Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Hiatus

Holiday Hiatus

I will be in NY for the holidays so I'm putting my blog on hiatus. I will be back in the New Year with lots of new posts.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!!



Credit: Personal Photos


Five on Friday


One: NY for the holidays

I'm so excited to be spending the holidays in my home state of NY. I can't wait to spend quality time with my family and share the magic of the season with my nieces & nephews.

^Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree last year in NY ; Personal Photo^

Two: Meeting my baby nephew for the first time

This trip back home is extra special because I will be meeting my baby nephew M for the first time. He is two months old and I can't wait to love on him.

Credit: Pinterest

Three: 8 year anniversary of meeting David Wright

On the 16th, it was 8 years ago that I met David Wright, my favorite athlete. My dad suprised me with tickets to meet him and it was one of the greatest days of my life. It was definitely a dream come true.

^Meeting David Wright ; Personal Photo^

Four: Carole Matthews Christmas books

I've read two out of the four Carole Matthews Christmas books she has published. I'm currently reading the third one and the fourth one will be read after that. So far, I've read Wrapped Up In You and With Love at Christmas. The book I'm reading now is Calling Mrs. Christmas and after that I just have The Christmas Party left to read. These are such fun, festive, and entertaining books that go perfectly with the holiday season.

Five: Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you & your family

I hope you and your families have a wonderful holiday season, a very merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year!!

Credit: Pinterest

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pop Sugar Must Have Box (December)

Here is what I received in my Pop Sugar Must Have Box for December:

^December Pop Sugar Must Have Box^

^December Information Card^

^What Inspired The December Box^

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer
Retails for: $24
I forgot to take a picture of this product so I snapped a pic of the information card. This product is way too dark for me so I gave it to my mom who loved it.

Canvas Dauville Platinum Bowl
Retails for: $29
I love this bowl. It's the perfect size and so pretty. I'm using this to hold my bracelets.

SPUN by Subtle Luxury Speckled Metallic Scarf
Retails for: $62
This scarf is so pretty. The quality is great and I love the metallic speckles. I'm going to wear this on Christmas as I think it will make the perfect addition to my outfit.

Knot & Bow Parcel Tags
Retails for: $4
These will definitely come in handy during the year for labeling presents. I love the color too.

Williams-Sonoma Cupcake Mix in Vanilla Bean
Retails for: $14.95
I absolutely love cupcakes so this was a very nice treat to receive. I'm glad that they chose vanilla as I do not like chocolate cupcakes/cake.

Sparklepop Sydney Necklace
Retails for: $42
This is a pretty necklace however I'm not into the gold chain and the chain is also very long and not really my style. I gave this to my mom.

Overall, I really enjoyed this box and getting the Pop Sugar Must Have Boxes this year. As my Christmas and birthday gift from my dad this year, he is giving me another year subscription to Pop Sugar. I'm very excited for that! :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning Gossip




Saturday:


I had been really sick since Tuesday and I felt awful all day Friday at work and at night I had a fever. Saturday I felt awful as well. Fever, body aches, chills, and I was still congested and coughing. I spent the day in bed watching TV and just resting.


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Sunday:

I felt about 75% when I woke up on Sunday. I watched a Christmas movie in the morning. In the afternoon, I went to Walmart & Kroger with my mom. I got two gift cards for Christmas presents and Christmas cards for my mom, dad, step-dad, and step-grandma. When I came home from shopping, I wrote the Christmas cards. After dinner, I spent the rest of the night reading (the December issue of Good Housekeeping & the book I'm currently reading).


^Photo of my Christmas tree (this was last year)^

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Sunday Currently


READING: Wrapped Up In You -Carole Matthews

WRITING: This entry and lists

LISTENING: Nothing at the moment

THINKING: I hope I feel 100% better by tomorrow

SMELLING: My iced coffee

WISHING: That my family & friends have a wonderful, happy, and healthy holiday season

WEARING: Pajamas

LOVING: My family, the holiday season

WANTING: To not be sick anymore

NEEDING: To buy two more gifts and some cards

FEELING: Tired and weak

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday


One: Sickness woes

On Tuesday, I went to the doctor and got diagnosed with a sinus infection and double ear infection. I was put on amoxicillin (which I've had many times in the past). Fast forward to Wednesday morning when I woke up covered in hives and my throat swelled up. So back to the doctor's I went where my doctor told me I had a severe allergic reaction so I had to get a steroid shot and a new antibiotic.

Two: Christmas Movies

I've been indulging in Christmas movies since November 1st. I love all of the movies on the Hallmark Channel, and the ION & UP Networks. I also love the ones I watch every year like The Holiday, The Family Stone, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, Christmas With The Kranks, and more. What are some of your favorite Christmas movies to watch?

Credit; Pinterest

Three: T-shirt that's meant for me

This t-shirt sums me up perfectly.

Credit: Skreened.com

Four: Christmas Shopping

I just have two gifts left to buy, 4 cards, and some wrapping to do and then I'm all set for Christmas.

Five: Christmas with Cats


Credit for both Pictures: Pinterest

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning Gossip





Saturday:

I spent time helping my mom decorate the tree. I also read a lot. At night, I got a Stromboli for dinner from a local pizza place. I watched two Christmas movies: Comfort & Joy (which I watch every year) and a new movie called The Tree That Saved Christmas. I really enjoyed the movie because Lacey Chebert & Corey Sevier were in it and I really like them.

