What's Up Wednesday :: December 2016

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!
Because of the holidays, we are doing this month a week early :)

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week..... 
Monday: Homemade Spaghetti
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef {Recipe HERE}

Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Dinner Out
Friday: Out to dinner for Christmas Eve Eve
Saturday: Christmas Eve....Homemade Lasanga {Recipe HERE}
I am making Monkey Bread for Christmas morning

Monkey Bread (Recipe HERE)

Christmas Dinner...Filet Mignon with Blue Cheese, Mashed Potatoes and Brussles Spouts with Bacon Cranberry {Recipe HERE}
Dessert on Christmas is Peppermint Ice Cream Cake {Recipe HERE}
 More treats that I am making this week:
(There are tons since it is Christmas Week & we have lots of goodies to make & giveaway!)

Candy Cane Kisses {Recipe HERE}

Peanut Butter Blossoms {Recipe HERE}

 Ritzies {Recipe HERE
 Christmas Sprinkle Sugar Cookies {HERE}
 Christmas Monster Cookies {Recipe HERE}
So excited about all the baking that we are doing this week!

What I'm Reminiscing about.....
Last Christmas when we surprised the kids with a trampoline on Christmas morning!
 The big Santa gift we got our kids was a family size trampoline...we knew it would take 2-3 hours to set up, so my older sister came over at 10pm on Christmas Eve to help us set it up. It was so fun!
This is the trampoline we got & it has been awesome for the past year!

 What I'm loving.....
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What We've been up to.....
 We have been busy, busy, busy with fun Christmas activities & parties.
This past weekend we went to 8 parties in a 72 hour period.
I loved it :)
We had our court party...
 One of the parties we went to was on Saturday & it was our friends annual Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation Themed party.
So funny!

Larson family Christmas was also this past weekend.

It was my 15th Larson family Christmas. I married into an awesome family.

We love playing games, especially Tripoley.  Such a fun game!
What I'm Dreading.....
 Wrapping Christmas presents. I am a little behind on that & have a lot to do before the weekend.
There are 2 people in the world. Those who love wrapping Christmas presents and those who do not.
I am under the "do not love" category.

Although, I do have a tip for wrapping presents for kids. I did this last year & I am doing it again this year....
 I don't put tags on the presents, I just pick one wrapping paper per kid. Then on Christmas morning I tell them which wrapping paper is theirs :)

What I'm Working On.....
Besides wrapping presents.....I just finished working on a new printable for Reindeer food that I posted on Monday:

You can download it on THIS post and get the recipe for Reindeer Food (White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn)

What I'm Excited About.....
I just love Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and all the fun traditions we have (you can read about some of them HERE  )
This time of year is just so magical & exciting to me.
I love it all.

What I'm Watching........
Hallmark Christmas by the glow of Christmas lights...pretty much every night.
 Here is some of my DVR:
I think I have watched over 15 Hallmark movies in the past 3 weeks. I have no shame :) 

What I'm Reading.....
Sadly, I have not finished 1 book in December.
I blame this on my Hallmark Christmas movie addiction.
I normally read 4-5 books a month, but why read when you can watch cheesy Christmas movies? ;)
Once December 26th hits I will stop watching Christmas movies & I have plans to read some of the books that have been collecting dust on my nightstand for the past month.
We are heading to Tahoe at the end of the month, so I know I will have lots of reading time once we are there.
I stated reading THIS at the end of November, so hope to pick it back up next week!
Secrets of a Charmed Life

I miss reading & am excited to have some down time next week!

What I'm Listening to.....
Christmas music playing in our house 24-7
These are my top 3 favorite Christmas albums:

Jessica Simpson (HERE)

Mariah Carey (HERE)

Michael Buble (HERE)

What I'm Wearing.....
We are in boots, jeans & layers season here in California!
Here are 3 items I have on repeat lately:
This jacket:

 I like it because it comes in Tall...I have the Tall x-small and the arms are long enough!
It's on sale 40% off HERE

I am also wearing booties almost everyday!
 These are my 2 favorite booties: 


I also have them in this color:
THIS sweater....I have it in 2 colors and I am tempted to get another one since they are on major sale.

It is some of the softest cashmere & not itchy!
 It comes in over 10 colors!

What I’m doing this weekend.....
I saw this....it is so perfect :)

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
Going to Lake Tahoe and enjoying the snow!
I LOVE Tahoe and I really love snow...so excited!

What else is new.....
We got this Roomba from my inlaws this past weekend. Our neighbors have one & love it, so we asked for one.
We used it yesterday for the first time and it is AWESOME!!!!

Question of the month is:
What is your favorite memory from 2016?
This is a hard one to answer!!!
2016 has been such a fun year & I can't narrow it down to just 1 favorite memory, so here are 3 of my favorites.
Going to Colorado with Kevin for my college soccer reunion
 You can see the full post HERE

Going to Las Vegas for the Rodan + Fields convention which included going to the Chainsmokers concert. It was an EPIC weekend.
You can see the full Vegas post HERE

 My 3rd favorite memory is probably one of our trips to Tahoe. This year, Luke turned 4 and he is SUCH an easygoing kid. Now that he is a little bit older, taking trips is so much easier. This summer when we went to Tahoe, we did a day at Sand Harbor Beach and it was such a fun day.
 It was a great memory because the kids had so much fun & didn't want to leave the beach and it was fun to discover a new beach in a place that we visit all the time :)


Also,  a reminder that I am placing a bulk order of Rodan + Fields Eye Cream!

I know that some of you missed out on my last bulk order, so I am going to place ANOTHER bulk order next week!
I started using the eye cream right after Luke was born and WOW, it got rid of the bags under my eyes that I had from lack of sleep with a newborn. 

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Ophthalmologist tested, this formula is ideal for maintaining the delicate skin around the eyes.  

This brave consultant only used the eye cream on one eye for 3 weeks!
It's less puffy & she doesn't have bags under that eye!

For my bulk order, you can get it with my discount and it will only cost you $60 and I will cover your tax & shipping!
One jar lasts me at least 4-5 months.
Let me know if you want to order one! Leave a comment with your email or email me: melissa_larson17@yahoo.com

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Can't wait to read about What's up with all of YOU!


  1. I LOVE the "no shame" comment- hysterical! I am right there with you- Hallmark is on constantly and when it is not on, I am in the car, driving the kids everywhere and listening to Sirius XM Holly! Merry Christmas Mel!

  2. Can I just say that you are always doing the MOST fun things?!?! I want to move to California and just follow you around ;).

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only person whose reading tanks on December thanks to Hallmark movies. It's ON in January. Ha!


  4. I am a "do not like" wrapping presents person! LOL Merry Christmas!

  5. It's the last wednesday of December? Do you know something that i dont?

  6. I do that same thing with the paper and gifts. We have 4 kiddos so I buy 2 double-sided rolls so everything still looks cute together but they don't know who is getting what until Christmas morning :)

    Looks like you have a great week planned -- have fun!!

  7. I am just like you a NOT like wrapping presents person , also we have done the different wrapping people no name idea for about 10 plus years ( I have 6 kids ages from 6-23!!!) Also your monkey bread recipe has become a staple for us at holiday time I am so thankful you share it because my kids ask for it every year!! Merry Christmas!

  8. Love your update! I'm thinking the monster cookies are going to be on the baking rotation today.

  9. Love your blog! Please tell me you are doing your resolution/word post. It's always my favorite!! And we are obsessed with our roomba- and now we are eyeing the mop version.



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