Jul 19, 2016

Christmas in July

Every July I try to start thinking about Christmas. I know, it's insane... but it helps the holidays be more fun and less stressful come December. I've upped my Swagbucks game so I can stash away some extra cash and giftcards to use for shopping; I bought wrapping paper and bows months ago when I came across some on clearance at a second-hand store. It's fun to sprinkle in the festive fun ahead of time... I'm always on the lookout for a good gift idea too. No reason not to buy something and stash it away if it's the perfect gift for someone!

Jared is an even bigger Christmas fanatic than me, so we thought it would be fun this past weekend to have a Christmas in July date night. At home, of course ;) I have to say, it was quite the success! We'd planned this a week in advance, so we'd agreed to each get each other a small just-for-fun gift of no more than $10. That limit made us get creative and it was fun to have a reason to open gifts from one another.

After dinner and gifts we made some delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Oh my goodness- it had been a really long time since I baked anything and these cookies were dangerously tasty. I refuse to tell you how many I inhaled had. Or maybe I just lost count.


While we munched on cookies, we cranked the Christmas tunes on our record player, lit our best wintery candles and settled in to play a board game. Not just any board game- a Christmas themed one! Someone bought us this game awhile back and I'll admit it's sat in our basement closet for far too long. We finally got it out this weekend though and realized what a fun little game it is. The concept is simple but it was a tricky memory game we actually enjoyed a lot.

We also miiight have shopped around online that night for some items for T's first Christmas! We didn't buy anything, although this outfit and this ornament were super tempting. We'll try to refrain for now ;) My urge to shop has never been stronger since having baby; I think I should hide my debit card for awhile.

In my efforts to finally take some pictures of life NOT involving a baby, I captured our date night pretty well. Except for two minor details... Jared and I. Ha! I don't think we've taken but one photo together in the past two months- we just aren't too glamorous these day. I don't think there are enough Instagram or Snapchat filters in the world to hide the bags under our sleep-deprived eyes!

26 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun! I love it! :)

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  2. Such a fun date idea! My husband and I plan dates every month (at home now because, toddler) as our Christmas gift to eachother. It's free and fun for the whole year. I love to pre-plan for Christmas starting now too! It's not so overwhelming then come Christmas rush. xo

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  3. This is the cutest! I am beside myself with excitement over Jack's first Christmas..CANNOT WAIT.

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  4. Such a great & cute idea! T is going to have the best first Christmas ever. :)

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  5. My Christmas lovin' heart just fell for you so much more. OH MY GOSH! I need to plan a Christmas in July party next year :)

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  6. Yayyy Christmas in July! That's adorable. Such a fun idea and I love the wrapped gifts!!! :) Caleb and I have actually done really well this year and even have a couple people finished for Christmas already. Feels so good to be prepared!

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  7. How fun! I always want to start shopping early for Christmas but my problem is that if I start too early then I'll forget and keep buying more through the year lol. This sounds like a great date night idea :)

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  8. What a cute idea! You know, you aren't the only one thinking of Christmas. I was at hobby lobby and the aisles are starting.

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  9. What a fun idea!! I just love Christmas themed anything :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  10. I love how Christmas-obsessed you guys are- I'm already counting down the days to ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas...and I may or may not have already bought one of Charlie's presents the other day while browsing through Toys R Us, so no judgments here! ;)

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  11. This is such a cute idea! So glad you guys had a nice night to yourself!

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  12. How fun! My Christmas in July has consisted of planning everyone's Christmas gifts now so that I can be on the lookout for great deals and maybe get some of my shopping done before this baby gets here.

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  13. Adorable. I love the $10 gifts, nice touch.

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  14. I love this idea! I may have to institute it next year!

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  15. What a fun idea for a date night at home!!! I love that you exchanged festive wrapped gifts and everything!!! What did you get each other? I am already thinking about baby girls first Christmas since she will be here before then! Like what?????

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  16. Ummm, this might be the cutest date night ever. LOVE IT!

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  17. This is seriously an AWESOME date night idea! What did you get each other?! Also, the idea of eating cookies while listening to Christmas music on an actual record player sounds like a dream. So unbelievably cute. It was a cool idea to make this little night about you two because this Christmas is going to be ALL about the little guy, no doubt!

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  18. This is such a fun date night idea! I don't think that I there's anything that I could love more than Christmas in July!

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  19. This sounds like so much fun haha! So give me your secrets on Swagbucks!! How much do you usually earn if you don't mind me asking? It takes me forever to save up enough for a $25 gift card!! I have a couple Sam's cards I'm saving for diapers and formula but would like to save up for Christmas too.

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  20. You are just too stinkin' cute with your Christmas in July celebration. It sounds like a whole lot of fun & what did you guys get each other, you never revealed that. & what, no gifties for baby for this Christmas in July?! :)

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  21. Why are two so dang cute?! You seriously come up with the BEST dates, at home or otherwise! You need to write a "how to date your spouse" book. XO.

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  22. Such a cute idea!! You always have the best ideas, friend!! Christmas is the best and now I want to go home and light a Christmas candle lol!

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  23. This looks like so much fun! I'm always trying to buy stuff throughout the year so that when Christmas comes around, I'm not scrambling to try and get all the presents. Lol!

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  24. Absolutely love this and you precious two. What a perfect way to kick off being over half way to Christmas. I need to get a head start this year. I was proud of myself for that last year.

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  25. I love this!! I wanted to do this last weekend but we ended up making other plans. Maybe we'll make it happen this weekend! And we actually did start buying some Christmas gifts :O The Nordstrom sale was great for my two SILs :)

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