November 22, 2017

Christmas 2017 Wish List...

It's finally here y'all, my Christmas 2017 Wish List. Now y'all will know exactly what you can buy me for Christmas! Just kidding. My Mama has been bugging me for weeks to give her a list of things I want for Christmas (even though I've told her I don't need anything!) so I figured this would be easiest for her because then all she has to do is click the links (she's a little technologically challenged...). 

It seems like everyone in BlogLand is posting Holiday Gift Guides and I'm just over here posting everything that I want for Christmas. Face palm. I'll probably cringe when I actually go to hit publish. I'm doing this for you Mama Bear! (Oh, and since some of the links are for US sites maybe get Toni or Bam Bam to help you just in case...). Love you, mean it! 

Below are all the things I've been loving lately that I probably would have already bought for myself if it weren't the Holiday season and I didn't need gift ideas for my Mama Bear. When I see something that I want I usually just buy it right then (within my budget - I'm not buying Louis Vuitton purses every time I see one on the interwebs...) so it's been soooo hard not to just click purchase on so many of these things already!

Y'all know that I am Pioneer Woman obsessed and I am loving everything in her Vintage Floral collection right now. I had that pie plate in my cart at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and it was so hard to put it back on the shelf and walk away.  Anything from her Vintage Floral collection would make me a happy camper!

1. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 5-Piece Pasta Bowl Set
2. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 3-Piece Nesting Bowl Set 
3. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 18.4" Rolling Pin 
4. The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral 9" Pie Plate 

I was waiting and waiting for the newest PW cookbook to come out but then I decided that I should let someone else get it for me because it's an easy gift so now I have to wait and see if I get it as a Christmas gift (and if not, I'll be making a trip to Wal-Mart on Boxing Day..). I already own a slow cooker but how ah-mazing are these ones?! The Vintage Floral is my favourite but I also love the Country Garden and I would absolutely say sayonora to my slow cooker from my college days to have one of these beauties in my life! (Mama, maybe check with Toni first because I did message her all of these things at one point).

1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It! Cookbook 
2. The Pioneer Woman 6 Quart Portable Slow Cooker in Vintage Floral
3. The Pioneer Woman 6 Quart Portable Slow Cooker in Country Garden 

In the Spring I finally found some new bedding at Target to update my bedroom and I do love it but as soon as I saw the PW's new collection my heart did a little pitter patter. And you always need guest bedroom bedding anyways, right?!

 1. The Pioneer Woman Ruched Chevron Comforter, White (Full/Queen)
2. The Pioneer Woman Rose Garden Comforter, Grey (Full/Queen)

I saw the new Beauty and the Beast when it was released in theatres and it reminded me of my love for the original. Somehow I don't own a copy already (and it's my favourite!). I was going to buy it a long time ago, it's been in my Amazon cart for forever, but I just never actually hit purchase. I do love the new version as well but it's on Netflix so I can get my fill whenever I want (until they decide to ruin my life and take it off). Ever since I was little I've wanted a library like the one in the Beasts castle. Swoooon. I'd probably never leave it!

I am a mega overpacker and always lug so much stuff back and forth from work, either in my Kate Spade purse or Michael Kors purse. I don't like putting too much in them though because I don't want to wreck them so often times I also carry a second bag to work - usually just a reuseable grocery or tote bag.  One of these Lululemon totes would be perfect for back and forth to work! I've had Lululemon bags in the past and the quality has been great and yes, they are expensive, but I would rather lug things around in these than in my designer purses. And in my experience the quality makes the price worth it. I actually fell in love with the All Day Tote and All Day Tote Mini while in the MOA back in September and told myself I would buy myself one of them once I paid off Eleanor (my SUV - which should be paid off by next week!) but when I looked online the reviews were terrible - I've never seen bad reviews like that for any other bags from Lululemon so I decided I'd look for similar options that didn't have terrible reviews.
1. Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray + DVD
2. Lululemon All Set Shopper Tote 20L
3. Lululemon Go Getter Bag 26L

Everyone in my family has this Blue Jays warmer in their home so I need one for myself! You can never have too many Scentsy warmers, right? I actually only have 4 right now and three of them are Halloween/Christmas so that's not so bad! And as soon as I saw this Harry Potter bangle from Alex and Ani I knew that I NEEDED it to add to my collection. I also love the sorting hat - how cute!

