What's Up Wednesday :: December 2017

Happy Wednesday! It's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay  so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week.....
 Monday:  Leftovers
Tuesday: Chicken Taco Soup
Wednesday: Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Friday Night Pizza Night

I am making this dessert on Christmas Eve.... Peppermint Ice Cream Cake {Recipe HERE}

 More treats that I am making this week...I have a cookie exchange tomorrow!
(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}
  Salted Caramel Brownies {Recipe HERE}

Reindeer Food for friends (White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn)
 THIS post has the recipe and the Free printable for Reindeer Food:

Christmas Cookies in a Jar:
This is a great gift to give teachers along with a gift cart :)
Instructions & Free printable {HERE}

What I'm Reminiscing about.....
When my kids were scared of Santa.
Crying Santa photos are my favorite & my kids didn't let me down.

Claire's 1st Christmas {3 months}, Kate {23 months}

Kate {3.5 years old} & Claire {2 years old}
 One of the best ever. 2013....Luke & his cousin Jack. So good.
Now my kids happily smile & sit with Santa.

What I'm loving.....
The fact that there are only 2 more days until Christmas Break & then I have 2 glorious weeks off!
This has been me all week...
Specifically, Hallmark Christmas movies! Love them!

What We've been up to.....
 December has been fun, fun, fun!
Here are some highlights:
Ugly Sweater Party {Full Party post HERE}

On Friday we had my friend Kristen's 40th Birthday Party

Kristen is one of my friends who I watch the Bachelor with every Monday. We had a cardboard Chris Harrison made for her:
The most dramatic 40th birthday party ever ;)

  Love my Bachelor girls:

 It was such a fun night!

Saturday we had our Neighborhood Cioppino Christmas Dinner
 & White Elephant Exchange.
 Shennanigans from some of they guys during the White Elephant Exchange
I made the desserts for the party. Homemade Cheesecake & my Salted Caramel Brownies
We ended the night playing 1-4-24. Love this game!
 On Sunday we had Larson Family Christmas...look at all those stockings!

 It's been a busy but fun month!

What I'm Dreading.....
  Wrapping Christmas presents. I am a little behind on that & have a lot to do this 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 past 2 years.
 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.....
Our semester ends on Friday & I am busy getting tests & homework packets graded so that I can turn in my grades.

What I'm Excited About.....
Our Rodan + Fields Lash Boost Special that is going on!
You get a FREE travel bag!
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! 
Lash boost is amazing...the results speak for themselves.
 I am placing a bulk order of  this Lash Boost deal on Friday.
Email me to order!

What I'm Watching........
Hallmark Christmas by the glow of Christmas lights...pretty much every night.
 Here is some of my DVR: 
 Loved all of these and more...I have watched at least 1 Hallmark movie each night for the past 3 weeks.
There have been some good Hallmark movies this year! Switched for Christmas, Finding Santa & The Sweetest Christmas have been some of my favorites this year.

What I'm Reading.....
I've read 2 books in December. Usually I read 4-5 books a month, but I've only read 2 becauseof my Hallmark Christmas movie addiction.
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 read What Remains True
This was pretty good....3.5 out of 5 stars

And, I read Wonder.

5 out of 5 stars...SO GOOD.
Kate also read it, so we are going to see the movie over break.

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 have had really mild weather this month. It's been in the 60s here in Northern California.
It's chilly in the morning, then it warms up and is really nice.
These are the booties I have been wearing....
These black ones (30% off right now!)

Last year I got this sweater in navy and black. It's cashmere and SO comfortable!
They are currently 20% off. I am tempted to get another one....comes in over 10 colors. The black & white stripe is calling my name.

What I’m doing this weekend.....
Baking & Cooking for Christmas!
Saturday is Christmas Eve Eve, so the 5 of us will do our annual Christmas Eve Eve tradition of going out to dinner and then go look at Christmas lights.
There is a Griswold house in our town & it's always so fun to see each year.
Sunday is Christmas Eve, so we will go to church and then head to my parents house for dinner and then presents (I grew up opening all my presents on Christmas Eve)

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
Going to Lake Tahoe and skiing!
I LOVE Tahoe and I really love snow...so excited!
We got ski passes again this year & now I am just praying for snow.
Last winter was so amazing with all the snow we got, fingers crossed this winter is just as good!

What else is new.....
I posted a free printable on Monday if you need a new Elf on the Shelf idea.
If you need a good laugh, read my Cautionary Tale HERE and you can also get the free printable for Magic Elf Seeds!

Question of the month is:
What is the best gift you ever given the guy in your life?
This is EASY!
For Kevin's 30th birthday I surprised him with a yellow lab puppy....our dog Boulder!
 This was us...almost 13 years ago in 2005 when we picked up Boulder. Babies! All of us!
You can read the whole story about how we got Boulder HERE.


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  1. It was another fun year of WUW!!! I always love hosting with you, friend! xo

  2. OMG that Chris Harrison cutout is classic! Love it!

  3. I love the crying Christmas photos! I need to catch up on my Hallmark Christmas movies! I'll definitely make sure to check out your three favorites!

  4. My kids get their own wrapping paper, too. I just read that someone buries a small piece of the wrapping paper in each kid's stocking, so they know which pile is theirs...loved that idea!

  5. Love the crying kids on Santa's Lap too! I posted one earlier this week of my girls back in 1992 and with a Maui Santa. Its awesome! My younger one (who is crying) hates that I post it every year! Cant stop- won't stop! Merry Christmas Mel!



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