Santa Was Very Good To Me…

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Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week so far πŸ™‚

I know some of you lucky ducks get this week off. And us? Not so much. I’ve been at work this whole week except for Monday. But to be honest with you, I actually like the calmness that this week brings – there’s less traffic on the roads, grocery stores, the gym – and that sense of “rushness” is gone. It’s a nice break from the busyness of other weeks and since the hubby is working also, I might as well be doing something productive as opposed to spending my days catching up with my dvr πŸ˜‰

I’m pretty late in the game here in posting my Christmas weekend, but like they say, better late than never! I last left you off with the treats my sis and I planned to bake on Friday for our Christmas Eve party, and I have to say, they came out pretty damn good! And they were super easy to boot!

Here are our finished products…

Reindeer Cupcakes! They were a huge hit with the kiddies πŸ™‚

Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies – Absolutely Delicious.

Peppermint Bark – a hit with the adults and everyone absolutely loved them – and I think they’re far more delicious than the Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark…ifIdosaysomyself πŸ˜‰

Per usual, our Christmas Eve party was an absolute blast – full of family fun, love, and holiday cheer. Especially when Santa made his grand entrance…

Our annual “Girls With Santa” pic

And just for fun, here’s one from 2008…

So cute – love love my whole family so very much and I’m so blessed we get this time together every year ❀

The Lunsford/Blumbergs family πŸ™‚

And one with my sis and her friend that I loved chatting and spending time with…especially with her adorable baby boy…


Christmas Day was filled with more joy, love, laughter, and good times. Especially in the form of a delicious breakfast of eggs, toast, and of course, mimosas…Christmas Day isn’t complete without those! πŸ˜‰

Once we filled our bellies with a delicious breakfast and little buzz from the champy, we got to (one) of the best parts of Christmas…presents!!! No pictures were taken of the event but I did snap some of my loot once I got home…let’s just say Santa was very good to me this year and I was definitely spoiled…

Looks like I’ll be getting that iPad soon…schweeet!!

Speaking of the iPad – I’ve heard through the grapevine that a new one is coming out in March so I’ll be waiting until then to purchase it. Either I’ll be getting the new one at a higher cost, or the old one at a discounted price so we’ll since what I’ll go with once it’s released and can comparison shop πŸ™‚

And I was in serious Penguin heaven this Christmas…

Side note – not sure if some of you new readers know, but the hubby and I have a serious obsession with Penguins. It’s just one of those animals we started loving together at the beginning of our relationship…it started with Todd winning a small stuffed penguin for me at the fair and since then the rest is history and our love of Penguins grew 10-fold from there πŸ™‚

So here’s the adorable Penguin loot I acquired and will not stop at it from ever growing…

From my wonderful friend/coworker…are those not the cutest cups??!! Along with Propel packets (which the hubby is already stealing from me!) and some Hershey Kisses in the Mason Jar (with a chalkboard lid and had my name on it – love it! )
Such a very special gift and I love it so much!

Advent Calendar from Sis and Chad – salt ‘n pepper shakers from Mom & Dad

Plate and Pez from Sis and Chad


From Mom & Dad – Nick & Nora Penguin Mukluks

From Sis and Chad – Penguin Socks from Bed, Bath & Beyond

And a couple extra special Biscoff goodies from Sissy!!!

And some glorious, delicious food from the in-laws…we’re set for the whole week – love it!!


It was an absolutely perfect weekend, filled to the brim with laughter, love, and many special moments that I will remember for a lifetime. I was certainly gifted more than enough this holiday season, but more importantly, I am truly blessed and so thankful to have such amazing friends and a very loving, wonderful family…I couldn’t be any more grateful to have the life that I have ❀

What was your favorite part of your Christmas weekend?
Any fun plans for this New Year’s Eve??!! Todd and I are old fogies and staying in for the night – but we are going out Friday night and using that gift card to Kingfish!!! Whoo hoo! πŸ™‚

P.S. Whatever your plans may be, I wish you a very safe and happy New Year and I’m so ready to get 2012 started with a bang and a fresh start…I’m sure you’ve guessed what my #1 resolution wish is for the New Year πŸ˜‰ I’ll have a post up on that next week.

P.S.S. If you have a moment, please give a huge congrats to my lovely “faboosh” friend Shanna who just gave birth to her sweet baby boy Sawyer Clark. Born yesterday at a very healthy 8 lbs. 10 oz. – I bet her hubby is proud πŸ˜‰ I’m so very happy for her and her hubby and can’t wait to meet the lil guy!!!


24 thoughts on “Santa Was Very Good To Me…

    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries said:
    December 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    i was so excited when i read the title of your post because i knew you would have a great Christmas recap to share! πŸ™‚ i’m so happy that you had a wonderful Christmas with family. all of your goodies you baked turned out perfect, and it sounds like Santa sure was good to you! i LOVE all the penguin attire – too cute! my favorite part of Christmas was spending Christmas Eve just me and my husband. we opened gifts together in the morning, had fun “playing” with all of our new gifts, went out for a nice dinner, went to our church’s candlelight service, and then came home to plop on the couch and watch a movie. it was just some perfect quality time together that was much needed!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much Ashley! You’re the absolute sweetest ❀

      Your Christmas sounds absolutely fantastic – I love spending holiday's like that with my hubby and really enjoying our quality time together, relaxing, and have good ole fun together πŸ˜‰

      I hope you have a very Happy New Year Ashley and thank you for being such a great friend πŸ™‚

    Courtney said:
    December 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Santa WAS good to you this year! Love all the penguin stuff – too cute!
    New Years Eve for us includes dinner with friends at the Melting Pot, followed by a house party with more friends. I’m sure it’ll be a great day – and I just bought a new shirt today to wear, too! πŸ™‚

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you Courtney! πŸ™‚

      Um, can I be invited to your NYE party??!! And the Melting Pot? Yes Please!! That is one of my most favoritest restaurants and it’ll be all the more special for you being able to rock that new outfit πŸ˜‰

      Have a great time girl (can’t wait to read the recap!) and Happy New Year!!

