Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Card Swap

So I decided to participate in a Holiday Card Swap held by the blogs Beauty Expression and A Deecoded Life.

Each person was assigned a partner and we were given their details. My partner was Ellyn from Malaysia. If you would like to follow her blog you can go HERE or follow her on instagram HERE.

We got to know each other through emails and I told her I love going to the beach now that I live 10 minutes from it.  She doesn't like the beach because it makes her skin darker which is a reason why I love the beach!  She prefers fairer skin whereas I would love to be tan someday!  Interesting how cultures view things so differently. 

She tries to blog but says she can't write English very well.  I have disagree - she writes English extremely well!  Probably better than I do! :) 

She's a stay at home mom to a 4 year old daughter.  In her spare time, she likes to bake and spend time with her daughter reading books, watching cartoons, baking together, playing, etc. 

I got Ellyn's card the other day and I love it.  Here are a couple pictures of the card:


It has Season's Greetings on the front and on the inside.  I think Ellyn put her own touch on the card with stickers making up a tree, presents, and star on the left hand side.  So creative, Ellyn!  (By the way, I love how your name is spelled!)  Then she wrote some great words to me for Christmas and the New Year.  Definitely more creative than I was.  I need to work on that. :)  Thank you, Ellyn!  Love the card.

In addition, the above blogs want us to answer some questions regarding the holidays.

1.  What are your best memories about the Holidays?

Many good memories.  I remember getting loads of presents just stacked so high sometimes.  Some of my best presents were getting a Strawberry Shortcake Fridge, an Ewok tree house, a play kitchen, multitude of Barbies, and of course the traditional orange in stocking.  I loved the Christmas tree each year with all the pretty lights.  I loved how my cats loved being around the tree.  I loved competition with my next door neighbor in putting up more lights than them (me and my brother did it ourselves).  And on Christmas, we started a tradition of always going out to eat for lunch at a Chinese restaurant.  (Because it was the only thing open back in the day.)  Here is a picture of me and my bros circa 1981. 

2.  Do you have any family traditions you like to follow over the Holiday Season?

Not really.  Whenever I have my own family, if I do, I'd like to have my own traditions - probably like the ones in the holiday movies.  At the very least, I'd like to have a big Christmas dinner and invite all kinds of friends/family over. 

3.  What's the worst Christmas gift you've ever got?

I'm not sure I've ever gotten a bad Christmas gift.  I was always grateful for anything I got. 

4.  What are your favorite holiday movies or books?

It's a Wonderful Life is my most favorite Christmas movie.  Such a good message. 

5.  If you could ask Santa for any material present for this Christmas, what would it be?

Ok, if I'm being super materialistic - I'd ask for the 2016 Shelby Mustang.

If I'm being normal, I'd ask for a camera like this one.  I definitely need a nice camera now that I live near the ocean.

By the way, here is a picture of the street near Destin, FL where I went after Thanksgiving.  Palm trees lit up for the holidays!

And here is my own Christmas tree.  If you want to see a previous post of mine which details all my favorite ornaments on the tree, you can go HERE.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fashion Friday

Thought I'd write a quick post on some of my finds at Kohls this week.  I went to the doctor on Tuesday for my liver results and while my liver turns out to be fine, my gallbladder is not.  I got gallstones and sludge.  My doctor wants to take the 'wait and see' approach but I wanted to get referred to a GI doctor to see if anything else can be done.  Not sure if I really want it taken out but wanted to see what all my options are and if it is that bad.  Finally 6 years of problems with food seems to be solved.  Funny thing is - I went to a GI doctor in 2011 or so...and he just looked at me like I was nuts with my symptoms.  I had to get an ultrasound to show that something was really wrong.  Ridiculous. 

So in my sadness of the gallstone report, I had to have some retail therapy. LOL  So off to Kohls I went.

I've been needing some brown pants after getting fat juices all over my old ones (nothing seemed to help get that spot out).  They were super oversized (from 40lbs ago) and I probably shouldn't have been wearing them anyways. haha  So many, many months ago I found these Chaps skinny pants (not jeans) that fit perfectly at Kohls.  They were $59 and NEVER on sale anytime I went there.  But on Tuesday they were!  $39!  Plus I had 15% off so I totally bought them.  Here they are. 

Then I stumbled upon the shoes section.  I really need black flats and black heels because I either don't have them or they're too big due to my weight loss I guess.  Of course, I didn't find either that I liked.  But I found some snazzy sandals that of course were too much ($43 on sale) but I was in the impulsive mood so I bought those suckers.

Oh and since it is almost Christmastime I thought I'd share my Christmas tree.  Blurry pic I know.  You can go HERE to see a past post with all my cool ornaments. I really sort of wanted to go home to Ohio this Christmas but can't really because I have to work.  Thinking maybe in March I can go visit the family. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Super Cute Skirt I Wore Today from Rue21

While in Santa Rosa Beach, FL this weekend, I hit up the store Rue21.  Thought about buying these glasses:

Decided I would never wear them anywhere so I didn't buy them.  But I did buy this skirt:

Only $14.99.  They do run pretty small.  So I got a medium and it fits pretty perfectly.  Here is how I styled it today for work:

I absolutely love it.  The material is so weird - almost like they cut it from a curtain or couch or something.  And it flares out like a poodle skirt would.  I got THREE separate complements on it from people at work.  Totally stylin'. ;) 

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