Monday, December 30, 2013

Working over the holidays stink!

I have definitely been slacking on the blogging lately and for that, I apologize.  Nothing new has happened, we have just been busy with Christmas and family and me working all last week and this week.  Can I just say, that working the week of Christmas and New Year is such a drag! Seriously it is.  Everyone else takes off (most of the employees here have worked here forever so they have TONS of vacation time that they can burn up) and working when everyone else is not here is not productive what so ever!  ALL of the St Louis radio stations also take off for 2 weeks and this results in nothing fun to listen to in the morning.  I am having some celebrity scoop withdrawals and just listening to people talk, rather than listening to the same songs over and over again.

I did manage to take off Christmas Eve with Andy and yet again, I am slacking because I need to review Christmas Eve and Christmas day for you all! Hoping that tonight I will get on the computer and type that up for you all.  I did manage to get LOTS of great photos on Christmas with the good camera.  Not just my silly iPhone photos you see all the time.

Tomorrow is New Years Eve and I am more than ready to bring 2014 into my life!  Andy and I are having a low key New Year's Eve.  We both have to work, then dinner at Olive Garden because I have been craving it, and probably back home to watch a movie.  I place bets that we will be asleep before midnight.  Sad but true.  :)  Getting up at 5:30 am in the morning for work will do that to you.  

But until then, you all will have to live with a boring post.  Here's hoping I can get you all updated with my life sooner rather than later.  ;) 

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Just wanted to wish you all Merry Christmas from my family to yours! I'll be back blogging soon and sharing tons of photos and memories that will last me a lifetime!

Monday, December 23, 2013

2 days till Christmas

Good Morning all!  Hard to believe that the weekend is already over with and were onto the week of Christmas!  This morning and I am stressed to the max and working my booty off in getting payroll submitted and sent so that I can enjoy my day off on Christmas Eve!!  I'm not sure how much blogging that I will get done this week, but I'll try my best.  :) 

My weekend was fun and down right relaxing!  Friday night was spent spending money at Dobbs and getting the oil changed in both cars and getting new tires for Andy's cars.  Andy's Christmas present from my parents also came in on Friday!  He received a new rug for the basement!!  Both Andy and Smokey LOVED the rug.  It makes the rug feel "homey"!

  • A Friday night beer run for Andy to Friar Tuck.  $50 later.  I'm a good wife!
  • A forced photo with my Smokey!
  • Blueberry pancakes for Saturday morning's breakfast.
  • This is what Keeley looks like while we eat our meals at the table.  Pathetic!
  • Smokey takes seat at the table.  Makes Keeley crazy!?!!
  • Saturday morning cuddles with the Keeley!

Saturday I still wasn't feeling up to par and spent a lot of time on the couch watching TV.  I watched my fair share of HGTV and Food Network.  Speaking of HGTV, have you ever seen the show "House Crashers"?  We were watching it all Saturday morning long.  It was sucking us in 30 minutes at a time.  The host Josh Temple finds these people at home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot and finds out if their houses need to be "crashed" and re-done.  Sometimes he finds these people who run away from him and I just laugh.  I told Andy, if I saw him at Lowe's I'd be running after him with him running away from me!  LOL!  So I thought, what the hey, I'll tweet him that and see if he actually responds".  

That's right, he tweeted me back!  We went to dinner at Bellacino's with Andy's parents and his grandpa and spent the rest of the night watching the TV show, "Suits".  It's actually pretty good!

Sunday was spent shopping with my mom and sister!  We went to Costco right when they opened up (10am).  30 minutes later, while searching in the wine section for a certain type of red wine, I look up and the place is packed!  Welcome to the last weekend until Christmas!!!  LOL!  We also went to Target (thank you Target for the 10% discount).  I know that it's not good that their system was hacked and 40 million credit cards were taken, but at least Target did a really good job at informing the public and offered that 10% discount for the entire weekend to the customers.  We also watched our favorite cheesy Christmas movie, "A Very Brady Christmas".  Oh yes, I just said that.  It's a tradition to watch that movie. :)  I finished up the night with laundry (just getting real here people), wrapping Andy's presents, baking some blueberry muffins for breakfast this week, and watching some more of "Suits".  

