Friday Favorites | Countdown Begins

Happy Friday!!! We are in the final stretch before Christmas!! Hopefully everyone is done shopping. I just have some gift cards and some wrapping to do. Hopefully I can get it finished this weekend. I do have my massage booked for tomorrow so hoping to feel like putty and not have to move much. 


Lets get on with the favorites from this week. 


Favorite Quote: The 


Favorite Recipe: This Braided Nutella Christmas tree is festive and sounds delicious. 


Favorite DIY: This would be a fun and quick DIY gift for the beer lovers in your life. 


Favorite Festive Table Decor: A little napkin folding and you have a cute festive detail to any table. 

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold Tutorial

Favorite Funnies:

Seems legit. 
What are your plans for the weekend?
Linking up with Liz for 5 on Friday.





Ho Ho Holiday Questionnaire

My mind is filled with Christmas movies, last minute to-do items, and work stuff so I can’t really think of anything new to share. So when I saw this post idea I thought it was a fun way to share some Holiday favorites and traditions.

A holiday tradition: We go to Maine for Christmas By The Sea. My most favorite weekend of the year. Much needed girl time! I also spend the night at my brothers which is fun because I get to see the girls first thing in the morning when they see their gifts. 


What I would love to see Santa bring me the most? I am most looking forward to a new power tool. Are you surprised? Yeah I didn’t think so. The project list I have planned with this bad boy is long! 


Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ AirStrike 18-Gauge Cordless Brad Nailer (Tool-Only)
What’s my go-to stocking stuffer idea?  I miss getting stockings. 🙁 I used to love getting hand hand games as a kid because it was pure entertainment. Now though I would love candles, lotions, perfume or chapsticks/glosses. 


Who is the hardest to shop for during the holidays? My Dad! He doesn’t have a lot of hobbies so he is a hard one. 


Favorite winter accessory:  I am a scarf queen so I am wearing one on most days. These are from my Christmas Wish List post. 


Christmas lights – colored or white?  As a kid we always had colored lights. Within the last few years I have tried to switch to a red white and blue theme so this year it was blue and white lights with some red ornaments. 


Favorite holiday cocktail:  I love a mug of Gluhwein or mulled wine. It just warms you and the alcohol is condensed so it knocks you on your butt with just a glass or two. For the recipe I use click here

Gluhwein - Mulled Cider

Favorite holiday food:  We don’t really go all out for Christmas in terms of food but my Dad does make a ham which is one of my favorites. I might make some magic bars though. 


White elephant gift idea:  I usually go to the Walgreens section for As Seen on TV gifts. They are genius gifts. One year I did a bear with a nerf gun that you shot into it’s belly, and another year it was an Uncle Si Chia Pet head. Amazon has a list of White Elephant gifts under $20 which has some great ideas. *Not an affiliate link



Funny picture with Santa:  I’ll just let you soak in the brown boots and the crushed velvet blue coat with fur trim. My brother is also rocking some mean plaid pants. Oh boy!  


Do I like candy canes?  Yes. I like the traditional peppermint ones but flavored ones are fun too. I do admit though I haven’t had any this year. 


Hot chocolate – marshmallows or no marshmallows?  Umm this is New England we add Fluff. 



Favorite holiday song:  Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas is You. 


Have I ever been on a sleigh ride?  Yes, we just went on a horse drawn sleigh ride while we were in Maine



Thanks to Jenn for creating the questionnaire.









Holiday Cheer

Is it Monday already? This weekend went by way to fast. The plan was to get all my baking and presents that need to be mailed were sent out. Since they went out I call it a success.

I found a living social deal while I was in Maine for a massage and I booked my appointment for next Saturday, after all that wrapping it is totally needed. I am trying to pamper myself a little more lately. 

I Did


Saturday was mostly spent baking cookies and wrapping gifts. I love buying gifts but wrapping not so much. It took me forever since I took a lot of breaks. 

When I was done I decided to pamper myself a little with some eye therapy and a book. 

Sunday I hit the post office to mail out all the packages for friends and family. After I hit the Old Navy as a gift to myself for my recent promotion at work. Pajamas on the left, tee shirt on top and cardigans on the right. A little pampering in the middle. The whole store was 20% off and the tee shirts were only $5, total score. 



Friday night I got in the cases I design for review. CaseApp reached out to me to review their cases. I designed a case for my iPhone and a skin for my iPad. I love how they both came out. The website was so easy to use. Use their design or upload your own, add text and you are done! 

CaseApp was also kind enough to provide a 20% discount code that you can use though next Saturday using code SMILEOFTEN20. Be sure to place your order by December 14th in order to ensure you receive any gifts by Christmas. 

*Disclaimer: I received a credit to design my cases for free in order to review. All opinions are my own, but seriously how can I not smile with the results. 


Sunday night I put on the orange face mask when I got home and snuggled up with a book, a candle and some Prosecco. Pretty great way to end the weekend. 

Seamus Sightings

Seamus was such a good helper, ok more like delay tactic but he sure is cute. 


How was your weekend? 

Have you wrapped all your gifts yet? 

Linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.


Design Your Own Custom Case or Skin

A company recently reached out to me and I am very quick to decline as most don’t fit my style or something I would actually use. The company was a perfect fit though. Being able to design my very own phone case and iPad skin was something I was very interested in. 

Their website was easy to use. You choose what phone you have, an iPhone or a Samsung and the version of phone. You can even design a tough iPhone case. Upload your own image or use their standard backgrounds. Add text, backgrounds, or clipart. You can also browse their designs. 


I decided on a custom iPhone Case and a Skin for my iPad. 


How can I not smile now?! 
CaseApp was also kind enough to provide a 20% discount code that you can use though next Saturday using code SMILEOFTEN20. Be sure to place your order by December 14th in order to ensure you receive any gifts by Christmas. 


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*Disclaimer: I was provided the case and skin at no charge in order to review. All opinions are my own. 


Friday Favorites | Holiday Fever

Happy Friday!! I am a little excited for the weekend. I plan on getting some baking done tonight so I can send out some of my Xmas gifts tomorrow. I like to send some home baked goods with my gifts. Everybody likes cookies right?! My spare room is overwhelmed with wrapping paper and gifts so it will be nice to ship them out and get some space back. 


Hopefully I can finish up any shopping and get everything wrapped, we shall see. Otherwise it is going to be a pretty mellow weekend. What about you? 


Favorite Quote: I am really trying to work on this for 2016. 

Favorite Recipe: I am starting to try and find some recipes for Christmas morning and this Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Casserole sounds delicious. 

Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Casserole - like a pie for breakfast! A great brunch recipe that's easy and delicious.

Favorite Holiday Hair: This is a cute Brigitte Bardot inspired hair tutorial. 

Favorite Home Cleaning Tip: This equally intrigued and grossed me out. I know what I am cleaning this weekend. 


If you want a clean and healthy home, you need to rethink what you are cleaning. These common household items are often missed during regular cleaning.:

Favorite Funnies:

How I feel about getting back on track after Maine’s eat-a-thon.


It’s about that time for me to get a hair cut. It’s been 4 months, but this is how I feel after each cut. 

funny animals (51)



Linking up with Liz for 5 on Friday.