December Goals

05 December 2018 2 comments
Good Morning Friends, I know you weren't expecting me to actually have a blog post up two days in a row. Miracles never cease (haha). Since we are well into December now I think it is time to make my December goals and look back on my November Goals, which I'm not so sure went as well as I hoped they would. So, lets do this...

November Goals Recap...


Get Christmas Craft Projects finished before you start new a new one.
Sadly, this didn't happen, I have been working on these but most aren't done and I have started new ones!

Plan some fun Christmas-y evenings with family/friends

Check! This one has been happening! And lots more are coming!

Make Christmas cards/Send out

Nope, I didn't make my cards this year, I just found I didn't have enough time and I don't enjoy making cards that much unless I'm totally in the mood and I haven't been in the mood. But I did get some nice ones at Winners ;)

Finishing organizing the office

Check! Finished and the office is wonderful haha

Have most Christmas shopping done by end of NovemberNope, I have some of it done but not all of it and I don't even care haha



I only have one goal for December and that is to fully enjoy the Christmas season. I have to say I have been doing a great job so far. The decorations are up, Christmas movies/music playing and the festive love is in the air.

I hope everyone has the same goal to just enjoy as much as you can and spend your time with the people you love.

xo

TBB Asks: Holiday Edition

04 December 2018 No comments
Yup, I have been the worst blogger as of late but I have been busy and just haven't gotten my act together with the whole blogging thing but alas I think I can get back on the wagon since the house is decorated and I'm not spending my free time decorating now. We will see how this goes anyways, I do have some stuff planned for post so I will try my hardest to make them happen. 

Today to get back into the swing of Christmas posts The Blended Blog is doing another TBB Asks Christmas Edition. We did one in the fall so lets get on with this one for the Christmas season.


Candy canes? Yes! But just the peppermint ones...I have seen too many weird flavors coming out and I couldn't imagine a bacon flavored candy cane.

Christmas morning - early riser or sleep in? Early riser! And I always have been, so much so my parents had to make a rule that we couldn't get out of bed until 6am and then when we got a bit older it was 7am. And to this day I'm still up early! I just love Christmas too much to sleep! haha


Black Friday shopping? Not really because I don't think it is a big thing in Canada even though we do have the sales. I did go out on Black Friday but there was just as good sales the week before when I was out as well. It is like mid November pre Black Friday sales then week of Black Friday sales and then Cyber Monday turns into a whole week too so yeah I don't feel the need to get out and shop on the Friday.


Christmas tree in November? Yes! I like to enjoy the decorations for as long as I can because I love the season so much I don't just want them from December 1 to Jan 1.

Holiday ideas from Pinterest? Yes, I get lots of ideas from Pinterest for Christmas but honestly I can't think of a good one right now to tell you about. I also pin A LOT of Christmas ideas and then end up not doing any of them but that is the way of Pinterest isn't it?

Christmas glam or Ugly sweater? I love a good ugly sweater but I'm way more of a Christmas glam kind of girl.


Stockings stuffers - wrapped or unwrapped? The last couple of years I have taken to wrapping everything that goes into my parents stocking but my mom never wrapped ours, the stocking was the wrapping.


Traditional or Modern Christmas songs? Mix of both for sure. I love the old ones but there is always room for some newer ones too.

Fruitcake? Nope!


Christmas shopping - still going, or finished? Still going! I hope to get some done tonight and over the weekend maybe if I have some time since I have a busy weekend ahead of me. Tis the season right?

Is there snow in December where you live? Sometimes there is, the past couple of years it hasn't been a white Christmas. I'm hoping this year it is because winter has seemed to hit early!

A Charlie Brown Christmas or Rudolph?
I could never choose I love them both and are must watches for me over the holiday season!


So there you have it my thoughts on a few things Christmas. Right now I think I have time to prep a bit for another blog post tomorrow so I will leave you there folks and hope you have a wonderful day!

Oh I'm doing a Christmas Photo a Day Challenge over on my Instagram (BrittanyLea) feel free to come and check it out and join in on the fun!

xo

Weekening...Christmas Decorating Begins...

