Holiday Blog Tour

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I mean, when else can I binge watch cheesy Hallmark movies while eating sweet treats for a month straight?!?!? In all seriousness, while I do love a good Hallmark (or 20….), I really love spending time with family and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s a special time full of love, faith, and traditions. Today as part of the 5 Out Of 4 Patterns*Holiday Blog Tour, I’m sharing some of the ways my family celebrates the season.

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Christmas is a time for family. Unfortunately, we live over a thousand miles away from the majority of our family. Some years, we get to travel home and visit for the holidays, some years we don’t. But one way we like to keep in contact with everyone is through Christmas cards! I absolutely love getting cards in the mail and seeing how much everyone’s family has changed over the last year. I’m a fan of sending out cards as well, because it’s a reminder that we need to get an updated picture of our family. I take a lot of pictures of my kids, and my husband takes a lot of pictures of me modeling the clothes I make, but we don’t seem to get pictures of all five of us together very often. I truly cherish family photos even though it can be a challenge to take them. Luckily, my mom came to town to visit a few weeks ago and took some beautiful pictures of our family! She’s a saint to put up with my crazy kids and try to get everyone to look at the camera with at least a pleasant expression on their face!

I love the way our pictures turned out, but I was less than pleased about the actual Christmas cards. I bought a deal on Groupon this year for cards from Staples. It was only $8 but I guess you get what you pay for. They are a cute design but the quality was less than stellar. I’m too cheap and busy to get them redone somewhere else. Lesson learned! Oh well, it will still go in my file of old Christmas cards, and I’ll pull it out every year. My mother in law saved pictures of her kids with Santa from each year and still pulls them out every Christmas. My spin on that tradition is to save a Christmas card from each year. It’s so fun to look back and see how much our kids have grown. Not so fun to see how much my husband and I have aged due to said kids!

For our family photos, I made my twins’ outfits (which I blogged about here.) I also made a new sweater for myself. I used the 5oo4 Nancy Raglan with the cowl neck option. And let me tell you, this is the coziest sweater ever! The neck looks so classy and it keeps me so warm. The day we took these pictures it was literally freezing outside. I felt bad for everyone else, but I was warm and toasty in my sweater! The fabric is from Purple Seamstress. She has several other colors in this same sweater fabric. Of course, purple is my favorite color so I had to have it, but I’m thinking I may need to order a couple other colorways for more cozy sweaters! My mom actually fell in love with my sweater while taking our pictures and has requested one for her birthday in January.

Another fun thing we do around the holidays is make yummy treats, both for eating and giving away. We usually make the traditional cookies and fudge but we decided to change it up this year. I learned how to make caramel apples at a women’s activity at our church back in October, and I was dying to try it out for myself. Mind you, these are dipped in real, from scratch caramel. No short cut unwrapping and melting caramels. Some turned out prettier than others, but the whole point of having kids help you is so you can blame the “artistic” ones on them! It was quite the undertaking, and it probably would have been overwhelming if I didn’t have my mom there helping as well. We had a lot of fun doing it together, and the kids enjoyed delivering them to their teachers from church and our neighbors. I can’t take credit for the recipe, but if you’d like to try these yourself, you can find the recipe at Jaime Cooks It Up.

Make sure to follow along with the other bloggers this week who are sharing their holiday sewing projects and traditions. Thanks to 5 Out of 4 Patterns for hosting such a fun tour!

Blog Tour Schedule

December 1 – Marvelous Auntie M | ah baby! Custom Design

December 2 – Elli & Nels in Stitches | Sewn at Seams

December 3 – Pattern Revolution

December 4 – My Heart Will Sew On | Fabulous Home Sewn

December 5 – Wonderfully Handmade | Randoms by Rydz

December 6 – Sewing with D | Octaves of Color

December 7 – Turtle Birdies




  1. Stephanie

    December 4, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Such a beautiful family and the Nancy looks fantastic on you !

    1. Laurel

      December 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      I’ve made a couple Nancy’s now and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite patterns!

  2. Diane

    December 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Love your family photos! You mom did a great job! Merry Christmas!

    1. Laurel

      December 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you. My mom is fantastic for so many reasons! Merry Christmas to you as well!

  3. Christianne McCall

    December 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Your family is gorgeous! Holiday blessings to you all!

    1. Laurel

      December 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you. Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Sandy Venable

    December 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Sheila

    December 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Andrea

    December 4, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Your top is gorgeous! And beautiful family photos, too!

    1. Laurel

      December 4, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Thank you so much!

  7. Karen Christensen

    December 5, 2017 at 12:53 am

    A beautiful family. All the blondes reminds me of my children when they were small. Enjoy those years as they go fast.

    1. Laurel

      December 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

      I’ve found the age old saying of “the days are slow but the years are fast” to be so true! It was only yesterday my twins were newborn babies….

  8. Sonya k

    December 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Love that you made you and your girls’ outfits. Saving each years photo is a great idea, I enjoy seeing how we change from year to year.

    1. Laurel

      December 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Yes, it’s amazing how much our family changes each year! I don’t notice until I look back at old pictures.

  9. Jennie

    December 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Your pictures look great! I love pulling out pictures from last Christmas’ as well, it’s so fun to see how the kids have grown and changed!

    1. Laurel

      December 6, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you. My mom did a wonderful job with our pictures!

  10. Meriel Aho

    December 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Lovely photos! And I just love your Nancy, cowl necks are my favorite and that sweater knit is stunning!

    1. Laurel

      December 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Yes, the cowl on this pattern is amazing! It sure makes a cozy sweater.

  11. fenna

    December 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Love the sweater! The cowl makes it look super classy. And those apples look delicious. 🙂

    1. Laurel

      December 6, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you! The apples did taste delicious even if they weren’t the prettiest, haha.

  12. Paddy

    December 8, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Purple is the best colour for that top – it looks fantastic! 😀

    1. Laurel

      December 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm

      Purple is my favorite color, so purple is always the best color for a top if you ask me!!!

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