Hi friends!  I hope everyone had a magical Christmas or is still enjoying a lovely Hanukkah or Kwanzaa!

We had a wonderful Christmas, with still one celebration today with my in-laws.  I spent time with family, ate yummy food, and loved seeing my kids get so excited over everything this year.  Now that they’re three, they understand what’s going on a little bit more, and really enjoyed all the celebrations!

Now that Christmas is over,

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Merry Christmas from Sweet Maple LaneMerry Christmas from Sweet Maple Lane

I am so very blessed this Christmas!  Thank you for reading, for commenting, and for coming with me on this journey! I hope your Christmas is filled with love, laughter, and joy.  Embrace it with a joyful heart.  Remember how lucky you are. Kiss your kids and hug your friends.

Merry Christmas, friends!

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Have a holiday party coming up and need a last minute hostess gift?  Read on, friends!

Whenever I’m invited to a party, formal or casual, I always like to bring a little something.  Sometimes it’s food or drink, sometimes just a little something to say thanks.

During the holidays there are so many parties that sometimes they sneak up on me!  It’s nice to have a few ideas at the ready so you can grab a gift and show your gratitude to whomever is throwing the party.  

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Simple Christmas traditions you should try this holiday season!Simple Christmas traditions you should try this holiday season!

Oh the magic of Christmas!  I’ve always loved the Christmas season: the lights, the carols, the treats, the decorations!

And then there’s the shopping, the planning, the cleaning, the wrapping, the money, the stress, the guilt.  It’s so easy to get overwhelmed this time of year.  I know I feel the pressure of having to do Christmas right.  For my kids, myself, society.

Do you ever feel that way?

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3 year old girl gift guide from Sweet Maple Lane3 year old girl gift guide from Sweet Maple Lane

December is here and that means gift guides!  Yesterday I shared my gift guide for 3 year old boys, and today I’m sharing one for 3 year old girls.  I have 3 year old twins, a boy and a girl, so these are real ideas from a mom with 3 year olds!

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3 year old boy gift guide from Sweet Maple Lane3 year old boy gift guide from Sweet Maple Lane

I can’t believe it’s December!  Are you looking for gift ideas?  I put together a gift guide for 3 year old boys (aka my son’s wish list) for anyone out there shopping for a little boy this Christmas!

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Hi friends!  My two little pumpkins turn 3 today!  We had a birthday party for them Saturday, and I made them some special birthday shirts to wear.  If you have a little one with a birthday coming up, these shirts are super cheap, super easy, and super adorable!

DIY birthday shirt tutorial from Sweet Maple LaneDIY birthday shirt tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane

DIY Birthday Shirt Tutorial

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Materials

DIY birthday shirt tutorial from Sweet Maple LaneDIY birthday shirt tutorial from Sweet Maple Lane

Plain white or colored shirt ($3.88 at Walmart,

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Find out how to save money on holiday clothes for kids at sweetmaplelane.com!Find out how to save money on holiday clothes for kids at sweetmaplelane.com!

We all know kids clothes are expensive.  They grow so fast it seems like every season they need a whole new wardrobe! Around the holidays especially, it can really pinch financially, because we’re budgeting for entertaining and gifts on top of the expense of fancy clothes for holiday dinners, parties, church, etc.

What if I told you you could get those adorable Carter’s party dresses for your daughter or cute plaid button downs and sweaters for your son for a fraction of the price?  

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Sweet Maple Lane shares kitchen necessities for hosting Thanksgiving dinnerSweet Maple Lane shares kitchen necessities for hosting Thanksgiving dinner

What do you need to host Thanksgiving dinner?  Well really, all you need is a meal, people to share it with, and a grateful heart.  After all, it’s a holiday about being thankful for what you have, not about feeling pressure to throw a perfect party.

But, if you are hosting for the first time, you may be wondering what you need, or what is good to have to cook this fancy meal.  

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Since my Fall Pillow Cover Roundup was so popular, I’ve put together a Christmas pillow cover roundup for you, my lovely readers!  Decorating for the holidays has always been one of my favorite parts of the season, and pillow covers, people, are awesome because you buy the inserts once and switch out the covers when you want to change your decor.  Also, storing the flat covers takes up much less space than storing big,

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