Five on Friday – 12.27.13

Happy Friday everyone!  I can’t believe this is the last Friday in 2013! In honor of the occasion, I’m linking up with Darci, April, Christina and Natasha for Five on Friday..

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I can’t believe Christmas is over!  We hosted our annual Christmas Eve dinner again this year.  We usually just have our immediate families over, but last year my mom’s family was in town so we invited them- this year to keep things fair we invited G’s extended family.  It was an interesting night!  I made my usual lasagna, G made his Mac n’ cheese; it was basically carb city.  YOLO.. right?!

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I’ve already started goal setting for 2014.. personally, professionally, and for the blog!  It’s time to really buckle down and start making progress towards achieving some of my goals.  I’ll be sharing most of my goals, and some of my methods for taking BIG goals and breaking them down to make them attainable in the next few days- so stay tuned!

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I got some our photos from Germany printed, and I blew up this one to 8×10 and I was pretty pleased with how it came out!  I’ve decided that I should probably invest in a better camera, because I think some of my shots turned out just okay.. but with the right camera and lens, they could have been really breathtaking.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

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I got some Nordstrom gift cards for Christmas and they are burning a hole in my pocket;  there were a few things on my wishlist that Santa forgot so these will be perfect for picking them up!  My parents got me the Naked3 Palette and I’m excited to really start playing around with it.  G got me a Kindle Paperwhite and a nice leather case, and it’s AWESOME!  I have an Amazon Prime membership, so I really like that I can borrow books digitally for free (like a library!) I started by borrowing Raise the Bar by Jon Taffer- have you seen his show Bar Rescue? G and I love it.  His book is really a nice read, and even though I’m not in the bar/restaurant business I feel like many of the concepts are applicable to most businesses.

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As we move into 2014, I’m ready to take wedding planning off the back burner and get back to planning!  Our next big thing to nail down is a DJ.  I also have a few items I’ve favorited on Etsy that I’m ready to pull the trigger on!  I can’t believe that we’re only 18 months out!  I have a feeling the next 18 months are going to f l y by

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend – the last one of 2013!! 

Steph

Christmas 2013

We hosted our annual Christmas Eve dinner tonight. It was a great time with both of our families. Tomorrow we will have a low key morning, then we will make the rounds for Christmas dinner. We’re so lucky to have parents that live blocks apart, it makes sharing the holidays so much easier.

I hope no matter what your plans are for tomorrow, you have a blessed and special day!

Merry Christmas

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Steph

2nd Annual Favorite Things Party

Earlier this month, I hosted my 2nd annual favorite things party!1000456_10100852045975135_1931054866_n Of course, I managed to take no pictures of the setup or anything—hopefully I’ll remember to next year.   The concept is simple, every guest has to choose one item to be their favorite thing.  I set some guidelines this year to keep things consistent:

  • Had to be new with tags/gift receipt
  • Had to be store-bought
  • It needed to cost at least $10

So everyone picked a favorite thing, and then they had to buy and bring 3 of them to the party.

Tip: Last year I asked everyone to bring five items costing $6, however we thought that $10 was a better price point because it can be hard to find something nice for $6.  You can set your price point and item limit at whatever you want though!

This year, for my favorite thing I picked one of my favorite winter  candles from Bath and Body Works, the Fresh Balsam 3-wick.  I was able to plan ahead and pick them up when they went on sale 2 for $22.

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Our 2013 Christmas Cards

I can’t believe we are only FOUR days away from Christmas!  How did that happen?!?

After our Thanksgiving trip, I knew I wanted to one of the pictures we had taken for our Christmas cards this year.  I ended up picking one of G and I at the Neuschwanstein Castle because I thought it felt Christmasy!  I ordered them from tinyprints on Tuesday night when we got home, because I wanted to take advantage of their great black Friday / Cyber Monday deals {30% off and free shipping} total win!

I settled on the Merriest Little Snow design and I was pretty happy with how they turned out!  I thought our faces were a bit darker than I would have liked, but that was my fault not TinyPrints!   ImageI was shocked on Saturday morning when the doorbell rang and my cards were already here- talk about quick turnaround time. Sunday night I made it my mission to get them addressed and stamped, then Monday at lunch I took them to the post office. I was actually able to get them in some of our friends & family’s mailboxes 7 days after ordering them!

ImageEvery night after work, I look forward to coming home and checking the mail for new Christmas cards, they totally put a smile on my face and brighten my day!

Steph