Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Resolutions...Doing the Panic!

What is it about a fresh new year that gets us all motivated to try to be super beings all of a sudden? I guess it's just what people do when the new year rolls around. You think about the things you would like to change which is usually something to do with our appearance...especially here in Iowa when you know it's going to go from cold to full on summer in no time. It's nice to hide out in your sweaters and hoodies for now, but you know those tank tops are coming soon! Everyone wants to be Fair-ready around here! (Iowans LOL, right??)

I think they should actually change it to New Year's Panic. Maybe because I'm already having a panic attack thinking about all those Oreo Bon Bons that were consumed and my summer wardrobe...YIKES!!


 Iowa Summer Forecast

So what is up with our obsession with our appearance? Is it a sin to worry so much about how we look? Ok I know that everyone's new thing is being "healthy" but if running or Kosama or Zumba made you healthier but not trimmer you bet my jiggly buns most people would not be doing it. It's the payoff right? To be able to feel good and look good in what you wear. People generally want to be thin and look nice. It's just a fact. I don't think there is anything wrong with taking pride in your appearance as long as you don't let your ego get in the way.

I might seem a bit obsessed with appearance when you see my posts on some of my passions like make-up and clothing and my creations from Polyvore. Before you judge me though, please realize that although I too want to look good in what I wear, I do love the creativity that comes with styling clothes and putting on make-up. To me it's no different than an artist who paints or a chef who creates an amazing meal out of simple ingredients.

I do love to look nice for my husband. I don't think it's right to get married and let yourself go and expect your husband to be attracted to you if you aren't at least making an effort. Now I know people put on a few pounds with babies and age and life...that's not what I am talking about. Life is pretty wicked nowadays, and there is temptation everywhere. You should always be working to keep your mates attention. I don't dress up in a dress every day and I definitely have my days where I don't look fantastic...but I certainly put forth an effort. When I read this 3 part series titled "How Do I Look", I realized I'm actually on the right track. I want my husband's eyes on ME!


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Have you ever watched What Not to Wear? Seems kind of shallow I suppose but if you really watch the show you can see how it can really change a person's life. Stacy & Clinton are not wanting anyone to be something they are not, they are wanting them to feel good and shine so they can be the best person they already are. They are clothing educators, really. They explain how different cuts of clothing can take pounds off of your body and make you look your best. Clothes and hair and make-up make a huge difference in how we feel about ourselves and how we perform in the world.


See the difference a few extra pieces make?

I guess bottom line about any resolution for getting healthy or losing a few pounds is a good goal to have if it's right for you. Now how in the heck do you do that?? Pretty sure we all know that already....it's about picking what works for you and your personality...if you need a few ideas check out my WW post on NYR. Heck if I was a weight loss expert my blog would be called skinnychill or something like that I guess.



Tons of my friends are doing Kosama. For those of you not familiar, it's one of those 6 days a week every day is something different kick your butt workout programs. I've seen great success with this program in my friends. The only downside is some of them become a bit obsessed with it. You start to see them looking at your fat rolls and you can just tell they are thinking of how they can recruit your jiggly butt in to their protein eating 5 AM world. Some of them also carry a "food police" badge which apparently gives them the right to let you know what you are eating is too full of sugar and fat or whatever. My theory is that they are super hungry and they want to talk about your food. hahaha...one of my besties is a Kosamite and she is cool about it all. I don't mean YOU buddy. :)

I actually wouldn't mind joining a program like Kosama, but I already wake up at 5 to get everyone where they need to be. Then I am running kids to and fro after work so not sure when I would squeeze that in. Maybe when the kids start driving??



My runnergrrrrl friend Nic-isn't she a cutie?

