gift guide for the dog mom

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Last year for this prompt I focused on the foodie. This year because i’m a crazy dog mom I thought I would put together a gift guide for us dog moms! And because I love supporting small businesses almost all of the choices are from my favorite place – Easy. Also had to include my fur baby in this post, because I mean just look at her!

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Working Hard So My Dog Can Have A Good Life Sweatshirt

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World’s Best Dog Mom Mug

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The Wild One Friendship Collar

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I’m Not Like A Regular Mom I’m A Dog Mom – Funny Dog Mom Shirt

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Personalized Dog Ornament

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No Need to Knock

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Sleeps with Dogs

 

This was such a fun gift guide to create. Pretty much all of these things are on my favorites list and I need them in my life.

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And that wraps up the first week of the link up with Victoria & Sarah as well as their cohosts! I love linking up with these ladies during the holidays as it makes it so much fun with my blogging. Come back next week to see all the fun prompts they have come up with!

 

 

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a day in the life: holiday edition

I have never done a day in the life post, so this should be interesting! Since my work days are pretty lame, once I saw this prompt I decided to do it on Sunday December 3 that way you guys can actually see something other than work go on!

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My morning started bright and early thanks to my internal alarm clock. I snapped this screenshot after I was already up for a half an hour! The only good thing about being up early is the amount of things you get done in one day.

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I started my morning by having a LARGE cup of coffee. I’m the only one in the house that drinks hot coffee so a french press works just fine for me!

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After that I got some quite time to myself since Lola and Bobby slept in. I took that time to read a few blogs, watch hallmark and get some work done for my second job.

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Sunday’s are also the day I clean the whole house. Can I just say there is nothing better then a clean bathroom! It’s usually the first room I clean just incase I get lazy and don’t want to finish.

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We FINALLY went to get our Christmas tree! We go to a local store for ours, but I’m hoping once we have kids we can make a fun tradition out of going to a tree farm and tagging one! But we got the most perfect tree and we are hoping to finish popcorn and cranberries tonight so we can put the ornaments up!

As you can see Bobby is dressed up pretty nice for getting our tree – thats because we had family photos scheduled for later that day with my family. They we scheduled for 3pm about 45 minutes from the house so that took up a good chunk of our afternoon. Once we got home we relaxed for a bit and I made dinner.

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I made one of my go to easy meals. Pork Chops with stewed tomatoes over mashed potatoes! Its so yummy!

The rest of the night was spent watching Hallmark movies in bed which is my kind of Sunday!

As always it has been a pleasure linking up with Sarah & Victoria as well as their cohost Nicole for their The Most Wonderful Time of the Year linkup. Come back tomorrow for a Christmas Gift Guide link up!  I’m going to be sharing with you a gift guide for dog moms!

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Holiday Entertaining Tips – From the Newbie

Todays prompt has me really excited, because although we have lived in our house for almost 4 years, we only host a handful of parties because we know a lot of people who like to entertain and throw parties themselves. I am so happy that SarahVictoria and their co-host Catherine from Classic Catherine picked this topic because I love to entertain and am always looking for ways to throw a better party throughout the year!

This year I am really excited because we are (I am) hosting two parties during the month of December – My Annual Ornament Exchange & Christmas Day. I am really looking forward to reading everyones tips as our first party is this Saturday!

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We also usually throw a Memorial Day Cookout & a Pumpkin Carving Party. Here’s what I have learned from the handful of events that I have hosted.

  1. Let guests bring dishes. I would tend to think that better hosts, would advise against this, but as a newbie i’ll take all the help I can get. Not only is hosting parties stressful but if you are cooking everything it can get expensive. I love pot luck style parties because it allows people to bring what they like and it is less work on the host.
  2. Have a Photo Booth Backdrop. I think this makes parties that much more fun! It allows your guest to have some fun activity to do while they are at the party. Also its a great way to remember the day/evening by.
  3. Decorate the night before. I read this one on an article before hosting my first party and it was so helpful. Have the house set up the way you want and all the decor placed, so literally all you have to do is put your food and drinks out!

