12.11.2017

10 on 10 :: December 2017

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!}
The 10th was Sunday, so here is a sneak peek of our day.
 
Our Elf finally made his appearance on Sunday morning. The past few years I have delayed our Elf arriving. He leaves a note in early December letting the kids know he is part of the N.E.T.P....New Elf Training Program & he is off training other elves ;)
Candle the Elf brought them these amazing Lego Advent Calendars. These are SO fun!! First year we have done these...my kids love Legos & this kept them entertained all morning. 

Then I made the kids pancakes from scratch. I need to share my pancake recipe....I just perfected it....they are light & fluffy and SO good!!!
 I have been on a mission to make pancakes like you get at a restaurant. So yummy! 

Then we watched the 49er game....while we were watching the game, our kids were working on a skit/play. They made up a skit for "Grandma got run over by a reindeer". It was hysterical.
I don't know about your kids, but ours love making up skits/dances and then performing them for us. They do this all the time. Love it.

Then it was time to see Santa.  I miss the years of when they were younger and I had them in cute, matching outfits and they were scared of Santa & cried.
 Now, they wear whatever they want & are all smiles. Sigh. 


Then Kate & I headed to see The Nutcracker with her Girl Scout troop. We went a little early to get coffee/hot chocolate. I needed a little pick me up because we hosted an Ugly Sweater Party Saturday Night and some of our friends didn't leave until after 1am! 
 I tried the Holiday Spice Latte from Peet's. It was good! It's a vanilla latte with holiday spices...it tasted like Christmas :)

The Nutcracker was great! 

 After the Nutcracker, Kate and I stopped by the grocery store. I needed to get a few things for the week & the kids requested my homemade spaghetti sauce for dinner, so I needed to get ingredients.
 The sky was so pretty as we left the store. 65 degrees today...gotta love December in California.

 While I made dinner, the kids took baths/showers. Dinner is served...yum!

We watched The Polar Express before bed. Love this movie!
 Kids in bed and then it was dessert time...leftover mini Nothing Bundt Cakes from Saturday Night's Ugly Sweater Party.

It was a great 10th!
Hope you also had a great weekend!
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A few reminders.....I have a $250 Target Gift Card Giveaway going on! 
Click HERE to enter!

I am also place a bulk order of Lash Boost this week! 
It comes with Lash Boost (will last 3-4 months) & a cute travel bag:
 You get the cute travel bag & lash boost for $135.
If you buy TWO of them, you get it for $244....so $122 each! 
 Get one for you & one for your mom, sister, best friend, etc!
This is good for current or new customers! 
Email me to order!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com




12.08.2017

Friday Favorites + $250 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
Hosted by: AndreaErika & Narci

Friday...you are finally here!
I have been waiting for you all week!
{ONE}
My group of friends who I watch The Bachelor with had our 2nd annual sock exchange!
This is one of my favorite holiday traditions.
These are the socks I got: 
Aren't they funny?
{TWO}
Have you heard of the Lost My Name books?

The books are so cute, you customize them with your child's name. Each child’s adventure is totally unique and based on their name
  Last Christmas we got Luke both of these books.
It's an outer space adventure staring your child & their house and they use an actual satellite image of your child's house. You can preview all the books with your customization. Luke loves them!
They now have a Birthday book called the Birthday Thief

I love how you can personalize it!
 I am saving that book for his birthday, but am giving him this one for Christmas:
  They have bigger discounts if you order more than 1.
They are having some discounts this week use the code ADVENT20 for 20% off if you order 2 books. Make sure you order by December 9th for delivery before Christmas.
You can order the books HERE
If you enter your email address, they will send you a $5 off your order code! 

{THREE}
Making Christmas Cookies is my favorite!
Every December my girls and I do a TON of baking. 
We bake cookies for friends, neighbors & teachers.
I have TWO new Christmas cookie/bar recipes I am planning on sharing here in the new couple of weeks, so stay tuned!
In the meantime.......here is a round up of some of my FAVORITE Christmas Cookie Recipes!
Warning......there are a ton that I am posting :)
Candy Cane Kisses {Recipe HERE}

Fudge {Recipe HERE
Ultimate Ginger Cookie {Recipe HERE
Christmas Monster Cookies {Recipe HERE}
Christmas Tree Brownies {Recipe HERE
Cranberry Cookie Bars {Recipe HERE
Snickerdoodles {Recipe HERE
 Peanut Butter Blossoms {Recipe HERE}
 Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies {Recipe HERE}

We also like to make Donut Snowmen {Recipe HERE}
Donut Reindeer {Recipe HERE}
 Peppermint Ice Cream Cake {Recipe HERE}
Preztel Hugs {Recipe HERE}
 Ritzies {Recipe HERE
 Christmas Cookies in a Jar (and free printable) 
Get the instructions & printable {HERE}

We love passing out goodies & gifts to our friends during December :)

{FOUR}
Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Tea is my favorite tea.
I have been drinking it by the gallon. I've been sick since we got back from NYC.
I love the quote on the tea bag. Perfect! 

