Blogmas Day 7: What I Actually Want for Christmas

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I’m not big into presents, I never know what I want, I feel guilty asking for stuff and I usually just purchase gifts for myself. I miss being a kid when Barbies, craft supplies and books were the only things I was wishing for. Now that I am in my 30’s and mostly don’t believe in Santa, my wants have changed and here’s what I’m wishing for this year.

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My place is always pretty clean but I’d really like a maid service to come in and deep clean everything especially all of the things that I hate cleaning like the windows and the oven. I want my bathrooms bleached from top to bottom and turned sparkling white, seriously, best gift ever.

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Who enjoys having to pay for gas? I don’t get why people give cards to stores that I like because I don’t mind spending money at those stores, I don’t want to spend money on gas.

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If I never had to grocery shop or cook ever again, it would be too soon. Can someone just cook my meals for me? Is that so much to ask?

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I really do still love receiving books as gifts, used only please. Paying for my Audible membership would be even better πŸ˜›

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This goes with the maid thing, I am fairly organized but I’d really enjoy someone coming in and organizing my life.

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My skin has really been pissing me off lately, I’m sure that it’s just the change in weather but if it could knock it off, that would be great.

I would be delighted to receive any of these things, can you imagine? Sitting around, reading in my spotless apartment, eating food that I didn’t have to cook? It’s the little things πŸ˜› It seems like overall, society is shifting towards gifting experiences over stuff and I am totally on board with that. Let me know what’s on your list and thanks for reading.

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Blogmas Day 5: Favorite Holiday Movies

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I thoroughly enjoy holiday movies, have I watched the same handful of them over and over for the last 20 years? Pretty much but for some reason they never get old. It probably helps that I usually just have them playing in the background while I’m doing other festive things but I really do look forward to watching them every year. They’re wholesome, predictable and all around fun!

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A young boy is left home alone after wishing that his family would disappear. The posh family home is the target of two local burglars, he has to defend the homestead. It’s terrifyingly plausible when you actually think about it. I just have to say that the remake will never work because there are hundreds of ways to track your kids these days, it will just be ruined!

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Does this movie have any actual plot? It doesn’t seem like it but still a classic. I think that every child has that one gift on their list that they know is just a dream but want it anyway. A tragic trip to the mall Santa, a really bizarre Christmas dinner at a Chinese restaurant and one frazzled housewife. It’s a delight.

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Most everyone in my life roasts me for enjoying this movie so much but I can’t help it. Arnold forgot to purchase the hottest toy of the season and heads out on Christmas Eve to secure the item. I love that it takes place in Minnesota, I think it’s hysterical and Phil Hartman is so good as the creepy, single dad neighbor.

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Another dad flick, Tim Allen is a recently divorced dad who tries to give his young son a great Christmas and unwittingly becomes Santa. I think they could have left out the whole part where the mom takes custody away from Santa but it still has a happy ending.

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Now that I’m thinking about it, this one is on the sad side too. Charlie Brown is the most disillusioned 8-year old ever. He is made director of the Christmas play which is bound to flop since he’s Charlie Brown but actually turns into a delightful anti-consumerism message that was lost on me as a child.

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Let me know what holiday films you enjoy, thanks for reading!

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Blogmas Day 4: Have Yourself a Nostalgic Little Christmas

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I mentioned in one of my recent posts that I tend to associate the late 40’s – 50’s with Christmas for some reason. Now, this era does tend to be romanticized quite a lot in pop culture and many of the tumultuous events that were happening are glossed over. Post war America though seemed like a more peaceful time, a more harmonious time in American history. The country was rebuilding itself, families separated by war were reuniting or finding ways to move on and society was united by common goals. Christmas was a much bigger deal it seems because most people, probably worldwide, didn’t have the means to be consuming all year. Shopping was a treat, more of an experience whereas now, Americans shop constantly (to the tune of $13.86 trillion in credit card debt) and goods are widely available. I’d love to see Christmas become a simpler celebration rather than the blow-out, consumerist extravaganza it has always been during my lifetime. Obviously, it wasn’t a progressive era but here’s why they did the holidays better.

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Department stores used to be beautiful, not the tiled, fluorescent monstrosities or nearly vacant malls that exist now. You could have your purchases wrapped by someone who took pride in their vocation. Now, I schlep into a store, get ignored by the associates, check myself out, whip all my shit into a bag and leave. Consumers want more stuff for less and the whole experience has been cheapened to meet this demand. Also, stores actually closed – what a concept.

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Now, I think that the artificial tree came out during this era which is good and bad I suppose. You can reuse them for a long time, they can be more accessible to families who can’t afford the whole natural tree thing but it sucks when you have to throw one out. Shiny BriteΒ started producing affordable ornaments (still do to this day), outdoor decor became more prevalent, those inflatable lawn ornaments weren’t a thing. I love looking at Christmas lights but I often wonder if people just hate their neighbors. The White House had one classy tree instead of a dozen, what is that about anyway?

