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Dear Santa…

It’s December 1st! Good gravy, the year flew! Since now there are only 24 days till Christmas, I’ve put together a wish shopping list just in case you we’re stumped as to what to buy me. Or, if you’re like me and don’t know what to ask for so you scour holiday gift guides for ideas for yourself. this has happened to me on more than one occasion. don’t ask me how. 

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1. I am in love with this camera. It’s one of the new fangled mirrorless ones.As far as I can tell, mirrorless means all the bells and whistles of a DSLR in a point and shoot size. OB-SESSED. I just wish there was a way to test it out before I buy it (or before I ask for it for Christmas) Any ideas?

2. I want a new camera bag. One that is stylish, yet functional. I love the one that I’m currently using, but I need a change. An upgrade, if you will. Maybe if I got that dainty camera… This bag from Epiphanie looks promising. It’s big, crossbody, and comes in great colors. I’ll take one of each.

3. I’m also on the hunt for a regular, everyday bag. This one is classic and simple, which is what I usually go for when I look at Kate Spade. I loooove all of her cutesy ones (like all of the ones listed in the new arrivals section of her website) but I just can’t justify the price. one day, my pretties.

4. I can’t justify cutesy wallets either so I usually stick with black or red (it’s spicy and good luck!) but this little beauty caught my eye and I fell in love. I am obsessed with taxis lately. So New Yawk.

5. We all know the handmade heaven that is Etsy. I would love an Etsy shopping spree. Mainly, I’d love to just buy things and not care that the shipping is more than the decorated paperclip that I just had to have.

6. This one may seem more like a New Year’s Resolution or a blogiversary kind of wish, but I would love for my following to grow, to keep making blogging friendships (and maintain the ones I have now!), and for the ideas to keep flowing. Speaking of blogiversaries, this little one is going to be two in about two weeks! they grow up so fast.

Remember when you were little and you poured over the Sears/Toys R Us catalogs, circling things and making endless lists? Or my personal favorite, sitting in front of the TV yelling “I want that!” to every toy commercial from Halloween to Christmas Eve? Good times. Who am I kidding? I still do that, obviously.

Before I go- I had a great Thanksgiving. I won’t bore you with the details because Thanksgiving is Thanksgiving. It was filled with food, family, football and, like any good Italian household, The Godfather. Don’t ask for pictures, there aren’t any. I’m slacking and it sucks.

Anything else? Oh! I ordered my Christmas cards and thanks to Cyber Monday, I got them for a steal. I wish I could physically share them with you because who doesn’t love getting mail at Christmas time? But lack of addresses and not enough cards to share with the class is a bit prohibitive. Maybe I’ll figure something out.

What’s going on your wish list this year?

Let’s discuss!

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first post of 2015!

I hope everyone’s New Year was rung in safely and surrounded by people you love. And with booze, lots and lots of booze. Unless you aren’t in to that type of thing. Then I’ll go with cookies. Lots and lots of cookies.

I don’t make resolutions so I won’t go on and on about things I resolve to accomplish in 2015. I will, however, wish for myself, my loved ones and all of you (!) the happiest, safest, prosperous, love and laugh filled year ever! Here’s to only good things!

So, from my four favorite Floridians (well, technically three but we can’t forget about Sophia!) and myself…

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merry new york christmas!

Before I begin, I wanted to thank everyone who read and shared my last post. It was hard for me to publish because, like I said, it is such a hot button issue. Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed it.

Anyway, it’s Christmas Eve and, believe it or not, I’m still not feeling the Christmas spirit. I’m starting to think that I’m in that in-between stage where I’m not a kid but I also don’t have kids. You know?

This past weekend I went into the city with Jessica and Nicole to see the windows at Saks, Lord and Taylor and Macys. We also went to Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center. It was crowded and chilly. You would think it was Christmas time in New York or something ;).

I don’t have time to write much, but I thought I’d share the pictures of the windows in hopes of getting myself more in the mood. So without further ado, here they are!

Macys:

Bryant Park:

Lord & Taylor:

The Library:

Saks:

Rockefeller Center:

(All pictures were edited with PicMonkey)

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from our home to yours!

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the giving of thanks

Is it just me or is anyone else’s mind blown that Thanksgiving is just days away? I mean, I know this happens every year, with every holiday. Come April we’ll be all “OMG it’s Easter already?!” Sure is.

Earlier in the week I was asked by Nancy over at Sincerely and Sarcastically to participate in writing a Things I’m Thankful For list. So in the spirit of the holiday, let’s get started.

