Let Christmas BEGIN!

It’s our first Christmas in a house.  The past 3 Christmases we were in an apartment and we had a tiny tree that was given to us.  We accumulated about 6 total ornaments and we had 3 stockings my sister made me that we hung from a shelf.  We did the best we could (eh we probably could have done better)… but this year it really feels like a Christmas home.

Mid October we bought a real sized fake tree.  That was step 1…. since then I’ve bought items from Target to decorate the mantle (Peace stocking hooks and fake poinsettias).


I love that we have TWO fire places in our house… ya know for Santa.

I went Black Friday shopping at Kmart (sorry Target)… and bought things to trim a tree (can I just say decorate?  trim sounds so pretentious).  I bought the Sandra Lee stuff – I had NO idea she had a tree trimming (decorating) line!  I loved it!  But I was totally stumped… do I go gold?  silver?  purple blue red green omg I had no idea that you can like really really decorate a tree… I went for gold… and then red and green to match the tree skirt my grandma made me.  THEN… I actually googled how to do it… like what order?  I thought Sandra Lee would have like a video tutorial on how to do it… but I didn’t find one.  Better Homes and Gardens had a 4 step tree decorating guide and it all was common sense.. I was just nervous.  I probably could have called my mom… but ya know I felt it was a “no I do it” kinda thing.


Plain Tree with lights


The decorations


The gold ribbon wrap


beads and bows


All the ornaments


The angel and the NF


A-frame house on the river

This weekend my sister and I went to an open house that was featured on Syracuse.com as the house of the week.  It is an A-frame located on Onedia River.  Two bedrooms, deck, waterfront… besides being an A-frame on the river – it is decorated like something I’d see on pinterest, and I got to see it in real life.


Outside of the house…

front houseback house



Front Room…

front room

Master bedroom…




2nd bedroom





So I was reading birch box reviews on random blogs. I came across this blog…

This link is to her subscription box list. I read through them all. I also read her reviews on them. I was overwhelmed with how many boxes there are out there other than birch box. I ALMOST joined a baby box… but I went another direction.

I am going with PopSugar. The blog author seemed to be fond of this box. Since she’s subscribed to so many boxes I’ll guess her favorite and go with that one. I really value this ladies opinions, she’s taken the time and money to really know her stuff. The box will have full size products worth over $100. I signed up for $95 for 3 months ($31.66 / month).
I will be sure to update my blog on the items I receive. I am pretty excited!

Bistro francais oh la la


If I have these Bistro Francais kitchen items from Williams-Sonoma – do you think my 14 month old son will grow up just automatically knowing the french words for cheese and butter?

Also, I’ve been eyeing these for almost a year and now they’re on sale… I MIGHT buy the butter dish, but do I really want to awkwardly call my butter beurre.  It’s like the weirdest french word of them all.  I like to say fromage, but who keeps their cheese out like that?  Sel and Poivre.  French is such an embarassing lanugage to speak if you’re saying the words correctly.


Cute Bowls from Stonewall Kitchen

I think the prep bowls are super cute!  They are from Stonewall Kitchen (love them!).

The Mini


mini prep bowls

The Reg


reg prep bowl

The Batter Bowls


   batter bowl

Ove’ Glove!

Everyone who lives in a house with a kitchen needs an Ove’ Glove.  You need it.  Trust me – once you have one, you’ll swear by it.

Have you ever burned a pot holder?  Or burned your hand through a pot holder?  Or caught a pot holder on fire?  OR ever just fear these things?  The Ove’ Glove solves this problem.

They don’t cost a lot either.  You can find them on Amazon.com –  a two pack for under $20.

It’s the perfect gift for anyone.