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Holidays, Naughty or Nice?

Holidays, Naughty or Nice?

This post is sponsored by Carter's; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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With holidays fast approaching, there comes a certain level of anxiety for me. Are we with my family or my husbands? Like most couples we try to be fair and alternate every year, but now that I have four children, six of us total,  that's a squad of folks to just stop by any house. When are we going to start making our own traditions as a family, too?  This is where advanced planning and finding a balance comes into play. As the girls get older and have become very busy, their needs have changed.  We're literally bringing a play area for them where ever we go. So that they can be contained and occupied.   I've tried to pack light and not bring the play yard/gate but that meant being on duty 100% of the time and the girls having to be hovered over for fear they'll get into something or put something in their mouths. AKA your house is not baby proofed.

Family photos are an integral part of any holiday and new family tradition. Of course we attempt to take as many as we can so we can look back on the day and fondly reminisce. So, as if dressing myself isn't hard enough with what fits versus what use to fit. I have a five year old and three baby girls to dress, in festive,  holiday clothes.  Thanks to Carter's this year I can easily cross one thing off my worry list. Get to their Holiday Shop here .

Brook looking at Bailey, Bailey looking at Beau, Beau looking at me! Naughty & Nice in one pic!

Brook looking at Bailey, Bailey looking at Beau, Beau looking at me! Naughty & Nice in one pic!

Not only does Carter's have affordable prices and good deals, but the variety of styles are perfect for any holiday moment and I can easily coordinate the triplets with Big Brother Kanon.  Leading up to Thanksgiving, I'll make sure we have a holiday outfit, but I will also do everything in my power to take advantage of the Black Friday deals and the coupons Carter's offers. This year, Carter's will have Black Friday deals beginning November 17th, so I can get a jump on buying my baby holiday clothes and any holiday gifts. Thank goodness I can start shopping early and online because it becomes more hectic the closer it gets to the actual holidays. Shopping with four kids is a whole other blog post and never easy.  This way for holidays, we'll be all set for any event and one of our traditions, wearing new pajamas to bring in Christmas and the New Year in style! Plenty of photo ops.

Growing up, we always had new pajamas to wear on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and continuing this tradition with our children, feels great. (Visiting family, family photos & New PJ's, who needs gift opening, when making memories and traditions are the heart of the holidays?) Carters for the win!!! PJ Shop here!

(Side Bar) Speaking of PJ's, have you heard of the Pajama Program? I hadn't but they are an organization that has partnered with Carter's and provides new pajamas to children from November 1st-December 31st. Loving this program! Anyone can donate a new pair of pajamas to any Carter's store or make a monetary donation during check out in the store or online.  Carter's will match up to 100,000 pair of pajamas (love them)! That's a lot of pjs, but I'm excited this program sees the importance of giving to children during the time of year as these colder nights approach.

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I will be catching my Black Friday deals early this week! For those who are waiting until the official Black Friday date of 11/24 (or 11/23 depending on when your Carter's opens after Thanksgiving), Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh are giving away over $700,000 in Dash Cash to the first 100 people to visit their Carter's or OshKosh B'gosh for the Dash In to Win Sweepstakes. Check www.carters.com/stores to confirm what date the sweepstakes will be held at your location. Plus a BIG BONUS with any purchase of more than $40.00 on that day, you'll get a gift from Shutterfly. Visit carters.com/dashintowin for rules. Who doesn't love a sweepstakes?

FOR MY READERS to Take 20% off your purchase of $40 or more in store or online through from now until NYE 12/31/17. Use this Instore Code: 070716  Online Code: CART4198 (Thank me later) Some exclusions apply: www.carters.com/couponpolicy

As we go into this holiday season, I can honestly say it will be NICE not NAUGHTY ;).  We are soon to say goodbye to this year and usher in a new one, let us all remember what is most important. Our families and our cherished memories of family who are no longer with us. The health, well being and safety of our children, loved ones and always the promise of a better day. Be kind to one another!  Until next time.

What I've learned this year will be my year post! Visit IG for updates!

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~Truly Karae

Road Trips with the "Trips"!

Road Trips with the "Trips"!