My Christmas Wish List | #blogmas14

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I’ve been a naughty blogger. I have an excuse tho! SNOW STORM. Nor’ Easter Damon? Not sure why they even name them lol. Every time I hear it on the news tho, I think of DamIEn…

ANYWAYS, I’m back and ready to tell you all my wish list!


Holiday Wish List
1. A VACATION! To somewhere were there are beaches and margaritas for days
2.Kate Spade Sparkle Watch because why the heck not
3. Nike Roshe’s for hitting up the gym in style
4. Tiffany’s ring that I will never get because it’s a whopping 1,500 bucks. Ouch.
5. North Face Snow Boots to take on the winter weather here in the ‘Cuse
6. Starbucks gift card to fund my food & drink obessesions
7. DSLR camera so my iPhone doesn’t have 1,400 pics on a daily basis…
If he doesn’t, it’s okay. I know my mom checks out my posts :) HI MOTHER!
Tomorrow I’ll be chatting about winter activities. (cough there will be snow cough and dogs cough)

Christmas Tree Reveal! | #blogmas14

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xmas tree 8.2

I won’t lie here. I still live at my parents. Living that life until I have enough big girl money to move out. Probably not for another year – don’t tell my dad – he keeps thinking he’s going to charge me rent. He’s obviously kidding but I’m not trying to overstay my welcome :)

SO, that means my mom pretty much decorated the tree I am about to reveal to you. Our Christmas has DRASTICALLY changed over the year. There are only like 2 baby picture ornaments and then the rest is like out of a pottery barn magazine. I remember the days when we actually put candy canes on the tree & me and my sister would fight over what flavor candy cane we would get.

Obv I would choose the fruity tutty ones with the multi color swirl. They da bombbb.

Without further ado the 2014 Christmas tree!

xmas tree 5

xmas tree 1

xmas tree 4

xmas tree 6

xmas tree 9

xmas tree 11

How does it look? Good job mom? I think so!

Tomorrow is the Victoria Secret Fashion Show so be ready to hate yourself (even though everyone is beautiful blah blah)



DIY Christmas Gift | #blogmas14

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I’m so bad. I fell off the face of the earth the end of the week with the Blogmas14 posts! EK! Well I’m back and ready to rumble.

However I am going to share a gift guide for men before I get into today’s prompt :)

Men. Hard to shop for. Hard to surprise. & Hard to know what they reallllly want. Nope I will not be making a naked calendar (at least this year lol). I’m not sending you on an elaborate vacay, as much as I’d love that #poorgirlprobs. So what is left?

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

1. Cole Haan LunarGrand Long Wingtip shoes – $268 – Um how freaking sweet are these bad boys? They come in a few other really cool colors. They are great for any guy who likes a sportier look but doesn’t want to wear sneakers.

2. Banana Republic Quilter Jacket – $240 (40% off NOW!) – I love the look of a quilted jacket on a guy. Over a nice sweater… meow. Great for the fall & spring & for out an about errands. Probs not durable for a Syracuse Winter tho…

3. LL Bean Slippers – $69 – LLBean has THE BEST SLIPPERS!! They have the best fur inside and the greatest bottoms so you can venture outside in them if need be. The best 70 bucks you’ll ever spend, I swear.
4. Chipotle – I don’t think my guy would be upset if he opened his stocking to a Chipotle gift card! Also a brilliant last minute gift if you throw a bottle of alcohol with it. Chipotle is my lyyyyyfe.
5. Arthur George Socks – $30 – I mean I’m obv a Kardashian fan so I gotta represent Rob. I will say his sock line is bad ass. Great gift for a suit wearer or a guy who knows how important the sock game is.
6. Ray Ban Club Masters – $ 150+ – These are a classic! They look really shnazzy on most guys. They come in a few different colors so it’ll fit your guys look. Also a fun pre-gift if you are gifting a vacay this year (hate you).
7. Panoramic Pic Pod Mount – $28 – How sick is this?! It’s like a tri pod for your phone camera! Perfect for a guy who loves to snap memories or a guy who loves photography on the go.


