Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Stocking Stuffers {For Her}

Welcome to the first Tuesday of Countdown to Christmas!  I hope you'll join us - your post can be about anything holiday related.  Just link up below and spread the cheer :)

Today I'm excited to share a few stocking stuffer ideas for her.  Stockings may be my very favorite part about Christmas morning - I think because I always have to give my people a Christmas list so I know what I'm getting for the most part, but as for the stockings?  Literally anything could be in there.  I believe that when it comes to stockings, you don't have to spend a lot and in fact, I'm always most excited for the lotto tickets my dad throws in there!  Here's a few ideas for the girly girl that you may need to fill a stocking for - or just a few little things to treat yourself with ;)

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (on sale!) // Faux Shearling Slippers // Touch Tech Cashmere Gloves //  Lip Tease Mug // S'well Water Bottle // Diptyque Roses Candle // Monogram Jewelry Box // Stila Lip Glaze Collection // Kate Spade Notebook // Essie Nail Polish // Philosophy 3 in 1 (on sale!)

Tomorrow I'll be back with a whole lot of Thanksgiving confessions!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Long Weekend + Exciting Announcement!

Happy Monday, friends! 

Hope you're feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a long Thanksgiving weekend.  I unfortunately came down with ANOTHER head cold/sinus infection and it's been pretty brutal.  My holiday weekend was spent with my good friends Kleenex, cough drops and hot showers ;) but tis the season for these things I guess!  

On Thanksgiving morning, we packed our bags (and the chocolate pie) and headed up to my families for a delicious feast with just our immediate family which was really nice.  The food was ahhmazing and Brady even got his own bowl this year of turkey, mashed potatoes, a roll and applesauce - he was in heaven!  That afternoon I could already feel the scratchy throat coming on so we called it a very early night in hopes of getting up and going Black Friday shopping in the morning.

Unnnntil I didn't sleep the entire night, boo.  The stuffy nose and coughs kept me up (and probably everyone else in the house, sorry about that guys) so my family headed out the next morning to shop without me.  Nick was also out of the house about 3am to head up north to go hunting with his dad and that began my weekend on the couch. So thankful for my family for letting me crash until Sunday and doing everything from taking my dog out to delivering me meds to making me mac and cheese.  Not quite the weekend I had pictured, but it happens and I'll be getting a flu shot this week so fingers crossed it's the last sickness of the season!

Last night we put up some of our Christmas decor and it's got me all in the festive mood.  Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of December?!  And what better way to ring the most wonderful month of the year in than with a holiday link up?  Sara, Pinky and I are so excited to bring you... Countdown to Christmas!  Join us every Tuesday through the holiday season to talk about all things Christmas.  You can post about anything you want - recipes, decor, traditions, wish lists, anything!  Just link up with us and spread the cheer :)

Can't wait to see all of your posts tomorrow + I hope you had wonderful Thanksgivings!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and it's got me feeling pretty reflective.  I honestly wish I paid this much attention to my blessings every day of the year, but I'm so glad we that we do have one day set aside to bring us all back to reality and focus on what's really important - and to eat some great food :)  From the big stuff to the little things, here's what I'm thankful for today and every day...

+ My faith, having my mom's Bible with all of her hand written notes, and a finding church here in town that we are enjoying.

+ The health of all of our family and friends.  

+ Brady boy - the sweetest dog I know.  Oh, and the fact that he's seemed to finally stop swallowing socks ;)

+ Netflix.  Duh.

+ The gooey grilled cheese that I'm currently eating for lunch and the sunlight streaming in the windows.

+ Having a warm, safe roof over our heads.

+ Getting to spend the next 4 days at home with my family.

+ My dad being happy and having found the best possible person for him to spend his life with.  Something that I wished for for so long.

+ The Junior League - I've met so many awesome ladies and have gotten to take part in some fun volunteer opportunities since joining.

+ Our neighborhoods Fed Ex man who is the world's nicest person.  He waves to our house and says hi to Brady  with the biggest smile on his face every single day that he drives by.

+ Living in the United States of America and all of our freedoms that we too often take for granted.

+ Going to sleep tucked into our flannel sheets each night.

+ My new Michael Buble Christmas CD - the best!

+ The fact that in less than 24 hours I'll be eating all of the chocolate pie :)

+ Marriage - getting to hang out with your best friend every day is the most amazing thing in the world.

+ Closets full of coats, hats, gloves and scarves to keep us warm.

