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‘Tis the season… for sparkly nails

I am officially in the holiday spirit. And with just two weeks left until Christmas Day, I want to do everything I can to savor the best parts of the season.

Yesterday I lit a Christmas-tree scented candle and watched a marathon of Christmas movies including Four Christmases, Christmas Shoes and Elf (well, I tried to watch Elf but then my dvd player broke.. fail).

Today I have a Christmas playlist going on Spotify and I have no intentions of turning it off until AFTER the 25th. Or maybe in January… I really love the holidays.

I also painted my nails a fun gold sparkle. It’s amazing how much a little nail polish can get you in the holiday mood. I want to play with other holiday nail ideas and found some great inspiration over on Refinery 29. I LOVE the candy cane/mint idea. But we’ll see if my skill level coincides with the results of the picture.

How do you get in the holiday spirit?


Easter, from a non-religious point of view

Okay, clearly Easter is celebrated for religious reasons, but let’s be real ,there are a lot of other reasons to enjoy this holiday. Here’s my list:

  • Mashed Potatoes – perhaps the biggest reason to enjoy the day, I know Easter is truly here when I’ve reached my third helping of delicious, buttery mashed potatoes. In fact, I’ve been labeled the Mashed Potato Queen, and I wear that title with honor.
  • Cadbury Eggs – The original cream kind. The others are good but for true Easter fun you need to get the original. none of┬áthe minis, none of hte caramel or chocolate filled eggs.. just the cream. And you need to develop a method of eating them. I prefer to store mine in the refrigerator, get it to a nice cold temperature, then start at the top and work my way down.
  • The Smell of Spring – although the forecast here is rain and chilly temps, Easter usually means consistent spring weather is right around the corner. I love when you can smell the damp ground as it softens and begins to sprout flowers and fresh grass.
  • Easter Egg Hunts – sure, we’ve outgrown them now but remember how fun they were when you were younger? My grandma used to write out hints about where we should begin our search.
  • Giant Chocolate Bunnies – I have won two three-feet tall solid chocolate bunnies in my lifetime, and that’s quite an accomplishment. Sure, one was a default prize when they ran out of all the others and yeah, the other was from a randomly-selected coloring contest winner, but still. They were delicious. Although I really wouldn’t know, because I tend to hoard my chocolate and they both ended up living in my neighbor’s giant freezer because I didn’t want them to go bad. But it’s a solid chocolate giant bunny.. I can only assume it’s delicious.

Those are my non-religious reasons for loving Easter. What are yours?

Holiday Bling

This nail polish by OPI is perfect for holiday parties: OPI Bring on the Bling

Holidays are about the little things

It’s weird that as I get older my holiday priorities change. Instead of worrying about what gift I’ll get or if there will be enough snow outside and presents under the tree, I get more happiness out of the little things. Here are some of the things bringing me joy this holiday season, what about you?

(image via http://sweetannieskitchenblog.wordpress.com/)

  • holiday flavored coffee, creamers and lattes (Starbucks peppermint mocha to be exact)
  • sugar cookie scented candle
  • cozy winter sweaters and scarves
  • 24-hour Christmas music radio stations
  • red and green hershey kisses
  • Christmas lights
  • baked goods
  • egg nog
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
  • holiday parties
  • decorated retail stores and city streets
  • TV show Christmas episodes (Glee, How I Met Your Mother!)
  • holiday volunteering (toy drives, food drives, adopt a family…)
  • mistletoe
  • Christmas cards

… and so much more. Happy Holidays!