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Blogmas 2014 – Day 9: Merry Christmas Addie!

Happy Blogmas Day 9!

Do you remember how exciting it was to get mail when you were a kid? What was better than receiving a letter addressed to you?! Heck, I still love getting mail (non-bill related mail, of course).

Well, there is a sweet little 6 year old girl in Utah who is asking anyone and everyone who is willing, to send her mail.

This lady’s name is Addie. She suffers from an undiagnosed illness – and was given less than one year to live.

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Anticipating that this Christmas will likely be the last for Addie, her family is doing everything that they can to make it extra special – and they’ve asked the public to help. Since Addie loves receiving cards – her parents are asking that people add her to their holiday mailing lists when sending out their Christmas cards.

You can read Addie’s whole story here.

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While they make me cry in an instant, I love stories like these – and being able to do a little something to make a sweet child smile.

Danny Nickerson had a similar birthday wish this past summer! I was happy to mail him a card too 🙂

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Such a wonderful idea.

If you have a moment to pick up an extra holiday card today – do so! They can be mailed to:

ADDIE LYNN AND SISTERS
P.O. BOX 162
FOUNTAIN GREEN , UTAH 84632

I’m popping mine in the mail this afternoon 🙂

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Have you heard about Addie’s story?

Let me know if you plan to send her some mail 🙂 

XOXO

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 8: Belted Wrap Coats

Happy Monday & Blogmas Day 8!

I’ve usually been kind of “meh” when it comes to winter coats, I never gave them much thought. Lately though, I have been completely obsessed with belted wrap jackets! I never realized how much a good coat could add to even the frumpiest of outfits.

I picked up a really fun burgundy/fall belted wrap jacket from Target a couple of months ago and have been in LOVE with it!

It falls just about mid-thigh
It falls just about mid-thigh

I get so many compliments whenever I wear it – it’s comfy, it’s warm, it has awesome deep pockets & the belt tie makes it so easy to put on/take off. Target has a black & white one that I really wanted too (I couldn’t bring myself to buy 2 coats in September)…but I think my little sister mayyy have taken the hint & picked up my Christmas present early 😉

black and white target wrap jacket
Not sure why they styled the model like this, I feel like her outfit takes away from the jacket, but the coat is so adorable in person!

While I’m in love with my two Target finds, there are so many others out there that I have been eyeing! Take a look at a few of my favorites! 🙂 –>

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T Tahari Black Marla Wrap Coat – Neiman Marcus: $195.00

 Trina Turk Red Belted Wrap Coat: Normally available at Nordstroms, but I cannot find it in stock anywhere!

White Belted Wrap Coat – Forever 21: $52.90

Belted Wrap Wool-Blend Coat – JCPenny: $131.99

IN.LOVE!!!

Anyone else loving the wrap coat this year?

Where have you found cute ones?

XOXO

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 5 – Favorite Christmas Movies

Happy Friday…and Blogmas Day 5!

I swear, when you wake up Friday morning the air is different. Hands down, my favorite day of the week 🙂

Toady I thought I’d write about one of the suggested Blogmas topics: My Favorite Christmas Movie. I was just having this discussion with one of my girlfriends the other day – it’s so hard to pick just one, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 5.

Here it goes! –>

5. ELF

Let it be known that I am not a very big fan of Will Ferrell movies – I don’t really care for his style of humor (that whole Old School/Talladega Nights shenanigans)… but I give the man credit because he totally won me over with Elf. This movie is a Top 5 must for so many reasons – which I’m sure many of you can figure out 🙂

Elf

 

4. A Christmas Story

If you had asked me maybe 10 years ago, this would have been my hands down, no questions asked, absolute #1 favorite! My brother & I would watch as much of the TBS 24 hour A Christmas Story marathon together every single Christmas. Then one year my Mom bought it for us on DVD because we loved it so much (bless her), but then I guess it kind of lost it’s uniqueness since we owned it? It’s still a special film and I’ll definitely tell my kids about how Uncle Matt & I lived and breathed for this movie every single Christmas. I do still love to watch it – but once is enough 😉

Ralphie A Christmas Story

 

3. The Santa Clause

I was in first grade when this movie came out so it’s one of the few films that I vividly remember watching and enjoying every year growing up. It also always makes me want Dennys lol.  Note: only the first one makes the list 😉

The Santa Clause

 