  • Photo's of me watching "A Very Brady Christmas" Be jealous!
  • Andy was so gracious in getting me gas in my car that he left the door open.....ugh!!  MEN!  It was so cold, that I got us some Starbucks.  White Chocolate Mocha just hit the spot!
  • Blueberry Muffins!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Hot Cocoa Cookies

  • 2 1/2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 4 packages of Hot Chocolate Mix (not sugar free)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Marshmallow Bits 
  1. Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add in eggs and vanilla and blend well.  In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients, including the hot chocolate.
  2. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time to your wet ingredients.  Mix by hand your chocolate chips and marshmallows into the dough.
  3. Drop dough onto cookie sheets
  4. Bake in the over preheated to 350 degree for 8-11 minutes.  Allow to cool or several minutes before removing from cookie sheet
  5. ENJOY COOKIES with an ice cold glass of milk!
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Blogmopolitan Quiz

I saw "The Blogmopolitan Quiz" this morning that Caitlin posted on her site The Pearl & The Pilot which lead me to Erin over at Two Third's Hazel and thought that I just have to do this!  I've always seen celebrities fill this out in Cosmo and wondered how I would do filling this out.  Let me tell you, it's not that easy to do either....LOL!  You can also do this too, just head over to Two Third's Hazel and check it out!

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Good eats, bad for me.

A week from today is Christmas day, 2 weeks from today is the first day of the New Year 2014!  Wrap that around your head for a minute.  :)  Haha!  As much as I would LOVE to tell you all how awesome I am at getting my exercise in, I would be lying.  So instead, I will admit that my exercising has gone away again....UGH!  Snap out of it Jess!!  

I've been really bad at eating much as I'd love to eat those green vegetables, it's just not happening.  No excuses, it just isn't.  I am getting in SOME veggies, but not as many as I should.  I'm actually really looking forward to the new year and starting 2014 off right!

For now, you can enjoy my eats as they are now.  I have planned (it's scheduled up so I can't disappoint) to post the Hot Cocoa Cookies recipe up for you all on Thursday.  So make sure you come back for the recipe.  I promise, you won't want to miss out on this!

Homemade biscuits made with Bisquick!
Who knew they were that easy to make!?!?!!

My favorite thing from Panera right now!
Fontina grilled cheese and tomato soup!!!

Blueberry pancakes and cheese scrambled eggs

Homemade beer cheese sauce for Andy
Shake n Bake chicken and fries

Side salad for me with a little bit of cheese and Newman's Raspberry and Walnut dressing.

Yes, you read that right, Hot Cocoa Cookies!!!
{This recipe is schedule for tomorrow, I promise!}

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wrapped in Red

2013 Favorite Christmas Album:

Kelly Clarkson's "Wrapped in Red"

Pregnant Kelly Clarkson: Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason | kelly clarkson celebrity quotes

Can I just say, how much I love her!  Not only does she have a beautiful voice (I saw her live in concert and it was AMAZING) but I love her outlook on life in general.

Some of my favorite quotes of hers from interview with Parade:

On why she’s looking forward to being pregnant:
“Everybody calls me fat all the time, so I can’t wait to have a reason, instead of everybody just being a jerk!”
On how she figures she’ll be immune to pressure to rapidly drop the baby weight:
“I’ve never been Gisele B√ľndchen, so ain’t nobody expectin’ that! I like to set a [low] standard so people don’t expect a lot.”

I am in love with the following songs off of her album:
"Wrapped in Red" and "Underneath the Tree"  I could play those songs over and over again!!

What are your "go to" Christmas songs?  Any songs you just cannot stand?
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Monday, December 16, 2013

CoverGirl Fresh Whipped Foundation

Several weeks ago I was asked by BzzAgent to review Cover Girl's Clean Whipped Creme Foundation.  

Upon arrival I noticed that the foundation was light and airy.  I started out by putting the foundation on with a circular sponge.  I went on nice and smooth.  I did notice that it made my face "tingle" a little bit.  I don't know if it was because my face is sensitive or if I wasn't use to using a liquid foundation,  but I continued my usage of the product.  I noticed that product went on very well and covered all area's of my face with nice coverage.  I didn't like how thick it went on and I noticed that it didn't last all day long.  By the time I got home from work (9 hour work day, at least 7 hours are sitting down at a desk) my face wasn't as "smooth" as I would have liked.  