^Pumpkin supervising us decorating the tree^

Sunday:

I wrote out the majority of my Christmas cards (I just need to buy a few more cards). I also watched two more Christmas movies (Christmas In Palm Springs & Paper Angels). I read for a while and my furbabies, Davey Eli and Pumpkin spent a lot of time with me. I also watched the latest episode of Nashville and the past two episodes of About A Boy with my mom.

^The tree in my room. All the ornaments are on the top of the tree because Pumpkin thinks they are toys.^

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Sunday Currently


READING: A Big Apple Christmas by multiple authors


WRITING: This entry, my Christmas card list for family members, and a shopping list


LISTENING: Christmas music on Spotify


THINKING: December is going by so fast, as it does every year


SMELLING: My iced coffee


WISHING: That all of my family members and friends all have a wonderful holiday season


WEARING: Pajamas


LOVING: My family & the holiday season


WANTING: A happy & healthy holiday season for all of my family & friends


NEEDING: Quality time with my family in NY


FEELING: Happy, thankful, loved, & cheerful

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fun Holiday Meme

I found this cute holiday meme on this blog amandaroseblog.typepad and decided to do it on my blog.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot Chocolate.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?
Wraps them.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?
Colored all the way.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
No.

5. When do you put your decorations up? 
Mid November.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Spiraled ham.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?
Spending time with my family, doing special things to celebrate the holidays with my mom, cookie bakes with my mom, aunt, and cousins and our family Christmas parties with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? 
My older brother told me.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
Growing up, we used to open the gifts we got each other on Christmas Eve.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
No theme, just lots of fun and festive ornaments.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?
Love it but hate when you have to drive in it.

12. Can you ice skate?
No. I would break every bone in my body.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My first big girl bike and my school set.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Spending quality time with my family.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?
Christmas cookies!! :)

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I have so many that I can't think of just one.

17. What tops your tree?
An angel.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?
I love giving a gift that I know the person will love. I get so excited for them to open it and see the joy on their face.

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?
Depends on the flavor.

20. Favorite Christmas movie?
I have so many including the ones they show on Hallmark and Lifetime. I also love The Holiday, Christmas With The Kranks, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Family Stone and the movies I used to watch growing up.

21. Saddest Christmas Song?
One Last Christmas by Matthew West

22. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I have so many but one of my favorite it's A New York Christmas by Rob Thomas.



Credit: Katie Daisy

Friday, December 5, 2014

Five on Friday



One: Three day break for Thanksgiving equals a 5 day weekend

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and an awesome Thanksgiving break. I got to spend time with a lot of family, took a road trip with my mom to visit family, did some shopping (NOT on Black Friday), and spent time relaxing.


Two: Christmas Music

I've been playing Christmas music since November 1st. (Yes, I'm one of those people)

My favorite Christmas albums are:

Kenny Chesney's All I Want For Christmas Is A Real Good Tan
N*SYNC's Home for Christmas
Both of Michael Buble's Christmas albums
Matthew West's The Heart of Christmas
Josh Hoge's This Holiday
Both of Jessica Simpson's Christmas albums
Idina Menzel's Holiday Wishes
Hanson's Snowed In
All three of the Glee Cast Christmas Albums
Both of Dave Barnes Christmas Albums
Celine Dion's These Are The Special Times

Credit: Kal Barteski

Three: This puppy & his favorite song


Four: Christmas Shopping & Christmas Cards

I'm so happy that I have completed all of my Christmas shopping. I have just a few gifts left to get and then I have to wrap them. This weekend I will be making my nieces and nephews Christmas cards and writing out Christmas cards to my siblings. I also need to go to Walmart to get a few more cards.

Credit: Pinterest

Five: My 28th birthday

I cannot believe that in 26 days I will be 28. I feel like ever since I turned 25 my birthdays have getting here much more quickly. My hope for my 28th year is that I can find a full time job that I love and that I can spend as much time with my family as possible. I also hope for good health for both me and my family members.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Sunday Currently (on a Wednesday)


READING: With Love At Christmas by Carole Matthews (It's such a great book!)



WRITING: This entry and a list of what else I need to be in terms of presents for Christmas



LISTENING: Christmas music



THINKING: I'm glad I'm feeling better



SMELLING: My iced coffee



WISHING: For all of my family and friends to have a wonderful and joyous holiday season



WEARING: Pajamas



LOVING: My family, the holiday season, that I'm going to NY for 10 days this month



WANTING: I really want an iPhone 6 Plus but I know I can't afford it


NEEDING: Quality family time <3



FEELING: Loved, thankful, grateful, content

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

November Happy/Loved List

November Happy/Loved List:


+ Step-dad’s birthday

+ Quality time with my mom

+ Put up my Christmas tree in my room

+ Celebrated Thanksgiving with my mom, step-dad, grandma, aunt, uncle & cousins

+ 3 days off for Thanksgiving break

+ Visiting my aunt & uncle & cousins

+ Shopping at Hobby Lobby with my mom & aunt

+ Read some great books

+ Watched a lot of great Christmas movies

+ Received my November Pop Sugar Must Have Box

+ Received my December Willabee & Ward charm bracelet

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Morning Gossip



Saturday:

My mom and I took a road trip to visit my aunt & uncle. We went out to Cracker Barrel for lunch and then we looked around in the shop there and afterwards we went to Hobby Lobby. We ate dinner at my aunt's house and then my cousin, his wife, and their kids came over for dessert. My mom, aunt, and I finished the night watching a movie.


Sunday:

My mom and I left around 8:30 in the morning to head back home. We stopped at Starbucks for coffee and breakfast about halfway into our trip. I spent the rest of the day at home relaxing.


And now it's December. I can't believe how fast this year has flown by!!