2. It’s a Wonderful Life

Aside from the beautiful storyline & the fact that it may be the most classic Christmas film of all time, I love it because my Mom adores it. I remember being younger and her always wanting us to watch it with her. I never really cared for it then. It was black and white, I was traumatized by little George’s bloody ear ha… but the older I got the more I began to love it. It’ll always be a special movie because of how much it means to my Mom, so for that – it’s one of my favorites too. 🙂

Its a wonderful life

 

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

I . LOVE . THE . GRISWOLDS. (I’m a huge fan of all the National Lampoon Vacation movies). I love the simplicity of this movie – it’s just good old family fun. No fancy extras – the clothes, the cars, the wrapping paper, the appliances, the cellphone/computer-less life – it reminds me of my childhood. Not to mention, Chevy Chase is hysterical. I may have watched it three times already this year, but who’s counting? #TISTHESEASON

National Lampoons Christmas vacation

That wraps up my Top 5 favorites! I’m trying to enjoy as many holiday movies as I can this month. I love getting home at the end of the day & putting one on, even if I end up falling asleep. It just makes every day of the Christmas season a little more special.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

Have you been binge watching holiday movies too?

 

XOXO

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 4 – Hair, Coffee, Target :)

Happy Blogmas Day 4 …and (as you’ll read this) Friday Eve! 🙂

Soo, I chopped off all of my hair last week. I’ve wanted to do it for a few months now, so I just bit the bullet and decided to go for it. I asked my stylist to cut an angled bob (which I’ve always wanted to try) and I’m glad I did it, because I don’t think I’ll ever do it again ha. I’ve been having so much trouble styling it! It’s way too short in the back, so I’ve been rocking a little nub ponytail basically every day (except Thanksgiving) since. This morning, I attempted to curl it and totally failed. It had potential, but I ran out of experiment time before work.

Left is the day I chopped it - it looks fine from the front, but the back is basically at the nape of my neck. Right is my sad attempt to curl it in 10 minutes this morning LOL. I used a regular clamp iron and burned my face/neck 6 times or so hah. I think I'll try my wand next time. I need some volume up top!!
Left is a picture from last week on the day I chopped it  – it looks fine from the front, but the back basically lies at the nape of my neck – it’s like 1″ long from scalp to tip – a little drafty. I initially wanted to go shorter! My stylist said we’d start here & could always cut more – thank goodness for her. Right is my sad attempt to curl it in 10 minutes this morning LOL – honestly, what even is this?! I used a 1/2″ regular clamp iron which I never use, but I thought it may be easier – after burning my my face/neck a few times, I was proven wrong lol. I think I’ll try my wand next time. I need some volume up top!! Like, why is it all flat like that?! Hahahaha, oohh, I can’t. (Insert laughing/crying emoji – wordpress should really get an emoji plugin. Maybe they do? Let me know if you have emojis!)

After the sad hair attempt – I just put it up into my trusty little nub pony, and made a cup of the yummiest coffee before work.

I just picked up these mocha swirl kcups - which are AMAZING!
I just picked up these mocha swirl kcups – which are AMAZING!

The coffee was SO good that I tweeted Folgers – it’s always fun to get a tweet back 😉

...they tweeted back. I freaking love Twitter.
I love Twitter.

Fast forward through my day at work…it was busy, but productive. I had to run a ton of errands which is always a nice way to break up the day.

After work I met up with one of my girlfriends, Steph, for some margaritas. I love when we go out – we’re very similar in a lot of ways (personally/socially), but she also works for a marketing company, so we totally get each other. Everytime we get together we always end up staying out way too late & chatting about life, work, goals, dreams, and whatnot… it’s nice to have a girlfriend like that!

After dinner, we ended up popping into Target… because who doesn’t love a trip to Target?!

I have no ideas
Why all of the carts are just hanging in the middle of the store – I have no idea.
Side note - I really wish I fit into children's clothes. Or had a cute little girl to dress up. One dayyy! :)
Side note – I really wish I fit into children’s clothes – that sweater on the top right is the cutest/coziest thing ever.

With Margarita brain, I couldn’t help picking up a couple of fun holiday-ish things..

This adorable snowman floor mat was only $3
This adorable snowman floor mat was only $3 & now lives in our kitchen
Im a sucker for a day planner. Ive used one since middle school. Ive bought
I’m a sucker for a cute day planner. I really don’t like my mobile calendar, it’s just not the same as having a physical one. My 2014 planner is in its last month so I’ve been on the hunt! I saw some really fun ones at Target on Black Friday & almost took one home, but passed because the check out lines were just too long. I’m really glad I did though, because I hadn’t seen this one! I was sold in a heartbeat – I’m so in love with it. It’s my most fabulous planner to date 🙂

Today was a really good day, but I’m happy to be in bed and watching a cheesy Lifetime/Hallmark movie. I have to be up really early to meet a client tomorrow morning so I hope to pass out soon!

