This year, I decided to host Christmas dinner for my immediate family. Brian & I had over my parents, and my sister & her family. Having never hosted a holiday dinner, I definitely overdid it. I had way too much food for just the six-and-a-half of us haha! I made some traditional things like mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, stuffing, & biscuits, and we had a boneless Honeybaked Ham to cut down on how much I had to do and to reduce some of my stress. After dinner, we opened gifts, and as per tradition, we watched Christmas Vacation. I was too busy tweaking things and cooking to take time to take photos, so here are the few snapshots Brian & I managed to grab: I’m thankful that Brian picked up the camera when I wasn’t looking; otherwise we’d probably have zero photos from the day. I’ve noticed that …

Continue reading


Here are a few snapshots of what’s been going on around our home this holiday season: I absolutely love busting out the xmas decorations every year and adding a little more to the collection every December. I bought a new tub of 101 silver ornaments this year from Home Depot to fill out the tree. At first, I didn’t think it looked any different until I whipped up a little frame with 2012’s and 2013’s trees… I’m going to be so sad to pack all of it away again 🙁 I barely got a month out of the decorations — December 1st was Thanksgiving weekend (so I think that would explain why I feel like this season was SOOO short!). At the very least, my gift shopping is not only done, but ALL the presents are wrapped and ready to go! I DO still have to go pick up a …

Continue reading


I just wanted to share a few photos of Brian putting up our lights outside: Now blue is definitely not my first choice in color for winter lights, but it’s what Brian wanted. And considering that about 90% of the time I ask him “what do you want (insert topic here)?” that the answer is always “I don’t care” I’ll let him have this one thing about which he actually had an opinion. 😉 BLOG | ETSY SHOP | INSTAGRAM | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | PINTEREST