 I had a fever, bronchitis and a terrible cough. UGH.
  I must have caught something on the subway or the plane, or in the crowds of people. But it was WORTH IT!!! Such a fun trip!!
 Seriously...take me back to NYC during Christmas time!!!!
 If you missed my NYC recaps, here are the links:
Day 1 HERE 
Day 2 HERE
Day 3 HERE {Thanksgiving Day Parade!}
Day 4 HERE
{FIVE}
My house at Christmas is my favorite....I love how cozy it feels.
 I also love watching Hallmark Christmas by the glow of Christmas lights.
Hallmark Christmas movies are my favorite.
  So many good  Hallmark Christmas movies...I've been recording them since before Thanksgiving...but you know me, I didn't watch them until after Thanksgiving. I have over 15 Hallmark Christmas movies on there right now. Sorry Kevin. I've taken over the DVR. Hahaha!
Anyone else addicted to cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies? They are the best!
My favorite one that I have seen this year is Switched for Christmas. So cheesy! So cute! 
I love that the girls also love watching them with me! 

{SIX}
Lash Boost....you guys....I am obsessed!!! It is my favorite!!! 
Our Lash Boost Holiday Special is going on right now!
It comes with Lash Boost (will last 3-4 months) & a cute travel bag:
Check out a fellow consultant's results:
CONDITION, MOISTURIZE, and NOURISH YOUR NATURAL lashes with Lash Boost and you will have longer-looking, darker-looking, and thicker-looking lashes! 60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee or your $ back! 

Send me an email if you want to order....I will be placing BULK ORDER of lash boost early next week.
You get the cute travel bag & lash boost for $135.
If you buy TWO of them, you get it for $244....so $122 each! 
 Get one for you & one for your mom, sister, best friend, etc!
This is good for current or new customers! 
Email me to order!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com


{SEVEN}
This fall I was in a Book Club with some other moms from our kids elementary school.
We are doing the Present over Perfect book & workbook.
We had a PJ exchange party last weekend.
We pulled names a few weeks ago & bought pj's!
These are the Pj's that I gave. I also gave these socks:

If you have read the book, you will understand the significance :)

{EIGHT}
Stitch Fix is my favorite!
My December fix is scheduled to arrive today. I requested Holiday dresses for this fix. We have our a few Christmas parties this year, so I thought it would be fun to wear a new dress for at least one of them. I can't WAIT to see what arrives!
If you haven't done Stitch Fix before, I recommend it. I've been doing it since May 2014...every month it's like Christmas when your box arrives. You don't have to get one every month, you can do every other month, every 3 months, etc.
Did you know you can also give the gift of a Stitch Fix gift card?
Or, you can ASK for a Stitch Fix gift card.
Click the photo below for the gift cards:
 This month until January, your $20 styling fee is waived! 
Click HERE to get started! They have a men's line now, so I just signed Kevin up to get a Stitch Fix (he HATES shopping)
{NINE}
Random Acts of Kindness are my favorite....especially during the Holiday Season.
Last year I posted about Blessing Bags. 
You can read the full post about them {HERE}
Every year when we head to San Francisco during the holidays we bring our blessing bags to hand out to the homeless. This is one of my girls favorite things to do. I am so proud of them & how brave they are when giving the blessing bags to the homeless.
I highly encourage you to make these bags....they truly bless people!

Another Random Act of Kindness that I started doing last year is taping this note to my front door along with Starbucks Gift Cards.

I don't know about you, but I do 99% of my Christmas shopping online. This is what I have taped on our front door as a way to say thank you to our fed ex, ups & usps workers who are working so hard this time of year:

I posted that photo on Instagram & one of my friends texted me asking if I could email her the graphic that I made, so I decided to just make it a printable for all of you as well! 
 You can sign or write in your own last name :)
 

{To download, Click so the image pops up in a new window, Right Click, Then Save & Print!}



{TEN}
Target is my favorite & so are giveaways....so how does a $250 Target Gift Card Giveaway sound?!?!
Guess what?!?!?!  It's your lucky day....I am giving one away!!!

Perfect to get Christmas presents, stocking stuffers, winter clothes, etc!
Giveaway ends next Friday!
To enter, use the Rafflecopter below & comment with what you would buy if you won!

Happy Friday!
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