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Old School Blogging – Holiday Edition

I was scrolling through my Bloglovin feed tonight when I came across Christine’s Old School Blogging post.  It caught my eye so I clicked, which led me to Elaine’s blog, which then introduced me to The Kir Corner.  That’s one of my favorite things about blogging…you come across some fantastic bloggers on a daily basis!

And find fun ways to let readers get to know you!  I loved the idea of this post and thought it was a great way to dedicate a post to the holiday season…one of my favorite times of the year!

1 Holy Night or 8 Crazy Ones? (Do you Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, both?)

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I celebrate Christmas which will consist of three celebrations this year!  I always spend Christmas Eve with my Dad’s side of the family and Christmas Day with my Mom’s.  But this year is the first that I am sharing Christmas with my better half, so we are celebrating with Andy’s family on Christmas Eve Eve!

Peppermint or Chocolate?

Dark Chocolate! But for a nice cozy christmas drink, I’ll have an adult peppermint hot chocolate please!

Sing us into the Holiday Season, what is your favorite Carol this time of year?

Well this is difficult… I can’t just pick one!  My absolute favorite is Neil Diamond’s “So This is Christmas.” BUT I can’t not mention Mariah’s “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

Tell us about a Favorite Family or Personal Holiday Tradition.

Thinking about this I’m realizing that as you get older Christmas traditions fade a little.  When I was younger I had so many! Writing Santa letters, leaving cookies and milk (and carrots for the reindeer), and hiding the baby Jesus from the manger so that Santa could put him back on Christmas morning.  I guess I’ll just have to re-visit those when I have kids one day!

C’mon you remember your favorite  (Christmas, Hanukkah) gift, tell us all about it:

I feel like it had to be something to do with Barbie’s or dolls.  I remember I had a gigantic (it seemed) Barbie House that I absolutely loved.  I think I got that for Christmas!

That magical moment? (Your favorite scene from a Holiday movie…it’s okay if you have 2)


Love Actually (my favorite).  At the end of the movie in the airport when everyone is coming home for Christmas…it gives me the chills.  And Home Alone when Kevin’s mom comes home.  I guess I like reunions!

Kissing under the mistletoe?  Who do you hope is standing underneath (We know it’s normally your spouse, if it did not have to be, who would you choose?)

Hmm…Justin Timberlake.  Or Channing Tatum?  But I don’t think me and Andy have kissed under a mistletoe – so he has to be first!

Swans a swimming, lords a leaping, golden rings; which gift of the 12 days of Christmas would you like most?

Definitely 6 geese-a-laying.  Do you know how many eggs that would get me!? Hmm, goose eggs? I’d try them!

Play Secret Santa, what inappropriate gift would you love to give this year?

Hmm…inappropriate? To a single friend…a deck of “pick-up line” cards.  Those were fun once!

Martha Stewart or the Grinch? What is your decorating style? (Pictures would be awesome!)

So far my decorating has been with my mom’s hand-me-down decorations.  (Think college apartment decorations). This year me and Andy bought our first tree for his apartment and decorated it from scratch.  I think we did a good job seeing as we didn’t spend too much money!

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What is ONE WORD that defines the holiday season for you? (Examples: Believe/Wonder/Bah Humbug?)

Family! I love spending the holidays with my big family.  It’s such a happy time of year!

If Santa could assure its delivery, what’s the first thing on your holiday wish LIST?

A round the world plane ticket! And a year to use it!

Holiday Gift Ideas

I can’t believe Christmas is two weeks away!  We just put up our tree tonight at Andy’s so I’m definitely getting in the spirit.  As much as I love Christmas I always stress myself out over holiday gift ideas.  I have a pretty big family and have to buy for about 20 people!


Some people are much easier than others.  This year I think I’ve done a good job of starting to prepare earlier, write down lists and ideas, and have gotten a bunch done online.  Here are some holiday gift ideas that I’ve thought up this year.

For the Health Nuts:

Workout Clothes:  Everyone could always use some new workout clothes.  I love going to Marshall’s for this kind of stuff.  They have brand name gear for super cheap!

A Good Water Bottle: My favorite is from Camelbak.  This could also save a person money since they won’t have to buy bottled water anymore!

A Weighted Vest:  These are great for anyone trying to add some extra calorie burn to their cardio workouts.

