Category Archives: Holidays

{Shop with a Purpose!}

This weekend I participated in a GIRLS NIGHT OUT at the Bellevue Campus of our church, Champions Centre. It was such a fun time for ladies to come together around a great cause – helping OTHERS in this holiday season. We collected toiletries and pajama sets along with other basic needs that we all, quite frankly take for granted sometimes, and we put packages together for the kids at YouthCare and the women and children being cared for by The Genesis Project.

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I also set up a booth with my Stella & Dot Stash, and decided to donate my commission from all sales that night to Champions Foundation.  Champions Foundation does so much for our community, both local and abroad and is very close to my heart. From making & serving meals to homeless youth once a month all the way to owning/operating a “Forever Home” for would be orphans in South Africa, the reach of Champions Foundation is unstoppable. However, everything that they do requires finances (obviously) and that is where you and I come in. The cool things about giving to Champions Foundation there is no overhead and 100% of the profit goes right back into reaching and making a difference in people’s lives. That is what I call Good Soil.

I raised $70.00 Friday night, which is great, but I want to GIVE MORE. So I am going to open this up for the rest of the week, until this Friday December 7th, if you make a purchase through THIS LINK, I will donate my commission to Champions Foundation. My first goal is a $150.00 donation, but if I could even double THAT it would be awesome! There are so many great options for Christmas gifts, and if you order this week, you will still have time to get your gifts by Christmas!

I am going to give you a few examples of my favorites for gifts (from left to right):

Earrings: Serenity Small stone drops in Gold, Signature Clover Chandelier, Rhea Hoops, Vintage Studs SHOP HERE

IMG_2555Statement Bracelets: Renegade Cluster in Gold, Odette Cuff, Secret Garden Cuff, Studded Trifecta wrap SHOP HERE

IMG_2552My favorite necklaces: Rebel Pendant, La Folie (Green), Avery Chain & Pearl, Contessa Jade SHOP HEREIMG_2553GREAT GIFTS: Love Bracelet ($19), Tribute Bracelet ($36), Hope Bracelet ($32), Elizabeth bracelet ($29) SHOP HEREIMG_2550

Stella & Dot is excellent quality, lead & nickel free (great for sensitive skin), always 5.95 for shipping, and they have the Delight guarantee which means if you don’t like it, return it for something you DO LIKE.

So go to this website here and do some Christmas shopping, birthday shopping or just get something for yourself – and know full well that you are doing something GOOD in the mean time! Lets BLASt past my fundraising goal (and get pretty in the meantime!)

Thank you all in advance for your participation! YOU are helping making a difference!

{Melted Ice Cream and Marc Jacobs}

So have you ever run to the grocery store to pick up an item and been lured by your favorite ice cream on the end cap. Then you forgot something you needed at target, so you figure you will just run in really quick and grab your item so the ice cream will be fine, it is winter after all so it will be cold enough for 5 minutes. THEN you forgot that the Target/Neiman Marcus collab is released today and there is a Rose Gold leather pouch and a beautiful black scarf by your all time favorite designer, so you spend 30 or so minutes looking through everything, then painfully pulling yourself away to get your purchase and get home only to get to the car and THEN REMEMBER that you bought ice cream almost an hour ago. Ooops.

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I am obsessed with Rose Gold currently, so this is basically my two obsessions colliding.

Off to my Christmas list it goes. 🙂

{Scenes from the Weekend}

Thanksgiving was awesome – but I seriously took NO pictures. So this is all you get – a place setting.

Completed a Photo Booth and mailed it to Virginia. This is the first project I have done and then shipped. I learned a lot in the process. I cant wait to see the finished product! Also very thankful for  new friendship! I will tell you all about that when I get some pictures!

Black Friday for us consisted of being lazy around the house, eating leftovers, and then heading to Seattle for the Tree Lighting & some dinner with family. Zane loved loved loved being outside and running around the closed streets, even though it was cold and rainy.

Zane also helped Mimi set up Christmas around the house…

All in all it was a great weekend! Hope you got to celebrate with family and friends! Happy Thanksgiving – now it is time to start thinking about Christmas!!!! YIKES!

{Black Friday}

This is what Black Friday looks like to me…

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Left overs!!!!!! One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving!!! YUM!!!

{Merry Merry Holiday Bazaar}

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I have been busy busy getting ready for the Holiday Bazaar I am participating in this weekend! Lots of made-to-order stuff available at my table this year 🙂

This will be my first Bazaar I am a part if – I am pretty excited!

{Christmas Advent Calendars}

Christmas is going to sneak up on us, if we don’t watch out. I was talking to Brandon and I don’t know if it is because we are getting older, or because we have a child, or because we seem to be very busy this season, but it feels like the holidays are sneaking up on us. Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK folks. I have seen this done before, but always before I had Zane. Given her love for books, I am planning to do something like this for her this year!

I was reminded by THIS POST by Emily (Emphasis Added) that we have now less than 3 weeks to pull this together. AHHHHH!!!! Must get crackin!

Now, I don’t have enough money to purchase 24 full prices brand new books at the moment – but I am feeling like hitting the used book store and a few sales will do the trick! She may still be a bit to young to fully understand what is going on each day, but I am HOPING this becomes a tradition that she will grow to love. I want Zaner to be a reader like her Auntie Bekah or her Auntie Cindy. One way is to foster the fact that she LOVES reading books right now! We are hardly home two minutes before she will run to her tent – carefully choose a book to read, and sit on your lap, ready with anticipation. She always points out any sports balls or red balloons (Which I think it totally adorable!)

Going with the Theme of advent – here are a few others I found that I JUST LOVE {click on the picture to go right to the source!}

This picture on Pinterest goes straight to a website all in a language I don’t know. However, if you click on the picture here in my blog it will take you to a blog with a tutorial on someone DYI’ing!

This last one is probably one of my favorites, because you could use them every year and they would be big enough to fit everything from something for the whole family to enjoy, down to a verse form the Bible you want the family to think about that day. I will have to make some of these (although maybe not this year.)

At any rate dont forget to start celebrating – get in the holiday spirit – and remember the reason for the season to begin with!