Marked Moments

Disclosure: I was asked to write a review in exchange for the product(s) below. All opinions are 100% my own.

It is not often that a package comes my way and I am all “I have to get on the blog and write about this right now“, but it definitely happened last night. When Travis from Marked Moments, an Etsy shop, asked me if he could help me make my tree look even more awesome, I took him up on the dare.

He was right.

So right.

If you don’t know, our dogs are a huge part of our lives. They have their own beds and stocking (okay, they share for now). We really feel like we have four kids with our two friendly beasts. What Travis and Ela of Marked Moments did was recognize that and offered to send me ‘Rowdy’ and ‘Shadow’ personalized ornaments like these. They realized how important our furbabies are to us, and wanted to help us include them in the Christmas memories.

First of all, the presentation of the delivery is superb. Turnaround time is fast. They are in Texas, I am in Pennsylvania and in less than four days, I told Travis “go” and have the ornaments on my tree. Even better, the box inside the padded envelope is gorgeous and just might come in handy as I gift others this holiday.

Okay, enough. I know you want to see what I am so excited about – the dog bone ornaments that Marked Moments personalized for Rowdy and Shadow!

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I know to some people these may just be wooden ornaments etched in dog names. But to me, these are a part of our lives. 95% of our tree is personalized ornaments in some fashion. We had nothing for our furbabies, so now we do!

The detail on the ornaments is incredible. I really love the edge work which you might see better as they hang on the tree:

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Travis and Ela, you made me one happy mom. Arianna was so excited to hang these birch wood ornaments and have our pups included. Thank you for helping us celebrate the season!

If you’re wondering about our whole tree look, just be patient. There’s a post on just that. 

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You have until Monday, December 16 to place an order on Marked Moments for Christmas delivery: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarkedMoments And they don’t do just dog bones. Think last names, baby’s first Christmas, gift tags, cupcake toppers, and bride/groom hangers (making me want to redo our wedding reception, so adorable). Go, look. The prices are reasonable (my ornaments will run you $12 each plus shipping – but there’s a code out there for free shipping on orders over $50, sorry for any confusion) and the quality is definitely a perk on these keepsakes.

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The First Christmas Night

Disclosure: I received a copy of The First Christmas Night in exchange for an honest review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

You’re all probably very familiar with the rhyme “Twas the Night Before Christmas”, but have you ever heard a version about the night before the real, first Christmas?

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Source: Ideals Children’s Books

 

Keith Christopher, author of “The First Christmas Night”, has brought us a beautiful poem in the style of this familiar rhyme. A beautiful telling of THE Christmas story (accompanied by illustrations in oil paintings by Christine Kornacki) brought me to tears. I haven’t read this to the kids yet (saving it for Christmas Eve around the tree), but I am sure they are going to love it just as much as I did. Even though we know the conclusion of the story, it’s still a magical, beautiful moment, making me fall deeper in love with all.the.things.

And now, we that know can say with delight, Jesus was born on the first Christmas night!

Suggestions for using this hardback book:

  • Family story time during the holidays
  • Children’s ministers and Sunday school teachers
  • Chirstmas carolers
  • Literacy skills in kids ages 4-8 (rhyming, verbal language, early reading skills)

From the journey through Bethlehem to the visit from the Wise Men, this story is a gorgeous way to celebrate the season. You can get your own copy through Ideals Children’s Books for $16.99.