Tuesday, November 26, 2013

These Are a Few of my Favorite… Stocking Stuffers!

Linking up with the wonderful Elise again today to share some of my favorite tiny treats to find in a stocking on Christmas morning.   

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1.  Essie nail polish – I’m a nail polish junkie, and I don’t think you can ever have too much.  Essie is my personal fave, and there are so many colors to choose from!  I gave myself a Christmas morning mani last year with Essie “Raspberry,” which just so happens to also be on my nails right this minute.  Festive!

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2. Milk frother – we got one of these in Charleston, and I love it.  It took me years to buy one for myself, but I just know any coffee drinker would love to receive it as a gift.  Who wouldn’t want a latte at home every morning? 

3. Fun tights – my mom has stuffed our stockings with fun colored or patterned tights before, and that was a stocking highlight for sure.  I’ve seen several cute No Nonsense tights lately that would be perf for a stocking.  These fun purple tights came in a stocking one Christmas.  Look at these cute polka dot tights from JCP for less than $10!  I need them!

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4.  For any card lovers like me, a personalized address stamp would be a delightful stocking stuffer.  I’m holding out on purchasing one of these beauties until we are at a more permanent address, but there are so many fun options on Etsy for these, like this shop or this one.  Even just stamps in general are great stocking stuffers – this honeybee is too cute!

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5. Fun Bracelets – I have at least ten different versions of a monogrammed bracelet pinned on my “Wish List” Pinterest board.  Multiple bracelets are pinned from Sweet Auburn Studio on Etsy.  Bracelets are just the right size for a stocking! Smile  I gave my sister Melanie some cute scalloped bracelets from C.Wonder last year – another great source for giftable jewelry!

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And, I can’t let the stocking stuffer post conclude without mentioning a tradition in my family that my Dad has carried on from his childhood.  We each get an apple, an orange, a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter in our stockings.  It is simple and old fashioned, but I love it and I know I’ll continue it with my own children one day. 

I’m looking forward to reading posts from everyone else who is linking up today and getting more stocking stuffer ideas! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mel is Married!

What a weekend!  We are back in the big D after a whirlwind of a wedding weekend in Arkansas.  Melanie and Clark’s wedding was so very beautiful!  Hot Springs in the fall is a pretty pretty place to be, and they just couldn’t have picked a better location.  I thought about breaking this up into multiple posts, but I decided I’d rather just have all of the goodness in one giant post.

Austin and I, as well as most of the rest of my family, got into town on Thursday afternoon.  We got checked in, and pretty much immediately started working on the welcome bags for all of the guests.  Everything went pretty quickly once we got it all laid out and started filling the bags.

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The finished product had a mini pumpkin bread bundt cake, party mix, ginger cookies, candy, gum, water bottles, and a map of Hot Springs.

That evening, we went to a restaurant called The Dixie Café for supper.  It reminded me of the blog, of course!  We also took an Aggie picture when we got back to the hotel after a long day of traveling and wedding prep.  I don’t know if I’ve mentioned on the blog yet, but my youngest sister Mary Katherine officially decided that she is Aggieland bound next year!  Whoop!  We are so excited. 

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On Friday morning, Austin and I got up early and went for a run on an awesome trail that we found in Hot Springs.  It was so beautiful – and so cold!  We were giddy over the fall temperatures and all of the pretty fall leaves to look at while we ran.  It was called the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail in case any fellow runners are ever in the area.  The trail reminded us of a more scenic version of our own Katy Trail here in Dallas.

After that Mary Katherine and I reported for duty to assist with Mel’s bridal session.  The photographer that she used for the wedding was based out of Hot Springs, so she did the bridals there on Friday.  The grounds of the gardens where the wedding was held were just so stunningly beautiful.  I can only imagine the greatness that the photographer was able to capture!

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I was slightly obsessed with the bouquet and found a gazillion pictures of it on my camera when I got home.

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Ok one more of the bouquet – I love it!

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And one more of the gorgeous and excited bride!

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After the pictures wrapped up, we had a quick lunch and ran an errand,and before we knew it, it was time to get ready for the rehearsal. 

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We rehearsed, and then we had a Thanksgiving feast!  Since Mel and Clark will be in St. Lucia on Thanksgiving, (poor them, I know) we had a Thanksgivingish meal on Friday night of roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and THE WORLD’S BEST ROLLS.  I kid you not, I probably talked about those rolls for ten minutes straight.  Thank goodness the reception was at the Hot Springs Country Club just like the rehearsal dinner was, so I got to eat those little pillows of goodness again at the reception.  I think at one point Melanie was pretty close to throwing something at me to get me to shut up about the blessed rolls.  She still gave me my bridesmaid’s gift of gorgeous earrings to match our dresses for the next day though!

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And then it was wedding day!  The wedding was in the morning, so we had a super early morning to start the getting ready process.  We were at the venue and taking pictures before 8:30 a.m.!

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And then she was married!  I still can’t really believe it, but it happened, and it was beautiful.  Mary Katherine and I snuck into the reception area while everyone was going through the receiving line to see the cake and the tables.  So gorg!

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They danced, then Mel and Dad danced, and then we ate a delicious lunch of beef tenderloin, roasted potatoes, sautéed veggies, ROLLS, and salad.  The wedding cake was one layer of carrot cake, one of spice cake, and one of red velvet.  Clark had several different cheesecakes for his groom’s cake.  It was all so very tasty!

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And then it was over and they were off!  The silver lining of our super early morning was that we were able to come back to Dallas yesterday afternoon and have a normal Sunday of church and relaxing to get ready for another short work week.  I’m so excited that I get to see my family again in just a few short days for Thanksgiving.   Well, except Mel – I’m only a little jealous that she’s living it up on a beach right now!