Our Family Christmas Card 2017

Our 2017 family Christmas cards from Minted. I love the gold foil

Our 2017 family Christmas cards from Minted. I love the gold foil

Merry Christmas to you and yours! This year has been filled with such joy and love for our little family. It’s amazing how much can change in a year. Just take a peek back at our 2016 Christmas card! A little family of three, not yet knowing what was on the way.

Here is this year’s family Christmas card from my favorite design hub, Minted. I love how Whitney Coudray Photography captured our family and most of all, how those photos helped us to share our joy through a simple card. Our shoot at a local Christmas Tree Farm was what Christmas dreams are made of! I know the holidays can feel stressful for many of us. But sending and receiving holiday cards is one of my favorite traditions of this season. I read every card we receive and feel such warmth from them. I suppose this is my little way of sending you all a Christmas card.

Wishing you blessings and joy on this wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas to all!

xx,

Heidi

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A Very Merry Christmas To You

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

The most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge BohemeThe most beautiful family Christmas photos. Photos taken at a Christmas tree farm on beautiful Bainbridge Island, WA in the Pacific Northwest. Holiday outfit ideas for the whole family. Christmas outfit ideas for family of four, toddler boy, baby girl and dog too! Mom in a lovely red skirt and Hunter boots for annual Christmas photoshoot. Love how you can feel the Christmas spirit in these photos. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Top: Nordstrom, Skirt: H&M, Boots: Hunter, Earrings: Starfish // Julian’s Sweater, Pants, Boots // Inez’s Hat, Dress, Shoes // Jet’s bow

My most favorite holiday of the year is quickly upon us! There is something about this time of year that makes me nostalgic like no other season does. When I was a girl we would make thumbprint cookies with my mom and all argue over whose turn it was to pick out the Christmas tree this year. Then we would blast the Christmas music and all decorate together. Just last year Julian began to take his first steps right in front of our Christmas tree, a memory I’ll never forget. And I managed to give Jeff the best gift ever, by wrapping up 4 hand painted ornaments, “Jeff, Heidi, Jules and Baby.” It was quite the Christmas Eve surprise for my Captain! We told both of our families the next day at Christmas dinner.

I can already feel the memories of this years holiday seeping into the season. Ones I’m sure to recall in future Decembers. Inez mesmerized at the twinkling tree lights, as she unravels a ribbon from a present. Julian exclaiming “lights on!” every time he sees our tree. Jeff asking repeatedly why the kids need matching Christmas pajamas.

This Christmas photoshoot will forever be one of the holiday memories that I can’t let go. I had originally wanted to wait until Christmas to share with you all our photos. But I just couldn’t wait any longer. We had the pleasure of shooting with Whitney Coudray Photography right here on beautiful Bainbridge Island. We shot at a local Christmas Tree Farm, and the results, as you can see, are pure Christmas joy!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, with memories to last a lifetime!

xx,

Heidi

Huge thank you again to Whitney Coudray Photography for these unbelievable memories. Tears were shed were I received this gallery!

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Great Gift Ideas for the Home

The ultimate gift guide for gifts for the home this Christmas! Perfect host and hostess gifts that everyone can enjoy around their home this holiday season. Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Can hardly believe Christmas is right around the corner! Gifts for the home are always at the top of my list. I know that every time I use our beautiful salad bowl (very similar to the one linked above), I think of my dear friend Joanna who gifted it to me. I like to think that all gifts can carry sentiments towards the giver. That’s why gifting for someone’s home can be so fun. Plus, you don’t have to worry about sizes, hehe.

These are a few of the items I am eyeing for Christmas gifts this year. And a few I’ve already picked up for some lucky friends. Michael Buble’s “The More You Give (The More You Have)” had shopping in mind right?

Tis the season! Happy shopping!

xx,

Heidi

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Gifts For Little Ones

A fun gift guide for the little ones in your life! Christmas is quickly approaching, give the gift of joy to those littles! - Heidi Stephens, Bainbridge Boheme

Julian’s Christmas PJ’s

The big day is almost here! Just when I think I have everything in order at our house, I realize that I forgot stocking stuffers completely. I even forgot a stocking for the dog. On it’s way now! So, if you’re anything like me, you need some last minute gift ideas for the little one in your life. I am LOVING this idea of matching PJ’s and a bedtime story. What kiddo wouldn’t absolutely be tickled by these? If I didn’t already own several of these books I’d have to get the pair. But in case you don’t, be sure to snag these up, they are sure to sell out.

I included a few gifts in here that we already own and are tried and true staples in our home. The Strider bike (a must), the tool bench (hours of entertainment) and the art easel (creativity that doesn’t end up on your walls). And that tractor has been on my list for about a year! Can you say toddler heaven?

Is all of your shopping complete? Any stocking stuffer ideas for me? Or children’s books you grabbed for the littles in your life? Those are the last things on my list, send me ideas!

xx,

Heidi

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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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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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