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Friday, December 2, 2016

Five on Friday - December 2, 2016

December is here!  Welcome to day number 2 of the last month of 2016.  Oh my goodness -- this year has flown by.  I'm going to give it my all to make this last month of the year the best ever.  Are you with me!!

I've been out of town on business since Tuesday and I'm looking forward to getting back home later today.  My friend, Carol, decorated my house for Christmas early in the week and I'm excited to sit on the couch this weekend and bask in the glow of the Christmas lights on our tree!  But before that happens, I want to share my five things for this week~

1.  Saint Nicholas Day - December 6
Do you celebrate Saint Nicholas Day in your house?  If so, it's coming up and if you are anything like I was when Ian was little, you can use a couple days notice.  So the story is you put your shoes out on December 5 (Monday night) and Saint Nicholas comes overnight and puts candy and such in them.  Some history for you ~ Saint Nicholas comes from Nichols of Myra who was a bishop in 4th century Greece.  He was notorious for putting coins into other people's shoes.  Enjoy!


2.  Chalkboard Tablecloth
My friend, Tracy, gave me a chalkboard tablecloth for my birthday and it is the coolest thing!  I put it on our kitchen table during Thanksgiving with several colorful sticks of chalk.  The kids (and even some of the adults) loved drawing pictures on it.  Later in the night, my nephew Kayden even did some math problems on it.  If you have little ones around, I can't recommend this item enough.  Just whip it out and let the fun begin!  I'm also looking forward to using it as shown on the picture below.   Check it out HERE.



3.  Crochet Hooks with Lights
Looking for something to give that crocheter in your life?  I might have found the perfect thing for you!  The crochet hook has a light at the end, making it easier to see your thread.  I gave some of these to my mom for her birthday and she gave them the nod of approval.  They are available HERE if you are in the market for some.

4.  La La Land
I'm kind of pumped about seeing this flick which opens today.  There's something about the chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling that draws me to want to see this movie.  I loved them together in Crazy, Stupid Love.  Here the summary of La La Land "Tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams."  Is it on your want to see list?


5.  Wish List

might have to make a holiday plaque like that.:

Enjoy your weekend!  We have a fairly low key one in store.  My big goal is to take inventory of the gifts I've been purchasing and throwing in the back closet.  I might be close to being done shopping, but really have no clue.  Anybody with me?!?  We are also hoping to take in a light display or two.  See you back next week!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Friday Favorites - December 2, 2016

Let's hear it for Friday!  You are going to love all the favorites today and we can't wait to see all the new links for this week.

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - December 1, 2016

Hello guys!  I took a little unscheduled time off from blogging and have so many exciting things to share with you!  Glad you stopped by for Thinking Out Loud Thursday today! Vanessa from X-tremely V and I love company for our little linkup party.

Since the moment we put the leftover turkey in the frig on Thanksgiving day, I've been thinking about Christmas.  I was wondering when our first Christmas cards would start arriving in the mail.  So that's what I'm thinking out loud about today!

Getting cards in the mail is a highlight of the day for me.  Don't you just love opening the mailbox and seeing those special envelopes peeking out at you?  Each one holds a message from a friend from far or near.  Sadly, it has been quite a few years since I've mailed Christmas cards out - four to be exact.  Well, this year I'm bringing back sending out cards!


Prior to my stoppage, I would spend countless hours making my own card creations and loved it!  Loved it, that is, for about the first 15.  Then it became a bit of a drag.  By the time I finished with the 60 or so cards for people on my list I was not the pleasant person I started out being when card number 1 was completed.  As years went on and the time for Christmas card making came around, my family would almost beg me to just skip doing it.

Well, this year I'm sending cards AND my loving husband will not be seeing a change in my mood.  As a matter of fact, he might even notice me being a bit more cheerful than normal.  My favorite photographer in the world - Erica Turner of Turner Creative - snapped some family pictures of us a few weeks ago and I decided to use them for our Christmas cards this year.  After searching several sites that offer personalized cards, I chose Tiny Prints.

The design I picked allowed for a few pictures on the back, which I loved because who doesn't like a fun backside?!?  And it even has a little white space for me to jot a note.


Designing the card was super easy and you want to hear the best part?  You can download your addresses and they will print your envelopes for you!!  All I have to do is slip the card in the envelope, seal, pop on a stamp and I'm good to go.  Tiny Prints where have you been all my life?!?


I ordered them on November 22 and they arrived in my mailbox on Tuesday!  Which means, if you are still on the fence about having time to send Christmas cards -- you definitely do have time!  Put a little smile on your family and friends faces - send them a card!

I'll let you in on something else -- today Tiny Prints is running a deal on their personalized mugs.  Pop over and check it out.  But the mug thing is the deal for Thursday only so don't procrastinate on this one.  Who on my Christmas list could I gift a personalized mug to?!?  Do you have anyone on your list that could use a mug or two?

So that's what I'm thinking about today.  What's on your mind?  Link up below and let us know!


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday Favorites - November 25, 2016

Happy Black Friday!  I'm out shopping with my mom and daughter-in-law.  Hope you're doing what makes you happy on this day after Thanksgiving!  Check out the great favorites from this week ~

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Five on Friday - November 18, 2016

Let's hear a big shout for Friday!!  I have friends coming to visit from out of town so to say I'm a bit excited for the weekend is an understatement!  So with no further ado ~ here's my five for this week.

