I hope you're having a jolly weekend!
|Triple Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies|
|Gaga Gingerbread Gals|
|Lemony Slice & Bakes|
|Dutch Speculoos Cookies -- A family favorite and pastime!|
|Cookies & Cream Kiss Cookies|
|Marshmallow Monster Cookies|
|Soft & Chewy Sugar Cookies|
|Impressive, isn't she? A Gingerbread Typewriter|
|A classic. Snowflake Sugar Cookies|
|My Travel Essentials|
Hi Friends! I'm CONUS bound, and I'm so ecstatic. My flight leaves tonight, and after several phases of editing, I believe I'm completely packed and ready to jet set east. This is the first time in three years that I've got to celebrate Christmas with my mom, dad, and sister. It's going to a-mazing!! I hope to blog while I'm with my family over the holidays. Bear with me, as it might not be every day. Posts will most likely be short and simple. I can't wait to share our family's Christmas and New Year with you. And by the time I return, Flyboy will have completed his deployment and our little family will be reunited. There's so much to be happy about!!Be back soon. Out to live!
P.S. Do you have any travel tips you'd like to share? Can you think of anything I might have forgot to pack? What about some good reads? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get seated next to Alec Baldwin or some screaming child. Wish me luck. Words with Friends anyone?
|Cute & Colorful|
|Packages so pretty, I don't think I'd ever want to open them!|
|I'm serious about stripes and stacking.|
|Simple and heartfelt.|
|Does it get any cuter than jewel tones, ric rac, and polka dots?|
|Mad about plaid.|
|A simple and sparkly bow.|
|Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas: A Pair of Pears|
|Martha's Monogram Tags|
|Read, Wrap, & Recycle Bows|
|Brunch at Saks: DIY Pom Pom Flower|
|Creature Comforts: Gift Topper & Tag|
|Odessa May Society: Simple & Metallic|
|Brunch at Saks: Glitter Bow DIY|
|The secret to tying the perfect bow.|
|If you're one of those people who believe bows are so last season (Oh Boo Hiss!), perhaps an adorable tassel would do?|
Check out this tutorial.
|Matchbook's Pom Pom Tutorial|
|Bicycle / Gin / Wire Bird / Sushi / Stocking / Cardinal / George / Pinecone / Reed Chair / Margarita / Colander / Tree / Whale / Flowerball / Cucumber / Polka Dots|
I'm headed to an ornament exchange tonight. Wish me luck! New people and social events are always a recipe for disaster when it comes to Type-A.
Oh yes, ever the eternal optimist...
No, but really, I don't know what it is, I just have the hardest time being myself. In the past, I've set this awful precedent by putting my foot in my mouth. I think the more I worry about it, the worse it gets, and I'm afraid to just be myself. How's that for a dose of self-fulfilling prophecy? I handle these sorts of events SO much better when I have a trusty wingman. If only I could bring one of you with me. I know I'd feel instantly at ease. Wouldn't it be grand?
So, what's the big deal? Well, we've lived here for awhile, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit that we still don't have a ton of friends. Womp womp. As a classic introvert, I haven't made it top priority, and that's just a shame. Over the past few months, we've had several visitors, and we've adjusted to our new place and Flyboy's new schedule. We didn't really put it to the forefront. We're the kind of couple that really enjoys our time together, and since he comes and goes a lot, our time is über precious. But now that things are coming together and we've got a good grasp of what life will be like for the next three years, it's time that I make it a point to branch out and meet some more people.
It's been a little rough to persuade myself to attend these sorts of events. I always find some sort of excuse, and I'm tired of being so darn predictable. It's a Type-A flaw. I'm in no way perfect, so there's always room for improvement. I guess it's most important to be aware of your flaws and fears and try to face them head on. It's been especially hard this time around because we don't live on the air force base. Nope, we live on a secluded hill. It's a rather serene retreat, which I like. However, it also reinforces my introvert ways. On a good day, I'm lucky if I see my neighbor on his roof in his banana hammock. Woah, brown chicken, brown cowwww....
So, here's to a night of fun and meeting new people. For those of you who know me quite well, I aim to avoid my typical nervous chatter. Instead, I'm going to let this little guy do the talking for me.
Happy Happy Monday!
|Clip Board / Poppin Pens / OMG! Eraser / The Long List / Calling Cards / Bright Solids Ballpoint Pen / Address Labels|
|Kate Spade / Sarah Pinto / Persimmon / Dozi / Jessica Hische / Metallic Leather Desk Diary / Erin Condren / Sarah Pinto|
|Notebook Set / Bin / Ruler / WTF Stamp / Multi Tape Dispenser / Washi / Chevron Pens / Susy Jack Pencil Cup / The Seven Year Pen|
|Jess LC / Kate Spade / Target / Ric Rac Sleeve / Kenneth Cole / Kate Spade / Kate Spade|
|Semikolon Box / File Flags / Magnet Clips / Baggu Zipper Set / Airplane Clips / Sharpies / Push Pins / Pencils / Sweater Duct Tape|
|Domino: The Book of Decorating / The Perfectly Imperfect Home / Decorate / Design Sponge at Home / A Perfectly Kept House... / Details|
|The Barefoot Contessa Collection / 5 Ingredient Fix / Food Rules / The Pioneer Woman Cooks / Homemade|
|The Happiness Project / H is for Holy Crap / Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? / Steve Jobs / The Guide to Living Colorfully / Then Again / Bossypants|
|Lee Krasner / Van Gogh: The Life / Seven Days in the Art World / Seen Art?|
|Living Beauty / Like I Give a Frock / The Gospel According to Coco Chanel / The One Hundred / Bubbly On Your Budget|
|A Zeal of Zebras / Press Here / Of Thee I Sing / Paul Thurlby's Alphabet / Art for Baby / I Want My Hat Back|
|Print / Tote|