Wait, Christmas is next week?

Baby in her Christmas outfit

Is it just me, or did everyone else also think we still had a whole week between now and Christmas? Luckily I am done with our gift shopping, and am now just having a bit of fun with baking (something cute which I will share soon).

Still, I got my holly jolly feelings a bit early this year (mid October) and they have since left. I’m not feeling particularly Christmas like. We also have had warm weather instead of snow, which I think makes it feel more like fall than December.

What do you do to get in the holiday mood?

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Kurandza review and giveaway

I am excited to share this amazing company with you today. Kurandza partners with women artisans in Mozambique, in southeastern Africa. In addition to receiving fair wages for their beautiful handmade pieces, profits from sales go back to the women in the form of scholarships, trainings, facility development, and social programs.


The name “Kurandza” is the word “to love” in Changana, the local language. And I really loved the adorable elephant ornament and the lovely Christmas stocking that they sent for our review! One lucky reader will get the stocking too (be sure to enter at the end of this post)!

Ornaments aren’t for sale on the site, but you can a free ornament on all orders over $50! If you are still searching for the perfect gift, earrings and bracelets from Kurandza would be a unique and thoughtful choice.

Kurandza earrings

I love that you can purchase something handmade that helps women make their lives better! Style with purpose! Having seen the ornament and the stocking, I can say that they are well made and I am sure that the jewelry would be as well. I also really love the variety of colors and patterns that are available. Each piece is truly unique.

stocking We are giving away this Christmas stocking to one lucky winner. To enter, visit the Kurandza website and have a look around at the bracelets and earrings, then simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite. The giveaway will end on December 20th at midnight MST. Winner will be contacted by email after the giveaway ends.

Thanks to Kurandza for providing the ornament, and the stocking, for our review and giveaway.

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Holiday baking round one.


These cookies are not only delicious, but they are also very nostalgic. My grandmother used to make them, and they were always known as her sugar cookies. When I realized that we hadn’t made them in over 15 years, and that my husband hadn’t even had them before I knew I had to do something! Last year I baked a batch to surprise my mom.

This year I baked a batch to surprise my uncle (my mom’s brother) who lives in Seattle. I also made was my yearly batch of peppermint bark (not pictured), which is always requested and always gone quickly. Oh so many goodies.


As you can see, it’s messy being jolly!

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Gnome for the holidays.

How cute are these “Gnome for the Holidays” pillow covers from PBTeen?


Pillow covers are such a fun and easy way to update your decor for the holidays. I love the way they look in our living room. At first I thought I might use them in my office to add some holiday cheer to that room, but they were too cute to not be out where everyone could enjoy them!

They aren’t the only fun gnome inspired gifts though, and certainly not the only fun holiday items either! Look at all this fun Grinch stuff too!

pbteen grinch

car pool tableOK, can we also talk a little bit about this pool table that looks like a classic Mustang? I mean, talk about a WOW gift! I wish I could surprise my dad with it on Christmas morning. It would be so much fun. He loves classic cars and pool tables.

Thank you PBTeen.com for the fun gnome pillow covers that were provided for this post. Also, thank you for sending me down a rabbit hole of wishful shopping on your site! Oh so many fun and festive things to be found!

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