This year, our Thanksgiving dinner was a small group, tasty foods, and a perfect day. I’ve been staying for a few dayswith my parents and I finally ended my epic clothes hold-out, and started doing laundry. If you don’t remember, … Continue reading
The Roomie and I had decorated our tree earlier last week and I think it looks adorable, but most importantly it also makes our little house feel very Christmas-y!
It was perfect because on Saturday the Roomie and I hosted our very own first Stella and Dot Party with Christina Saur Papoulias! It was such a blast to look at some beautiful jewels and have some girl time. Our kitchen has never looked so classy!
Christina made our place look so beautiful! She had so many cute things, it was hard to pick what I was going to order, because I liked everything. But, I’m in love with their poufs! I want one in every color! How cute are these two?!
The Roomie got the Tech Wallet in the Striped at a friend’s Stella and Dot Party last month, and I am super jealous how cute AND organized it is! It holds her phone, wallet and clips her keys!
It was a fantastic opportunity to do some Christmas shopping for my friends and family. I also got to use my cute new glasses that I picked up during Thanksgiving holiday break.
We had a whole lot of fun, and even dressed the pups up in some sparkly jewels! While they were patient for their treats, they were also very wiggly!
I ordered a few things, as did the roomie (including this super cute purse!!). Here is some good news: even if you weren’t able to make it on Saturday, you can still order some fabulous jewelry!
If you use our link before Deceember 28th, and spend more than 50$ you will get free shipping! How awesome is that?! Normally shipping can be an extra few dollars that I would much rather spend on an extra something for myself! Now, you can do that for sure! I know I have my eye on a few more cute things!
Shop now at Sandy and Maryah’s Stella and Dot Trunk Show!
Happy Shopping ladies! (And gents, there are some great gift ideas there!)
The Roomie and I went shopping on Black Friday.
Most people avoid going out on Black Friday like they would catch the plague if they did (aka my father, brother, heck my whole family) but my Roomie and her brother John were both bold enough to tackle the crowds with me. It was a first, since for the past few years I had worked at Sur La Table for the whole week basically.
Let me say this, it is much nicer to be a shopper than a cashier. I found a few great gifts, but mostly found things for me. Normally, my mannishly large feet limit the shoe options, but the gods were smiling, and I really lucked out! I was able to cross a few good things off my wishlist.
I am very excited to wear this all to work in the next few weeks. It is just three more weeks until Christmas Break, and wearing some fun things is keeping me going strong.
On Saturday the family, Roomie and I went Christmas Tree Shopping. For the past few years we have gone with family friends on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. They go to a specific tree farm, and have been going for 30+ years. This year, the Roomie and I got a petite tree for our apartment in addition to the large family tree. I am looking forward to decorating this beauty!
It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! When do you usually get your tree? It is usually a family affair?
I wanted to thank everyone for all the lovely notes on being nervous about my dentist appointment. It went well. :]
This week I took a hiatus from the blog, because I wanted to focus on family time, relaxing with the pups, and taking a breather from school/work. I also have realised that my computer sucks me in, and then it’s four hours later and I’m still on pinterest/bloglovin’/keep. I have been trying to stay more grounded lately, and less time on my computer. I love to snuggle up with the pups and a book, and that happened a lot this week.
Anyhoo, Thanksgiving was awesome. It was a small group this year, but that did not mean our menu was any smaller. In fact, I believe this year we topped out with the most recipes in a long time. The final number was 12 by the way. We made so many tasty things, but I managed to try a bite of everything!
Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two occasions where the family goes all out, and I really enjoy hearing the family stories about the carving tools, glassware and old family traditions.
On Friday, the Roomie, her brother and I got up before the crack of dawn (2am, to be precise) and went to the mall. I had never gone shopping on Black Friday, and I wanted to try it, at least once.
Most of the shops had opened at 5-8pm on Thanksgiving, and the rest at midnight. We arrived at 3 and it was busy, but certainly not insane. We shopped, and the John was a complete dear. He even met up with us, and carried our bags to the car! Maryah treated him to a Jersey as a thank-you for being so kind about the whole day.
I made out like a bandit, but some were Christmas and birthday gifts for other people. More details on what I got tomorrow!
This year I was very thankful that everyone was here for Thanksgiving. I know some families aren’t able to all be together on Thursday, but we were, and it really meant a lot to me. In the past, with both of us away at college, it was tricky to get all four of us together. Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the two that I have the fondest family memories of, and I really do treasure the time we have together.
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksiving, and enjoyed some relaxed family time.
When I was younger, we often decorated our house for Christmas on the same day that we got our Christmas Tree. Getting our Christmas tree though, was always an adventure!
We would pile into our big, comfy, green Ford Explorer, and head into the mountains. After getting lost for a few minutes we would discount the first few tree farms, because predictably they would be picked over. We would settle on a farm, grab our jackets, put a leash on our pup, and head into the wet wintery forest. Finding the perfect tree has become somewhat of a routine. We can’t go with the first tree we find, because there might be a better one out there. We usually haggle over the final tree, because I want a Charlie Brown tree, while the family wants a wide, large tree with evenly spaced out boughs. I wanted the homeliest tree out there, to take home because no one else would. Often, I lose the vote and we get a tree that is tall, wide, and barely fits on our car, let alone in the family room.
When my brother and I went away to college, sometimes we got our tree closer to Christmas, sometimes we would even pick one Thanksgiving weekend. Last year, we joined with another family for the Christmas tree selection, and it was a blast. This year, we plan on going with the Issa Family again, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. When we picked a tree during Thanksgiving break, we also decorated the house.
Now that I have my own place, I have been itching to get cute Christmas decorations. I have been resisting these cute things for a few days now, but I might give in!
My mom and I were the two that usually were anxious to pull out the Christmas Boxes and decorate the whole house. I usually was in charge of the Christmas Tree decorations, while either my dad or my brother did the lights on the tree. To this day, decorating the tree is one my of favorite holiday rituals. I love that the holidays are finally here.