Those are my three top tips for entertaining this holiday. It may not seem like the greatest, but I assure you they are going to help you have a better time as the host.

I can’t wait to read your tips that hopefully will help me become a better host!  Happy Tuesday!

My 2017 Christmas Wish List

Happy Monday!

Yay! For the second year in a row its time to link up with Victoria & Sarah for their Christmas link up. I am so glad they are doing it again this year because I loved reading everyones posts last year! Todays prompt is one of my favorites because who doesn’t like making lists of things they want?

Heres what I’m hoping is under the tree this year!

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Joules Right as Rain Waterproof Hooded Jacket

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Zella Live In High Waist Leggings

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Rose Gold Brown Nike Flex Experience 6 Women’s Running Shoes

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Women’s Pajama Set – Gilligan & O’Malley™ Palm Beach Pink

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Raw Sugar Green Coffee Bean, Cacao & Sea Salt Body Scrub

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Raw Sugar Pure Facial Polish

With the wedding coming in 10 months I really was trying to keep this wish list on the cheaper and more practical side, considering I send this to bobby. But I am dying for an IPad! I can’t wait to see what you guys have on your lists this year!

If you have tried or have any of the things on my list let me know how you like them! 

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December Goals

Happy December! This month is going to be so much fun as it always is. This weekend we are heading to finally get our tree with our parents, and I am so excited! I have been looking for a few places where we can bring Lola to pick it out with us so we can get a cute photo. We also have family pictures scheduled with my side of the family as a gift for my grandma. And I need to start prepping for the ornament exchange party next week! eeek I love this time of year so much!

November Goals

  • choose our save the dates once we get our pictures in
  • install the front stair railing
  • read at least 3 books
  • test out this Pumpkin Sangria
  • make grandmas apple pie
  • finish christmas shopping for everyone but bobby
  • celebrate thanksgiving in NYC
  • buy our new couch
  • two date nights with bobby

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December Goals

To be honest I think this month I am not going to set any goals. This is the first and only Christmas that we will be engaged and I want to enjoy this holiday month with our family and friends as much as possible. We have a few parties planned, we are hosting our first Christmas, and i’ll be participating in the Christmas link-up that Victoria & Sarah are hosting again this year 🙂 so I think i’ll be busy enough with that and I don’t want to make goals that I know i’m not going to even try to get done!

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holiday edition: TBB Asks

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas is officially on the brain! Today I am linking up with the ladies over at The Blended Blog for their holiday edition of TBB Asks! This is such a fun way to kick of the holiday season here on the blog.

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1. Real or Fake Tree?  Real! There was one year, our first year in our house that bobby convinced me to try fake….there is nothing better then a real tree though – I’m sorry to all you fake tree lovers. I love everything about a real tree from the smell of it throughout the house to the fun going with family to pick out the perfect tree. I would use fake ones in other rooms if we had a big enough house though!

2. Favorite Christmas Cookie? I’m a sucker for a good sugar cookie. I am working on finding the best recipe this year and I have made a few batches to work on my cookie decorating skills!

3. Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?  Home. This year we are actually hosting Christmas dinner!

4. Clear or Colored Lights?  I love the look of white lights, it makes a tree so beautiful and elegant! We use colored in our house because Bobby likes them.

5. Send Christmas Cards?  Yes!  I don’t know who I saw this idea from but I have actually started to frame our Christmas card each year and use it as decoration in the house around the holidays!

6. Favorite Christmas Present Received?  without a doubt, my KitchenAid mixer that bobby got me. I thought I would have to wait until I was married for that baby and I am so glad I didn’t!

7. Favorite Christmas Present Given?  I think my favorite gift that I have given would have to be Trans-Siberian Orchestra tickets I gave Bobby when we first started dating.

8. Stockings or no stockings?  Yes! Stockings are my favorite part of Christmas morning!

9. Christmas PJ’s?  This isn’t a big tradition in either family, but now that Bobby & I are trying to create our own traditions this is one I would like to start.

