When Cody and I started dating, I moved to Utah where all of his family is from. I’m an only child so I loved getting to marry into Cody’s huge family! I know sometimes mothers-in-law get a bad rap, but I love Cody’s mom and am thankful for how sweet and supportive she is! I’ve learned a lot from her and today I wanted to share 6 things my mother-in-law has taught me:



Lesson 1. Laugh at yourself, and don’t take things too seriously. Her boys are always playing jokes and pranks on each other and that attitude, to be quick to laugh, is so contagious!

Lesson 2. Family is everything. She has 8 kids. 8!! She’s a great example of how to put first things first – and number one is always family. She is always making sure everyone gets together and she looks forward to family time more than anything!

Lesson 3. How to make the best homemade cinnamon rolls. Ok well I haven’t totally mastered it yet, but she taught Cody how to make them so I still get to reap the benefits! Her cinnamon rolls are magic and she makes them on special family occasions, but always every Christmas morning.

Lesson 4. Don’t be afraid to say what you want or speak your mind. Luedeen is never afraid to speak her mind, and I love that about her!

Lesson 5. Start your Christmas shopping early! She has over 40 people in the family (just kids and grandkids – not including extended family) and she buys gifts for every single one of them. Her secret is to start months in advance so when the holidays come around, she can really enjoy time with the family instead of stressing about gifts. It’s such a great idea, so even though I’m a procrastinator at heart I try to follow her lead. I love browsing the aisles to find the best stocking stuffers. I always end up grabbing this Burt’s Bees Essentials Kit at Walmart – everyone always needs travel sized everything. The hand salve is a life saver, and you can never have enough chapsticks! We also bet foot massages on pretty much everything, so the foot cream comes in handy too. 😜 (Also with the chaos of the holidays it’s sometimes easier to pick up whatever you need for your holiday shopping online.)

Lesson 6. Gift bags are your best friend. When you are getting gifts for lots of people, you can save a lot of time by using (and reusing) gift bags instead of taking time to individually wrap everything.

XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Burt’s Bees at Walmart and Walmart.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Tabitha

    Love this! I don’t have a mother-in-law yet and I also came from a small family so I’m looking forward to the words of wisdom I will receive and all the family gatherings in the future. Such great advice she gives!


  2. Natali

    Heh, funny how my mother in law is also a champ in making the best cinnamon rolls! I also think that it’s important to always put your family in the first place and be able to laugh at yourself. .. Great post, loved scrolling through. Also, you’re looking astonishing!


  3. Trixie

    what a sweet post! my Mother in Law is amazing too 😉 I’m sure yours loved this article! XXoo

  4. Erin m

    Love this post! I’m one of 7 kids so I’m familiar with all the beautiful chaos that ensues when we’re all together! Moms that can raise that many kids and stay sane are truly an inspiration and definitely great to learn from! 🙂

  5. Jasmine K

    I love this post! Your MIL has some really nice tips. I think I should also start buying gifts early!
    – Jasmine K

  6. Tammy Adams

    Great post Christine. You are such a sweet daughter in law!
    Loving your hair right now.

  7. Keren

    One of the biggest blessings is having a loving mother-in-law who cares for and supports your marriage. I’m blessed to have one and I wouldn’t trade her for anything!
    xx Keren

  8. Payal

    Lovely pics. Looks so comfy and cozy. Perfect for this time of year and prelude to the holiday season!,

    Wondering where the sweater on your lil boy is format? Love it

  9. Elizabeth

    So glad that you have such a great relationship with your mother-in-law, Christine! 🙂 <3 And awww these photos are so cute!

    XO, Elizabeth

  10. Rach

    I love that you have a great relationship with your MIL. I do too and it is one of my most special relationship! Your MIL has some great tips!


  11. Shloka

    Wow I LOVE this – You’re so right that sometimes MIL get a bad rep but its so lovely you have such a beautiful relationship with yours!


  12. Beth Mishoe

    You and Beckham are so cute together. Your mom-in-law sounds like a very smart women. I agree on making the best cinnamon rolls, my mom-in-law does also and no I have not mastered it either (I just beg for them from her)!
    I hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!!

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