Merry Christmas Recap

Christmas day has come and gone, but the I am keeping the holiday feeling alive {at least around here}.  Normally the tree is down first thing the next morning, however I just couldn’t bring myself to do it this year.  I instead met myself halfway and took all the ornaments off and neatly wrapped each one back into tissue paper and placing gently into the green and red storage box that clearly means Christmas stuff only.  The Pandora station is still set to the holiday station until the first of the new year {I sense a mutiny coming from the family}. Christmas went just as I set out to have it go.  The shopping was done weeks early and since Faith is old enough and loves keeping busy, she did all the wrapping for everyone {except herself}.  This meant the closet was organized and everything was ready.  Santa and his…  Read More…

Holiday Shopping Gift Giving Guide

*Disclaimer this post contains affiliate links.  I love being organized and even more so this time of year.  I start shopping early for the holidays and I have a list of ideas for each person I shop for, that way if I can’t find what I want, I have options.  The problem about shopping too early, I tend to hide things and forget where I have put them when it comes time to wrap.   I have many years found gifts that I have purchased months after Christmas in their hiding places.  Nostalgia sets in when heading to some of our favorite shopping areas.  Some of my fondest memories of holiday shopping are when we would head to the large Nordstrom mall area {outdoors} here in California and bring the kids.  They were younger then, so if we were shopping for them, they really didn’t pay much attention, they were too…  Read More…

Christmas Memories and Believing

I have my favorite seasons and time of year, however December  is just … well it’s just something extra special.  December  is magical.  No matter how old I get, I can’t help but feel my inner child come out this time of year.  The lights, the decorations, the music, the hustle and bustle of this season, it all takes me back to being a kid.  Christmas always reminds me of my grandparents.  The trips to downtown San Francisco {Union Square} to see the window displays.  They don’t do windows like they used to. They were amazing, beautiful and just mesmerizing. The holiday parties my grandparents hosted were something out of a movie.  The friends, the music, the food, the hors devours, the cocktails, the men and their cigars, the nice suits, the women and their mink coats, nice dresses and beautiful jewels.  The baby grand piano, the drum set, the…  Read More…

Christmas Dinner Wine Country Style

The new year is already here and I am pretty behind on my posts.  I have literally taken time over the holiday break to play with the kids, make food, enjoy family, take many pictures, enjoy some “bubbles”, remove the tree, pack up the holiday “stuff”, watch movies, take naps, snuggle up with my hubby and fit in my Pure Barre classes.  But here we are, January 1st and I am re-capping our Christmas Dinner. This year we kept it very mellow and small.  Christmas Eve was a just the four of us, our oldest was not coming home this year {our first year without him} as he made a grown up decision to stay in Santa Barbara and work for that extra “holiday” money.  So that left my hubby and Noah and Faith to cozy up with our annual movie watching {A Charlie Brown Christmas} and they were kind…  Read More…

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