I was catching up reading one of my cute little friend's blogs "Even Me". She is a little runner girl who is recently become vegan and she is the epitome of a new year's resolution. It's so cute because she actually has goals on there like she still isn't doing enough in life. But you know good for her! I know that I will never run a marathon or even around the block for that matter. That doesn't mean that I still can't take a little inspiration away from her and others like her. It kind of got me thinking too, if she is still setting goals for herself, I'm sure she would appreciate a little shout out. Even a runner vegan girl probably needs to hear that she rocks, right? I think every girl needs to hear that on a daily basis. So Nic, you rock! Keep it up! :) Maybe her blog will inspire you to success!


 Ok! So for 2012...what are my resolutions? My goals? My hopes? My dreams? My fears?

All of the above I guess? I do have some specific things I would like to do this year:

1. Have a picnic lunch in a park far away somewhere. I bought the cutest picnic basket at a garage sale and I'm dying to use it. Plus I want to make my Twinkie strawberry shortcake using this method and this sandwich which I posted in my first WW.
2. Go to at least one movie in the park with my kids and some of my nieces and nephews
3. Go to the beach at least once. I have not been since I was a child.
4. Clean out my attic
5. Go to Disneyworld (cross that one of in May! YIPPEE!)
6. Have a dinner at my house for all of my church friends and children
7. Spend more time with my mom
8. Teach my children how to make their favorite meal or treat
9. Find the perfect purse
10. Chill ;)


Me in NY...happy. :)

Here is to looking and feeling fabulous is 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Window Wednesday-New Year's Resolution Edition

I know resolutions can be stupid. I know they go away as fast as the ball drops in Times Square but they are still fun. Plus I think it's nice to have goals in life so why not start some in the new year? This article has the top 10 resolutions for 2012. Let's see if we can tackle a few of them for this edition of Window Wednesday!




If you are a list maker, you can print this cute free printable  here.



Moving More & Eating Less...Office Style

I live work in an office where there is food in every room. Well, not food exactly. Usually something with frosting, glaze, or cream cheese. I'm pretty good at resisting until around 3:00. Some time around 3:00 you need a little "pick me up" I guess. Add to the food issue that I sit in a chair for 8 hours a day. This adds serious poundage to your you-know-what. Not to mention the stress that office jobs can bring. Here are some great Yoga Poses you can do at your desk to help you de-stress and create energy. This article on fighting the afternoon blahs in the office has some great tips for that 3:00 "pick me up" issue.

It's so hard to squeeze in exercise when you are a busy working mom. There is a group of gals here at work that bring their running shoes every day and walk on their breaks. Looks like they are on to something. This article explains that small spurts of exercise throughout the day may be more effective than doing it all at once. I used to walk on my breaks too and it was such a nice way to break away from the desk and the brain sucking lights of the office. (Ever see Joe vs the Volcano?) Two 15 minute breaks = 30 minutes of exercise. So it's not a marathon...who cares? Remember the Chillmoms Bare Minimum Lifestyle Plan? Sometimes the bare minimum isn't too darn shabby if you do it right.

(Joe getting his brains sucked out)

Did anyone get their kids a new Wii or Xbox360 Kinect for Christmas? My kids have both and there are so many awesome games that 1. get you off the couch and 2. get some great family time in. I think it's nice to assign a night for this if you can. Pick one game to play and go at it for an hour. Who cares how many calories you burn, you are burning more than you are sitting on the couch! Plus you just can't top spending time with your kids doing something they love to do. It's a win win! A few games that we just got and will be trying out is Wipeout for the Wii, Gunstringer & Fruit Ninja for the Kinect and Just Dance 3 for the Wii. My daughter also received Exerbeat for the Wii which looks like lots of fun. I love kickboxing on the Wii. They usually have great sound effects that make it so fun!



Eat More Fruits & Veggies

I'm not the most adventurous eater ever, but the older I get, the braver I get. I have tried more veggies and it turns out I don't hate all of them. This awesome seasonality chart is great for knowing when food is at it's yummiest! Plus it's just cute as all get out.



