Today I am linking up with the lovely Becky to participate in my first ever ‘Treat Yourself Tuesday’! And with it being December, I thought it would be fun to highlight the ways I will be treating myself this holiday season! Let me pull up my Pandora Country Christmas station and we’ll get started.
This holiday season, I fully intend to enjoy my favorite Christmas treats, butter, sugar, and all.
On that note, I will also be treating myself to homemade hot cocoa by the Christmas tree. Most likely on the daily. There is something so therapeutic about curling up on the couch and enjoying a hot beverage each evening.
This season, I will take the time to drive and stroll through neighborhoods full of holiday lights. While of course, listening to even more holiday tunes. You can never have too much ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’.
And most importantly, I will spend as much time as I can with the people I love. Whether it be by taking a yoga class or watching Hallmark movies with my mom or having an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party with friends, I will appreciate the season for the opportunity it provides to spend quality time with loved ones.
Tell me, how will you treat yourself this holiday season?!
After a weekend filled with delicious food, great company, post it note Pictionary, lots of Dunkin Donuts airport Dunkaccino runs, and of course, pulling all the Christmas decorations out of storage, we are back in Houston and happy to park it on the couch this afternoon. While a full 4 day weekend recap would most definitely turn into a novel length post, I did want to share a couple of my favorite scenes from Thanksgiving this year!
We decided to kick start Thursday with a quick run. And by quick, I mean, 2 steps out the door and 1 wind slap in the face, I was ready to jog my booty back inside. De, Connor, Dan and I managed to successfully complete a loop around the neighborhood and that was more than enough outdoor activity to fill my quota for the weekend. Living in Houston has absolutely made me soft. Props to all who brave the cold on the daily.
The majority of our time in New York was spent laughing at our own sophomoric jokes and discussing scholarly topics, ie: YouTube prank videos and favorite TV series. We also spent a great deal of time heating, eating, and reheating all the amazing holiday dishes.
Dan and I arrived back in Texas yesterday afternoon and were delighted to see that Nola was already in the holiday spirit with her Christmas collar on. Of all her wardrobe pieces, her Christmas collar is hands down my favorite.
As long as Nola was in the holiday spirit, we figured we might as well join her. Our place is officially decorated and I am loving the view as I type.
Your turn! What was the best part of your Thanksgiving weekend? Is anyone else as excited to decorate as I am?!
I absolutely love to read virtual coffee date posts but have to admit that I am more of a hot cocoa kind of girl. So that’s what I will be sipping as I provide this little life update. Feel free to grab your coffee or a cocktail, it is after noon, and let’s chat.
If we were having hot cocoa today, I would tell you that I am officially a married lady! Dan and I said our ‘I Do’s’ on November 15, in case you missed the article in People. We truly had the best weekend of our lives celebrating with family and friends!
If we were having hot cocoa today, I would also tell you that after the wedding, I was happy to travel back home but ugly cry sad to send half my bridesmaids back to their home states of Massachusetts (which I still need auto correct to spell), Illinois, Ohio, and Virginia.
Over our second cup of hot cocoa, because we would obviously be having such a great time, I would tell you that I am so excited for the holidays. We will be kicking off Thanksgiving weekend tomorrow and flying out to New York to celebrate with Dan’s family. De makes the most amazing quiche in the world and I am already planning to pack my most comfortable sweatpants in anticipation of all the delicious food!
At this point, I would most likely be eating marshmallows straight from the bag and telling you that I have waited as long as I can to put the Christmas tree up at our place. The radio in my car is set on the Holiday Station and so is my Pandora. Cheesy Hallmark and Lifetime Holiday movies, here I come.
What is your favorite holiday dish?! Any Thanksgiving traditions?!
Before heading out the door for class this morning in my tie die leggings and purple running shoes, Dan informed me that I looked like a Spice Girl. I was almost offended, but let’s be honest, 1995 or 2013, who doesn’t love the Spice Girls and at least one if not all of their songs, not to mention that they totally rocked the whole idea of female empowerment.
Aside from their awesome accents and catchy tunes, my favorite part about the Spice Girls (yes, I’m still talking about them) was how they each expressed and embraced their individuality. Maybe it is a bit of a leap to make connections between a 90s pop group and everyday life, but I think there is a huge takeaway to what the Spice Girls represent in being true to themselves while supporting one another.
When I consider the female relationships in my life and look at all the amazing women around me, I am so grateful for the traits and qualities that each of them bring. I am constantly inspired by the hysterical working mom, the sensitive and thoughtful listener, the organized leader, the one who feels at home on a football field, the one who feels at home on a stage, and the one who is always up for a good time.
“What set’s us apart can sometimes feel like a burden. And it’s not. A lot of the time , it’s what makes you great.”― Emma Stone
Happy September! I hope that everyone is enjoying the long weekend! We kicked off the College Football Season yesterday with plenty of food and drinks to go around.
Tomorrow is Dan’s birthday and I will be setting aside my Cougar Crown for the next 6 months. We will be celebrating by road tripping it to Dallas next weekend for the Giants-Cowboys game. Still, I wanted to do something fun for his ‘actual’ birthday weekend, too. So, I came up with date ideas for him to choose from when he gets home from work tonight.
How are you spending Labor Day Weekend?! Tell me I am not the only one who enjoyed a margarita and nachos yesterday!