Yay! Go buy some gifts for your guyssss without any sweat :)
I cannot wait to give John his Christmas present this year!!!! He is going to love it! Will share pics later on.
Now onto todays prompt!
This Christmas I am allll about the DIY. I am not going to get into detail about them though because I want my gift receiver to still be surprised!!
I will say, my girlfriends will be getting some DIY & I know they are going to love them! Also, my family secret santa this year is going to get a fun DIY something too! :)
So, since I love being the best gift giver, I will have to show off those gifts after they receive them. I have done tonsss of Pinteresting recently so I will show some killer ideas if you are looking for one or two….


pinterest diy coasters


DIY Coasters!
These seem super fun and something you can really personalize! Again, I’m an alcohol… package with some Wine & BOOM!
Look here.
pinterst diy letter
DIY Sequent Letter!
Anything sparkle or sequence, sign me up!! Such a fun, quick project that you know will look great on your besties desk or dresser :)
Look here.
pinterst diy braclet
DIY Chevron Bracelet!
UM HOW CUTE IS THIS?? Brings you back to the boondoggle days. But this is way better!
Look here.
pinterst diy alcohol words
DIY Quote Art!
Okay, you can buy this off Etsy or you can make your own fun painted version! Use this as a template and get crafty :)
Look here.
pinterst DIY be yonce
DIY Beyonce Art
This list wouldn’t be complete without something Bey themed! Again, buy a canvas & get crafty ladies!!
Look here.


Phew that was a long post. That’s what I get for being a slacker and not doing anything this past weekend. I have about 3 gifts already done and taken care of so far. THAT IS A FIRST! Trying to strategically price out gifts this year instead of going buckwild at the mall all in one day.
Tomorrow is the reveal of the Christmas Tree!
At my apt in college – our christmas tree stayed up until March… until all the needles happened to fall off

Gift Guide: for her | #blogmas14

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Who is ready for Christmas?!?!

Ladies, it is so easy to gift us. I know I will 100% enjoy a gift card to one of my fav spots & be able to pick out exactly what I like. Some females make take offense to it but look, they want you to get what YOU want! If it is not a gift card, I love fun gifts that I will talk about for months to come. So, I put together a gift guide that I think is a safe bet to get any gal and will hopefully make you a fabulous gift giver. It can be great for your sister, your friend, your co – worker or even your momma.

Just remember ALWAYS get a gift receipt!!! It’s the polite thing to do & it helps out the cashier in the store if they do return it. 7 years of working retail talking here – GET A GIFT RECEIPT PLEASE.

Okay, start your shopping :)


Gift Guide For Her
NARS lip gloss set – $39 – everyone loves tinted lipgloss this year. Throw a bottle of vino with it & you have the best. gift. ever.
Kate Spade Sparkle Earrings – $38 – Okay, I gave in and bought the multi colored ones myself on Black Friday.
H&M Home Blanky – $80 – just look at it. Anyone would drool over being able to wrap themselves in that Sunday morning.
VS Jammie Set – current sale for $39 – I am all about the matching pj sets this year! Again, throw in some wine… winner.
Lilly Pulitzer Agenda – $34 – every girl is trying to get her life organized. Designer planner? why not!
Mackenzie-Childs Mug – $38 – I know I would love anything from there. That’s the stuff you hand down to your kids :)


As always, keep your eyes out for good sales! Weekends will normally be the time for extra % offs or free shipping!
Look out, tomorrow I will have a gift guide for guys!!
#blogmas14 with Ash & Tay

Favorite Fam Christmas Photo | #blogmas14

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It’s kinda funny. I went looking thru pictures for this post and found myself sitting there dying laughing look at tons of old photos!! It is so funny how 1. cameras have changed and 2. how good people look now adays in front of a camera. After about an hour of looking thru photos I realized our fam never did Christmas photos. I actually never sent out my thank you notes for my graduation party either. So don’t count on getting anything on time/ever from us lol.


I did however come across some stellar Christmas-esk pics that are perfect for this.

