Christmas Cookies You Need to Bake

The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme The best sugar cookie recipe for your Christmas cookies. Soft, and simple cookie recipe just can't be beat! This has been my favorite for years now and I use it every year because it is so easy and tasty. Merry Christmas and happy baking! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking cookies while listening to Christmas music. It’s a tradition that happens in most households, perhaps yours included. But it’s one of those things that feels deeply personal to me. It makes me slow down and truly embrace this season that goes by all too quickly. I know so many people feel the stress of the holidays, but it must be my slow paced upbringing, but I go even slower in these winter months. Someone once told me, “life is a gift, not an emergency.” I love that. Especially during this special season of joy.

This year Julian has been helping me in the kitchen more than ever, and baking cookies is one of his specialties. What child doesn’t love to sprinkle a cookie?! I am using my go-to sugar cookie recipe, one that you may remember from last year. It may take me longer than ever to bake 1 batch with this two Christmas cuties of mine, but this recipe is still being put to good use in our household.

I’m also working on showing you guys a little more of my Christmas decor at home. Lots of you have shown interest in our home styling, so I’m hoping to have that up in the next few days. Until then, here’s our home from last year!

If you add this recipe to your Christmas baking, be sure to tag me so I can see your creations! (Instagram: @heidi.stephensFacebook: Bainbridge Boheme).

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:

Ingredients:

¾ cup butter, room temp

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

2 tsp vanilla

Grated rind of 1 lemon (orange works great too)

¼ tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

Instructions:

With a standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until light in color. On low speed beat in egg and egg yolk just until combined. Add vanilla, lemon rind and salt. Add the flour until blended, do not over beat batter. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough and stamp with desired cookie cutters. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for approx 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating. Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat them all! Enjoy!

Adapted from The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Baking

ROYAL ICING: Wilton’s recipe

xx,

Heidi

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12 Children’s Books for the Month of December

Best Christmas books for toddlers, and babies. Your kiddos will love these timeless tales of the Christmas season! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Best Christmas books for toddlers, and babies. Your kiddos will love these timeless tales of the Christmas season! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Seeing the joy of the holidays through a child’s eyes is pure magic. Teaching Julian about Christmas and the winter season has brought so much excitement for me about the upcoming holiday. We are in full holiday swing at our place, and a huge part of that has been pulling out all of our holiday books for the kiddos.

All of these books are ones that are sure to warm the hearts of adults and children alike. Julian is partial to Little Blue Truck’s Christmas right now, because he loves how the Christmas tree lights up on the last page! And I love that it teaches him to count along throughout the pages. Dream Snow is another beautiful choice that is great for counting and learning about animals. Plus, it’s a lift the flap!

One of the prettiest tales, The Message of the Birds, also has the most powerful message. It is a message of peace and how children can help to spread that message and bring us peace on earth. But of course, no list is complete without the classic poem of The Night Before Christmas. I bought this copy one Christmas to read to my future children before I had even become a mother. I know that sounds crazy, I know! It is just one of those books that has that power to become an instant family tradition and hold endless holiday memories. And I couldn’t wait to create those moments with my own family someday.

I hope that these books bring the joy of the season into your homes and into your children’s eyes. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

xx,

Heidi

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Festive Pajamas To Wear All December Long

Best cozy and festive holiday pajamas! Love celebrating the season with Christmas and winter themed PJs! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Sweater: H&M // PJ Bottoms: Old Navy (only $14!) // Slippers: Ugg

Ahhh, there’s nothing better than cozying up in your PJ’s in the winter. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite jammies that would be perfect for Christmas morning and all December long! My mom would always buy us kids Christmas PJ’s to open on Christmas Eve and I loved waking up on Christmas day in my festive PJ’s. As a mom to a newborn, I consider myself to be an expert pajama wearer these days. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.

PJ’s always make for a great Christmas gift, and an indulgent gift for yourself. Afterall, they promise a cozy nights sleep! And who can’t get behind that?!

I also wanted to say, thank you so much to all of you for your sweet birthday messages and comments yesterday. You made my day even brighter.

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xx,

Heidi

 

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Making Myself a Priority Postpartum

How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.

How to ask for and receive help postpartum. A moms constant struggle! Learning to take it slow and embrace the help others were willing to offer. It's so important to make moms a priority, and help to prevent postpartum depression and anxiety. Not only that, but to promote moms thriving postpartum! Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme.
Photos by Chelsea Macor Photography

Robe: Belabumbum // Necklace: Starfish Project // Inez’s Onesie: Skip Hop // Receiving blanket & bow: Barna & Co (softest baby blanket ever!)

Like a lot of moms, I struggle with asking for and receiving help. In fact, my biggest postpartum regret with my son was that I didn’t ask for enough help. My husband left for work in another state, for a month, when our son was just 2 weeks old. I was in such a fog, I didn’t even know how to ask for help. But during my second pregnancy I vowed to do things differently postpartum.

