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Christmas 2016!

Anyone else still in disbelief that it is already January? And that Christmas is already almost two weeks ago?

I still wanted to share pictures from our celebrations. . .

We were by ourselves for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We went to an early church service on Christmas Eve and then came home and put the boys in their Christmas PJs. . .

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Luke was very excited to see that Santa came while he was sleeping and brought him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle truck.

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We had a family breakfast (I made that yummy Cinnamon Roll Bake) and Luke wanted to sit next to baby brother. Smile

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The day after Christmas, my family (Mom and sisters) came over to celebrate and snuggle Jake. Winking smile

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And we finally just wrapped up Christmas celebrations last weekend with Scott’s family.

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And now comes the decision as to when to take down the Christmas tree and decorations. . . I think we usually take them down the day after New Years, but this year, we still have them up. . . they are just so pretty!

When do you take down your Christmas tree and decorations??

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Christmas 2015 recap

Happy last Monday of 2015! Seriously, craziness!

Hope you had a great Christmas and a great weekend.

Here’s a quick look at my Christmas. . .

Kicked off Christmas Eve with a BODYPUMP class.

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Then, off to celebrate with my in-laws.

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First present success = cement mixer play d’oh truck.

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And Santa came to our house!

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I don’t think Luke could have been any more excited.  . .

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It was a great Christmas Day with family.

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Hope you had a great one! Smile

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Sweet Christmas Chex Mix {best recipe ever}

Have you done your Christmas baking yet?

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Either way, you need to make this recipe!

Laura and I made a batch on Saturday and loved it so much, we made another batch on Sunday.

A coworker of mine made it and gave me a bag of it for Christmas and after Scott ate the whole bag and asked me to get the recipe three times, I knew I had to try to make it. . . and crossed my fingers that it wasn’t too difficult.

And you guys, it is SO easy. And SO yummy.

Sweet Christmas Chex Mix

Ingredients:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 t baking soda
5 cups corn chex
5 cups wheat chex
8 oz craisins
8 oz honey roasted peanuts
1 bag m and m’s

Directions:
Place brown sugar, butter and corn syrup in a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for 1 minute.
Mix. Micowave for another minute.
Add baking soda. Mix.
Add in corn chex. Mix well.
Add in wheat chex. Mix again.

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Lay out on paper bag or baking sheet. Let dry.

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Add craisins, peanuts and m and m’s.

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Eat!

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And enjoy. Smile

This recipe is definitely going to be a family tradition.

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Christmas Favorites Recap

Just a little recap post of some of my winter and Holiday favorite posts. Enjoy!

Crafts!

Baby Foot print (or puppy paw print) ornament

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DIY {and super easy!} crafts

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Holiday gift jars {perfect for teachers!}

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Running!

Winter running love

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Treadmill love

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Food!

Cinnamon Roll French Toast  {the perfect Christmas morning breakfast}

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Taco Pasta Bake {comfort food at it’s best}

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Rolo Pretzel Sandwiches {make these!!}

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The perfect party dip {for that Holiday party!}

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Party Pretzels {yum!}

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My Holiday Favorites

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What’s your winter or holiday favorite?? Feel free to add links in the comments!!

Linking up with Becky for TYT because favorites are always a treat. Smile

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TYT #18 – Christmas!

I don’t know about you, but I love seeing what other people got for Christmas..  . so I know that Christmas was SO long ago already, but I still wanted to share a few of the things I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas this year!

New PJs from Luke. Perfect for snugging. Smile + Feetures (aka my all-time favorite) socks!

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And you guys know about my new coat from Scott. . . . Perfect for the super cold weather we have been having in MN!

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Stocking stuffer. . .

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From Scott. The tag said “For watching The Biggest Loser.” Winking smile

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New hair ties in my fav color.

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plus the amazing samples bag from Sephora!

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My fav shampoo and conditioner in travel sizes!

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And a new carryon! I always have to borrow luggage from my parents whenever we go on a trip, so I finally asked for my own! This will be perfect for our upcoming trip to South Padre Island.

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And look at this amazing sign – that my little sister, Laura, MADE! Isn’t that the best?

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And my older sister gave me a Pop Sugar Must Have box! I cannot wait to check it out.

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And finally, my parents were WAY too generous with some Christmas money this year. . . we haven’t decided what we are going to do with it yet  – hopefully something fun!

What did you get for Christmas this year?? Best present??

Linking up with Becky for Treat Yourself Tuesday!!

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Weekend Update: Christmas

Anyone else completely lose track of what day of the week it was over Christmas? I am still trying to get back on track. . .  And I’m still on vacation this week! So, honestly, it really doesn’t matter. Winking smile 

But, I did want to share my Christmas holiday with you. And in the spirit of Tuesday and treats, I am linking up with Becky for TYT.