In all, I say it is a good product, but not something that I would choose to wear to nicer events.  I would prefer something that would last longer and stay put all night long.  For basic days or even a day spent just lounging around, it would work just fine.  

My daily routine for make up is as follows:

1. Wash face in shower (St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub)
2. Put on a SPF moisturizer (Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with SPF 15)
3. Apply foundation onto the face. (Cover Girl's Fresh Whipped Foundation in "   "
4. Apply a thin amount of powder to face (I am using Clinique's translucent powder in "Transparency Neutral" on top of the foundation)
5. Use a colored eye shadow to the eye lids (I am using either Cover Girl's Eye Enhancers or Bare Minerals eye color in "Nude Beach" )
6. Curl the eye lashes with an eyelash curler
7. Apply mascara to the lashes (I am using Cover Girl's "Flamed Out" mascara in "Black" or Loreal's Voluminous Million Lashes in "Blackest Black")

disclosure: I received this product (Cover Girl's Fresh Whipped Foundation for free from BzzAgent in exchange for a review on this product.  All views and opinions are mine own.

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Let it Snow!

What started out as a ice/snow storm on Friday night with an "expected" snow total of around 1-3 inches, came out as 8-10 inches!  Wowee that's a huge difference!!!  

Friday driving home from work wasn't too bad, the sidewalks and untreated areas were starting to get icy, but the highways and side streets were just fine.  I even made a pit stop on my way home to Target.  :)  I wanted to get a new half gallon of milk and you know peruse the clearance section {insert husband eye rolls here}.  Friday night was nice and laid back. For dinner we made homemade pizza and just watched TV.  Andy's neck was bothering him and I decided to give him an early Christmas present.  He received a new heating pad designed specifically for his neck.  He loved it!  I got an early Christmas present too:  a new heated blanket!!  Just in time for the pending snow storm!!!!  
New heated blanket!!

Saturday morning we woke up to a white out neighborhood!  I was up at 6:30 AM with Andy.....what's my deal?  I have this "rule" on the weekends.  If I toss and turn for more than an hour, just get up.  So I got up at 7:30.  We took Keeley outside to see if she would potty {the last major snow storm we had in March, Keeley refused to go potty}.  She surprised us and did really well in the snow.  Andy and I made breakfast together; blueberry pancakes and cheesy eggs.  After eating we put our winter clothes on and started on shoveling the driveway.  This snow was awesome!  It was the best packing snow I've seen in a really long time.  Andy and I had a snowball fight, I lost and swore some of the snowballs were so hard that I was going to get bruises.  Keeley decided that she wanted to eat the snow too.  We got video of it and it was so funny.  The rest of the day was spent at home in the warmth of our home.  We watched the movie "Taken".  I heard it was so good but refused to watch it at night {I know, I'm a big baby}, so we watched it that afternoon.  It was pretty good.  We need to watch "Taken 2" now.  I also watched a cheesy Christmas movie that I had recorded on the DVR, "Let it Snow".  It was actually really cute and I really liked it.  I suggest it, if you like cheesy Christmas movies like me!  :)
Keeley is so cute in her hoodie I made her. 

I love how Smokey just "hangs" from things.
Keeley was tuckered out from all the snow running!

Chicken tacos for dinner!  They came out soooo good!
Watched Kelly Clarkson on Ellen (recorded). LOVE her!

Sunday was shopping day with the mama!  I was excited to see her since I didn't get to see her the weekend before.  Lunch was at Chipotle.  YUM!  I wasn't really hungry but still purchased a kids meal, Cheese quesadilla.  Did you know adults can get the kids meals?  I think it's awesome because it's a perfect amount of food without stuffing yourself. I think more restaurants needs to offer kids meals to anyone who wants one!  We purchased Andy's Christmas present, a new rug for the basement {he already knew what he was getting}.  When it gets delivered, I will post photos.  We also went to Target to just wander around.  I picked up myself a fiber optic Christmas tree for my desk at work.  Really cute!  Puts me in a festive mood!! 
My mom needed an ornament for her work Christmas exchange so we looked around for the perfect ornament and I even found one that I wanted to get her for her tree at home.  I think it was beautiful and I know she really loved it too!  Andy and I went to dinner at Red Robin and picked up some more cat food {Smokey goes through 48 cans of food in 24 days......$45 dollars worth every time}.  But you know what, Smokey is soooooo worth that amount of money.  Especially since it helps him not get bladder infections and pee on my carpet...LOL! That night I watched another cheesy Christmas movie, "Holiday in Handcuffs".  It was cute, but all of those cheesy Christmas movies are cute.  :) 

