coming soon.

Just as soon as we see some sun...
I'll show you all of our super duper Christmas decorations!

But for now here is MY son with the tree he put up in his room
and decorated all by himself.

Can you see how proud he is?

Come back tomorrow for a easy gift idea
AND

Be sure to stop by Janesays for her...
xo

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let's chat.

I'm writing this post to beg you.
Beg.
I don't beg usually.
But I am begging on behalf of those you will never talk to in person.
But whose life you can touch.

Before you buy another THING for Christmas...
Buy water.
$10 will provide one person in Africa clean water for 10 years.

If you know me or my family personally...
Please consider buying us water for Christmas.
I am begging you to encourage your family to do the same.
My kids have food, clothes, toys, a home, a stay at home mom, a dad with a great job.
Clean water.

In all honesty we want for nothing but more time together.
We need not a thing.
Not. A. Thing.

I am not telling you all of this to brag.

I am telling you this to beg you.
If you are thinking of buying us something.
Please buy water instead.
Send us a card to share the great news.
You can go HERE to find out how.
Can I convince you to do the same?
If someone asks you what you want for Christmas...will you send them HERE?
They even have a great selection of gifts...if that is the route you want to go.
You really can make a difference.
How much better will it feel to say
"I got clean water for children"
than
"I got more stuff to take care of".
I am begging you to look at the photo above.
Be still and quite for a moment.
Now imagine YOUR child going to this water hole.
Dipping into the water.
Filling up his sippy cup.
And drinking.
Just typing that brings tears to my eyes.

I don't want that for my kids.
And they are Jesus' precious kids.
ALL kids are Jesus precious' kids.
So I don't want that for any kids.

Make sense?
So I am begging you to stop shopping now.
Buy water instead.

$10 will provide one person in Africa clean water for 10 years.
Real LIVE people.
Just like you and me.
Give hope.
Give joy.
Give clean water!

p.s. please share the good news if and when you BUY WATER!!

xo

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highlights of lowkey

We had two sick boys and my husband is a Target exec.
So our Thanksgiving was very low key.
Very.
Moses started the morning by waking up at 4:30 am.
I woke up to him going
"psst...pssst...pssst..."standing at the top of the stairs.
Completely nude he was.
I put him back to bed. Doug was already at work.

I did make a full Thanksgiving dinner...complete with perfect rolls.
We tried to wear Moses out by playing wii...
Only Doug ended up more tired.
Stinkface showed up...
And turned nine months old. :)
Moses and I made a "crap" as he calls it.
I made some cakes for Doug to take to his team at work on Thanksgiving.
And worked on some new "crap" myself. :)

Overall...a good day.
Low key and laid back was just what we needed.

We have so much to be thankful for...truly.

Today I hope to decorate for Christmas...and NOT leave the house.
I was not made to shop on Black Friday...definitely not alone with two kids. :)

Did you?

xo
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THE cutest advent...made from cute baby things.

So there is THIS sock advent...made by Martha.
It's cute and all...but my baby's socks are not that cute on their own.
They are cute mind you...but not "looks like they were just made to be an advent" cute.
You know?
So I one upped Martha.
Here is what you need:
24 baby socks
24 tiny clothes pins
about 3/4 yard of various fabrics
(I bought 2 fat quarters then used scraps I had)
tulle (if and whatever color you desire)
ribbon long enough to go where you will be hanging this. :)
safety pins
numbers 1-24...printed on card stock
(search on etsy for "number tags")
Cut your fabric and tulle into strips that are 1-2in by 8-10in.
You really can't go wrong...you can even rip them if you like that look.
I also had a couple of favorite outfits that were my boys...and color appropriate. :)
So I cut those up too...same size strips...some with snaps...just cause.
Then hang up your ribbon...it is easier to work with if it is hanging.
Don't worry...your husband LOVES it when you put holes in the mantle.
Then...just start tying the strips on...use a simple knot.
Keep going and going, until it makes your heart happy.
I was going for obnoxiously full...but you might like a little full.
There is no wrong.
Then...add your little tiny socks...evenly spaced...using the tiny clothes pins.
Add your number tags...using your safety pins.
After I took this photo I added some snowflake ornaments too...
I'll take a photo of that when we see the sun again.
And you are done!
A super cute keepsake advent...
made from sweet little socks and clothes I couldn't part with.
I made one for each of the boys and plan on
filling the socks with little treats to
count down the days until Christmas!

Take that Martha!

xo




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taking the crazy out of Christmas...