Being that I haven't always eaten a lot of veggies, I'm not sure how to cook them when I decide to add them to my menu. This awesome cheat sheet conquers that problem STAT.



If you are trying to cut back on calories but still want to eat normal food, and better yet, food you can serve your family, I love this site. She includes WW points for anyone following that plan as well. If you are wanting a way to keep track of what's going in your mouth, this site and this site are both free and awesome for that.


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I don't think it's possible to reach any goals without getting yourself organized. For me that is a daily struggle. This is a site I visit daily for organizing inspiration. She breaks everything down to little steps so it's not so overwhelming. Organizing has never been my strong point. I bought her book  and I ended up downloading it on to my Nook for quick reference. Every page has a simple yet genius idea of organizing everything in your life. She teaches you that it's a process and if you have a place for everything, everything can be put back in it's place. Simple and genius! I also link up to her menu plan Mondays and have found so many great recipes on there for my family as well.

Whenever I purge our excess stuff, I always want to make sure it goes to where it's needed the most. I found this great list of who needs what and where to take it.




I'm no expert at saving money that's for sure! I like to spend money but even more than that I love to get a good deal. I rarely go anywhere without a coupon of some sort. I rely on tons of sites that allow us to still have fun but save a few in the process. Make sure you are checking your group buy sites daily! Here is a site that breaks down all of the deals for lots of the group buy sites daily. She does all of the work for you!

Before you buy ANYTHING on the net..and I mean ANYTHING, make sure you are going through Ebates or Mr Rebates first! You don't have to do a thing but go through their site and in a few days after your purchase you have a few extra dollars sitting on your account you can redeem in a number of ways. You are going to buy it anyway so why not get something out of it?

Before you buy ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING on the net...make sure you check for coupon codes first! You can get everything from cash off to free shipping to free samples with coupon codes. My favorite site for coupon codes is http://www.retailmenot.com/ they seem to have the most reliable coupons out there and the most current.

I have a few favorite sites that I like to check for good deals around the net, new coupons being offered and overall saving money advice. This site finds the best deals on Amazon and group buy sites daily. She helped me find some of the best deals this year for Christmas shopping. This site has all of the latest coupons and deal match ups. She really teaches you how to stretch a dollar! This site matches up coupons against sales going on at Hy-Vee, Walgreen's and Target. You can sometimes get things for FREE.

I used this site when I was saving up for my Honeymoon. The cool thing was that people could actually donate to it if they wanted to. I am now using it to save for spending money for our Disney vacation in May. Now they have a card you can use with the account. It's like having a big fat gift card. You earn interest on the money you have saved too.

You know all of those little samples of deodorant and face wash and soap etc you get in the mail? I like to put all of these in a basket in the closet. When it comes time for a little road trip I hit up my stash. You ever visit the travel size aisle? It can get a little pricey! Just remember to put a tiny pair of scissors (which I keep in the basket) for those hard to open shampoo samples. They can get a little slippery in the shower! This site has freebies like these and tons of others daily. Everyone likes free stuff!




Looking to spend a little extra time with your family at little or no cost? There are lots of things you can do to tighten your bond as a family or even with each child individually.

While you are cooking the nightly meal or baking, grab one or all of your children. I like to do it one on one as my kitchen cannot accommodate too many hands in the kitchen. I think that cooking is such an important skill that many young people lack. Teach them now and they will thank you for it later. It's a nice time to catch up with a child one on one too.

Remember the video game night I had suggested earlier? Make it any game! There are board games that are collecting dust in your closet right now. You'd be surprised at how much fun a simple night like this can be. The kids absolutely adore the time with you too. Time is hard to come by nowadays!

Visit the library together. I love all of the resources the library offers. Free books, entertainment, projects, and reading programs for the children with great incentives to keep them reading. I'm an audiobook junkie myself!

