Friday, November 30, 2012

A Sock Monkey Christmas Stocking Moment Of Clarity

My childhood was ridiculous amounts of fun. At twenty-nine, if pressed to think about why my childhood was so fun, I would have to say it was because my mother put aside (for the most part) her personal wants so that my brother and I could grow up thinking we had everything we ever desired. 

This dawned on me as I began decorating for Christmas this year. As I went to pull our Christmas stockings from storage (and order a fourth one for Maclane), I stared down at our monogrammed LL Bean stockings and thought, "Geez, what fun are these?" In that moment I realized that now matter how much I wanted the perfect Pottery Barn Christmas tree or Restoration Hardware tablescape, I wasn't being true to who I really was. 

A Mom. 

And that's not to say that as a Mom you can't have the perfect Pottery Barn Christmas tree or the perfect Restoration Hardware tablescape because you obviously can. But for me? I thought about Carter and Maclane and how much more fun they would have seeing childish stockings hung from the mantle and bright, bold colors decorating our tree rather than the stark red and gold ornaments that I've gone with in years past or the rather adult-looking looking stockings hanging from the mantle. 

As soon as I had placed our stockings back in their tissue paper, I jumped online to Personal Creations to see what they had to offer. I had previously heard great things about both their selection and their customer service and never one to miss out on cute personalized items, I knew I wanted to check them out. 

As soon as the page finished loading I stumbled upon these adorable Sock Monkey Stockings and I knew they would look perfect hung from our mantle. Measuring 18.5 inches long, these stockings are the perfect size both for decorating and stuffing with lots of Christmas goodies. 

I especially love their retro look not to mention, how cute are those sock monkeys? Not only do they add a little something extra to the stocking but they are also removable and can double as ornaments for your tree! 

Be sure to take a closer look and note how different each of the sock monkeys is. There's a Santa monkey, a Mrs. Clause monkey and two little monkeys bearing red scarves. I mean, really. It doesn't get much more fun than that. There are two other additional monkeys to choose from; one with a striped scarf and one wearing reindeer antlers. The possibilities are endless. 

As soon as The Toddler laid his eyes on the mantle, I knew I had made the right choice. He absolutely loves his new stocking and asks each morning to "play with the Sandy Monkey." I have plenty of years ahead of me when I can decorate my house like the pages of a magazine but the years that I'll be able to hang these adorable sock monkey stockings from my mantle are numbered and I want to make the most of them while I can, starting with these stockings. 

In the midst of shopping for friends and family? Looking for great gift ideas that you can personalize with names and important dates? Be sure to check out Personal Creations and use code "Blogger25" for 25% off of your order. Happy Shopping!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post however I did receive all four Sock Monkey Stockings in exchange for my honest opinion of both the product and the company. As always the opinions expresses are solely my own.


  1. I saw these in their catalog. So cute!!

  2. These are soooo freaking adorable!! I totally contemplated buying new stockings this year because we have the super fancy PB ones too and I completely agree that it should be fun and for the kiddies :) Next year perhaps! xo

  3. Thanks for sharing this moment of motherhood clarity! It's so true and to be honest, I never really thought about decorating this way. Heads out to buy new kid friendly stockings, ornaments, etc....

  4. Love your sock monkey stockings, I sit here staring at my boring red PB stockings wondering when my day will come to put more kid friendly decorations up! Those are adorable!

  5. They are so cute and perfect! I also love the stocking hanging rod! Where did you find that??

  6. These are adorable....good choice girl!

  7. seriously... who cute are these!!!

  8. oh my word i love these!!! i think these are totally fun for kids...much more than PB or any other store we adults love to shop at.
    seriously, if i had kids right i would totally copy you ;) love it!

  9. These are ridiculously adorable! Such a fun mom you are :)

  10. Those are SO cute!!! I'd love to order some next year when the second baby comes along :)

  11. I saw these in a catalog and thought they were adorable! Great choice.

  12. Awww, I love these!! We found a Clemson sock monkey the last time we were up for a football game & I told my husband & mom that I wanted to get it for our future kid's first "thing", but thought that would make me look like a weirdo since we weren't even preggers. So my mom ends up buying them for my 3 nieces... thanks Mom... ANYWAY, I love love love these stockings!


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