Monthly Archives: November 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Day 8

The topic of the day is: Least Favorite Thing About the Holidays

I’m thankful that my parents and my in-laws only live about an hour and a half away from each other so traveling around the holidays isn’t bad. However, I don’t like deciding how we’re going to split our time between each family. For the first 2 years that we were married, we would spend Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with one family, then drive to the other family’s house and spend a few days there. We would then switch back and hang out until right after New Year’s then drive back home. Last year to eliminate cutting Christmas day short, we decided to spend both Christmas Eve and Christmas day with my parents then drove to Evan’s the next day. This year, we’ll be switching it around. Hopefully by next Christmas, we’ll have our baby and everyone can come see us.
Another thing that I don’t enjoy is taking down and putting away all of the decorations. I love putting them up and enjoying them while they’re out, but taking everything down and getting them back in their boxes is so time consuming and tedious.

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Day 7

The topic of the day is: Holiday Craft/DIY (If you don’t make anything, what do you wish you could make?)

I’ll admit it – I’m not a crafty person at all. I don’t think I’ve ever made a holiday craft other than homemade Christmas cards when I was very young. If I knew how to sew, I would love to make a tree skirt for our Christmas tree. I think it would be so nice to have something in the house that was actually handmade and not store-bought. Maybe one day, I’ll learn how to sew and I’ll make my very own tree skirt!

Cute puppies = cute Christmas cards

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner already. It feels like it was just summer time and we were sweltering in Arizona. Thankfully, I got some great family shots over Thanksgiving – so now I’m ready to pick out my holiday photo cards. Evan and I started sending out photo cards 4 years ago and I still love to send them as our annual holiday card.

This year we have decided to order our cards again from Shutterfly. They have such a wide selection, it’s hard to narrow the search down to just one card. Here are my top 3 choices.

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If you’re a fellow Blogger and would like the opportunity to receive 50 free Christmas photo cards from Shutterfly, click here to learn more. Like I said before, there’s a great selection with hundreds of options to choose from! In addition to having fun photo cards, they also make personalized wall calendars which would be a great gift idea for yourself or for family members.

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Day 6

The topic of day 6 is : Gift Ideas

It’s so hard to come up with ideas for Christmas presents for me every year for some reason! It’s especially hard because my birthday, anniversary and Christmas all fall in the same month so that means 3 times the present ideas. This year I am asking for a new comforter for the master bedroom since the one we have now is about 8 years old. I’m also asking for a new mouse for my Mac so it’s easier to do all my classwork and homework for my online classes, a gift card to Loft for some student teaching clothing and a gift card to Pier 1 so I can pick out some new pillows to go with the comforter. The list is short and simple and has to be split between Evan, my parents and my in-laws. If I get some of these things – great. If not, then I won’t be too disappointed. I think I enjoy giving presents more than I do getting them. We’ll see what ends up under the Christmas tree in a few weeks!

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Day 5

The topic for day 5 is: Favorite Holiday Movie/TV Show Special
Hands down, the best Christmas movie ever is “A Christmas Story”. TBS has a 24 hour marathon every year starting on Christmas Eve and you bet I’ll be watching at least one of the showings. I guess I should have included this is in my holiday traditions post because I’ve been doing this for at least 10 years now. Who doesn’t love the leg lamp, “you’ll shoot your eye out”, double dog dares, the Bumpuses’ dogs and the pink bunny suit that poor Ralphie has to put on while his little brother, Randy, points and laughs.
I also enjoy “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Santa Clause”. I like to watch the holiday specials on Food Network to see what kind of yummy holiday goodies the hosts can come up with. Finally, I like to watch some of the holiday specials on HGTV. A few of the shows have some good decorating ideas.

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving has come and is gone for another year. Even though it was a lot of work, it turned out to be a great day. Since we were only having a turkey breast, I didn’t have to pop the turkey in the oven until 1:00. I utilized my free time in the morning to prep all of the sides and the dessert. I thought my pie crust was unusable because it kept crumbling when I tried to roll it out. Evan saved the day though – he fixed it and rolled it out for me while I continued with other preparations. I have to say that my favorites from dinner were the turkey and the cornbread stuffing. I’m looking forward to eating turkey sandwiches for lunch this week! We ended the day with a few football games then I settled in with a good book. I also made Evan pose for a few pictures, much to his dismay. I needed some new shots to choose from for our annual Christmas card. Here are a few pictures from the day to enjoy.

(Our Thanksgiving table)

(Bella hates the camera)

(Murphy’s favorite spot)

(Family picture)

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge – Day 4

Hello blog world! Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving yesterday. Here is the challenge topic for the day: Tips/Tricks to a Budget Friendly Holiday Season

Well as I said before with the Black Friday post, always go into a store with a list. It will keep you on track and you’ll be less tempted to make impulse buys.
I’m also a big fan of homemade gifts. I LOVE to cook and bake so in a few weeks, I’ll be pulling out my Kitchenaid mixer to whip up some Christmas cookies. Last year, I made snickerdoodles and everyone loved them. This year, I think I’ll make them again and some other cookie. I’m thinking a chocolate chip or peanut butter blossom. I’ve also made spiced nuts, fudge and chocolate almond bark in the past. I’ll probably make chocolate dipped pretzel rods this year and one other goodie. I pick up some cute Christmas themed goodie bags from a craft store, package up the baked goods and hand them out to family. What will you be doing this year to save some money?