Have an all day rest day...don't even get out of those jammies! Make a day together on the weekend where you all can sleep in, relax, watch some movies, play some games, whatever you all care to do. No homework, no responsibilities...like a snow day without the snow. I think I'll go ahead and schedule one of these for us soon. :)


SO...with all of these resolutions, which ones am I going to make?? Which ones will you?? Do you make resolutions or even mental goals every year for you and your family? I'm still pondering mine which I'm sure you will see in a future post.

Hope you all had a great 2011. I'm looking forward to 2012!

Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Miss Selfridge sheer blouse
£35 - missselfridge.com

J Brand skinny leg pants
£206 - stylebop.co.uk

Rene Caovilla black booties
$476 - stylebop.com

Lulu Guinness python clutch
£275 - psyche.co.uk

SHANKA resin jewelry
$249 - notjustalabel.com

Vintage jewelry
$40 - modcloth.com

Banana Republic tear drop earrings
$30 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Fedora hat
amazon.com

Menu Plan Monday for a Short Week!


It's hard to  believe it's over already isn't it? First it was hard to believe it was here already and now it's gone. I actually still have two more to celebrate but everything is bought it's just a matter of hanging out with family and that is always nice. This week I had an unexpected but nice surprise guest of my father-in-law on Christmas Eve. I had planned on serving my fave Southwest Steak and Potato Soup with Texas Toast Grilled Cheese. My mother & father-in-law had brought us some candied jalapenos that that I busted out with cream cheese and crackers. I had been sitting on some Pampered Chef raspberry habenero sauce so I poured that over the cream cheese too. My grandma had sent me a great little container of Christmas treats so I threw those on a cute little plate and seriously...I had a moment of YOU ROCK DANNETTE. It looked like I had been preparing for hours when I had actually taken a fabulous nap while my soup was cooking away in the crockpot.

The kids are off all week, but I'm not (except for Sayler's birthday) so I'm going with some of my easiest meals this week. Since someone fed us for a Christmas get together today, I only have a few more days to worry about dinner. So here goes!

Tuesday-Pizza Titanics with turkey pepperoni

Wednesday-Movie (The Muppets) and dinner (Spaghetti Works, ssshhhh) for Sayler's Birthday!

Thursday-Leftover Chicken and Noodles and Mashed Potatoes

Friday-Hamburgers and Fries on the grill pan

Saturday-Kiddos going with grandparents so FREE NIGHT for hubby and I! Might go to a movie...but other than that a night at home might be lovely.

Sunday-Cheese Cavatelli & Salad

Happy New Year...I know right?? 2012 is countdown to Disneyworld! Blessings just never seem to end nowadays. How are you celebrating the new year?

Make sure to visit http://www.orgjunkie.com/ for awesome recipes and dinner ideas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Living As a Blended Family During the Holidays

From left to right, Sayler, Nick, Quinn, Dannette & Meredith

I have casually mentioned a few times that I have a blended family. I re-married 2 1/2 years ago, to my husband Nick, and he came with a sweet little girl named Meredith. Although she just turned 14 so she isn't so little anymore, she actually just literally outgrew me by about 1/2 inch. I have two daughters of my own, Sayler, 12 (in less than a week) and Quinn Ellen, 7. My first marriage almost made it 10 years, the relationship almost 15. Nick was married for about a year, although the relationship was much longer. He has been divorced for around 8 or 9 years. Much longer than me. I pretty much got a divorce and got re-married right away. I know people feel I rushed it but I wasn't the one who didn't want to be married anymore you see. I love being married and I love marriage. I believe in it, stand by it and enforce it.


Nick & I in wedded bliss on our wedding day

Nick and I have been extremely lucky as far as our girls go. When you think about bringing three girls together the first thing that comes to mind is oh I don't know...DISASTER?? I sometimes wonder if it was their ages at the time or just their personalities that meshed well that made them instant best friends...but when you meet my family you can't deny that there is a God with a plan. Nick and I both craved a "boring suburban life" for us and stability for our children. Our lives just seem to fit together perfectly. NOT that there aren't blended family issues...there sure are. I always tell Nick that we can't control how other people treat our children, we can only control how we treat them and I really try to make sure the time they have with us is happy, healthy, and fun.


