After Christmas Sales

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing Christmas if you celebrated. For N and I,  our holidays are filled with hopping from one household to the next (to Nico’s aunt’s house and then to my parent’s house for Christmas this year). We used to have to split up the day with dinner at one house and dessert at the other, but this year just worked out so perfect that one started earlier and was slowing down right when the other one was beginning! It is a lot of energy to balance everything out, but we want to see as many people we can on the holidays, especially our family. (more…)

Friday’s Five

Happy Friday! I hope everyone finished their Christmas shopping by now! I have 2 more things to get — but they are so simple, I can pick them up today! (gift cards). I am also on my way to the farm to take some blog pictures and also pet all the animals! I am just obsessed with these little farm animals this season. I think because they remind me of Freddy. I swear they have the same mannerisms – it’s hard to explain, but if you were around farm animals, mostly sheep, llamas, and these mini donkeys — and then with Freddy, you would get what I am talking about. 

Anyways, here are my Five Favorites this week:

— making these gingerbread mug toppers for our Christmas Day party at my parents; courtesy of Lauren Conrad’s blog(more…)

Simple Christmas Cookies – only 4 ingredients!

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Every year, at my parents house, we make Christmas cookies. Actually, my dad is the one who leads the way – he does all the Christmas baking! This year, I decided to try this simple recipe. I meant to post this last night, but I will admit that I messed up the oh so simple dough – I used whole wheat flour in an attempt to be healthier and the dough was like a brick, and tasted like well… wheat. I guess you need to put 3/4 cup whole wheat to every 1 cup of regular all-purpose flour…

Regardless, I re-made the dough with regular old-fashioned white flour and the cookies WERE AMAZING. (more…)

Friday’s Five

Welcome to the weekend, everyone! Today is N’s last day of work for 2 weeks – a much-needed and very much deserved vacation – he’s wrapping up his final paper of his 3 year MBA program and it’s just about that time of the year that we can count our blessings and enjoy having some time together to well do Christmas things! Even though I’m not a big fan of the winter (summer gal at heart!), Christmas time is my absolute favorite time. This year is extra special because its my last Christmas of being engaged, N is done his MBA so we can have our time back and well it’s the first Christmas that I can dedicate to doing what I love and be out of the corporate lifestyle.

I have SO much more to do today before a cookie baking galore at my parents house tonight (I’ll be posting on Snap and the recipes later tonight) – so let me quickly run down my Friday’s Five Favorites with you! (more…)

Christmas Plaid Scarf

I have been trying to find a “Christmas plaid” scarf ever since my friend wore this one and I snagged it for some of these photos! I think it’s the perfect print to wear around this time of the year. I actually just found some Christmasy-plaid shirts that I got my brother and Nico on cyber Monday, but I think I will give them earlier so they can already wear them! I linked a few scarves at the end of this post that are similar and one on Amazon that comes in 13 colors! I know I have a bunch of scarves but these blanket ones are so necessary for this time of the year, especially with the chilly weather we’re hit with now in Boston. It’s officially winter! I think I’m just going to have to get myself some of these prints to cope — Nico, look away! 

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