1. Scentsy Toronto Blue Jays MLB Warmer
2. Alex and Ani Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Charm Bangle (in Gold)
Another one of my 'obsessions' is Jillian Harris (don't worry, I'm not at a report-her-to-the-police-stalker-level). I just love her style and how real she is. She introduced me to these Chelsea King scrunchies and I've wanted one for a long time, but the last time I looked she was taking a shop break so I couldnt order at the time.  I still own scrunchies and love to wear them in my hair around the house so that when I take my hair out I don't have any crease marks from ponytail holders. And how adorable is that print?! Another obsession of mine is Hillberg and Berk sparkle ball earrings. I've probably owned at least 10 pairs over the last couple of years but ended up selling a few pairs of the 12mm and 10mm - I prefer the 8mm and 6mm as they don't make my ears hurt (the larger sizes are just too heavy for me). I'm more of a neutral person and I love the champagne fade style!
1. Chelsea King Floral Blush Scrunchie
2. 8 mm Hillberg and Berk Sparkle Ball Stud Earrings (in Champagne Fade) 

My sister got me the Young Living Home oil diffuser for my birthday a few years back and it finally kicked the bucket so I'm in need of a new one. I would love either the YL Desert Mist diffuser or the Aria Ultrasonic diffuser but the one I have linked is a way more affordable option and they all do the same thing, right? And the final item seems so silly but I actually really, really want a mount for my PopSocket. I watch YouTube videos every morning while I get ready for work because I cannot stand silence so this would just make life easier than trying to balance it on my already cluttered shelves.

1. Essential Oils Diffuser 
2. Popsockets Mount

So there you have it Mama Bear, some of the things I've been loving lately and haven't bought myself so you'd have some ideas. You're welcome! (Kiddddding). I'd be a happy camper at Christmas if there wasn't a single present under the tree for me as long as you drive around with me on Christmas Eve to do our annual Twinkle Tour and as long as you make me Christmas supper (I'll be in charge of dessert...). That's all I really need. Oh, and to play the Home Alone Drinking Game on Christmas Day...

What's on your Christmas Wish List?

November 21, 2017

Weekend Happenings...

I just realized that I don't have single free weekend until the weekend of Christmas Eve. How do the weekends fill up so fast?! Right now I only have one day each weekend booked up with something so it's not totally crazy. Yet. 

The Christmas Paint Night fundraiser that my work held on Friday was a huge success! When I put so much time and effort into a fundraiser I always worry about how it will go over so I'm so happy that it was such a success. The facilitator for the fundraiser is one of the parents at the Centre and this was the largest group she's ever done a Paint Night with so she was a little worried about how it would go over too so we are both breathing easier now that it's over and done with. Everyone that attended had so much fun and we all went home with some masterpieces. I made this Christmas Punch that I make for all Christmas events (and on Christmas every year since discovering it) and it was a big hit. We also had appetizers donated by families at the Centre and I fell in love with a Greek dip and had to get the recipe and will be making it all.the.time. The fundraiser was held at my old high school and it was so weird to walk those halls again. Everything is so different but also still the same if that makes any sense ha. The new joint K-12 school opened in 2012 (I think?) so my high school became the Memorial Hall and it was just strange to be back there after 12 years. 

You can see the Christmas Punch and that ah-mazing Greek Dip on the appetizer table /My 'masterpiece' in progress
Our masterpieces/My SIL and Mama Bear working on their masterpieces 
Saturday was a lazy day for me. The last two weeks leading up to the fundraiser were busy and I was running around like crazy on Friday trying to get everything ready for it and was on my feet for most of the day so I needed a day to just rest and relax. I watched Christmas movies on Netflix and did some work on my computer and otherwise didn't do a thing until I went to the movie in a neighbouring town that night. I went with my cousin and a friend to see Bad Moms Christmas. I had read some bad reviews about it (apparently some people found it too crude) but I was still excited to see it. I don't know what the people who had given it bad reviews were thinking - I loved it! I left the theatre feeling even more excited for Christmas than I already was (which I didn't think was even possible!). And really, what did those people expect from an R rated movie? Had they not seen the first movie  to know what to expect for this one? 

After the movie my cousin and I stopped in to visit with my sister and ended up staying there for over an hour and a half so I didn't get home until after midnight. Two late nights in a row are too much for me (#thisis30)! Sunday was a bit of lazy mixed with productivity. I did some things around the house, attempted to take photos of Krickit for Christmas cards (have to try again with better lighting), and went in to work for a bit but then I also just lazed around watching the Rider game and women's curling finals. Another weekend that just flew by! 

This Friday I'll be going to the EFC's Twisted Tree Auction fundraiser. I had to miss last year because I was in Minnesota for American Thanksgiving but I don't get to go this year (wahhh!) so I guess the upside is that I get to attend the Tree Auction? I was on the board of the EFC (my community's family centre) for years so I like to go to the Tree Auction and support them. The Live Auction items usually go too high for me so I just buy Jingle Table tickets and sometimes can get a Silent Auction item for a decent price. There's always such a different variety of auction items and so much creativity from community members. 

Then on Saturday/Sunday I need to get started on my Christmas baking. I've got my list almost complete so I just need to get groceries and then make a plan of attack for the order that I'll make things. I'm gone next weekend to the Twin Cities to see MN and the next weekend after that is one of my Cookie Swaps so I need to get a head start so I'm not rushing the day before it to get everything done! 

What's your favourite Christmas treat to make or receive?