Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Christmas Cards (2014)

Christmas cards are one of my most favorite Christmas traditions. I love sending them, letting friends and family know that we are thinking of them during this time of year, and receiving them. I proudly display them in the home, and well up with joy and love each time I walk by them. Here's a look at ours if you'd like to see...
And on the back a sweet note to our family and friends, all wrapped up with the verse...
Matthew 6:21: For where your treasure is, your heart will be also
For us, that treasure is love, above everything else. Love for one another, love for others, love we receive from those who have given us an unwavering amount of support and themselves. This year we have recognized the miles love will take you and it's been our foundation for everything.

Monday, December 15, 2014

elf activities

Friday evening, Tiffany hosted an ornament craft night and ornament exchange.
That was the start to an elf weekend. 
We ate elf snacks; pesto bread in the shape of a tree and brie bites with homemade cranberry jam, and each made two ornaments for our tree, The ornaments turned out a lot better than I had expected. You need metallic paints and clear glass ornaments. Mulled cider may be helpful, but it's optional. You drop the paint (colors of your choice) into the ornaments, rotating the paint until the ornament is covered. Next, turn the ornament upside down for the leftover paint to drain out. The colors all blend together nicely and turn into such a pretty pattern.
For the ornament exchange, we all stood in a circle holding our unwrapped ornament and Tiff read the story of the "Right Family Christmas," I brought this ornament and it had me thinking that having an ornament for each state/country we live in would be fun for our tree.

Saturday morning, I took off into town for some last minute shopping and a Starbucks treat until joining friends at the Oceanside Harbor for the Parade of Lights.

Sunday consisted of staying in my comfy duds for most of the day, watching Lifetime Christmas movies, drinking tea in front of the fireplace. It was perfection!

How have you been celebrating this time of year?

Oh, and a California Christmas song!
"Well, it's another hot December in the Golden State,
from the San Diego beaches to the Golden Gate,
It's Christmastime in California."

(Is this the chick that is married to one of the Jenner boys?)

Friday, December 12, 2014

your hands

My uncle conducted our wedding ceremony when Ben and I were married (the second time). His words before we said "I do" continue to replay in my head any time I think about our future, our family, our struggles and our successes.

Join your hands.

These are the hands of your best friend. 
These are the hands that will join your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength as you need it, support and encouragement to pursue your dreams, and comfort through difficult times.
And lastly, these hands will get wrinkled and they'll get old, but still they'll be the hands that you crave and reach for.

This post also got me singing one of my favorite songs by JJ Heller. A song that that ironically helped B and I get through a difficult time in our relationship a couple of years back. 'When my world is shaking, Heaven stands, when my heart is breaking, I never leave Your hands.'

And another song I absolutely adore by her...

(and I'll stop before this post starts turning into a bunch of different tangents that I go off onto, like I do in real life)

Oh but one last thing - our second, second anniversary is on Monday! We said we were only going to celebrate this anniversary date, but I noticed, we seem to acknowledge both.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Have you heard about the ban of plastic bags in California? It's a controversial issue (as most things are), and although we reuse our plastic bags from the grocery stores, I personally prefer our durable reusable totes and so does the tree hugger in me.
They are such a fun way to show personality...check out these...

Groceries & Sh*t (This one had me laughing, I love it!)

And one that you can store in your purse for unexpected trips (so you don't get charged the plastic bag fee). I love this crochet market bag. Momma, can you make it?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

planning ahead

I was asked by my lovely readers to do a review of my new inkWell press planner after asking for your suggestions on this blog and posting it on Instagram once I received it in the mail.

The packaging was carefully put together and in addition to your wrapped up planner, you received an "inkling," a little motivation for your new year. 
Mine was so fitting.
So I may have had cookies for breakfast...
Peppermint sugar cookies to be exact, elf snacking.

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pages in the planner:

Yearly goals - and a space at the top where I will put my One Word for 2015.

Missions for the month - Personal, Social, Fitness, Home Goals and Plans
[This will probably be my most favorite month of the year]

A monthly view.

And a weekly view with sections for meal planing, home cleaning, and fitness scheduling. Plus, there is ample note sections throughout the entire planner. 

A travel section with places to write down flight times and dates, car rental information, and reminders before you leave. I'll be using this one a lot this year.

A pocket folder for all those loose papers you need - and for myself, a place to store labels and stamps.

And lastly, in the very back of the planner an accordion file! Genius!

I LOVE IT! The size takes some getting used to and I still have a few ideas of my own, but I think I'll keep those bottled up; who knows, maybe Britney and I'll create the next big planner.
I couldn't wait until the new year, I have it starting in December!

[Ironically this morning I saw that inkWell Press is offering 25% off your planner today only using 25Today]

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide #6: For your dapper husband who is perfecting the mustache, but knows said mustache will not be coming back to the states with him

Some of these gifts are more fitting while he's there and some will be waiting for him when he comes home, like the surfboard rack and the Slow & Low whiskey that tastes like an Old Fashioned straight up...
1//2//3(This backpack is perfect for traveling, it folds up for stowing away and tuns into a full sized backpack for adventures around town) //4//5//6 (cigar cologne)

Oh and the perfect backpack for hiking, if your husband wasn't a Marine and didn't have his backpack. We got this one for me instead - it has a hydration reservoir and enough room for snacks! I cannot wait to use it.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide #5: For your mom who always crochets some of the best creations and your father who can still make a military bed with hospital corners in 60 seconds flat

1 - It's orange and completely silicon which makes it so much fun, plus it matches their new couch //2 - Because both of you have a sweater obsession and wage war against sweater fuzzies //3 - Pretty coasters for the coffee table

1 - Because you can always find him watching the History Channel and he knows just about every important date in our nations history //2 - A Greek yogurt maker since it's one of his favorite treats //3 - A travel steamer because wrinkled clothes are one of his biggest pet peeves