Monday, December 31, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
I only seem to be a morning person on one day of the year, Christmas.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
As we near the time of Christmas, we see the decorations going up. The people shopping for gifts and all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. Now is the time to stop and reflect just why we really celebrate this time. The real meaning of Christmas and why it is a time of celebration and what that celebration means to all who will believe. If there were no Jesus, there would be no Christmas.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
When I was younger, it was hard for me to understand how giving was better than receiving. Probably because I had a wish list for Santa from the day after Christmas to Christmas Eve the next year.
Of course it was exciting to be the first one waking up super early in the morning... tip toeing down the hallway so I wouldn't wake anyone all the way into the living room to see all of the Christmas presents Santa had for me. I would carefully move around all the presents until I found those with my name. It was a pretty great feeling to be receiving all of those gifts.
Now that I am on my own, I get it. I get an incredible feeling when I give to others. The feeling of donating to someone that is less fortunate so they can enjoy a Christmas that otherwise wouldn't be possible. The feeling of making something yourself that someone will always keep. The feeling of hand selecting a gift for each person you love. The feeling you get when you know that special someone will be oh so happy when they open your gift. All of those feelings make it all completely worth it. Although Christmas is not actually about gifts, it sure gives us a good feeling when we are able to do something for someone else. Gifts are not about how much money you spent on one another, it is about the thought put into it. Be thoughtful in your giving in kind while receiving.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Dear World... Thank you for not coming to an end. I woke up this morning feeling fabulous - sorry Mayans, you knew a lot - but this world will keep on going. Dear Santa... What's up big guy? I know this is your busiest time of the year and all but please remember your favorite Arkansas girl. This is just a reminder that I've been very good this year. Please give me patients to deal with all of these crazy customers until Christmas. Please take away the road rage I've had lately when idiots cut me off or slam on their breaks to turn and don't use their blinkers. Please bring us a little snow. There is just something about having snow on Christmas...plus this is only the second time all year I have worn a coat. Please plant a money tree in my yard so I can have all the things I dream about aka pin on Pinterest. Dear Cold.... I feel you coming on and I don't like it. Please go away completely - I do not want to be sick during Christmas. Dear Nails... You are looking all things but fabulous right now - we need to get this fixed. Dear Hubby... I thought you were joking when you told me you were going to buy me a shotgun to keep under the bed for nights when you are away. I love that you care about me but dang... I feel sorry if anyone ever tries to break in or do anything to me! (Protective hubby with guns). Dear Family, blogging family, and friends... I love you all and hope you have a very Merry Christmas
Thursday, December 20, 2012
8oz brown chocolate (your favorite)
8oz white chocolate
2 tsp vegetable oil, divided
1/2 tsp peppermint extract, divided
candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed
Carefully remove chocolate from molds, serve and enjoy!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
This year was mine and Brad's first Christmas card as a married couple! I knew I wanted to use one of our wedding photos as our picture and with the help of Tiny Prints, this lovely card is what we ended up with. I will be using them again in the future!! I received them in TWO DAYS!
-To all my fellow bloggers -
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas
Monday, December 17, 2012
On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence.
We will post the button and that's it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.
We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services. Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:
"Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.
ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING."
Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.
We can't imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let's make a difference and use blogging in a positive way. Thank you in advance for participating.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Dear Mariah.... No one can sing this song quite like you. It has always been one of my holiday favorites. I hope you all enjoy the song as you read the rest of my letters today. Dear Friday... Is that you? I can't even keep up with my days of the week anymore. Probably because I pretty much work M-Sun now that it is Christmas time. I feel like I get home, go to bed and it's back to work again. I see a vacation needed in my near future. Dear Shopping.... why do you have to be so far away from where I live. Yes, I am an avid online shopper now but when it takes me 45 minutes to get to somewhere decent it makes it hard for the times I need to pick something up quickly. #smalltownproblems. Dear Hubby.... I have absolutely loved my Acura since you bought it for me, but those new Jeep Grande Cherokees sure do look pretty when I pass them on the road. I'm thinking we need to go car shopping soon. Ahem...my birthday is next month! Dear Chiropractor... You worked wonders on me the other day. THANK YOU! Dear Self... You need to buy some bigger frames to hang/sit some of our gorgeous wedding photos. You also need to buy a wedding photo album.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Of course we have heard all the talk about the Mayans and how the Mayan calendar speaks of this time as the end of time as we know it. You turn on the TV and certain channels have had those "doomsday preppers" shows on constantly that are preparing for the end of civilization. Well... it is another day here in the Natural State.
1.) I am not attending a wedding today. Congratulations to the thousands of people who are getting married on 12/12/12 at 12:12. You and every other couple today are very original. At least it will be easy for your husband to remember your anniversary.