I vowed to focus on allowing my body to fully recovering, bonding with my sweet baby girl and embracing our new family of four. Those seem so simple when I type them out, but those are huge tasks for a new mom. Ones that often get overlooked in the day to day of the motherhood grind. I wanted to share a few ways that I was able to embrace this new role as a mama of two babies under two years old.

First and foremost, I was incredibly fortunate to have my husband stay home with us for a month after our daughter was born. It pains me that I just wrote “incredibly fortunate” because I believe that’s what all families deserve. But that is not the world we live in. I can’t even tell you how many other moms told me how “lucky” I was to have my husband help out and stay home for that long. Lucky?! I thought that should be a given! I had a c-section delivery and was under doctor’s orders to not lift anything heavier than my baby for 6 weeks. Well my 2 year old toddler is close to 40 lb. So if my husband wasn’t staying home to help, who exactly was going to be lifting our son all day long? I am grateful for my husband for caring for me during that time. I wish that every mom had that same opportunity.

One of the best things I did postpartum was learn to listen when people offered help. More often than not, I would simply nod and say thank you, without really hearing their offer. Perhaps I was too prideful to accept, or maybe I was delusional and thought I didn’t need any. I started to hear that my friends, family and neighbors were sincere in their offers. They wanted me to take them up on it. Before I knew it, my friends were bringing hot meals, wine, and presents for my kiddos. My neighbors have walked my dog, done my grocery shopping, brought me flowers and fruit from their gardens. They have taken my toddler to the park, and dropped off my overdue library books. My parents and in-laws have taken my toddler so I can relax and bond with baby. Even having one of those simple tasks checked off my list made my life feel worlds easier.

I am so grateful for my husband and all of our friends, family and neighbors for allowing me this time to just slow down and get comfy in this new role. Moms making themselves a priority isn’t always simple. It requires lots of helping hands to pick up the slack so mama can shower, or meet with a lactation consultant, or simply rest. I encourage you all to find those helping hands. So, grab your robes, get cozy, and make yourselves a priority.

xx,

Heidi

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Inez Marie’s Blush and Green Nursery Reveal

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeA soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeA soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeA soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeA soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeA soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

A soft green and blush hued feminine nursery for our sweet baby girl Inez. The room feels like a secret garden! Peaceful, simple home decor for baby girl nursery with pink, green, peach and touches of gray. Whimsical little room for our Inez. -- Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme
Photos by Chelsea Macor Photography

Dress: Free People / Necklace: Starfish Project / Inez’s bow, blanket and pajamas: Barna and Co. Barna is my go-to children’s store! Inez’s blanket is out of this world soft and luxe! Get 15% off at Barna using code HEIDI15

Inez’s nursery has quickly become one of my favorite rooms in our home. I spend so much time in her nursery, feeding and changing our girl, that the whole family always seems to follow. Before I know it, Julian is playing with his school buses on the chaise next to me, and Jet Pup is cozying up on the plush rug. Sometimes Jeff will come in to play with Jules on the floor, and I get to soak it all in while feeding Inez.

I love how the soft green walls add some more dimension to an otherwise very pink room. I promised Jeff I wouldn’t go too pink! The pale greens and pinks make it feel like a little secret garden in there. Piece by piece things came together very simply. I wanted to keep the room peaceful and feminine. I tend to be more of a minimalist right now when it comes to interior decor. These newborn days can feel so crazy sometimes, that it’s nice to have your space reflect some calm.

This vibrant pink rug is such a beautiful addition to the room. It’s so soft under bare feet, and I’ve said it before, but textiles bring a room together. The reason I opted for the chaise lounge instead of a traditional glider, is because I now have two babies! I knew that Julian would be following me into Inez’s room while I sat to nurse. This way, he can sit right beside me, instead of gazing up at me and asking me to sit on my already full lap.  The chaise is a beautiful statement piece and is one of my favorite spots in the room.

I’m including all of the details from Inez’s nursery below, some items were gifted to us, and I could not find the exact link. So, please let me know if you have any questions.

Rug: Plush Rugs

XO Artwork: Etsy

Chaise lounge: Overstock

Throw blanket: Target

Crib: Target

Receiving blanket on crib: Barna and Co

Dresser: IKEA

Mirror: Wayfair

Baskets: Overstock

Changing pad: The Ark

Cover: Burts Bees

Crib sheet: Copper and Pearl

Unicorn nightlight: Target

Books: Amazon

Candle: Woodwick

Stuffed animals: Jellycat

xx,

Heidi

Huge thank you to Chelsea Macor Photography for all of the beautiful photos. 

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My Cyber Monday Picks

Happy Cyber Monday ladies! I trust you all had an indulgent Thanksgiving. I wanted to share with you all just a few of my favorite sales out there! I have never been a stand in line at 2am Black Friday shopper, so Cyber Monday is more my speed 🙂 Happy shopping everyone!

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off sale items

ASOS: 20% off with code WIN20

J.Crew: 40% off + an extra 10% off your purchase (until noon) today with code SHOPFAST

Revolve: Up to 65% off holiday looks

H&M: 30% off everything

Gap: 50% off everything with code CYBER

xx,

Heidi

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