Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Currently ~ December

Today, I join my friend Jennifer for the Currently series.  


I am loving all the Christmas lights and music this time of year!


I think at this point, I have purchased all my Christmas gifts! That being said, I do feel like I usually find a few little things the week leading up to Christmas.


Well, so far, I haven't wrapped anything.  I will probably do that the weekend before Christmas.


I am hoping for good weather and travel for my trip to New York City!  


I am attending a play, the Rockettes and maybe even a tv taping when I go to NYC.  I don't have any Christmas parties to attend this year.

Keeping it short and sweet today, but I love this link-up and hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prime Purchases ~ November

 Today I am linking up with Tanya for Prime Purchases this month.  There are a few things I haven't shared due to they are Christmas gifts, but here are a few random purchases:

1.  I got two new garland strands to use this year for my mantle. Here is one 

and here is the other one with lights
And here they are on my mantle

2.  I shared last week about how I painted my front door to look like wood.  Here is the kit I purchased:

And here are pictures of my door:

3.  Organizational boxes have become a favorite here and these are less than $3 a piece in this set!

4.  This caught my eye and I actually bought one set for a gift and one for me.

Next month, I will sahre some of my Christmas purchases :)

Enjoy the day!

Friday, December 2, 2022

Christmas Decor

Happy December!  My favorite this week has been my Christmas Decor, so I am sharing that today.

Here is the front door I recently painted.
This is a favorite naivity from Colombia.
My dining room table
Our breakfast area
This is my little tree with ornaments from Colombia and Peru.
And a super fun charging cord that looks like Christmas lights :)
And the living room
The white tree in the background is new this year
And the light up tree on the mantle is also new. This year, I got new garland and hung it below the mantle instead of resting it on top.

A few other things not pictured are Christmas hand towels, soap and candles in the bathrooms, outdoor lights and some lighted garland on my headboard.  

It is fun to share this every year as I like to re-arrange things and usually get one or two new things each year, while also trying to get rid of something I don't use.  I will share pictures of our tree in a later post.

Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

What's Up Wednesday ~ November 2022

 Hey, hey! It's time for another What's Up Wednesday!

What we're eating this week......
Monday - out to eat BBQ
Tuesday - tacos
Wednesday - grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, vegetable
Thursday - ??
Friday - shrimp
Saturday - pizza

What I'm reminiscing about....
While my girls were home last weekend, we reminisced about our time in South America.  Here were two pictures that we talked a lot about. This first picture was taken on a horse back riding trip in Colombia.  
This picture was taken while we were taking a walk on a Sunday afternoon in Cusco, Peru.  Don't mind all the sheep crossing the road!

What I'm loving....
I loved having both girls home last week.  The oldest went back this week to finish exams and will be back the week of Christmas.  My youngest is still home with us and it is so good to have her back in the house.

What we've been up to....
I have been up to lots of Christmas shopping, most of which has been online.  I haven't started wrapping yet though. This is the week to sort through all the packages that will be arriving!

I also had a weekend trip to McKinney, Texas you can read about here and a birthday this month.

What I'm dreading....
I have lots of financial paperwork to organize.  :(

What I'm working on....
I am working on a few details for our NYC trip, meal planning, and this is a busy season at work.  I am also working on a coat drive in memory of my great nephew who was born into heaven in December of 2020.  This is the 2nd year my sister and I collect coats to be donated to two local schools.

What I'm excited about....
I am excited about my trip to New York City this month with my girls!  The last time I went was in 2016.  This has probably been the longest time I have gone between visits to my favorite city!

What I'm watching/reading....
I am watching Christmas movies from Hallmark, Great Family Channel and Netflix.  I will probably be watching them through January at the rate they are airing movies.

What I'm listening to....
I am beginning to listen to Christmas music on a regular basis now.  My favorite is Gwen Stefani's Christmas album!  I am also still trying to keep up with my weekly podcast list!

What I'm wearing....
Leggings and a sweater or tunic top most days, with a few dresses sprinkled in the mix when I go to work.  I wore this new dress for Thanksgiving.  I purchased this on my birthday from Altar'd State.

What I'm doing this weekend.....
I don't have any plans as of yet, other than cleaning and organizing and hopefully watching a Christmas movie or two...or three.

What I'm looking forward to next month....
NYC at Christmas time, good food, Christmas movies, staring at twinkling lights, listening to Christmas music and giving gifts to my girls.

What else is new.....
I recently painted my front door.  Maybe some of you have seen this trend?  I purchased this kit from Amazon and completed the project in 2 days.  It is fairly easy to do.  It doesn't look perfect, but neither does original wood, right? This was the before and the color of our front door when we bought the house almost 6 years ago.
I taped it off for the two different applications.
Here is the finished look...
And now with a Christmas wreath...

Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Hello Monday ~ Thanksgiving Weekend 2022

 Happy Monday and hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend.  Oh how I wish we had another day with not much going on, but it is back to the list of things to be done on this Monday.

My oldest came home Tuesday evening and after a quick dinner of grilled cheeses, a family favorite, we headed to see the Grizzlies play basketball.  We have become Grizzlies NBA fans and it is fun to watch them play live.  It is more fun when they win, which they didn't this time unfortunately, but we did get to see one of the best players in the league though, Ja Morant.

We stopped by the grandest hotel of the south, The Peabody.  When my girls were younger, we always went during the Christmas season and took pictures.  We were dressed for the basketball game, but didn't miss the opportunity while we were downtown.

Wednesday, my brother and his family came in town.  They won't be here for Christmas, so we enjoyed hanging out at my sister's house.  Here are the 4 youngest cousins.

Eden spent the night with us and it was so fun to wake up and see the signs of life at my kitchen table....wrappers, a deck of cards, glasses.

I had the parade on TV in the background, but honestly didn't get to watch a lot of it due to cooking.  However, I did stop to watch my favorite, The Lion King.  This opening number is the best 5 minute opening number on Broadway, with the tap dance number of 42nd Street being a close second.
We had lunch at my parents house then went to see my niece's new house being built.  Here I am with my 2 girls.
Sweetest cousins
My brother, sister and I
Most of the family on my side :)
My great niece in her Christmas PJ's later in the evening coming to show me something.
And holding the youngest one

Friday, I got out with my girls mid-day to go to a few stores.  There were long lines, but it wasn't too bad.  I did a lot of shopping online too over the weekend and have most of Christmas gifts purchased.  Now to sort through all the packages when they arrive!  This picture popped up in memories from back in 2011 when I took my oldest with me to Target at midnight for shopping.  She still remembers this as being one of her favorite childhood memories.
Saturday, my husband gave my girls a lesson in changing a tire.

We found old Christmas episodes of The Brady Bunch and Family Ties and watched those while we decorated the Christmas tree. (I will share more pictures of this later).

Saturday night, we went to dinner with friends and then church on Sunday & lunch for the 4 of us at our favorite local pizza place.  Now off to a hopefully a good week ahead!

Currently ~ December

Today, I join my friend Jennifer for the Currently series.   Loving I am loving all the Christmas lights and music this time of year! Gifti...