Friday, December 21, 2018

A Blog Break

To say I'm a little excited about BOTH of my girls coming home and celebrating Christmas would be an understatement. #tomorrow
I'm going to take some time off from the blog and enjoy my time at home with the family.  Wishing you and yours a magical holiday season and much prosperity in the new year!

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

{Shopping} Trader Joe's Latest Haul

Here are some new things I found on last Trader Joe's trip.  I was pretty excited to find the Vegan Jackfruit Crabless Cakes.
 I haven't tried them yet but I can't wait!
 How fun to find holiday themed non dairy yogurt.  It tasted just like egg nog!
 I know this isn't new and I showed it on my previous EPIC Austin Trader Joe's Visit but this is the first time I bought it.  Yum! It's very sweet so a little goes a long way.  I've tried it on toast by itself but thinking some cream cheese with it would be delish as well.
 I love the packaging on this Cocoa Peppermint Almond Creamer. It makes your coffee taste like a peppermint mocha.
 I heard good things  about the Green Dragon Hot Sauce. It's definitely got a kick and it's not as sweet as sriracha.
They keep adding new beauty products and I'm all for it!  My skin has been so dry that I'm trying anything and everything to keep it moisturized.  It's definitely lightweight and it doesn't have any fragrance. The bottle is a nice size too.  

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

{Field Trip} Festive Day in Philly

This has become an annual tradition for us, to travel into Philadelphia for a day and see the holiday decorations.
 We had an errand to run first and then had a late lunch at Barra Rossa.
 After that we walked over to the Christmas markets.  The ice skating looked fun.
This is as close as we got to the rink.
 Every year they add a little more to the Dilworth Park Wintergarden.
 It's a magical little spot to explore.
 We went on a Saturday this year and all of the tents were full of vendors.
 It seemed like the food and drink vendors were the busiest.
 We stopped to see the tree too.  It was starting to rain a little but we didn't let that spoil our fun.
We headed over to the LOVE park Christmas Market too.
 It all looked so pretty and festive.
 Stopping for some coffee before we went to the light show.
Macy's does a holiday light show every few hours and it's become another one of our holiday traditions. It's narrated by Julie Andrews!  What festive things have you been up to?

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Monday, December 17, 2018

{The Abode} Christmas Home Tour 2018

Happy Monday! Welcome to my holiday home tour.  Grab a cup of cocoa and come on in!
Here's our front door with our fresh Costco wreath (they are the best!) and my DIY Ballard Designs Inspired Holiday Door Tags.
At our other front door, I have this cute Gnome Sweet Gnome doormat (new this year from Nordstrom Rack).
Our front porch.
 The second front door with my Ornament & Yarn Ball Wreath.
I added some red touches to the porch and fresh some cut greenery.
 I moved our Disney tree up to the den from the basement so we could enjoy it and see it more frequently.
I pulled out the baby sled from the attic and displayed our favorite Christmas books in it along with Molly Moose.
 The Christmas village and snow family.
 Looking into the kitchen from the den.
 Our family room tree.
The family room tree is our only live tree.  I've been going a little crazy with holiday pillow covers this season.   I can't stop! #wontstop
 The hearth gets more plaid with these vintage Skotch Coolers and and red woolen stockings.
The foyer tree is decorated in all snow related ornaments with some glittery accents.
 We got a new white tree in the living room this year because our old one had turned very yellow.  I decorate that with blue ornaments mostly.
View from the staircase.
We found this star made out of broomsticks on a recent weekend trip.  A string of lights makes it sparkle and my little vintage snow people flank it sweetly. I should mention that almost all of our light displays are on timers and it makes life so much easier!
 I like adding some Christmas cozy to the bedrooms.   We each have our own tree too! This one has just colored lights.
Some fun pillow covers, a fuzzy plaid scarf and a wreath make the bed extra cozy.
 College Girl's bed got a few Christmas pillows and a throw.
 And so did City's Girl's room. They are all ready for the girls to get home!
 Back down to the family room, I have our nutcrackers and a little Elf word art.
 The wrapped presents are starting to look festive!
 My Starbucks Cup Angels  are still singing on the piano in the living room.

In the kitchen I added this little tray (also found on our weekend getaway).

Some more kitchen holiday decor.   I found that little box with the truck at Dollar Tree!
This is a garland that I found while shopping at Flying Tiger in Ireland.  I think it's perfect above the microwave!
 I'm rethinking the decor in the dining room so I've gotten rid of most of it but I've kept a few things up. There's a wreath on the mirror between the windows that is usually lit up.
 More presents!
 Santa is checking his list!
If you're still here after the photo deluge, thank you for sticking with it and I hope you enjoyed our holiday home tour!

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