Round-Up! Round 12

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Happy New Year’s Eve, friends!

This week’s Round-Up is coming a little late since it’s taken a while to get settled after vacation. Also, I wasn’t really reading blogs last week; I was enjoying vacation time with my family. I hope everyone had a lovely holiday week, and that I’m not the only one who has to head in to work today.

Here are the favorite reads from last week.

1. I love Amber’s honesty in this post about the challenges her family faced in 2012. A lot of friends have been facing similar challenges with job losses and money worries. Times are hard…but I also love that Amber is looking forward to brighter changes in the new year.

2. Next year, I want a pink Christmas tree just like this one on At the Pink of Perfection!

3. Do you remember sneaking down the stairs on Christmas Eve/Morning to see what Santa left? Ducky’s reminiscing will definitely take you back there?

4. Christina from Easily Entertained has a birthday coming up, but instead of gifts, she’s asking her friends and family to donate to Charity:Water, which provides clean drinking water to people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia (where 60% of the population doesn’t have access to clean drinking water). I love this idea. She also has a fun giveaway if you participate.

5. You can’t beat home-made gifts. Check out the adorable DIY dinosaurs that Miss Chelsea made for her niece.