2.) After today, I do not have another day off work until Dec 23rd! Then I have to work on Christmas Eve :( It's the holiday season.... in retail. All I've got to say as you men better come buy some big diamonds and make it worth my time. I can think of so many other things I would love to be doing. Like watching ELF for the 20th time and actually getting to try out some of these Pinterest crafts I've pinned.
3.) If I am a little MIA on blogger, Instagram or Twitter in the next two weeks, please refer back to #2.
4.) I am considering buying an Elf on the Shelf after seeing how all of you move yours around each night for your children. Whoever came up with that idea was brilliant.
5.) Hubby and I watched the Adam Sandler movie "That's My Boy" last night and I thought it was hilarious!! I love a good laugh and this is one that I could actually watch again.
6.) Dear Santa, I've been very good this year
7.) I could buy so much more Christmas Decor but hubby doesn't want me to... He just doesn't get it. Of course I get (most) of it on sale. I think I'll go the day after Christmas and snag some stuff!
8.) I'm obsessed with my new Blake Shelton Christmas CD!
9.) My husband is in BIG trouble when he gets home. He has this habit of deleting the shows I DVR that I save to watch on my days off... went to watch a few shows I was looking forward to today and they were GONE
10.) I am glad the weather in Arkansas finally got out of the 70s-80s...it was perfect weather but it didn't exactly feel like it was Christmas time. The first time I pulled out a coat was yesterday!
11.) After Christmas I NEED to get back to my old work out routine. Thank goodness I haven't gained weight, but I just love the feeling of a good work out!
12.) Dear Santa, have I mentioned I was very good this year?
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
It's the holiday season!
As Christmas is fast approaching, everywhere you look there is Christmas cheer. All the shopping centers are beautifully decorated with lights, garlands and wreaths. Our favorite movies are on each night. We get to enjoy our favorite seasonal beverages and Christmas songs. We get excited to come home to a beautifully decorated tree and all the pretty pretty presents perfectly wrapped beneath it. We are trying new Pinterest crafts and recipes. We keep up with our friends, families and how everyone places their Elf on the Shelf each night as their children are sleeping. It is an exciting time of year. But with all that excitement also comes a little stress. I sometimes find myself getting caught up in things that can be a little overwhelming. I am working more days and longer hours and sometimes it can just be tiring. I still want to make sure I am able to spend time with my friends and family and do the things I want to do that truly make me happy this time of year. When this happens, I think about one of my favorite Christmas movies and just SMILE. It's amazing how that can change your mood.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Dear Bloggers... I thought I would start off by showing you a picture of two of my favorite things. Seasonal beverages in the famous little red cup and Christmas lights. Dear Delivery Men.... Yes, I am aware you have stopped by my house nearly every day since last Monday. Do you see a correlation? You're welcome for keeping your job going. #successfulcybermonday Dear Headaches.... Please go away. I am tired of you coming nearly every day. Dear Piko Tops I ordered... I hope you live up to all the hype. Dear ABC Family.... I LOVE that it is 25 days of Christmas and you are playing so many of my favorite Christmas movies. Dear Uncle Si... You are my favorite Christmas El. Dear Christmas Tree... You are so much more beautiful with gifts wrapped underneath you. Dear Bentley.... I am so sorry I had to take you to the Vet yesterday. It just breaks my heart to see you get violated + all those shots. Luckily it is just once a year! I hope you enjoy your new toys and treats you spoiled little thing. Dear Readers.... I get to mark one more thing off my Christmas Bucket List. I rang the bell for the Salvation Army yesterday. It makes my heart happy to help those in need. I couldn't believe how generous everyone was.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Heeeeeeey Sexy Ladies!
It's Wednesday, which means I am sharing with you a few of my Instagram pictures.
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A few steps of me making my outdoor garland.
This is a total of 6 garlands. I didn't want one really narrow because I knew I wanted to add a lot to it. I found these pre-lit garlands at Hobby Lobby on sale for $10 a piece. Then I layed it out on my floor so I could see how it would be on my door. I added the deco mesh, ribbon and then ornaments.
Once I hung the garland (had to use screws in the mortar because my brick clips wouldn't work) I added the flowers and picks at the top. I went back and added a little more but didn't get a picture...you get the idea :)
It is even more pretty during the day!!
I can't believe it has already been 5 years. Time goes so fast.
Red Lips aren't the norm for me, but I was feeling fierce.
The color is Mac - Eden Rouge
Excited about Blake Shelton's new Christmas CD
My mother in law surprised me with Michael Buble's Christmas CD last week, so when I
went to buy Blake Shelton's CD, I got one for her too.
went to buy Blake Shelton's CD, I got one for her too.
Some people might not care, but I was excited!
Blake Shelton's Christmas special made me happy. It was so funny...and I LOVE that song he sang with Miranda at the end of the show, even though she was drunk it was still good.
One more Christmas Wreath!