Yoga Mat / Yoga Mat Bag:  Any yogi could always use a fresh new mat!  My favorites are Jade Yoga Mats.

Dumbbells:  For the person who doesn’t have a ton of time, these are great for at home workouts.

For the Foodie:

Blenders / Food Processors:  Amazon always has great deals on these.  You can do so much with either of these kitchen tools, that any person who spends time in the kitchen, would be ecstatic to get one.

Gourmet Spices:  I found a bunch of really cute spice sets on Etsy.  They have a bunch of great gift ideas.

Food Delivered:  I’ve come across a couple of great gift ideas for the grilling men in your life.  First, Omaha Steaks offers a great gift package of a few different steaks and sides.  They often will have a deal on Groupon.  I also came across this really cool company called Mantry.  They pack a wooden crate with a selection of gourmet food and deliver right to your guys door.  Check it out!

For Anyone:

Massage Gift Certificate:  Who doesn’t love a massage?  I think this is a great one for anyone who has a little extra stress in their life.

Print Your Instagram Pictures:  I recently wrote a review of a company called Prinstagram.  They take your Instagram pictures, print them, and turn them into great gifts!  I always love giving pictures, especially to parents, grandparents, or significant others.

Remote Car Starter:  If you live in a cold area, these are great.  My mom received one a few years ago and said it’s one of the best gifts she’s ever received.

Alright, I can’t reveal too many more because then I might spoil it for certain people!  What’s the best gift idea you’ve thought of this year?



Thanksgiving Re-Cap in Pictures

Happy Cyber Monday!  I’ve never given in to these hyped up shopping days until….today.  I went a little crazy on Amazon but mostly due to the fact that I’ve been freaking out this year on how many Christmas presents I need to get.

Today being Monday along with the fact that I’ve been off for four days, made the day even longer than it normally feels.  What got me through though (besides Cyber Monday) was knowing what a great Thanksgiving long weekend I had!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year.  A time to indulge, see family, spend time with friends, and relax.  And that is exactly what we did!  We stayed in Connecticut the whole weekend, enjoyed some of our favorite spots and also explored some new!

Here is my Thanksgiving Re-Cap in Pictures!

Wednesday night we decided to switch it up and going bowling with a few friends.  I forgot how much fun bowling can be!


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And how funny bowling shoes look…but make good Instagram pictures.

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For Thanksgiving we went to my sisters and I made these delicious Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates.  They were a hit!

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It’s always nice to spend time with the family.  The boys watched a lot of football and got their ear talked off by my Gram – she’s the best.

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I helped my Sis out a lot this year.  I even made the mashed potatoes!  I think this is the first time I’ve made them so I had to take a picture of course.


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We did buffet style.  Everything was so, so good that I don’t think I skipped anything.  I had a full plate!


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Yes, this was Thanksgiving.  My brother-in-laws family has introduced a new tradition…”Pre-Christmas.”  Everyone gets a Pre-Christmas gift…so cute!

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After my Sisters we went to Andy’s brothers for dessert and played with his nephew.  He’s so precious and so much fun to play with!


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After stuffing myself on Thursday I needed a good sweaty yoga session.  My yoga studio has these cute little “fortune notes.”  I loved the one I picked.  It says…“If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.”

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Before dinner on Friday night we headed to Jones Farm and Winery in Shelton, CT.  It was the perfect place to feel the Christmas spirit the day after Thanksgiving.  We didn’t end up getting a tree, but we did taste some wine!


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For dinner, Joey C’s in Milford was having a Black Friday deal.  Since it’s one of our favorites in the area we jumped on it.  This cocktail consisted of spiced rum, local apple cider, an ginger beer…it was so good!


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On Saturday night we ended up cooking dinner in and meeting some friends for a few drinks.  I thought our eyes looked cool in this picture and after a few cocktails decided to Instagram it with the caption #eyes whoa.  I shouldn’t Instagram after midnight.

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On Sunday after an awesome restorative yoga class, I came home and made some home made roasted rosemary almonds from NomNomPaleo.  They came out great and made the apartment smell amazing.


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For dinner I made a simple chili with grass-fed beef, mushrooms, peppers, and onions.  The perfect end to my weekend and gave me lunches for the whole week!

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What was the highlight of your weekend?