Our Christmas celebration started on Christmas Eve with Scott’s family.

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His parents and brother came down for the evening. IMG_4058

And my MIL brought the best hostess gift ever. Huge sprinkle sugar cookies! IMG_4033

So, we had dinner, but the highlight is always our dessert table after church . . . it’s epic. Smile 

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Then, presents. . . .

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And Santa came! A new backpack, dump truck and shovel for Luke.

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He loved every minute of it.

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And I gave the boys matching Purdue sweatshirts.

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And totally scored with a new winter coat from Scott!

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Abby got a new bed.

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Then, we headed up to my parent’s house. And I brought the most wicked cold I have had in a long time. No fun! Thankfully the Afrin helped. . . .

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Grandpa and Luke got a new sled.

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And Luke loves his new John Deer tractor.

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The day after Christmas, Scott and I headed out to do a little shopping. . . we almost bought a 2015 Toyota highlander. . .but decided to sleep on it for a few nights.

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And then the final Christmas gathering was with my extended family – including my grandparents. And the most adorable part of the afternoon was when my Grandma said that she made my balsamic crockpot chicken. So cute. Smile 

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The rest of the weekend was spent at home. Laundry, playing with new toys, and watching the Packers play the dirty Lions – btw omg – did you see that game? What a jerk that Lion was to step on (and stand on!) Aaron Rodgers injured leg!

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Anyway. . . hope you had a great Christmas too. Smile 

Tell me what your favorite part was!

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Friday Favorites: 12/26/14 – Christmas

I am sitting down to write this post a few days before Christmas because I know I will be too busy spending time with family on Christmas Day to type up this post. . .but I hope that you had a great Christmas day and are able to continue enjoying the holiday today as well. And if you are at work. . . you’re almost there, it’s Friday!! Smile

I thought for my favorites this week, I would share some of my favorite things about Christmas time this year. The things that made me smile during the holiday season and that make this time of year so special.

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Luke asking to sing three golden monsters (The 12 Days of Christmas).

My Christmas present from my nurse. Perfect for our split house. Thanks Mary!! I told her that I love half of it. Winking smile

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The ornaments and Christmas crafts that Luke makes at school.

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Elf. Best Christmas movie ever.

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The house decorated for Christmas. . . I especially love our white mantle + our stockings.

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Extra time with family.

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and the crazy stuff that Scott does. . . including torturing the dog.

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*no dogs were harmed in the making of this blog post. And she got a humungous treat. Winking smile

Sugar cookies with extra frosting. We only make them at Christmas, so they are extra special and delicious.

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Your turn – what made you smile during the Holiday season?

Hope you are having a great Friday and have an awesome weekend – see ya Monday!!

Linking up with Heather and Claire this week!

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Merry Christmas – 2014

Merry Christmas

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from my family to yours.

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Christmas Ornaments Favorites

Popping in to share a few of my Christmas tree ornament favorites from our tree this year. . .

Luke’s 2014 ornament.

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Caribou Coffee cup.

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Our very 1st vacation ornament from New Orleans 2008. Since then, we have bought an ornament from every family vacation. I love that we started that tradition. It was by accident too – we hadn’t even thought of it, until we were wandering around a shopping area in NOLA and found this ornament and came up with the idea. It is so fun to take a trip down memory lane with our vacation memories while decorating the tree.

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Another vacation ornament from our road trip to Jackson Hole, WY.

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And from our trip this year to Maui.

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And from our 1st married Christmas together.

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And one of my favorites from my Mom. Every year growing up, we would get a new ornament from my Mom. The th0ught was then when we had our own house, we would have a collection of ornaments to start our own tree. And I love it.

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Do you have a favorite ornament?

And btw I cannot believe Christmas is 2 days away and that Christmas Eve is TOMORROW!!

Linking up with Becky for TYT. Thanks for hosting!!

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Super easy DIY Christmas ideas

I had to share this list of DIY Christmas ideas from Pinterest for anyone looking for a last minute Christmas idea!!

Such a cute idea. And who doesn’t love Rudolph and Eos?

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For the grandparents from the grandkids. I didn’t know thumbprints could be so adorable.

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Just adorable. And way too crafty for me. Winking smile

Santa Handprint Homemade Wrapping Paper: Making your own wrapping paper with just paint and a few handprints!

For the man in your life, make these cute beer reindeer.

Didn't know Guinness could be so cute!!

Peppermint candy cane sugar scrub {looks totally easy and adorable!}

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And for your Secret Santa – isn’t this adorable?

We Whisk you a Merry Kissmas!

And lol for this one. Winking smile

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Do you have any good last minute Christmas ideas??

Linking up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud!

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