Saturday, December 17, 2011

Perfect Saturday

I would love to share with you my day of Bliss.

It all started by sleeping-in after the most restful night of sleep...ahh...

Then we packed up our breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and dog and headed to the park. There are few things in the world that give me more joy then watching our dog run free at the dog park, playing with all his newest bestest friends, splashing in the pond, and frolicking around with a big goofy smile on his face! Pure exuberance!

It is always such a fun way to start our Saturday mornings! And it is so enjoyable talking to the other dog owners. Dog people are always such nice friendly people.

Then we headed downtown to the Farmers Market. Farmers Markets might be my favorite things ever. It will always be a good day if I get to go to a farmers market! I got so much of my last minute Christmas shopping done. I was VERY happy about that.

And what made it even more enjoyable was that my husband was being such a good sport about it all and even seemed to be enjoying himself!

After we were done at the Farmers Market, we dropped the dog off at home and went to lunch at one of my favorite places. Always such a treat! Then I came home, ate like 10 Christmas cookies, and took a nap next to the Christmas tree. PURE bliss.

I woke up in time to see the most beautiful sunset out the window. I just had to get outside and soak in the last bit of this perfect weather. So we took a little stroll around the block in the crisp, refreshing air as the sun set and the Christmas lights started to come on. Just perfection.

I think I will end this perfect Saturday with a Christmas movie and a cup of hot tea... Life is good!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Easy Homemade Christmas Gift

Okay, So I'm just a little bit way too excited about this.. I made these homemade gifts in a jar for my Christmas girls night tomorrow. I got the idea here. (Thanks so much, Tiff!). I made the peppermint body scrub. SO easy! Makes me feel really silly for ever buying expensive body scrubs in fancy schmancy stores.

I am going to call mine "candy cane body scrub". I found the jars at Wal-mart for $2 a piece. I considered the jars part of the gift because I'm sure they will be able to re-use them.

For each jar I did...

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup grape seed oil
20 drops peppermint oil
4 drops eucalyptus

They smelled sooooo good! Can't wait to see the girls reactions!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Me Day

I really think a "Me Day" is in order! I'm starting to get a little bit of that Christmas panic feeling. I have so much to do, so many Christmas presents to buy, I haven't finished decorating, I haven't made one cookie yet, and every day is getting closer and closer to Christmas! I'm running out of time!! AHHHHH!!!!!

I certainly don't want to feel this way. Especially this time of year. So I think the most important thing to do right now is have a day where I get caught up on the very basics.

It is a cozy, rainy morning out right now. I am going to have a nice relaxing morning in front of my Christmas tree (please don't take any notice that the tree is a little crooked). Then I am going to finish decorating and get the house all cleaned up! Nothing makes me feel more like I have my life in order then a clean house.

So that is my goal for the day. I am giving myself ONE goal. I am not going to overwhelm myself by trying to get everything done in one day. I am not even going to worry about all the presents I have to buy right now. I am going to sit and make a shopping plan and do all my shopping another day. (There is something about getting thoughts on a piece of paper that really helps to de-clutter my brain!)

Tonight, once my house is perfectly clean, I think I'll make some cookies and watch a Christmas movie!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Homemade Gifts in a Jar Ideas

For some reason, I had been feeling really inspired to make some homemade gifts in a jar for friends this year. I didn't really know what to put in the jar...just think anything in a jar makes a cute present. I was even more inspired when the stars aligned and I found a case of 12 jars on clearance at Target for $2.50!

I'm hosting a Christmas brunch for friends next week and think it would be so cute to send everyone home with a little jar gift.

So I went a search for inspiration.

Here is a free ebook from Heavenly Homemakers just on gifts in a jar ideas.

I liked the idea of Rosemary Focaccia Bread mix in a jar, or the layered bath salts mix.

Organized Christmas has more great ideas here,

white chocolate macadamia cookies in a jar
Like these White Chocolate Chip Macadamia cookie mix in a jar. My favorite! But perhaps not Christmas-y enough?

Or like any of these great ideas at my blessed life, like Peppermint Cocoa!

So what do you guys think? Is this a silly gift idea? What gifts would you be happy to receive in a jar?