December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve

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Anyone have big New Year's Eve plans? I don't mind a low key night (what else is new?) but no matter what we do, I'm sure I'll use it as en excuse to wear something sparkly. Good reason, right?

December 28, 2012

Last one...

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It's the last weekend of the year - is it going to be a calm, quiet one at home, or are you going out? I think you all can guess how mine will go.

Have a great weekend :)

December 27, 2012

After Christmas Sales

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Anyone hit up after Christmas sales yet? Since I don't like crowds, lines, etc. I avoid them just like I do after Thanksgiving. Online is another story though - I can shop from my couch in my PJs. And this is why I think gift cards are a wonderful gift. If you have done shopping, or looking, what have you found? Who has the best deal right now?

December 26, 2012

Love is simply joy that I’m home...


I don’t care if the house is packed,
Or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped,
Or there’s nothing here to open.
Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.
I don’t care if the carpet's stained; we've got food upon our table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain, our little room is warm and stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Why so scared that you’ll mess it up? 
When perfection keeps you haunted.
All we need is your best my love, that’s all anyone ever wanted.
Love is how we do, let no judgment overrule it.
Love I look to you, and I sing.
Let love lead us, love is Christmas.
Let love lead us, love is Christmas.

December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you're having a great day and a wonderful holiday season :)

December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

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Merry Christmas Eve :) We've been having Christmas for a few days now and today is no different. We'll be having Christmas with Jared's family today then both families over at our house tonight.
Has Christmas started for you yet? 

December 21, 2012

Christmas Time is Here

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With my sister coming into town tonight, Christmas time has officially started. The weekend will be full of Christmas celebrations going well into next week. That's how it goes around here - Christmas for days. What will you be up to?

Have a great weekend :)

December 20, 2012

A Festivus for the rest of us


I know it's a few days early, but here's your reminder to have a happy Festivus. Air all your grievances, put up your aluminum pole, and good luck with the feats of strength. 

December 19, 2012

From now on your troubles will be miles away...

Through the years we all will be together and
If the fates allow
But 'til then we'll have to muddle through somehow
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now


This is one of my all time favorite Christmas songs and this version is by one of my favorite bands. Obviously, I had to save this as the last Christmas song for the year. Well that sounds depressing, now doesn't it? Kind of fitting I suppose when you consider the tone of the song. I still think it's beautiful, though. 

December 18, 2012

Starting to feel like Christmas...

It was actually cold enough to turn on the fireplace one night...

The presents are wrapped...

...including ones for the puppies

Starting to feel a little like Christmas over here. How about you?

December 17, 2012

Weekend Update

Rachael Yamagata concert


After a late night Thursday at the concert, the rest of the weekend was pretty relaxed. A good thing too since Christmas activities will be kicking up full force next weekend. A date night Saturday and a lazy Sunday spent watching movies was just what I needed.

How was your weekend? 

December 14, 2012

Christmas Lights

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If you've been around here awhile, you might have picked up on my child like attitude towards Christmas. I like the movies. I like the music. I like to drive around and look at lights. I think the latter is on the agenda this weekend so I'm pretty pumped. A little trip to Starbucks is probably in order first. What are your plans?

Have a great weekend :)

December 13, 2012

Rachael Yamagata

Tonight I'm getting to see one of my all time favorite artists in concert for the first time. Now, unfortunately Rachael Yamagata isn't nearly as well known as she should be so for your benefit, here are some of my favorite songs by her: 

Paper Doll

Little Life

Sunday Afternoon

The Way it Seems to Go

Dealbreaker


Enjoy :)

December 12, 2012

When silence gets too hard to handle...

Sense of joy fills the air
And I daydream and I stare
Up at the tree and I see
Your star up there

And this is how I see you
In the snow on Christmas morning
Love and happiness surround you
As you throw your arms up to the sky
I keep this moment by and by


Ok, I already told you I love Sarah McLachlan. How can you not after hearing this? The melody is beautiful and as always, I love the piano. The album has been out for years but it always gets played many times around here at Christmas.