10. Favorite Christmas carol?  The First Noel.

11. Favorite Holiday Tradition?  Stringing Popcorn & Cranberries while watching christmas movies!

12. Early Shopper or Last Minute?  Can my answer be both? There are some people that are really easy to shop for that I get done early, but Bobby I save for last minute because I don’t want him to see the boxes.

13. Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?  not easy. Christmas with the Kranks, Fred Claus, The Muppet Christmas Carol and my list could go on.

14. Favorite Holiday Beverage?  non alcoholic – egg nog. alcoholic – mulled wine.

15. Cookies and Milk for Santa?  I did this when I was little, I can’t wait to have kids of my own to do it with.

Thanksgiving 2017 in NYC

I planned to have this recap up Monday – but after the long holiday weekend, work was busy and life got in the way so that just didn’t happen. If you read my previous posts you know that we did something different this year and headed to NYC for Thanksgiving.

Our weekend started early Wednesday morning as we had to drop Lola off at the dog sitters before heading to meet up with everyone at my Aunts. We were heading into the city early because we heard that it was fun to see the parade balloons get blown up – well let me tell you something that all of the other articles online don’t – its not worth it. We walked from the Hilton in Midtown all the way to the area where the balloons get blown up and it was packed like sardines. It took me literally two minutes to decide that I was not even going to attempt to get to the actual balloons. What I was mostly looking forward to this day anyway was our dinner at Serendipity 3.

While Serendipity 3 is all over social media, I fell in love with the place when I watched the movie Serendipity years ago and it has been on my list of places to go to since. When we got there there was such a large line I am so glad we made reservations months ago! The one thing I will say though is if you have a large group of people, you should skip eating here. The atmosphere is so beautiful but it was really hard for them to make a table for 13 people and I think I was the only one of my family who thought it was worth going here. The food was mediocre but the dessert was to die for. Food Recommendation: Frrrozen Hot Chocolate (DUH)

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Thursday morning was an even earlier start as we wanted to get great seats for the parade. We lucked out that my Gram stayed on the parade route – so only guests of the hotel got to sit where we did. It was a LONG day fueled by Starbucks. Once the parade was over we went for our Thanksgiving dinner, at Ellen’s Stardust Diner which was a fun experience. The only issue I had was that it was SO loud – which is expected because all of the waitstaff are upcoming broadway stars. I give them props though because they are non stop singing while you eat.

 

Friday we finally got to sleep in! It was nice to not have to set an alarm to wake us up at the crack of dawn, and it was even better because we were able to eat breakfast at the hotel – complementary waffles! We didn’t really have a set plan for this day which was nice because it was a day for each family to do their own thing. The whole family decided to go ice skating (just a few of us actually skated) and then Bobby & I broke out on our own to do some shopping & check out the window displays at the department stores. This year Saks Fifth Ave had a Snow White theme which was amazing and also a friend of mine that worked at disney advised that the displays are actually a dismantled ride from disneyworld!

 

We were able to pick up a few gifts and some goodies for ourselves. We grabbed lunch together and then met back up with some of the group to go to Magnolia Bakery! This was another place on my list, and it was well worth the wait to get in – because their Banana Pudding is the bomb. Then we got some NY pizza and headed back to the hotel to rest for the night which was much needed. Walking around NYC is no joke.

 

Saturday it was finally time to head home, but not before we stopped by Carlos Bakery! Thankfully because it was thanksgiving weekend there was no line when we go there and we were able to walk in and out. It definitely lived up to what I was expecting. The apple turnover is amazing and Bobby said the cannoli’s were great as well.

And the concludes our Thanksgiving in NYC! It was a great weekend, but Bobby & I were ready to be back home with our Lola girl. Next time we go to NYC we would love to be there for when they light the Rockefeller tree, and would like to be able to catch a few shows and go to the 911 memorial.

Hope you all are having a fantastic week and had an amazing holiday!