Our first Christmas card sent out as the Rivas-Medina family-yes Quinn is that crazy ALL OF THE TIME

I grew up in a blended family from the age of 2. This life is all I know. My parents were 16 when they met, 17 when they had me. They didn't last long after that. Despite this, I had a wonderful childhood. My parents obviously loved each other enough to love us first, and made sure we had equal time with both sides of the family and never, ever talked about the others in a negative way. I grew up knowing that my parents still loved each other as friends, and that they loved us endlessly. That is a real gift. To know you came from love. Since my divorce, I have vowed to treat my children with the same respect. I want them to know their family, and I really try to do everything with their best interests first. It isn't all sunshine and roses, but it's not all bad either.


My mom has numerous pictures of me with my hand to my mouth like this, a nervous habit maybe?


My husband and stepdaughter have a different story to tell about their experience, but I do believe that is their personal story and I don't feel comfortable talking for them. I have to respect their privacy in the sense that I wasn't around for the first half, you know? What do I know about any of it if I wasn't there right? Right.


I've never seen such a bond between two people as I have with these two...

So here we are at the holidays. Everyone knows how crazy this time of year is with all of the family gatherings. Being that my parents divorced when I was 2 and my mom re-married when I was 4, Christmas meant at least 4 Christmas celebrations each year. I'm talking full-on, presents everywhere Christmases. Then my grandparents got divorced and that added another one. Then I got married and that added another. Now I'm 36, divorced, re-married with children and I've kind of lost count. My Christmas list is very long, even at the bare minimum. As I get older, my energy runs low, and it gets a little harder to keep up with it all. I am grateful God gives me the strength to still manage it all somehow. If you've read my blog at all, you know I like to throw in lots of projects on top of my already busy schedule, and I'm not one of those gals with endless energy. Not by a long shot! When I get down on myself about it, my grandma says that I just choose to focus my energy on things other than vacuuming endlessly...I cook (almost) every night, I work full time, I keep my kids and household in order, I entertain in my home, volunteer at church...but I feel like that's most moms out there...isn't it?


This is when my mother (in the blue) married my stepdad (in the back with the glasses)...me with Mickey my little brother with the tears...

Anyway, here we are at the holidays again and I find myself feeling a bit sad about it this year. When I have to take my children to buy things for my ex-husband and his girlfriend, ex-mother and father-in-law, and ex-grandmother-in-law I remember my mother doing that for us as children. It brings back such mixed feelings of excitement to see my family but also guilt at not being with my mother. If I was with one parent on a holiday, I felt guilty that the other one was alone. Yes I had a wonderful and happy childhood, but I still wouldn't have chosen this for my children. Yes I have a wonderful life with my new husband and stepdaughter that is more stable than our previous, but you still don't want to have to send your child away on Christmas to spend somewhere other than home. My poor husband has to spend every other year without his daughter on Christmas Day! I carry guilt on those years as well because I'm afraid that the presence of my children make him long for his even more. Not all rainbows and sunshine.

I don't want anyone getting me wrong here, I love my new life. You honestly couldn't pay me to go back to my old. I have a sense of peace that I've never had. I feel safe, and I know my children do too. I married in to an amazing family that love my children as their own. It seems strange that they haven't been in my life forever. Only when I take my children to their family on Christmas Day do I remember that for almost 15 years that's where I went too. I will always love them and think fondly of them and pray for them...in my heart they will always be my family.

Now my kids are re-living my childhood. Two families to love them. Two sets of parents to guide them. Two sets of cousins and Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents to belong to. If it has to be this way, at least they know they come from love.



