Dec 19, 2014

It's A Bing Christmas #blogmas14 Day 19

Before we get started, I would like to point out that Christmas is less than a week away. LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY. Crazy. I still haven't finished all of my shopping. I am hoping to get it all done this weekend and to have everything wrapped #maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor.

Anyways, today's #blogmas14 prompt (see the other's here) is about my favorite holiday song. This was easy for me to pick. Growing up Christmases were pretty special - re: reindeer and bells - and part of what made them that way was the music. My dad - or Pappy as I call him - would turn on Christmas music before we could do anything - and it wasn't just this new crap they play today ...or today back then... it was the classic stuff. We are talking a lot of Bing Crosby and a dash of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Frank Sinatra.

My number one favorite Christmas song ever is by Bing Crosby (duh) it's his version of White Christmas. That being said I found it damn near impossible leaving out these others that I absolutely love and listen on repeat over and over and over and over.  So here you have my top five Christmas songs:

Top 5 Christmas Songs #christmassongs

Are any of these your favorites? If so share with me! I love Christmas music talk!

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Dec 18, 2014

Gingerbread Houses #blogmas14 Day 18

Right now I can't eat any processed foods, refined sugars, or flours. So participating in today's prompt was hard to begin with and then trying to find recipes that didn't require some weird ingredients and didn't take forever was almost impossible. All those excuses to say I didn't actualllllly make a gingerbread house. HOWEVER, I do have a few incredible houses to show you.

I found all of these ginger bread houses here on Buzzfeed. Which one is your favorite?

So since I completely wimped out on this post - please tell me, did you?? Link up below and tell me!

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Dec 17, 2014

Give Back #blogmas14

Sometimes I feel like the holidays are all about what you want to receive. It's been kind of engrained into our culture - "what do you want for Christmas, how about this or that". This kind of mentality kind of sucks the soul of it all. I know I am certainly guilty of falling into this each year - ohh how I would love that purse or that amazing hair dryer - but to help keep myself focused on what the holidays are all about - I give back, and not just to my family.

Each year I, along with my family, we give a big Christmas to this little boy we know. His parents are rally good friends of ours but have nothing. Normally, all this little boy would get for Christmas would be bath soap and a set of PJs - however, with his parents blessing, we give him clothes, toys, and games - and a stocking that is chalk full of stuffers.

We don't limit this to Christmas - normally throughout the year we send stuff to help out. This little boy and his family have such a special place in our heart. We are so grateful that they allow us to do this for their son.

Another blogger that likes to give back each year is Kristyn from Chits and Giggles. When you read her blogger interview below you will see why - but let me give my point of view about her. Kristyn has been here with me since the beginning. Her blog was one of the first blogs I ever sponsored and it was the best decision I made. She was so kind and helpful - I know I asked her at least a thousand questions and she always responded with a helpful, open mind.

Anyways, enough from me going on and on - take it away Kristyn!

(1) What is your all time favorite holiday memory?

My sister and I used to wake up at 6AM on Christmas morning (right after our parents went to bed) and would go scope out our "Santa gifts".  These were unwrapped gifts that Santa would leave for us.  They included clothes, a hamster, stereos, books, anything like that.  We also had wrapped gifts from our parents and animals.  Santa would also wrap some gifts too.  It was pretty awesome.

(2) QUICK! Candy canes or ginger bread men? Why?

Probably candy canes.  I love that there are so many different types of flavors of candy canes.  I personally love the cinnamon ones.

(3) If you had to choose - which holiday song best describes you?

Oh man.  Um, I think I love O Holy Night the best.  Does that work?  Haha!  But to describe myself, I guess I would say All I Want For Christmas Is You.

(4) What's the one blogging tradition you would like to see started that every blogger follows?

Ooh this one is really hard.  I would like to see the tradition of helping each other out.  If you are a big blogger, let a smaller blogger guest post on your blog or just give advice to the smaller blogger.  I know that a lot of us do this, and I am so grateful for that, but I would like to see every blogger do it.  Remembering that we were all small bloggers at one point is so important.  So why not help each other out?

(5) The one piece of blogging advice everyone should know. 

Be yourself.  Share your story and just stay true to yourself.

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Dec 16, 2014

Devoted to Knee High Brown Boots a Christmas Quiz #blogmas14 Day 16

Wow, walking around this place - can't get over all the dust! I was only gone for two days and wouldya lookat that! Cobwebs have started to grow. Anyways, I am back and ready to blog!

As you know, duh because you have been reading since I started this ol' blog, I LOVE boots. I have even teamed up with Afternoon Espresso in the past to write a post depictiing TEN, yes you read that number correct, TEN different ways to wear boots and booties. Wondering how this all began - this little love affair o' mine??? Oh goody! I was hoping you would ask!

