Thursday, December 27, 2007

Survey Says

So EFFING good.
Had Red Mango for the first time tonight.
I may have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow.
And every other day of my life.
I've had more than my fair share of the new wave fro yos.
Red Mango takes the cake.

Monday, December 24, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Put Christ In Christmas

During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, find time to tune your heart. And your mind. Read the Christmas story in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Center yourself.

It's been a difficult Christmas this year. My fizz has fazzled. Other things seem far more important at the moment than Christmas. But when I take a step back and remember the true reason for celebration, my heart swells. I have renewed hope. I'm so so grateful for the birth of Christ. For all he did for us. No matter how buzz-buzz-busy you get this holiday season, don't forget to put some Christ into your Christmas.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Kick Back and Relax

The shopping is done. The presents are wrapped. Grab some Chinese take out, kick your dogs up, and watch the greatest Christmas movie of all time. With some one-liners that'll knock your socks off. Plus, it's got that gorgeous leg lamp.

Friday, December 21, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Stay Sweet

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
Stay inside---make minty 'mallows!
The recipe is simple and easy, so
let it snow let it snow let it snow!

Sister and I made these and ate a whole whole whole bunch. Then we put some in our cocoa and drank them in all their ooegy gooey glory. Mmmmmm. Yummy to my tummy.

For recipe and more on these delicious mallows get thee over to Your Heart Out.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Bundle Up & Stay Warm

With snowstorms in the forecast, there's no excuse for staying inside. Get out and enjoy the winter wonderland. Sledding. Snowmobiling. Skating. Skiing. Snowshoeing. Snowman building. Head for the hills (or your local school yard) and take advantage of a white Christmas season.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Plitter Please

If wishes were kisses...

All I really want for Christmas is a ray or two of warm Arizona sunshine.

Both literally and figuratively.

30 Ideas For December: Lend A Hand

Think of others. Think a little more. Then do something. Lend a hand. Buy a gift. Donate. Spare some change for your local bellringer. Help out. Be someones Santa. Let them know you care. Sorry for the cheesepuff photo, but it expresses things so well. In serving others, we often find ourselves.

Monday, December 17, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Don't Lose Hope

Right now my Christmas spirit is dwindling. Especially since recent events have threatened to snow on my collective Christmas parade. So suddenly Christmas doesn't seem like the most important thing anymore. But I'm determined to get through Christmas with cheer in my heart and a smile on my face. And so should you.

If you don't feel like Christmas, you can at least make it smell like Christmas. Which will make it seem like Christmas. And you'll (er...I) will be back in the swing of things in no time flat. Warm and delightful smelling things are a surefire way to warm the heart and the home. Tiffany's Wondiferous Smelly Stuff could be just the cure for what ails you ( It is simple and spice-like and sure to bring the sensation of Christmas bursting into your home. And smack anyone else who enters it in the face with a powerful dose of Christmas cheer.

Plus, Tiffany says it makes a great neighbor gift too. Great idea, as most of us start thinking of these sorts of things right about now.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

30 Ideas for December: Spice Things Up

Make a gingerbread house. If you're feeling ambitious (or lonely) make a whole flippin' neighborhood. We recently went to a gingerbread house-making party, and it was loads and loads of fun. Especially when we could use those pre-made kits that keep popping up these days (ours were from Costco). They smell good (but don't necessarily taste as good as they smell), and come with all the fixin's you could possibly imagine. Great great idea. A Holiday tradition made simple. Love it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Think Of Others

Head to the Sevey, buy all your friends a bevy
The cocoa station is delicious, though not necessarily nutritious
But it warms the soul, and that is the goal
Now remember there is nothing to fear
For you can easily spread some good Christmas cheer.

Stuff The Socks: Sweet Treats

In lalalalove with the packaging for these Juicy Couture boy shorts. How fun is it to get a beautiful treat in your stocking that looks tasty yet doesn't pack on the calories. Talk about guilt-free goods. I must be in heaven.

Monday, December 10, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Get Some Culture

Make a kissing ball with fresh mistletoe. Then make like the French and kiss your lover underneath it. Like you mean it. Every single day. Encourage others to do the same. Mwah! Mwah! Double Mwah!

You can always go with hanging a simple sprig of fresh mistletoe and getting your groove on that way. But I find the kissing ball to be much more charming and romantical. Plus it smells sooooo much better. Marthas how-to is here.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Keep It Classic

For idea 8, I encourage you to watch a Christmas movie every night this weekend. Curl up with a blankie, and start with It's a Wonderful Life. Move on to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Finish things off with How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Or make it a marathon with cookies and cocoa for all!
By the way, I always find this to be a good time to write out all my Christmas cards and send them on their way. Nothing passes the time better than a classic film.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Add Some Sparkle

Get Glitterati. The ultimate holiday candy. Idea number 7 is delicate, delicious, dazzling. Sittin' pretty in a dish on the table, don't be surprised if they're mistaken for gems and jewels.

Miss (er, Mrs.) Brown

The one, the only, uptown Katie Brown has made her way onto the pages of this months Real Simple magazine. I'd like to say a few things about this fun and fabulous friend. But I think sister does a better job of it here. Take a lookey if it tickles your fancy.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

30 Ideas For December: Lighten Up

Idea number 6 is a favor you can do for yourself. Buy an Aunt Sadie's candle. The Tree-In-A-Can is TDF (to die for), though I really don't think you can go wrong with any of them. Burn it every single night for at least an hour. Your nose will thank you.

*I know they have them at Anthropologie this time of year. Usually a few local boutiques sell them too. I'll keep my eyes peeled while I'm out and about.*

Monday, December 3, 2007

Stuff the Socks: Scarves

I'm such a sucker for a lovely and inexpensive scarf. I hoard them. Scarves make good sense for gift giving because they are practical, yet whimsical and pretty to look at. Paired with gloves or a hat, they make great gifts. Better yet, on their own they are the best stocking stuffers.

All from F21.

30 Ideas For December: Make A Friend

I think Mastercard (click on the 'carrots' commercial) expresses idea number 5 best:

"Carrots, raisins, charcoal, and hot cocoa: $16"

"Having the best snowman on the block: Priceless"

There's plenty of snow out. Go big or go home.