Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bits Of Cheer

Happy Tuesday! Dropping by quick to share some of my favorite things during the Christmas season! Can anyone else believe we only have 3 more sleeps until Christmas?! Holy cow! 

1 | My favorite view
Is there anything better than this view?

2 | Christmas Tree Search- Griswold Style
You can read more about this tradition HERE

3 | Dusty Rose Lipgloss
During one of my trips to Ulta I snagged my new favorite lipgloss (in CEO). It's subtle but still gives a little pop to my pale skin this time of year. It's a bit pricey but long-lasting, so I've already deemed it a staple in my makeup bag ;)

4 | Cookies
This year it's "Operation cram every fun Christmas activity into one week"! First up was cookies! 

one of my favorite holiday traditions thanks to my stepmama. She's taught me many things...and to love baking is one of them!! Santa, is it too late to ask for a Kitchen Aid mixer?! ;)

5 | Pre- Christmas Eve
Well this is year, our tradition will actually be after Christmas due to everyone's crazy schedules! But this is definitely one of my favorite days of the entire year. My sister, brother, and their families all gather at my dad and Carla's house. We have brunch, mimosas, and open gifts, then spend the rest of the day relaxing, eating appetizers, and watching christmas movies. It's the best. 

Merry Christmas, loves! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Favorites

Hi Friends! Friday already?! Maybe it's just me, but this week flew! Joining in on the friday fun because it has been too long...seriously, I don't even remember the last time I linked up :) Nothing too exciting on the homefront lately, just wanted to pop in! 

Technically this was last week, but you may have caught this on insta Powersheets + The Finishing School. My heart is amazed by what these two amazing ladies have created!! I sat in literal awe as I flipped through each page. These women have poured so much of their heart into these pages to help us live on purpose! I just love it. Recap of all these goodies coming soon! Lara Casey | Val Marie Paper

My longtime best friend and I are planning a day trip to NYC right after the new year and I cannot contain my excitement!! Each year we attempt to get the trip in but it hasn't worked. With more steady work schedules I think it's really going to happen. Wahooo! Anywho, I need a few more suggestions from y'all about things to do, places to eat etc. Our one "must see" is going to the Plaza to see Eloise at the Plaza. Thanks friends!!
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You know you're getting to be an adult when you ask for new bedroom lamps for Christmas. Go ahead and call me lame! But, I honestly couldn't think of anything I really wanted this year. I'll probably regret that later! Over the summer we redesigned the office so I could have a desk also. I came across lamps from PB and ordered them in green. I had the clear ones on my wishlist- hello versatility! Gosh, when did I become so practical!? #growingupprobs. Anywho, last night I got an email from Pottery Barn telling me all lamps were 25% off...sign me up!! I of course ran to tell my Mama....and that sweet woman bought them! I promise to be surprised when they arrive, Mama! ;)  *not compensated in anyway- just expressing my love :)

Cutting it short today because.....Christmas is one week!!! YAY! And there's tons of things to get done ;)

FRIDAY means I'm linking up with...5 on Friday:  DarciAprilChristina, + Natasha | Oh Hey, Friday: September Farm + The Farmer's Wife

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Weekending: Christmas Trees + A Spontaneous Trip

My weekend summed up in one word: refreshing.

This season of life has been really tough. A lot tougher than I expected it to be. I'll expand on it later in another post. But let's just say that my free time has been limited add in extra stress, leaving no time to reconnect and recharge. It's a vicious cycle I tell ya! Answered prayers came on Saturday. This weekend was turned out to be the absolutely perfect time to get a recharge. 

Saturday morning I woke up early to meet the rest of my sisters family for our annual christmas tree brunch. Picking out our tree and spending time together is one of my favorite christmas traditions. The weather was gorgeous. 50* and sunny-- definitely didn't feel like christmastime! More like a hawaiian christmas if you ask me ;) Each year we go to our favorite christmas spot and cut our own tree. Think Christmas Vacation, except we didn't have to go that far into the wilderness! ;)  

My dad and Carla mentioned they were headed down to St. Michael's, MD to pick up a few christmas gifts after the brunch. Of course I was a tad jealous because it's always an adventure with them and that sounded like a ton of fun considering the weather was beautiful too. Little did I know I'd be tagging along...and my sister too! It was so spontaneous but absolutely the best. We hopped in the car and off we went. St. Michael's was having midnight madness on Saturday night so all of the stores were open until midnight for shopping. Yes please! Seeing the town decorated beautifully for christmas made my christmas-white light-loving heart happy!
We woke up Sunday and met up with family for breakfast (Heather, we missed you!!!), looked at houses in St. Michael's and surrounding area and did a bit more shopping! 
Stopped by Eastern Shore Brewery for a quick brew late in the afternoon || Downtown St. Michael's || Is this picture real life?! It doesn't even do the picture justice but to look around and see this forever...absolutely breathtaking #noendinsight ||  Two If By Sea has the best crabby benedict ever ||
Wine tasting at St. Michael's Winery...sure why not!? || Next stop was the Lyon Distillery. I had never been to a distillery before so I found it to be very interesting! || Quick bite to eat at Gina's Cafe before we headed out of town. I'm still dreaming about their avocado boat. YUM YUM YUM. ||

After a busy 24 hours of non-stop fun, we hopped back in the car and headed home. Coming back to reality was a bit hard! 

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