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Christmas Tree Pickin’

Ever since I was little, I’d choose the Christmas tree with my dad. We didn’t go anywhere fancy or anything like that; the local Home Depot always sufficed. However, the tradition wasn’t able to hold this year since he was out of town, so J and I went and picked it out. We have high ceilings, and tend to always get a 6′-7′ Douglas Fir. We actually ended up choosing the second tree we looked at! We were a bit late to the game to be honest, so we got very lucky with our tree. We went home, blasted the Christmas music, and decorated the sucker. We weren’t feeling too much in the Christmas mood, so getting the tree definitely helped change that. After decorating, we got tamales. So, essentially, Christmas decor + tamales = successful night!





Holidays: Part I

“It’s not what’s under the tree. It’s who’s around it.”


As I get older and older, the holidays begin to mean something different to me. A holiday that once focused on receiving gifts, now means so much more to me. The holidays are now about giving back and spending time with my loved ones. Presents are just an added bonus! All my best friends have flown back for the holidays, which ┬ámeans there are shenanigans a plenty! It’s often hard because my best friends live all over the country; having them home makes my heart so full.

We got in the Christmas spirit by taking Bijou out to see Christmas lights over the weekend. Luckily he behaved himself, because he got to meet a look-a-like! ;)

Bijou and his twin.
Bijou and his twin.

My last day of work was the Tuesday before Christmas; I absolutely love my job, but I was happy to have time off to spend with my best friends who all had flown home for the winter. I went out to sushi with Maddy on Tuesday night; we hung out with her younger sister, Ali, afterwards and caught up on life. Their family is my second family, so it’s always great to have them home.

I was bad about gifts and had to finish up shopping on Christmas Eve. J and I grabbed In-N-Out for lunch and managed to get home in time to get ready for dinner.

in n out
Josh’s Double-Double with grilled onions & animal fries in back!


In N Out Under The Sticks
My grilled cheese with grilled onions.


My family, J, and my brother’s girlfriend Amanda went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner on Christmas Eve. We didn’t end up going to church like we had planned because my dad wasn’t feeling well, but we watched one of my favorite holiday movies, Love Actually, at home. Growing up, we would go to the 11p.m. candlelight service at church and come home a little bit after midnight, which meant it was officially Christmas. I liked the idea of waiting a couple less hours to open gifts when I was younger, but now I love waking up on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought! There’s something more exciting about it for me.

J certainly delivered by gifting me a Kitchenaid mixer. I was so excited that I started looking up new baking recipes right away.

Kitchenaid Mixer Under The Sticks
My new baby!


Stay tuned for those! I bought J a gold watch from Fossil (similar to this one, which he already has) , some accessories, and a gift card to start his PS4 fund. I also got some gift cards and kitchen accessories from my family. Overall, it was a fantastic Christmas and I was so happy to be with my loved ones.
I am happy to have any excuse to cook for large groups, so J and I volunteered to cook Christmas dinner. We went a bit nontraditional and made chicken enchiladas. The recipe will be up soon!

I’m trying to spend as much time as possible with friends and family, so I do apologize for the delay on updates! As everyone flies home, I’ll have more time to post new recipes and giveaways. I hope you all are enjoying your time with your loved ones!


Holiday Gift Guide: Boyfriends & Brothers

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to trek down to your local mall and purchase gifts for everyone on your list. Here are some ideas for your boyfriend, brother, and best guy friends!




Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Boyfriends & Brothers


1. Klondike Socks (Stance)- $10
Socks are a perfect way for adding character to your outfit! These blue stripes are perfect for showing off, or staying hidden under formal wear.



2. Sportsman’s Rucksack Bag in Taupe (L.L. Bean)- $119
Whether you’re traveling near or far this holiday season, staying stylish while keeping it all together (in more way than one), is vital.



3. Mistletoe Bow Tie (The Tie Bar)– $15
This adorable mistletoe bow tie adds charm to any formal outing while bringing the perfect amount of holiday cheer without being too overwhelming.




4. Rapid Beverage Chiller (Crate & Barrel)- $89.95
What’s a good party without good drinks? Get your bubbly cold in an instant with this quick beverage chiller.



5. Engraved Money Clip (Things Remembered)- $20
If you don’t feel like lugging around a hefty wallet, a money clip is perfect for you. Plus, the added personalized engraving is a great touch!



6. Nate Chronograph Watch (Fossil)-$165
Few people realize how neccessary a watch is until they finally begin to wear one! This bold face is a perfect touch to any outfit, casual or formal.




7. Nike Free Run 5.0 (Sports Authority)- $100
If you need to run off your extra holiday weight, do it in comfort with these Nikes. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but black is the most neutral.