Mommy Monday: Christmas? ALREADY?!

November 10, 2014


Call it excited, or just plain nuts, but we have already started decorating for Christmas. Yes, you heard me correctly. We're really only putting things up little by little. We want a real tree, so of course that hasn't been purchased yet, but small things are up and running.

Over the weekend we headed back to Hartville. Along with having a fabulous farmers and flea market, they have a huge Amish style restaurant at the edge of their property. We love eating there for a hearty, home cooked meal. The atmosphere is country and cozy, plus there are tons of shops to browse after you eat.

One of the shops is a gigantic Christmas store. Two weeks ago when we visited, we received an ad which kids could come get their photo taken with the Grinch. For FREE. If you don't have kids, let me just tell you a quick story. Around Easter, we paid $40 at the mall for a 5 x 7 of Penny sitting on the Easter bunny's lap. Not only was the photo horrible quality, it was printed on this thin, cheap photo paper that probably cost fifty cents at Staples. Not to mention "Mr. Bunny" looked like he'd be maimed and stuffed in a closet all year. I was irritated and just dealt with it because after all, they are "memories." Yea, $40 memories...

To avoid the high blood pressure that mall characters bring me, we drove the measly 20 minutes to Hartville to get her photo with the Grinch. There was no line, free cookies, and free cider. The angels in my head were singing. After the quick snap shot for memories sake, we browsed the store a bit and even wound up leaving with a few people checked off our Christmas list. I didn't quite get the "lazy Saturday" I was hoping for, but I did enjoy seeing my little one all dressed up on the Grinch's lap.


Joshua surprised me Friday night with this adorable little dress he picked up at Target. People all around us Saturday were going gaga with how cute she looked.





This Grinch photo has been on my desk all day at work. No matter the conversation, I've managed to coax everyone that steps foot into my office to look at it. I've become that mom. 


Has Christmas some how already creeped it's way into your home? 
Any fellow mommies outraged by the price of mall Santas? 
xo kiki

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36 comments

  1. Awwww this is so cute Kiki, she is an adorable little cutie pie. The Grinch photo is so sweet. Sounds like the three of you had an awesome weekend out there. Nope no decoration up yet.
    kisses
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you Lenya. We had a great time. Even made time for this mini photo shoot in the middle of the store. (;

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  2. So adorable!

    Heidi D.
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  3. I am so excited about Christmas so I don't think you are crazy :P
    Love the grinch photo :) Your daughter is so sweet!

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/

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  4. I can't believe there was a grinch!! Haha I'm so impressed that she wasn't screaming and crying at the sight of him. And I'm not quite ready for Christmas season yet... still in Thanksgiving mode! ;)

    Simplicity Relished

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    1. She's really good with strangers. I think it helps that we have a huge family. So she's constantly seeing unfamiliar faces. Hopefully that lasts. (;

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  5. She is the cutest! I love that it was the Grinch there. One of my all time favorite holiday movies!

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    1. I have a feeling we'll be watching it soon. (;

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  6. How beautiful…Such an inspiration!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  7. Crikey! I haven't even thought about Christmas yet! It is my son's birthday this Saturday, he's turning 5, and I haven't even thought about that!! Better go get some presents for him I suppose! Your daughter is so cute. Love the red skirt.
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    1. Thank you Amber. I feel like after 4 kids you've got to be a pro. I'm sure your son will have a wonderful birthday! (:

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  8. Awwww this is so cute! I love her cute little tutu skirt (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  9. I think its smart to start decorating early(as long as its in November:), less stress later on! Oh and your daughter is precious and that target outfit is AH-dorable!!!
    Nidhi
    An Unblurred Lady

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    1. Right. Especially since we do things little by little. Like only small things are up for now. (:

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  10. Your baby is so cute! I love her outfit...amazing! Xxx

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  11. She is so cute!!!!

    Maria
    http://stylelistbyme.blogspot.com/
    http://instagram.com/maria_tatarskaya/

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  12. How cute is that red tutu?!
    And I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner- crazy how fall is flying by!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Right Ashley! I feel like Halloween didn't happen yet. Before I know it I'll be eating turkey then BOOM waking up Christmas morning.

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  13. hahaha the grinch! and yeah those mall easter bunnies, if they are going to charge $40 it should at least be a clean rabbit with nicely lit lights around!! looks like you guys got christmas under the belt already!

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    1. I totally agree. If I spend $40 it should be worth the money.

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  14. Oh! She's just the cutest! Adorable! And cute outfit too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  15. I love Christmas decorations but we hold off until after Thanksgiving! We still have Halloween up... oops haha!
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    1. No worries. We skipped the Thanksgiving decor all together. I feel like we are probably setting ourselves up for tremendous amounts of bad luck by decorating so early. It's so hard when you are excited about baby's first Christmas. (;

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  16. The pictures are so precious! I LOVE Christmas, its definitely my favorite holiday so I'm sure in the next few weeks I'll have some decorations up
    xx
    Candice
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    1. It's so hard not to get excited once all the store displays come out! (:

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  17. Lol love your ending comment...I would have that picture up too! Your daughter is absolutely adorable and the hubs did a great job picking out that dress...so cute! I've been trying to hold off decorating for Christmas, but it is getting harder and harder!

    Shannon
    Clothes & Quotes

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    1. Thank you Shannon for the kind words. (: Have fun decorating!

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  18. OH my goodness Joshua did THA BEST by picking out that dress. THE CUTEST I CAN LITERALLY NOT EVEN (says the white girl!).... She is adorable! I actually love shopping at Target for my friends' children. They just have the cutest stuff. And it's somewhat reasonably priced. I mean, for all I know it could be way over-priced but I don't have kids, so if there is something cheaper, I've not learned of it!

    PS; Kind of wish I were at that Grinch photo.. Sounds like FREE everything over there!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

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    1. It was a great time. haha Target's prices are excellent. I think this dress was $12. (:

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