Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
These are mostly splurge items and special treats, but I love them!
1. Aveda- I really do love this company and their products. I like their business model and commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. I exclusively use their make-up now (except for my mascara which is whatever Cover Girl or Maybelline is on-sale at Costco) and I use their lipstick. (It is not pictured because it stays in my purse.) Not only do I love their make-up, but they also have a great rewards program. I've been a Pure Privilege rewards member for almost 10 years now. It is a great deal there and there are lots of free samples, reward points that you can "cash" in for free products, as well as birthday gifts. I think there might be a one time fee to join the program now, but it was free when I first joined- even better. The foundation brush was my latest reward, and I must say I love it! I had tried several Target brushes, but they always ended up shedding on me and I did not like the way the felt on my face.
The Aveda hand relief is a special treat; it is not cheap. But it is my favorite lotion in the winter time. I love, love, love the smell and it makes my hands soft without feeling greasy. And Good Housekeeping just rated it their #1 splurge hand cream in the Jan 2013 issue.
2. Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning lip balm. I am addicted to chapstick. There is always at least one in my purse, one on my nightstand, one in my make-up bag, and one in my husbands pocket- just in case. I like this ultra conditioning formula; it goes on easy and smooth. I also appreciate this company's commitment to natural ingredients and social responsibility.
3. Harry & David Pears. If you've never had a Harry and David pear then you've never had a good pear. Really. They taste SO MUCH better than any pear I've ever had from a grocery store or market. They are succulent, juicy, and full of flavor. My family always bought boxes of pears around the holidays and Mom used to send me boxes if I couldn't come home for Christmas. This year I bought a Living Social Deal for a box of pears and savored EVERY one. These are super expensive, but honestly worth every penny for a holiday splurge.
4. Speciality Coffee Drinks. Yum! The fancier the name the better: Milky Way Latte, Spanish Mocha, Carmel Brulee Latte, you get the idea. I do love Starbucks and probably end up there more frequently than not for my coffee splurges because it is just down the road, but I will say that for the most part I prefer the local coffee shops. Back in DE at my parents house this past week I enjoyed a Milky Way Latte from Brew Ha-Ha.
5. Mani/Pedi. My mom has spoiled me. Whenever she's in town or I'm at home she treats me to a mani/pedi. I love being pampered and really I think my hands and feet look so much prettier when my nails are painted. And goodness knows, I can't paint my own...
I realize my nails look black in these pictures, but it is actually a really pretty deep eggplant color.
What are some of your favorite splurge items or treats?
And oh yeah, Katie is hosting another great group giveaway over at ...for Lauren and Lauren. I'm giving away an Aveda hand lotion gift set. You know you want to try some...
Linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
- 1 cup White Karo Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups chunky peanut butter
- 2 Tbls butter
- 5 cups Rice Krispies
- 12 oz package of chocolate chips**
- Cook Karo syrup and sugar in large pot over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly
- Add peanut butter and butter. Mix Well.
- Add 5 cups of rice krispies. Mix well.
- Spread into greased 9x13in pan
- Melt chocolate chips and spread over top. Place in fridge till hardens.
Cut and enjoy!
**you could also double the amount of chocolate chips for a thicker chocolate topping. This is what I recommend. (I only had one bag when I making these...)
Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I think I mentioned how we went to Chuck E Cheese a couple weeks ago for my niece's birthday party. It really was a blast. I don't know if I had ever been to Chuck E Cheese before and although I was a bit squeamish about all the germs running around that place, I got over it and we had a great time.
Now here is a quick tip if you ever plan on making the trip- GO EARLY! My sister-in-law is smart so they planned the party for 9am when it opened. The first hour was amazing because we were the only people there! We had free range roaming around all the games and activities. Around 10:00 more kids started coming and it started to get a little loud. By 10:30 I had to get out of there because it was flat out load, crazy, and miserable with kids running around.
The mini merry-go-round was Phoebe's favorite. She could have stayed on that thing ALL day long. Every time it stopped she said "more please" and cried whenever we tried to take her off.
Before we discovered the merry-go-round she had fun riding in the Chuck E Cheese car, riding Clifford the Big Red Dog, and climbing up the jungle gym with Daddy.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I love this time of year. I love getting Christmas cards in the mail and hanging them on our wall. I love seeing pictures of every one's family and reading mini-Christmas updates.
We've done different things for cards each year. I like the idea of a post card (we do lots of post card mailings- invitations etc.) because of the cheaper postage. That was my original plan this year, but I came across this card design on Etsy from Elegant Prints. I liked that I could use multiple pictures AND include a mini-update. So we opted for the card and full-postage. My goal is always to get cards out for less than $1 each including postage. We came in at about $1.05 this year. As usual we do all our printing at Overnight Prints. We've always been pleased with the company and quality, but I will say that the company must be getting much bigger because the turn around time has become a bit ridiculous.
(And yes Chris and I both proof-read this about six time each and still found mistakes in the final product. Oh well.)
If you didn't get one in the mail- Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
|I love my magic bullet|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The big question in our house this year was what do we do about Santa pictures? Not to sound like a grinch, but quite honestly I had no desire to take Phoebe to get pictures with Santa. I'm not anti-Santa; frankly I just didn't want to pay for it. Second of all, I didn't want to go to the mall and deal with the hassle and lines. Third of all, we did get a Santa picture last year, so I was afraid that if I got one this year I would set a precedent of yearly Santa photos. I didn't want to feel obligated to shell out the cash and stand in line EVERY year to get pictures with Santa. Is that bad?
Well every year our RUF group has a tacky Christmas sweater party. This year was no exception. However, this year one of the students dressed up as Santa AND he looked amazing. Really, I think he looked better than the Santa we paid to get a picture with last year. Another student dressed up as Mrs. Claus, and then a third student who is a photography major set-up a photo booth to take pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Jackpot!
I was thrilled. Phoebe, however, did not share in my excitement. When we first got to the party, Phoebe had a pretty significant breakdown when she saw Santa. I have never seen her so upset and clingy. Poor girl was petrified. At first she wouldn't even look at Santa but then when she finally did she wouldn't take her eyes off of him just to make sure he wasn't coming too close. Even when Santa was out of the room it took her about 20 minutes to venture one step away from me. Throughout the evening I kept trying to introduce her to Santa and have her wave or give him a high five while I was still holding her. She wouldn't have anything to do with him.
So at that point I did what any loving and compassionate mother would do: I threw my petrified child into Santa's arms. What? You wouldn't have done the same thing? Well you can judge me later.
I admit that I think these pictures are pretty hilarious. Totally worth the trauma and the counseling we will have to pay for later in life.
I tried again one more time before we left... The final picture was a little bit more successful.
She did a little better for pictures with Mama.
|(please ignore the double chin)|
Oh yeah, did I mention I dressed up as an elf? I was feeling a little lame for not dressing up at the Halloween party.
You might not know this, Santa and the Mrs. don't like to talk about it a lot, but they have been struggling to have a baby for years. I graciously agreed to surrogate a child for them. Don't they look thrilled?
Did you get Santa pictures as a child? If so, do you go back and look at them or have them all up somewhere? If you have children do you take them to get take their picture with Santa every year?