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Weekend reading: December 10, 2016

From Instagram: Next up: string art ornaments.

Have you ever had one of those weeks that started out so beautifully that it felt like everything was right in the world…and then came crashing down so hard that you just wanted to throw your hands in the air?

There haven’t been any big crises or anything…just a series of things like fighting kids, graham cracker houses that were eaten by the dog before we got to decorate them, a broken bowl, etc. But after the sweet start to our advent at the beginning of the week, it feels even more disappointing.

But I’m trying anyway because I really do love this time of year and I don’t want to get stuck in Grinch mode. I made a second set of graham cracker houses and we decorated them last night, and today we’re making gingerbread men. Our plan is to bake, bake, bake this week to prepare tins of cookies for friends and neighbors, and I’m reminding myself of something that I say often to the kids when things don’t quite go their way: “You have two choices: you can be upset right now or you can choose to be happy!”

What I’m readingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

What I cookedblue ribbon chili, slow cooker beef roast and carrots, orange-ginger chicken and fried rice (on the menu tonight)

What I’m thinking about:

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Inspiration for your closet

Breathe deep this holiday season

Food for Christmas morning

I shared more about our Christmas menu in this week’s Easy Homemade newsletter (to get this newsletter each week, adjust your subscription here), but I thought I’d share some other ideas for Christmas morning today as well:

Have a great weekend!