26 November 2018 2 comments
Happy Monday Folks! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Mine was pretty low key but very nice. There was a few plans cancelled but what can you do sometimes it happens. I also cannot believe it is the last week of November. I feel like I definitely did not complete all of my November goals because I feel like it has been a week since I posted about them!

Anyways, lets chat about my weekend. On Friday, there was some snow squalls forecasted and it was bitterly cold, we had made plans to go down to Sherbrooke Village for their opening night of their Old fashioned Christmas but with the weather and how cold it was no one really wanted to go. Of course the weather forecasted didn't really come but it was freezing running from the house to the car so again no one really wanted to spend the evening walking around. I did find out it is open until January for walk arounds so maybe we will try and plan another night. Instead, I headed out to dinner with my mom and Erica. We had a lovely dinner before hitting up Walmart and the mall. I also watched the Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russel and I loved it. I love it when you can watch a new Christmas movie and love it as much as some of the classic ones.

On Saturday, it was full blown Christmas decoration time! It was basically that all weekend in all honesty but almost everything is finished now so bring on the rest of the holidays. I have one more tree to decorate for the landing on the stairs but I have the rest of the trees done. Yes, I said trees!





 
Christmas trees, snowman and Santa Clauses are my most favorite. I also have to finish decorating the office once I'm done with this post so I should probably move along soon. I'm hoping to get some Christmas crafts and baking down soon to share of ideas with everyone. I have seen a few new recipes I would like to try so hopefully they turn out and I can pass them along :)
 
Now onto my most favorite part of the weekend, snuggling with my boy. When Gus was a puppy he would almost NEVER wants to snuggle up with you but now since his old age (he is 9, he will be 10 in April) he loves cuddling up with you. He actually snugged up with me two different times and I loved it. My sweet baby Gus
 

Linking with Bianca today!


Christmas Bucket List!

22 November 2018 No comments
Firstly I would like to wish a happy thanksgiving to all my American friends. I hope you all have a great thanksgiving with lots of good food and company!



Now, lets talk about my Christmas bucket list. Each year I kind of plan one of these for myself but never really think about after I plan it out so maybe this year I will have better luck. Now, mind you I normally do most of what is on my bucket list without even thinking about it. Do you make any bucket lists for the holidays, things you really want to do or events to want to hit up?

  • go on a sleigh ride (this one is pushing it but maybe sometime in the winter)
  • see the Christmas lights around town
  • spend lots of time with family and friends
  • host a cookie baking party
  • read a Christmas themed book
  • go to some Christmas parties
  • make homemade hot cocoa
  • watch Christmas movies with the family
  • enjoy the season
I know I will probably end up going most of these without even having to think about it but it is nice to make a little list of things. We all know how much I love lists.

Anyways, it is time to move on and get some work done. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thursday.

xo

And so it begins....

19 November 2018 No comments
It is the start of my Christmas themed posts. I know some of you are thinking why not wait and start in December well I have been in the festive mood for weeks now so you're lucky they did not start sooner. For my Christmas lovers like me I'm sorry I waited so long to start!

If you haven't figured it out yet I love Christmas and everything about it. For someone who normally hates crowds I even for the most part love the crowds at the malls (as long as I don't run into too many a**holes). I think my love of Christmas came from my mother who is probably the only person I know who loves Christmas more than I do. No, wait I know that it comes from my mom there is not doubt about that one. But this is topic for another day though because I have different plans for this post. 

This post is for the holiday movies are all love to cringe at but often can't help but watch them. Or you're like me and love them for how insanely cheesy they are. The Countdown to Christmas by Hallmark is on right now and I'm loving it. Yes, there are some of the movies that are so bad I can't watch but some of them are fantastic in the most cheesy ways. This meme basically sums up Hallmark movies...


Now, you're thinking okay Brittany we know you love these movies but there are so many to watch! Yes, there is and now I'm going to tell you which ones you should check out!




A December Bride: Aspiring interior designer Layla O'Reilly is dreading the Christmastime wedding of her cousin who's marrying Layla's ex-fiancé. Although Seth Murphy is the one responsible for introducing the bride and groom, she begrudgingly accepts his offer to be her date as she's out of options. Seth gets carried away at the reception and announces they're engaged, forcing a mortified Layla to keep up the pretense. But as the faux couple spends more time together they find themselves feeling something very real.

