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Getting into the Holiday Spirit

Thursday, December 12, 2013

This was one of the ornaments we picked up when I was pregnant with Cora. I can't tell you how badly I wanted a margarita then. This was too fitting, no?

I realized yesterday that I just kind of jumped right into this week's line up of posts without giving you all a weekend recap - silly me! It's been a while since I've done one, so this will actually be more like a week recap. We've done so many fun holiday activities that I really wanted to share with you all what's been going on around here. Let's start chronologically via photos, shall we?

A few gifts that were getting wrapped although I did keep one item for myself. I had to! There are tons of amazing gifts ideas at TJMaxx and Marshalls (the DVF coasters and Kate Spade book respectively) as well as chic wrapping paper at HomeGoods. And the monogram mug is from Anthropologie, of course. Had to pick that up too.

We took Cora to the Polar Express Train event in Columbia, MD and she was absolutely enchanted with everything. Steve's coworker is the train conductor and has been for years now. He and his wife organize it all every year and it really is a special way to celebrate the holiday season with your kids. We're definitely going to be taking Cora there next year.

This past Sunday, we finally picked out a Christmas tree. After we picked it out, we went inside to check out the ornaments and other decorations they had. We of course had to check out the lit faux xmas trees.

Cora pondering if she likes how we trimmed the tree. She's thinking we need more ornaments. Both Steve and I absolutely agree.

Call us crazy but we got Cora her own little faux Christmas tree. We couldn't help it. It's so little just like her. I still need to get some ribbon to top it off but it's looking good so far.

If you follow me on Pinterest (follow me if you don't already!), then you've probably seen this but I had to share on here because they are SO good! I saw these Almond Shortbread Cookies on Pinterest from Julia's Album and just had to try them out. And I am so glad I did. They're super simple to make and are such a great holiday cookie to bake and share. If you're looking to make your cookie baking/gifting easier this season, then you need to add this cookie to your repertoire. I was so eager to make them that I didn't document the whole process, but fortunately Julia's post covers it perfectly. Check it out on her site to see how simple it is to bake these tasty cookies.


You know the other day when it snowed a bunch? Well, this is what Cora and I were doing while staying indoors. We were rocking our faux furs over our Christmas pjs. It's how we roll. And I'd say Cora rocks it real well.

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