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Let’s be honest, we all love snail mail! It’s so much fun to have a fun surprise arrive at your doorstep to brighten your day. And while your doorstep might get see the UPS truck a bit more during the holidays, it’s extra fun to get a shiny new package after the holidays. And it’s even better when it’s happy little box of goodies created to make you feel good from the inside out.

That’s where our friends at FabFitFun come in! They send seasonal gift boxes filled with the new most fab items, hand-picked by the FabFitFun Team! It’s a mix of beauty, fashion, fitness, wellness and home products. Full-size, premium products that is! And today, I am thrilled to say that one lucky reader will win one year subscription.

Since they’re such sweet things over there at FabFitFun, they’re offering all our readers $10 off with the coupon code SOUTHERNWEDDINGS.

Win: A 1-year subscription to FabFitFun!

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One winner will be drawn on December 19!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Ellen Watson reply

    Too fun! Would love to win!

  2. avatar Salem reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to plan to have my Sunday’s completely free of commitment! I work for lululemon so my weeks are filled with lots of sweating and engaging in the community which is fun but tiring, so I like to take time to plan my “sweats” for the week on sundays and I go to my favorite deep-stretch yoga flow!

  3. avatar Rust reply

    I prepare for the week with lists and making sure my wardrobe is ready to go.

  4. avatar Ashley Pugh reply

    What a fun idea for a giveaway!

  5. avatar Jordan reply

    I always get ready for the week by planning my week in my Simplified Planner after church!

  6. avatar Brittany reply

    Super excited for this giveaway! Y’all are amazing!!!

  7. avatar Caitlin reply

    What a fun giveaway, I hope I win!

  8. avatar Mallory reply

    Yay for FitFabFun!
    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to clean house. Mundane, but I always feel good Sunday night knowing the house is clean, fridge is full of food for the week, and I’m ready to tackle Monday morning!

  9. avatar Anna reply

    great gift for the new year!

  10. avatar Anna reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to plan my meals, go grocery shopping, and write out my to-do list for the week!

  11. avatar Morgan Parks reply

    I love to meal plan! It makes me feel like I am a step ahead for the week when I know what I am making each night for dinner, and one step closer to know what I’m buying when I go to the store :)

  12. avatar Kate R. reply

    I love to prepare for the week by doing the laundry, cooking a few meals, and changing the linens!

  13. avatar Caroline reply

    Love this giveaway!
    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to meal prep!

  14. avatar Jessica reply

    Fit fab fun sounds awesome! It’d be a great asset to use to during months of wedding prep!

  15. avatar christina reply

    I always start my morning with a cup of coffee before I walk to work.

  16. avatar Holly reply

    Meal planning helps me tremendously to conquer the week ahead!

  17. avatar Bianca reply

    to wash all clothes on the weekend, prepare meals or write down what to eat.

  18. avatar Casey reply

    I prep for each week by filling up my tank on Sunday night with some of my favorite people at our small group. Afterwards, I plan out my daily “to-do’s” in my planner for the week & create a grocery list to buy the following morning. I set out my clothes to teach my 6 am Monday morning barre class & get to bed early! :)

  19. avatar Lindy reply

    Meal plan and make sure ALL my groceries are purchased… no time for mid-week trips back to the store!

  20. avatar Grace Anne Dorman reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to catch up will all my roommates about what’s going on with them. It feels so good to be known by your friends.

  21. avatar Michelle reply

    I love preparing for the week by meal prepping my lunches and organizing my planner! I would be lost without my Lilly Pulitzer planner!

  22. avatar Lacy Engelhardt reply

    Would love the baby it’s cold outside mug!

  23. avatar Caroline reply

    so fun!

  24. avatar Leah H. reply

    I plan out my meals and my workouts for the week on Sunday!

  25. avatar ashley e reply

    I like to sit down with my calendar and journal and think through the upcoming week, a cup of hot tea on hand :)

  26. avatar Jackie Ngo reply

    I wanted to try this but it’s out of my budget currently. So fingers crossed!

  27. avatar Lauren reply

    I’ve heard of FabFitFun so often and I’ve been meaning to try out their service! Love this!

  28. avatar BarbaraMae reply

    I prepare for the week by grocery shopping, making a big crock pot of something to eat for next week and spend a little quiet time with my fiancé.

  29. avatar Miranda glaeser reply

    I like to make a list of all my To do’s for the week, helps me feel a little more organized.

  30. avatar Beth Minyard reply

    I always make sure to get a good night’s sleep on Sunday

  31. avatar molli taylor reply

    i write out a loose calendar and cleaning schedule and meal plan!

  32. avatar Virginia Pigg reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to take a nice warm bath and light candles.

  33. avatar Megan S reply

    I prepare for the week by spending quality time with my family to relax Sunday night

  34. avatar Olivia reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is sitting down Sunday evening and writing out my list of goals, meetings, work out classes and everything else that needs to get done. I then add them to my calendar and schedule everything out. It helps me to go into a new week feeling prepared and stress free!

