Day 25: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! This day is all about spending time with your loved ones, and letting them know how much you care. So lounge in your PJ’s from last night, make a big breakfast, and pass around the presents from under the tree. I am going to go make some more hot cocoa.

Tell me what your family does on Christmas day!

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Day 13: Merry Booze-mas

Holidays are filled with delicious adult beverages. They help (or sometimes hurt) those awkward family gatherings where at least one person feels antagonized. And when friends get together for a few drinks, it is always a good time.

Here are some that I love, and would love to try: peppermint schnapps hot cocoa, cranberry moscow mule, cider with Fireball, and pomosas. I also love a certain microbrewery beer that I get in my hometown, it’s a spiced red ale, and tastes like Christmas in a bottle. Sorry, I don’t like eggnog or Bailey’s coffee.

Are there any holiday beverages that you always make? I would love to hear about them!

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Day 2: Movie Marathon

There are a bunch of movies that come along with the holiday season. It’s part of what makes Christmas so awesome, I think. So, if you are looking for a good holiday movie to watch on girls night in, let me help you out! Here is a list of my favorite Christmas movies, in no particular order:

1.The Santa Clause

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Jim Carrey version)

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3. Polar Express

4. Santa Clause is Coming to Town

5. Rudolph the Red -Nosed Reindeer

6. Frosty the Snowman

7. Elf

8. It’s A Wonderful Life

9. Miracle on 34th Street (the Original black and white)

10. Mistle-Tones

11. Mickey’s Once (and Twice) Upon a Christmas (yes, I am a grown woman, but I still love these movies)

12. Home Alone 2

13. Love Actually

14. The Holiday

15. The Christmas Carol (again, Jim Carrey Version)

16. Chronicles of Narnia: Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe

17. The Christmas List

18 and 19. Snow and Snow 2

20. Christmas in Boston

I am also really looking forward to watching “Love the Coopers” to see if it will be on the list next year!

What’s your favorite Christmas movie(s)? Let me know!

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25 Days of Christmas

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I have started getting into the Christmas spirit (I am a one holiday at a time kind of girl, sorry not sorry to all the stores that have been decked out in Christmas decor since Halloween). Christmas is my favorite time of year, and I want to share it with all of you!

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For the next 25 days, I am going to go through some of my favorite holiday traditions, recipes, decorating ideas, and party tips, so check back every day to see what it’s in store!

I’ll be starting with one of my favorite traditions, advent calendars, tonight, so keep your eye out!

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30 Day Photo Challenge

I love photography. Its a great way to tell a story without saying a word. However, I am still a novice at the whole thing. I bought a new Nikon DSLR camera a few months ago, and I’m just starting to get the hang of it.

In order to get some more experience with photography, I am starting a 30 Day Photo Challenge, where I post a new photo every day on this blog. I’ll use this guide (from August of 2011, I found it online) for what I post every day. They will be posted on the “30 Day Challenge Page”

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I would love to hear from any of you with feedback on the photos, if you’re doing a similar challenge, or you have some inspiration for the shots each day! Wish me happy photographing!

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Here’s a Bunch of Ways to Use Mason Jars

I proudly claim to be a country girl at heart, which explains my love of mason jars. They are good for so much more than canning food (which is how my family mostly used them until my sister and I discovered Pinterest, and they are relatively cheap to buy a few cases of them. Here are some really cool ways to incorporate them in other aspects of an event (or in your home).

Vases

Since mason jars come in all different sizes, they are great for multi leveled vases, while keeping the whole look cohesive. This is great for a more rustic style. You can even paint them or tie fabric/ribbon around them to suit the theme of the event.

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Candle Holders

This is very similar to the vases: different sizes can be used, and either adding a coat of glitter, or wrapping them in lace can give a special feel to the light that they give off. Layering beads or sand can add to the decor, as can having candles float in mason jars filled with water. Another option is to make them into hanging lanterns.

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Glasses

Reusable glasses that guests can take home as favors at the end of the night is one great option. Add chalkboard labels for guests’ names, and they can double as escort cards. There are even miniature versions that you can use as shot glasses.

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There are some DIY tutorials on how to make photo frames using mason jars. Placing these around any event add sentimentality, and is a great way to show off memories that are important to the host.

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Decor from the Lids

Just scrolling through Google, I found a ton of different ideas just using the lids from mason jars. A pumpkin made from the rim and cinnamon sticks, a wreath for the door, Christmas ornaments, and even a banner. This are just as versatile as the actual jars!

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Memories/Date Nights

Instead of a signing a guest book that will more than likely get stuck in a box, use a mason jar and popsicle sticks to have guests write down date night ideas, or marriage advice, for the happy couple, or write slips of paper with favorite memories with the host; it is sentimental, and something people will actually look at.

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Desserts to Go

If guests can’t stay for the entire event, or you want to hand out food as the favors, cupcakes in a mason jar are a great choice. You can also opt for a “fill the jar candy bar” or baking mix favors. Either way, guests get something sweet to take home with them.

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Storage

I already touched on this in an earlier post. You can use these jars to hold utensils in more casual events, or use them for storage around the house. I have a large mason jar bank that gets all my change from my pockets at the end of the day. These jars also make great pen caddies. They are pretty handy.

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Canning (Yes, Canning)

It is family tradition, so I have to mention it. Every year, my dad spends about a week canning green chilies, and those cans are then handed out as gifts, or stored for use for the year. He also makes jams in mason jars. You can honestly base an entire party on making these types of things, and guests get to take home some of the finished project. It can be a casual weekend of entertainment, with some goodies at the end of it.

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Did you know about all of these different uses for mason jars? I honestly want to invest in a few cases of them and do so many different things!

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Wee Bit O’ Irish Inspiration Wedding

In honor of St. Patrick’s day, this post is a green-filled Irish-inspired wedding. While I fell in love with photos of castles on the Emerald Isle, it is not always feasible for a couple to do a destination wedding, so here are some ways to add some Irish flare to a wedding that’s more local.

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Invitations with lots of green area must: there are tons of options with solid green and white accents, green celtic knots, stripes, or green and gold (for a little hint of pots of gold?). They are all amazing.

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For deocr, keep it simple and elegant, but incorporate the green color scheme in where it looks best. And if you are not a fan of the deeper emerald hues, go for a minty green instead! Gold accents add some visual interest as well. Flowers can be a great way to add some color, or simple white spring blossoms like daisies, tulips, roses, and lillies are great options. The same goes for the cakes.

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Bridesmaids dresses have some great options for a St. Patty’s Day themed wedding. Green dresses are the classic choice, but chic black dresses, or neutral dresses with warm cardigans and rain boots for colder/wetter climates are fun ways to play on the theme.

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St. Patrick’s Day themed weddings are a great way to incorporate Irish traditions into the bride and groom’s special day, celebrate the beginning of spring, and just have a lot of fun. May you have the luck of the Irish for the wedding!

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