And of course- you guys!  My blogging buddies.  Hope you all have the most wonderful, safe, happy Thanksgiving and that you eat as much as you possibly can.  I plan on checking back in on Friday with some of my Black Friday goodies + sales so I'll see ya then! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hostess With The Mostest

Tis the season for hosting and attending holiday parties -- starting with the big one this Thursday!  I always like to show up with a little something and so I've rounded up a few great ideas that are all under $40.  Wine and flowers are always guaranteed hits as well and are super easy to grab at the grocery store.  Although I say skip the flowers for the holidays and bring over one of these little Christmas trees instead - so flippin cute!  

What's your go to gift for hosts?

Pictured above: Faux Fur Wine Bag // Mi Casa, Su Casa Pillow // Metallic Porcelain Zebra Dish // Gilded Ceramic Coasters (set of 4) // Martha Stewart Appetizers Cookbook // NEST Holiday Classic Candle // You Are The Best Ceramic Mug // Decorative Tree & Bucket (only $18!) // Godinger Spirits Decanter 

PS: You can also find me over at Nikki's blog today talking about my favorite beauty trend for the holiday season! Go check it out! ;)

Monday, November 23, 2015

First Snow

On Saturday morning, we woke up to our first major snowfall of the winter!  Technically still fall, but five inches of snow later and we've definitely moved onto winter here in Michigan.

I seriously always love the first snow of the year - I feel like a kid again.  We woke up and ran outside with Brady who loved it even more than I did.  I mean just look at that face in the last picture!  It makes me laugh every single time.  Last year he was still pretty little and didn't really 'get' the snow so we were excited to see how he reacted to it now.  Obsessed.  He had so much fun running and jumping in it and when we made him come inside, he just sat and stared out the front windows whining to go back out, ha!

It snowed allll day long, which made for the perfect day around the house.  We made pancakes and bacon for the breakfast, did some housework and cleaning up, and then spent five? six? hours on the couch watching Michigan/MSU college football dominate.  We pulled ourselves together around dinnertime to head out and check out a holiday farmers market where it was SO windy and cold that I couldn't even get my phone out to take pictures and then to grab Italian food for dinner.

After that it was back home to the couch and Netflix and our first fire of the year!

I'm not even going to tell you guys how many attempts it took to get this terrible picture.  For some reason, Brady would not sit anywhere near me so I practically had him in a choke hold while Nick was holding a treat to get him to look up.  All for a grainy, off centered, dark picture but you win some, you lose some!

Ps. I wore this scarf all weekend long - like literally, I wore it on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - and it's so warm and awesome.

Sunday was for church, errands, and the usual.  Now I'm just wrapping up my weekend on the couch, watching the American Music Awards (wondering how J. Lo does not age at all) and anxiously awaiting this caramel coat - which is on sale! - to be delivered tomorrow.  I mean, the toggles!  I can't wait!  

Hope you had fabulous weekends, too!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Holiday Bucket List

... cause it's the most wonderful time of the year!

And also the fastest time of the year.  These next few weeks will fly by and it'll be 2016 before we know it (nuts) so I really want to be mindful of the things I want to do during the holidays.  I mean there are only 34 days til Christmas ;)  Here's what's on our agenda--

Have a sleepover in front of the fireplace
We did this last year after we painted our bedroom and it was my favorite thing ever.  Just look at this picture! Brady was so sweet and tiny! 

Christmas cookie baking day
Only the best day of the year!  I'll be sharing my four recipes I make every year next month.

Lunch at the Walnut Room in Chicago
This was a tradition we started with my family when we lived in Chicago and we're heading back to the city in a couple of weekends to continue it :)   

Pack Thanksgiving boxes with the Salvation Army
Doing this on Monday with the Junior League!

Attend a Christmas Eve church service
Probably my favorite holiday tradition.  We'll be spending Christmas with Nick's family this year so we'll have to find a church to go to on that side of the state!

Host a dinner with friends
We did this in the spring and it was so much fun that it's time to do it again.

Watch White Christmas and all of the beloved Christmas movies :)

Decorate the outside of our house
Or Nick will be doing that one...

Enjoy and really soak up the holiday season - try and not get caught up in the stress, money, time, travel nonsense.  That would probably mean NOT saving my Christmas shopping/wrapping for the week of (like usual), haha.

What's on your holiday bucket list?  We'll be getting the fun kicked off this weekend with a holiday farmers market and Christmas tree lighting on Saturday... oh, and the 6 inches of snow we're supposed to get!  Tis the season!

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