Monday, December 11, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 7

1.  Make your lists and check them twice! Are all catalog and on-line orders received?  (My last two were delivered this week.  Hooray!).
Elliot's Christmas Tree
2.  Buy (or create) thank-you notes.  As gifts are received, or parties attended, you can begin writing out and addressing the cards to be sent on the 26th.
3.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus finalized? Non-perishables purchased? 
4.  Cookies baked? Food gifts assembled? Presents wrapped?
5.  Purchase any supplies needed, such as batteries (in abundance!).
6.  Charge the camera(s).
7.  Tree up and decorated? Cards sent?

8.  What about you?  Take time to pamper yourself.  Maybe a DIY Spa Night.  That’s always a treat.  Check out this post by The Dating Divas - 25 fabulous and relaxing spa night ideas, along with DIY beauty recipes.  Fill the tub, light a candle, grab your current read, slip into the tub and RELAX.

Merrily, Trish

Monday, December 4, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 6, and a gift for you

We are getting closer to the big day.  It’s nearly upon us.  Twenty-one days to Christmas Day (that's if you are counting).  If you have been following along with the Countdown, you should have a pretty good handle on your Christmas preparation.  I however, have failed my Countdown.  This is the first year in a long time that we are just NOT ready.  Our tree still needs put up and decorated.  We still have a little shopping and baking on our list. HOWEVER! We are keeping with the Christmas spirit everyday in little ways.  Eating candy canes, having breakfast with Santa, coloring winter pictures, driving the neighborhood to look at the lights, singing Christmas songs, watching the Storybots save Christmas (a few times), reading Christmas themed books and just spending quality time together. 

If you are caught up, here is what to consider this week:

1. Now that the Christmas menu has been finalized, begin purchasing everything needed except fresh produce.
2. Trim the tree.  Hang lights around the windows. Decorate.
3. Check list of gifts ordered.  Everything received?
4. Complete gift wrapping.  We wrapped the bulk of the gifts this past weekend.  Pretty much what is left is making gift card envelopes. (Purchase a roll of Scotch Kraft Postal Wrapping Paper, you can find this at Target.  Have the kiddies finger-paint designs on the paper. Dry.  Using this Mirkwood template (do not enlarge, just print the way it is), lay on your painted paper, loosely tape, and cut around the template.   Fold as indicated, slip in a gift card, if desired, decorate the outside with ribbon, sequins, buttons, glitter, etc.). 

Now for the gift.  I love subway art and so my gift to you is a colorful and cheery printable of popular Christmas movies created using a few of my favorite fonts and bright Christmasy colors.  Print on your favorite paper (glossy, matte, cardstock) and pop into an 8 x 10 standard frame for gift giving or hanging in your own home.

Download your printable here.


Merrily, Trish

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Our Family Bucket List for December

Today the kiddies are having breakfast with Santa.  I'll post photos of that later.  For now, here is our Bucket List for this Merry Month.  What's on yours????
1.         Celebrate December birthdays!
2.         Put up the tree and decorate it.
3.         Document each day.
4.         Bake cookies.
5.         Make Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments.
6.         Sing Christmas Songs.
7.         Wrap presents.
8.         Spend an evening driving around to look at Christmas lights.
9.         Write letters to Santa.
10.       Watch holiday movies.
11.       Read holiday books.
12.       Hang Candy Canes.
13.       Host an Ornament Exchange party.
14.       Send Christmas Cards.
15.       Hang Stockings.
16.       Celebrate the Winter Solstice.
17.       Make small gifts for stuffing stockings
18.       Bake red wine cake (as gifts) (recipe here)
19.       Make a list of New Year’s Resolutions 
20.       Keep Calm and Be Merry!

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Photo A Day Challenge and Printable

This year I will documenting Christmas mostly through photos, and also by combining Ali Edwards' December Daily with Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas.  I love the idea of both and it just makes sense to me to take away a little (or a lot) from each.  My album is ready and now I just have to photo the day.  To guide me along in my picture taking and to ensure I do not miss a thing, I created a Photo A Day Challenge for this month.  If you would like to play along, you can download a full size copy of the Challenge here.

Merrily, Trish

Welcome December 2017!

The Wonder of it All
Towards the end of this year, I learned about Hygge (pronounced hue-guh), a Danish word used to acknowledge a feeling or moment, whether alone, with friends, at home or out and about.  I love the idea of Hygge and am attempting to include lots of Hygge moments in our life.  Seriously not always easy with two energetic little ones running around. 
I am so excited for December; it’s such a magical time of year, and we are determined to make each day filled with wonder.  Currently on our calendar is Breakfast with Santa, Elliot’s Christmas Pageant, Chloe’s 3rd birthday party, four other family member birthdays, our 17th Annual Ornament Exchange, an office Christmas party, and our annual Christmas Eve Family Luncheon.  Add to that buying a Christmas tree, decorating, shopping for gifts and cookie baking and we’ve got one busy and exciting month.
What are you looking forward to this month?

Merrily, Trish

Monday, November 27, 2017

Countdown to Christmas, Week 5

Week 5 has officially begun. You can see Week 4’s Countdown here.
To-Do this week:
1) Christmas parties are coming up. What will you wear? Do clothes need dry-cleaned, pressed, repaired. Or will you be buying something new? What accessories will you wear? Shoes?  Think about it.  This is the perfect time to buy YOU a new gift.  I am quite taken with this simple BCB Generation Cocktail Dressit would be perfect for the Christmas office party.
2)  Schedule time for a hair appointment and/or manicure.  Salons get very busy at this time of year, so get your appointment booked.
3) Mail Christmas cards.
4) It’s time to finish up with on-line and catalog shopping so that the ordered items arrive in plenty of time to be wrapped and put under the tree.
5) Plan the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. Order fresh turkeys, hams or goose now.
6) Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water. RELAX and ENJOY!

Merrily, Trish