I first saw this movie last Christmas season and as far as the Hallmark movie goes I did enjoy this one. Story line of course the same as most but I liked it. Easy to watch and the characters were pretty likeable from the get go. Cheese Factor: 4.5 out of 5

Christmas Inheritance: Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father's gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad's former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she's forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas. 

This one is actually a Netflix movie but it it fills the same need as a true Hallmark movie. The characters are easy to like and it is nice little Christmas movie that can be watched with the kids. It might even teach them a nice lesson about Christmas. Cheese Factor: 3 out of 5

Christmas Next Door: Eric Randall, a famous author who writes about how to stay a bachelor is forced to look after his niece and nephew over the holidays and, with the help of his Christmas-loving neighbor, April Stewart, he learns to find love and the Christmas spirit.

This is another one that I first saw last season and I really did like it. Eric Randall is a tad hard to take but by mid movie you do warm up to him. Cute movie for the holidays. Cheese Factor: 4.5 out of 5

The Mistletoe Promise: Elise meets Nick, a single and handsome attorney, they quickly bond over their mutual dislike of the holidays. Nick shares that his law firm is considering making him a partner, but has a history of choosing only those who are married with a family. Realizing they're each about to face a lonely holiday season - and that having a girlfriend would increase his chances of being made a partner - Nick suggests the "mistletoe promise" that he and Elise pretend to be a couple until Christmas Eve.

Hallmark keeps their promise with a Mistletoe Promise of romance, Christmas and cheese! Again, another cute and easy to watch Christmas movie. The main characters are easy to like and Luke Macfarlane is pretty easy on the eyes. Cheese Factor: 4 out of 5

As you're reading this I'm probably decorating for Christmas and watching a Hallmark movie. OH and probably drinking some coffee out of the wonderful mug my friend Nicole made me!


Happy Monday Everyone!

*movie images taken from google images and movie summaries from IMDB.com 

Girly Chat: Juggling the Holidays!

15 November 2018 2 comments
Hey, two posts this week! I had planned on posting yesterday but alas I'm sick with a bit of infection, so I have been laying around more then being productive. Last week, I went to Halifax for my last follow up appointment with one of the doctors I had been seeing and he finally took me off the antibiotics I had been on since I came home from the hospital and of course this week I'm back on them! Well, different ones that aren't as strong but hey, my immune system isn't quite back to normal yet so we will just keep chugging through.

I wasn't sure what I was going to post about today but of course the lovely ladies who do Girly Chat are doing their link up today so bam I have an idea on what to post about now. This month their theme is Getting through the Holidays/Juggling the Holiday Season. I know this is something a number of us struggle with because it is busy time of year and a number of women still take on the bulk of Christmas because that is just what we do. I love pretty much everything about the holiday season and I don't have an overly stressful season because I do not have kids and all that jazz on my plate. But, I know it is crazy time of year for everyone, trying to get in everything and making sure you don't say no to almost anything or anyone. Christmas shopping, baking, parties, family stuff etc. It can all be very overwhelming that is for sure. I have one tip for getting through the holidays, it gets me through and makes it more fun and productive. Be/Get Organized!


I know it sounds overly simple but honestly if you makes your lists, plan things out and keep a schedule it will make things easier for you! I personally start making my lists in September/October. This means I know come November who I'm sending Christmas cards too, what I want to bake, basic ideas of the presents I want to buy and who I'm going to buy them for. In November, when the Christmas invites start print out a calendar and mark them down. Also, add in Christmas craft fairs you might want to go to, sales at your favorite shops or your kids Christmas concerts/events. If you can color code them so you can at a glance know what is what and not just a busy mess of Christmas events.

For those who know me you know I love being organized, it just makes life easier I think and around the holidays making life easier is always great because this is the one season you want to enjoy with your family and friends. Now, go and make some lists for Christmas! I swear you will like it but if not maybe I will come up with a better tip for next year!