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Our Christmas Bucket List

Every year I have a list of things/activities Christmas related that I want to accomplish. It seems this month always flies by before I can complete half of my list! This year, we are on a roll with the Christmas themed activities and I'm hoping to cross a few more off our list this weekend including a Santa visit and baking/decorating cookies!

So, I put together this little bucket list for myself and for those of you that want to save some of these ideas (pin the image above to Pinterest!). 

Some activities we've done so far are decorating the tree (always a good one to start with), wear matching Christmas PJs (although, Bennett was not in the mood to participate in the photo below), made ornaments (from these kits), played in the SNOW, read Christmas books and we have watched several Christmas specials. We've also listened to the children's choir at church, which was so heart warming!

Can you believe we only have 2 more weekends before Christmas?!
What is on your Christmas Bucket List?

Our Holiday Family Photos

We are really getting into the spirit of Christmas over here at the Rumple home! This weekend we wore Christmas jammies, made ornaments for the tree (and for gifts!), drank hot cocoa, played in the SNOW, and listened to the children's choir sing Christmas songs at church yesterday. Bill and I also watched Christmas Vacation Saturday night which is always a favorite holiday classic! On the list for this week is a trip to the zoo lights and possibly visiting Santa? I'm a little nervous to see how the boys do this year with their Santa visit! I'm definitely going armed with bribes (aka suckers and fruit snacks). 

Another Christmas bucket list item I was able to check off this weekend was sending out our Christmas cards. I've been having so much fun shooting and editing family photos (see more of my work on my photography facebook page), I knew that I wanted to attempt to take our family photos for our holiday cards. So, I called in for back up... aka my parents. I was able to adjust the settings of my camera and handed it over to my mom to take the photos and my dad was in charge of trying his best to get a smile out of the boys (or at least to just get them to look towards the camera). 

I am definitely pleased with how they turned out, even though Bennett was in somewhat of a 'mood' during the session. I'm so glad we were able to get some good family photos and some of just the boys as well! Of course, I had to attempt the 'mini tree on top of the cozy coupe' photo! The boys are at the perfect age for it!

I mean... they are just too good, right?!

I also wanted to get some good ones of Bennett before we unfortunately have to cut those curly, golden locks 😭

We even managed to get one good photo of just the two of us...

...right before this happened...

And because everyone loves a good blooper... here ya go!

Merry Christmas!!

Love, the Rumples!
(Bill, Lindsay, Camden and Bennett)

Gift Guide for Busy Moms

Let's face it. This #MomLife ain't easy... so we need a lot of things that help make it slightly easier on an everyday basis. Time, convenience, comfort... these are all things we wish we had more of! Well, these gadgets and gifts should help you with all 3! 

Also, feel free to forward this list on to the Santa's in your life so they stop bothering you with questions about what to get you for Christmas!

Here's a quick rundown of the list (shop these items at the bottom of the post by clicking on the image):

1. Fitbit: This is one thing that has been on my wish list for a while. For those moms that still like to squeeze in a work out a few times per week or just for those that like tracking steps, heart rate, sleep patterns, etc. There is so much this little wrist band can do. Also, might as well get a fancy pair of wireless headphones to go with it!

2. Day Designer 2018 Daily and Monthly Planner: I live and die by this planner on the daily (I actually have this same planner in the 2017/18 academic year)! I love that the daily sections have your day mapped out by the hour!! It has plenty of space for notes and even helps you plan meals! It is hands down the best planner I've ever used!

3. What to Eat Pad & All Out Of Pad: These 2 pads hang on the side of our fridge (yes, they come with magnets!) and have been so handy! I write out our meals for the week every Sunday and the 'All out of pad' is great to quickly check off items that we run out of. I also give it to Bill to mark off anything he wants from the grocery store before I make a run so there's no complaining that we don't have anything to eat!

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo: This would be a great little stocking stuffer! I like the travel sized option so you can throw one in your car, in your purse or in your gym bag! 

5. Temperature Control Travel Mug: Never worry about reheating your cold coffee again! Take it on the go and keep that cup of joe piping hot all the live long day!  

6. Instapot & Instapot Cookbook: Basically the new crockpot, but better! This is the new 'it' item when it comes to convenient cooking. There are so many ways to use this little pot! And don't forget to add the cookbook to your list as well! 

7. Black & Decker cordless hand vacuum: I've had so many friends recommend this thing for quick clean ups after toddler meals or just to quickly clean up little dust bunnies, crumbs, spills, etc that no doubt happen on the daily in our house. This one is actually on the top of my list!

8. Cell Phone Stand: This little gadget is the thing you never knew you needed. If I'm home with the boys, it always feels like I need an extra hand to hold my phone while talking, watching a video, etc. I would also use it while cooking if I'm looking up a recipe, it would be so easy just to have my phone on a stand to look at with out having to pick it up!

9. Comfy and Cute Zella Zip Pullover: This thing would probably be worn everyday if I had it. Cute zip detail neckline, flattering cut and hemline, thumb holes... check, check, check. Please come to my closet asap!

10. Zella High Waisted Leggings: I know... I probably have talked about these leggings on my blog about 1000000 times now. You get it! But seriously... you need them! They are thick and perfect for winter temps!!

11. Northface Water-Resistant Jacket with Fur trim: You guys... winter is coming... You know, that time of year when you have to cover every inch of your body except your face from the bitter cold? Yep. You're going to need this jacket for those carpools, playdates, school drop offs, grocery trips, etc etc.

12. Sorel Waterproof Snow Boot: You see... I live in the midwest where it snows... Sometimes a lot! And you need good boots to get through the winter! I have been using my Hunter boots with these sock inserts for a good 3 years now, but would love a pair of these cute fur trim snow boots as an upgrade!

13. Ugg Dakota Sunshine Slipper: Last, but not least, all moms want to do at the end of the day is change into our jammies, put on a good pair of comfy slippers and sip on a glass of wine... is that too much to ask? I'm loving the cute design of these Ugg slippers!

Other gift ideas not mentioned: Amazon Prime Membership (honestly, if you're a mom without this membership... I don't know how you survive?), gift certificate to their favorite nail salon or for a massage, Starbucks gift cards, and wine... lots of wine...

There you have it! I'm sure you can find something on this list for any mom on your shopping list! Or forward it on to the 'Santas' in your life so they know what to get you this year!

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