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Some of the Greatest Tears I've Ever Cried
Some of the Greatest tears I've Ever Cried || ADOS || Blog, lifestyle, motherhood, meaningful moments

The day after Thanksgiving, after what feels like an eternity, we pull out the Christmas decorations. After lugging all of the boxes upstairs, I realized that we still had the old four foot Christmas tree that I grew up decorating in the room I shared with my little sister. That's when I had, what I would say was, a brilliant idea. I thought to myself, I should set up the tree in the loft and let Turner decorate it all by himself! 

I had him follow me as I carried the tree upstairs along with all of the sentimental ornaments I had acquired over the years. I wrapped it with lights and his eyes filled with wonder as I plugged them in. I opened up my box of ornaments and showed him how to hang them on the branches. Then I watched as he proudly put ornaments on this Turner sized tree. I sat there as he put 5 different ornaments on the same branch, while trying to tell him to put each ornament on a branch of its own. But his pure joy in that moment was all I really cared about. 

I got out my phone and took a short video of him adorning the tree with trinkets and keepsakes of my childhood years. Stitched plastic canvas ornaments that remind me of my grandma, an angel the color of my birth stone and wings of gold, and birds I crafted from paper the first, humble Christmas Matthew and I shared together as husband and wife.

That's when it hit me just how incredibly blessed my life has been, and how especially blessed it is now. It came like a wave of emotion as Turner clapped and cheered while he decorated what he called, "the greatest Christmas tree, EVER." As I saw the endless amount of joy in his countenance, I felt overwhelmed with love.

So overwhelmed that I began to cry.

It was the most tender feeling of happiness. And that happiness has been a light every moment since. I'm so grateful I took the time to sit and be present with my son that night. I never ever want to forget how meaningful it was to experience that moment. Those were some of the greatest tears I've ever cried. 


I'm excited to share one more thing with you tonight. Tomorrow is the kick off of #LIGHTtheWORLD with 25 days of serving others, as Jesus Christ did, every day until Christmas. Doesn't the idea of that make you so happy? It makes me happy, and I'm hoping through this challenge I can make a habit of serving others more. Watch this video, find a service calendar and other free printables at The Small Seed, and join me in lighting the world with service! 

HOLIDAY HAIR SERIES: Dutch Halo Braid
Holiday Hair Series || Dutch Halo Braid || Episode 3 || A Dash of Salter

Here it is. The moment you've all been waiting for...the third episode in my Holiday Hair Series!! Okay, so maybe you're not that stoked about it, but I am! I'm so excited to share this style with you guys! It feels like I've been waiting forever for my hair to be long enough to do this style, and that day is finally here. I couldn't be happier about it. Your arms may be numb afterward, but trust me, it's TOTALLY worth it. 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and let me know what you think if you give it a try! Oh, and be sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube so you don't miss the fourth and final episode in my series! Lots of love!

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter
 
Christmas iPhone Wallpaper Freebie

This week I was feeling the need to update my iPhone wallpaper to something a little more festive. When I couldn't find one that I liked, I decided to create a few of my own and I thought I could share them with you! I hope these bring a little holiday happiness onto your screen!

These were made for the dimensions of the iPhone 6/6 Plus.
Download the full size images by clicking on the links below the photos. 

Merry & Bright          //          Simple Snowman           //           Fireplace JOY          //          Nativity

All of Matthew's presents have come in the mail, except one! The rest are wrapped and ready to go! Now I'm just anxious to give them. I love the spirit of giving at Christmas time. We have some service activities planned for people we love and those who are less fortunate. It warms my heart so much to know we're helping others feel joy and love this time of year. I'm so grateful for all I have and that I'm able to give. I hope your holidays have been filled with joy and love so far! Do you have special giving traditions? I'd love to here about them! Lots of love!

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter
 
HOLIDAY HAIR SERIES: Messy Top Knot
Holiday Hair Series || Messy Top Knot || Episode 2 || Video Tutorial

Hey, guys! It's that time again. The time to share the second episode in my Holiday Hair Series! I wanted to share a more casual look with you today. Because, let's be real, most of the time before the holidays I feel like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get things done before it's too late. This look is perfect for all of those errands and endless amounts of gift wrapping! I wear it ALL THE TIME. Plus, it goes great with the closet full of chunky scarves I own. Haha! I've always struggled to get the perfect messy look until I figured out this style. It's the perfect amount of messy and I can do it in minutes!! I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for the next two videos in my series! I'm saving the best for last! ;) 

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter
 
HOLIDAY HAIR SERIES: Kick Off! Dutch Half Crown!
Holiday Hair Series || Dutch Half Crown || Episode 1 || A Dash of Salter

Hello blogging world! It's been a while, I know. Life gets crazy this time of year with all of the planning, prepping, decorating, wrapping, giving, and festivities going on. I've been inspired by friends and family to do a series of holiday hair videos! I want to help you look effortless for the festive holiday activities and preparations you'll be doing all month long. Soooo...I've created four hair tutorials, showing you a holiday style each week until Christmas!

This week's video is a chic, dutch half crown tutorial. It's perfect for holiday parties and can be adorned with curls and hair pieces for extra glam! I may or may not be wearing it to the holiday party my husband's employer is throwing tonight. ;) Watch the video below to achieve the look and subscribe to my blog/YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss the rest of the series! Enjoy!

Signature || Cheree || A Dash of Salter