>Lighted Christmas Balls

>This is an interesting little phenomena that is going on in our city. Throughout the Sunset Hills neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city, literally hundreds of these really cool balls, orbs, etc are hung from the tree tops. Hubby and I were driving to a party on the 23rd and noticed these. We both squealed like 4 year olds and drove through this canopy of lights. They are truly amazing. This blog shows photos and even directions on how to make these. Lots of chicken wire, lights, extension cords and some way to heist these into the trees!

>Post Christmas shopping

>I love shopping post Christmas. Not only for the little deals and treats to save for next year, but to find the perfect matching pants for the argyle sweater I received. Hubby bought me this great argyle sweater (no longer listed online), but then today I found these. Perfect. Then to Ann Taylor for deals on cute slingbacks. A fun leopard pair, perfect for black pants and a brown faux crocodile for work.

Now, I’m not really into waking up at 4am to shop for the sales.. I leave that to my mom. She’s the real pro. She knows what she wants and can work her way through half the city in an hour with goodies galore.

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>Merry Christmas!

> The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, the dogs are wearing their Christmas collars and are patiently waiting on Santa. After church, we will head to my in laws for the holiday.

Merry Christmas to you & yours!

>They Might Be Giants

>Last night, I was at dinner with hubby and a few friends. Somehow the conversation turned to one of the guys talking about holding small demitasse spoons and acting like a GIANT. I can remember a similar conversation at Suburban Cupcake about how when ladies visit Costco and walk around the giant store with oversized carts, humongo cans of peaches and extra large boxes of Frosted Flakes, we begin to feel like Barbie!

I guess it just shows that men always want to be big, burly and strong, and ahem, oversized while we want to remain small, petite and dainty.

>Wrap it up

>My husband’s family believes in buying for every single member of the family. There will be no only buying for kids, or drawing names. So, I have accepted this past time, because I know that I would lose this fight. We make a list on a legal pad about who wants what, then we divide and conquer.

I added new new items to his list to include monogrammed scarves and purses. Then, I was the designated wrapper. He boxed, I wrapped. At one point he asked if I had done this professionally. I actually had in college!

I believe in pretty bows and nice paper. Bows should follow the Martha guidelines and should be pretty and sheer, gift wrap should have neat corners and no sloppy tape.

We were both impressed with our handiwork when it was all over and hopefully so will the recipients. I doubt his young nephews will care, but still!

>The Hair Trifecta

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For those of you who suffer from flat iron burnout (literally) or issues surrounding keeping your hair straight and silky, you must try the CHI products by Farouk. My salon sells these & I have become a convert. I now use the dryer, flat iron and CHI oil. They keep your hair silky, the flat iron doesn’t seem to catch on any hair and cause to break. These are pricey, but wonderful products!
I did buy the pink breast cancer flat iron that is too cute, plus it works great and I supported a wonderful cause.
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>1964 1/2 mustang something or other

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I love my mom. I really do. However, some of her requests just crack me up. She has collected Hallmark ornaments for many years – since before I was born, but she doesn’t really use them at Christmas or even really like them. But, she has some of the entire collections, so why give up now?

Enter the last and final ornament in the Kiddie Car series… the 1964 1/2 mustang kiddie car.

So, they were sold out everywhere. She called, I called, I looked online. I got on a waiting list to buy the display at one of our Hallmark stores to find out that the display was stolen! Who steals from the Hallmark store!?!

So, after being outbid many times on eBay, I finally secured one for her last night at only $5 over retail. Whew. So now, she will have the entire collection that we will probably sell on eBay next year! Go figure!

>Christmas Cheer

>This has been “the week” for my husband’s birthday, holiday parties, festive gatherings and, best of all, the stomach flu! Yes, my husband had it last Sunday, I left work early with it on Wednesday and we are down a combined 8 pounds, but back on the mend.

Whew, I would not wish that stuff on my worst enemy. My appetite came back yesterday and luckily, the party we attended had a mashed potato bar. Pure genius and served in cute martini glasses. I’ve seen this done at wedding receptions, but it was perfect for this gathering. As Rachael Ray would say, yum-o.

Today, hubby is off to watch the Steelers play, I am finishing some last minute shopping and attending a holiday tea. Very fun and girly for me. Dogs are snoozing near the tree, so life is good.

>Wait a minute, Mister Postman…

>As long as the packages actually get picked up tomorrow, I think I have just found one of the best holiday time saving tools. I had to ship two packages for Christmas and I hate dragging the boxes with me to work, then running out on my lunch hour, to stand in line at the Post Office for an hour in order to mail them. Since I kept seeing the ads for package pickup & online postage, I decided to try it. In all of about 5 minutes, and that included setting up the account and weighing the packages, I have my postage paid labels and the packages scheduled for pick up. Whoo-hoo! Time for this girl to go have a slim a bear and see if there’s anything on TV.

>Holiday Edition – Getting to Know You

>A friend sent this to me tonight, so I thought I would add it for a little holiday fun.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Mostly gift wrap, unless it’s just a crazy shape.
2. Real tree or artificial? Real
3. When do you put up the tree? Usually Thanksgiving weekend
4. When do you take down the tree? After New Year’s.
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes
6. Favorite gift received as a child? A life like doll named Pumpkin or a doll named “Whoopsie” and when you pushed her stomach, she said “whoopsie” and her pig tails went up & down!
7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, a small one on the tree. The big one is somewhere lost in the storage unit.
8. Hardest person to buy for? My mom
9. Easiest person to buy for? Me, of course!
10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards? Mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Hmmm… My mother is notorious for giving practical presents – I started to receive Lenox Holiday china as a child. Now, I appreciate it, but it wasn’t cool when everyone else got an Atari!
12. Favorite Christmas Movie(s)? Miracle on 34th Street, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Sometime in November
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I’m sure I have
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Real gingerbread cookies, those little round, light peppermints, iced sugar cookies…
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? clear
17. Favorite Christmas song(s)? O Come all Ye Faithful, Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee, Joy to the World.
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel
19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers? Yes
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Nothing one this one – nothing would fit
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? When things get so hectic that it makes it hard to slow down and enjoy the season.
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I love glass ornaments and have started the Swarovski star collection.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Growing up, we had Christmas Eve dinner which was usually pork tenderloin or ham, broccoli casserole, etc. My in-laws do a yummy Christmas Day dinner of ham, turkey and all of the fixings.
25. What is the real meaning of Christmas for you? For me, the real meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus. I really appreciate the quiet times that Christmas brings and time to spend with family, friends and loved ones.