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Less Stuff & Christmas?!??!

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How Minimalism has effected my Christmas

I've shared about how I've minimized the stuff in my house, worked to be more intentional about my time, and simplified my schedule in an effort to be more intentional about my purpose in life.

So how does that work at Christmas time when everything says more, more, MORE!!!! 

First of all, I resisted all urges to participate in Black Friday. I've never been one to go out shopping on that day but I usually get caught up in the online sales, at least a little bit. A screen and invisible money on my debit card is a weakness of mine. I resisted this year because a blog Becoming Minimalisthelped encourage me to look bigger than buying stuff.

Secondly, simplifying has effect my peace with Christmas. I always enjoy giving to family and friends but there is a certain level of stress with finding and buying and budgeting for Christmas. It is 21 days till Christmas as I'm writing this, and honestly, I haven't even started to shop. I'…

Not I!

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NAP STRIKE!

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My baby is on a nap strike!!!

That's a thing??

Yes, it's a thing!

My baby is 16 months old and hasn't napped in THREE DAYS! 

Now, I'm mentioned before I don't usually Google things but when my kid's sleep in concerned, I do!

"16 month old refuses to nap" I Googled just yesterday and sure enough, it's a thing! Of course, it's not always at 16 months that this particular sleep regression hits, it has a wide range.

This Mama is tired and the Daddy is tired! We've been up with baby every night but one this week. He is hard to console. He's also teething (molars). It's a rough ride but here is what I've learned.

Day 1 of no nap: I was wiped out, FRUSTRATED, and melting by the evening. I kept trying to put the baby to sleep about every hour for HOURS of the afternoon. He was fussy and cranky and it was really difficult.

Day 2: Went a little better as I realized this was a sleep regression and not just a "MY KID HAS GONE CRAZY!" as …

Dear mama…it’s a lie.

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