Blogmas Day 22: Holiday Wrapping Haul

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I found myself without a scrap of wrapping paper this year and some hot pink gift bags left over from Valentine’s Day treat bags. I figured this wouldn’t do and headed to Target to see if they had some unique, affordable gift wrap. I was set on being disappointed since the Target nearest to me was really picked over about a week ago, I drove just a bit further though and hit the jackpot at a bigger store. Their Christmas aisles were still packed and I found just what I was looking for in the Wondershop aisle. The rolls of paper were $4 each and are the perfect not too thick, not too thin thickness.

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I purchased several rolls of the Merry & Bright paper a few years ago and was so excited to see that it was available again this year. This paper gets really poor reviews online because it’s coated in loose glitter in areas and somehow, people don’t realize this. I’m like, bitch, you can literally see the glitter sticking to the plastic wrapping. Anyway, I love the glitter that this paper leaves behind and it looks really pretty underneath the tree lights. I also purchased the navy with gold stars, cream with black stars, white with snowflakes and white with red ho, ho, ho’s The last two have actual bits of confetti pressed into the paper, it’s adorable.

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Then, I picked up a couple of random gift bags also by Wondershop. I think they had the cutest stuff this year with a unique flare.

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This year, I chose twine instead of ribbon because I’m terrible at making the ribbon look pretty but I can work with string. They had a ton of cute styles, I might go back for more once it goes on sale. I also picked up some standard tissue paper and one obligatory card. Can we talk about the Papyrus cards? They are stunning but every time I purchase one I get sticker shock, then I turn into my grandmother and try to convince myself that I could make the card. This card was $7.95 – it’s paper and pom poms! I definitely could have made that…

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Now to the best part, wrapping! I love it when I am done wrapping everything and the packages look so neat and tidy. Well, usually they do, I’m not the greatest wrapper and might have some duds 😉 They just get torn open anyway, isn’t it odd that we spend so much time making them look pretty just to be torn open? Anyway, thanks for reading!

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Blogmas Day 21: Best Television Christmas Specials

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Have you ever heard that jazzy, doowop mash-up version of What Christmas Means to Me with the bitching harmonica solo? Literally my favorite Christmas song but until this evening, I thought that it was a woman singing – it isn’t, it’s Stevie Wonder and I’m shocked. I might love it even more now but am I the only the thought it was a lady singing, let me know…

I’m just waiting on a couple of gifts to be delivered and I am officially done gift shopping. I like to stay up really late and listen to holiday music or watch old television Christmas specials while wrapping. I did a wrapping paper and gift bag shop yesterday, now I just need to queue up my favorite shows/songs.

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The Conners decorate their home for the holidays, after receiving a note from their neighborhood association asking that the decor be removed – they retaliate with even more lights and over the top decor. I grew up in a very white trash community, this episode resonates with me on so many levels.

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Just about everyone is having a miserable holiday and regales their woes to a masseuse that Frasier has treated the household to as a holiday treat. Daphne and Martin are in a quarrel as Daphne though the old guy was dying on account of his mysterious visits to church. Frasier spills the beans about Roz’s pregnancy to her unwitting mother and Niles is just Niles.

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I know that most everyone’s favorite holiday episode is Benihana Christmas but I think that episode is just tragic. In this one, Phyllis blackmails Angela into allowing her to throw a really bizarre Moroccan themed office party. Meredith lights herself on fire while belly dancing and gets hauled to detox and Angela’s tryst with Dwight comes to light.

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Even the crypt keeper gets into the holiday spirit with this kitschy slasher episode. After offing her husband to cash in on his insurance policy, a disgruntled housewife falls victim to a serial killing Santa.

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George thinks he’s scored the best Christmas gift for Elaine when he finds a cashmere sweater on clear out. He soon finds out that it is stained with a small red dot, he seduces the cleaning lady and gifts her the sweater. Jerry accidentally servers Elaine’s alcoholic boyfriend booze and it’s all around a bizarrely hilarious episode.

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Have we talked about my love of Northern Exposure lately? Maurice meets his son he fathered while in the Marines and Joel sets out to find his first Christmas tree. It seems light on plot but it’s one of the most endearing episodes.

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Christmas is a rough time for Monk since it was his wife Trudy’s favorite time of year. He’s having a hard enough time when he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and apparently guilty of shooting Santa.

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Springfield Elementary gets snowed in, Homer and Flanders are tasked with rescuing the kids before the students drive Principal Skinner completely insane.

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There are so many good Christmas specials but this will at least get you started 🙂 Are you done shopping or do you like the chaos of last minute shopping 😉 I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season, thanks for reading!

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Blogmas Day 19: Christmas Traditions I Can Live Without

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I post something along these lines each year and most of it is hyperbole, I know and love that the holidays mean something different to everyone!

