A Very Special Package & A Holiday Survey

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Happy Friday everyone!! Hope you’ve all had a great week so far and I’m more than ready to get this weekend started! πŸ™‚

Is it just me or did this week fly by? Lately I’ve been taking Monday’s and Tuesday’s off from the gym (it feels so good to take two days off back-to-back), and I’ve noticed it really helps make the work week move along that much quicker.

And last night we had our company holiday party (dinner at Spiedo) so that too made the work week that much more tolerable in having a nice dinner out with some good food, wine, and of course, company. It was definitely a fun time and it’s always fun to get a lil tipsy with your coworkers – especially since mine are pretty awesome πŸ˜‰

And then, yesterday was made even more special with an extra special delivery that I was greeted with when I came home on my lunch break…

Remember that lil barter I mentioned here about getting the Biscoff Spread and Cookie Butter for the lovely Ashley? I originally thought of this barter since I had heard that no where near her offers Biscoff and she doesn’t have a Trader Joe’s in her area (I know – the travesty!) so I offered to send her a couple jars since she’s been such a very sweet, supportive friend to me. Well in return I received the most sweetest, delicious package ever. I felt that it was extra special since she baked up some of her hubby’s favorite cookies, and I feel baked goods have a more warming touch and sentiment to it that I love…

Two of those dipped in milk were consumed last night once we got home from the party – it was the wine talkin’ πŸ˜‰

And let me tell you. These cookies are AMAZING!!! And to confirm just how amazingly delicious they are, I’d like to quote the hubby who instantly texted me when he got home and was greeted by the cookies in saying, “Holy Moses!!! These cookies are crazy good!!!!!” Yep, I declare these cookies definitely have the husband seal of approval. I suggest you click here and check out her recipe so that you can make some extra special cookies for your hubby or S.O. πŸ™‚

She also gifted me with this delicious looking muffin mix from a local bakery of hers that I can’t wait to bake up …

And an extra special lil something that was a surprise for me…

Cupcake Soap!! Is that not the cutest?!

Thank you so much again Ashley!!! I love my treats so much and I can bet already the cookies will be gone by this weekend πŸ˜‰


So a fun lil holiday survey is going round the blogosphere and you know how I love participating in these so without further ado –

25 Questions: Holiday Style…

  • Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Definitely hot chocolate – unless Starbucks Egg Nog Lattes count? πŸ˜‰ Now those I love!!
  • Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Wraps presents! And my parents (Santa!) would always add a tag to the present that would say “From Santa”
  • Colored lights on tree/house or white? Growing up we always had colored lights on both the house and tree – but now my parents do white and they ponded off the colored lights to us so we’re taking over the tradition πŸ˜‰ But to answer the question, I love both!
  • Do you hang mistletoe? Nope. But my family always did, and it’d always be placed in an entryway that you’d have to walk through so everyone would walk under it one way or another.
  • When do you hang your decorations up? This year I started mine a couple weeks before Thanksgiving since I knew we’d be busy with being in New York, but typically it’s always the day after Thanksgiving.
  • What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Ooo that’s a toughy since all my favorite dishes are dessert based – obviously. So in this case, I’d have to go with my mom’s cheesy veggie baked casserole…it’s amazing.
  • Favorite holiday memory as a child? My parents are so amazing and really did such a wonderful job in bringing the fantasy of Santa Claus come alive – and they kept the streak going for quite a long time! I’ll never forget every Christmas Eve we’d set out gingerbread cookies and milk for Santa and his reindeer and the next morning being so excited to wake up and see his dessert was gobbled up! I’ll always remember the excited and happy feeling I felt and how real I felt Santa was – I always wondered too how Santa got his big butt up and down our chimney πŸ™‚ I’m so grateful for all the hard work my parents did into making Christmas such a memorable, special holiday for me and my sister, and I can’t wait to pass on these traditions to our little ones ❀

See, Santa is for real!!!