December 11, 2012

A little Dior

Shopping the Sephora VIB sale (my first makeup shopping in months), renewed my VIB status which then prompted Sephora to send my a $20 gift card that I had about a week to use. They also sent me a 10% off coupon. Maybe that was for my renewed VIB status and the $20 was something else. Oh who cares. They are throwing money at me and I'm a weak individual. That's the point here.
I mean, how was I supposed to $20 go to waste?
I didn't.

First thing I picked up was Dior Amber Diamond. It gets reviews as one of the best skin highlighter's and I've been curious about it for quite some time.

I also picked up Dior's Blue Label. I have a lot of blue nail polishes but this one really did look different from anything I have and I couldn't quite figure out why. Reading the online description it's called a "midnight blue grey"and that's exactly what the difference is - the grey. Anyway, it's gorgeous and I know I'll get a lot of use out of it.

So that's it. Only 2 things. Not bad, right?

December 10, 2012

Crashing.

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Last week I had my steroid infusion. If you followed through some of my Twitter gripes about that, the end result is that after a laundry list of side effects, I end up crashing for a day or 2. Like cannot get out of bed, feels like I'm dragging lead behind me, struggle to open my eyes, hard to get a sentence out of my mouth exhausted. Sounds fun, huh?


How was your weekend? Please tell me it's been better than mine.

December 7, 2012

Present wrapping time...

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Since the house is (finally) all decorated, I think this weekend it's time to start wrapping. I like to wrap all the presents in one night. Crazy? Maybe. But once you drag everything out, might as well just get it done, right? Does anyone have any good links/suggestions/etc. for wrapping? I usually just slap a bow on the presents and call it done. We go all out over here, people.

Have a great weekend :)

December 6, 2012

Peppermint Problem

It started when I saw/smelled this at Pier 1 - the Peppermint Creme reed diffuser. Loved it. Obsessed. Needed it in my living room.

Then I picked up a Twisted Peppermint candle at the Bath & Body Works 2/$20 candle sale. It was my favorite scent last year and this year the creepy snowman didn't deter me from repurchasing. 

Then when I was checking out Yankee Candle's new holiday scents, guess which one was my favorite? Peppermint bark.

And finally when I was back at Bath & Body Works picking up some Christmas presents, I grabbed a bottle of Twisted Peppermint shower gel for myself...

...it's at that point I decided I have a peppermint problem. But it all smells really good. I promise. And I'm not buying anything else. Really. I'm serious this time...

December 5, 2012

Guide us to thy perfect light...

O, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Not going to lie, I've loved Sarah McLachlan since I was about 14. Put her with the Barenaked Ladies singing 2 Christmas songs together? Sounds pretty good to me. Doesn't hurt that I love both of the songs, too.

December 4, 2012

Christmas Decorations

We started the indoor decorating, umm, one night last week. Thursday? Friday? I'm not really sure. Anyway, the above picture explains why I might be having a hard time remembering this. 
The guest bedroom went smoothly. There are some new additions to our vacation collection of ornaments. You'll notice there is not a New Orleans ornament. A 24 hr stay and hurricane evacuation does not lend itself enough time for ornament purchasing.
I told Jared the kitchen feels disjointed this year. Like I have too many styles or color schemes or something going on. He just sort of stared at me for a minute then walked out of the room. 
The 2nd tree we bought for the living room. We got a real tree as usual, but had to give it to Jared's parents. Remember how I ended up in the ER last year after we bought it? Well my eyes were nearly swollen shut within an hour of purchasing the real tree this year. My allergies just can't handle it, so Jared headed out for an artificial tree on Sunday (while I was still itching like crazy...).
We started on the tree around 9 or 10 Sunday night and finished around midnight. Long weekend! But hey, it all got done. Finally. 

Is your Christmas tree up yet? Did you buy a real one, have to give it away, then go in search of a fake one? Nope? Just me? Ok then.

December 3, 2012

Weekend Update

the 4th quarter is ours


Saturday's SEC Championship was definitely a nail biter of a game. August even got pretty depressed there for awhile. True story. But ultimately Bama pulled it out and we will be playing Notre Dame in January for the National Championship! I think the game took it out of me though. I didn't get nearly as much accomplished as I had planned to on Sunday. 

How was your weekend? 

(Roll Tide.)