  35. avatar Janna reply

    I like to prepare for the week by my having all my laundry done and meals prepped on Sunday evenings.

  36. avatar kim s reply

    I prepare for the week by having a nice relaxing Sunday!

  37. avatar Amanda Dillman reply

    How fun!! This would be an exiting treat! I love checking the mail!!

  38. avatar Summer reply

    I always spend a few hours on Sunday afternoon grocery shopping and then prepping my meals for the week so that I’m not running around like a chicken with its head cut off every morning. I also lay out my outfit for the morning the night before. All little trick I learned from my girls, Karena and Katrina at Tone It Up!

  39. avatar shannon fowler reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to precook some healthy foods that can snacked on or cooked for dinner

  40. avatar Christian reply

    One of my favorite ways to prep for the week is to make sure the house is in order.

  41. avatar lindsay reply

    meal prep on sundays and write a list of goals for the week

  42. avatar Alina reply

    Favorite way to prepare is set out my clothes for the next couple of days to include accessories and prep my lunch.

  43. avatar Sean reply

    My favorite way to prep is ensuring my calendar is up to date with everything for the upcoming week and that I have a great cup of coffee first thing on Monday morning.

  44. avatar stafford reply

    To relax the night prior to starting my week with reading a good chapter and ensuring my wardrobe is set out.

  45. avatar Jenna reply

    My favorite way to prepare for the week is to complete our grocery list, go grocery shopping, and create a to-do list for personal and work projects. If there’s a lot for the week, I’ll prioritize from high to low. Once all of that is complete, I’ll do yoga for about 30 minutes and then meditate.

  46. avatar Elizabeth Foster reply

    My favourite way to prepare for the upcoming week is Sunday morning church. Time worshipping with community is the best way to set my heart in the right place for the week ahead.

  47. avatar Liz N reply

    I check my calendar so I can plan ahead – and confer with the hubby so we both know what’s going on!

  48. avatar Nelle reply

    My favorite way to plan for the week, iron my outfits for the week!

  49. avatar Yvonne McKenzie reply

    I prepare for the week, first with prayer by putting God first and then try to keep a list of what i need to do.

  50. avatar Nicole H reply

    I go over my week in my planner and try to gather anything I need together. I also make a note with all the things I need to do the night before.

  51. avatar latoya reply

    My fave way to prepare for the week is to take a walk in my nearby park on Sunday evening.

  52. avatar Morgan reply

    I prepare for my week by doing major meal prep!

  53. avatar Teagan Wynne reply

    I would love to win this

  54. avatar Hannah Anderson reply

    I like to prepare by making a Sunday checklist and cleaning to prepare for the week.

  55. avatar Melanie reply

    I prepare by writing everything in my planner!

  56. avatar MAegan reply

    To make a game plan with meal prep!

  57. avatar Jessica McElroy reply

    I would love to win this! I have been wanting to subscribe to them for the longest time but haven’t had the money! Would be a dream come true :)

  58. avatar Lindsay reply

    I love to plan out my to do’s with a cup of coffee on Monday morning- it’s the best way for me to prepare for the week ahead. Especially when I have my favorite mug and my dog snuggled up with me! ❤️

  59. avatar Jenna Lea reply

    Sounds like a lot of fun goodies

  60. avatar Sarah Johnson reply

    Masking Mondays!

  61. avatar Edye reply

    I normally pray and make lists :)

  62. avatar Ashley Moody reply

    One of the best ways for me to prepare for the week is a Sunday afternoon movie with a cup of coffee and cuddles with my kiddos , husband, and pups. The chance to enjoy what matters most energizes me for a productive week! :)

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In news that will surprise no one, the Southern Weddings ladies are die-hard devotees of Joanna and Chip :) (It’s no secret that we’re dying to have them in our next issue — how perfect would it be if they were a part of our tenth anniversary volume??) We’ve been eagerly anticipating Fixer Upper Season 4 for months, and so in honor of the first episode kicking off tomorrow, we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane with a few of our favorite houses from Season 3! I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments, too!

I loved all of the arches — in the doorways, in the built-in cabinets — in the Brick House. (Photo by Rachel Whyte)

There was lots to love about the Magnolia House episode, from the goal for the property (a bed and breakfast), that Chip and Jo were the clients, and that so many of the details were chosen to mimic the farm house. The reveal to their parents at the end of the episode was so sweet, too!!