My mom's new ornament from me.
She texted me a photo of the ornament on the tree and sent the above message. LOVE HER!!
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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, you couldn't have come any sooner!!

This is probably going to be a short and sweet High Five for Friday, but I just can't skip out on my favorite post of the week!

{ONE} - Sunday we decided to wrap all of the presents and get it over with (wrapping is my least favorite thing to do for Christmas).  We turned on "ELF" the movie and wrapped and cuddled with Keeley.  How cute are Andy and Keeley here!

{TWO} - I made Hot Cocoa Cookie Sunday night!  Sooooooo delish!  I'm hoping to post the recipe next week.

{THREE} - Unexpected lunch date with Andy on Wednesday.  We met up at Dewey's pizza and had a nice and relaxing lunch together.  It was a nice change from eating lunch at my desk.

{FOUR} - Smokey under "his" tree with all of "his" presents.  He is OBSESSED with the Christmas tree right now.  Quite hilarious how he can hid under there with all the presents.

{FIVE} - This is EXACTLY how I feel about work this week.  It's been an exhausting one with things just not going right.  I call this a "Bang Your Head on Your Desk Kind of a Week".....

Rain, sleet, snow and lots of yucky stuff is headed our way this afternoon and evening.  Here's hoping Andy and I both get home safe and sound before ice starts to form.  I'd really like to go home tonight.  :) 

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Linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday!



Linking up with April at A Liz Adventures Darci at The Good Life, Christina at Carolina Charm, and Natasha at Hello! Happiness

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

10 Guilty Pleasures

So sorry that I have been MIA this week.  It's been a crazy and hectic one this week and by the time I get home, my laptop is something I want NOTHING to do with after working all day long.  I am also going to post about the new design, but haven't had a chance to finish it up with the final touches.  I can't figure out if I like this one the best or this one.  Do you like one over the other?  If you like the designs, please see Jessica Sims design blog for the free templates that she offers on her blog.  She is so nice and is quick to answer any questions that you may have. 

I've had this waiting up for several weeks now to post in case I didn't have time to post anything and thought I might as well post this now.  :) 

Several weeks ago I saw a post by a fellow blogger Shelby over at Stay Crafty My Friends and I thought what a great idea to post about!  

So here are my:

10 Guilty Pleasures

My iPhone 5!  I LOVE this phone and everything it does for me.  When I went to an android phone I thought it was going to be amazing, but I quickly learned how much I missed the iPhone.  I hate how fast technology moves and the phones get upgraded so fast, but so far (a year and 2 months into using my iPhone 5) I am still happy (except for the wifi issues, but I can live without that since I am using 3G or LTE most of the time anyways).  

Social Media, specifically Instagram and Facebook.  Hands down are my absolute favorite apps on the phone!  I may spend too much time on these everyday, but that's OK.  Whatever makes me happy!  :)  I really need to get going on a Facebook page for my blog, but that will come sooner rather than later.  

Watching "Private Practice".  I am HOOKED right now (towards the end of the 6th and final season) and can't stop watching.  Poor Andy has been sent to the other TV this and last week while I watch several episodes at night....  I know that this show isn't current anymore, but I started it over the summer when nothing was on and am just getting towards the end.  

Diet Dr Pepper with Cherry in a foam cup with crushed ice (could I be anymore specific!?!)  I don't drink much soda, but when I do I make sure it's something that I really like.  :) 

Lion's Choice.  It is my go-to lunch place every Friday (no joke).  Everyone at work laughs now because they know that every Friday, I am going to Lion's Choice for lunch, no questions asked.  :)  

Target!  Seriously, you can get everything from there now (love that groceries are in the stores now!)  I am addicted to their clearance aisles and have picked up many good deals (especially on clothes).  My obsession starts back when I was a in middle school and my friend Ali and I would walk to Target and shop (no joke).  We would walk back with white cherry slushies in our hands.  :)  Memories!!