I actually found my love of boots last year. Prior to that I didn't know how to wear leggings or boots and most of that was due to fit. Most leggings gave me this absolutely gorgeous muffin top that matched my ever showing cottage cheese ass - until I went to this most amazing store. You may have heard of it, it's french and is pronounced Tarjayyy. At Tarrjjjaaayyy I found these leggings that were only $10 and fit like a dream - and there my friends, there my love affair with leggings began.

After finding my dream boat leggings at Tarrrjjjaayyy, I figured I needed a pair of boots. Did you know that boots can cause fat calf syndrome?? Literally. One minute you are sitting on the floor at Dillards, surrounded by all of your boot options, then you go and grab your first choice to try on and SUDDENLY your calves grow FIVE sizes. No joke, they literally grow five sizes. It's amazing. After much googling and research I found out this was called fat calf syndrome. If you happen to have this same syndrome that I have - all you need to do to fight this, which I quickly learned, all you need to do is go over the wide calf boot section and just like MAGIC. NO. MORE. FAT. CALF. SYNDROME.

And that my friends is how my love affair with leggings and boots began - Tarrjjjaayyy and Fat Calf Syndrome in Dillards.

Another friend of mine who is just as obsessed with boots is Alex from Always, Al. Haven't met her??? Oh tisk tisk tisk! You should totally get all aqauinted! She writes hilarious posts about 15 thoughts twenty-somethings have around Christmas, act live you've been there, and finally, because it is #blogmas14 and all we should stick with a theme here, Alex's gift guide for secret santa.

Hi Grits Blog readers! My name is Alex and I blog over at Always, Al. I am a 25 year old Arts Administrator living in coastal Virginia with my wonderful fiance. I blog about beauty, food, our upcoming wedding and creating a space filled with love. I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog to say hello!

(1) What are you most excited about in regards to the upcoming Holidays?
I’m most excited to have some time off of work to spend with my wonderful fiancĂ©. I just finished some traveling for work the past few weekends, and I’m excited to get to spend some quality time with him. Neither of our families live near us, so we try to do something fun together on holidays. On Christmas we are planning to continue our tradition of a double feature of new movies! My pick this year is Into The Woods!

(2) If you could blog full-time, what is the one thing that you would focus most on?
That's a hard question! I really like being a "lifestyle" blogger, because it allows me to write about things that interest me. Lately I have been getting more into fashion and beauty, so I would love to get more into that. I used to love to do craft projects, but since my job has become very time consuming, I hardly have time for crafty things anymore!

(3) Boots or booties?
I am devoted to my knee high, brown leather boots. But I recently have discovered how flipping cute booties are, especially with skinny jeans. I put some on my birthday and holiday wish list, and I really hope I get them!

(4) What's the one piece of advice you would give to your high-school self and your older-self (think like 75+)?
To my younger self, I would say to never give up. I had this great sense of doubt when I was younger, and I would want to tell high-school Alex that she is doing a good job. Also to have patience! Rome wasn't built in a day, girlfriend! You are right where you need to be right now.

To my older self, I would first say that you are the hottest grandma out there, and you rock that hover-wheelchair. The only advice I would give to older Alex is to remember to cherish every day, and keep having your best days with your best guy.

(5) What are your three favorite blog posts?
(This is also tough... I don't have children, but I imagine this is like choosing your favorite child.)
10 Innapropriate Things to Say to Someone Who Isn't Married
Act Like You've Been Somewhere
Impressionism Inspired Herringbone Art

Now go here, you know you want to- and go visit Alex!

Before you like leave the blog for the day - check out this Christmas quiz and find out what kind of Christmas cookie you are. I got:

Personally - I think Buzzfeed nailed it AGAIN. What did you get?! Click here to take the quiz and link up below and tell me!

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Dec 13, 2014

Favorite Christmas Gift #blogmas14

Hi everyone, I'm Llinos from The Lilac Linnet, I hope you're all enjoying Blogmas as much as I am!  I'm here to share with you the best Christmas gift which I have ever been given.

My favorite Christmas present was the one I received at Christmas in 1999.  I was 12 years old, and it had been the worst year of my life.  I had lost my beloved grandmother in August, and a few months later I was diagnosed with cancer.

I had been experiencing agonising stomach pains for weeks before I was admitted to hospital after collapsing in the school gym.  I was quickly transferred to a specialist children's hospital 100 miles from my home, and rushed into theatre.  The news that my dad would give me, a few days later as he sat on my hospital bed, would change me for all time.  A tumour had grown on my ovary, and both had been removed during the operation.  I now faced months of chemotherapy, and my young mind began to realise how close to death I had come.

Still, that Christmas there was much to be thankful for.  I had received two sessions of chemotherapy by then, and my progress was good.  I would spend Christmas itself at home with my family, before going to hospital over the new year.  My hair was falling out, but I had a wig to wear and although my parents had decided I would not attend school during my treatment, I was enjoying home tuition.

So my favourite ever Christmas present is the gift of life I received that year.  I went on to fully recover and live a happy life.  But, every year I remember that sweet, precious gift I was given all those years ago, and breathe a long prayer of thanks.

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