Christmas Eve Circa 2009

  • What is on your Christmas Wish List? A new Laptop or iPad (!!) My family is gifting me gift cards to Best Buy so we’ll see what I like after some comparison shopping.
  • Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes! We always kept this tradition while growing up – but now we save them all for Christmas morning.
  • How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Except for this year, in which we did mini trees, we like to string colored lights around and hang all my ornaments I’ve collected throughout the years – the majority are from Hallmark since my mom owned a Hallmark store (it was the best job ever – having a mom as your boss and discounted stationary products was awesome). I love opening each ornament as it’s so nostalgic for me and brings back so many wonderful childhood memories.
  • Snow? Love it or dread it? Well, since we live in California and never get snow I would love one year to be somewhere and experience a white Christmas. But live in it and deal with it for all the months of winter? Never. I’ll just take one day of it, Christmas Day at that, please.
  • Real or fake tree? Growing up we always had real, and hubby and my first tree we got together was real, but ever since then (although I do love the pine smell!) I was highly annoyed by the mess it made. And ever since my parents made the move to fake I was then hooked. So I have big plans this year to scope out some After Christmas Sales and score us a fake tree.
  • Do you remember your favorite gift? Oh yes I do!! My 2001 Ford Convertible Mustang that I still drive to this day. It was the.best.gift.ever. I’ll never forget too how my parents put the car keys in a box in my stocking and I’ll never forget the scream I let out when I realized what it was. Didn’t I tell you how amazing my parents are? ❀
  • What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you? Being with family. Nothing else brings me more joy, happiness, and fills my heart so very much.
  • What is your favorite holiday dessert? Most definitely my mom’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie. It’s a Thanksgiving dessert too, but we love it so very much that we make it for Christmas also. This time I’ll be sure to snap a pic of it!
  • What is your favorite tradition? Me and my hubby having a sleepover Christmas Eve night at my parents house, and waking up to a tree full of presents and stockings full of goodies. And we always always do stockings last!
  • What tops your tree? An angel!
  • Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? As a child, let’s be real, receiving! But now that I’m an adult, nothing brings me more joy than the act of giving. I love seeing the joy and smiles on people’s faces when they open their gifts – warms my heart so much.
  • What is your favorite Christmas Song? O Holy Night. And I gotta add this one in – ‘NSYNC’s “Kiss Me At Midnight” Love it!
  • Candy Canes: yuck or yum? They’re not my most favorite candy – however I love them when topped on chocolately covered pretzels πŸ˜‰
  • Favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s a tradition for my dad to pop in the movie and have it playing all Christmas day while we open presents πŸ™‚ A close second is the original Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and A Christmas Story.
  • What do you leave for Santa? I touched on this one above – we would leave out a glass of milk and gingerbread cookies.
  • Do you have a Christmas morning tradition? Yes! We always sleep in and immediately start opening gifts. Then we take a breather, eat some breakfast with coffee and mimosas, and then open our stockings – we like to prolong the event as long as possible!
  • Do you prefer to shop online or at the mall? When I was younger (especially in my teenager years) I loved going to the mall – the best spot to scope out any cute guys πŸ˜‰ But now I’m all about convenience and love to online shop – in fact I bought ever single person’s gift this year (except for my sis, Todd, and coworkers) online.
  • Christmas letter or Christmas card? I always do Christmas cards – but one childhood friend of mine who lives in Utah does a letter and I love hearing about what her family and their 3 kids are up to. I also love getting photo cards of my friends with their S.O. and/or children/fur babies – so cute! Todd and I have never done a photo card but I really want us too one year very soon!

Answer any of the above!
Does your company have a holiday party?
Any fun plans for tonight or this weekend?


9 thoughts on “A Very Special Package & A Holiday Survey

    Caitlin C. said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Taking days off from the gym definitely sounds like it’d make your week go by faster b/c then you have more time for hubby/friend/family activities that will go by quickly! Tonight I am going bowling after work with co-workers. I hope the bowling alley has wine – and BTW I know what it’s like to consume cookies with the wine talking. They taste so great at that point, right?

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      Exactly Cait!! More time with loved ones always makes the days go by that much quicker and makes them all the more special πŸ™‚

      Oh my goodness – cookies after imbibing is by far the most tastiest indulgence – however I’m just glad I had the willpower to stop after 2!

      Have fun bowling tonight – I hope too for you they have wine – it’ll definitely make for some fun bowling shenanigans πŸ˜‰

        Caitlin C. said:
        December 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

        So it’s been decided to pre-game the bowling alley with a bar, so I KNOW wine will be there! Only 40 minutes to go til I can leave work! Haha. And imbibing is a fab verb, I shall use it more often.

        Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
        December 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

        Nice!! Have fun and enjoy 1 (or 2!) for me!! πŸ™‚

        And “Imbibing” is such a fab verb – use it up! πŸ˜‰

    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries said:
    December 16, 2011 at 10:58 am

    aww i’m SO glad you loved your goodies! πŸ™‚ you are such a wonderful friend, and i’m so glad we were able to share some fun eats with each other.

    i love all the answers to the Christmas Survey!! that’s awesome you got your Mustang a few years ago for Christmas – wowee!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      I know that was by far the biggest gift (besides my wedding & engagement rings) that I’ve ever received!

      Really Ash, thank you so much for the cookies. As hubby and I were eating our cookies with milk last night he exclaimed again “these cookies are so freakin’ good!” He (we!) love them so much – they’re by far his favorite chocolate chip cookie and loves them 1,000 times more than mine πŸ˜‰

    Shanna, like Banana said:
    December 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    What a fabulous blogger swap! Fresh baked goods are the sweetest way to send love πŸ™‚

    I just watched Christmas Vacation last night. It’s just as good every time I watch it. Next up I want to watch Home Alone and A Christmas Story!

    My plans for this weekend are pushing out a baby..ha! With any luck that will happen, but the more I wish for it, the more likely it is that he’ll stay right where he is…lil stinker!

    Oh and mimosas on Xmas morning sound beyond faboosh. Loves it!

    Happy Friday to you my friend!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      Baked goods is by far the best sweet way to show love – I’m already thinking we need to have another baking sesh soon πŸ˜‰

      Haha – Xmas Mimosas definitely have “faboosh” written *all *over it – with a capital “F”!!

      Have a great day and weekend too my friend!! My fingers and toes are crossed that Mr. Sawyer will behave like a good boy and be early like his mama πŸ˜‰ and keep me posted if a special lil someone decides to enter the world ❀

    James Lunsford said:
    December 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I see the Cookie Monster as arrived. Got Milk. Love Dad

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