Shoes.....just ask my husband and he will agree!  I have so many pairs of shoes but I just cant stop.  It's a girl thing and I cant explain it.  It's easier for guy because they can wear the same pair of black dress shoes to work everyday.  Us girls, we need to be cute and look nice and match those shoes to our clothes.  I will admit, I am good when it comes to shoes because I am always going for neutral shoes (black, brown, etc), but I still have too many.  Sorry Andy!

Ice Cream!  I LOVE ice cream, even in the winter.  This time of the year I usual love peppermint ice cream.  It makes me feel festive for Christmas time.  I love custard, ice cream, frozen yogurt, you name it and I love it!

Chap Stick (EOS Lip Balm is my absolute favorite right now) I am addicted to this stuff.  Every night before I go to bed, I apply some chap stick.  If I don't, I wake up with chapped lips (hence, the chap stick...)  I also have to use lotion over the winter on my hands.  With the cold weather, comes chapped hands and in order for them to not crack and bleed, I must use lotion.  

Photography of the people/pets whom I love!  I am constantly taking photos of my fur-babies and am posting them to instagram and this blog.  Sorry Not Sorry for this either since I have no real children (yet) of my own.  I am biased, but I really think I won the lottery in fur-babies!

Since I haven't posted a photo of those cute fur-babies in a while, here you go:

"I will only play with the tree when my people are home.  It drives them crazy!"
Cue squirt bottle once he begins to "play" with the tree.  It's a game to him.

Can we say, "Spoiled!!"
But seriously, this melts my heart!
Every morning (around 30 minutes before my alarm goes off),this is what Mokies does.He curls up next to me and cuddles away with his mama!

Taking the Keeley girl on a walk last week when it was warm.
This morning's high: 10 degrees.  UGH!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Missing headphones

Oh what a day yesterday was.  I wouldn't say it was a bad day, but it was a frustrating one to say the least.  It was a payroll day at work, which means more thinking on my part than any other normal days (I know, that doesn't make too much sense) but when you are not good at math (scary thought for someone who does payroll) and has to stare at numbers all day long, it calls for a long day.  

I am "officially" on a mission to get my body back into shape.  Last week I went to the gym on Thursday and Saturday (I can hear the gasps now about the Saturday).  I told myself not to wimp out and just go to the gym last night (Monday) and get it over with.  Do you see the pattern?  Workout every other day.  :)  I get to the gym, change and start to look for my headphones and iPhone workout case.  I find the case, no problem and the headphones, well I still cannot find them as of Tuesday morning.  I am annoyed at this point and think maybe they are in the car.  But who really wants to go back out to their car when its 26 degrees out to find stupid headphones.  So after digging through my purse at least 4 times with no luck I give up.  I put my stuff (a gym bag, my purse and parka) into a locker and try to put my lock on it.  It doesn't work (the locker lock part wont come down all the way so I can put my lock in and be done).  I try another locker, same thing.  I am seriously contemplating just walking out of the gym at this moment.  But no, I don't.  I go to the other side of the locker room to the other lockers and try out another one.  It finally works, about dang time!!!

I spend a good 20 minutes on a stationary bike and get in a good amount of miles on the bike and decide that my butt is numb and its time for the stair master.  In all I spent 30 minutes at the gym.  Proud of myself for going, yes! Proud of myself for not walking out, yes!  Mad at myself that I cannot find my headphones, YES!!!  I have until tomorrow afternoon until the next workout and working out WITHOUT headphones is not an option for Wednesday.  So until then, wish me luck that these pesky headphones show up soon.  :) 

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Friday, December 6, 2013

First Snow of the Year!

High Five for Friday - First Snow of Winter 2013 Edition!

