Friday, December 13, 2019

Christmas In Winter Hill

One thing that I wish I had done more in 2019 is read more. There just always seemed to be something going on; 2019 was an extremely busy year. Luckily things seem to be slowing down just in time to be able to enjoy the holiday season, settle down, and read a few Christmas books. I mean what better way to get back in the habit of reading than with a few Christmas themed books.
Christmas in Winter Hill is the first book I have read of Melody Carlson’s and I completely loved it! I honestly could not put the book down – I read it in like a day. The story line was so sweet and the town sounds just as perfect as the cover looks. 

Krista Galloway, a single mother who grew up in foster homes, decides to move with her daughter, Emily, to Winter Hill, Washington. Ironically, upon arrival, Krista discovers she has moved them to a town who is famous for their Christmas celebration, one of her least favorite times of the year… Emily falls in love with the town upon arrival claiming that it feels like they are living in a storybook, if only it would snow. 

The town’s Christmas spirit is so infection that even Krista starts to get wrapped up in the excitement of the Christmas season. However, with every move there are a few big bumps along the way, and Krista’s job as city manager unfortunately puts her in the middle of some major bumps to the point where Krista and Emily have to make a decision to stay or move to another town…

I highly recommend Christmas in Winter Hill, by Melody Carlson. It has such a sweet story line and will wrap you in a blanket of Christmas filled with joy, hope, and thankfulness. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

It's Just Not Christmas Till...

Christmas is a huge holiday for my family; we start decorating the day after Halloween and listening to Christmas music a few days before November. One thing we have always done is watch a few “have-to-watch” Christmas movies though out the season and at specific times.

Over the years it has gotten to the point where it just doesn’t seem like Christmas unless we sit down as a family and watch these five movies…
Miracle on 34th Street// On Thanksgiving day we usually watch this after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. There is nothing like seeing Susan’s faith in Santa being restored and all of New York cheering on Santa Clause as he tried to prove the Chris Kringle is indeed his tree identity 

Christmas Vacation// Even though it’s not the first Christmas movie of the season we watch, it just doesn’t seem like the Christmas season till the opening song of Christmas Vacation plays in the opening scene 

Home Alone// I remember the very first time I saw this movie; I was about seven years old and my dad was completely dreading the experience. He was fully anticipating an element of a wish being granted and a full on child film, but everyone ended up completely loving it and now we have to watch it every Christmas

A Christmas Carol// Every Christmas Eve we always watch the George C. Scott Scrooge while we wait for our Christmas day deserts to finish baking

It’s A Wonderful Life// After all the presents have been open, the food eaten, and the kitchen and dinning room cleaned, we always sit down to watch It’s a Wonderful Life. I always love the end when George Baily runs through the streets of Bedford Falls feeling grateful for all his life and everything he has 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Well howdy, howdy, weekend – fancy meeting you here! All I can say is yay for the weekend! Is anyone else dragging their feet a little bit with their Christmas shopping this year? As you know I love the Christmas decorations, but I am slightly dreading the crowds at the mall…online shopping might be my bff this year. Here’s to a wonderful weekend spent with friends and family and many wonderful memories to be made. Cheers! 

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.” 

Drink Special! 
1 ounce tequila
1 ounce heavy cream
1 ounce white crème de cacao
½ ounce white crème de menthe
Ice cubes 
Cocoa powder for garnish
Shake liquid ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cocoa powder

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Holiday Lights at Cheekwood, December 7 - January
Franklin, TN: Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at The Factory at Franklin, Sunday. December 8, 2:00pm
Seaside, FL: Holiday Market at Seaside Lyceum, Sunday, December 8, 7:00pm
Harrisonburg, VA: Singing Light at Eastern Mennonite School, Sunday, December 8, 7:00pm
Louisville, KY: Burnch with Santa at The Galt House Hotel, Saturday, December 7 – December 22

Friday, December 6, 2019

Rifle Paper Co. Christmas

Is it just me or are Riel Paper Company’s 100% on point 100% of the time? They have to be one of my top three favorite places to go to for Christmas wrapping paper, greeting cards, and the only place I’ll go to for a super cute, whimsical advent calendar. I always cheat with it a little and open up the next days window right before I go to bed because I know I will forget to if I wait till the morning, plus, I always love seeing what’s hiding behind each window!
I just love the old fashioned writing they use for the front of the greeting cards, and they always seem to have a Nutcracker design which always completely makes me swoon. Here are a few of my favorite Rifle Paper Co. items from this year!

Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday Sales

To be honest, I’m not really sure if lining up outside a store thanksgiving night and waiting for the doors to open at exactly midnight is still a thing, but I completely love the fact that over the years Black Friday has turned into a weeklong sale that you can shop from the comfort of your own bed. 

Even when it was a thing I was never into going to the mall on Black Friday, bright and early, fighting your way through an endless seas of shoppers, all in a panic and on a mission. Today I am definitely thankful that I can drink some hot chocolate, put a few items in my cyber shopping bag, do a little Christmas shopping, and get some great deals without the stress!

Here is all the sales, along with the codes! Be sure to check back later on today for updates! 
Abercrombie// 50% off entire store plus free shipping on all orders
Anthropologie// 30% off everything
Ann Taylor// 50% off everything with code: BLACKFRIDAY
Asos// 30% off everything with code: BIG30
Banana Republic// 50% off
Barrington Gifts// 10% off $150 or more, !5% off $250 or more, 20% off $350 or more
Country Club Prep// up to 30% off site-wide
Free People// 50% off sale
Gal Meets Glam// 40% off coats
Gap// 50% off everything with code:BLKFRIDAY
H & M// 30% off everything plus free shipping
J. Crew// 50% off regular price items and 60% off sale styles with code: FRIDAY
J. Crew Factory// 60% off everything
Jack Rogers// 30% off new arrivals with code: BF2019
Joules// up to 40% off almost everything
Kate Spade// 40% off everything with code: TGIBF
Kiel James Patrick// 25% off site-wide with code: COZYCABIN
L.L. Bean// 20% off order with code: THANKS20
Lake Pajamas// Sale on Sale
Lands’ End// 50% off full-price items
Loft// 50% off purchase with code: FRIYAY
Madewell// 30% off entire purchase
Nordstrom// up to 50% off
One Kings Lane// 30% off sitewide plus an extra 10% off orders over $600 with code OKLCYBER10
Pottery Barn// 25% off plus free shipping with code: BLACKFRIDAY
Ralph Lauren// Get 40% off when you spend $125 or more
Sacks// up to 50% off designer sale
Serena & Lilly// 25% off everything with code: THANKFUL
Shopbop// 15% off orders $200 or more, 20% off orders of $500 or more, 25% off orders of $800 or more
Sugar Paper LA// 30% off everything
Talbots// 50% off one item till noon, 40% off entire purchase until midnight, and free shipping on orders $150 or more
Tory Burch// 30% off full-price styles and up to 60% off sale styles
Tuckernuck// 20% off everything sitewide, 25% off orders over $500, 30% off orders over $1000
Vineyard Vines// 40% off favorite styles with code BLACKFRI19
West Elm// 15% off $150 or more, 20% off $200 or more, 25% off $1000 or more, 30% off $3500 or more
White + Warren// 25% off sitewide
Williams Sonoma// up to 75% off black Friday
Z Gallerie// 50% off everything