Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

So many favorites this week!  I got to see my favorite singer in concert, I did some Christmas shopping,  I celebrated my friend Rachael’s birthday, I’m making 16 pans of cinnamon rolls today and tomorrow Graig and I leave on a 10 day trip to see Brock. It’s been a fun week :-)

I’m linking up to ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites.

1.  Tuesday night I saw Jennifer Nettles in concert!   She is my favorite singer and she was fabulous on Tuesday night.  We went to celebrate my best friend Rachael’s birthday.  We had dinner, went to the concert and then spent the night in Albany and spent all day Wednesday shopping.  It was so fun!

She did a mix of Christmas music, some hits from her Sugarland Days, and some from her solo album.  Sabrina and I even made it up to the front for one of her songs.  We always try to make it to the front row when we go to concerts together.  It was a great night!!

2. Yesterday we celebrated Rachael’s birthday by having a pizza party at lunch.  Our friend Heather made this delicious chocolate cake.  It was SO good!


Rachael’s son L  was home and he helped her blow out the candles on her cake.  ❤️❤️

3. For fun I ordered a surprise box from Lily and Val.  It came this week and there was so many cute surprises tucked inside.  I’m going to do a post on my surprise box next week.  Here is a sneak peak of what was inside

4. This morning  my  Rachael and I are getting together to make cinnamon rolls for all of our friends to eat on Christmas morning.  We have been doing this for a few years and it’s always a fun tradition! We usually do it on Christmas Eve but are doing it early this year since G and I are going to Arizona.   You can read all about cinnamon roll day from last year here.

5.  I love, love, love getting Christmas cards and I sent ours out last week.  I used Shutterfly and I was so happy worth the way they turned out for us this year.  

6. I ordered this print from Etsy last week.  It’s a print of a painting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas  tree and I just love it.  I think I’ll keep it up all year long. ❤️πŸŽ„   Last year we had a one of a kind Christmas because the tree picked  was from our backyard!   You can read about our whole experience here and here.  To remember last year and all the special memories we made as a family I plan to:
 A) go down and see the tree every year. This  year I went with my sister in law Anne you can read about our trip to NYC here.
B) We will always host a tree lighting party.  You can read about our  tree lighting party from this year here.
 C) I’ll always buy an ornament or something with the tree on it.  Since it’s the first year after I’ve bought a few Rockefeller tree items. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜¬.  I will have to do a post on everything I’ve bought this year.  

7.    The most exciting news from this week is that tomorrow Graig and I are going to see Brock in Arizona!!   I cannot wait to see him and see Phoenix where he lives.  He absolutely loves it out there and can’t wait to show us around.  We plan on exploring Phoenix and the surrounding area and going to visit Flagstaff and the Gramd Canyon.  I know it’s going to be a great trip ❤️❤️

I hope you can soak up every minute of this special season and have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas in NYC

The weekend after Thanksgiving I went with my sister in law Anne to NYC for two days.  The first day we were there we saw all the sights (including the tree!), had a fabulous dinner, and went shopping.  The second day we were there she had orthescopic jaw surgery (she asked me to go so I could be with her during and after the surgery since she couldn’t be alone).

We had a great time together!  Our first stop was to visit Rock Center and see the tree.  Everyone was waiting for the Saks light show to start and I was taking a pic of the tree πŸ˜‚   It is beautiful this year and of course it brought back a lot of memories of our tree being there last year. 

After we took our first look at the tree we went into Saks to look around and we looked at their beautiful windows.  This year they did Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and all the windows were gorgeous!

After Saks we headed to dinner at a Mexican restaurant we found on the app Open Table. I got a combination platter and a spicy jalapeΓ±o margarita. Both were amazing!   

After dinner we headed downtown to visit Chelsea Market.  I have heard great things about Chelsea Market and I’m so glad we went.  There were lots of cute little stores and great places to eat.  

After Chelsea Market we took an Uber up to the huge Macy’s in Herald’s Square.  We went straight to the Christmas floor and had the best time looking at all the ornaments and decorations.  I got Christmas ornaments for my friends.

We stayed at the Roosevelt hotel and after shopping at Macy’s we had a late night snack at a restaurant by our hotel and fell into our beds exhausted from our day of fun in NYC.

The next day we slept in, visited the tree one more time and then Anne had her surgery.

It was a fun trip!  I had a great time with Anne.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Weekend Fun

This weekend was a good mix of work and fun.  I love weekends like that!  I was able to get some stuff done around the house, I went to work for an honor society induction, and I went to three fun Christmas parties.  It was a great weekend!!

Saturday afternoon my friend (and favorite group fitness instructor) Heidi had a holiday open house. It was so fun she had lots of good food and crafts in the basement for the kids to do.  I got to visit with some of my favorite people.  It was a great afternoon!

Saturday night my friend Mica had her annual Christmas party.  Everyone brings snacks and she has a naughty or nice gift exchange.  I made rainbow cookies (I’ll post the recipe this week!) and candy cane Jell-O shots.  Both were a big hit! 

Every year we try to make a pyramid (don’t ask me why?!) and this year it was a big failure. πŸ‘ŽπŸΌ We had fun trying though and maybe next year we will perfect the pyramid-ha ha!