1.  I did it!  I went to the gym yesterday after work and I am so proud of myself!!  :)  I plan on going back there tomorrow (hopefully) to get in another good sweat.  I was on the treadmill for 25 minutes (strange amount of time, I know) and used the rowing machine for five minutes (1 minute rowing, 1 minute rest, do this 5 times).  
2.  Our first "snow" of Winter 2013!  They were originally calling for 2-4" inches at our house.  We got 1/4 of an inch.  :)  I'm OK with that too.  I got into work safe and sound this morning with no issues.
3. How cute is this photo of Smokey and I.  This is how he lies with me at night in bed, but the past couple of nights he wants to lie on the couch with me like this too.  Seriously, melts my heart to see how much he loves me.
4.  Smokies new "toy" the 31 medium tote bag.  I took this with me to both sides of the families houses to transfer food and haven't brought the bag upstairs yet to put away.  Reason being, this fur-ball.  I originally had it on the counter but noticed him lying in it more and more.  So I moved it to the floor and he's been loving it ever since.
5.  I took Keeley out for a walk Tuesday afternoon.  The weather was gorgeous, 70 degrees!  She was sooooo happy too.
6.  Andy on the phone.  This is what a typical night looks for us too.  We are both on our phones constantly.
7.  Keeley was all over me last night when I got home.  She loves to curl up behind my legs and have her head rest on my knees so she can keep watch of the cat.
8.  Watching the Sound of Music last night.  I was actually testing Andy to see how long I could watch it before he said anything, 25 minutes.  That's pretty good and my friend Ali gave him 10 husband points for his patience!  :) Haha
9.  My beautiful sister had her braces taken off Wednesday. She was sooooooooooo happy!  This is a selfie she took and posted on instagram and since I love her so, I decided to post a photo of her up.  :)  What a nice big sister I am.

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Linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday!



Linking up with April at A Liz Adventures Darci at The Good Life, Christina at Carolina Charm, and Natasha at Hello! Happiness

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Traditions!

I really do LOVE me some Christmas!!  Today Amy over at A Smith Story and Holly over at Where We Can Live Like Jack and Sally are hosting a new link up called:


As a kid, the Christmas tradition was on Christmas morning us kids were not to go downstairs until my parents said so (they had to light a fire in the fireplace, turn on all the Christmas lights inside and outside, get the cameras ready, etc).  Once we were ready to come down, we were able to walk down as a family into the family room and see all of the presents under the tree!  We then passed out presents and started to open.  Usually it was one present at a time, but with younger siblings, it was more helping them open the presents then open your's sometimes in the middle of them oooohing and ahhhhhing their gifts.  :)  We were never neglected and LOVED seeing everyone's face of excitement and joy in opening presents, even if they weren't for us.  

The first Christmas together of Andy and I living together, we opened presents on Christmas morning.  This was the Christmas that he proposed by having me go on a scavenger hunt for my present.  In the end, my ring was hanging on the tree and he proposed.  I gave him that year a nifty remote control for Christmas (I think I raked it in that year!)

The past two Christmas' Andy and I celebrated by ourselves on Christmas Eve.  Andy always complains that I never want to go to IHop with him, so I promise him that every Christmas Eve that we will go to IHop for brinner and then open presents at home.  I like how we celebrate on Christmas Eve because it's a nice time spent together. 

If you couldn't tell, I LOVE putting my Christmas decorations up early.  I'm talking before Thanksgiving early too.  Andy isn't a fan of it, but how could he squash my excitement for Christmas!  This year was no exception and I really needed those decorations to go up and cheer me up a bit from the crummy year that we've had.  

Our {my entire family} stockings are handmade from my mom.  She sewed each and everyone of our stockings and I absolutely LOVE them!  Even Andy has his own hand sewen stocking hanging from our mantel.  

Our family also has a favorite cookie that is made most years.  It was made more when we were little and are called Christmas wreaths.  Really easy to make (corn flakes, marshmallows, green food dye, red hots).  They are just like rice krispie treats but with corn flakes.  You're suppose to shape them like wreaths but seriously, who has time for that!  Throw them in a pan and eat away!!

This year I am taking Christmas Eve off (this is the first time I will have had Christmas Eve off in I don't even know how long!)  Andy and I plan on spending the whole day together.  I think a movie (Anchorman 2) is in the plans, along with brinner at IHop and exchanging presents.  :)