament!

    This is another seriously less than 10 minute investment and looks so cute when

    added to gifts!

    The sky is the limit with these! You can make any word or name you want!

    I used Artistic Wire 18 gauge in Brass for mine. It was $2.99 at Hobby Lobby and I had a 50% off coup so only $1.50 and I made 6 ornaments and still have about half the spool left!

    I just free handed mine but if you don't feel confident in your cursive letters, just print some out on a sheet of paper and use it as a guide for yourself!

     

    Make sure to add a small loop to each end of your word if you're wanting to add a ribbon hanger!

     

    And here you have the two gifts combined! Easy, affordable and super cute!

    Wanna make this gift a bit more substantial? Throw in some extra Vitruvi Essential oils 

    and this recipe so they can continue to make their own sugar scrubs!

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