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I know that it’s not raw eggs but I can’t with the texture of eggnog, the flavor or the smell. Why does it always taste and smell like there is booze in it when there isn’t? It’s milk, cream, sugar and whipped eggs, I can’t even. Also, booze doesn’t make it better.

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I think that popcorn garland looks lovely but stringing it is a nightmare. I was terrible at stringing popcorn when I was a kid and repeatedly stabbed myself with the needle, I would never subject myself or others to this activity.

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It’s creepy & everyone knows it, lets all collectively stop doing it.

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I’m probably overthinking this but it’s odd to me that children everywhere are excited about their homes being invaded. I much prefer the kindly, charitable Saint Nicholas as opposed to the modern day, breaking & entering Santa. Who, by the way, doesn’t even eat the cookies that are left for him.

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The milk and cookies thing – what a waste.

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When I was a kid, it literally took my mom like 16 hours to cook a turkey. I have no idea why but it was Christmas Eve tradition that she would be up all night basting this stupid turkey. In my adulthood, I have found out that it does not take that long to cook a turkey – even a big one. I’ll never know why she cooked that thing so long.

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Have you ever really listened to some of the lyrics to popular Christmas songs? Some are really bizarre, Winter Wonderland comes to mind. First of all, who is Parson Brown? Second, that whole are you married bit and the part time husband thing. Again, probably overthinking it but can someone write some new Christmas songs for the love of Parson Brown?!

Let me know what holiday traditions you could do without & thanks for stopping by!

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Blogmas Day 18: My Actual Wish List

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I have been racking my brain for the perfect gift for one of those people who already has everything and is also pretty picky about the things that they own. The thing is, if a person already has everything then they don’t need anything and why am I wasting my time and energy on trying to find a gift for them. I am this person, I have most everything that I need but also, I don’t expect anyone to buy me gifts. In fact, I am terrible at receiving them – it stresses me out. This person in my life would do everyone a favor if they could be more like me and tell people to not get them anything. Now, I gift myself shit all of the time because it’s much less awkward. Here’s what I want for Christmas besides a cleaning service 😉

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The Starry Eyes to Hypnotise palette is this year’s holiday palette and I cannot believe that it hasn’t sold out yet because it’s so much more appealing than last year’s holiday palette. I don’t love all of her eyeshadow palettes, I don’t think that the quality is the same sometimes, I am hoping that this one isn’t a dud.

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I need a gym bag, I keep stuffing all of my clothes into my handbag which is working well enough but I don’t love putting the sweaty clothes back in there. This looks like a solid gym bag without being too huge.

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These are by far my favorite gym shoe, the soles aren’t too grippy so you aren’t squeaking all over the place but so comfortable. I don’t think that they are terribly spendy at bout $40 a pair and they come in tons of colors so you can look all cute and coordinated. I just have a plain black pair now, the toe box will tear out if you have that problem which is my only complaint.

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I need new pots and pans like yesterday – the ones that I have are probably 15 years old most of the teflon is torn or peeling off in areas. I’ve had a good run with them but I think it’s time to move on. Unfortunately, most of them are so worn that I don’t think that I will be able to donate them. I want a Greenlife set because they are non-stick without the teflon and look at this pretty pink set!

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So, what I really want is a television to sit on my kitchen counter but apparently, these aren’t in fashion anymore. I could get a small monitor but that isn’t the same, I figure that I can hook my phone up to this device and still watch stuff while I am doing things around the apartment. I don’t own a television so I watch everything on my phone which works but I’ve dropped it, spilled stuff on it and generally just treated it poorly 😀

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If you have not tried an Instant Pot, I definitely recommend. I love the taste of slow cooked meals but sometimes I don’t plan ahead, Instant Pot makes your food taste deliciously slow cooked but in a fraction of the time. I was gifted a hand me down but look at this teal one.

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I think that’s it, although, I did see some really cute sweater dresses at Target the other day. I just hate shopping for clothes, nothing ever fits the way you think it’s going to. Maybe I will get some new lounge wear since I’m planning on doing a lot of lounging in the coming weeks. What are you wishing for this year? Are you a better gift giver or receiver, let me know and thanks for reading!

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Blogmas Day 16: The Holiday

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I am not a rom-com kinda’ gal unless we’re talking the Brat Pack era films or anything with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. I think that rom-coms portray an unrealistic idea of love and being in love. I do know some couples that seem like they are straight out of a film script but not many. I mean, not everyone can get engaged during the Holidazzle (barf, by the way). Does that mean everyone else’s relationships are bad? No, it means that most people probably have real life relationships without the ridiculousness of manufactured romance. Anyway, The Holiday was on while I was making cookies this weekend and I was shocked at how much I enjoyed this movie!