1.  Loving
I happen to see a trailer of this movie and it's moved to the top of my "want to see" list.  It's not out in wide release yet, but there's a theater near us that's doing an advance screening on Tuesday.  I'm hoping my bottom will be in a seat!  Here's what Rotten Tomatoes is saying about it, "From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since."


Megyn Kelly's new book, Settle for More, hit the stands this week and I'm dying to get my hands on it!  I'm thinking this will be a good book to read over the holidays.  Amazon is saying this, "In Settle for More, the anchor of The Kelly File reflects on the enduring values and experiences that have shaped her—from growing up in a family that rejected the "trophies for everyone" mentality, to her father’s sudden, tragic death while she was in high school. She goes behind-the-scenes of her career, sharing the stories and struggles that landed her in the anchor chair of cable’s #1 news show. Speaking candidly about her decision to "settle for more"—a motto she credits as having dramatically transformed her life at home and at work—Megyn discusses how she abandoned a thriving legal career to follow her journalism dreams."  Want a copy?  Click HERE to purchase.

                              

Oh ~ how I wish I would have had one of these when Ian was little.  The number of times he dropped something while I was driving and then I would try to reach back, feeling around on the floor for the dropped item is countless!  This handy tray area would be fantastic.  The description says you can use it in a car, train, plane or bus.  If you're travelling with little ones this holiday season, you might want to pick one of these up.  If you order from Amazon Prime, there's still time to have it in your possession before Thanksgiving!  Click HERE to check it out.

               

4.  24K Magic
Bruno Mars releases his 24K Magic album today after making us wait four years.  The tracklist isn't long, but it's good!  Here's the nine songs you'll get:

"24K Magic"
"Chunky"
"Perm"
"That's What I Like"
"Versace on the Floor"
"Straight Up & Down"
"Calling All My Lovelies"
"Finesse"
"Too Good to Say Goodbye"

This could make a VERY good Christmas present (hint, hint)!  Click HERE to purchase.

24K Magic

5.  Did you see the Super Moon this week?

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'm hoping to get a jump start on my Christmas shopping with my friends who are visiting.  We are going to shop until we drop (or need to stop and get a drink)!  Hope to see you back next week.

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Friday Favorites - November 18, 2016

Hey, hey -- it's Friday!  Can't wait for you to check out the links we are sharing today.  We also have a bonus for you today -- a giveaway!!

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekending - November 11, 2016

Well, it's back to work for me this Monday morning after a glorious week off.  Eric and I packed quite a bit into our week of vacation -- visiting Nashville (post about it HERE), Asheville and then taking a pit stop on our way home in Louisville to visit Churchill Downs.  It was a much needed break from our normal routine and we both came home on Thursday night feeling refreshed.  I'm excited to share the details of our trip, but for now I'll cover what went down over the weekend.

Friday morning I got up ready to conquer the day.  I love multitasking and Friday morning I was on top of my game!  The laundry was going, my Silhouette was cranking out a craft project and I was unpacking all at the same time.  Eric and I ran a few errands in the afternoon and then it was off to my girls night out.  Great day!

My friends Carol, Sherri and Tracy and I were getting together Friday night to celebrate Sherri and my birthdays.  We met up and drove together to Trattoria Marcella.  Gotta love a good Italian meal!


Upon sitting down, you are served warm rolls with hummus.  Yum!  We all chose the lobster risotto for dinner, but the highlight for me was the starter salad.  


The waiter heard we were celebrating birthdays and surprised us with tiramisu for dessert.  Happy birthday to us!


I'm so thankful for friends like these girls!  They are fun, thoughtful and always there when you need them.  


As productive as Friday was, Saturday was just the opposite!  Eric and I had started watching a couple episodes of The Crown on vacation and did a little lot of binge watching on Saturday.  We watched six episodes on Saturday!  No multitasking -- just laying in bed watching television.  I got up just in time to get ready for the wedding we attended Saturday night.  Did anyone else watch it?  


It's a good thing I rested all day because we had a wonderful time dancing the night away at Alyssa and Brad's wedding!  They had a beautiful wedding and reception at a local winery.  Very fun times!


Alyssa is my daughter-in-law, Kayla's sister.  She made such a stunning bride!  We felt honored to be able to share her and Brad's big day with them.


Remember the craft project I said I worked on Friday morning ~ well, here's the result.  I got to make the table cards for the reception.  She cleverly named each table a type of wine.  


After church on Sunday, we drove to Eric's home town of Staunton, Illinois to celebrate his mom's birthday.  Her birthday was actually while we were gone on vacation, so we were a little late.  We had a wonderful afternoon eating at the local Mexican restaurant, visiting and working on a puzzle.  Happy belated birthday, Sue!



Sunday night we watch the remaining two episodes of The Crown.  We are officially through this season.  I'm in love with Claire Foy (who plays Queen Elizabeth).  And John Lithgow - oh my goodness.  I will be shocked if he doesn't get some award nods.  

Just like that it's Monday already.  Lots of work to catch up on, but vacation was definitely worth it.  How was your weekend?  Hope it was great!

Check out what others were up to this weekend.
The Quinntessential Mommy
How To Get Organized At Home
Over the Moon


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