Meaningful Christmas for your man


I enlisted the help of my better half to bring you last minute gift ideas for the man in your life this Christmas. Joe has always been the best at coming up with meaningful gifts for the people in his life, so today he is here to help you win over your man's heart with simple thoughtful gifts that mean the most this Christmas.

  • Those Mushy Coupons//  Yes they work, but gear them towards you man's favorite activities. Example: Casey doesn't always enjoy eating at the Cheesecake Factory or giving back rubs, but the fact that she will go out of her way to give me those in the form of a "coupon" always makes me smile. Oh and PG-13 things work well too..
  • Supporting His Hobbies// Has he been eying a new fishing lure, DVD or Xbox game? Even better, jump in while he is playing a video game. You may not be great at it, but the fact that you are showing you support your man gives us the "feel goods".
  • A Weekend Getaway// You gals are always the greatest at planning getaways. Why not plan one, put it in writing and surprise your man. A gift that he will look forward to throughout the upcoming months. 
  • Favorite Dessert// Casey knows the key to my heart is often though my sweet tooth. Bake your man his favorite dessert because you could never go wrong with sweets. One word LemonRaspberryCheesecake 
  • Simply Love Him// Relationships can be hard work. Praying for your significant other is always a key to a successful relationship/marriage. This is a great article Casey has shown me before. Don't try and fix him, love him.

NYC Christmas


As you read this, Joe and I are making our way down to the city to check off a bucket list item of ours. 
We are beyond excited to see Andrea Boccelli perform and the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Plaza. 
lots of Christmas excitement. The last time I was in the city around the holidays was for my 21st birthday many Januarys ago.
Seeing the tree in it's prime, along with all of the winter markets makes me giddy as I type this. 

We had planned on attending the Rockefeller lighting this year, but things fell through due to pesky work schedules. 
Seeing the crowds of thousands via the TV reminded me it was probably for the best. 

Christmas Tree made out of wine bottles
my kind of tree...
NYC Christmas Bucket List
// The Rock Christmas Tree
// Holiday Window Displays: There is a whole "tour" dedicated to the outrageously decorated store window fronts.
// Iceskating in Central Park
// Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
// Holiday markets galore! I would love to check out the Brooklyn Pop-Up and of course the Winter Village at Bryant Park
// Holiday Under the Stars

Want to follow our NYC adventures? Follow along with us on Instagram
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Advent 2014


This year I have attempted to make the Christmas season slow down, and really savor the true meaning of the season.
There are so many commercial distractions that really pull us from what Christmas is all about.

Growing up, Joe never celebrated Advent, so I have always found it special that our church home here in New York takes part in the Advent celebration.
To me, Advent really breaks down the magic of the weeks leading up to Christmas and why it truly is such a special time to be celebrated.
A lot of wisdom and scripture are shared throughout these weeks.

If you have yet to experience advent, I urge you to dig into some of the resources in these last days before Christmas.

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love// Terra Nova Church
|| Our church's spin on Advent. Each sermon has a corresponding devotional to reflect on over the week prior. I'm pretty partial to this one! ||
"O Come Let Us Adore Him"// She Reads Truth

|| A beautiful online Advent devotional series geared towards women. Easy to digest and makes it easy to come back for more each day. ||
Advent Series: Podcast Sermons// The Village Church
|| If you're more of a auditory learner, you can play one of these sermons and multitask at the same time. ||
Applicable Advent for the Whole Family// Awana Advent 2014
|| A daily Advent devotional that has different applications for families, couples, individual, early elementary, late elementary and Jr. and Sr. High School ||
Downloadable Advent Devotional// Desiring God
|| Desiring God is the curriculum we use for our Children's program at church and I love the truth that is brought out in each story. These are applicable devotions that can be shared with you family.  ||
DIY Advent// Oh My Deer
|| These are the verses I used to create our Advent calendar this year. A great compilation of some very important verses. ||

Take the time to be silent and reflect in the true meaning of Christmas. 
Don't let Jesus, though expected, go overlooked with your family this year.
Are you celebrating Advent this year? 

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