Holiday Housewarming.

•December 27, 2012 • 6 Comments

I already shared some of the “photobooth” results from my holiday/housewarming party, but just thought I’d document a few other details. Those of you who’ve been reading for awhile may remember that I kinda LOVE throwing a party. A lot. I get into silly things that I realize most people don’t really notice or care about (e.g. signs detailing the food being served, favors for guests when they leave, etc)…because I just can’t resist. IT’S SO FUN. Begin to imagine the efforts I put into planning a freaking wedding…and feel my pain. BUT MOVING ON. Previous evidence: housewarming 2010, Stella & Dot jewelry party, 25th birthday (cupcake bar remains one of my favorite ideas!).

I didn’t want to stress about this party, so I really did make it relatively low-key. I just put together a hot chocolate/coffee bar (…on the pull-out ironing board in my kitchen) with lots o’ toppings and a few liquors to use for spikin’. With the help of friends, made a few appetizers (bacon wrapped potatoes with lemon aioli, asparagus/mozzarella tarts). Baked some carrot cake cupcakes (from the box mix) and whipped up some cream cheese frosting that I could dye green to make a little tree (which I also did last year. Ooh—got to use a few of my cupcake toppers from the aforementioned non-wedding…yes!). I made some of my grandma’s cookies earlier in the week to put out as favors (along with little to-go bags stamped with my new address). I knew friends were awesomely bringing food and beverages, so other than grabbing some local beer and a bottle of wine, I didn’t go crazy on that front. My sister cut out a paper tree for everyone to decorate, which was another fun addition!

I shopped early in the week so I wouldn’t be running around, got my hair cut that morning and just lounged around while things were baking. Low-stress with pretty great results aka getting to spend time with wonderful people. Can’t wait for an excuse to throw another party…

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Wordless Thursday: CCXXXVI

•December 27, 2012 • 2 Comments

Scenes from Christmas, 2012

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Holiday Cheer.

•December 24, 2012 • 1 Comment

Another sporadic post. Just wanted to wish you all a very merry holiday season! I kicked my break off with a holiday housewarming party on Saturday. It was all I hoped. So many of my favorite people in one place, lots of holiday cheer, plenty o’ yummy food and drinks. My house and heart were very warmed. And I could be even cheesier about it… 😉 I feel like I truly have the best friends one could ask for.

A few silly photos (from about 200 ridiculous ones!) to wish you and yours a happy Christmas Eve!

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Wordless Wednesday: CCXXXV

•December 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Outfit snapshots
December 13th-19th, 2012

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Acts of Kindness.

•December 18, 2012 • 1 Comment

Like everyone, the horrible events in Newtown have really been weighing on me. I know there’s no way to make sense of what happened, but the thought of someone opening fire on 20 innocent children and their protectors is beyond…ugh. It’s just beyond anything I can wrap my mind around. Working in a school is a bit rough this week. We all love our students and are very committed to supporting them and keeping them safe. Seeing something like this happen makes the job feel all the more important…but it also has left me feeling a bit powerless. My thoughts are with the families…and aimed toward hoping we see some real changes on gun control in this country. So, so long overdue.

With that in mind, I decided to intentionally commit today toward some acts of kindness. Hopefully we all treat others well everyday, but I have been feeling the need for something extra. The helpers are inspiring me. Here’s a running list for my Tuesday. Maybe we can inspire one another! Some of these are fairly routine, some a bit in jest (my mom deemed me checking in an “act of kindness”). But here’s to creating a little more good.

-Gave all snacks on hand to a sleeping homeless person

-Bought the person behind me’s Starbucks order in the drive-thru (have always heard of people doing this—finally did it! Might have to go for it once a month or something. Made my heart happy)

-Surprised my co-worker with her favorite Starbucks treat

-Picked up lunch items for co-workers

-Called my mother 😉

-Made my (small but mighty?) annual donation to the Literacy Services Center

-Penned snail mail to (hopefully) brighten loved ones’ days

-Made cookies I plan to send home with my guests after my holiday soiree

Mr.-Rogers

Wordless Wednesday: CCXXXIV

•December 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

More outfit snapshots
December 7th-12th, 2012

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Snippets.

•December 11, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hi blogosphere!
For the moment, it might be best to assume that you can find me a bit more on Instagram than you will here. Not giving up blogging by any means—I very much enjoy it—but life has felt very busy (pretty much all in a good way!) and I’ve found it challenging to do more than snap a few photos.

On that note, here’s some evidence of life lately. A lot of week night fun, quite a few drinks with friends, lots of food, some holiday cheer. Hope your December is wonderful so far!

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