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I recently watched a documentary on NORAD and the story of how they got started tracking Santa is delightful. It was actually a typo that lead to children calling the military on Christmas Eve in 1955 and rather than turning it into a national security issue, it was handled with good humor and operators were directed to give the kids an ETA on Santa. The following year, NORAD officially started tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve journey.

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Nothing against mall Santa, the one at MOA is actually pretty good but department store Santa is definitely the more classy of the two.

Overall, it’s just the quaintness of the era and doing so much with so little that appeals to me. Was it all good? Probably not, I mean, the food couldn’t have been great, I feel like the candied ham, green bean casserole and fruitcake were products of this era.Β Miracle on 34th Street is the saddest movie I’ve probably ever seen.Β If Mad Men is accurate, everyone was smoking themselves to death and having extra marital affairs. But overall, if I could go back to a simpler time while maintaining the progressive values of a 2019 society, I absolutely would. What about you, what vintage concepts would you like to see as part of the modern Christmas celebration?

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Blogmas Day 3: Winter Wonderland Tag

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I’m so over Christmas carols already, it’s my own fault since I turned on the oldies station on Thanksgiving and haven’t turned it off since. I need some new carols in my life, and not that Michael Buble album. He has a lovely singing voice but I can’t with his Christmas carols. Adele should do a Christmas album but is that the end of career cash grab? I mean, don’t we all feel sorry for the pop stars who decide to release a holiday track (looking at you Wham!)? Maybe not Mariah Carey but Elton John…? Anyway, are you satisfied with the current carol offerings or do you want some new ones? We are doing a tag today because it wouldn’t be my blog without a good ol’ tag πŸ™‚

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The snow! I love snow, it makes the world so crisp and clean and quiet. I hate driving in the snow but I’m that person who will head out right after a storm when the roads are mostly clear but not clear enough for the city slickers and enjoy the mostly deserted city. I do get stressed out living in such a densely populated area, I much prefer cruising around small towns or country roads in the snow because there are less SUV driving jackasses. I love snowboarding, snowshoeing, running on snowy trails – I think you get the point.

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Definitely scarves, I think they work more as an accessory than a hat. A hat means business, I’m probably going to be outside for a prolonged period of time and don’t care what I look like. But a scarf can be dressed up or down while still serving a practical purpose. Also, I have a huge head and most hats squeeze my forehead which is stressful.

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Just one?! If I had to pick, it would definitely be Home Alone because it’s a classic. It’s one movie from my childhood that I distinctly recall watching with my family and it always puts me in a Christmas mood when I watch it. Hell, if I am feeling down or homesick in the dead of July I will put it on πŸ™‚ I love the house, the setting, the very plausible 90’s plot line – it’s just so good.

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Probably red or gold sparkle or both.

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I hate them all! None of them taste like they have an ounce of coffee, they are all sugar and syrup – yuck. Back in my early 20’s they had a drink that I really enjoyed but I don’t think they make it and I can’t recall what was in it. I like black coffee with a shot of cinnamon and splash of coconut whipped cream as my festive drink. The Starbucks holiday blend is very good too but I don’t care for their drinks also, they are all about 500 calories which is a whole freaking meal! Am I missing something? What’s your favorite drink?

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Burt’s Bees lip balm, it’s the only lip product that keeps the sides of my mouth from splitting. My snowflake coffee mug that makes all coffee taste 100 times better and I swear keeps it hotter. My black lounging cardigan that’s actually just a regular cardigan that I wore so often that the elbows wore out and I can’t wear it in public anymore. It’s so thin and worn and soft, I am going to be totally bummed when it just disintegrates πŸ˜€

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It’s actually a necessity and I’m just gonna have to suck it up and purchase one, I need a new Patagonia. I hate spending the cash, it’s not that they don’t make really good clothing but their coats are just so expensive and I only wear it for a few months. For my body type, it’s hard to find a coat that doesn’t make me look like a stuffed turkey but their coats are just so nicely cut and flattering. Anyway, it has to happen but maybe Santa will surprise me πŸ˜›

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Ugh, I can’t but if I had to choose one…no, I can’t.

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Nope – never do, never will. I did stop at Target for some potatoes but I don’t think that counts.

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Burt’s Bees Original lip balm for day time and the Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask at night. Can we talk about lip fillers though? I have these little lines that look like smoker lines but I’ve never smoked, they are from pursing my lips when I am reading or writing or driving – I don’t know why I do it but you know how your granny would tell you that if you made ugly faces that it would get stuck that way? Wrinkles, she was talking about wrinkles and she was right. So, I’ve been doing some research on lip filler and did you know that a risk of this procedure is that the filler can be injected into a blood vessel and your lip will literally fall off? If you know of any potent lip line products, let me know.

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Not really, I have a festive turtleneck that doesn’t really look that idiotic. I just can’t purchase something with such a specific purpose that I can only wear once a year and don’t actually need.