Me on a very memorable Christmas morning at my mother's house before having to leave her and go to my dad's for the rest of Christmas vacation. See my smile? It is genuine. I've had a very blessed life.

Wishing you all rainbows and sunshine this holiday season!



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How. Could. I. Have. FORGOTTEN??

Here I go and post yesterday about all the fabulous gifts that I want and that I've received and I left off the most important one!! Every year we do a Secret Santa in my group, and every year I ask for the same thing. Being that I work with awesome people, they have delivered every single year. :)

I am a bit of a Madonna fan. Ok whatever I'm a HUGE Madonna fan. To know Dannette is to know that I love Madonna. It's one of the many dorky things about me that I happen to be proud of.

Since our limit is $15, every year I ask for a Madonna calendar. I so look forward to this gift! I know that when I see this:


I will soon be getting this:



Thanks to my Secret Santa Jessica for hooking me up for the 2nd year in a row! Sorry to be such a diva about it but hey, I sure do make it easy to shop, right?? ;)

Save a match, strike a pose.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Christmas List :)

I'm sure you are all wondering what a diva like me has on her Christmas list, right? Like obviously I would have to have a tower of fabulous presents under the tree to be happy, right?? Naaaahh...I'm a mom so the money usually runs out by the time we get to what mommy wants. I usually make my husband pick something out on his own...I'm just a romantic like that. I love making him when he thinks about one of the many things his wife has been obsessively chattering about all year and going out and hunting it down and wrapping it with his big ole meat hooks. This year though, I decided to do things a little different. There are a few things that YES I want and I made a very particular list for him and the kids. The only thing I had him do is go to Victoria's Secret and get me some new underthings that YES I need. I wrote down the style I like and my size and told him to let the little salesgirl know and she will show him the way. I now have a tiny little VS bag under the tree and the romantic in me is thrilled. :)

Put a big bow on this fella and I'll be happy!



So let's get back to the important stuff. WHAT MOMMA WANTS. (besides that hot hunk of fella above there)

Let's start off with my music. Anyone that knows me knows that I am a music lover...and I am totally old school. Don't you dare give me an Itunes GC and tell me to download the music I want...I want the CD in my hands with the artwork and (hopefully) the lyrics inside. I love my Ipod but it will never replace the real thing.

Thanks to Pandora and my "Killers" station, these are the 3 CD's I am asking for this year:

Flamingo (Deluxe Edition) -Brandon Flowers-don't be coming at me with the bony regular version either. I am a diva and I must have the DELUXE or nothing. Not sure what makes this deluxe all I know is it's better.


Sawdust-The Killers I love The Killers and this is an awesome collection of re-mixes of their hits 

The Resistance-Muse This album is always popping up on Pandora, and there isn't one song that hasn't made me nod my head.



My husband tells people I love EMO music. Whatever the hell that is. If he's not careful I'm going to start wearing black lipstick and critter hats.

Alrighty now that we've gotten all warmed up...on with my list! I am one of those gals that is always cold. I have a Snuggie, I have afghans, I have fleece blankies and I've been known to double and triple those suckers up on the couch. When I saw this awesome electric throw I knew it was a match made in heaven.


Now my little chilly buns has been living without a proper coat for the last 2 winters. Not sure how that happened but I'm pretty sure it was probably because I have three girls that have needed proper coats and I spend all of my money on them. Well this year I found this great Calvin Klein coat on sale at Von Maur. Since they gift wrap for free I had them do that for my hubby. I sure hope he isn't disappointed. ;)


I don't know if any of ya'll popped in to Target last Friday and/or Saturday for that little sneaky sale they had? It was quite fun actually because they had big signs hanging from the ceiling that said "SAVE HERE" and then you'd go over and see their little doggie (he reminds me of Spuds McKenzie BTW!) and there would be some fabulous thing 40% off. It was like a big fun scavenger hunt of saving! Well they had all of their hats and gloves 40% off. I love their selection of hats and gloves because they are always so cute, and with their prices if and when you lose that one darn glove you aren't as devastated. I went ahead and helped my hubby out once more and picked out this newsboy hat and these texting gloves. I could care less about the texting I'm just in to that neon yellow color. It's the Madonna fan in me. Vogue!