1. I’ll get the cliches out of the way and say my family and friends. Just because they’re cliche, doesn’t mean that I’m not thankful for them every single day. Because I am. I don’t know where I’d be without those weirdos. Recently, I was talking about my cousins to a co-worker. I do this a lot because my cousins are the best. Anyway, when I was done, she said to me, “Your family seems cool. Like you guys have a good time. They seem like fun.” you know it!

My closest friends have been my friends, quite literally, forever. Let’s put it this way, my youngest cousin will be 21 in January (ugh.) I’ve known my oldest friends for almost 23 years. do the math, kids. 

2. 7-11 coffee- America may run on Dunkin, but I run on Hazelnut iced coffee from 7-11. But not the one from the machine. Oh no, no, no. I take the large cup and fill it with ice, then add hot coffee. DELICIOUS.

3. Etsy shops – like this one. Christmas is coming so if anyone wants to buy me a gift, look no further. I love the instagram one, this one, another one, this true statement, and most especially this one. The artist has a stand at the Bryant Park Christmas fair. I might have to take a trip.

4. my work family- It’s a known fact that I need to get a new job. That being said, the thought of leaving my current work family makes me sad and nervous. But not sad or nervous enough to not leave. sorry guys. I think they get it though because we’re family and family understands.

5. the people I’ve met through my little blog – it makes writing so much more fun when you know people are reading it. I feel like I’ve started to make some friends because of all of this and it feels really good. So keep the likes and comments and follows coming!

6. hulu – I have a handful of shows that I set to record on my DVR. But there is another handful that I catch up on with Hulu. Also, Hulu allows me to watch The Mindy Project as many times as I want, whenever I want to.

7. One Direction – (what? i already brought up The Mindy Project so I figured you would be expecting it) or maybe the more accurate answer would be Simon Cowell or even The X Factor for joining together my (2nd) favorite fivesome. My eyes and ears are forever thankful.

I think I’ll stop here or else we would be here for days. Now, I’m supposed to tag 10 people to write about what they’re thankful for. Even though Thanksgiving is an American holiday, I think it would be fun to do this anyway, no matter where you’re from. It’s good to reflect on things you have before you ask for things you want. (christmas is coming!)

I tag:

peaches & poppycock

honestly, libby 

the awkward addict

breakfast with bentley

Rae of Sparkles

the little unicorn blog

all things britney lee

half and half

pushing play IRL

confetti and curves

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it’s beginning to look alot like Christmas… cards

For the record, I actually wrote this post about a week ago. Then I went to look for some pictures to add to it. I thought I saved it as a draft, but when I went back to edit it, the post was gone. So, apparently I didn’t. The first one was better. Figures.

Anyway…

When I was growing up my parents never took me to have Christmas pictures done. So when they sent out cards, they were regular, run of the mill, cards from a box. I vowed that when I was able to (meaning: when I had my own money) I would send out cards with my picture on them. I didn’t care if there if I only sent them to two people, I was sending them.

Actually, let me be fair. For the Christmas of 1989, my mom tried to take my picture and make a card out of it. But I was a little shit. She dressed me up in red and set up out dining room table and the corner of our living room with some decorations. I wanted no part of it. I wouldn’t smile, or I was talking, or I just wanted to play with the decorations. I know all of this because even though I was to young to remember any of it, there are at least 50 pictures of me doing everything but paying attention to prove it.

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See? no smile

My mom finally gave up when I started to talk to the little wooden reindeer.

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There’s a better picture of me touching Rudy’s nose but I can’t find it.

Fast forward to Christmas 2013. I knew I wanted to send cards, but places like Shutterfly and Snapfish have an order minimum of 25 (usually, sometimes 10). I didn’t need that many. So I was googling and came across Cardstore*. Not only do they offer so many great styles, there’s no order minimum! Also, they aren’t limited to holiday cards. You can make birthday ones, thank you ones, etc. So, I peeked around for a while and finally decided to make a collage to make up for all that missed time. I rounded up my pictures and got to collaging.

Of course, I don’t have an extra one and I can’t take it from the My Orders section of the website to show you, but just picture a collage that looks like a Christmas tree, drawn on a chalkboard. And the back was red with white polka dots. It was adorable. They also include envelopes, or they’ll send them out for you. I like to decorate my envelopes with stickers (because I’m an adult) though so I opted to have them sent to my house.

I loved them so much that I went back this year. I haven’t sent out my cards yet so I’m not saying what they look like. I’ll just say that they do not have my face on them this year. i’m all about surprises. no i’m not.

The point of this post was to just say, if you’re looking for a place to order your Christmas (or anytime!) cards from, try Cardstore. They’re affiliated with American Greetings so you know it’s quality.

Feel free to tell me all about your holiday cards in the comments!

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*As usual, I was not asked to write this post. I was not compensated in any way. I just really like the product and thought I’d share.

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