We are a determined family.
We are all refusing to be stressed out this Christmas.
After lots of praying and years of trying to figure out how...we are taking the
crazy out of Christmas. At least the bad crazy.
We will still be crazy happy, crazy joyful, crazy jolly and crazy grateful.
By making small changes here and there...we are doing it.
So far, so good really. I know it is early yet but I am extremely hopeful.
It feels good and warm.
One way we are doing it this year...
We are limiting the gifts for the boys and each other.
To three gifts each. Plus stockings.
For two reasons...one...Jesus got three gifts and
two...there are four of us...one gift from each person.
Already it has changed our Christmas dynamic.
We have already been very thoughtful about what we buy.
And already so less stressed. The feeling that we need to "get it all" is gone.
Gone! (yay for prayer!)
We are focusing on things like being together and having fun.
Not mounding toys under the tree that will be
played with for moments and then tossed aside.
I will admit, when I first heard of this idea years ago...I felt sorry for the family!
Isn't that terrible? I didn't get it. At all.
Then I had kids. I have seen Moses overwhelmed by too much.
And some how, probably by God's doing...
I feel like we are giving so much more this year.
Time, thoughtfulness, consideration...memories. Happy ones.

Having a great Christmas has so little to do with money spent.
I am giddy for Christmas.
To dwell on the real reason for it all...and share that with my family.
This last photo is a peek at what we will be making here next week...
Until then...how are YOU taking the crazy out of Christmas?

I would LOVE to hear and share ideas!

The winner of the Red Letter Giveaway is YOU!

Head on over to Red Letter Words and let her know to collect your prize!
Come back Friday for another great giveaway!

xo
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how to make a key fob...in three easy ways!

In an effort to keep up with my LIST...and to encourage you in some of the same...
here is a super duper easy how to for a sweet little gift that is PERFECT
for teachers, friends, family, bus drivers...basically anyone with keys.
And there are three simple ways to make them...one of which requires NO sewing!
First...choose the method that makes you happy.
Then gather your materials...
1o inches of cotton webbing
10 inches of ribbon or a 10 by 2 1/4in fabric scrap
hardware
pliers
10 inches of your choice of iron on strips
the same width (or a bit smaller) as your ribbon

Everything Ribbons is a great place on Etsy to get a good deal on supplies...
In fact they have generously offered Little Bit Funky readers 10% off of their orders...you have to be sure to mention the Little Bit Funky Blog in the "notes to seller" section when you check out.
Here is how you make the iron on one...
(and try not to be be super jealous of my awesome ironing board cover...okay?)
Lay the iron on strip in the center of your webbing...
paper side up...iron on as per directions on package.
Remove paper...place ribbon directly on top of iron on strip...
Iron ribbon onto the strip...
You CAN stop here and mosey on down to the hardware part...
OR...
Add some cute stitching to the sides.
If you want to skip the iron on part...you can just go right to the stitch on step.
THAT is as easy as lining the ribbon up on the center of the webbing...
and stitching to your hearts content.
Once the ribbon is attached...
fold in half...
lining up the two ends...
insert ends into the open end of the hardware.
Clamp it down with the pliers...nice and tight.
You can put a scrap of fabric between the pliers
and the metal to avoid scratching the metal.
All done.
Almost instant.
Now...if you want to do a fabric one...
fold the 10in by 2 1/4in fabric strip in half....
inside out...
stitch up one side...using 1/4in seam.
Iron flat...
Stitch it on there the way you did the ribbon one.
Cute and easy...you could punch a hole in a gift card
and add to the ring for an all in one gift. :)

AND to get you started...

Everything Ribbons is offering up TWO free kits!!!

TWO readers will each get the following:
3 - key fob hardware (key fob and split rings)
3 - 10” cotton webbing (your choice out of 23 colors)
3 - 10” ribbon heat sealed to prevent from fraying
3 - 10” fusible web adhesive

Yippee!

To enter:
Just leave a comment...telling me how you made it here.

I'm always curious.
I'll choose two winners on Friday!

And for other handmade gift ideas...click on "how to" over in the label cloud on the right. Or here:


Soon I'll have the how to make a wreath tutorial
AND
How to make the cutest advent ever from your baby's socks and clothes!

Stay tuned!

:)



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sherry and co.

This last shoot was worth every moment for this photo.
I just LOVE it.
My new friend Sherry allowed me the joy of taking photos of her sweet family this afternoon...
...a perfect 75 degree day here in Virginia.
As I was sitting to edit these...I kept thinking...Did I really take these?
Does that sound conceited?
Sorry.
Super fun and easy family to photograph...
I love this one too.
And this one...grass stains and all.
Seriously cute kids...with dark brown eyes...you know they are my favorite.
This sweet girl was the most challenging...but we got some good ones.
I mean would it even be possible to take a bad photo of them?
My cute tank is full.

Sherry I hope you love them so much!
Thanks again!
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