One of the most unique Fixer Uppers ever, the Barndominium gave new meaning to the “modern farmhouse” aesthetic. I loved the 17-foot dining table and all of the sleek sliding barn doors! (Photos by Rachel Whyte and Jeff Jones)

The School House episode included one of my favorite exterior transformations in season three — the now famous German Schmear. (Photo by Rachel Whyte)

Speaking of great exterior transformations… the Whyte’s house, Chip 2.0, was certainly one for the books, as well! That little scalloped table, though, was the detail that really captured my heart. Rachel joined us on Southern Newlywed a few months ago to share behind-the-scenes scoop from their Fixer Upper experience and tons of details on their decor, so be sure to check out that post if you’re a Fixer Upper fan! (Photo by Rachel Whyte)

The Beanstalk Bungalow was one of my all-around favorites from this season. I loved the sweet blue, white, and green palette; the exterior (again! Jo killed it last season on the exteriors!); the brick pavers in the sunroom; and the cottage-feeling master bedroom, ringed with windows.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the 3 Little Pigs house had another fantastic exterior transformation! I also loved the raw brick chimney in the open floor plan kitchen/dining room. (Photos by Rachel Whyte)

I bet Jess in our office (a yellow lover!) was particularly fond of the Chicken House. I loved the cheery color palette and fun wallpaper, too! (Photo by Rachel Whyte)

Finally, the Carriage House. There was just something so cozy about this little house (for the caretakers of the Magnolia House), and the couple who was moving in seemed so sweet.

Fixer Upper Season 4 premieres on HGTV at 9/8CT November 29!

Any favorites, friends? Anyone having a watch party tomorrow night? :)

emily Written with love by Emily
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Will y’all send all your good thoughts to the Winchester house next week, pretty please? We’re staying in Florida for Thanksgiving, and I’m attempting to make my grandmama’s famous Turkey Dressing for the first time all by myself. It’s KPW’s favorite, and he swears it’s not officially Thanksgiving without it. Spending the holidays away from your family can be a bittersweet part of getting married, and I remember having a bit of a meltdown as I approached our first married Christmas, knowing it meant my first Christmas Eve not with my parents and baby sister. Whether you’re celebrating with your new family or you’re riding out a holiday solo with your darling husband, I have a few ideas for how to make the holidays a bit brighter.

It’s good and healthy to embrace the traditions of your new family, and to remember that they are likely just as beloved to your significant other as your traditions are to you. But it can be fun to do a little blending. Talk with your husband early in the planning process about something you’d like to introduce his family to (ideally something that doesn’t clash with one of their established traditions). Maybe it’s a Thanksgiving dessert, or something that goes in every stocking year after year at your house. Letting your new loved ones in on of your special traditions is a great way to make your family feel close by, even if you’re apart.

Make it a point to spend a little one-on-one time with your new husband doing something that will be special just for the two of you. Perhaps you can go on a morning walk to get coffee before the hustle of Thanksgiving prep is in full swing? Or sneak away from the family and drive around to look at Christmas lights after supper. Kyle and I drag our Christmas stockings (from each other) upstairs and open them by ourselves at bedtime on Christmas night. The best part is that we can do this little tradition regardless of which family we are spending the holiday with!

I begged the rest of the married SW gals for a few tips based on their personal experiences, because, after getting married, we’ve all spent different holidays away from our families. I hope it gives you a bit of extra encouragement and perhaps a little inspiration for the upcoming holidays

Emily: Think outside the box. My family has come to hold the actual dates of holidays quite loosely, and to celebrate when we can be together. (It’s actually a bit of a joke in the SW office, as the girls see me taking “Christmas vacation” over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend!) Home truly is where the heart is, and we’ve found that Christmas is also when we are together. This allows us to travel to celebrate with both families, which is our highest priority, and to not go crazy rushing from one house to the next.

Amber: We love the opportunity to host our own holiday dinner (even if it was just the two of us!) featuring not only dishes or recipes we grew up on, but a few new ones to start our own traditions. Decorating for the holidays is something I enjoy immensely, and instead of being disappointed that my family wouldn’t be visiting and able to enjoy all the festivities, I scheduled a FaceTime date with them to do a little tour of our home including all the inside holiday decor and the outside Christmas lights! I even made hot chocolate and Christmas cookies for the occasion.

Marissa: With our families living in different states, my husband and I have yet to have the chance to celebrate a combined family holiday, so before we got married we decided to alternate years. Thanksgiving with one, Christmas with the other, then each year it switches. Though we have had to be a bit flexible, having a system in place has helped deter hurt feelings, on everyone’s part! However, no matter how loved you are by your in-laws, it’s never easy to be away from ‘home’ for the holidays. Making a point to FaceTime with my family has helped to ease missing them. And even having a rescheduled holiday before or after the actual day helps feel like I’m not missing out on anything.

Photos by Blue Ribbon Vendor Jen Dillender, from Christina and Blair’s home tour

Part of the fun of getting married is blending two families and two sets of holidays schedules and traditions together. Remember to give yourself a little grace as you work to figure things out. Do you have a great tip for how to spend the holidays away from your family? Please share below! 

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  1. avatar Christina reply

    Oh my heart! I love seeing these photos, but I love even more the traditions my sweet Mr. BMF and I have now created and share for the holidays! That first Christmas away from my family was a doozy (to say the least), but I have grown to love our time with my family and his family during the holiday season! This year my mom is joining us in Houston with his family to celebrate! Happy Holidays ladies! xo

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