I hope everyone has a great Friday Eve! The weekend is almost here 🙂

What is your favorite Kcup flavor? I love trying out new ones!

 Do you prefer to use a physical calendar or a mobile one? Or do you just live life planner-free? 😉

 

XOXO

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Blogmas 2014 – Day 2 – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas + An Engagement (!!!)

Woohoo, I made it to Blogmas day 2, I think that’s a good sign of things to come 🙂

Alright, first things first! MY BEST FRIEND ERIN GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!! Erin & I have been friends since…forever.

One of my favorite pictures of her & I in kindergarten :)
One of my favorite pictures of her & I in kindergarten 🙂

We always talked about the day we’d get married. Fun fact – we both dressed up as brides for Halloween in Kindergarten (I wish I were home to dig up the pictures) and the day is finally here! Well, for her at least haha. I couldn’t be more excited or happier for her. I can already tell that 2015 is going to be a great year 🙂

First things first! MY BEST FRIEND ERIN GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!  Erin & I have been friends since...forever. We always talked about the day we'd get married (fun fact - we were both brides for Halloween in Kindergarten) and the day is finally here! Well, for her haha. I couln't be more excited or happier for her. I can already tell that 2015 is going to be a great year :)
She really has met her perfect match. …AND THAT RING! Gorgeous. I love you Erin!! XOXO

Such exciting news, I’m thrilled for my BFF!

Thanksgiving weekend was amazing for so many reasons. Obviously the engagement(!!), and that I got to spend time with family & friends, I had a few days off to relax, and I did quite a bit of holiday decorating! I thought some festive photos would be perfectly appropriate for Blogmas Day 2 🙂

I need this ornament in my life. Found at Target.
Post Black Friday shopping at Target. I need this ornament in my life! #ManiAddict
My Mom  I put up our Dickens village - one of my favorite things about the Christmas season :)
My Mom and I put up our Dickens village – one of my favorite things about the Christmas season 🙂
Have to share a picture of it all lit up!
Had to snap a picture of it all lit up!
Mom, sister and I putting up our fake) tree. SWeve
Mom, sister, and I putting up our fake tree. We’ve been fake tree people for a few years now & I have to say, I’m a HUGE fan. No mess, easy up, easy down, no trying to keep it alive. Miss the smell? Pine tree candles + scent sticks = basically the real thing! (We were also all rocking bold lips the whole weekend, I loved this red!)
I interrupt this decoration update to bring you the cutest picture of Mike with his favorite girl ;)
I interrupt this decoration update to bring you the cutest picture of Mike with his favorite girl 😉
Our family living room all Christmafyied  coz6Watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation :)
Relaxing in our cozy family room after it had been completely Christmafyed! We were all watching National Lampoons Christmas Vacation 🙂 (Which I’m currently watching right now…for the third time..since Saturday. I LOVE Clark & Ellen)
Trying to take a festive picture of Lily for our holiday card. She hated it lol
And why not some more holiday cuteness?! We tried to take a festive picture of Lily for our holiday card. Of course, she hated it lol
So after spending the we
After spending the weekend decorating at my parents, I came home to decorate our condo! I present, the Welly tree 🙂
Actually I put up 2 trees. We had an extra, so I figured why not!
…I mayyyyy have put up 2 trees. We had an extra, so I figured why not!
Gahhh I love our apartment this time of year!!
Gahhh I love our little place this time of year!! I told Mike to hide, he didn’t do very well – can you spot his shadow? lol
Wrapped up the weekend with some PB/Chocolate chip cookies :)
All that decorating required some sweets. Wrapped up the weekend with some homemade PB/Chocolate chip cookies 🙂

Well there you have it, welcome to my Blogmas atmosphere! What is it about Christmas decorations, movies, smells, colors, etc. that makes everything feel so cozy, uplifting, and inspiring? It’s such a magical time of year!

I’m really looking forward to this month 🙂 I hope it doesn’t fly by too quickly!

 

Have you put up your holiday decorations yet?

Serious Q – Do you live in a small apartment or condo & have more than one tree!? (Insert hands over eyes / kind of embarrassed / monkey emoji)

 XOXO

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