This one was the closet holiday photo I could find but… my dad isn’t in it lol. 20 bucks he took the pic


X mas - Mom & Us

And now I will embarrass myself and my sister pretty good…

xmas - me & steph

Remember how you’d always hang the Christmas cards and photos on the window cil or back of the door?!? Oh, and remember how tucking everything in was a thing… ouch.

xmas - sweater tree

possibly the MOST EMBARRASSING PHOTO EVER. My gramma or my great aunt or someone sent us these lovely Chirstmas (fleece) sweaters. So we had to take some photos by my grammas fake tree and send them to someone. Great aunt I’m assuming? As you can tell, this was a fabulous tomboy phase I was going thru at the time. wind pants and all. Also, sorry steph. LOL.

xmas - panda

I reallllyyy loved that panda bear. They are my favorite animal. And those PJ, they were my fav PJ’s. Oh, notice on the right – I got mall madness that year!!! I am literally laughing at the fact we actually put candy canes on the tree too

xmas - roller coaster tycoon

THEN THIS HAPPENED!!! BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!! This is 100% sheer excitement captured in 1 photo. This was no act folks. I remember almost crying I was so happy 😀

xmas - snowman 2

My favorite part of this picture is that Steph & the snowman are wearing the same hat, different color!!! DYING! And it looks like our swing set had seen better days… woof.

xmas snowman 1

here is one more. Poor frosty – a head and then a large body. No 3 tired body parts this time.

xmas - santa 4

I will tell you, I was TERRIFIED of Santa. I loved the idea of him coming but when it came to him talking, looking or holding me, I practically peed my pants. My Power Ranger pillow was way more appealing at the time…

xmas - santa 3

Then it happened.

xmas - santa 5

I was terrified and not enthused. And Steph got caught in the act – NOSE PICKER

xmas - us  santa 1

Take 87 – a winner! Look at those smilesssss!

xmas - santa 2

Then there were the store Santa photos. KILLER wind suit mom & dad.

xmas - snata 2

Deer in headlights. Would have loved a 3-2-1 countdown

Now I will share with you my favorite Christmas photo. All late 90s kids will understand –

xmas - walkman

DAMN STRAIGHT! THAT IS A BRAND NEW WALKMAN!!!! I’m wearing my other favorite Barbie Pjs that obv look a tad small. ALSO notice I got Parent Trap on VHS TOO?! MOM & DAD WENT HAM THAT CHRISTMAS!


I apologize for not having a family holiday photo but I think I made up for it :)

I encourage everyone to go look thru old photos. It was a freaking riot!

I have a few gift guides coming to you tomorrow & Thursday. hollllaaa





Dear Santa | #Blogmas14

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This is my first time every taking part in a blog hop sort of thing! I am excited and ready to post everyday… hopefully lol. The 2 lovely ladies at The Grits Blog & Tay Meets World are putting this extravaganza on! We will see how it goes!


Day 1 – Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

How old are you? Just kidding – it is so rude to ask someones age. Well, I would love to get your input on a very pressing subject that bothers me every year. What cookies do you ACTUALLY like?! Like there is no way you are eating gluten free, soy free, lactose free, dairy free, flavor free cookies because lets be real here, you are a hefty guy. I know you shouldn’t be picky when people give you stuff for free but if I had to eat that tasteless concoction I would 100% be dry heaving in peoples sinks.

It’s true! A cookie needs butter, sugar, eggs, chocolate, something unhealthy… I’m justing looking out for you! I know my favorite is a nice warm, melty chocolate chip cookie. CLASSIC. Now if I want to get crazy, I enjoy an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, a nice sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting, and any kind of Italian cookie really. I just thought I would let you know.

Now I have a slightly less pressing question – milk. I hope that people aren’t serving you Organic, almond, coconut, whatever milk. KEEP TO THE BASICS! A safe bet would be a 1% or a 2% right? Gah, sometimes your job seems so hard.

I hope you are still reading, if you’re not I completely get it. But I would like to ask ever so kindly for a few things this year. I know there is about a 90% chance I landed on the naughty list this year but hey it’s worth a shot –

+ matching flannel pajama sets

+ a new purse (kate spade, marc jacobs, louis vitton, chanel.. you know)

+ a DSLR camera set

+ a vacation (cough caribbean cough)

+ a delta sonic membership (if they have those)

+ a personal trainer & chef 

That is all I got! And if you have any hookups in the lottery circuit – hook a sister up. OH and if somehow all my student loans would disappear, that would make my life. I really should write to you more then once a year, to keep in touch and see how things up North are going. Give Mrs. Claus my best & tell the reindeer to be careful at my BF’s house this year. Ed the dog loves visitors so just make sure Rudolph and him can play for a few minutes (or Ed will be upset). Well, I look forward to your arrival! Fly safe Santa.