What I Read: December

I don’t know about you, but to me, other than Jesus’ birth, Christmas is all about family, staying in jammies way too long and last but certainly not least, cheesy Christmas movies. 

Aka, Hallmark. 

However, we don’t have cable, and I recently learned that Hallmark’s streaming app doesn’t include any of the Christmas movies from the current year.


Soooooo cheesy Christmas books were my next best option.

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Mother’s Day or ANY Day!

I didn’t really want to write this post before Mother’s Day because the items I’m writing about don’t JUST have to be for Mother’s Day…they’re perfect for birthdays, Christmas, or just because! But since Mother’s Day is coming up, (quickly!) it seemed fitting…so even if you’re not a mom, or you already bought something for your mom/wife/sister/friend, keep reading! You might want to purchase one of these for another reason or for yourself!!

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Friday Favorites Week 2: A Healthy Valentine’s Dinner (or any other night).

They (unless you’re Dwight Schrute) say “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Well, if you’re looking for a healthy meal straight to his heart, I have one for you! (And those of you non-gluten free, who still want to add a starch, garlic bread would go great with this meal.)

Dwight Schrute

But before I share this new favorite recipe, I just want to say a big “Happy Valentine’s Day!” to everyone who reads my blog!

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Merry Christmas!

I decided to wish all of you a Merry Christmas a couple days early, since most of you will be off line tomorrow and Christmas Day, enjoying time around the tree with family. (And if you’re not, do it…nothing on here is as important as your family!!) As I stated here, this is my first Christmas not spent with my family, but I’m super excited to experience my first Grandlienard Christmas.

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Christmas Means: Waiting on the Stairs, Roast Beef Sandwiches and Family.

This year is my first ever Christmas not spent with my family, and I’m a little emotional about it. I am very excited to experience my first ever Grandlienard Christmas, but at the same time, I’m going to miss celebrating Christmas with the people, food, smells, and traditions that I’m used to. Let me just tell you, I LOVE traditions. And we had a ton growing up, and still follow some to this day.

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Elmer the Elf.

I have to tell you something that may come as a shock: my mom had the original idea for “Elf on a Shelf.” I’m so serious. Only his name was Elmer, and he wasn’t an actual doll. Ok, so it may have been a little different, but it’s the same general concept. Hear me out:

I never, ever saw Elmer, but all throughout the Christmas season he’d leave me little notes about what he saw me doing and how I was behaving.

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