15 Girls Holiday Dresses Under $25

The holidays bring many special occasions when we get a little more dressed up than usual. My son could care less, but my eight year old daughter loves to get fancy. For her, the dressier, the better! It can get expensive to outfit the kiddos so today I’m sharing 15 adorable girls’ holiday dresses for under $25.

Do you have a girl in your life who loves American Girl dolls? These next two options from Zulily.com come with a dress the perfect size for their doll as well!

There are so many great places to find reasonably priced kids clothes. We have some good kids clothing resale stores in our area, but a lot of the dresses shown here are even cheaper than what I’ve found at the resale shops. The holidays can be such a nice time to get the little ones dolled up, and I love finding options that make it both fun and affordable.

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Three Ways the Elf on the Shelf Can Teach the True Meaning of Christmas

All you have to do is type “elf on the shelf” into the Pinterest search bar and you’ll find thousands of clever, crafty and hilarious ideas for this notorious holiday mischief-maker. We first introduced the Elf on the Shelf in our home when our daughter was 3. While the kids look forward to the return of our elf with great anticipation, my opinion has changed a bit over the years.

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I first thought of the Elf as a fun Christmas tradition with the side benefit of encouraging good behavior. As the years have passed, I’ve started to worry that the Elf might be a hindrance to the message we really want our kids to hear during the Christmas season. While it’s natural for little ones to focus on presents and the magic of Santa Claus, we also want them to remember the real reason that we celebrate Christmas… the birth of Jesus.

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Favorite Christmas Movies

In our family, Thanksgiving is the official kickoff of the Christmas season. We don’t listen to Christmas music, watch Christmas movies, or decorate the house until after Thanksgiving. Watching my favorite movies throughout the holiday season is one of the things I enjoy most. It’s not like I’m going to watch Elf in April, so it’s a treat reserved for this special time of year. In no particular order, here are my top ten, tried and true favorite Christmas movies.

Are you ready for the holiday season? These 10 movies are sure to get you ready to celebrate.

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Fall Home Tour

It’s practically the Christmas season, but I wanted to share a little fall home tour before it gets too late. I don’t typically go overboard on fall decor. I like little accents of fall colors here and there. This year, I added more orange than I normally do and I’ve been enjoying the pops of color. We don’t get a lot of fall foliage here in southern California so it’s nice to infuse some of that bolder color into the more neutral backdrop of our home.

Fall Home Tour at Sweeter Still.

Our open-plan kitchen and living area is the hub of our home. The dining room is just behind the wall where the stove hits, and in the opposite direction is our den. Because these three rooms flow together, I try to make the decor complimentary.

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How to Have a Stress-Free Holiday Meal

The holiday season is my favorite time of year, but it can be really stressful if you’re hosting dinner. Getting all the food ready to serve while it’s still hot and making sure all your guests are comfortable while doing it… that’s a daunting task! Over the past several years of hosting holiday meals, I’ve learned a few tricks to make the process go more smoothly. Not only does everything get done, but I actually enjoy myself at the same time.

Five tips for a stress-free holiday meal.

Delegate responsibilities

Just because you’re the hostess, that doesn’t mean you have to do everything. Ask local guests to bring side dishes that can be reheated before dinner. Desserts and appetizers are a great option if you really like to have control over the menu. Give your kids cleaning duties. Even younger ones can help unload the dishwasher or run a vacuum before guests arrive. I’m not super confident about making gravy so I put my dad in charge of that task.

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