So that brings us to the end of momma's list. Not too hardcore, right? They are all things that I need but will also bring me some well deserved Christmas joy. Speaking of Christmas joy...here are some awesome things that my most awesomest friends in the whole world have hooked me up with so far...

Only a friend that knows you inside and out could pull off something like this. A few months ago I had seen the coolest sweatshirt on a Von Maur sale rack. Even on sale it was still thirty or so dollars. I was trying to be responsible with my money and didn't get it. I was telling Amy about it at lunch one day and told her that they had this awesome pink sweatshirt and it was all Flashdancy and I was kicking myself for not getting it. I had stored it in my head as one of those "the one that got away" items. I had almost (ALMOST) forgotten about it. So Amy calls me down to the lunchroom to open my Christmas present. I never know what Amy is going to get me because she always buys me very personal gifts as a good best friend should. So I open it and I swear tears covered my eyes as it was my flashdancy shirt!!! She had went and swiped that up and had been sitting on it all of this time. Seriously does it get any best friendlier than that?? I don't think so! I honestly don't know what I would do without my Amy Joy. Her eyes *sparkle*...I swear! ask anyone!!

Anyway, I couldn't find a picture of this in pink and it was super hard to find as it was, but WHADDYAKNOW it's called the "Contemporary Maniac". Yes I love the 80's and the 80's loves me.



I ended up getting her a Stila lipgloss set to match her sparkly eyes. As it turns out she had her eye on for months as well! I'm pretty sure we were separated at birth.




You know how sometimes your co-workers end up being like sisters? I have a few fabulous friends that I've made at work and can't imagine life without. I do spend more time with them than my own children now that I think of it! Well here are a few things that they have spoiled me with this holiday season. I love my gals.

Thanks to Connie for this very generous gift! She bought me hands down the cutest Scentsy warmer ever made. It's a giant cupcake and she even bought the Happy Birthday scent which is obviously like a big ole piece of cake. I was so touched by this gift as I am by my friend and her thoughtfulness. I love you Connie!



My work partner in crime is Miss, ok now MRS Carol Davis! Me n her are the ones always sneaking off at lunch for a power shopping trip and tacos. We love thrift stores and hit those up often too. She is always laughing at my diva ways, and I'm always trying to convert her. Truth is, I wouldn't change a thing about Miss Carol. She makes me realize how silly I really am. Plus she's so chill...except when she's sporting her warm Cuddl Duds which I realize I must've been outwardly coveting a little too much because she bought me my own!! She even got me the cute little stripey ones which I adore! Thanks Carol...wanna run? ;)




Oh and darn I took home the other things from my friend Mary (we are kindred spirits) and Terri who have been my break partners for years and years here at work. We love gossip but not as much as we love each other! Terri always finds the cutest little ornaments and frames and Mary got all crafty this year and made her own jar openers with little ribbons tied around them. Such a cute idea! Love you guys!!

I hooked everyone up with my Cereal Killer Christmas Treats that I talked about here. Here is how they turned out:





So that's it for now guys. I am such a spoiled gal. Spoiled with love and friends and some pretty darn cool presents too if I do say so myself. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

I will leave you with some lyrics from one of my favorite songs "Peace on Earth for Everyone"by The Sounds of Blackness...

"Now remember on Christmas Day/please remember,
It's not about the presents that are underneath the tree,
Remember to be thankful for the blessings that he gave to you and me/when you come togetha!
And all your family is near...just remember who has brought you through the years...
Joy to the World the blessed Saviour is here...let your hearts fill with cheer!
Let there be Peace on Earth for everyone...JOY!"


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