I spent the majority of the day watching Christmas movies with my mom. I also read for a while. The movies we watched are all ones we own on DVD: The Christmas Shoes, The Christmas Blessing, A Family Thanksgiving, On Strike For Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and The Family Stone.
Credit: Lizzie McKay ; Found on: heylittlemomma's blog
Another day where my mom and I watched a lot of Christmas movies, this time we watched four movies that were on Hallmark Channel: Angels & Ornaments, A Royal Christmas, The Christmas Ornament (we watched this last year and loved it), and The Christmas Shepherd. I also vacuumed, made holiday Funfetti cookies, went to the grocery store for a few things and read for awhile.
This edition of Friday Five is going to be about 5 things I'm thankful for.
One: My amazing family
I have the most amazing family and I'm so thankful and blessed to call them "mine". I love being a daughter, sister, aunt, step-daughter, niece, cousin, and grand-daughter to the amazing family members God has blessed me with. I'm super blessed to be an aunt to 9 amazing and incredible nieces and nephews. I'm so incredibly lucky to have two amazing fur babies whom I love to pieces.
Two: My best friend, my mom
My mom is hands down my best friend. I love spending time with her. We can talk for hours, we always make each other laugh, and we go to each other for advice. Without my mom's guidance, support, and love, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Thank you, Mom.
Three: My job
I'm so blessed to have a job that I love going to. Working with kids is such a rewarding experience. I hope (someday soon) to find a full time job working with kids.
Four: A place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear
I'm thankful for having a place to live, food to eat, and clothes to wear. So many people in this world are not fortunate enough to have that and that truly saddens me.
Five: The health of my family members & myself
I'm so thankful that my family members and I are healthy and don't have serious medical issues. Too many people in this world can't say that and that is truly heartbreaking.
I spent the morning home and early afternoon home relaxing. I also vaccumed. I took my mom, step-dad, and step-grandma out for dinner at Outback to celebrate my step-dad's birthday. It was my birthday gif to him. After we got back home, I read for a while and then my mom and I watched Northpole on the Hallmark Channel. I love Josh Hopkins as well as Tiffani Theissan & Bailee Madison and I really loved and enjoyed the movie.
In the morning I Facetimed with my dad and afterwards I put up my Christmas tree in my room. Davey & Pumpkin are driving me nuts by chewing on it so much. I wrote all the birthdays and anniversaries in my 2015 planner while watching some shows I had on the DVR. I also read a lot and spent time on the computer.
^Pumpkin enjoying the Christmas tree ; Personal Photo^
One: The holiday season (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's Eve)
I'm so excited that the holiday season is here. I'm going to put my tree in my room this weekend. It may be early but I can't help myself. I have also been listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas movies since November 1st. Call me crazy but I love spending all of November & December celebrating the holiday season.
Credit: Tumblr: madamecupcake
This weekend I will be going to Target (I've been going a lot lately). In the next few weeks, I want to go to Hobby Lobby (one just opened in my area and I'm so excited because I absolutely love that store) & Marshall's and probably Target again. I'm mostly done with my Christmas shopping, I just have about 5 more gifts to get.
Three: Currently Reading: My True Love Gave To Me: 12 Holiday Stories
This book is amazing. It has 12 holiday stories from various authors including Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, & Gayle Foreman. I have three more stories left. I absolutely love this book.
Credit: Personal Photo
Four: Tropical vacation next year
It is very likely that I will be going to Turks & Caicos next year. My dad took me, my brother & his family there as my college graduation present in February of 2012. I had such an amazing time that I've been wanting to go back again and my dad is looking into going the beginning of next year. I'm crossing my fingers, toes, and anything else that can be crossed that this will happen.
^Personal Photo: Turks & Caicos in 2012^
Five: Words of wisdom
I found these pins on Pinterest in recent weeks and I'm trying to take the advice to heart.
Here is what I received in my Pop Sugar Must Have Box for November:
^Information card & what inspired November's box^
I just want to say that I have loved all of the boxes I've received this year except this one. I was very, very disappointed with this box.
Tiny Prints Thoughtful Heart Stationery ; Pop Sugar Exclusive
Retails for: $15
This is the only product I liked in the box this month. It's a Pop Sugar exclusive made by the company Tiny Prints. The cards are beautifully designed. Tiny Prints also included a $25 gift card in the box which I will definitely use.
G.H. Cretors Chicago Mix Popped Corn
Retails for: $3.69
I did not even try this because I cannot stand cheddar popcorn. If this was just caramel corn I would have loved it.
Wine Glass Writer Custom 3 Pack for Pop Sugar Must Have
Retails for: $9.95
"Made exclusively for Pop Sugar Must Have, these fast-drying, nontoxic glass writers ensure you'll never lose your wineglass again." I don't like wine so for me, this was a terrible gift to receive. This is going on the swap site.
Sorial Saffiano Wallet on a Chain
Retails for: $49
This wallet is so small that I would never be able to fit the things I needed in it. This is another item I'm putting on the swap site.
Simon & Schuster: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel
Retails for: $35
This book would be good for bakers but I don't bake often. Also, these recipes take a lot of time to prepare. This item will also be going on the swap site.
K. Hall Simpatico Ambergris Shea Butter Cream
Retails for: $22
I love butter creams but I have enough lotions. I gave this to my mom.
As I said above, I have loved all of the boxes I have received this year (my first year subscribing to Pop Sugar Must Have Box). Out of the 11 boxes I've received so far, this is the only box that I did not like. I'm hoping that next month's box continues with the trend of me loving every item.
I spent the day relaxing at home. It was really cold and rainy here so it was the perfect day to do so. I also cleaned my bathroom. I watched my first Christmas movie of the season as well.
My mom and I went to church in the morning. Then we went to a few stores (Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, Francesa's). I got a few things at Barnes & Noble and a new anti-bac holder at Bath & Body Works since I misplaced mine. I treated my mom to lunch at PF Changs, one of our favorite restaurants. After lunch, we went to Costco and Kroger. I got an iced PSL at Starbucks at the grocery store as well. I came home and I spent some time on the computer while watching the Broncos/Patriots game. I didn't like the outcome of that game at all. After dinner, I spent the rest of the night reading.