Hello friends! It’s the weekend before Christmas and I hope you are winding down and getting ready for the Christmas cozy. I think I will be right there with you AFTER today. There’s still some things to do before I feel like I can really relax and slow down. Do you feel like that too?
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THIS & THAT | CHRISTMAS EDITION
Today, I’m sharing our Christmas plans, my To Do list so that I have it all in one place, and a few This & Thats to catch you up on things happening around here. Basically, grab your hot coffee or tea and let’s chat!
TODAY’S CHRISTMAS AGENDA
School Christmas Program & Class Party
We’ll be spending the morning at James’ school Christmas program and school party then Christmas vacation officially starts at noon! I was happy to get those errands out of the way this week (James’ haircut, my nails, and James ortho appointment), so we don’t have to worry about that during vacay!
The school Christmas program is always super cute with the kids singing Christmas songs and all giddy about Christmas. I’m heading up the 3rd grade classroom party this year with the help of some awesome mom friends.
School Christmas Party Craft
We’ll be making a Christmas tree ornament from cinnamon sticks, faux garland, wine corks that the kids can decorate and hang on the tree. One of my friends came over this weekend and helped me glue gun the trees together so we don’t have to do that part at school. The kids can just use the twist tie and sticker decorations I bought. We wrote 2018 at the bottom of the cork so the kids could remember when they made these decorations.
School Christmas Party Game | Trim the Tree
I found a super easy game where you divide the class into teams and they have to decorate a member of their team as a Christmas tree. The first team to wrap the tree and decorate it with 10 bows wins a prize.
via The Mad House
This year, we kept it easy with $10 gift cards to Target for James’ teachers, along with a handwritten note from him. Then we embellished the envelopes with holiday stickers. He said he gave each teacher a hug with the gift, which I thought was so sweet!
On the Christmas To Do List
Later today, I’ll be doing some last minute grocery shopping for food to eat throughout the Christmas break, take to my family’s house, and of course our traditional Christmas morning breakfast.
My brother and his family just moved into a new house, so they’ll be hosting Christmas dinner at their house this year. It will definitely be a fun one with a new baby cousin in the mix. Sweet Carter is just 6 months old! It’s a potluck style dinner and I’ll also be making a Tiramisu Cake. I’ve never made it before, but I had it at a Bunco party and it was delicious! Fingers crossed it comes out tasty!
We still need to bake cookies for Santa and need carrots and reindeer food for the reindeer. The reindeer food ‘recipe’ is super simple- just a mix of oats and colorful sprinkles will do. We sprinkle it on our front lawn so the reindeer know where to land!
This will be the first year without my dear Grandma Nola and already, life hasn’t been the same without her. I miss her terribly, and especially our long phone chats. She collected owls and loved them because they symbolize wisdom. I’m sending my two aunts and cousin these owl ornaments in her honor.
I was also considering making one last run to the Dollar Store for some inexpensive stocking stuffers. My shopping is basically done, but I always have the nagging feeling like I forgot something and I want to make sure the stockings are full!
Look at Christmas Lights
We haven’t looked at Christmas lights yet! #gasp! It’s one of my favorite things to do because there are neighborhoods near us that do it up in such a magical way. I’m ready to jump into our Christmas jammies, hop into the car with a thermos of hot cocoa and blast the holiday tunes while taking it all in.
ON MAMA’S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
There’s truly nothing I need right now, but I do have a few wants. 😉
I asked my Mom for the new Joanna Gaines decor book, Home Body and since I ordered it for her on my Amazon Prime account, I’m pretty sure it’s coming my way! ha!
I bought myself and three close friends the Lavendaire Artist of Life 2019 Workbook. I’m planning on digging even deeper into personal and professional growth this year and I think this will be a great way to get clear on those goals.
If someone really wanted to spoil me, I’d ask for the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. I’ve borrowed my friends’ before and my hairdresser uses it. It’s truly a game changer for drying your hair fast and without damaging it.
My Polar Heart Rate monitor stopped working, so I’m interested in a FitBit or something that can measure your heart rate. I wore my old monitor around my chest, so a wrist one would be less cumbersome. It would also be nice to be able to check messages without having to hunt down my phone when I’m not near it!
What are you hoping Santa leaves under your tree?!
PARTY PANTS & JUMPSUIT
Remember when Ali-Shaun and I tried on this jumpsuit? Well, mine is back from getting the length altered and I love it! It feels amazing and comfortable on with the flowy legs and tie waist. The top is halter style with a bit of pizazz in the keyhole check. I’ll be wearing it to this year’s school “Starry Night” Gala and Ali-Shaun wore hers to the Elton John concert.
I also think it’s a fun party outfit, especially for New Year’s Eve!
Aren’t the gold ‘brush stroke’ flecks pretty?!
These paper bag waist velvet pants feel so luxe and also warm on. They are crop length with pockets and will be a perfect option for a holiday party or NYE if you don’t want to wear a dress.
There’s been so much going on here lately that I haven’t kept you properly updated on the Fitness eBook that will be launching soon! Cari and I have been diligently working on it behind the scenes and we have a photo shoot planned for early January! I really can’t wait to release this baby out into the world next year! I hope you are as ready for it as I am!
This may be the last time we chat before Christmas, so I want to wish you a joyful and very merry Christmas! I’ll be enjoying my friends and family and hopefully doing a whole lot of nothing for a few days! Doesn’t that sound blissful?! Huge hugs to you friends!