Friday, December 23, 2016

Five on Friday

This is my first time linking up for Five on Friday and something that I have been meaning to do for so long!  Back when I was blogging on a pretty consistent basis, I loved participating in weekly link-ups as a way to discover new blogs and connect with other bloggers.  So, we will see how this goes—hopefully, I can manage to keep it up and link up each week!  (Is it too early to start committing to New Years’ resolutions?!)


I am having a hard time believing that Christmas is on Sunday!  I have loved having our house decorated for the holidays and really don’t want to start thinking about having to take down and pack up the decorations already.  We are actually traveling to see my family after the holidays, so the decorations may very well stay up until after the first of the year which I am okay with!

We went with a pre-lit tree this year that I picked up for a steal last year after Christmas.  There were a few dead lights on the tree which was a little frustrating, but they don’t stand out and I love the colored lights this year.

Since we don’t have a fireplace, I have been putting our stockings up on our banister with battery powered lights strung around.  I love turning all the lights on!

We bought this battery operated wreath last year at Lowe’s before Christmas and it is one of my favorite decorations! I love that you can set it on a timer and I come home to pretty Christmas lights on my front door!

Other decorations that are not just Christmas specific is my snowman collection.  What started out as just one snowman, has quickly turned into quite a large collection.  I leave these out throughout the winter season and love that I can leave some decorations out after the holidays.

Tom and I are staying local for Christmas weekend this year and traveling to see my family after the holiday.  We feel very strongly that once baby is here, we are in our house for Christmas so that he can enjoy the morning without having to rush somewhere or not be in his own house {plus it will be easier on us not having to transport gifts, etc}.  We are lucky that Tom’s parents and brother live in our same town so we plan to go see them on Christmas Day after we have had breakfast and opened our gifts to each other. 

I decided I want to start my own tradition this year, so I’m going to have his family over for Christmas Eve dinner.  Growing up, we would always go to my great grandmother’s house for Christmas Eve and I remember looking forward to that every year.  I just love extending the holiday and celebrating with loved ones for as long as possible!

I am planning on cooking Lemon Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli for the main course.  I couldn’t think of a dessert that I really wanted to tackle {I’m in charge of dessert for Christmas Day}.  Instead of cooking something elaborate, I’m going to put out cookies.  I am planning on making many, many batches of cookies for friends and family so there will be plenty to share on Christmas Eve!  My go-to cookies are Chocolate Chip Pecan and Oatmeal Raisin {Dad wants me to experiment with his and substitute Butterscotch chips for the chocolate chips and see how they turn out}.


I have a few questions for all the mamas out there…

1.  Did y’all go through child birth classes before your baby was born?  I’m planning on doing some serious reading on the topic, but wasn’t sure if going to a multi-week, multi-hour class was absolutely essential.

2.   How long did baby sleep in the same room with you, if they did at all?  The baby’s room is right across the hall from ours and we were planning on having a pack and play set up in our room for the first little bit, but don’t know how long that should be.


I am the first to admit that I have a makeup buying problem.  I have tried to curb that habit and push that money towards buying things for little man.  Of course, both Sephora and Ulta lured me in with their VIB Sale and 20% off coupons and I had to pick up a few things.  Some were necessities that I wanted to stock up on and some were fun products that I wanted to try out.  

Here are a few things that I have tried recently and am currently loving:

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1. Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Lychee -- This is a very natural color that leaves your lips very moisturized!  I have actually used this instead of chapstick some mornings!

2. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo --  This has been an absolute game changer for me.  I typically had to wash my hair every day in order for it to feel clean.  This is the first and only dry shampoo I have ever used that makes it so I can go up to three days without washing my hair but it doesn't feel dirty.  The price tag is a bit high, but it is so worth it!

3. Burberry Eye Colour in Pale Barley --  This was definitely a splurge and not something I needed, but it is such a pretty color!  I had heard about this eyeshadow for years but never once thought to pick it up.  Well I must have gotten a wild hair because it ended up in my shopping cart and I am seriously loving it!  It gives the perfect wash of color, subtle shimmer, and looks really good whether you want a casual or dressed up look.

4. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly -- I am such a fan of lip gloss lately--this color is perfect!  It is just slightly darker than my natural lip color and I love the subtle shimmer in the gloss.

5. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Terre Nueve -- I was a bit skeptical to order this.  I had tried a sample in store, but the shade they gave me was too dark.  I ordered this in the very lightest shade and it is perfect!  It leaves my skin moisturized and gives a very subtle glow that is very welcome to my dry skin!


I set myself a reading goal for this year of 25 books.  Currently, I am on book 22 and am hoping to reach my goal of 25 by the end of the year.  Normally, I could easily knock out 25 books in one year, but between being so busy in the Spring and being so exhausted early in my pregnancy reading took a serious backseat.

I think for next year, I am going to leave my goal at 25 books for the year.  I am almost done with the serious that I have been reading—do y’all have any suggestions for what I should add to my reading list?  I love mysteries and really enjoy finding a series with several titles that I can read through quickly.

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!  Merry Christmas!

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