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The movie starts where all of these movies seem to start, heartbreak. Iris finds out that her love interest has just become engaged and Amanda has just broken up with her boyfriend. Iris is a plain Jane type (I mean, as plain as the stunning Winslet could be) and Amanda is a jet setting business mogul, the two could not be more opposite. Looking for a change of scenery, the two swap living spaces – is this a thing? It sounds like something that I would be interested in doing so let me know if you want to swap spaces for a while 😀 Iris heads to the states and Amanda heads to Surrey. Of course, the two women fall in love with unlikely new acquaintances overseas. I was surprisingly pleased with the male leads in this one, Jude Law is your standard rom-com fare although, I like that he has kids in this one. Jack Black was a pleasant change from the usual hunks. Everyone loves a funny man but he was delightful in this role. Kate Winslet is hands down my favorite actress, I enjoy most anything that she is in. Aside from Titanic which is ironic since that’s what launched her career (more on this later). It is wildly unrealistic, I mean, maybe two people could meet and fall in love under said circumstances but probably not. I think what I enjoy most about this one is that it reminds me of older films in this genre that were wildly unrealistic with a touch of perhaps it could happen. It is a long movie but from start to finish, it’s just fun. I think it has definitely become a new must-watch holiday movie for me! If you haven’t seen it and aren’t really into this genre of movies, I would still recommend giving it a watch.

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Let me know if you have seen this one and if you were a fan or not! Also, legit let me know if you want a little holiday in the Twin Cities and I will come to wherever you are. Thanks for reading!

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Blogmas Day 15: Sunday Funday

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I have a two week vacation coming up next week and I cannot wait. This time of year, while one of my favorites, is hard for an introvert. There’s just so much going on; potlucks, parties, work, shopping all on top of just regular existing and I’m exhausted. I’m in the middle of making 3-dozen chocolate spoons, I have to make a dish for work on Wednesday and a dessert for Friday and it will all be here and gone before you know it. I thought I’d just do a rambling update post for this evening.

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I don’t have a metabolism that allows me to not work out everyday. It’s been so cold and icy that I decided to join a gym. So far so good, for $20 a month I can use all of the equipment and attend their classes. I’m liking it more than I thought I would, partly because I also picked up some cute new workout clothes 😝

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Yup. I’m getting a new kitten, I have one senior cat and one younger cat who is a bit rambunctious. I’m thinking the younger cat could use a companion since my senior kitty is really mellow. I’ll be sure to post about him when he arrives in about 2 weeks.

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I’ve been doing really well with not buying stuff I don’t need but I’ve been in a shopping mood. I think it’s partly due to the fact that I’ve been gift shopping and keep gifting myself 😉 Also though, my birthday is coming up and I’ll get back to better spending habits after that.

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I totally spaced on sending any cards this year! On the one hand, I don’t mind because they’re just unnecessary waste but this is the first year since I was 18 that I haven’t sent any ☹️

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I always claim that winter is my favorite season and then we have a winter like this one, we’ve already received 20 inches of snow and the first day of winter isn’t even until the 21st! Also, we’ve been having January temps and it’s been driving my MS crazy. Apparently, it makes me more sensitive to the cold and this year I’m really feeling it.

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I don’t know where but I’ve had a hankering to see new places and meet new people lately. Unfortunately, all of the places that I’d like to live (in the middle of nowhere) don’t have an abundance of jobs. Living in a metro area has worn on me, I don’t like it but I do like my job. Who knows where I’ll end up but hopefully somewhere new soon.

That’s it for today, let me know what’s on you mind. Thanks for reading!

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Blogmas Day 14: Holiday Home Decor

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Fa-la-la-la – can you believe that December is almost over?! I’m serious, why is March – August such a long schlep and the best half of the year just flies by? I feel as though I just put my decorations up and am already thinking about taking them down. This year, I went with jewel tones as I refreshed my living room with new jewel tone elements back in the fall. I still need a new couch but I can’t find one that I like for some reason. The couch I have now is probably 50 years old and it’s fine but it’s really heavy and doesn’t really go with the rest of my furniture. Anyway, I found a lot of stuff at JoAnn this year, I think they had the best ornament selection. I also purchased some items from Target, they had the prettiest sisal trees, their Wonderhop stuff is always the best but it’s a bit overpriced.

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I have been collecting the cone Christmas trees for a while, I’m thinking of retiring a few since they lose tons of glitter every year. I think my favorite pieces this year are the sisal trees from Target on the gold pedestals and the glitter ball ornaments from JoAnn. I would love to be the type of person who could do the minimalist Christmas thing but I can’t – I love the holiday vomit look 😉 Thanks for reading!

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