Day 12: Christmas Letter

This didn’t make it into the Christmas cards… so I thought I’d post it here. And I haven’t posted on this blog as often, so you may not know all that’s going on in my life. Or you follow me on instastories, and you know everything about my life. Either way, keep reading!

All About 2017

This year started like many other years — lots of resolutions and training for a half marathon.

Here’s my blog post about 2017 goals from last year. I did increase my business, learn Trello, and read one book per week; but I only ran 2 half marathons, and my daily routine is still not perfect.

Stef and I ran the Disney Princess 10k & Half Marathon this year! So fun!! You can read more about that here, here, and here. I actually made youtube videos for these experiences with music timed to fireworks, so you should really check them out if you haven’t already. They’re adorable. View Post


Day 11: Handmade Christmas Dress (Ultimate Wrap Dress by Sew Over It)

As per my tradition, I made my Christmas Dress on Christmas Eve this year. I had a plan to do this ahead of time, but it happened between playing music for hours at the cafe and going to my family’s party. Just proves that this pattern is speedy and simple! Which I love!

Last year’s dress was very fancy… so I went a little more comfortable, but still festive with some evergreen velvet!

This time I tried the Ultimate Wrap Dress from Sew Over It. This will definitely be remade in the future! So easy and very pretty.

The lighting was not great on Christmas Eve, but I’m trying my best with these photos… plus… you probably know what a wrap dress looks like.

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Day 10: Post-Christmas Shopping

Are you sick of shopping by now?? Probably… I know I am. But. There are still a few things that are worth shopping for after the holidays are over. Check out the list below, and let me know what you think!

Christmas Decorations

Did you notice anything specific missing this Christmas? Sometimes I raid the Target holiday section during the week after Christmas and find big packs of ornaments or garland that would be a great addition to my collection! Maybe don’t go overboard (it’s hard because sometimes the sales are SO GOOD), because it will just be in storage and you might forget that you bought it already…. but I’ll admit that it’s pretty fun to find new things when you bring out the decor next season.

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Day 9: Lucie’s 6 Month photos :)

I wasn’t too crazy about the holiday content I had planned for today, so I thought I’d share Lucie’s six month photos instead!

Auntie Stef bought Lucie this adorable little Christmas scarf, and she’s so festive and fluffy now! View Post


Day 8: Stefanie’s Festive NY Apartment

Stefanie has a lot of Christmas spirit, and fortunately she found a roommate who loves Christmas just as much. Since this was their first Christmas in their beautiful Manhattan apartment, they went all out with a 9-ft tree (which looks due to their massive ceilings)and garland on the stairs.

Stef already has metallic throughout her home, but it’s extra sparkly this time of year. Of course, she baked cookies any time she was home (which isn’t too often because she travels for work)… View Post


Day 7: Christmas Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve Traditions

My family is pretty serious about Christmas Eve. I love that we have this evening of fun, and then we sleep late-ish and relax in front of the fire on Christmas. My dad has 4 siblings, so as many as are nearby try to make it over to celebrate with grandma. Lately, the group has been smaller with everyone moving away and making their own family traditions. It’s all good, but I can’t picture Christmas Eve any other way, and I love my childhood memories of the holiday.

If your family doesn’t have too many traditions, I highly recommend making some around a favorite holiday. There’s something about those things you do each year that helps you remember the past better and look forward to new memories each year. For example, our cousins have started having children of their own, and I can’t wait to see how these little kiddos grow up in our fun traditions and how the holidays change.

Of course, our holidays involve a lot of food — usually a Beef Wellington or Prime Rib —  with an entire table of desserts. View Post