Blogmas Day 15: Stocking Stuffer Ideas

I’ve already written a post on Christmas stocking stuffer ideas here. The post details my process and the standards they find in their stockings on Christmas morning.

I did, however, start a post on organizing my Christmas stocking stuffer drawer back in October. And then, life happened. Here’s a peek at the photos I took for it.

Organizing the Christmas drawer:

First I took everything out of it! I hadn’t done that in quite a while. And should note, it also becomes the “important” Christmas receipt space during my holiday shopping. 

Here’s the mess I had contained in the small space spread out on the bed: 

And yes, I also stored my swimsuit in the same drawer. Limited space means lots of spaces do triple duty sometimes. I did find a new home for my swimsuit. And some of those receipts? Um, 2012! Cleared away quite a bit of trash.

Decided a Christmas stocking stuffer space should be a bit more festive. So I lined it with my Santa Claus paper: 

And returned all the items to the drawer, giving each of my sons a side for their items: 

It doesn’t look quite as organized now as I’ve taken a few items (Went ahead and gave J the wallet for his November birthday) and of course, added a few items as well. Still I’m (as usual) a bit behind on filling the drawer. I know it’ll come together as it always does.


Linking up with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas! Rebecca at Rebecca’s Hearth and Home is playing along as well!



Blogmas Day 14: Favorite Holiday Recipes

I’m super late getting this post up tonight! Thought I’d get it in this morning but misjudged my time.

And then, after work, helping G with a few things, and relaxing, I decided to bake. Whenever, I bake there is a 100% probability I’ll be making a trip to the store. No different tonight.

While I have lots of favorite holiday foods and recipes, just a quick one tonight. For rolls. Or rather buns. These were a staple at any holiday meal at my parents’ house. We often sat while the rest of the meal became slightly cold as we were waiting on the rolls.

After my mom passed away, no one could quite get them right. Still trying but I think I did okay trying to make them last year.

Full disclosure: These rolls are the favorite of my siblings but I’m not as enthralled with them.

 (The recipe comes from my late Aunt Betty, one of my namesakes, her middle name was Jean)

The card above is my mom’s hand written recipe card (I think it’s probably a re-write of her original card). She would sit in the kitchen stirring these by hand in a big mixing bowl. Thinking she would have loved a Kitchen Aid! They go a lot faster when made in one using the dough hook.


Joining in with Tamy over at Chasing My Life for Blogmas along with Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth and Home. And hoping to get all caught up on my blog comments this weekend!




Blogmas Day 13: Wrapping Ideas

Beautifully wrapped presents under the tree are nice. However, since I was getting the “Oh, did your kids help you wrap the presents?” long before I even had kids, probably not going to find too many of those under our tree.

Thank goodness for gift bags! And we do save and recycle our most of our gift bags each year.

Of course, I actually prefer to use wrapping paper and wrap the presents mostly. Amateur looking or not, I do think there is just something special about unwrapping a present.

And I just buy the wrapping paper, whatever appeals to me. For a while, I did try to coordinate it all to sort of match underneath the tree.

One fun “Santa” wrapping idea I borrowed a few years ago….have Santa leave the paper he uses to wrap his gifts with them to be used the following year.  No more worries about having to hide Santa’s special paper.

We also usually hide a couple of unwrapped (small) presents in the tree. I guess sort of like using the Christmas tree as a big green wrap.

Sometimes I try to make up for my sub-par wrapping abilities by attaching ornaments or other small theme-related gifts as the bows.  Or I just add a peel & stick bow and call it good.


Short Blogmas post from me tonight. Be sure to go visit Tamy over at Chasing My Life (where I’m linking my post) for great ideas!  And also, Rebecca from Rebecca’s Hearth And Home.




I Like How It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

I’m still listening to the Christmas radio stations. Found a new one even, I like it much better. They play a better variety.  And on Tuesday, Pandora’s Christmas station kept me happy.

I spent Tuesday cleaning the house. It’s now officially moved up on the clean scale from disgusting to a little dirty. Clean enough to get out the rest of my Christmas decorations though!

My mom used to set this little girl out with her sled. She was one of my favorite Christmas decorations. Now I set her out.  

It makes me happy to have her beside the ceramic Santa and Mrs. Claus created by my late mother-in-law. 

I like how the whole table turned out with my angels, kneeling and fishing Santas, and the candles. If you’re wondering about the empty spot by the candles above, it’s our cat’s space.

Tiny Precious Moments Nativity in front of the TV.  Bought on our honeymoon 20 years ago. Easily found this one but spent all day looking for our main one.  Forgot to share a picture of our Christmas bathroom night-light last week. I like it! It’s a bubble night-light (whatever that means….)  Continue reading

Blogmas Day 12: Tag Questions

Thirteen days until the big one! I’m spending this post answering some questions about winter and the holidays Tamy over at Chasing My Life posted on her site.    

Top 2 Winter Beauty Essentials:  

Honestly I’m a bit more beast than beauty in the winter.  I’d definitely be lost, however, without my Zum kiss lip balm and a good lotion.  The type of lotion varies. Today I used Bath & Body Works stress relief lotion for my dry hands. I’ve also been using a Hemp Seed hand and body lotion, a gift from my hairdresser, that I really like as well.

Top 2 Winter Fashion Essentials: 

Did I ever mention how I love summer because shorts and Capri pants are fashionable?  That said, I love a fun sweater.  And fun, warm socks to wear with pants.

Favorite Winter Accessory:

Finger-less gloves with a mitten flap! Best invention ever.

Favorite Winter Nail Polish:

I don’t wear nail polish. Once back when I used to get my nails “done” with the acrylic stuff, she put little Christmas trees on them. That was my favorite.

Hot Cocoa or Apple Cider:

For Winter, Hot Cocoa.

Favorite Winter Candle:

My current one from Aldi, smells just like hot cocoa and cream. I also have a new obsession with Woodwick candles.

Does It Snow Where You Live:

Yes but usually more in January and February than December.

Have You Ever Made A Snowman:

Of course! Also, a snow cat. And many snow forts as a child.

Favorite Holiday Movie:

The Polar Express! 

Favorite Holiday Drink:

Peppermint Mocha.

Candy Canes or Gingerbread Men?

Why not Gingerbread Men using Candy Canes as skis? I love them both!

Favorite Christmas Song:

Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

What Is Most Important To You About The Holidays:

Spending time as a family and with family, traditions, kindness, thinking of others and honoring God by remembering the true meaning of Christmas.




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