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Most every year and I cannot imagine living somewhere that doesn’t get snow.

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Champagne Toast, I think this is the first year that I won’t be purchasing one and it bums me out a little.

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Same as usual, snowboarding.

I hope you are having a beautiful day and if you do this tag, be sure to let me know!

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Blogmas Day 2: Winter Watch List

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful and staying inside and eating everything in my pantry sounds so delightful πŸ˜› Actually, the weather isn’t that bad but I would like to stay inside until we’re in above zero temperature but alas, I still haven’t married rich. I’d also like to stay inside so that I can catch up on some shows! I’m in a television mood lately, probably because I’m inside more, here’s what I’ve been watching.

The Crown: I might be the last person alive to tune into this historical drama series and my interest was only piqued when I saw the star-studded season three cast. Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson?! I mean, come on – I am only on the first season but I’m hooked so far. I think that Princess Diana debuts in season four and I suspect I won’t keep watching it. Does anyone else find it difficult to watch historical style dramas about things that happened in their lifetime? Anyway, this show chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and it’s really good.

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Modern Family – Again, probably the only person in existence to check this show out but I think it’s hysterical. The personality dynamics play so well together and make the family so perfectly quirky. It’s such a fun show and reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.

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Jack Ryan Season II: I watched season one on the first day it premiered in one sitting and it was worth all of the stuff that I didn’t get done that day. I haven’t tuned into the second season because I haven’t had the time. This series is an adaptation of the Tom Clancy thrillers starring Jack Ryan and the first season was awesome. I really have to find the time to watch season two. Also, who knew (besides Pam) that Jim was such a fox underneath all of those ties and button ups?

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Mindhunter Season II: I started watching this but only made it through the first episode. Again, an awesome show that I really want to finish but never find the time. I’ve heard that the likeness of the actors to the serial killers they play is uncanny in this season. We got a taste of that in season one with Ed Kemper, I’m dying to see who signed on for the second season.

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I just realized that none of these shows are remotely festive πŸ™‚ I think the only show that feels Christmas-y to me is Mad Men, I associate the 50’s with Christmas for some reason not clear to myself. Anyway, this is how I will be spending my nights in this winter. What are you watching, are any of these on your list? There’s so much good television out there, it’s hard to know where to start!

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Blogmas Day 1: Winter Favorites

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It’s snowing & blowing here in Minnesota, which is my favorite kind of winter day if I didn’t have to be to work in a couple of hours. It seems like the perfect day to kick off Blogmas, I’m only doing 24 days of posts as I am leaving on a snowboarding trip for the last two weeks of the year and I don’t think I would have time to blog. Anyway, today’s post is a handful of products that I’ve been enjoying lately.

Happy Wax Scented Soy Melts: I found these on Amazon and they have quite a few flavors. I’ve been melting the Spa Blend which is a medley of lavender, eucalyptus and cotton. It’s a clean scent, the melts are shaped like cute bears and the throw is decent. I melt way more than the recommended 1-2 pieces but I like my home scents potent and I’m sure 1-2 pieces would be just fine.

tgin Miracle Repair Leave in Conditioner: Winter arrived overnight along with dry hair, dry skin, chapped lips and all of those seasonal discomforts. My hair dresser recommended switching to a leave in conditioner for the winter and this one is really nice. It has a light, fresh scent and does a great job at keeping my hair healthy and soft. It also hasn’t broken my face or neck out which is an issue I experience with moisturizing hair products. This was around $10 at ULTA and it’s been worth every penny.

Acure Marula Oil: I think I’ve talked about how much I enjoy the Drunk Elephant marula oil before but at $80/ounce, I’m always on the hunt for a more affordable product. This one isn’t bad, it’s a bit lighter consistency than the DE version but still deeply moisturizing and repairing. This was another ULTA find and cost around $12, I also like this component more since it’s a pump and not a dropper. I think it’s a fantastic alternative to the DE oil.

Frank Body Peppermint Coffee Scrub: I’m not one to futz around in the bath or shower with body treatments but if you have dry, flaky skin and want a physical exfoliator that isn’t terribly abrasive, coffee is pretty awesome. Yeah, it’s a complete mess but it does the trick and this one smells amazing.

LUSH Cosmetics Karma Kream: Still my favorite body lotion, it smells heavenly with notes of sandalwood and citrus and the scent stays with you all day. It’s by far the best of all the body lotions.

Mamonde Lip Sleeping Mask: If you want a lip mask that falls somewhere between Vaseline and a lip balm, this is it. It’s just enough to feel like a mask but not suffocating, Mamonde makes great skincare with simple ingredients and this is a winter lip savior.

Let me know what some of your winter must-have products are and if you are participating in Blogmas this year! Do you have any Christmas decorations up? Has it snowed where you are? I hope you enjoy these festive posts and I’m looking forward to reading yours!

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