    Shanna like Banana said:
    December 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Awww love you for that special shout out! In a bit okay a lot of pain but oh so happy.

    LOVE the penguin socks. Too cute!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      Of course! Gotta give a shot out to the bestest new mama ever πŸ˜‰ xo

      I can feel through your texts, tweets, and comment here that you’re filled with so much love and happiness and it warms my heart so very much…I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and simply cannot wait to meet him!

      Haha I know aren’t those socks pretty awesome…I need to find you monkey ones, and then you’ll be matching Sawyer πŸ˜‰

    Amy said:
    December 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Awe you got some awesome gifts. Jon and i will stay home new Years eve and new Years day we plan on using our cheesecake factory giftcard for lunch with some friends.
    I’m so glad u had a great holiday. God bless and Happy new years to you.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Ooo you got a Cheesecake Factory gift card too??!! Love it. That’s a good idea to use it NY Day…I may have to copy you on that one πŸ˜‰

      Thank you so much Amy and I hope you had a great holiday as well – God Bless and have a very Happy New Year πŸ™‚ xo

    Body Polish said:
    December 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    What a wonderful Christmas! I agree with you about work this week, it was a good time for me to catch up on little things that I didn’t have time for.

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Yes it was so wonderful πŸ™‚

      I agree – it’s such a great time to take advantage of in catching up on everything and I can finally focus on something for once! πŸ™‚

    Christina E said:
    December 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    That is a massive penguin haul πŸ™‚ And I’m jealous of all your baked goods. They look delicious!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      I should have brought in some of that leftover yumminess to work!! πŸ˜›

    Laury @thefitnessdish said:
    December 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Shayla I love those socks!

    You are so gorgeous girl! Happy new year to you and yours!!!! xoxo

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 30, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Thank you so much Laury, you’re the absolute sweetest ❀

      Happy New Year to you and precious Ella and your hubby!!! πŸ™‚ Xoxo

    loftyappetite said:
    December 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

    wow looks like a great Christmas! That’s one serious stack of gift cards! and the penguin stuff is beyond adorable!! I also have to add that you are just stunningly beautiful. You are seriously glowing in every picture you post and I always think, wow this girl is gorgeous!

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      December 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      Mila thank you so very much for your sweet comment – you’re the sweetest ever and it really warmed my heart πŸ™‚

      I’m so happy to have met you through this blog community – you’re such an amazing, beautiful woman Mila and thank you for being such a great blog friend to me this past year πŸ™‚ Have a very happy New Year my friend! xoxo

    sarahsmodernbites said:
    December 31, 2011 at 6:59 am

    What a lovely family you have Shayla! You are certainly surrounded by lots of love!

    Love the penguin theme… Super cute. For me, it’s owls. Every year my sister gives me owl themed gifts πŸ™‚ I think the owl theme is pretty hot right now?? Haha Peir One had TONS of owl themed gifts.

    We drove about 16 hours over the Holiday weekend and I was determined to stay in this weekend too! However, we are driving to Long Island from Boston to hang with some of Andrew’s oldest friends. Driving is the LAST thing I wanted to do but I am psyched to meet his childhood friends (they have TWO pugs!! <3), and spend our first New Year's Eve together.

    Hope you had a fabulous dinner at Kingfish and Happy New Year to you at yours! xo

    spoonfulofsugarfree said:
    December 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    ohmygoodness! I want those slippers πŸ˜€ how adorable!!! Glad you had a great xmas….have a great new year!

    Tiff said:
    January 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Looks like a wonderful holiday. πŸ™‚ Love the slippers!

    Maria @ a life to Bragg about said:
    January 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    OMG those chocolate cookies are making me salivate right now. I’m almost drooling as much as my baby haha! And I’m super glad to learn that you have an obsession with penguins – I am also OBSESSED. You look beautiful and I’m glad Santa was good to you this year πŸ™‚

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      January 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      Awww thanks so much Maria!!! ❀

      Haha love that you love penguins and can relate to the obsession of them…aren't they just the cutest??!! πŸ˜‰

    Megan @ foodie cycles said:
    January 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I saw those reindeer cookies on Pinterest!! I was going to make them, but went with the santa hat looking ones.. yours are too cute to boot! Looks like you had a great holiday, Happy new year! Love the socks too! πŸ˜‰

      Shayla @ The Good Life responded:
      January 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks Megan!! Awww I bet your Santa hat cupcakes were adorable! πŸ™‚

      Happy New Year to you too!

    Jessica said:
    January 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    SUPER CUTE reindeer cupcakes! I think I saw something like that on pinterest πŸ™‚

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