Here are a few other pictures from the party. 

Sunday afternoon I had an induction ceremony for one of the  student groups that I advise.  We inducted 22 new members into Omicron Delta Kappa the leadership honor society st the College. It’s always a nice event.  Here are my students on the executive board of the organization. 

There were a few sorority members that were inducted into the honor society so I took their picture for our  newsletter. 

Sunday evening I went to my friend Sabrina’s for our annual BFF Christmas gift exchange.  Her house was decorated so cute for the holidays.  I just loved it!

We all came in our pajamas and had dinner together and then opened our gifts.  It was such a cozy and fun night!  And we were spoiled rotten by all of our gifts from each other :-) 

That was my weekend. I have one more week of work and then G and I are off to Arizona to see Brock for Christmas I can’t wait!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Life lately

Life lately for me has been BUSY!  Last week we had two craft nights at Branch and Bloom (one with 50 people!), I hosted a Tree lighting party at my house and I coordinated the luncheon for the annual garden club greens sale.  I am exhausted just typing all of that!!

Last Wednesday I hosted a tree lighting party at our house.  We watched the Rockefeller Center Tree lighting together and it was so fun!  It was a great way to kick off the season! Graig was reffing a basketball game and I thought having a party with all my friends would be way more fun that watching alone and it was.  Almost everyone I invited was in NYC with us last year when our tree was lit.  

This year I put up a small two foot free in our dining room and I put all of our Rockefeller center ornaments on it.  We got a lot last year and my plan is to get a new one for us every year.  

Last week I also helped decorate two trees for The Festival of the Trees that was held in our town.  This event was brand new this year and it was great.  Businesses, organizations and community groups were asked to decorate Christmas trees. I helped with the Garden Club tree and we used poinsettias to decorate our tree.  My fraternity and sorority students did a tree with a Disney theme.

I won the Ommegang tree which is a brewery in our town. Here is a picture of the tree I won.  It was amazing!  It was filled with wine cork ornaments and beer bottle cap Christmas trees.  I saved a few ornaments from the tree for our tree and then I donated it to charity because I don’t have the space for another tree in our house.  

The Garden Club Greens sale was last week.  The Greens sale is the biggest fundraiser for the Garden Club all year. The members spend all week making wreaths and arrangements then on Friday we have an event where everyone can come and buy our creations.  Here are a few things our members made at the sale. 

Friday night I had my monthly craft night for Branch and Bloom.  We made personalized wooden signs.  They turned out really cute and it was a great night!

Saturday I marched in the Christmas parade with my students and friends to support the Shoeboxes for Seniors campaign.  My dear friend Lisa is organizing the effort in our town to have people donate shoeboxes full of small gifts for senior citizens.  This is the first year and we marched in the parade to raise awareness for the effort.

After the parade Rachael and I raced over to the Performing  Arts Center to teach a wreath making class for 50 people!  This was our biggest class yet for Branch and Bloom.  We spent ALL week organizing this class and collecting greens for the wreaths and it was exhausting.
 Thankfully everyone had a great time and we have already been asked to do the class again next year!!

We like to take pictures of all of the people in our craft class but this class was so big we took a few pictures of some of our participants when they were done with their wreaths. 

Last weekend Ava was in Vienna Austria for the Christmas markets.   I got these pictures from her host Mom.  I’m so glad she got to visit a Christmas market. Everyone I’ve talked to about them says they are magnificent and a must see at the holidays so I’m thrilled she got to go to one. 

Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crafty Wednesday {hometown ornaments}

Happy Wednesday friends!  Tonight we’re having a party to celebrate the Tree lighting in Rockefeller Center.  Last year it was a tree from our back yard in Rockefeller Center and one year ago today we were in NYC for the tree lighting with our family members and friends.  

This year we are looking forward to a quiet night at home with our friends watching the tree lighting in TV.

 Today is a great day and I’m excited to share this simple craft with you today.

  I love making ornaments for the holidays.  Our tree is full of homemade ornaments that Brock and Ava have made over the years.  I also like to make an ornaments and this year for my annual Holiday Market I had the idea to make wood slice  hometown ornaments.  I sold the 15 that I made for the Holiday Market and then I took orders for 40 more ornaments.  People love these ornaments and that makes me so happy!

To make this project you will need wood slice ornaments.  I ordered mine from Amazon.  You can also cut ornaments from a tree branch which would be free :-). I just ordered them because it was easier.  This is the set I ordered. 

You will also need a silhoutte vinyl cutting machine. I got the small Portrait for $120 three years ago for Christmas and I use it all the time.  Honestly, this little machine has paid for itself multiple times over I use it to crafts and we also use it for our craft classes at Branch and Bloom.

I downloaded a script font from DaFont and used it for the vinyl for my ornaments. They have so many to choose from!  

My ornaments are 3.5-4 inches across so I printed my hometown vinyl 3 inches across.  I also added a little red heart for some color.  You could do your heart in your school colors which would be so cute.  

These are quick and easy gifts for the holidays.  If you make some let me know.  I would love to see how they turn out.

Happy Wednesday!