My Christmas Wish Isn’t That Complicated

World peace? Equality for all? All of the riches of the world? Well, yes, all of these things, but my Christmas wish is much simpler than all of this and it is every year. This year, I really hope my Christmas wish comes true.

World peace? Equality for all? All of the riches of the world? Well, yes, all of these things, but my Christmas wish is much simpler than all of this and it is every year. This year, I really hope my Christmas wish comes true.

My Christmas wish is simple. It’s not just peace on earth, good will toward man, and all that jazz; it’s about peace and joy within my own household. See, every year, I paint a perfect picture of our holiday in my head. We wake up, we rejoice in the season, we open presents, we eat amazing food, and we just enjoy each other’s company under the twinkling lights. We have the perfect Christmas. But what is perfect anyway? My mind’s eye tells me there is no bickering, no disappointment, no negativity.

That’s my Christmas wish. Is that too much to ask?

With a large family, I guess it is.

As a child, there was always chaos. My parent’s coffee was never ready before my sisters and I woke up. Someone always ruined a surprise because someone peeked the night before. My sisters and I would bicker because “she got more than me, mom!”. Always something.

As an adult, a parent with a lot of kids and a blended family, I’ve never been able to pour that first cup of coffee or focus my camera on the gifts before someone woke up and counted the presents (surely, they were uneven in number, but not in cash – but I could never point that out, because…SANTA!). Chaos. Bickering. B getting mad over all of the bickering and bickering too much himself or just heading to the beach for a “break” (break, you know, those things moms don’t get?). Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

So, this year, my Christmas wish is this (and it’s really simple)…let us all just enjoy the day…together. No one gets mad. No one feels slighted. No one fights. No one leaves because they get mad (and possibly drink too much) and don’t want to adult (not me for once). We have a problem with this and I know we can’t be the only family.

All I want for Christmas is a fuss-free day. For once, I want no one to notice that things don’t “look” equal. I want each one of us, within my own home, to notice that we have a good life. That we have a strong family bond. That the magic of the lights and the season, and the love we have for one another, is so much more important than anything under that tree.

I want to feel the magic that I felt when I was 10. I want them to love the fact that we’re together, that we’re healthy, that we’re a family. I want us to all go to sleep saying that this was the best day ever simply because we were all together in the day.

If I get nothing for Christmas under the tree this year, I don’t care. I’m just committed to the fact that I know that I want to be happy knowing that my (non-bickering) family is under the tree together this year.

Is that too much to ask? My Christmas wish is simple. I want my first-world-problems, bickers-too-much, non-appreciative family to just appreciate and love this year. No nonsense, no chaos, no fighting…just love and togetherness.

Merry Christmas, y’all! What’s your Christmas wish? I sure hope it comes true for you this year!

A Package from Santa for Bubby? Yes, Please!

If you don’t believe, you don’t receive! In today’s society, it’s hard for kids to hold on to the Christmas magic (because mean people suck). Need help keeping that magic alive for your little one? Send him a Package from Santa this year! For the record, Bubby will be receiving a Silver Package from Santa and I’ll be back to share my honest opinions on the program. Stay tuned!

If you don't believe, you don't receive! In today's society, it's hard for kids to hold on to the Christmas magic (because mean people suck). Need help keeping that magic alive for your little one? Send him a Package from Santa this year!

Look, Bubby’s nine and I’m highly aware that he’s not a baby anymore, but he’s still my baby. He’s the last of my littles and I need him to hold on to the Christmas magic for as long as he can (so I can hold on to my own magic). These days? It’s hard. Kids grow up too fast, they tell tales (can you believe some of these kids actually tell MY kid Santa isn’t real?). Anyway, I found a way to keep the magic alive, even if it’s just for one more year. It’s fun, it’s easy, it’s affordable. Santa’s sending my baby a personalized package this year and he can send one to yours too!

Start a new and memorable tradition this Christmas with PackageFromSanta.com, the only Santa memory service that does it all. Personalized letters, packages, calls, and videos from Santa (I KNOW HIM!).

Do you want to see your child’s face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa? Of course you do! This is not just a letter from Santa; it’s an amazing experience. It’s magic, memories, wonder, and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa (or a doting mom) would know.

Every package also comes with a free personalized call and video from Santa that can be scheduled at your convenience. Surprisingly convincing and I know Bubby will love it!

A Package from Santa to Help Them Believe!

My kids need to believe (if they want to receive) and Package From Santa is really going to help me make more magic happen in my home this year! PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched, high-touch customer service so you can be confident that you are making a wise purchase. They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions (and they don’t read off of those silly cards like your internet and cell phone providers do!). Such a nice touch.

Want to learn more about this very special Santa memory service? Watch the video!

There are three different packages to choose from, and I felt the Silver Package ($24.95) was right for us. It comes with:

  • Personalized Letter from Santa
  • Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Phone Call from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate (just like my Bubby deserves)
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
  • …and so much more!

This service also comes with a 60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee. They’re that confident your child will love it!

Order this holiday must-have for your child at Package for Santa and save 25% off your order when you use FAMS17 at checkout. Come on, mom (dad). We’ve got this. Keep the magic alive this Christmas with Santa’s help. I’m game, are you?

Every Day’s a Vacation with Old Factory Natural Soy Wax Candles

For the record, I received a set of 3 Old Factory Natural Soy Wax Candles in exchange for this post, but as always, all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own.

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Holiday gift giving. I struggle with it every year. I mean, I know what to buy the littles, but what about the adults in my life? I struggle. It’s cold outside and I’m not a fan of the cold. I love my island and 90% of the year, it’s warm and smells like vacation. So why not vacation 100% of the year and share that smell, that feeling of warmth, with all of the people I love for the holidays? Thankfully, Old Factory Natural Soy Wax Candles makes that easy for me. I can order a set of 3 clean burning candles in the scents of Sea Breeze, Hawaiian Lei, and Awapuhi for just $25 to send to those I love this holiday season. Don’t like the smells of the island (what is wrong with you?), they have a variety of scents available including a Christmas collection and each candle burns cleanly for a total of 20 hours.

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The best part? By ordering through Amazon, they’ll do the gift wrapping for you. I don’t know about you, but I’m a busy person. I’m a wife, a mother, and I work way more than full time. I don’t have time to shop outside of the home and I sure as heck don’t have time to gift wrap or mail anything. Ordering on Amazon means I can have my items gift wrapped and add a personal message with the click of a button. Cool, right? The package shows up right at their doorstep just like I did all of the work. But, I didn’t. I paid a nominal fee for someone else to do it for me. I feel like I’m winning at life with this service!

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Like I said, I’m opting to give the gift of a vacation aroma this year, but if that’s not your thing, Old Factory offers a variety of scents that your recipients will enjoy including holiday scents. These candles offer a mild, clean burning scent that everyone will enjoy. They’re perfect for gift giving or to enjoy in your own home. Plus the ease of ordering is a win for everyone. Holiday shopping just got a little bit easier and I’m loving the smell of victory!